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The 5 Hallmarks of Feminist Porn

The 5 Hallmarks of Feminist Porn April Flores
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For decades, pornography has been the domain of men - it was made by and for horny guys, with no regard for what women might like and what might be upsetting to them. But in recent years, there has been a surge of new feminist porn, created by female pornographers for women's enjoyment. It's a very diverse genre, but there are some defining features that most feminist porn films possess.

  Consensual Objectification

Madison Young

There's a common misconception that women are never objectified in feminist porn, because the feminist agenda is about freeing women from oppression. But in the later "waves" of feminism, it was acknowledged that some women like to be objectified, dominated, and yes, oppressed... but consensually.

Some feminist porn films, including Tristan Taormino's Rough Sex series, begin with an interview between the performers in which they negotiate their boundaries. They discuss what's okay and what's not. They may even set up a safeword or safe-signal. This not only serves as a great example of healthy negotiation for a viewer who's new to BDSM, but also helps to set the viewer's mind at ease about the consent in the scene. It can be difficult to watch someone get dominated if you think they may have been forced into it, but if you've already seen them enthusiastically agree to be treated that way, it's easier to enjoy what comes next.

  Equal-Opportunity Submission

Art by Ralf Paschke

In mainstream porn, if you want to see a man get tied up, spanked, or otherwise dominated by a woman, you need to seek out a pretty specific niche of the industry. It's called "femdom" and is typically thought of as a small, specialized fetish that only a few men are interested in.

Of course, we know this isn't true. Almost everyone has some level of sexual interest in domination and/or submission, even though those interests might be buried fairly deep in their psyche due to cultural and moral influences. Many, many men have fantasies about being submissive to a woman in bed, and many women would be more than happy to oblige that wish.

In feminist porn, you can see all manner of different types of "femdom," ranging from the mild (e.g. a woman commanding her boyfriend to go down on her) to the intense (e.g. a woman tying up a man, blindfolding him, whipping him, and sitting on his face while talking smack to him). The sex-positive feminist community acknowledges that submission isn't a strictly female desire, and that some people get off on the sight and sound of a man being consensually "abused" or bossed around.

  Diverse Identities and Bodies

Tina Horn and Roger Wood in Live Sex Show

Feminism is inextricably intertwined with queer issues, because both involve fighting for visibility and more accurate representation. And as a result, a lot of people who watch feminist porn are either queer themselves, or interested in watching queer folks have sex.

Feminist porn doesn't have to, but often does, include diversely queer elements like genderqueer people, trans* people, butches and femmes, strap-on sex, androgyny, sex toys used interchangeably with body parts, a disregard for traditional gender roles, and a total subversion of those same roles.

As much as queer identities are celebrated in feminist porn, so are unconventionally attractive bodies. Not every woman is a thin, blonde, busty babe, and not every man is a thin, tall, handsome guy with a giant member. The performers still exude sexiness because of how much they enjoy what they do, but they don't look like what you'd find in Penthouse or Playboy. And many people embrace that as a wonderful thing.

  Enthusiasm and Fun

Ned and Maggie Mayhem

Feminist porn is full of fun and exploration. Performers sometimes giggle on camera, whisper sweet nothings in each other's ears, and just generally don't view sex with solemnity the way mainstream porn actors might.

Better yet, they really seem to enjoy it, even when they're supposed to be in pain or turmoil as part of the scene. Feminist pornographers often encourage their performers to do scenes with real-life partners (see, for example, Ned and Maggie Mayhem's website Meet the Mayhems, or Dylan Ryan's scenes with her partner Trucker Cash on Crash Pad). This results in a fiery chemistry that translates to the screen and can definitely be felt in the pants of the viewer.

People who say that they "hate porn" usually just mean that they hate mainstream porn. There's no guarantee, of course, but if they were to take a look at some of the top-notch feminist porn available today, they might change their perspective. And get really hard and/or wet in the process.

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Comments

Beck  

I really enjoyed reading your article. You did an excellent job!

08/02/2012

Wow, I love this article. You hit the nail on the head. This is defiantly the type of porn i lile.

08/02/2012
Scottie Lowe  

I had a very interesting {[http://www.blogtalkradio.com/afroerotik/2012/07/27/race-and-sexuality|] conversation} with Tristan Taromino about the problems and obstacles women of color have in getting exposure for their feminist porn.

08/03/2012

"by Girly Juice, editted by Beck Published: August 02, 2012"
Need a better 'edittor'.

08/03/2012

Great article.

08/03/2012

Found this interesting.....never even heard of "feminist" porn before!

08/03/2012

Thanks, everybody!

@CharmCity - All of the articles I've submitted have that weird "editted" byline, so I'm pretty sure it's written right into the code of the website and not a mistake that the individual editors have overlooked. My editor on this piece, Beck, was fantastic and totally competent.

08/04/2012
Beck  

Thank you Girly Juice. That isn't an error on my behalf. I'll be sure to let Rayne know about that as it is an error on all the articles.

08/04/2012

@CharmCity, Girly Juice and Beck - The "editted by" is something in the system. We're working to get it fixed. Thanks!

08/06/2012

I'd love to watch a scene between the two people pictured beneath "Enthusiasm and Fun". They look much more interesting than the people I've seen in mainstream porn.

08/09/2012

@Ivy Wilde - That's Ned and Maggie Mayhem! They are really awesome and have done scenes for Crash Pad Series, QueerPorn.TV, FTM Fucker, and their own website Meet the Mayhems. Many of their scenes are cheap or free, so I highly recommend checking them out!

08/10/2012

amazing atricle! thanks

08/12/2012

I love porn, but have a lot of "pet peeves" - looks like I will be seeking out some feminist porn!

08/12/2012

Great article.

10/16/2012

great article - this is the porn I'm looking for. thanks for the names and site info.

11/09/2012

I'll have to check this out sometime, thanks.

11/27/2012

Excellent article. Thank you!

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