The Dilemma of Desire at Cleveland International Film Festival

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 am

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland International Film Festival

Can you say the word “clitoris” without blushing? Draw the clit in its entirety? If not, maybe it’s time to brush up on your “Cliteracy.” But don’t worry—THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE is here to satisfy your needs. This documentary on the gendered politics of female sexual desire follows women from the everyday to the expert as personal interviews with scientists, strippers, poets, concept artists, and sex toy designers paint a broad portrait of empowerment with no one-size-fits-all solution. Despite different experiences, each subject strives to reclaim control of her body and sexuality on her own terms. But while the process of unlearning the stigma and shame associated with sexual desire continues, so does a repressive patriarchal culture. As long as women’s libidos are labeled as taboo—never to be discussed or depicted—the bedroom will remain unequal territory. And how far into women’s lives does that territory extend? Timely and brimming with passion, THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE seeks to tear down a hypocritical system that constantly sexualizes women while denying them sexual agency one anatomically correct clitoris at a time. — D.O.