A thought or two about porn.

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This is going to be one of those blog posts where you first ponder whether you should actually make such a post on your 'real name' blog, or whether you should place it on one of the pseudonymous ones given that everything is searchable on the internet and future employers or, indeed, lovers might read it and conclude they are, um, 'disquieted' by the content. But, after a long soak in a nice bubble bath just now, I've decided to go ahead with writing it here anyway!

So then … Porn.

Yes, you head me, Porn. Pornography. Erotica. 'Material of an adult nature'. Whatever you call it it is probably one of those things that 'you know it when you see it'. The first time I recall seeing it was accidentally finding my mother's copy of The Perfumed Garden (الروض العاطر في نزهة الخاطر) when I was in my teens. Since then I've been proud to be the Technical Director for the last few years of the Night of the Senses and the Erotic Awards, both organised by the wonderful Tuppy Owens (whose birthday it happened to be yesterday, so many happies dear!) and which raise money for the charity organisation Outsiders . Alongside meeting many great sex workers, pole dancers, BDSM and fetish performers, strippers and erotic artistes of all kinds there I've had partners, lovers and friends who have been 'in the business' — and happily supported their choice.

Everyone I've known has done the work because they enjoyed it; they hadn't been forced into it or had to do it to pay for drugs (more often for college fees actually!) and although I'm now way to old to get involved myself (and the body went south for the winter years ago and never returned) I've never seen any big problem with the concept of the erotic world, just as I came out as bisexual at school one day age 12 and have been ever since. As a young adult in the 1970s I still stand by the saying "if it feels good, do it".

2004-5 photo So, back to why the reason for this post. About four or five years ago I saw a photo set of a very cute redhead who was clearly enjoying herself in front of the camera — and was very sexy and extremely fanciable! Yes, they were 'porn' and showed all the flesh she had — we each have skin so why it acceptable for us all to look in mirrors or at our partners naked and during sex but not to see the same on film or in stills I really don't quite understand — but it was the subject's smile, not to say grin, that really struck me. I'd found the set amongst a load of other stuff I was scanning so didn't know anything more about it than the file names of the images, which included the name "Sarah". The backgrounds in the pictures made me think the set was possibly Polish or other east European, but that was all.

Then, earlier this evening, I followed a link from someone's tweet on twitter. That page had an offsite link elsewhere and I then found I was on a porn site. I wasn't intending to look for such things at that point but, now that I was there … and so I clicked on the free videos link to see if there was anything of interest to this jaded palette of mine. I say 'jaded' as I usually find textual erotica much more interesting than purely visual stuff, which often makes me go "ooh look! what lovely shoes!" than anything about the bodies concerned.

And as it played through, amongst the men and women I saw a brief glimpse of a face I recognised from so long ago. Yes, you heard me — a face! Searching the rest of the site for more I couldn't find her amongst all the thumbnails, so I checked back on my archive server to find out the file names from so long ago and then searched the html of the site I'd now found, and there she was. I had a full (professional) name. A little more searching and I discovered a wikipedia entry about her!

Turns out she is actually from the US mid-west and has turned her talent in to a multi-faceted vibrant business , catering for many of the 'tastes' out there. Wonderful, therefore, to see that someone was being so successful and enterprising. Except I then found a YouTube video.

Now if you recall the film Singin' in the Rain you will remember that Lina Lamont (wonderfully played by Jean Hagen) had a very squeaky voice not at all suitable for an audience in the talkies†, and now I wondered would hearing her voice would spoil it for me. It didn't, and I think the video deserves a wider airing so include it below (you are ok; it is quite safe for work, as they say).

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce Ms Sarah Blake:



Although the film revolves around the idea that Kathy has to dub over for Lina's voice, even in the talking scenes, it was actually Jean Hagen's normal voice. Reynolds herself was dubbed in "Would You?" and "You are My Lucky Star" by Betty Noyes and also when she is supposedly dubbing Lina's voice in the live performance!

Addendum: I mentioned this post to Ms Blake via twitter. Response? "Wow, thank you for the huge compliment!" ::grins::
13-Nov-2009 23:27 ·
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