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Sent: 20 August 2011 21:20 Thanks, David, for the comments on an anti-prostitution video that is amazingly open to other interpretations. The video depicts a man who does sex for money and feels oppressed by it, but we are only shown him kneeling on a floor between the outspread knees of women on their backs on a bed. Comments on this video include: It seems the actual subtext of the video is that older and fat woman are disgusting and undeserving of sexual pleasure. matt He seems more bored than disgusted. Alex What the creator of this video did not realize was that clients love to lick women including the mature providers. Pohaku It is a big boost for a man's ego if so many women want to have sex with him, even if they are older women. Kris The depiction of women who are older or a little bit curvy as disgusting? Talk about misogynistic. Erik Oh, please. A job described as Help Wanted: male to lick anonymous pussies for $xx per hour, supply your own toothpaste and kneepads would have applicants lined up out the door. There would be plenty of candidates if it was a volunteer gig. ewaffle Okay, bizarre choice of ad. That turned me on. Randy These and David's comments show brilliantly how the sexual image does not exist in a vacuum, that there is no objective meaning but rather each of us receives the image in our own way. The EWL want to provoke disgust and disapproval of sex-for-money as a moral campaign - but it turns out that is not easy to do. The commenters' comments are at http://www.lauraagustin.com/funding-for-ewl-anti-prostitution-campaign-challenged-in-parliament Best, Laura Laura Agustín, The Naked Anthropologist http://www.lauraagustin.com El Sab, 20 de Agosto de 2011, 1:22, Hera Cook escribió: > From: David Sonenschein [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] > Sent: 20 August 2011 07:26 > > By the time I left high school in the US in the late 1950s, it was pretty > much recognized by both males and females that the "relief devices" seen > in magazine ads then were in fact some kind of sex tool, although full > understanding (and appreciation) varied. A gay friend of mine got it right > away. As I recall, the ads interestingly enough appeared in both women's > magazines and some of the men's magazines as well (an interesting study > awaits here). Finally, the ads I most recall featured a portrait figure of > a woman holding a cylinder next to her beaming face. This is true for the > reasons Lesley gives, but also because some (many?) of the texts of the > ads specifically referred to the massage of facial muscles. The dildo (as > we'd call it now) rolling around a woman's face sent my gay friend into > "paroxysms" of laughter and pity for the straight world's sexual fears and > anxieties. The combined uneasiness and arousal about oral sex (more > below) was tapped into here, as well as women's anxieties about age and > beauty both subject to the onslaughts of the stresses that the ads > promised to relieve. > > The trailer for "Hysteria", like any promotional device, can't serve as a > base for criticism of the film as Robert Goff suggests. These are > specifically designed to lure customers. I'm sure there will be plenty of > aspects to comment on when the film is released. The trailer with its > school-boy humor not only entices us with its sexual content but promises > to make us feel superior to the past as we give ourselves that > "look-how-far-we've-come" pat on the back; we'll feel so smug that no > further critique seems necessary. The promo from the European Women's > Lobby (EWL) Laura Agustin directs us to is a hoot; I'll have to check your > site more often, Laura! The thing invokes in me not the urge to enjoy oral > sex (that's already present; not intended I'm sure by the producers!) or > to man the barricades of sexual revolution (intended by the producers), > but to satirize. > > Like all purity movements, the promo tries to mobilize disgust and > contempt (the building blocks of hatred) by wallowing in that very > phenomenon they hope to exterminate (after they've had their way with it). > The promo's disgust is based not so much on prostitution itself (as usual, > that's only a self-righteous cover for the puritans' real obsession), but > oral sex. Kinsey's data from the 1930s on and subsequent interviews > indicated a US attitude from disgust to strong ambivalence about oral sex > at least into the mid to late 1960s (an informal remembrance; don't quote > me). This anxiety is perhaps one of the bases for the rise and > institutionalization of The Facial in sex videos, appearing occasionally > in the late 1960s and becoming more of a standard feature through the > 1970s and beyond to today. I've been meaning to start a separate thread on > this... > > More specifically, it's the repugnance and outright fear over bodily > fluids that figures here. The man in the vid is seen wiping his mouth > several times, not with pleasure but in contempt-for both his clients and > for himself as the narrative suggest. Coupled with that is that the man, > according to some popular sexual scales, is placed in a submissive role: > kneeling, lower on the subject's body, and covered with the juices of the > dominant (opposed to the male giving the facial in heterosexual sex vids). > > Well, enough. Y'all are just too inspiring! > > David > David Sonenschein > email@example.com > >