Our tribute to the badass women that have made things happen, that haven’t taken no for an answer, and that refuse to be tied down to the norm. March is Women’s History Month and tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day.
Do you know the history behind International Women’s Day started? International Women’s Day grew out of the labour movement to become a UN-recognised annual event, The first activism tied to the movement happened in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. It took time for the day to be officially celebrated, but in 1911 Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland became the first countries to celebrate. 2018 marks the 107th celebration.
Today is a day to celebrate how far women have come in society, politics and economics, and indirectly raise awareness of continued inequality. In our tribute to international women’s day- we talk about how women have been making strides in history to gradually change the game in normally male dominated spaces- particularly those related to sex and sexuality.
You know we always have to get into the history. We wanted to pinpoint the event that offset women’s sexual revolution. The revolution started with the launch of the 1st birth control pill, enovid went on market in 1960. The pill was a game changer because it was the first time women had a reliable way to exercise reproductive control over their own body without needing their sexual partner’s consent. Within five years, 6 million American women were on the pill.
Some other interesting facts that quantify the impact of the pill and it’s contribution to the sexual revolution:
- 1950s, six in ten women were virgins at marriage and 87 percent of American women believed that it was wrong for a woman to engage in premarital sex, even with “a man she is going to marry.
- Only two in ten of them would be virgins at marriage.
That’s history, but it’s also many years ago. The sexual revolution continues to take place today. Maddie, Westley, and Lina D talk about the things they have noticed in our personal lives that embody what the sexual revolution means to us.
The NFD crew then talks about the male face of porn and discuss their points of view on what mainstream porn looks like- in a nutshell the main focus on male pleasure. Fortunately, there have been many women that have picked up on the biased perspective and have done something to change the dynamic in the industry.
Women noticed the biased perspective as early as the 1980’s and one of the pioneers in the porn industry was Candida Royalle, born on October 15, 1950 as Candice Marion Vadala. Her films showcased a woman’s perspective in a male dominated industry. She made it a point to change the storyline depicted in porn, writing and producing films that were rooted in realistic demonstration of sex that could be enjoyed by men and women alike. She was a feminist, a businesswoman, and an activist. She influenced change, increase racial diversity in porn, and made porn more inclusive for women- consumers and creators alike, through her business platform.
Women continue to change the porn industry today. Many porn stars and other sex workers believe that violence and sexual assault is an “occupational hazard” that comes with the job. Women are challenging the norm and starting their own porn production companies that create environments that are safer. Paulita Pappel is one of these women. She runs a by-women-for-women porn site, Ersties, that specializes in female-friendly sex. Ersties is all about 100% real girls experiencing 100% real intimate moments. In this article she talks about how she doesn’t want to have to watch an adult film and wonder, “Does that woman on screen really want to be doing that?”
Westley, Lina D, and Maddie close the episode by talking about where we still can make progress.