Beautiful for Women: Dreams of Porn

One night I had a dream about porn.

Not a pornographic dream, mind you–those I enjoy far too frequently to write original and compelling essays about them\’but an actual dream about porn.

I dreamed that I walked in to that illusive, mysterious ˜back room’ of a video store; as usual getting past the billboard-sized warning signs, the armed guards and attack Dobermans, and the disapproving stares of little old ladies who are just about to rent “Driving Miss Daisy for the 100th time that week. Once I breeched that illusive inner sanctum known as ˜the adult section,’ I noticed that all of the video boxes contained therein featured photos of hot men in various stages of undress, pouting and staring seductively at the camera.

“Oh right, thought I, “I’ve mistakenly wandered into the gay section. Silly me.

Just to be sure, though, I picked up one of the boxes; one that bore a particularly appealing image of three gorgeous young men. Reading the description on the back of the box, I learned that this film was about three sensual male vampires who opened a bordello and strip club for women.

Clutching the box and sprinting toward the door, I was about to make a mad beeline for the front counter when\’blast it\’I woke up.

Several years later I took the ˜hottie stud vampire bordello/strip club’ premise and morphed it into the Books of Nuit, an erotic series through Phaze Publishing that so far includes the stories “Under Cover of the Night and “Angel on Fire. I do love it when a hot dream inspires my work as an erotic writer; at the same time, though, I wish that a greater number of explicit female fantasies could make it onto the big screen.

Now make no mistake; in terms of feminist-driven films and imagery, the adult industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years. Studios like Playgirl, Good Vibrations’ Good Releasing, Chick Media, Strawberry Seductress, Femme, Inpulse/Lennox Films, B/Fore Productions, and Sweet Sinner have done a beautiful job of producing porn that is attuned to feminine sensibilities; featuring romantic storylines, gorgeous men, and tender but heated lovemaking. I am so pleased to see the progress that we’ve made since the 1980s, and so proud to be a part of it all, by way of my pen and my ideas.

Still, when I walk into a standard video store or adult emporium, I find that I have to wade through a lot of male-focused porn (some of which can be downright revolting in theme) to get to the smattering of quality DVDs directed toward women and couples.

When I walk into a bookstore, I can go straight to the romance section and see a plethora of novel covers that depict heavenly hunks and romantic storylines that feature rich historical detail; and when I write some of my own sensual historicals for Noble Romance and Melange Books, I try to capture this same sense of a good story well\’and sexily\’told.

When I go the video store I still see titles that have wall to wall sex\’this is not offensive, in my view, as long as it’s not violent; it’s just boring. If a solitary hunk is pictured on the cover, the movie probably has a gay theme; and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it would be nice to see a film that displays the male form for the pleasure of female viewers.

Some people argue, of course, that women just aren’t as visual or as visually stimulated as men. That, dear readers, is a bunch of malarkey. If women aren’t visual, then why would book companies invest thousands of dollars yearly in the creation of romance covers that feature gorgeous hunks? And why do women flock to male strip shows and scream their collective lungs out?

Porn, regardless of its audience, can be beautiful. During a recent trip to a video store, I saw some radiant images of lovely young women dressed as angels, mermaids and fashion models. Then I took a moment to think about the male sex angel story I wrote for Good Vibrations, the male model fantasy I wrote for Playgirl.Com, and the numerous sensual mermen ˜tales’ I’ve done for Class Act and Melange Books. I wondered what my written images would look like on a movie screen or box cover.

Ah well, maybe someday; a girl can dream.:)

Megan Hussey

Megan Hussey is a Florida-based journalist, feminist activist and erotica author. Please visit her website.

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