[Politics of Intimacy: Harriot 2]

This is raw footage shot for Julie Gustafson's documentary, "The Politics of Intimacy." In this seminal feminist video, ten women address the camera and seemingly each other in a wide-ranging exploration of such previously taboo subjects as women’s sexuality, power, and fears about intimacy. This interview is with Harriot Robinson. Originally shot in 1/2" B & W video.

00:05Copy video clip URL Camera set-up. Tracking and other image issues. 

00:26Copy video clip URL Harriot discusses how she prepared herself to leave her husband. 

02:17Copy video clip URL Learning about oral sex, learning to like anything that makes her feel good. Family stories about oral sex. 

05:20Copy video clip URL Orgasms only sometimes achieved more easily with oral sex. 

06:38Copy video clip URL Sexual feelings and sensations when she was young. Learning to touch herself when she was 17 years old. Dealing with guilt, having to hide. 

08:50Copy video clip URL First sexual experience, after she threatened her partner until he had sex with her. A traumatic experience for her.

10:30Copy video clip URL Sexual education, discovering orgasm and other sexual experiences for the first time. First orgasm being frightening because it was so disorienting and overwhelming. 

13:27Copy video clip URL Recapturing early sexual sensations. 

14:50Copy video clip URL Difficulties achieving orgasm, which Harriot doesn’t attribute to adequate stimulation but to mental and emotional factors. 

16:50Copy video clip URL The sensations that prepare Harriot for more direct stimulation: being wined and dined, having her hair touched, being nude with a man who appreciates her body, having her shoulders rubbed, having her body kissed.

20:02Copy video clip URL Learning to masturbate by only rubbing on the outside. Early hangups about inserting her own fingers, or even a Tampax, into herself. 

22:33Copy video clip URL How she would stimulate another person. Men who appreciate the directness of her telling them “I want you.”  “Exotic” sexual techniques, including giving oral sex while drinking wine. 

27:35Copy video clip URL Favorite and least favorite sexual positions. Techniques that she has tried and enjoys. Excitement over male orgasms. 

31:05Copy video clip URL Doing away with the “prim and proper” language between husband and wife during sex. 

 

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