Post-Porn: Queering Bodies, Sexualities and Spaces?
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23rd Lavender Languages Conference
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Post-porn is much more than pornography: The term post-porn describes an interdisciplinary,activist and subcultural practice and artistic strategy that does not primarily focus on sexual enjoyment but criticises socio-cultural orders and normative and hierarchical forms of identity.Post-porn wants to tell us: we do not need normative bodies for pleasurable sex. It is therefore a pornography that wants to broaden common ideas and concepts of mainstream pornography. It wants to be political as well as subversive and has a strong theoretical initial point. Post-porn embraces performance art but also texts, movies, and many more and is predominantly accessible thanks to different forms of new media. In my paper I will analyse how post-porn becomes a tool for the subversion of prevailing orders; how post-pornographic representations become metaphors of queering identities. I will consider queer as a notion intervening in dichotomies, questioning power structures and indicating marginalized and non-normative positions, behaviours and populations. It is as well a concept that can bring social orders into question and destabilize power structures (El-Tayeb 2001, Engel 2002, Halberstam 2005, Haschemi Yekani/Michaelis 2005). How do artists and activists like María Llopis use post-porn in order to produce queer situations of an in-between that challenge powerful intersectional and interdependent discourses and categorisations? How is post-porn creating new meanings of the body, sexualities, spaces, media and pornography itself? An analysis of Llopis' works "Love on the Beach" (2003) and "Meat/ing in the Internet" (2011) will show that Paul Preciado's concept of a Dildotopia (2003) becomes essential for the queering of normative ideas, representations and dualist categories such as passiv/active, natural/artifical, homo-/heterosexual and public/private.