HBO does feminist porn

A show starring Diane Keaton as the founder of a sex mag for women is in development. Am I dreaming?

Topics: Sex, Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

Things just haven’t been the same for HBO since “Sex and the City” left. Sure, shows like “Hung” and “Entourage” have offered the lovelorn network some dudely support — but what it really needs, what’s it’s been desperately searching for, is another colossal chick-magnet. A few months back, it seemed HBO had found just the thing: A new comedy series in development called “Women’s Studies.” Now, its shot at winning us women back is looking better still: An as-yet untitled show starring Diane Keaton “as a feminist icon who attempts to reignite the movement by starting a sexually explicit magazine for women,” reports Reuters.

Sold! You had me at: Feminist starts a porn mag for women. If that isn’t a dynamite premise for a premium cable series, I don’t know what is. That’s not TV, that’s … HBOhmigodawesome.



Hopefully the series will both make it to the air and live up to the intriguing set-up. Marti Noxon, a writer and co-producer, says she has long struggled with the contradiction between her lesbian mother’s radical feminist beliefs — that shaving your legs is an unacceptable concession to the patriarchy, for example — and her own interest in men and being “a gal.” That might suggest the series will amount to fuck-me feminism or lightweight “lifestyle” activism. But maybe, just maybe, the show will bravely explore those competing influences of feminism and mainstream sexual culture.

Oh, a “gal” can dream.

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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