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A VAGINA BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET: a performance
Performance, 2016
9:10
WARNING: Extremely graphic and disturbing imagery

A mock version of a ‘meet in the street’ porn video, where a man will meet an ‘unsuspecting’ woman and lure her into sex. Due to the utilitarian nature of the women in these videos, in that their sole purpose appears to be a thing with holes to stick a penis into, I thought: ‘Why not substitute her with any old thing?’ So I did. A roadkill prairie dog. We named her Belinda.

This is a performance that is not anti-porn as a concept, but anti-porn culture AS IT HAS BECOME -- misogynist, racist, violent, hateful, exploitative.
I do not believe in censorship, however this does not mean there can be no critique, no belief in something becoming harmful, no attempt at protest or trying to shed light in dark corners.
And internet porn culture is dark, indeed. Dark corners run by white males. Here are some of the titles for videos on just the ONE PAGE I use for this performance:
'Skinny redhead has her tight snatch destroyed'; 'Foxy blond bint has her twat drilled'; 'Beautiful ebony babe has her pussy stretched'
That's vaginas. How about power:
'Super nervous first timer gets settled by cock'; 'Submissive comeshot compilation. That's why I am the BOSS'
Or race:
'Monster black shaft for a petite slut'; 'Petite ethnic teen fucked and takes cream pie'; 'Hot ebony minx rides on BBC (Big Black Cock)'
Or pseudo crime:
'Exploited black teens compilation.'
Or sites advertised on the page:
'Beat the Pussy up'; 'PunishTube.com'
In a time when slut shaming is rampant, women who speak up get threatened in the most vile and violent terms, and feminism is a dirty word, a time when a man who brags about 'grabbing women by the pussy' gets elected President of the United States (and these are in the societies where women are doing WELL, where they are equal citizens and have voice) then you have to wonder what the porn culture is doing for the minds and attitudes of people being raised on it. Not that there's ever really been a 'great' time for women, in any culture.