My theory on porn for women is it’s just porn. Why is there porn explicitly only for women? By saying there needs to be porn for women, you’re basically isolating women as a gender, and saying, ‘This is how women should think. This is how their sexuality should be.’ It’s counterproductive (from what I understand) to the equality movement. Who says that one woman’s take on sexuality is the right way to think? One woman might like to watch a film with high production value and beautiful sex. Another might like some BDSM things with beating, degradation — and it doesn’t mean either is right or wrong. Pornography is made for individuals to find what they enjoy, and what turns them on. There’s no market research on this because sexuality is always developing, growing, and evolving. You could talk to a million people about what they like in porn, and you’re going to get a million answers of what a million people like in porn at that moment.
–James Deen, quoted in “James Deen, The World’s Favorite Porn Star, Talks About Sex”
I’m a fan of adult performers who can describe their industry and how they feel they fit into it. Unsurprisingly then, I like a lot of the quotes featured in this article on Deen, some because they are interesting conversation starters that I don’t completely agree with.
Two to hold on to:
- The above quote seems to be in response to the query of if he makes porn for women or perhaps feminist porn. Deen’s answer draws out some interesting questions to me on if “feminist porn” is best understood in terms of its content or in its company structure. Having female directors and camerawomen probably does cause a trickle-down effect on what types of storylines and acts are created and captured. But as Deen notes above, it is probably far too simplistic to assume women are a monolith who have all the same desires for their porn consumption.
- There is also a section on this article where Deen critiques arguments on the negative effects of porn:
“Well, adult entertainment is just that. It’s entertainment. It’s not a curriculum. It’s not educational. Did Justin Timberlake give me unrealistic expectations of dancing abilities and singing abilities? It’s like saying, I watched the Bourne Identity and thought I could drive a Mini Cooper everywhere. It gave me unrealistic expectations of what it means to drive.”
I would counter that Deen misses the fact that in lieu of other outlets that reasonably teach about sex, sexual preferences and possibilities, porn often occupies the role of sex education. To say it shouldn’t be, while easy to agree with, ignores the fact that porn is often the only access adults and young people have to learn about sex, making it different than other forms of entertainment.