I don’t know if this blog is going to become a non-stop Whack Magazine/Miss Lagsalot love-fest, but I just read this post from Miss Lagsalot’s personal blog and I can’t help but feel that it’s in some way related to my first article for Whack Magazine.
Check out an excerpt and let me know if you think I’m crazy or if there’s actually something to this:
These are people whose self-exploration takes thousands of viewers along for the ride. They aren’t just pretending to have great sex on film because they hope someone will pay to jerk off to it. They are honestly making love on camera, to themselves, to each other, to the idea of making artistic pornography in general. And what they make is a beautiful testament to the white-hot passion of the human connection. The difference between big-studio or low-budget gonzo porn that throws two performers into a scene and lets their bodies do the work, and many of the scenes made by these companies I’m lauding in which two or more people, carefully chosen for their off-screen chemistry and passion for their work, is astounding. When what you’re watching has in it a genuine human connection, rather than a pair of perfect anatomies operating in robotic, pre-approved routines, the results are intensely erotic. The viewer can feel the passion and connection between the performers, and it’s a challenge to review these movies instead of just masturbating furiously (though I’ve found a nice middle ground exists between the two).
But here’s the thing. I’ve been thinking, while lying awake at night waiting for sleep to find me… If the best porn out there is the porn in which the human connection between performers is the centerpiece… If chemistry and authentic sexual expression are the holy grails of indie and artistic porn… If the stripped-down sexiness of the performers and their need for each other is what makes a scene, instead of the set or the lighting or the costume or the soundtrack… And if the goal is to turn the porn industry from a bunch of automatons boning mindlessly into a storehouse of real human eroticism (and I think it is, because I think the ever-more-aware porn consumer is getting sick of the tried-and-true formulas and seeking more these days, and will continue to do so)… Then where will the line eventually be drawn between porn made by earnest artists trying to make realistic but beautiful pornography… and amateur porn?
She brings up some really interesting points, goes into a lot of details about the differences and what the general public might think about the difference between professional and amateur porn, and then concludes with this:
But it makes me worry to think such things because, well, I think the porn community is important. I want the industry to continue, in a more grass-roots way than it has, to operate and make money and provide people with sexual options and ideas. I think that most of the indie and art porn studios are fascinating and the people who work for them are amazing. I want these people to continue what they’re doing and to keep making important statements about human sexuality. But even though their statements are important, even though their performers are beautiful, even though they can make cinematic films that look beautiful while offering important looks into fringe sexualities… Someone out there can do it cheaper and offer it for free.
I don’t think this will necessarily happen right now, or that amateur porn will necessarily flood out professional fare. There will always be a crowd of us out here with an interest in the quality products put out by artists and impassioned sex workers. And I may just be blathering unnecessarily. But it’s food for thought. Where is the line between excellent pro and excellent am, and is it going to be able to stay afloat, or sink beneath the waves of amateur fare the world at large will never stop producing?
I’d like to think that I’m a part of that community which honestly loves sex, loves art and loves porn. I will never stop trying to blend the three, because I think that’s what will make porn move forward and keep from being completely corporate or completely amateur. Check out the post in its entirety here and let me know what you think!