farm to table porn?

Part of the conversation that followed the Feminist Porn Conference session I was in revolved around the question of what needs to be “taught” with regard to sex, since so many people regard it as “natural” and therefore will just come, like gravy, the way walking, talking, and eating just come.

The eating analogy is particularly apposite.

Tristan Taoromino used a great analogy in terms of food: her feminist porn is organic, fair trade porn. Organic because it emerges from the performers doing precisely what they choose to do, and fair trade because she uses ethical business practices.

Princess Kali described the differences between her educational videos and her erotic videos as being about what’s included. The educational videos keep in the negotiation and other implementations of safer sex practices, while the erotic videos just straight for the ball crushing and whipping, without showing HOW to do these things safely.

I considered this distinction in the context of Tristan’s analogy, and decided that educational explicit videos are “farm to table porn” – you take the highest quality ingredients and do as little as possible to them from when they were growing to when they hit your tongue. Porn (as contrasted with educational videos) is more processed. I don’t think that’s quite right, but I think it’s an interesting place to start.

Some folks in the room expressed a definite preference for the more processed form, which takes full advantage of the nature of video media: that it can be edited down to the juciest bits. They wanted the sugar, and never mind the rest of the fruit. And fair enough: porn is entertainment. It’s dessert, not the main dish, it doesn’t have to be nourishing.

But it CAN be.

I wonder if porn could be broken down in this way: gourmet dessert porn, highly refined, processed, sweetened, calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, but deeply, deeply satisfying to the mammal in you; farm to table porn, organic, minimally processed, whole sex, less calorie-dense but more nourishing in its way; fast food porn – no feminist porn will ever be fast food sex, but most of the mainstream porn in the world definitely is, a chemistry project molded into the shape of food, with only a minimal quantity of actual food ingredients; cooking show porn, the explicit sex education videos that explicitly and intentionally stop in the middle to explain what they’re doing and how the viewer can do it too… and of course ALL feminist porn should be ethically produced “fair trade” porn.

What else? Gourmet dessert, farm to table, cooking show, fast food… what’s missing?