This is a righteous rant.
What do women who like guys want in their porn? Well, it varies (women: not a hive mind), but here’s a reasonably common desire:
‘smiling dudes’, ‘dudes giving bedroom eyes’, ‘cock’
Seems reasonable to me.
And here’s what the patriarchy thinks women want:
tough, aloof-looking shirtless guys with power muscles and weapons
Which some women definitely do want, of course (see: not a hive mind), but in many ways it’s also a masculine power fantasy:
- Men in comic books/movies/TV/video games/etc. are who men want to be.
- Women in those same media are who men want to fuck.
Which is a problem. It’s a problem which is addressed head-on in this rant by moniquill:
We could probably use this as a really interesting launching point for the fundamental disconnect between ‘what people actually find hot’ and ‘what society/patriarchy presumes is hot’ and how the assignations of gender roles and sexuality fuck with that.
Go read the full thing.
Note: These links are to Tumblr, which means it’s impossible to work out what’s going on. The thought process behind Tumblr seems to have been, “Let’s take a blogging platform, and remove all the features which make it usable, such as understandable navigation, and release it on the world. And let’s replace the comment system with a strange system of reposting stuff you like onto your own blog, and adding a note there. Or simply reposting without adding a note. Which means that anything popular will be duplicated a few hundred times and you’d usually have to follow a very very long chain of links to find the original.”
If that’s what the thought process was, well, congratulations, because that’s what they produced.
I do not like Tumblr. I do not understand why Tumblr is popular. At least the Tumblr blog “Sex Is Not the Enemy” tends to reformat and tidy up the stuff they repost, rather than just hitting the “reblog” button, so their Tumblr is readable, unlike most others. So read the article there.