It Got All Virginey In Here…

11 May

What the hell?  I was so ready to just post and then ignore for a few weeks and then this hit my inbox:

Some guy is making a documentary where people auction off their virginity and it is taped. That seems very… well… listen I’m all for sexual autonomy.  But you have to do what you are doing because you want to and not because you think you should.  It’s the whole point of the movie I’m making.  I just have such a hard time believing that auctioning off virginity in a Nevada brothel is actually what someone wants.  I want to understand why (which is why I’ll end up watching this doc and then feeling really dirty about it.)

On the other side we have the amazing HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY documentary that I am currently obsessed with.

From the filmmakers:

HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY is the new
documentary-in-progress by Therese Shechter, director of the
award-winning and provocative I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST.

When a bridal consultant effusively tells Therese, a
40-something sex-savvy feminist planning her first wedding,
she looks virginal in her white wedding dress, it sets
her on a journey to uncover why virginity still holds
such importance in our hyper-sexualized society.

Her growing tension around chastity-based wedding rituals
is the narrative backbone of the film, but the true target
is idealized, fetishized virginity: its historical role in
U.S. culture, its power to mold and damage a girlºs
self-image and self-worth; its commodification as something
manufactured, sold, given away, taken.

You really have to see the whole site (and donate a few bucks on kickstarter, won’t you?)

I love all these movies about virginity and what it means.  So much more fun to watch than actually working on writing.

2 Responses to “It Got All Virginey In Here…”

  1. Therese Shechter May 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Thanks so much for the nice post about our film, Beth. We’re trying to raise $10,000 to do a rough cut of our film and get it out there as soon as possible to counteract the exploitation bs of guys like Sisely.

    Disclaimer: I don’t think we’re related : )

    • bethshax May 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

      Therese I don’t think we are related but I do think your movie is awesome!

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