What is feminist porn?

What is feminist porn?

75 million people visit pornhub every day, and the site is the worlds 40th most trafficked site. Even though numerous religious organizations, conservative political leaders, and even some radical feminist groups try to convince us that porn is evil, porn is not going away. Just looking at pornhub's growth for the last 10 years below will convince you.

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The problem with mainstream porn however, is not the frequency or the amount that we watch, but the product we consume. Visually is pretty shitty. In incorporating specific BDSM practices, which could be hot for some, but definitely not for all, it is often times derogative to women. It also assumes women are talking sex dolls, who can come after 5 minutes of vaginal intercourse or not come at all. It creates non realistic expectations towards sex for both genders.

Logically, a lot of alternative porn forms are emerging to challenge the status quo and to show sex and sexual interactions in a different than the existing way. Feminist porn takes a lead role in this growing movement and is created to change the paradigm, to confront the cliches and negativity of mainstream porn, and bring something better to the table. Feminist porn is inclusive, realistic, and diverse, and fights the role women are assigned in the porn industry. It includes diverse body types and skin colors, shows female orgasm as much as man's (or if this is not the case at least shows the female receiving pleasure as much as the male). It also is not necessarily soft or only girl on girl, it could be hardcore and BDSM, but in general it shows play as play, and not everyday behavior (specifically the way some hardcore or more aggressive sex is shown as a default in mainstream porn, and the more informed and realistic perspective on it in ethical and feminist porn). Feminist porn fights the stigma of slut shaming and empowers women by portraying their sexuality as a strong and powerful gift to enjoy.

Here is a TED Talk from erotic movie creator Erika Lust, explaining very well what feminist porn is and why its necessary:

Erika Lust is one of the pioneers on new feminist porn, although it originally started its existence in the 80s, when Candida Royalle started her production company Femme productions. HBO's Candy from The Deuce is loosely based on Candida Royalle and does a pretty good job in showing how bad ass she was.

Then the feminist sex wars followed (most of the 1970s and 1980s), when anti-porn feminists and sex-positive feminists stood against each other in battles that continue today. These debates were not simply on pornography, but included different views on prostitution and sadomasochism. In October 1980 the National Organization for Women identified what became known as the "Big Four" through declaring that "Pederasty, pornography, sadomasochism and public sex" were about "exploitation, violence or invasion of privacy" and not "sexual preference or orientation". Unfortunately, the stereotypes and taboos these wars created are very much real today, but Third wave feminism and the rise of personal, individualized views on gender-related issues are changing the way we perceive them.

At Sluttish we think feminist porn is crucial for changing the paradigm and challenging the way women are seen in porn, sex, and well in life. We will be featuring creators, such as Erika Lust, performers like Amarna Miller and studios here, so you can get familiar with feminist porn and hopefully start enjoying it more than the mainstream product.

Cover photo credit Marvin Meyer

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Web developer and founder of sluttish. She believes we have to finally start talking about sex openly and honestly, and eliminate the shame and guilt we associate with sexual pleasure

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