Monday, November 23, 2009

PORNO FOR CULTURE

Nobody does sex worse than the UK.

When you combine the complexes derived from the legendarily endemic British prudery, vacuous sexual ignorance, deprived opportunity, and covert sublimated desires, you end up with manifestations like the ugly Sun and News Of The World tabloids, the phoney 'sex' shops and clubs in London's Soho, TV watersheds, and arts censorship. The UK's so-called porn industry is, likewise, a complete sham - and when the awful Channel 4 decided to do a documentary series entitled The Dark Side Of Porn, you fear the worst. (Comments on each episode continue below.)

So, yes, they'll titillate you with enough erotic promise to want to watch it - then either deliver nothing, or worse, a fucking lecture on why sex in its various manifestations is so wrong. And like the ugly sweating repressed hypocrites they are, you know they've got semi-hard-ons under the table whilst addressing you in this patronising yet eminently uninformed tone. Whilst watching that shocking scene just one more time to see if it's really as offensive as they first thought. Whilst betraying that enduring paternalist attitude that women could not possibly have extreme sexual impulses of their own.

Thanks to greater integration with the far more enlightened European continent, and the internet's obliteration of the UK gatekeepers' powers, encouragingly it seems that current generations have been largely freed from these hang-ups. Nowadays, young people might be far more focused on their weekly ethanol binges than getting laid, but at least they're not prigs.

And it does seem to have become a generational issue. I know that from my own bittersweet experiences making music over the years, and also something addressed in other posts (KILLING FOR CULTURE - BLACK METAL PENCIL - NOSTALGIE DE LA BOUE).

Me And My Slaves
this study concerns a pint-sized peroxided punk who laughably calls himself a BDSM 'master' - if we'd got more of the fucked-up childhood sexual anecdotes, along with deeper questioning into his weird belief in Jesus, then this would have been far better

Searching For Animal Farm
the poignant story of Bodil Joensen, and her extraodinary relationship with animals, is the focus of this edition - unfortunately anglo-prudery contaminates the entire documentary in its most judgmental and ignorant form; Headpress's David Kerekes gets completely outed as a grade A prig, something to which his writing often alluded

Hunting For Emmanuelle
Sylvia Kristel is an amazing woman: remarkably beautiful and intelligent, with a singularly attractive energy - in this documentary about the groundbreaking original Emmanuelle, she reflects on its making and subsequent events in her life; the excruciatingly beautiful Emmanuelle theme by Pierre Bachelet forms the backdrop to this respectful study into the movie's cultural impact, tainted only by the inclusion of the reactionary opinions of that soulless old biddy, columnist Polly Toynbee

Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered
the presuppositions of the inherent 'dangers' of porn are all over this look at what was just another oh-so-boring porn flick: it's amazing how easily and lazily accepted the docu's producers' notions are that participating in making porn, watching porn, buying/selling porn, all have negative consequences (other than sheer tedium) - what tenuous faith they have in human life that the viewing of DDD, or the participation in the making of, could have such devastatingly far-reaching consequences

Porn Shutdown
a black male porn star goes to Brazil, contracts HIV, and you have the perfect exercise for Channel 4 to darkly propagate the evils of the mainstream porn industry (ironically, one as moralistic and reactionary as any other, especially in the US) - it's like the sensationalist 80s reporting of AIDS all over again, so conveniently does it serve the prudes' agenda; somehow, extraordinarily, the fucktard narrator seamlessly conflates this with the deleterious effects of our being exposed to 'gonzo' porn

Diary Of A Porn Virgin
Amateur Porn
I call bullshit on both these two fake documentaries which seem to be by the same UK production company - the subjects are all just trashy floundering wannabes that are desperate to be on TV, one way or another; also features plenty of the usual myths about the evils of porn

Death Of A Pornstar
a character study into the curious case of Lolo Ferrari, she of the monstrously large lips/boobs - it's a sad tale, and her long-term partner Eric Vigne might be a bit sleazy (and so what if he is?), however I don't accept the programme's sinister insinuations that he had anything directly to do with her death

Does Snuff Exist?
predictably here, all the myths and prejudices come out in full force; the programme makers, the arch-prudes, the institutions of censorship, authorities such as the FBI, all unite as one, all desperate clinging to the hope that such a thing as 'snuff' exists - they rationalise it hard because they need it so bad, just like the illusory Communists under the bed, just like the Al Qaida mirage, it's the existence of the evil without which gives little reason to live

7 comments:

Thomas Bey William Bailey said...

If you want another very non-sensationalist, downright austere take on Sylvia Kristel, there's a short film by Manon de Boer (simply "Sylvia Kristel- Paris 2003") which is really illuminating. If it's commercially available (I chanced upon this last year at a Toronto gallery) I'd recommend it as an antidote to much of the stuff you've mentioned here.

Simon said...

'Nobody does sex worse than the UK'

I guess nobody reports sex worse than the UK's pathetically outdated media, but I think we actually do sex OK - we're one of the most wilfully kinky countries in the world!

William Bennett said...

the Manon de Boer film sounds amazing, Thomas - hope the chance to see that comes along!

I'm no Picasso said...

Nobody does sex worse than the UK.

Ha. I live in the ROK.

Points taken, though.

SYpHA_69 said...

Yeah, but America is full of prudes and hypocrisy when it comes to sex also. Hell, just look at the outrage that greeted Adam Lambert's performance at the American Music Awards. By our standards it was very tame (all he really did was kiss a guy, a girl grabbed his crotch, a guy in leather pretended to briefly perform oral sex on him), but from the complaints one would assume he sacrificed a baby on stage. I love when people define sex (even simulated sex) as "lewd."

Irk The Purists said...

I agree with Simon. Our moral guardians in the press and elsewhere certainly exhibit Victorian attitudes towards sex, but I'm happy to say that (based purely on my own observations) this prudery isn't shared by the general population.

By way of example, I remember last year's coverage of Max Moseley's supposed Nazi S&M cavortings in the News of the World. Its online edition allows comments on its stories. Fully two-thirds of commenters responded to the story by saying that they didn't care, it was none of their business, he wasn't hurting anyone (or at least not consensually :-)), that Max hadn't spoken out against Nazi S&M, and therefore wasn't being hypocritical, etc. And this wasn't two-thirds of the general population, this was two-thirds of the NoW readership, whom you might expect to be slightly less liberal than your average UK citizen. When a newspaper so misjudges the moral compass of its readers, I think this tells you a lot about the increasing disparity between the tut-tut moralising of our media, and the views of the UK citizens that it purports to represent.

Miss Kerry said...

"women could not possibly have extreme sexual impulses of their own."
WTF?
I must be the Beast, to these cretins. Even just in potentia.

Need for snuff.
Im no big porn afficiando, but thats OBSCENE.