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Female Ejaculation Doesn’t Exist

Posted by caitlinate on January 26, 2010

This news popped up on my radar last week and boy, is it news to me. From now on films that feature female ejaculation will now be Refused Classification (RC) by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC).

I did a little hunting around the OFLC website and found that films (or computer games) will be refused classification if they include or contain various ‘extreme’ forms of violence, sexual abuse and drug use as well as:

SEX

Depictions of practices such as bestiality.

Gratuitous, exploitative or offensive depictions of:

(i) activity accompanied by fetishes or practices which are offensive or abhorrent;
(ii) incest fantasies or other fantasies which are offensive or abhorrent.

Elsewhere in the code a fetish is defined as:

“An object, an action or a non-sexual part of the body which gives sexual gratification. “

How broad. Do they have a list somewhere of which parts of the body are sexual and which are non-sexual?

The next classification category down from RC is X18+ (only available in the NT and ACT but, as wikipedia helpfully informs me, “these films may be legally purchased from interstate via mail-order.”) and applies to films that contain ‘consensual sexually explicit activity’. The classification guidelines here state that:

“Fetishes such as body piercing, application of substances such as candle wax, ‘golden showers’, bondage, spanking or fisting are not permitted.”

What does this have to do with female ejaculation? Well, according to the OFLC, female ejaculation doesn’t exist and what is actually being expelled is urine or a ‘golden shower’. Great! Another aspect of female sexuality disappeared by a powerful statutory body! I’m so glad the former Chairman of the ABC can inform me as to what fluid is coming out of my urethra at any given moment.

It’s disturbing to me that the OFLC board have the power to determine which bodily functions are real and what they mean. You’d think that just telling us whether they were bad or not was enough. Now, they can just make them be something else entirely! If someone in a film having consensual sex has a vestigial tail will that film be RC too because of it’s representation of bestiality?

It’s not only that female ejaculation has been rendered non-existent by the OFLC that bothers me – it’s the way it becomes condemned by default. Male ejaculation = awesome, female ejaculation = freaky, non existent, fetish.

As Ms. Naughty says:

“One thing all the censors seem to agree on is that semen is an above-board bodily fluid. It can be ejaculated anywhere – internally, onto a woman’s body or face, across the Russian wallpaper – and it can even be mixed into milkshakes and drunk. If 20 guys all want to ejaculate their semen onto a woman lying on the floor waiting – or onto each other – that’s A-OK, thanks very much. Nothing kinky about that, it’s just normal sexual activity.

If a woman ejaculates onto a man’s face, however, that’s a fetish. That mean’s in Australia it’s offensive, obscene and Australians should not be allowed to see it lest it corrupt our immortal souls. Or something.”

For those interested here’s a New Scientist article from last year that talks more about female ejaculation and recognises the fact that, you know, it exists.

Related – Apparently, the OFLC have also been banning films that have small breasted women in them. In case anyone should get confused.

12 Responses to “Female Ejaculation Doesn’t Exist”

  1. Stuart said

    Great article and a bizarre moment in the OFLC’s history (though they’ve had their fair share of those.) Porn being considered a ‘male’ domain, it’s quite likely this would have slipped under the radar if not for this post…

  2. junaman said

    “…an action… which gives sexual gratification.”

    So, uhh… sex?

  3. au revoir said

    Is there something I can do? a petition to sign? march to walk on? something, anything, that would lend my voice and support to not having this clasification? how can I help fix this?

    • caitlinate said

      I’m not sure what the best way to do anything about this is. You can use this page to write ‘official’ letters to the OFLC and the Attorney-General. The Eros Foundation might also be doing some work around this if you look around their page?

      Other options might included just mentioning it on twitter/facebook/social pages so that more people hear about it and also write letters of some sort.

  4. Kristian said

    Is it possible to get a link/source on the OFLC decision?

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  8. Thanks for letting us know about this – I might contact the OFLC myself. They have a history of being very conservative and slow to change, though; witness they only very recent consideration of allowing video games with an R18+ rating.

    You may also like to know that I tackled this subject during my set at this month’s Political Asylum – and you might also be interested in Courteney Hocking’s response to Tony Abbot’s recent nonsense at I Fuck and I Vote.

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  10. Adam said

    what ? i thought it does exist ,,,,

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