Porn Gets a ‘Political as F**k!’ Film Festival

The sexual and the intersectional come together at the New Parkway for a night of political pornography.

James Darling and Andre Shakti in ‘Make America Cum Again’

The concept of feminist pornography dates back decades, but continues to evolve as the adult industry gets louder and prouder about featuring trans, queer, and traditionally marginalized communities and porn stars of color. The next generation of intersectional porn revolutionaries brings their work to the silver screen on Thursday, July 20 for Political As F**k! – An Erotic Screening of Political Porn that organizers hope will “deconstruct the patriarchy one orgasm at a time.”

“Porn is a truly powerful cinematic medium,” says Madison Young, author of DIY Porn Handbook: A How-To Guide to Documenting Our Own Sexual Revolution  and curator of the ‘Political As F**K!’ show. “It’s the only medium in which we graphically depict and document sex, and sex is highly stigmatized.  Bodies are highly stigmatized, policed, and political, so inherently, porn is a very powerful artistic medium in which to work.”

Tickets for Thursday’s ‘Political as F**k!’ show are available online on the New Parkway Theater website. Those links are totally Safe For work. But people, every link for the rest of this article is NSFW. These are adult performers’ sites, depicting various degrees of boobs, butts, bondage, and prominent placement of the word “porn.” But we’re including these links in this article to highlight the up-and-coming new guard whose political porn gets it on with contemporary social justice issues.

“I’m really excited to see Nikki Darling and Andre Shakti‘s film The Spaces Between on the big screen,” Madison Young tells SF Weekly. “It addresses some really important issues around racial tensions within a queer relationship.”

“I’m also thrilled to have Narcissister in the line up,” Young says. “Narcissister is an absolutely brilliant artist, performance artist and video artist that is fearless in addressing really crucial topics of racism, sexuality, feminism, pornography, and does so in such a brilliant way.  The piece that she has chosen to screen is Burka Barbie.”

And of course there are Trump references among these works.

“I’m also very proud to see Make America Cum Again in the line up,” Young tells SF Weekly, referencing the porno seen in the image above. “It’s a film created by my students at the Erotic Film School that I teach once a year.  They chose to create a short film about a Trump supporter who has the Republican fucked out of him.  It’s smart, funny, political, super queer and very sexy.”

“Porn has the ability to document authentic sexual connection and provide a graphic modeling of consent, communication around sex and desire, and shift the way we think about bodies and sexual identity,” says Young. “Porn can assist in giving us language around how we can talk to our own partners about safer sex, our desires, our kinks, our fantasies, and it has the ability to really smash the stigma that surrounds sex and conversing about sex. All of this is perhaps more important now than ever.”

Political As F**k! – An Erotic Screening of Political Porn is Thursday, July 20 at 9 p.m. at the  New Parkway Theater. You can also catch Madison Young at the DIY Porn Booksigning and Workshop Saturday, July 22 at the Polk Street Good Vibrations, and her three-day Erotic Film School is currently accepting applications.

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