Sunday, 9 February 2014

Lowering the Tone in Porn Parodies: 12 Inches a Slave

12 Inches a Slave DVD CoverOne of my recent posts was entitled "Porn Parodies - Nothing is Exempt...?". In that post I referred to the proposed Downton Abbey porn parody. Well, I take it all back after hearing that 12 Years a Slave is being treated to a porn makeover. Apparently 12 Inches a Slave is "a heartwarming story about five white women who have become slaves to huge black cock". Even by porn's standards, this is what is known as "lowering the tone".
I am not interested in seeing the film, but I am intrigued what anti-porn feminists might make of this movie. Given the prominent argument that the term "pornography" derives from the Greek 'porne' meaning "sexual slave" (see Andrea Dworkin, "Against the Male Flood", 1991 and Catharine MacKinnon, "Pornography: Not a Moral Issue", 2001), is 12 Inches a Slave a case of:
a) pornographers finally "fessing up" to its enslavement of porn performers?
b) pornographers mocking the notion that it enslaves performers? or
c) pornographers flaunting that pornography enslaves performers; that enslavement can be included as a theme in the texts themselves because anti-porn protesting has failed to stop porn production?  
 

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