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Unbinding "Bound"

It is clear that this scene deserves the respect that it receives from the queer community; it goes beyond mere accurate representation and instead accomplishes a near reality. It does this by refusing to include heterosexual (and incorrect) stereotyping of lesbian sex, as well as refusing the popular 1970’s lesbian ideas of strict butch/femme roles. The union and completeness of the scene erases the need for any phallic presence (as lesbian pornography usually depicts). By having Violet on top doing the pleasuring, and Corky on bottom, Violet can be seen as inhabiting the typical male role of the initiator and sexual aggressor. Corky can be seen in the typical feminine position. This counteracts the early lesbian standards of the butch (which Corky depicts through her leather jackets and boots) being the masculine and the femme (which Violet demonstrates by her airy voice, longs nails, and tight dresses) being the feminine. If they switched positions I don't believe the scene would have been as effective as it would have played into this stereotype. Rather, these roles are not even an issue in this scene, as both women are naked. This renders them as equals. For example, in the previous sex scene, while Violet was once again the initiator, it was Corky who pleasured her. Both women give and receive.

These women share a bond of equality, as well as one that looks beyond the typical binds of stereotyping. As Keller claims, “Bound portrays the intimacies and technicalities of lesbian sex without the fuzzy romanticism of other lesbian love scenes or the hyper-feminine trashiness of heterosexual pornography.? Truly, this scene undermines the title and allows these women to experience sexual pleasure freely and completely. The scene then does not only validate Corky and Violet as lesbians, but as women. By putting their equal and complete satisfaction first, this scene glorifies these women's sexuality rather than demeaning them through it. This, therefore, makes the scene feminist.