Philpott, A. and K. Ferris. 2013. “Could Watching Porn Increase Our Expectations of (Safe) Pleasure?”

Philpott, Anne and Krissey Ferris. 2013. “Could Watching Porn Increase Our Expectations of (Safe) Pleasure? An Exploration of Some Promising Harm-Reduction Processes.” In Women, Sexuality, and the Political Power of Pleasure. Edited by Susie Jolly, Andrea Cornwall, and Kate Hawkins. New York: Zed Books. Pp. 200-228.

While porn can be exploitative and focus in on certain depictions or sex practices that can demean and devalue, it can also have a beneficial purpose of communicating safer sexual health practices, question sexual norms and identities. Power and class differentiation between erotica and pornography – erotica viewed as high art; porn as commercialized and generic. Porn, for many in the world – particularly on-ground sex industries or shoppes, is the main method of sexual education.   Depictions of masculinity, femininity, and beyond shape their interpretation of not only sexuality, but gender, power relationships, etc.

Solutions – offer a “feminine” viewpoint to pornography through more character development, slow builds. More representation in pornographic authorship, screenwriting, directorship — increase women’s presence and voice within production. Share messages that normalize and glamorize safer sex practices. Support sex workers’ rights – healthcare, representation, hours.

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