Friday, June 20, 2008

Open Up (Your Mind) With Fisting, The Illegal Pleasure!

Apparently, as the law defines it, one finger marks the difference between acceptable erotica and disgusting, unredeemable smut. Click below to find out just how many people have been jailed, how much porn has been edited, and who the latest victims of such censorship you might be watching are.

Time and time again, it would sneak up on me, reminding me that not everything is okay in the porn world.

Forget about squabbles over a .xxx domain name. Ignore the worries of whether or not making credit card age verification violates pornography sites' rights (well, okay, don't ignore it, just put it on the back burner for now). Instead, it's time to start asking why consensual acts in porn are illegal.

Technically, it becomes all the more confusing because there isn't a grand, prurient list somewhere detailing all of the acts that are illegal in porn. Rather, with famed "obscenity laws", operating at the state or lower level, a community can apparently band together and reject what they find obscene (do they all decide unanimously, I wonder, or are the husbands sitting there squirming as they vote "obscene" next to their wives?). Works that judges decide don't have serious literary, artistic, political, or social merit can be declared illegal, and the folks who created it can be jailed.

I wonder . . . I'm quite sure that there is a bevvy of reality TV programming that quite honestly lacks merit whatsoever, besides its entertainment value. It's got to be brimming with more crap than your most hardcore scat porn. Why aren't the courts going after them?

Well, I'm sure it's obvious the Puritan values that are seeping in- the ones of those that seem determined that the government was created, of course, so they could do exactly as they pleased, being a nice and convenient majority. And then add in a good deal of people who are disgusted, viscerally, by the sight of hardcore pornography (versus rather, just the idea of it), who think it'd be nice if that stuff wasn't around. And finally, those who have no beefs with hardcore porn either way- and have a similar apathy for fighting for freedom of the press. Combine them all together and you get what's happening now- the losing end of a battle.

Like I said in the beginning, the signs kept- and continue- rolling in. It first came as I listened eagerly to the director's commentary from one of Shine Louise Houston's wonderful films (I'm think it was "The Crash Pad", but can't be sure), where she oh-so-casually mentioned that yep, there was the penetration, all four fingers but shy of that fifth, the thumb, because you can't show fisting on-screen. It shocked me quite a bit- a naive little thing who had no idea that there was anything beyond death and minors who couldn't be displayed in a pornographic way. I thought about it, and let it fade somewhat. Later, I'd be watching Fatale Media's "Bathroom Sluts" when it would rear its head again- in the form of a big, pale pink dot resolutely covering whatever illegal actions were happening in the meet between that hand and vagina. The credits at the end of the film told me all about why that pink dot was there, and I started to get angry. I remember asking why fisting was illegal on Yahoo! Answers- for even with the help of Wikipedia, obscenity laws are pretty vague and complex issues- and mostly getting answers to the tune of "It's not. Where did you hear that?" and so forth. Even more anger. The lack of people's knowledge on the subject makes it ten times worse, because how can you fight something when nobody believes it's even happening?

Now I'm not surprised when I read in an interview that Tony Comstock of the wonderful Comstock Films says he has an footage of an "ode to fisting" already recorded . . . but one that won't be released and turned into a movie, because he's just not ready to be condemned to a jail cell for it (and who could blame him?). Kink.com regularly reports doing cautious "tests" to sniff the cultural and legal airs, experimenting with watersports and fisting and gauging reactions to see if they can go further without fears of reprecussions. European DVD's with hot, sexy fisting scenes are shipped to the U.S. edited, minus said hot, sexy, fisting. Max Hardcore, the guy behind some truly hardcore stuff (fisting, ), has finally come out the other end of his obscenity trial and landed in jail.

And while many online sites are freed of the fisting censorship- imagine my surprise when Crashpadseries.com featured some good old-fashioned handballing in their very first episode!- or aren't as worried about it as they are with DVD's that are shipped across state lines, it even continues to sneak its way around the 'Net.

Just today, I find out that Trannywood Pictures will have their films available for viewing online, through Good Vibrations' site. Awesome, right? Well, no, not so much- because the scenes will have to be edited to, yes, you guessed it, take out the amazing ass-fisting scenes between Ian Sparks, Brett McCloskey, and Dex Hardlove. The company behind the VOD network understandably doesn't want to make itself vulnerable to legal suits (and I stress the 'understandably' because I don't want people to make it out as a "bad company being all moralistic" situation). Everyone here is working within the sad parameters laid out by our antiquated laws, and Trannywood will be yet another to make the sacrifice in order to get more viewers and customers. Indie porn that's portraying a more realistic sexuality- one that acknolwedges that people do fist in real life- struggle the hardest; they do not have the financial recourses to fight in court, nor often the ability to turn down releasers or retailers who put constraints on their work.

I'm just sad, overall. The fight's still in me, but it's waning under the tidal wave of bad news after bad news.

1 comment:

Merry said...

What really gets me is when they say they are doing this all for the children, but children aren't watching the stuff. All it does is limit the freedom to INVITE certain images into the home.