The Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation on Wednesday posted a notice asking for volunteers to watch adult videos in a bid to promote an open discussion on the sexual misconceptions and violence found in such videos.
The foundation’s official site and Facebook page posted the message asking for 20 volunteers who are at least 18 years of age, have five years of experience watching adult videos and are familiar with Aoi Sora, a Japanese adult video actress who has branched out into non-porn movies and TV shows.
The other requirements are that volunteers watch adult videos for entertainment, understand what bu bing (步兵) and ji bing (騎兵) videos mean and tend to have a negative view of the industry and see it as mistreating women.
Bu bing refers to uncensored pornographic videos, while ji bing refers to videos using mosaic censorship.
The foundation’s Web site and Facebook page also say they are not seeking reporters, people ethically at odds with the event, or perverts — but that women’s group haters are especially welcome.
The foundation is planning to hold two rounds of viewings.
Shortly after the announcement was posted, more than 100 people — half of whom were women — sent in applications.
The deadline for applications is Friday next week.
Foundation executive chief Kang Shu-hua (康淑華) said that the general public’s perception of women self-help groups is that they “live in their own little world” and that their staunch resistance to adult videos is unrealistic.
The foundation is only against perpetuating misconceptions about sex, and the sexual violence portrayed in adult and pornographic videos, Kang said.
“We hope, through the discussion, to invite everyone to view AV [adult videos] with a healthy and open mindset,” Kang said.
On the number of women who had applied to volunteer, Kang said this would help broaden the range of voices across both genders.
Kang added that if the interaction during the sittings proved beneficial, the foundation might hold another similar event.
Translated by Jake Chung, Staff writer