"you’re too young to know what your sexuality is" said the straight person to a queer teenager
"he’s such a ladies’ man" said the straight person about a 6 month old baby that doesn’t know what a lady is
Okay but consider this: mermaids in space
Space mermaids? As in: alien mermaids that live in the vacuum of space and swim between the stars? A setting that uses the analogy of deep space as the open ocean but keeps all the sea monsters? DO WANT!!
Luring astronauts into black holes with a song that carries across the void where no one can hear you scream
This post turned real fast
The cultural feedback loop between pornography and society has been well documented in recent years, with has a widespread, if often ignored effect on cultural discourses about gender and sexuality (Sarracino and Scott 2008, x-xix). Given the obvious issues of objectification of female characters in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013); the latter of which included Kirk bedding a pair of cat-like alien twins, which heralds back to the pornographic staple of the fetishizing of identical twins (Piontelli 2008, 20), it seems necessary to include some analysis of how these franchises have also been adapted into director Axel Braun’s series of pornographic films, given the distinction between the representation of female characters in pornographic films and cinematic films seems to be worth consideration as an additional point of comparison. Director Axel Braun, who has a doctorate in psychology (Falcon n.d.) has been noted for his high production values to the original sources of his porn parodies, especially when the pornographic costume for his Wonder Woman parody was widely judged to have surpassed the quality of the costume used in a television pilot (Bricken 2013), and the faithfully adapted pornographic parody has become his signature:
“…Braun has found a better way to sell movies: catering to these franchises’ massive fan bases by staying as faithful to the original as possible.
'I’m basically making fan films with boobs,' he says. 'I’m making them primarily for people who don’t like porn, for people who are fans of the source material — like me.'” (Stuart 2013)
Braun has created a three film Star Trek pornographic parody based on Star Trek: The Original Series: This Ain’t Star Trek XXX (2009), This Ain’t Star Trek XXX 2:The Butterfly Effect (2010), and This Ain’t Star Trek 3 XXX: This Is a Parody (2013), as well as Wolverine XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (2013), and X-Men XXX: An Axel Braun Parody(2014), the release of which also includes a non-sexual version of the film (Cabeal 2014). Braun commented with regards to the film, that:
“When you have so many great characters all in one movie, it’s not easy to construct a parody that doesn’t feel preposterous, but I think that we really managed to craft a solid storyline that is as exciting as it is arousing. Allie Haze is outstanding as Rogue, a character that Bryan Singer notoriously omitted in the otherwise highly entertaining DOFP [Days of Future Past], and Tommy Gunn is funny as hell as the short, gruff Wolverine, a portrayal totally more faithful to the comic book than the one made famous by Hugh Jackman!” (Ibid.)
Given Braun’s open criticism of Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) adaptation and the rare move of releasing a pornographic film with the included option of a non-pornographic cut, there is reason to be curious as to how the representation of female characters and characters of diverse sexualities compare, and as these films seem to feature a greater gender balance in the characters appearing within them, it is worth examining (in the context that in the sexist culture of films, where female characters are more likely to be included for the purposes of being sexually objectified love interests to male characters, than as characters with story arcs of their own), if the sexual objectification of women is the price of admission for introducing female characters into a narrative?Though these pornographic parodies will be compared to the original instalments of each franchise, the primary purpose for considering them is understanding the cultural context of the contemporary cinematic film adaptations.
Bricken, R. 2013. Who has the best live-action Wonder Woman outfit? The Wonder Woman porn parody, obviously. http://io9.com/who-has-the-best-live-action-wonder-woman-outfit-the-w-458956801 (accessed July 25, 2014).
Cabeal, D. 2014. X-Men XXX Porn Parody Releases Today and Includes Non-Sex Version! http://comicbastards.com/x-men-xxx-porn-parody-releases-today-and-includes-non-sex-version/ (accessed July 25, 2014).
Falcon, M. n.d. Axel Braun: Biography. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1345701/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm (accessed July 25, 2014).
Piontelli, A. 2008. Twins in the World: The Legends They Inspire and the Lives They Lead. Hampsire: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sarracino, C. and K. M. Scott. 2008. The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, what it Means, and where We Go from Here. Massachusetts: Beacon Press.
Stuart, T. 2013. When Fanfic Becomes Porn. http://www.buzzfeed.com/tessastuart/when-fanfic-becomes-porn (accessed July 25, 2014).
okay friends, how does this sound for the academic rationale of why i feel like it’s necessary to analyse porn parodies?
keeping in mind that one of my supervisors is a married christian man and i actually have to be the degenerate queer explaining these things with a straight face.