documentary

Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s Inside Deep Throat

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In 1972, the pornographic industry focused on pleasuring only male audiences without even considering women’s needs. It wasn’t until the daring film, Deep Throat, was released into theatres that people acknowledged a woman’s sexuality. The documentary Inside Deep Throat explores the films impact on society and its long lasting effect on the porn industry.

Deep Throat tells the story of a woman who can’t find her “itch”. She’s had sex, and just doesn’t understand its appeal, until she discovers how to achieve an orgasm. This strange technique is what made her such a huge star, not just on screen, but also in the bedroom. She rose to pornographic stardom so quickly that no one seemed to even question her overall feelings toward the career, or her home life. The film goes into great detail of her family members opinions on the subject and the importance of the film as a whole. It was such a racy film since it was the first porno to focus on women’s pleasure, and even acknowledge the female orgasm. Most films finished once the male received pleasure, however, Deep Throat showed that women are just as important. This was extremely controversial considering the time, however was revolutionary in the industry. Linda Lovelace soon became one of the most iconic porn stars and is still recognizable today.

In my opinion, the overall film was extremely informative and has allowed me to see the porn industry in a whole new light. It is a much bigger force in our society than I thought, and can define our time. Porn has made a drastic change since Deep Throat and has morphed into a gender mutual industry, for the most part. There is now porn sites and videos dedicated to women, which shows how women are now considered just as sexually active as men. It is sad to think that there was a time in which women could never achieve pleasure and never even knew what it felt like to orgasm. Its a privilege in life that should be accepted by everyone in society as the norm. Deep Throat has allowed many women to find their “itch” and find themselves along the way.

Scott Colthorp’s Trek Nation

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Every once and while, something magnificent happens that changes the lives of millions. It provides hope in a time of need, a smile when all seems dark, and knowledge when all else has failed. It’s amazing that something as simple as a television program can relate to just about anyone and gives us hope for the future.

Trek Nation is a documentary on the legendary franchise that is Star Trek. It was made by the son of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, as he tries to figure out why people loved the show so much and why its still a huge part of a lot of peoples lives. At first he couldn’t understand the hype, but as the documentary progresses he see’s that its so much more than just a television program. It teaches us that as the human race, we will go on to do great things, we will evolve intellectually, and we will survive. Other than that, its a terrific TV show that is smartly written and faces problems that will forever be relevant, even in space. 

I like how it showed different opinions from people that just love the show and understand it the best. He interviews various people from conventions and its very moving to see their reaction when he says that Gene Roddenberry is his dad. His father touched so many lives and made them better just by telling them that theres something to look forward to. Its very relatable for just about anyone in this world because we’re told everyday that the worlds going to end either from global warming, nuclear bombs, or misuse of resources. Star Trek is a look into the future that is happy and filled with life.

I chose to write about this documentary because its such an important topic for me. Although, I have to admit that growing up I was a hardcore Star Wars fan and Star Trek was the enemy. I watched it occasionally with my mother, but Star Wars was always so much more interesting, and I never liked it until quite recently when I started to watch the original series. I discovered that it is so much more personable than its nemesis, and the story lines are much more intellectual. It’s a show that can be incredibly inspiring even though its so obscure and inspires me to look foreword, instead of back.