Peter Acworth of Kink.com published an article at the Huffinton Post two days ago entitled, Why Kink Matters.
As well as promoting the upcoming Christina Voros/James Franco movie, kink, Peter talks about his company’s mission statement and well, why kink matters, of course.
“As someone who has grown up with these feelings, I believe that the widespread availability of erotica depicting diverse sexual acts is a very good thing. Anyone with a fetish is likely to find content that appeals to them specifically and thus feel less isolation, shame or confusion. Such negative emotions about sexuality are not healthy for any of us.
The work we do at Kink.com focuses on a subset of those activities encompassed under “BDSM” (Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, and Sado Masochism) — which is in turn a subset of the broader idea of sexual “kink.” As a commercial enterprise, our products gravitate toward that which sells — beautiful people, elaborate sets and props. Having said that, authenticity to the underlying fetish has always been very important to us, and making porn is not merely about money.”
He interviews porn performers and directors, and comments on an anti-porn person’s autobiography.
An excerpt from The Case for Consent: An Examination of Ethics in Porn:
“After setting down my copy of Empire of Illusion, I find it difficult to write off Hedges’ findings. After all, his work cannot be categorized as some fringe manifesto. The themes are emulated in other contemporary works, and captured in films such as the 2008 documentary, The Price of Pleasure. Anti-porn feminists like Gail Dines remain vocal in their disapproval of the entire industry. Even the famed linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, has gone on record to say that “pornography is a humiliation and degradation of women”#1.
Outside the realm of activism, popular media carries its own anti-porn sentiment. Lie to Me, a television series that appears on the FOX network, recently aired an episode in which a young woman runs away from home, participates in several porn films, and then contracts HIV. The actress who plays the young porn star recites her line, “I can’t live like this anymore,” to which the show’s lead responds, “Well, you don’t have to, do you? That’s why we went to that dump, pulled you out of there, and brought you back here.” The show’s message is loud and clear: women in porn are victims who need only to be rescued.”
Thoughtful and thought-provoking.
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