When was the last time you saw a 50-something woman attend an oral sex workshop, on national TV? Or a 40-something divorcee admit her fondness for dominance and submission play? Or a married senior citizen reveal how she found a lover on craigslist? That’s the kind of frank talk you’ll hear in The Truth About Female Desire, which airs on CBC Doc Zone Thursday February 12th, 9pm.
Initially, Vancouver director Maureen Palmer and her partner at Bountiful Films, Helen Slinger, saw this film simply as a celebration of strong, confident women, very much in control of their sexuality. But then 2014 happened. Ghomeshi, Cosby, Dalhousie dental students, video game designers vilifying their female colleagues online and threatening their lives in real life. All reinforced the idea that women are “victims’ who don’t have control of their own sexuality, who need to be protected. In prime-time TV, women are sexually victimized every night. (CSI, True Detective, Law and Order, etc.) There are real victims out there, but most women categorically reject the notion the patriarchy has to rev up to protect them once more. Maureen offers The Truth About Female Desire as a much-needed cultural course correction: real woman in control of their own sexuality.
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