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Pornographic Film and Video: Transsexual  
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Lee's production staff for Sex Flesh in Blood was composed entirely of people of color. The video draws upon gothic images and mixes up trans erotics with suggestions of raunchy sex and even necrophilia.

Rather than portraying images of tranny passivity and submissiveness in the presence of biologically-born, heterosexual men, Lee forces queer audiences to see transsexuals as sexual subjects with their own desires and the power to pursue them.

Other trans porn makers have employed similar strategies and have begun to change the way porn represents transsexuals. For example, Dysfunctional (Mirha-Soleil Ross, 1997) challenges assumptions that trannies should not enjoy their unaltered genitals, while Look of Love (Charles Lofton, 1996) remixes she-male porn in such an alluring way that it forces anyone watching to rethink what turns him or her on.

Pansexual Porn (Del LaGrace Volcano, 1998) not only challenges heterosexual audiences, but also gay ones by showing FTMs with camcorders having sex with men in public sex environments.

Collectively, these directors refuse to cater to sexual orientations and gender identities that fit into binary systems. Their pornography unsettles their audiences in order to suggest a new more fluid and freer sexual construct.

Geoffrey W. Bateman

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Wilcox, Russell. "Cross-Gender Identification in Commercial Pornographic Films." Porn 101: Eroticism, Pornography, and the First Amendment. James Elias et al., eds. Amherst, Mass.: Prometheus Books, 1999. 479-491.

Williams, Linda. Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible." Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.


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    Author: Bateman, Geoffrey W.  
    Entry Title: Pornographic Film and Video: Transsexual  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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