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Bobby Noble is an associate professor at York University in Toronto, Canada, cross-appointed to the departments of English and sexuality studies. His research focuses on transgender scholarship, masculinity studies, and feminist porn studies from within cultural studies. He is the author of two monographs: Sons of the Movement: FtMs Risking Incoherence on a Post-Queer Cultural Landscape and Masculinities without Men?: Female Masculinity in Twentieth-Century Fictions. T he work done in this essay draws on the newly launched Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project. This is a federally funded, three-year Canadian research study of feminist-porn cultures and the creation of an archive that will house feminist porn. While there has been much contention in feminism about porn, feminist porn itself emerges in the latter decades of the twentieth century as both a product of and intervention in many of those debates. Feminist porn production and consumption has not only placed women’s sexual pleasure within its domain but also reconfigured the sexuality of trans masculinity within its counterpublics. This essay takes these complexly gendered pleasures as part of its twofold focus. First it analyzes feminist porn as an archive of knowledge—that is, it argues that feminist porn is itself a methodology of knowledge production and of knowing that troubles the classificatory process that locked up pornography in the secret museum, an imaginary place of danger, as Walter Kendrick suggests, to which some have access and from which others (usually women and children) must be protected.1 Kendrick argues that pornography is less a thing and more an idea or “thought structure,” a collection of processes focused on objects that have little in common with each other but that become rendered recognizable by virtue of classificatory, discursive, and definitional practices . This project also asks to what extent feminist pornography significantly contests or troubles an idea of pornography, sexuality, and gender Knowing Dick: Penetration and the Pleasures of Feminist Porn’s Trans Men Bobby Noble advocated by feminist fundamentalism. By fundamentalism, I refer to a series of feminist practices which, in their effect, oddly affiliate and align with social, moral, and biologically coercive normalizations. The way that feminist porn troubles masculinity is the second domain of this essay: If feminist porn cultures can be theorized not just through methodological work but as methodological work, how does this change what can be known—and known differently—not just of women in porn, but its more elusive and silent subject supposedly in plain view, that of masculinities in porn? This essay asks: how are trans masculine bodies depicted and made knowable? Trans, butch, and FTM bodies become extremely significant hinge points within the complex nexus of feminist porn and its masculinities. Recent portrayals of FTM trans masculinities deploy a counterpublic and potentially post-porn practice I call transing. These representations have transed, or deterritorialized both masculinities and porn from the heteronormative male phallic body and the visual spectacle of the money shot. They produce the dispersal of pleasure across denaturalized bodies of desire and sites of gendered pleasure in performance, production, and consumption. To discern these deterritorializations , I first analyze the very ambivalent accounts of masculinity in the work of one antiporn feminist, Robert Jensen.2 I then compare these accounts with two different depictions of FTM sexual cultures. The first is the documentary film by Debra A. Wilson, The Butch Mystique.3 Two other examples of feminist docu-porn will be analyzed: Linda/Les and Annie by Annie Sprinke; and Luke Woodward’s Enough Man, to suggest that trans-formed masculine pleasures and their dissemination across the incoherence of trans bodies have crystallized a new feminist porn sexual grammar that reconfigures masculine sexuality.4 To render this new grammar epistemologically significant, three related sets of questions need to be addressed: What does feminist masculine sexuality look like? What are its affective economies? How is it that feminist porn— some thirty years after the infamous feminist porn wars—has become not only a means of depicting transmasculine sexuality in productive ways, but a potent interlocutor and champion? I. Penetrating Feminist Masculinities Masculinity’s desires in porn and for porn have posed significant challenges for thinking the proximity of “feminist” to “porn” in any terms other than suspicion. Fundamentalist feminisms unequivocally opposed to pornography, such as Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon, bobby noble 304 as well as contemporary antiporn crusaders Gail Dines and Robert Jensen , have cast masculinity and its desires as always dangerously and essentially pornographic—that is, innately...

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ISBN
9781558618190
Related ISBN
9781558618183
MARC Record
OCLC
828140733
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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