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Viva la vagina!

Regissør: Barbara Miller Sveits
( Tyskland, Østerrike)

The documentary female PLEASURE reveals the demonization of the female body and breaks the silence around female sexuality.

#FEMALE PLEASURE reveals women's oppression in five different cultures, portrayed throughout the lives of five different women. We meet Jewish Deborah Feldman, who breaks from the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community in Brooklyn, New York; Somali Leyla Hussein, who is sexually assaulted at the age of seven; Rokudenashiko (Megumi Iga-rashi), who faces two years in prison in Japan for his vagina art; Doris Wagner, who is sexually abused in the Catholic Church in Germany; and Vithika Yadav, who is fighting against sexual harassment and abuse of women in India.

Director Barbara Miller (b. 1970) unveils the demonization of the female body with this film, breaking the silence of female sexuality. The film confirms how over the years men have abused their own power by exploiting, dominating and oppressing women through hierarchical societal structures.

Yes to penis, no to vagina

In porn culture, women are usually portrayed as an object at the disposal of men's enjoyment. As Rokudenashiko says, "Women are portrayed to satisfy men's fantasies." Not only is the camera angle, also the dramaturgy of a porn movie is reserved for the man's orgasm.

"It's about controlling women's sexuality, and it's a global problem." Leyla Hussein

I do not know if I speak for most women when I say that I do not achieve orgasm by fast and hard penetration, as is the case in porn movies where the man dominates. On the contrary, I get orgasm from slow movements around the clitoris,. . .

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Pinar Ciftci
Ciftci is a journalist and actor.

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