|Now someone, somewhere, thinks it's |
normal to slut-shame a steak.
The woman in the video had sex the way I do. When she was on top, she didn't pump her whole body up and down, she just moved her hips rhythmically. And she didn't stay on top forever going poundpoundpound like a champ; she did it for a few minutes and then switched positions. I think that's the first time I've seen a woman in porn do that.
The part that blew my mind: the guy in the video was way into that. And Rowdy was way into that. And it was in porn, which gave it the official stamp of People Think This Is A Sexy Thing. I was astonished, because I always thought wiggling my hips on top meant I was incompetent at sex. I thought you were supposed to bounce full-length on a guy until he came, and since my thigh muscles can't do that, I thought I was too weak to do me-on-top sex correctly. It was amazing to see people accepting a less athletic method as a totally valid, hot way to have sex. Hell, it was amazing just to find out that I wasn't the only person on Earth who has sex that way.
It was also amazing, although it probably shouldn't have been, to voice these thoughts to Rowdy and have him reply basically "you think there's a wrong way to ride my dick? and you've been doing it less because of this?" *facepalm* (He was more polite than that.) A few minutes later, we were having delightful sex with considerably better understanding of each other.
The point of this story is not "if you see something in porn then it's good sex." Oh god no. The point is that it's easy-- especially in areas as private and emotionally loaded as sex--to have a totally skewed idea of what everyone else is doing, and to try to conform to that skewed idea. (Not that conformity is a great thing. But being able to make realistic comparisons to others, then decide whether you want to emulate them or not, is still useful.)
And I'm probably going to make a whole post about this so I won't belabor the point right now, but this is why feminists care about media and memes that normalize rape. (Or that stigmatize the words "rape" and "rapist," but enthusiastically normalize the act of forcing sex on people, as long as you don't call it that.) Because it tells people that rape is normal, that it's a popular and accepted way to express romance and/or dominance, and we can't assume that everyone absorbing this culture knows "of course that's not how it really works."
It's easy to look around your little corner of the world, and the bits of patchy evidence you get from other places, and think that you know how the world is. It's easy to conclude on the most threadbare evidence that you're hideously abnormal or that the suffering you're enduring or causing is normal. The ultimate solution to this is to transcend "normal" and replace it with "good." But the proximate solution is to be conscious and careful of what we normalize.
Being imperfect is normal. Being miserable is not. Being a predator is not. As long as "normal" is a thing that people care about, we need to get this news out.-->