[Politics of Intimacy: Trudy and Joan 1]

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 Joan & Trudy. Originally shot in 1/2" B & W video.

00:05Copy video clip URL No audio. Camera setup. 

00:30Copy video clip URL Trudy and Joan, two 20-something women, speak to each other. Trudy talks about her initial nervousness and hesitation about entering a romantic relationship with a woman. She talks about her hopes for a relationship with a woman that she’s attracted to and has known for many years. 

03:13Copy video clip URL Trudy talks about experiencing desire for certain women.

04:12Copy video clip URL Joan describes sex with women as “like making love to yourself, but it’s better… you don’t even know who’s fingers are whose, whose body is whose. It’s really nice.” Trudy discusses similar experiences with both men and women. 

06:45Copy video clip URL Worries about romantic rejection, and about breaking up. 

07:51Copy video clip URL The complications and changes that occur when sex is added to an already-established relationship. Becoming more vulnerable when sex is part of a relationship. 

08:54Copy video clip URL Trudy speaks about her relationships with men, one of whom is gay. The differing levels of intimacy and comfort. 

10:39Copy video clip URL Setting up for another question. 

11:46Copy video clip URL Trudy talks about her first sexual relationship with a man, in which the sex was wholly determined by what he wanted. The disastrous end to that relationship and the lasting effects on her relationships with men. The first man who tried to give her pleasure during sex. The difficulties of learning to experience pleasure during sex. 

16:05Copy video clip URL What gives her the most pleasure during sex. Figuring out how to achieve orgasm. Learning to let herself go during sex and making herself vulnerable. 

18:45Copy video clip URL Wanting to experience a sexual relationship with a woman. Being bisexual rather than gay, and the differing expectations for a relationship with a woman and a man. Being attracted to women physically, but not more strongly than her attracting to men. 

21:55Copy video clip URL Getting over social conditioning pressuring one towards heterosexuality. 

24:20Copy video clip URL Joan, who now identifies as a lesbian, talks about her early relationships with men. Having relationships with men because she was told “it was normal” but being bored by men. Her relationship with an artist that was not very sexual even though they lived together. Channeling sexual energy into art. 

29:20Copy video clip URL Enjoying sex but not needing it. 

31:38Copy video clip URL The different rhythms and duration of sex with men and women. 





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