Paris Festival Unveils 'Feminist' Pornos

Intellectuals welcome back erotica
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Oct 12, 2008 11:15 AM CDT
Female porn 'can be empowering' says a filmmaker.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – A group of French intellectuals is staging Paris’ first pornographic film festival in an attempt to integrate hardcore erotica into mainstream cinema, the Guardian reports. Many argue the "feminism-friendly" videos are revolutionary, despite names like Strap-on Motel and Post-Apocalyptic Cowgirls. "For women it can be a sort of empowerment,” insisted a self-described “pro-sex feminist” festival organizer.

A filmmaker said she has aimed to "make films that would let women see themselves as they are." Most women "don't recognize themselves in porn films—they're too vulgar," she added. "And real feminine sexual pleasure is usually totally absent.”