Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pegging It: Strap Attack 10 (2009)

Hola ladies, gents, and otherwise. I have been having a lot of fun recently exploring genres that I had no knowledge of -- on my journey toward being a porn scholar, I figure I need to dabble in as many different genres and studios as possible in order to be well-rounded. A genre I have been eagerly wanting to investigate is the pegging movie, of which the Strap Attack series is probably the most famous and popular. It's an Evil Angel production, made by classic porn star Joey Silvera, whom I've enjoyed on screen several times. He has proven to be a queer sexual explorer in the past, so Strap Attack seems to be a perfect fit for him -- it shows in his enthusiasm behind the camera, which I sense is infectious for the performers and viewer alike.

One of the main reasons I wanted this one is because Asa Akira, star of Pure, and my new favourite performer, is the covergirl. She does not disappoint, concluding the movie with a fantastic performance that she and her partner seem to thoroughly enjoy. Mz. Berlin, a red-headed professional dominatrix, is also very impressive, performing with Christian (who really charmed my socks off). Going into this, I wasn't sure how I would react, and I definitely had some questions in my head, particularly after reading a lot of men's perspectives that this genre is "gay." I wasn't sure if the movie would be solely about male pleasure, and then, if this were true, whether or not the movie would actually play out as a subversive contribution to mainstream adult film (as I had hopes it would).



Well, right off the bat, I could tell that this genre is something of an equalizer - both performers' pleasure is validated in every scene, particularly in the first two, with both partners taking their turn to fuck and suck. They also conclude with a money shot that is shared between both partners, a challenge to traditional money shots that raises some interesting questions. Also, due to the nature of this particular sexual preference, there is more focus on the male body (in non-traditional ways, for hetero porn), which I found refreshing. It's quite an odd thing to see male orifices toyed with on screen (bear in mind I haven't seen much gay porn, but even in the gay porn I've seen, there wasn't much enthusiastic probing going on), and I have heard some men say that they don't do anal with their girlfriend because it's "gay." The same attitude is expressed, in fact, toward any sexual activity that involves penetration of male orifices - something that is coded as feminine, and therefore plays out as "gay" in a man. The fact that the penetrating item in these movies is a giant rubber dong simply literalizes the anxiety all these other penetrative acts rustle up. There is nothing homosexual about getting pegged. It's a piece of rubber, shaped like a penis. It's no more gay than lesbian dildo banging is straight. But boy is it queer...



Another thing I noticed about this movie was the degree of fem-dom behavior - it says it on the box, so I was expecting it, but the excessive amount of spitting in the fourth scene with muscle-bound Monica Santhiago (who speaks in Portuguese throughout the scene, which was cool) was just too gross for me. I confess to using the FF button on this one. I did watch the concluding milk enema though - a new spectacle to add to my collection.



My question regarding the fem-dom element is whether or not there exists a pegging/strap-on movie in which there are no traces of fem-dom behavior. I wonder if this is possible for a straight market to consume; whether or not the dominatrix aspect acts as what Linda Williams calls an "identificatory buffer" - a sort of psychological, unconscious security blanket that enables you to indulge in deep-seated taboo pleasures. Women often perform this function in situations where without the woman, it would be deemed homosexual - the three-way, for example, or any of the other various communications that take place in our culture between men that superficially take place "through" a woman - and in Strap Attack, I wonder whether the aggression and fetish-clothing are mere cultural iconography employed to soften the blow (so to speak) of simply enjoying women fucking men with strap-ons. It lends it a kinkiness that I think people associate with transgression, and therefore accept a lot more of what's taking place than if they were watching a more "vanilla" fucking style.

Certainly, I need to see more of these movies - one thing I know for sure is that I am a fan. I loved the leveling out of genders, I loved the fact that the men and women involved seemed to simply *love* what was happening (and seemed well-seasoned in this particular art form), and I thought the whole thing was hot (except for the spitting) - particularly the scene with Mz. Berlin and Christian. Christian is a star.

11 comments:

J. Astro said...

Gotta admit, the women-in-control direction is probably one of the sexiest things ever, considering that 99% percent of other straight porn is just a bunch o' sweaty, snarling dudes slapping bitches around and "sport fucking" them. Not that erotic. I don't vibe on straight up fem-dom (spitting, nipple-clamps or silly goofball mistress shit like that) because I think it's waaaay too hokey... but I totally admire porn that lets women be the aggressors.

That said, I would probably -not- care for any hunks o' plastic up my butt. Not a judgment, personal preference only. ;) Cool post, though.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Personal preference will win out in the end - but yeah, it was a really nice change watching this. The first scene especially was really fun, with both partners laughing a lot and fooling around after the scene was over. Good stuff.

X-Ray Specs said...

I hadn't thought of Joey Silvera in long time. He was always pretty goofy (in a good way) in some of his older movies.

I guess the modern day version of Silvera would be Steven St. Croix

The Guy said...

"It's no more gay than lesbian dildo banging is straight. But boy is it queer..."

Excellent line. I haven't seen this volume, but this series is great. I watched vol. 11 recently and was very impressed with the Francesca Le/Malia Kelly scene. From what I've seen, Joey Silvera is the best director for "taboo" style porn that still maintains good talent and decent production values. His squirting and transsexual stuff is also worth checking out, if you haven't already done so.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Thanks for the tips, Guy! I agree - Joey is the best of the "queer" pornographers - if he pops up in something that's a bit weird, I always feel more secure that everyone's in capable hands. Sometimes I see things where I think the person's just doing it for money, whereas Joey seems to really get off on queer experimentation (and I'm sure the money doesn't hurt either, before you think I'm being all romantic).

I will definitely check out the rest of the series - Francesca Le! Yummy. I hope that scene involves Christian, or a guy equally as enthused and yummy.

The Guy said...

I think it's with Vin Deacon. Not my favorite guy for these types of scenes, but he is into it. Silvera does seem to use some guys who aren't really into women in his strap on movies, and that rarely results in a good scene. Hey, some hot chick wants to fuck me in the ass, I'm all for that, haha. Screw those guys.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Really? I didn't see any guys who didn't seem into it - I think a lot of them are bisexual or simply queer. Maybe there are scenes in other movies where they're obviously not attracted to the women.

Mz Berlin said...

Hey! Mz Berlin here! I'm happy you liked the film. Christian and I had an authentic scene together and there was no faking it, which I love. Thanks for watching!
xo
Mz

Gore-Gore Girl said...

WOW!! Mz. Berlin, thank you for stopping by, and thank you even more for helping to create this marvelous scene (which I watched again for kicks Thanksgiving night!).

Keep up the good work!

BlackSix said...

I just saw this because of your review and the Christian/Mz. Berlin scene is great, as is the Asa scene. So much laughing and positive energy in these scenes, it almost doesn't seem like porn! ;)

Other good SA scenes I've seen are the ones between Gianna/Christian in SA 6 and Jasmine Bryne/Christian in SA 3.

You can also see Joey Silvera get pegged himself in his gonzo masterpiece Kink (1995).

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Ha! Yeah, weird when things are so joyful it doesn't feel "pornographic" anymore! Not sure I'd sit down with the family to watch this on Christmas Eve though!

Thanks for the recs - I must have more Christian in my life! Him and Gianna sounds like a wining combo - she is someone else I'm trying to get to know better. I love her unconventional looks and obvious energy.

Oh, and I totally have to see Joey get pegged! I can't imagine a more likely candidate. ;)

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