Thursday, May 5, 2011

PORN CARES?



Feminist anti-porn crusaders of the 70s and 80s often couched their distaste for pornography in simple terms: "it exploits women".  Accurately or not, the same kind of accusation, delivered forcefully against "exploitation", defines any social interaction where one party has historically suffered at a disadvantage in the power dynamic.  Anthropology (the study of "mankind"), with its attendant reliance on ethnographic field work as a research necessity, often falls under the same critique.

Despite this criticism, anthropologists, like porn aficionados, are often acutely sympathetic to the subjects of their study.  If you've ever taken an anthropology class like me (I received my BA in Anthropology), then the following images might just turn your stomach. . . But who knows, one man's nausea is another man's orgasm.

Japanese porn producers Sakkun have gone where only intrepid academics with notebooks and malaria nets have gone before.  Enter ethnographic porn.  In exchange for a one million yen contrubution to a Kenyan aid organization (almost 11 thousand US dollars), the company sent a Japanese porn star to Africa to have sex with "natives".  Part of its "Naked Continent" series of ethnographic themed porn titles, the company will donate an additional 1,000 yen more ($10.77 US) to the Musona Self Help Group for every DVD sold.  Like it or not, Sakkun, and its groundbreaking efforts to officially merge National Geographic with Juggs, will certainly makes a good graduate dissertation.









Thanks to BSD contributor Victor for passing along the link to this story.  

1 comment:

  1. For REAL THOUGH? My mind is simultaneously trying/trying not to process this.

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