Before taking this class, I was pretty ignorant about how women were objectified and sexualized in consumerism. Needless to say, I am now much more aware and critical of advertisements, shows, and music videos I watch. However, these views are unpopular in public and often ridiculed for being too sensitive or just strange.
How can we learn to voice these opinions? How can we find the balance between being “too feminist” and losing all critical thinking about the ideas we internalize every day?
Tristan Taormino’s way of voicing her unpopular feminist views was very shrewd. Opinions against typical porn are often ignored and do not reach the right audience- the consumers of pornography. Taormino’s idea of making feminist, educational porn may have been born because she believed it would help women explore their sexuality while maintaining the integrity of industry stars. However, her videos have reached not just women viewers, but also typical male consumers. She is working within one of the biggest porn companies and her videos are extremely popular. Taormino herself stated that people of all genders and sexuality identification (queer, bisexual, pansexual, etc) watch her videos. By creating an alternate solution to a ‘feminist problem’, she has voiced her views against existing disrespectful, unrealistic porn videos. This is so much more effective than, for an example, an opinion column in the New York Times.
We need a ‘Tristan Taormino’ in every consumer industry- print ads, TV media, movies, etc. I think if there is alternate media that is as satisfying and successful without its negativity, consumers will have no problem in choosing media that is psychosocially healthier.
Source: Taormino, Tristan. Oct 25 2012 Skype Lecture