Porn, Motherhood and The Military Entertainment Complex

Here’s links to two Salon articles I found really educational recently.  The first one is about the feminist adult star Madison Young, who has been doing very interesting, challenging art projects juxtaposing her new role as a mother with her role in the sex industry.  I feel like these projects are treating the human body in a more three dimensional way than most mainstream thinking ever does, especially a woman’s body: http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/08/16/madison_young

The second article is about the long, historical relationship between the federal government (the military) and Hollywood, and how the relationship is ironically getting shaken a bit because of the possibility of a film about Osama Bin Laden: http://www.salon.com/news/us_military/index.html?story=%2Fnews%2Fdavid_sirota%2F2011%2F08%2F10%2Fbin_laden_movie_gop

Thanks to my buddy Mick Reed for tuning me into that one.

Both of these articles, in my opinion, are discussing two symptoms of the same disease.  Porn and War are so inseparable at this point that I don’t feel you can talk about either of these articles without eventually getting down to some real basic building blocks of human cruelty, dehumanization.  The new manuscript I’m working on (which I’ve been calling “Starfucker”) is very much steeped in these issues, both founded on rape culture theory and pure war theory, as well as the now corporate model of our culture, which is synonymous in so many ways to the issues these two articles are dealing with.  First you get the money.  Then you get the power.  You know what you get after that…

The world is a heavy-duty place.  I hope you and I both treat ourselves and others really well today…

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3 Responses to “Porn, Motherhood and The Military Entertainment Complex”

  1. Hi Nick,
    I’ve also been really interested in the mingling of war and porn, violence acculturation and permissibility and sexuality’s overt hiddenness. All this infects my review of Francesco Levato’s War Rug: http://jacket2.org/reviews/poem-type-activism. Check it, if you have time.
    Steve

    • hey man,

      i will check that out for sure. you’ve been doing some pretty excellent work–thinking, writing and otherwise–on these sorts of issues lately, I’ve noticed. I hope it’s manifesting in your poetry, too.

  2. AD Caroselli Says:

    good work Demske. I dig it.

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