[Politics of Intimacy: Kathy 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 Kathy Mahr. Originally shot in 1/2" B & W video.

Kathy Mahr is a wife and mother of two young children. In this interview, she discusses what she describes as a very satisfying sex life with her husband Richard. Her two children, an infant boy and a 3-year-old girl, make appearances on camera.

00:00Copy video clip URL Sexual satisfaction with a partner, attention on and from her partner during sex that she does not get in her daily life

01:00Copy video clip URL Has never masturbated, can’t imagine how anyone would masturbate; finds her sex life in marriage sufficiently satisfying

02:52Copy video clip URL Discussion of what she finds stimulating and how she has achieved orgasm during intercourse

08:25Copy video clip URL Times when she hasn’t had an orgasm or when there was less sex between her and her husband

09:23Copy video clip URL Sexual acts she will not perform

10:53Copy video clip URL Multiple orgasms

11:42Copy video clip URL Learning about oral sex at insistence of husband, needing a “complete sexual act” to be satisfied when giving a blow job

15:55Copy video clip URL Initiating sex, and saying no when she or her husband don’t want sex; can’t use sex as a bargaining tool

17:48Copy video clip URL Discussion of prostitution

18:34Copy video clip URL Never seriously thought of having an affair; couldn’t do it with someone besides husband

20:24Copy video clip URL Discussion of 3yo daughter’s sexual feelings and her masturbation; trying to figure out how to discourage overt sexual behavior at such a young age without traumatizing her

24:50Copy video clip URL Would really like to know where husband found out about sex; imagines he had sex with other girls before they met

26:40Copy video clip URL Daughter appears onscreen 

27:14Copy video clip URL Very resistant to sexuality early in her marriage, needed help from her mother and a book from the library

29:09Copy video clip URL Being feminine means being soft, silly, being desired, liking the things that a woman is supposed to like; being a woman and enjoying it, liking what you are

30:45Copy video clip URL Daughter on her lap, talks about daughter being jealous of her father

 

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