Price: $310.00

    Code: 1927

    Directed by Rebecca M. Alvin
    2001, color, 68 mins.
    Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125

    This provocative video examines the relationships between contemporary feminism, free speech, and the sex industry. Filmmaker Rebecca Alvin interviews a variety of sex-positive feminists, women who stress tolerance of sexual diversity, the freedom to express one's sexuality and identify, the rights of sex workers, and the importance of making sex-related information available. Those interviewed include Sex Work editor Priscilla Alexander, sex work activist and former prostitute Carol Leigh, peep-show stripper and labor organizer Siobhan Brooks, sex educator and co-owner of the Good Vibrations sex-toy store Carol Queen, porn-film superstar Nina Hartley, erotic filmmaker and former porn actress Candida Royalle, and peep-show performer and dominatrix Mistress Delilah. These women discuss stereotypes and myths about sex work, their actual work experience, labor organizing issues, pros and cons of their profession, legal and censorship issues, their differences with traditional feminists, and how their choice of work affects family relationships. In providing a uniquely female perspective on the sex industry, Our Bodies, Our Minds is an important contribution to the ongoing controversies surrounding sexuality and freedom of expression in America. (Note: This video includes some nudity and occasional profanity.)

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       “...provocative…Alvin’s unflappable expose retains a uniquely female perspective and manages to debunk many social myths and stereotypes...for its bold exploration of a controversial topic, this is recommended for all women’s studies collections.” —Video Librarian

    “...a rough but thoughtful 60 minutes of slut-power evangelizing that would fit well into a Women’s Studies curriculum.” —Bizarre Magazine

    “More than 20 years after feminists broke with their proscriptive philosophy to advocate whatever women wanted, they’re still pushing the envelope. In Our Bodies, Our Minds, Rebecca M. Alvin interviews seven cheery, intelligent sex workers who defend their occupation.” —The Chicago Reader

    “...a very powerful statement...should be required viewing for any college class dealing with sexuality in any form. It is a true feminist expression in that it includes discussion of sexual as well as political and economic equality.” —Science Books & Films, American Association for the Advancement of Science