“Female sexuality is diverse, it’s fierce; its time we stop filtering it, censoring it. It should never be controversial.”
Raw is a term used in the creative field to mean an image which has not been enhanced; it is unfiltered, untouched. These days we are bombarded by porn and by the media with hypersexualised, yet filtered – even censored – depictions of female sexuality and anatomy.
For example, images in print showing the vulva often need to be edited to remove any external labia. In porn, male ejaculation is expected, yet female ejaculation is fetishized. All of this leads to unrealistic and unauthentic depictions of female sexuality. RAW is Madison Missina’s controversial attempt to combat this.
According to Missina “…when I started filming porn, it was my aim to showcase authentic female pleasure. However with the influence of male directors and producers who are making content for mainly male consumers, eventually authentic female pleasure is lost in lieu of the beautiful fake orgasm. In magazines often my external labia is edited out. This has always concerned me, as when I was a teen, I would compare myself to the girls in the mags and think that I was deformed. I was wrong. The messages that we are giving girls, women and even men are deformed.”
RAW is an educational, unedited look into female sexuality. It is stripped of the male influence; it is created by females for females. All images are raw. Missina is both director and subject; it is her aim to showcase female sexual pleasure in its rawness.