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Swedish Government Funds Artsy 'Feminist' Porno for Gals




To the easily flustered: avert your eyes. Swedish director Mia Engberg has produced 12 short films that she dubs, as oxymoronic as it sounds, 'feminist porn,' the AFP reports. Artsy, with slow close-ups of men and women, lots of laughter and 'unsexy' imagery like hugging, 'Dirty Diaries' -- as the series is called -- hopes to celebrate sexuality, not please men. Enterprising, and not without controversy.


Engberg received the 500,000 Sweden kronor (or about $69,000) from the Swedish Film Institute, a government- funded program provided for aspiring directors. Swedish author of the Anti-Feminist Initiative blog, Beatrice Fredriksson, told the Associated Free Press, "I do not think that the government should be funding this kind of thing, just because it's 'feminist,' it gets money." To which the Swedish Film Institute responded that the film, produced for a pittance compared to regular film grants (due, most likely, to willing talent and the increasingly high-quality of prosumer camcorders), is being split among the the cast and crew evenly, unlike regular adult films, or most films at all. Engberg herself trashes mainstream porn, stating that shouldn't receive help from anyone, much less the government, "when they are making money out of women's bodies."

Pornography elicits a knee-jerk reaction out of almost everyone, from fans to foes. Yet, Engberg appears to have whole-heartedly tried to make a film, using cartoons, traditionally 'ugly' individuals, humor, sensitivity, and (gasp!) a real couple in love having a completely normal interaction, to explore sexuality."I think this is the future--the most popular genre now is homemade porn made by ordinary people," she added, referring, no doubt, to the boatloads of home-made sex movies shot on digital camcorders that find their way to online hubs such as Xtube.

Well, since it's entirely stocked with Swedes, perhaps the government is actually giving something back to its people. Hey, at least a dozen aspiring directors got some nice digital camera equipment out of it. Clips and a DVD of the movie are available at the dirtydiaries.se Web site (not safe for work, by the way).
[From: AFP, via The Daily Beast]

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