Thursday, May 1, 2008

Porn Lags Behind The Genderqueer Revolution

It's not surprising . . . while actual technology of porn seems to be at the cutting edge of whatever you're calling our revolution towards tinier, more portable, more multi-functional gadgets, sometimes the content lags behind. Did it really take until the 80's to get some real-life butch lesbians on the screen? Or FtM transboys, for that matter?

And now that we're finally starting to have the plethora of more gender-bending porn, from cross-dressing men and women, to transmen and women, to the feminine men and the masculine women, well, to be quite honest, I'm left wanting more. (Yes, I am quite aware that I am greed personified).

"More what?", you might ask. What more could you ask from an industry that's barely squeezing out something that doesn't look like Jenna Jameson (blonde), Sasha Grey (brunette), or Rocco Siffredi? Well, let me paint you a picture.

It's four or five years ago, and I'm just coming into my own. My latent bi/pansexuality has been unearthed by, of all things, not simply a female crush, but rather a book of drag king photographs. Call it fortune, call it luck, call it divine intervention, because this book would lead me into the cutting-edge of the genderqueer culture. Had I simply realized "I like girls." and gone from there, I doubt I could have ever travelled so far and so deep to the place where I now reside. Realizing my love and lust for girls in boy drag, Amazon.com's searches grudgingly produce Carol Queen's "The Leather Daddy and the Femme" in my results, and I promptly order it and devour every blessed word. It is the most elegant tale of gender-gone-deliciously-haywire that I had, and have, ever read. Miranda sometimes dresses as a boy and sometimes in full femme attire when she's sexing with gay leatherman Jack, who also loves to get it on with his bisexual buddy Demetrius who realized he liked boys when getting topped by cross-dressing dominatrix Georgia Strong. And of course they all really like romping around with Ariel, the pre-op transsexual lesbian, and Peaches, the beautiful cross-dressing boy, or they reminisce about the good old days when Miranda was the femme of a butch-femme and then femme-FtM sex whirlwind, or those two bold pre-op transgirls strapped everything down and went to a lesbian sex club together to get fucked in the ass by butch dykes.

Yes, it's okay if you let your jaw hit the floor. Mine did.

I was enthralled, drawn in by the intermingling of these usually separate spheres. And more and more, I was confronted with these same themes. Half of the stories in bisexual erotica anthologies I bought featured sex between gay men and women, or dykes and men, and frequently, gay men with lesbians. On the Technodyke.com messageboard, lesbian-identified women gush about male celebrity crushes and one woman openly says that she will occasionally top a gay boy. On Yahoo! Answers, a gay man confesses his attraction to butch women and wonders what that means about his sexuality. Christina Ricci gives hopes to fag hags everywhere and seduces a gay boy to the other side in "The Opposite Of Sex". On Nip/Tuck, a young, supposedly straight twink lives as a houseboy to an older gay sugar daddy, and later offers to suck off Dr. Christian Troy with a blithe "Gay, straight, whatever. A blowjob's a blowjob.". Straight preteen girls squeal with joy when they see animated gay male action. Things are a-changin', and I was right there, eager to see things pushed even further- I had fantasies of a drag-king MtF transwoman fucking a drag-queen FtM transguy and even crazier. For a kinky pansexual, the fun combinations can never be exhausted, really.

But when I look at porn, I never get to see these mixtures. The walls are up, and the walls are rigid, everyone- you do not break your barrier. About the only intermingling going on is the requisite lesbian scene in every straight porn ever, and the cursory, fill-a-fetish boy-on-boy action in bisexual threesome porn. Sometimes shemale porn goes out on a limb and features transladies with biogirls. FtM porn remains stubbornly either straight or gay, refusing to mix transguy-with-girl and transguy-with guy/transguy into one single film. All in all, it's pretty pathetic. Not that I blame them- no, rock on, pornographers who are pushing the boundaries! I just want them to push harder, to blow those boundaries out of the water.
Case in point: below was what I read posted in Fatalemedia.com's blog.

We received an interesting letter from a Fatale fan who asked, “Do you have DVDs that feature sex between gender-queers and/or butch women and queeny men?”

Perhaps not the best people to ask this question, since Fatalemedia is primarily lesbian- and FtM-based. But still, this is probably someone who enjoys that very stuff, and simply is looking for some men in the picture, too. And the gals over at Fatale do their darndest to provide some good genderqueer porn. They recommend tons of movies featuring butch gender-benders, but they fall short on the person's actual request: butch women and queeny men, together.

I believe that people are out there, doing this very thing. Dykes and fags are getting together, and whether you want to argue semantics and primly insist that they are obviously bisexual, it doesn't really matter. Hell, even if I were completely making it up and the communities weren't mixing under the covers, I'd still pay money to see 'em go at it anyways. Isn't that what straight men have been doing for decades with their lesbian porn- hardly caring about if the actresses want each other, and just liking the sight? So where is this stuff in porn? Shine Louise Houston has said she eventually wants to make porn featuring bio-boys, but just how long will it take to reach that goal? (And if she does, will it simply be a passionate take on most straight scenes, or will it have some of the Crash Pad's genderqueer sheen to it?). I can't say.

But this is my plea, to any and all pornographers who are listening: show me the queer sex, the stranger-than-strange genderqueer sex pairings that will knock my socks off. Pretty please?

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