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Transcript Summer Brown: Woman in a Non -Traditional Job SUMMER BROWN By Karen Barrett Summer Brown is sincere, she's warm and outspoken and matter-of-fact and "not at all what you'd expect" a woman who produces fuck films to be like. She doesn't come on cute. She doesn't act tough. She's a bright, personable young woman who is very earnest about the porn industry and her contributions to it. Summer told me how bored she was with traditional blue movies. The audience who shell out five dollars per ticket deserve more than the sweaty insincerity of bad actors with blemishes and bruises and bulging blue veins grinding away on flimsy sets, more than interminable mechanical couplings, amateurish photography and non-existent plots. Summer has decided to jump into the breach, to bring delicacy, sensitivity, eroticism and quality to porno movies. She tells about the time and money she expends in finding good scripts and people who can really act, about her attention to details of costuming and makeup and atmosphere, about striving to tell a story, to create characters who are "real people you can get to know and understand before they get down to doing what everyone's come to the theater to watch them do." She's going to a lot of trouble, trying to bring the "woman's touch" to dirty mov ies, a feminine perception of eroticism which has been inevitably absent from pornography in the past. Fresh from the press conference at which Summer voiced these sentiments, I went to see the latest Summer Brown production, The Joy of Letting Go. In it, bored, beautiful Michelle, a happily married woman (wedded bliss consists of an occasional trinket or pat on the head from a stereotyped silver-templed businessman who spends most of his time across the globe closing deals), is propelled by an acquaintance into the milieu of an engaging, somewhat vicious pimp who launches her into prostitution-for-the- thrill-of-it (that's right, the same old Belle de Jour theme). This movie deals witn a woman's sexual awakening and personal fulfillment (found through learning to give better blow jobs), with a broad range of human experience (including a couple in a trailer park who are into bondage and funny underwear). It is hip (everyone does lots of cocaine), amusing (the nuances of nosepicking are deftly portrayed) and well acted (about as well as Charlie's Angels.) Letting Co is the story of a woman who goes from being babied and neglected by her husband to being used and humiliated by her pimp. She is coy and kittenish and mindless and submissive throughout. With the exception of an obligatory lesbian scene and a mandatory masturbation scene, the erotic sequences consist of your basic phallus worship. The men attached to those phalluses are real dingalings too. No, this is neither a woman's movie nor a good movie. It's just another dumb skinflick where everyone gets screwed. The time has yet to come for entertaining, well-made porn in which women are not degraded, in which men are not degraded. It is sad to relate but only fair to point out that The Joy of Letting Co probably is one of the better pornographic films made in this country to date. Its big budget, competent camerawork and elegant costumes (St. Laurent) put it in another league than the super-sleaze hard-core home movie which is standard fare in porn theaters. After I saw her movie, I challenged Summer Brown's high-flown statements on erotic cinema. She was understandably defensive but she didn't think her heroine was abused or humiliated. She explained that while Michelle was placed in situations which ignored her own sexual enjoyment, she was developing a sense of her own power. One of Summer's favorite scenes was the one in which Michelle, giddy from her success as a prostitute, drags a gas station attendant into a rest room and overwhelms him. Afterwards, she taunts him and demands money, threatening to scream "rape!" He snarlingly complies. To me, the premise of lighthearted sex marred by manipulation and cruelty was offensive. To Summer, it was erotic. Curiously, I don't think Summer Brown is just hyping her movie to make a buck. I believed her when she told me that after ten years of happy marriage, this movie was a fairly accurate representation of her own favorite "zipless fuck" fantasies. Perhaps there are millions of men out there reading Hustler magazine and millions of women for whom the fantasy of prostitution is the ultimate sexual excitement, people for whom sex and power and cruelty and manipulation are inextricably intertwined, people who like Summer Brown's movies. People for whom sex is happy and healthy, for whom sexual partners are real people, probably don't go to dirty movies anyway. What is really disturbing about Summer Brown's product is not that she is pandering predictably to a male audience so much as it is that it reminds us that a consciousness in which sex is naughty and forbidden and dehumanized is shared by men and women alike. continued from page 1 good is it to wave a piece of paper at him while he's beating on you. B: Did you feel that you were different—that no other women experienced this type of violence? L: Nobody ever talked about it to me. In the back of my mind I thought I wasn't really battered because he hadn't knocked my teeth out yet. I didn't want to tell anyone. I was ashamed my husband would do this and if I told anyone things like he tried to choke me and I stayed with, him, they would think I was crazy. I can express that I hate him for what he did to me. B: Did you feel it was your fault he beat you? L: Yes! He tried to always turn it around and said I made him do it. I didn't know. I knew this type of thing (beating) existed somewhere but my father would never think of hitting my mother, so I didn't know how to react to it. I went under the delusion that he would change. B: Do you think the women's movement has had any effect on women who are beaten? L: Yes. Women are finally deciding "/ don't have to take that kind of crap!" It took me 15 years to realize the world is full of better men. I told myself I didn't want to break up the marriage for the sake of the kids. In reality they were hurt more than if I had chucked him at the start. Life is too short to live it like that. I n another 5 or 6 years I probably wouldn't have considered divorce. J would have been 40 and would have thought no man would want me! Now I know it's not true—I deserve better and can find someone who will treat me nice. B: If you had known there was a shelter especially for battered wives and their children, would you have gone there? L: Yes! There needs to be someplace women can go. I wanted to leave but thought, where could I go? He would cut off the money. So I had to get him to leave. I was lucky. He did leave and my father helps with the lawyer fees. I don't know what other women do. Help is needed. I hope this article helps people to understand. IN <&* Imaginative gifts, toys, crafts from around the world! 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