All Sex Is Political

The London Porn Film Festival is a queer feminist film festival exploring what it means to be queer and the role sex plays in it.

I unfortunately couldn’t make any other screenings but did get to see some inspiring queer feminist porn.

All sex is political was a collection of short films demonstrating the inequalities around sex. In the UK there are harsh laws excluding queer sexual practices. This collection of films challenges this creating a critical voice to tackle politics surrounding queer sex, speaking out and giving the power to each other in queer communities.

All the films did this in different ways, you can find a comprehensive list of all the works here: London Porn Film Festival

One film that really stuck out to me was The 36 Year Old Virgin by Skyler Braedon Fox. It is a sex documentary exploring how queer people lost their virginity. It was really interesting exploring what virginity meant and how we have different types of virginity to different genders and sexuality.

This film followed the filmmaker interview other queer and trans people on their virginity stories and his own development of sexuality and gender leading to him and Bishop Black, a queer feminist and mainstream porn actor, losing his virginity. Skyler explores his feelings around penetrative sex as he is a trans man with a vagina and how it goes against him being a man and the confusion it can cause. By the end he doesn’t actually lose his “virginity” and starts to cry. It’s heartbreaking to see someone break down but empowering to see Bishop Black, his sex Dula and the crew all comfort him and celebrate what he has accomplished.

I highly recommend finding a screening of this film to watch.

My own film was in this category, Not Every Princess Needs A Prince, myself and Alexandra Penelope (co-creator) made this film at university and when we showed it in a crit people called it “explicit”, “offensive” and “ruined my childhood”. Showing this film at the London Porn Film Festival was the complete opposite, people laughed and applauded. They got it. It just shows that you need to find the right audience.

Not Every Princess Needs A Prince

This is a queer, feminist body positive film festival that explores issues that we should be able to talk about openly. I highly recommend all the films I saw and wish I could of seen more.

More Queer Positive Art! Lucy.

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