“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
-Ryan Gosling on the controversy around the rating of his film ‘Blue Valentine’
See also: Agora, the fact that nearly any instance of penis is an automatic R let alone penis+sex. If it doesn’t serve the male gaze or it shows a woman getting off in a way that doesn’t prop up the male lead’s masculinity, the MPAA loathes it. Wait, didn’t I write about this back in 2011? Why yes, I did.