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From Cuckold To Raceplay: The Implications of Fetishizing Race
August 17, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
In the last decade, digital media has become unavoidable; its omnipresence simultaneously shaping our identities, experiences, and society. This intersects with human sexuality in the form of internet pornography. Browse any pornographic website and tag names such as ‘Ebony’, ‘Latina’, ‘BBC’, and ‘Asian’ are easily found, however, there are no similar references to white identity. As this process takes place a particular question about sexuality arises: How has pornography impacted our conception of race and identity and what is the extent of this impact?
Wilson’s interactive presentation will answer this central question along with how we navigate spaces which harmfully juxtapose race and sexuality where pornography may reinforce racist societal attitudes. Through this deliberate hyper-sexualization and fetishization, non-white identity is commodified and portrayed as objective depiction rather than subjective experience. This skewed representation erases the complexity of people of color and contributes significantly to ‘othering’ of marginalized identity. Wilson focuses on the racial fetishization of people of color within pornography exploring how the line between fetish and fetishism demarcates attractive risk from real danger; analyzing what racial fetishism is, how it manifests in pornographic media, it’s origin and history and lastly the larger impact on people of color and society collectively. This presentation will discuss the role of race and how race informs identity, as it relates to digital pornographic material and how the othering of non-white identity poses danger for people of color-to ultimately answer what it means to fetishize race.
Participants will walk away from this session understanding how to recognize fetishization, the implications of it on PoC, how to work against it in their own spaces, and be accountable to it as creators, educators, and professionals.