Do you remember those black and white line drawings of naked people we used to look at so we could "learn about our genitals" - or just stare at boobies and yell "BOOBIES!" and giggle while we slurped pixie sticks?
About two years ago I wrote a blog for Good Vibrations on the implicit sizeism of almost all sex education material. Yes, including those line drawings. Though these images are meant to present a "neutral" - some might even say "sterile" - portrait of nude bodies, these images of primarily thin, white, able bodies in fact confirm what "normal" looks like. While we're learning about sex we are getting an additional - less obvious - set of lessons on what bodies are good, desirable and suitable for sexy times. Sex education materials should instead present a plethora of bodies that represent the range of hotness all around us.
Enter Wicked Productions' newest plus size sex education video featuring real couples, as well as co-director and well known BBW performer Kelly Shibari. I just heard about the film today (from a beloved friend at the Feminist Press <3!) and have yet to see it but I just had to tell you about it and share some images from behind the scenes!
From the examiner article on the film:
The film casts the following BBW adult film performers; Devlyn Red, Angel DeLuca, and Scarlet LaVey, as well as non-performer couples Scarlette Cyn and JC Lewis, and Sherri Shaulis and Michael Colbert.
The film will focus on communicating, exploring, accepting, and appreciating the body, and sharing that experience with one’s partner sexually.
“jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size takes viewers through a variety of topics, from relationship communication, discussion of trigger words and acceptable terminology between partners, size-friendly sex positions, and body confidence exercises. The addition of three full-length sex scenes, available with or without commentary, is also offered at the end of the film. Interviews with plus-size adult performers, as well as non-performers, are an integral part of the project. The provide a non-xxx look into the issues confronted by plus size women, men, and couples, and offer solutions to increase confidence and combat negative stereotypes.” (Wicked Pictures)
The film is due out later this year!
Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.