Why not just liberate the fucking farm, hmmm?

July 9th, 2010 10:47 am by Kelly Garbato

Butch Dog Food Ad - Full of Meat

An ad for Butch dog food, in two parts. The panel on the left shows neatly wrapped sausage, over which is superimposed the following text: “I’m as guilty as the next girl of licking the odd bone. But believe me, there’s no substitute for being stuffed full of meat.” In the right panel sits a small pug, an expectantly eager look on her face. Just in case her gender isn’t readily apparent, the ad is dripping in pink.

Writing about the life and death of porn star Stephen Hill – perhaps most famous for his role as Barack Obama in Palin: Erection 2008 – in Salon, journalist Susannah Breslin bemoans the fate of male porn actors, or “mopes”:

If porn is a joke — and, particularly these days, it most assuredly is — male porn stars are its punch line. Reams of text have been written about how porn supposedly victimizes the women who work in this branch of the sex trade, but inside the straight porn industry, it’s the female performers who have the greater power, higher status and bigger paycheck. [...] So-called woodsmen are paid significantly less than their female counterparts, for their efforts are treated like props on the movie sets where they perform near Herculean sex acts of which most men can only dream [...] and more often than not end up as decapitated, frantically thrusting tubes of meat in this industry’s final product. Due to the hardcore nature of the porn business and the toll it takes upon all its workers, the porn industry functions as a meat grinder for the human condition, and men are its offal. They may score bragging rights as professional cocksmen, but the reality is these are the working stiffs of a business that has virtually no interest in the men it employs and all the interest in the world in the women with whom its movies are forever preoccupied.

Just two paragraphs previous, Breslin described a visit to the set of a porn film, circa Valentine’s Day 2001:

From the outside, it’s one more stucco building on a suburban street in the San Fernando Valley. Inside, some 90 men have congregated to masturbate on a young woman for the making of an adult movie called “American Bukkake 13.”

Sabrina Jade, who has long, reddish brown hair and emerald green, catlike eyes, is seated on a towel in the middle of the floor. A plastic cone has been duct-taped around her neck like a funnel, or an Edwardian collar. Jim Powers, the director, came up with the idea when he saw a dog wearing a similar apparatus around its neck after a visit to the vet.

(Links and emphasis mine.)

Um, yeah. If men are “tubes of meat,” women are the farmed animals who are force-fed the least desirable pieces of their murdered and dismembered cousins. Forced into carnism and/or cannibalism; at once “meat” and “meat-eater.” Enslaved, caged, tortured. Right up until the time when they’re hoisted into the air, hung upside-down by a hook through the thigh, and left to die, throats slit, bleeding out. In the meantime, maybe some randomly passing slaughterhouse worker decides to jerk off into the dying animal’s eyes. Just so he knows, in that 30 seconds, that it’s not he at the bottom of the shitpile, nosiree.

Maybe, maybe not.

And that’s all I’ll say about that.*

* Or, you know, not:

This is probably where I should clarify my feelings on pornography and (other types of) sex work, but I’m ambivalent and otherwise not in the mood. Suffice it to say, while I support the rights of sex workers, I have trouble believing that such work can ever truly be “empowering” – or even 100% consensual – when performed/produced in the context of a patriarchy. Which is, you know, every fucking contemporary society the world over. Ditto: in the context of a rape culture.

Although I agree with Breslin that pornography can be harmful to men as well as women, I don’t think there’s any question as to who’s being intentionally humiliated and degraded in most mainstream, heterosexual porn scenarios. The “interest” shown in women of which Breslin speaks comes not from a place of respect or power, but from the oppressive perspective of the male gaze. Woman as canine cum dumpster, if you will. Double the objectification, double the “it.” (And no amount of pay can convince me of the empowerfulness of such a scene.)

Anyhow, for further reading, check out the recent porn blowup on Scienceblogs, by way of Savage Death Island, aka IBTP. The comment threads are all kinds of awesome, to wit:

So, mainstream porn is the factory farming of porn, all feedlots and manure lagoons, ending with a bullet to the brain, while there are all sorts of free-range porn, where the calves willingly kill themselves to bring pleasure to their diners.

Also, in her bid to create a “ZOMG WHAT ABOUT THE MENZ!!!?!” story, Breslin overlooks what is, dare I say, the most important facet of the case: namely, that after an 8-hour suicide standoff, the cops reportedly tasered Hill while he was perched precariously on a ledge. Subsequently, he plunged 50 feet to his death.

Irresponsible use of / over-reliance on tasers? Police brutality? An intersection of race + gender + dis/ability stereotyping? You do the math and tell me where the real story lies.**

** Since first I wrote (and neglected to publish) this post several weeks ago, new information has emerged in this case; Hill was not tasered by police, but shot several times with “a nonlethal weapon” (whatever that means). Police further contend that he fell to his death while attempting to jump – from the cliff to where, I do not know. Anyhow, none of this negates the information that was available at the time Breslin wrote her piece for Salon.

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One Response to “Why not just liberate the fucking farm, hmmm?”

  1. I hear they feed their sex workers genuine wheatgrass smoothies… – Schlongs4Seals Says:

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