• Wed, Jan 4 2012

Guess Who’s Playing Gloria Steinem In A Movie About Porn?

It’s Demi Moore! This is actually not very exciting news. I find it more interesting that anyone is taking on the role of Gloria Steinem (it’s always weird to me when actors portray people who are still alive, but I think I’m kind of alone on that one), and that Gloria Steinem is going to be a character at all in a movie about Linda Lovelace, the star of the classic porn movie “Deep Throat.”

And when I say I find it interesting, I mean I find it refreshing. The tug of war about porn within feminism is hardly a topic that’s often tackled in mainstream cinema (or really, in mainstream anything) so it will be interesting to see what directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman do with it. I’m hoping that they approach it with an open mind and no bias — meaning that Steinem doesn’t become a stereotype of a feminist, and that Lovelace doesn’t become a stereotype of a porn star.

After all, at the height of the feminism vs. porn debacle (which is only now, and only slightly, beginning to wane), it could be said that each side stereotyped the other.

Here’s hoping that Hollywood, for once, takes the high road.

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