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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Sweet Spot: I'm Writing My First Porn Screenplay

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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This is the third installment of the Sweet Spot, our new column covering alternative sexuality in San Francisco. Author Ginger Murray is editor of Whore! magazine and is invested in a thoughtful and intelligent exploration of alt-sex culture. She recognizes that there are great aspects of this culture in the city as well as some, well, questionable ones. "I don't support all of the events and situations that occur in the name of sexual freedom, but I do think that a high-profile public dialogue about it is vital." On the Whore! website, Murray says the quarterly "explores important facets of culture, sexuality, ascendancy, shame, history, and the right to be." We look forward to her doing the same here on the Exhibitionist.

Cat Woman strokes her latex-covered ass. In response, Batman says to Robin, "She may be evil, but she is quite attractive." Was this an episode you missed? Nope. This is a scene from Batman XXX: A Porn Parody, one of the winning films at the Adult Video News Adult Film Awards this year. Other nominees included This Ain't Glee, MASH XXX, and The Devil Wears Nada. The awards were held in January in Las Vegas. But thanks to cable, I was able to watch them last week. The awards show is worth watching just for the comments: "He was fucking me and feeding me. It was so romantic," actress Jessie Andrews says to a portly and ponytailed Ron Jeremy. Amusing, yes, and also inspiring. 

Yours truly has been been asked to write the script for Maxine Holloway's next erotic film. The director, photographer, and adult film actress will again enter a film in the Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Festival. Last year, her Outlaw, featuring the antics of a maverick dildo, came in second. If there had been just one more audience screamer supporting Holloway and codirector Lex Sloan's efforts, they would have won.

Maxine Holloway
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She plans a triumphant return, and I am honored to be a part of it. Though I am a writer, this job presents a very new kind of challenge. What is involved in writing the script for an erotic film? Isn't an erotic film considered good only in direct relation to how good the sex scenes are? Apparently not, if Batman XXX is any indication. Porn fans and the moviegoers who attend the Good Vibes IXFF do enjoy, and at times expect, cleverness and style in their erotic film scripts. 

Writing an erotic film can be difficult for a writer and it can be even more difficult for a feminist. Or so you might think. How do I write a film that is hot but also reflects my investment in promoting women's expression, power, and freedom? Most porn is not made for women, and most of the industry is run by men. But porn and feminism doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. 

Next: The impressions of my first great porn film.

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