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'PORN' MAY PROVOKE
FRIGHTENING REVERIES OF
BOUFFANT BIMBOS THAT RIVAL
BARBIE, BUT NEW MARDI GRAS
HAS CHOSEN IT AS THE THEME
FOR THIS YEAR'S SLEAZE BALL.
DEEPIKA MISTRY INVESTIGATES.
IN THE HORDERN
It's not the gay community's growing fondness for leopard print
rugs and vinyl chaise lounges of bright pink that has prompted
them to do so. The other contenders for theme prize were
'Pornstar', 'Dirty', and 'Once Upon a Sleaze', but Porn came out
on top and impressed the judges with its versatility and nice arse.
"Porn can be interpreted differently and positively by every
demographic", says Terri Duarte, New Mardi Gras co-chair of
the party working group who are responsible for theme ideas.
"We've found that younger members of the community find
overt sexuality very intimidating and confronting and we chose
this theme because it can be interpreted as fun".
Fer vent feminists would perhaps disagree.
"It will offend some people who regard it [porn] as
objectification, but it is open and honest", says Terri. She
doesn't disagree that there are stereotypes associated with porn
but insists that the interpretation of it doesn't have to be
confined to the stereotype. "The role of NMG is to break
these down, sexuality is more fluid now, people aren't
pigeonholing themselves and they are becoming more
cohesive; there is more freedom". So girls, going out and
buying those press-on acrylic nails and that tube of frosted
pink lippy won't be necessary.
PHOTO FIORA SACCO PHOTOGRAPHY
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