Friday, June 4, 2010

Hell Yeah, Feminist Porn! Seven Minutes in Heaven 2: Tender Hearted

Warning: This post is all about porn. Please do not proceed reading if you are not completely comfortable or become triggered when reading and/or discussing porn and other stuff sexually explicit in nature.

I am by no means an expert when it comes to feminist porn directors. Tristan Taormino has long been one of very few who came to mind just because I had seen (and loved!) her film Rough Sex, so when I heard that Courtney Trouble had made quite the name for herself in the world of feminist porn, I needed to see what was so impressive. I have long been lusting after seeing what she was capable of, and when Babeland presented me with the opportunity to see for myself, I jumped at the chance.

First of all, let’s make something clear, shall we? Feminists have long been divided when it comes to porn. I happen to love porn. I have always loved porn, ever since I knew I was a sexual being and was first introduced to it as a naive teenager. (Hey internet, you listening? Yeah, thanks for that!) As I grew older and started reading everything and anything I could get my hands on in the realm of women’s studies and gender studies and started to really identify as a feminist, one of the biggest things that has disappointed me within the feminist movement is the radical hatred a lot of feminists have when it comes to porn, and by extension, sexuality. I don’t like that kind of negativity in my movement, and I don’t like it being used to oppress my people.

So with that out of the way, back to Courtney Trouble!

Courtney Trouble has won awards for the most diverse cast for Roulette, she was a 2009 Feminist Porn Award recipient, a 2010 AVN nominee for best soundtrack in both Roulette and Speakeasy, and she has also won an award for best queer porn site with NoFauxxx.com by the SF Bay Guardian. Yeah, she is crazy impressive.

Seven Minutes in Heaven 2 So I recently had the chance to see Seven Minutes in Heaven 2: Tender Hearted. You will notice that there is no post anywhere on here about the first Seven Minutes in Heaven, but I haven’t seen that one and I went out on a limb and thought you don’t necessarily need to see the first installment to understand the second — and I was correct with that assumption!

With that being said, Seven Minutes in Heaven 2 features a diverse, amateur cast consisting of Puck Goodfellow, Chocolate Chip, Cyd Loverboy, Red, Soma Stardust, Akira Raine, and James Darling. Every actor in the film is making their porn debut, with the exception of Puck Goodfellow and Chocolate Chip who also starred in the first of the Seven Minutes in Heaven series.

This film revolves around an amazingly hot slumber party where Spin the Bottle turns into a lot more than just kissing the person the bottle lands on. Then the cast moves on to the hottest game of Truth or Dare you will ever see.

I really loved this film, particularly because of the cast. It is completely diverse, made up of different body types, races, and gender identities. Everyone picked the person whom they would like to appear on-camera with and that really adds a level of chemistry that is not scene in most porn out there. There is laughing, actual conversation, joking around, and you can tell everyone seen in the film is enjoying themselves and they are happy to be together, whether it’s in their specific scene, or just talking into the camera. There is quirkiness, fun, and a unique sense of playfulness that you really can’t help but smile or laugh along with.

But don’t think that because there is some joke-cracking and playfulness that Seven Minutes in Heaven 2 isn’t hot, because it is. Incredibly, in fact. Sure, it has a few flaws, like the fact that Akira’s moaning sounded a little too similar to my own, which just ended up freaking me out so much that whenever she was moaning very loudly, my state of arousal decreased. That is pretty much the worst reaction someone can have when watching porn. Also, Akira moans too much. Yes, too much, almost constantly and way too loudly, or I could just be thinking that because of how freaked out I was that there was someone else out there walking around with my sexy time sounds. There was also the fact that Jiz Lee dropped off some black latex gloves and… immediately left. That made no sense to me at all.

But there are far more pros than cons to this film. Firstly, the presence of distracting and sometimes ridiculous music that is a staple in porn of all kinds, is only played in Seven Minutes for Heaven 2 at the very beginning and end of scenes. Secondly, this film features safer sex practices! There a scene in the film of Courtney Trouble on the phone asking if more black latex gloves could be delivered because they had run out and she continues with the conversation about the importance of safer sex. We later find out the person she was on the phone with was of course Jiz Lee, or the person who sent them — who only dropped off the gloves and nothing more. Yeah, I am not going to get over that, especially since Jiz Lee is hot as hell and should have done something! ANYTHING!

In addition to black latex gloves being used whenever someone’s hands are getting close to other people’s intimate areas, we also see condoms being used, dental dams, and there is even an instructional scene where Puck Goodfellow demonstrates how to create a dental dam out of a basic male condom. Incredibly useful information!

While I naturally liked some scenes more than others, I was completely taken with Puck Goodfellow and James Darling, and I have not been able to stop talking about them since I finished watching Seven Minutes in Heaven 2 the first time. It’s hard to put my finger on why Puck enthralls me to no end, but I like it. From his overall style and demeanor to the magnificence that occurs when he puts on a strap-on, the entire package that is Puck Goodfellow will captivate you until you find yourself repeatedly flipping back to the beginning of one of his scenes to watch it all over again.

James Darling is just the cutest boy I have ever seen. Very much in that “Oh my goodness, I could just pinch your cheeks!” kind of way, but he will also turn you on at the same time. The only thing missing as far as scenes go, is a scene with Puck Goodfellow and James Darling together. That would have been amazing, but you won’t see that in Seven Minutes in Heaven 2, which made me sad.

The “grand finale” of the hot slumber party is an all hands on deck, seven-person gangbang where everyone does a little something to give Red one hell of an orgasm.

I absolutely loved Seven Minutes in Heaven 2. It was refreshing to see such intense chemistry on-camera and it is most definitely a feminist porn must-have. Courtney Trouble, I am impressed.

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9 Thoughts on Hell Yeah, Feminist Porn! Seven Minutes in Heaven 2: Tender Hearted | Leave a Comment

  1. Riven says:

    I guess I'll also be impressed if I can find this porn video somewhere. still not found(

  2. Jenny says:

    That's new. I'd check it out but my son is home today BLAH… i feel left out now.

  3. @Riven: You can get this DVD, as well as other Courtney Trouble films through Babeland: http://store.babeland.com/videos-dvds-alternati

  4. Ian Sparks says:

    Yay! That is a really well written and excited review!

    Besides Babeland, the dvd is available at Good Vibes and a few other online places including Courtney Trouble's site. Just google it.

    I think you'd like our Trannywood Pictures DVDs. Let me know if you would like to view them.

    Yay for Queer Porn! And Yay for intelligent reviews!

  5. Epiphora says:

    You had about the same reaction as me! I also love Puck and James, and think Akira's moaning needs to come down a few notches. Heh.

  6. Dr.Ruthie says:

    I'm drooling! This sounds like a fantastic DVD and I'm always extra-happy to hear about good new feminist porn with a diverse cast. I'm adding you in to my weekly rundown of my favorite Babeland reviews as we speak!

  7. Shannon says:

    Yay, I loved this. I won it in Epiphora's giveaway during Courtney Trouble week. I actually haven't seen the whole thing because I'm never alone long enough to watch any porn, but I watched probably the first 3/4 of it or slightly less. Puck Goodfellow is one of my favorites in it. I'm trying to find a time when I WILL have alone time so I can finish watching it… without headphones would be best, but my grandmother lives next door and doesn't knock on the front door to come inside and uh that would be bad.

  8. wakemenow says:

    Latex gloves, dental dams and condoms — oh my! I’d rather view “amateurs” who trust and care about one another enough to not need the arsenal of intimacy-blocking devices described above. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s clinical sex.

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