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I can’t help but wonder if the porn industry has missed an incredibly large demographic by not making films more specifically suited for women. Perhaps this is because of its history. The directors, company owners, distributors, adult-store owners, and even the customer base are all predominately men. In more recent years the adult business has seen a rise in female directors, but the marketing hasn’t changed.
Yet there is no shortage of romance novels written by and for women even though we can assume that publishing companies have mostly all-male boards of directors. Somehow, despite the desire of the patriarchy to hinder female sexuality, those particular expressions of it have found their way to the marketplace. Snow continues, blowing:
But it may be. Penthouse has a line of films aimed at women (though the plotlines are often thin). Companies like Girlfriends Films aim to create products for women. Despite being very successful at what they do, these companies primarily make lesbian movies that may not always be what straight women want. Yet even these are often marketed for a male audience.
So much of what is out there is for men, and as we all know within the male-dominated sex industry, men fast-forward through the storytelling and setups, so these expensive-to-produce points are glossed over or ignored.
That’s the point isn’t it? Men don’t want to form relationships as prelude to sex. A plot line is just like getting to know someone. It is an investment of time and mental energy. A hook-up sex app also implies a drop-out, not an investment in a plot line or a series of dates. Male-centered porn is designed exactly like the male-centered sex-app: turn on, meet up, get off, goodbye.
Yet sex columnist Dan Savage thinks that the hetero hook-up app Bang With Friends may succeed:
By definition the guys a woman meets through Bang With Friends aren’t strangers. These are guys that the women on the site know. (In theory at least—some people are Facebook friends with strangers.) And while a woman can certainly be victimized, infected, sexually assaulted, or knocked up by a guy she knows, a woman is more likely to… know something about a guy she knows. She’s likelier to have some sense of whether this guy is a good guy or a bad guy, she may know other women he’s been with (or, ahem, she may know the woman he’s currently with), and she may have some friends in common. That last bit is especially important: a sexually impulsive act with someone in your social circle comes with a degree of social accountability. Anonymous hookups do not. And it’s that degree of social accountability that’s key, I think, to making a Grindr for straight people work.
Lesbians don’t have any of these fears; what is the rape rate among lesbian women? Yet there is no successful hook-up app for lesbians.
Any number of arguments from the realm of evolutionary psychology can be made here. The sexual selectivity of women is an ingrained function of their reproductive capabilities and physical differences between the sexes. It is at least possible – though few of these people will even entertain the notion – that evolution, that trickiest of processes, conjoined obvious and natural biological differences on the mind. That would make the purpose of those biological differences all the more easy to implement, wouldn’t it? If “nature” had a purpose in casting men and women of different body sizes and reproductive gear works, why would “nature” not develop a process that would accommodate those biological differences?
It’s just entertaining to see blank slatists begin with an argument and then switch up all of the assumptions to the point that by the end of their examination they’ve created a completely different story. Yeah, women are just as horny as men if you relax constraint X and provide inducement Y and make assumption Z.
It will be interesting to see how feminists react when Bang With Friends fails, and it will. I expect there will be a lot of goal-post shifting and complaints about why this one still didn’t get it right.