Feb 102005
 

Years and years ago, I came across ‘Deep Throat’ the book. It was awesome. There was a nurse who helped people with their sexual problems by sucking their cock. Seriously. The people with problems ran the range of fetishes to one guy’s obsession with Coca-Cola. I liked how the sex scenes were more like missions than sex. How can she cure this guy? Maybe a blowjob would work!

I saw the movie years later and was greatly dissappointed. No plot, very hairy sex and no weird kinky people. It was just sex.

Now there is a documentry on the movie and all sorts of press. I was reading an interview with Harry Reams at Avn.com and I saw this tidbit-

~~~~Reems says that nothing could have prepared him for the effect that little film would have on America’s burgeoning sexual revolution. “I was totally shocked, and I think I now know the reason,” says Reems. “Deep Throatwas the first film to say that it held no social redeeming value; we are going for straight out burlesque comedy, and just have fun. ~~~~

It got me thinking. In ASSM, there was this long streak of what I started to call Suicide Porn. It was senstive stories about rape, molestation and other topics that usually involved the woman dying willingly. There was a hero guy who would try to save her but in the end, what horrors had been done to her was stronger than the love the hero could give. It became a craze as other writers worked on their own variations and soon you had all these really unhappy tragic erotic stories.

That mutated into other less tragic stories but still deathly serious. The emphasis was that ‘typical’ porn was just sex stories about top heavy women. Stories where women were miserable and having sex was Good and Virtous.

What a load of shit.

I think there does need to be a balance. I am not a fan of the cheerleader who does the football team stories, or the lack of plot that accompanies those stories. However, I am baffled why some writers think that if they have to have a plot, it must be about unhappy sex. Yes, the pursuit of sex is a worthy drama goal, but does it HAVE to be miserable in the meantime?

I wonder if those writers realize that by protraying unhappy women in their sex stories, that they are creating a world view that says women who have sex are being punished for it. Or that sex is somehow wrong and the only women who have it will suffer for it. I realize that there are plenty of real life miserable erotic stories out there, but as writers we have a responsibility to put it in context and give our readers insight; not just report on the miserable sex and be proud of ourselves for the novelty.

Excuse me, I need to get to work on my totally frivolous yet plotfull sex story.

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