Friday, July 6, 2012

What It's Like To Watch Porn For A Living

For some reason I completely forgot to post a link to this before now. I guess it was published what... a little over a month ago? Anyhow, I was the anonymous interview subject for this piece about what my job is like, and it's actually pretty close to verbatim what I said in the interview. Of course, you don't get to see the questions asked in order to understand why the narrative takes the direction that it does, because this is not what I would have said about my job were I to write this article. But it's interesting to see my job through the lens of somebody I told about it:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedshift/what-its-like-to-watch-porn-for-a-living

The 2nd and even more interesting thing about this article: look at the comments. There's some people who are like porn addiction is real! And some Jesus Nazi's of course. But it would appear from some of the comments that everyone read this as though it were a male identified individual who was the interview subject. At first I didn't actually think that she had not identified my gender- I figured people just skipped through the article and didn't notice. But then I reread it and noticed that she didn't.

I am uncertain as to whether I come off as male when I talk about my work, or whether people just assume that anyone who admits to liking porn must be male. Perhaps it is a combo of both. To me, though, it's pretty clear that there is some feminine energy going on from my statement here: "My favorite movies are girl-on-girl ones with girls who are really into each other. I like watching queer porn because they're doing things that haven't been done before — movies that feature trans people, or men who prefer a more submissive role, or just movies that feel more natural and less set-up. In general I like watching anything where it seems like the actors are friends and having fun." One of the commenters did seem to pick up on that, though she was careful to identify it as someone who was a feminist rather than assigning a gender.

Fascinating. Just fascinating.

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