Critical Writing Index

Straight women, gay porn, and the scene of erotic looking

by Laura U. Marks

Jump Cut, Mar. 1996, no. 40, pp. 127-136

"Gay porn offers me a way to look at men, overtly sexually, without being looked back at, or in the process pulled into a heterosexual power relation that would inevitably disadvantage me."

Looking at independent filmmakers and 'alternative pornography'. Arousal / provocation, spectatorship / spectacularity, subjectivity and gender, race, classical vs. radical representations of sexuality. Experimental queer film, psychoanalysis, feminism. Analysis of 5 new works [Katherine Hurbis-Cherrier, Curt McDowell, Greta Snider, Ming-Yuen S. Ma, Karim Ainouz].

ITEM 1996.058 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Kobena Mercer

Julien Mercer

Tom Waugh

Gom (1994)Kirby Hsu

Flesh of Morning (1956)Stan Brakhage

You(r) Sex and Other Stuff (1993)Katherine Hurbis-Cherrier

1972 RonnieCurt McDowell

Shred of Sex (1991)Greta Snider

Slanted Vision (1996)Ming-Yuen S. Ma

Paixao Nacional (1994)Karim Ainouz

Lawrence Brose

Jurgen Bruning

Those Fluttering Objects of DesireShu Lea Cheang

Thom Chomont

Cathy Cook

John Di Stefano

Shari Filot

John Greyson

Thomas Allan Harris

Mike Hoolbom

Isaac Julien

Bruce la Bruce

Karethe Linaae

Wrik Mead

Steve Reinke

Marlon Riggs

Philippe Roque

Carolee Schneeman

Chick Strand

Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey

Let's Just Kiss and Say Good-Bye (1995)Robert Blanchon

Sex Bombs! (1987)Candyland Productions

The Yo-Yo Gang (1992)G.B. Jones

Orientations (1984)Richard Fung

Chinese Characters (1987)Richard Fung

Seven Questions for Sticky Rice (1994)Hong Nguyen