And the fire of Lilith spread to French porn



The spirit of Lilith continues to blow on the embers of #meetoo, fueling the inferno that will burn the old, virilistic, misogynistic world to the ground. One of the last buildings where the cleansing fire has spread is the closed world of French porn. In case you missed the news: actors and producers are being charged with "rape", "aggravated pimping" and "aggravated human trafficking".

It would be wrong to underestimate the importance of this industry in our culture. A simple glance at the astronomical figures of the consultations of X sites is enough to tell us the influence that this type of representation has on our current collective conscience.

I hasten to specify that the convinced hedonist that I am, is absolutely not opposed to this type of representation as old as the Greek or Mesoamerican potteries. After all, the fact that some people feed and stimulate their sexual life and their desire thanks to the magical evocative power of images, is a positive thing in itself if it does us good. I don't believe there is a normative eroticism either, and the extraordinary variety of fantasies on display, though often stereotypical, are a good thing too.

Yet there is a red line. An impassable line which is precisely the one that the progressive spirit is reinforcing: that of consent. Already in the eighteenth century, Nicholas de Chamfort said it: "to enjoy and to make enjoy, without hurting yourself or anyone else, that is the whole of morality."

And this is the golden key to an amoral ethic (in any case "amoral" religiously), in matters of sexuality or otherwise: that the practice be truly and fully consenting. I remember a few years ago having a heated conversation with people I thought I knew and being called a "dirty puritan" at the mere mention of the concept of consent. This memorable and revealing discussion left me wondering about a certain way of looking at the world that the reactionaries had: if they hypocritically defended themselves from watching pornography, they did not boast less about cheating on their wives with "girls who are not always completely willing". Perhaps it was during this conversation, with people I had previously considered progressive, that I became aware of the extent of the problem in society.

Some female porn directors have done a tremendous amount of work in recent years to portray a diverse and respectful sexuality (Erica Lust, Petra Joy, Annie Sprinkle, Ovidie or Courtney Trouble to name a few).

The fight to get out of the patriarchal society obviously passes by the representations that we have of the sexuality, because this one is since thousands of years the ground where the patriarchy imposed the setting under control of the women and the femininity.

The cleaning up that is starting in the French porn industry is therefore excellent news, as long as it is radical and extends to the rest of the world, just like #metoo.