Sunday, June 20, 2010

Subversive Money Shots...?

Hey folks, it's been a while. I won't bore you with the details. Point is, I'm back. I've been keeping a few lists recently that keep track of movies that represent or depict certain themes, and one of these lists involves scenes where the woman cums after the man. Any good porn fan should know that the "money shot" is the moment a man ejaculates, therefore signaling the end of the scene, a feature of hardcore that has troubled feminist porn studies scholars for years. In fact, in 2007 there was something of a spat between feminist pornographers Erika Lust, Audacia Ray, Ms. Naughty, and Petra Joy, over the money shot and whether it can ever really be "feminist" (as well as whether or not sex acts in general can be defined as "feminist" in such a clear cut way). I definitely come down on the side of Ms. Naughty, who points out that "context is everything," while bemoaning the apparent necessity of the facial, which has become mind-numbingly prerequisite for hardcore these days. Ms. Naughty notes the following:

"I'll also restate my position that I hate the way the male orgasm (as engendered in the money shot or facial) is always the 'final whistle' in porn. It's considered to be the ultimate act, the most important thing in a whole scene. And often there's no female orgasm whatsoever. Imagine how groundbreaking it would be if we got to see the woman come AFTER the guy? Even if that meant bringing in a vibrator."

Truthfully, in spite of all my diligent feminist reading about the money shot, I had never concretely thought about this idea, and immediately set about listing any scenes I noticed that did portray the woman cumming after the guy.

I should also remark that there is a strong sentiment in feminist porn that the sexual arousal must be "real," but I don't entirely agree with this position. The reason the money shot is male in the first place seems to be in large part because of the visual "proof" that male ejaculation affords, while female orgasm remains hidden and "untrustworthy," as Linda Williams has brilliantly argued in Hard Core. For that reason, and the fact that porn is after all a media form -- a representation --, I feel that an authentic and accurate representation of female orgasm is just as valuable in terms of feminism as a real one, especially if it occurs within a narrative.

The scenes noted below are just a handful from recent memory, so please feel free to offer your own suggestions to add to my list.

Tori Black is Pretty Filthy (Mason, 2009): Tori Black, Rebecca Linares, and Mark Ashley

As a whole, this Mason flick delivers in ways other gonzo releases rarely do, and the entire enterprise has a third-wave feminist approach that works really well. True to this apparent goal, the first scene concludes (sans Mark Ashley) with Tori's orgasm. Also see Savoy's post on the whole movie and its multiple female pop shots.

Car Wash Girls (Mason, 2010): Eva Angelina, Alexis Texas, and Michael Stefano

As with Pretty Filthy, this Mason flick opens with a scene that closes with a female orgasm. Once Stefano has cum, he and Alexis get to work on Eva, and her orgasm is the "money shot."

Bootylicious Girls (Sam No, 2010): Isis Taylor and Manuel Ferrara

This scene, the last one in the movie, is my current favourite. After a notably heated session, Manuel cums, and then goes to town on Isis -- her orgasm concludes the scene.

Expose Me, Lovely (Armand Weston, 1979): Ras Kean and Jody Maxwell

The only classic of the bunch. Kean plays a private dick trying to solve a murder mystery. His visit to a sculptress's home leads to a hot scene where, after the male cum shot, an extended session of cunnilingus and resulting female orgasm signals the end of the scene.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Look! Brought to you by Monster Scholar!

You may have noticed something new around these parts, and that would be the lovely new look Ms. Monster Scholar created for me (she of the equally awesome GGG banner) - classy, refreshing, and frankly fantastic! And the new blog layout is nice too! ;)

Seriously though, thank you Ms. Scholar. Y'all should go check out her blog, where you can at present read about zombie pinups such as this one to your left. A fitting GGG crossover if I ever saw one.


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