[Politics of Intimacy: Mona and Theresa 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 Mona Gustafson & Theresa Joyce. Originally shot in 1/2" B & W video.

Mona Gustafson and Theresa Joyce are friends in high school. They are romantically and sexually inexperienced. Mona is the younger sister of director Julie Gustafson.


00:36Copy video clip URL Mona discusses sex before marriage

01:29Copy video clip URL Wanting something more than kissing but not sure exactly what.

01:56Copy video clip URL Discussions with partner about sexual needs.

02:45Copy video clip URL Incompatibility with romantic partner, whose Catholicism seemed to engender guilt and worry.

03:35Copy video clip URL First vaginal stimulation with a partner was unplanned.

05:00Copy video clip URL Mona reflects on the need to talk openly about sex and sexual/romantic desires with a partner.


05:47Copy video clip URL Theresa discusses her own Catholic upbringing not a factor in her thoughts about sex. She thinks that religion is not a good reason to feel unnatural for one’s own sexuality.

06:46Copy video clip URL Having fantasies that are more romantic than sexual.

07:54Copy video clip URL Needing to live with someone before marriage, not knowing if she wants to get married at all.

08:57Copy video clip URL Imagining alternatives to marriage.

10:04Copy video clip URL Lack of romantic/sexual experience makes it difficult to think about marriage

10:57Copy video clip URL Learning about sex from her sisters [lots of damage to tape] and from Mona, not knowing the word for masturbation

12:18Copy video clip URL Theresa discusses what masturbation feels like, how she does it, and what she thinks about. 

16:59Copy video clip URL Comparison between masturbation and intercourse, as she assumes it would be.

17:58Copy video clip URL [break in tape]


18:02Copy video clip URL Mona’s history of masturbation, from an early age when she didn’t realize what she was doing or have the proper terminology until she began talking to Theresa about it; doesn’t know why she has a feeling that she’s doing something wrong, but Theresa helped her to understand it was natural. 

21:53Copy video clip URL Theresa talks about how she had questioned whether her own masturbation was “normal.” 

22:21Copy video clip URL Mona talks about orgasming during masturbation and that she believes intercourse with a man would feel better than masturbation.

24:51Copy video clip URL What Mona wants in a boyfriend.

26:03Copy video clip URL Theresa: Always wonders why they haven’t found the right guys yet; thinks she’s not “feminine” enough to attract men.

27:15Copy video clip URL Mona is not sure if he wants a serious relationship with a boy but she does know that there are boys who have been interested in her.

29:40Copy video clip URL For Theresa, who is unwilling to change herself to make herself more feminine or more appealing to boys, “femininity” is associated with a lack of intelligence and with spending a lot of time on one’s appearance.




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