Consent to the Rigor of Porn

03/21/2012 2:01 PM |

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Aiming to foster an “intelligent dialogue” on pornography, in a broad sense as well as with specific reference to the relationship between pornography and art, Lynsey G, the curator of Consent, which opens this evening at Apexart, hopes to make public the sorts of discussions that she feels are all too often shrouded in secrecy.

In her words:

I am an advocate for pornography, and I spend a huge amount of time writing, thinking, and talking about it, but I also include myself in the silent “we” of porn consumption. For each of us, the internal space between private moments and public face is different: some distance themselves from porn by joking about it in public; others over-glamorize the industry; many demonize it; still others pretend to know nothing about it (though their internet browsers know better). [...]

Though the media informs us that adult entertainment is “mainstream” and that our culture is becoming “pornified,” the topic of personal relationships to porn is still taboo. The space that yawns between what we do and what we say is so empty and quiet that other spaces have opened around it.

Her introductory essay goes into much of this at great length. She talks a lot about spaces. A lot about bodies. A lot about media. And there’s a fairly high count of the plural first-person pronoun, ‘we.’

So it seems like the discussion is already inclusive. And already well underway. Join her for more this evening, from 6-8pm, and mark April 4th on your calendars for the double-feature screening of The Graduate and The Graduate XXX.

Bring a date? Or don’t? What’s the protocol?

Perhaps a worthy question to bring up in tonight’s discussion.

[Image of Sinnamon Love courtesy of Vivid.com via Apexart.]

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