New Sensations seems to be trying to market romance-porn DVDs to women. That seems like a reasonable idea. But do they have to be so damned patronising about it? In their press release the President (Scott Taylor) says:
"The Romance Series focuses on the love story above the sex story, and for that reason, it caters to a substantial niche we felt was untapped. Research helped us understand the emotional connection to the characters in an adult movie many women require in order to fully enjoy the sex. Of course, we also developed a distinctive style of choreographing and filming for a female audience as well. The consumer response we’ve received from our first titles in the series is extraordinary. Men are equally turned on, especially as they witness the arousal in their partner.”
The assumptions I see here are
1) Women are only interested in love with sex secondary. They are not interested in sex per se.
2) Men understand what women want through science. How else would porn for women get made?
3) Women who like romantic porn are heterosexuals in relationships. They watch porn with men, no decent woman would watch dirty movies on her own or while single.
After watching the promo for awakening to love my feeling was, where the hell is the sex? And, they expect me to believe a female coma patient would be sharing a hospital room with an unrelated conscious male patient with a relatively minor leg injury? Hello lawsuit? Oh and in case you thought I was reading to much into it, from their FAQ page (bold added, capitals from the original):
Don't get me wrong, I think there is a place in the market for erotic movies based more on romance novels than stroke magazines. But this kind of patronising marketing stops me from even considering adding these movies to my shelf of dirty sex porn featuring pretty women I should feel threatened by.