If You Don't Understand Why People Love Erotic Fanfic, Watch This Now

In her slam poem Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them, Brenna Twohy quickly gets to the heart of why so many people love their erotica attached to familiar fictional characters while powerfully critiquing certain types of mainstream pornography.

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The video is NSFW and may be triggering for its images of sexual coercion.

Twohy’s message here is a clear and powerful one as she juxtaposes Harry Potter-themed pornography with more mainstream pornography—and how important (and valuable) it is to many consumers of erotic fan fiction that the sex is just one part of a larger story and that they know the personalities, names, and faces behind the genitals. Not to mention how certain pervasive types of pornography can offer less realistic, and potentially misleading, portrayals of sexual relationships than even erotic fiction featuring wizards.

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DISCUSSION

piercedmonk
PiercedMonk

Well...that escalated quickly.

It started out kinda fun, and was cool because it was a person being open about what works for them sexually, which I'm a big fan of.

But then.... I don't know.

I'm not a woman and I'm going to pretend I know what it's like for a person to exist in a world where they're often not just objectified, but commodified. And I'm certainly not going to say that a woman made to feeling uncomfortable by the constant barrage of sexual imagery isn't completely entitled to their feelings. Hell, I'm occasionally made uncomfortable by such imagery.

However, blaming pornography seems like a bizarre leap. Porn really isn't much different from erotic fanfiction in that it's all fantasy. I feel it necessary to insert a caveat here that obviously some porn is problematic, but for the most part it's consenting adults playing a role, and I'd like to think that the vast majority porn consumers are aware of that fact.

The real problem is the lack of communication and education. If pornography is normalising violent sex for some men and they're engaging in such activities without the explicit consent or after consent has been revoked, than somewhere along the line that guy's sex education was neglected. Porn should not be where young people are going to learn about sex.

I feel for the poet because it sounds as though she had at least one really bad experience, and that sucks — sex is awesome and everybody should be communicating with their partner(s) so they have the best sex possible — but I can't agree with how she's choosing to address the issue.