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Feminist Porn Conference – Battlegrounds

Feminist/Porn Battlegrounds: Disability, Religion, The Law and… Tumblr

Kevin Heffernan, KT Torrey, Zahra Stardust, Timaree Schmit

‘Fisting is Not Permitted’: Criminal Intimacies, Queer Sexualities and Feminist Porn in the Australian Legal Context
Zahra Stardust


Australia’s National Classification Code expressly prohibits ‘fetish’ from being depicted in X18+ films. This includes ‘body piercing, candle wax, golden showers, spanking and fisting’. This clause has led to customs officials refusing shipments of DVDs because female ejaculation was assumed to be urination (hence, fetish). These prohibitions marginalise queer sexual practices and produce state-sanctioned sexualities permitted to be viewed – bodies that lack the ability to bleed or ejaculate. This presentation will include a screening of The One on the Bottom, a hot, intimate, self-made fisting film as a literal ‘fuck you’ critique of classification laws that misrepresent our practices and communities.

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