I am super gratified to be able to say this about a film from New Sensations: there is a lot going on in The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee. And I mean that in a slightly surprised, really good way. I’m pretty skeptical of big-budget mainstream porn films, because I’ve been disappointed so very many times, but I’m happy to report that this one not only didn’t disappoint me–it kind of captivated me. And I’m serious right now: this is a feminist film. Seriously.
Here’s what you need to know about this film: it’s a feature-length erotica narrative about Anna Lee (Maddy O’Reilly), who’s caught between her upbringing as a “good girl” and her “bad girl” (ie, totally normal) sexual desires. She seeks treatment at an “unconventional” therapy practice called The Variel House, where India Summer and Steven St. Croix put her through a month and a half of escalating daily “tasks” that range from listening to other people having sex to revealing her most intimate desires to strangers to learning to dress all sexy-like. In short: this movie was made for women who want to be sexually adventurous, but who are a little afraid to do so. And awesomely, I think it does a great job at egging them along in a sexy and–dare I say it–rather intelligent, feminist way. continue →