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Cinema for adults: a vision of XXX degrees

By: Sender Escobar

Yes, this is certainly an apologetic and merely hedonistic text, and it is away of being a controversial one. It is is part of the reality of many and of the individual or shared intimacy of others.

Personally, I do not consider this topic a taboo, since many social movements advocate freedom and respect for sexual choice. In this constant breakdown of stigmas, including the benefits of sex and masturbation, why not also talk about one of the most recurring and frequented aspects today: adult cinema, belonging to the more than lucrative sex industry .

The search for the different means in order to self-eroticize or share moments through those kinds of images, has precedents, so remote, that even those who do not agree with what I propose in this article, cannot deny. Just to mention one example: There were theaters in the ancient Rome, where the erótic performances were carried out, and the audience appreciated the intercourse between two people, right in front of them. Performance of this typed were more than frequented by society of that time. There is another example that perfectly fit in this explanation, that is the one embodied in the rock, the engravings of sexual relations in some palaces and temples of India (a nation to which we owe the always useful Kamasutra).

Art in its visual manifestations are really full of erotism. Despite their different subtleties they maintain the same objective. Pleasure has always been linked to the evolution of man, along with the discovery of human body. the consumption of this type of material became more popular With the emergence of photography, especially in the Victorian era in England. Later, it would become a contraband, reflecting the official hypocrisy of the moment, since regular customers who commissioned portraits of nude people from the photographic houses, were members of the high society of the time known for their strong “moralism”.

Technological advance led to the invention of the cinematographer, erotic art was then, the protagonist of the moment. The first known film is the 7-minute French short film, “The Married Woman’s Sunset”, shot in 1896 and released in 1903, of which only two minutes of footage are preserved. However, the Argentine film “El Sartorio”, from 1907, is the one that is preserved in its entirety, and that marks the beginning of a cinematographic movement that at that time and for a long time was clandestine.

We must highlight that, at this time, one of the largest consumers of this type of cinema was the court of Tsarist Russia. Spiritualism sessions and screenings of these films were courtiers’ favorite entertainment.

During the first five decades of the 20th century, the consumption of this cinema was carried out clandestinely or in the so-called tolerance zones.

It is 1953, with the emergence of Playboy magazine, that the movement gained fame. It became the first mass distribution magazine in history, which had Marilyn Monroe posing for the first issue in its first edition. The magazines Playboy and Penthouse starred the so-called Public War (name given by Hugh Hefner himself) where each of the magazines showed their models as far as the censorship of the time allowed.

When Hays Code fell in disuse (film production code that described what was morally acceptable and functioned as a censorship meter) and the application of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Age Classification system, it was what allowed to give free rein to film production for adults with strong sexual content between 1960 and 1969, known as the era of Sexploitatation.
This, together with the social movements of the time: the fight for rights civilians, the influence of the beat generation, the second wave of the feminist movement and the hippie movement, promoted the consumption of this cinema as a counterculture and breaking of moral stigmas established in society.

It was in this context, of the 1970, that begins what is known as the golden age of porn cinema or Porno chic, porn, since it began to be shown massively in cinemas, merely pornographic films (which also achieved strong commercial success). It was Mona from Virgin Nymph (1970), the feature film with wide distribution, followed by Boys in the Sand (1971), the first gay film to be widely screened and to show credits, with box office success and film criticism. But it was actually the film “Deep Throat” (1972), who set the commercial milestone at the time (its collection was fifty million dollars for a budget of forty-seven thousand), becoming a cult film, not only within the porn industry but also in the whole society. It should be noted that the film went through some censorship problems as well as judicial litigation because of its content, outstanding actors such as Jack Nicholson and Gregory Peck came to the defense of their director. In the eighties and with the emergence of VIH the distribution and consumption of these films expanded on a large scale, allowing their compsumers to enjoy them from their own privacy. In the nineties when Internet was flourishing as well as the DVD format and the range of sexual products also gained market inherently related to audiovisual productions. With the expansion of the internet, digital platforms destined to exhibit, download, even interact are more than dissimilar, among them the best known and most frequented are Youporn, Realitykings, Bangbros etc. Within this world destined for pleasure, controversy has always been one of its most loyal antagonists, either because of the social perception of what is politically or morally correct, as well as the official prohibition in some countries.

Therefore is one aspect I would like to remark, that is about the protagonists, the performers of pleasure. Firstly, the family diatribe. I cannot imagine the reaction of any parent when he discovers, they tell him or his daughter or son confesses that he makes adult films. They are exposed above all to family rejection and social condemnation. Above all, they face family rejection and social condemnation. These people are brave the cause they get rid of any prejudice about sexuality and the body (at least I think it is a choice that we must respect) in addition to one way or another representing the most diverse fantasies of any viewer. Intellectual capacity and preparation is a possible stereotype adjudged to these actors and actresses, that surely many associate that they had no choice but to dedicate themselves to porn due to their low cultural level.To demystify this reasoning we can find Ron Jeremy, considered a living industry legend, who has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s in Special Education, or Katie Morgan, from an IQ of 165. Not necessarily individual preparation is associated with chosen profession. Many of them are also recognized for their influence of opinion, as is the case of the writer, activist, model and businesswoman Jenna Jameson, considered the Queen of Porn, who is currently known for her environmental position and her campaigns for rights. of the animals.

There is also feminist pornography. As a precedent, Playgirl magazine emerged in 1973, aimed at the female audience and at the same time counteracting the aforementioned Playboy and Penthouse. The association of porn is also inevitable as another expression of patriarchy and a cathedral dedicated to machismo. Phalocentrist, I was told by a friend. But precisely within the movement itself, voices arose in the eighties that pondered the feminine role inside the industry and the way of projecting women in front of the camera. I think that two factors of weight have conditioned the thought that pornography is macho. First, the patriarchy that for centuries has governed society, and that the majority of the public that frequents and consumes places for adults is male. Both one and the other have been decisive for the prosecutions carried out on this cinematographic expression.

Survies made to professional women from thismedia expressed that they picked this work in first place, because of pleasure,the economic retribution and the free time this type of activity provided to them. Which, like any other means of entertainment, does not mean that they were not exposed to scams and image exploitation without their consent, very common cases in other spheres of society. The message given and defended by all these actresses is about the decision-making power they have over their own bodies, the exploration in search of spiritual satisfaction through pleasure and also in commercial terms when it comes to being paid for their work, which does not allow There are monetary differences between women and men.
The foregoing does not mean that improper conduct or the expressions of persons who violate the privacy of third parties are also not condemned or penalized. As has frequently happened with sex tapes for sentimental purposes, which have had other destinations not exactly the desired one. There are some others who without consent secretly record the relationships between the one who was their partner, both occasional and formal. And other manifestations prohibited by law, such as child abuse and bestiality. Not everything can be allowed or tolerated.
Consecration of machismo, feminine empowerment, amoral liberalism, didactic source, mortal sin, impudence, freedom of expression … and thus any description of defense as disapproving will have as its point of view an expressive world that many condemn and others defend. What do you think reader?

P. S
I personally like Marc Dorcel’s movies.

Traducido por Miguel González

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