5 Feminist Porn Sites Changing Our Perceptions

The world, wide, web of archived pornography looks a lot different from the porn pulp fiction of a few decades ago. There’s no denying the potentially damaging effects of porn, especially in the youth. The constructed fantasies create problematic representations of women as passive objects in sex and desire. The power dynamics of the players in porn can influence how we see our own sexual relationships in relation to the illusions we see on screen.

The American Psychology Association reported on a study called Age of First Exposure to Pornography Shapes Men’s Attitudes Toward Women.According to the study conducted by the University of Nebraska, researchers suggested that the early exposure to ‘mainstream’ porn could shape toxic ideas on masculinity and sexuality, reinforcing stereotypes and dangerous myths about women and our bodies.

But porn has come (lol) leaps and bounds since the Internet began. Yes, the mainstream representations still produce porn that perpetuates misogyny. Yes, there are plenty of exploitative and dehumanising aspects of the industry. But the dominant narrative of cisgendered, heterosexual sex is shifting.

Collectives, activists and organisations are dedicated to producing feminist, intersectional, body and sex positive porn featuring all body types, across race and gender. These representations are necessary in exploring sexuality and consuming porn in a safe space that acknowledges the spectrum of desire without being at the expense of women and femmes. So now there’s a cornucopia of content that includes representation from different gender identities and sexual orientations and empowers these marginalised groups in layered ways rather than a stream of highly manufactured, scary depictions of sex.

But even so, navigating the maze of porn to get there can be both triggering and daunting. Have you ever just typed ‘porn’ in your search bar? That shit is a mess and you’ll be sifting through the god-awful before you get to the gems. Struggling to find exactly what you’re looking for?

We’ve got you covered with a list of porn for women, by women that focus on pleasure and empowerment.

1. BrightDesire.com 

The really rad thing about Bright Desire is that it’s created, written, directed, filmed and produced by the female founder of the site, Ms Naughty.

‘This site offers a new and different kind of porn – what I call smart porn. The aim is to move beyond the old cliches, boundaries and negativity of standard, old-style pornography and to offer something fresh, inclusive and intelligent.’

2.  CrashPadSeries.com 

Sexuality is pretty fluid so you may be 100% heterosexual and that’s totally fine, but what gets you off may not be on that same continuum. To explore your desire in an authentic, safe, space, Crash Pad Series is a good place to start.

‘Pink And White Productions creates adult entertainment that exposes the complexities of queer sexual desire. Taking inspiration from many different sources, Pink and White is dedicated to producing sexy and exciting images that reflect today’s blurred gender lines and fluid sexualities.’

3.  Sssh.com 

Who best to decide what women want than, you know, women?

‘We are women filming the movies, telling the stories, writing the articles, taking the photos, and exploring the depth of female sexuality.’

4.  TRENCHCOATx.com 

TRENCHCOATx isn’t claiming to have all the answers, but they are passionate about cultivating a culture of ethical porn for all.

‘We believe in high quality product, fair prices for the consumer, and fair pay for the people who work for us. Right now we’re still figuring out how these values fit into today’s adult entertainment industry. So please take a look around, let your libido rise to the occasion, and join us on an explicit adventure.’

5.  MakeLoveNotPorn.tv 

If you’re not sold by this description, you never will be:

We’re pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-knowing the difference – and very, very pro-your joining us!

If you share this belief, then join forces with a group of code smiths, design smiths, a couple badass babes in bobs & a slew of real-world pioneers in an experiment that celebrates all of us who makesillyfunnymagnificentcrazydirtysexymessygloriousridiculoushumanlovenotporn.’

P.S. If you’re in the position to pay for your porn, Please Do. Porn costs money to make and sex work is labour that should be compensated, especially when it’s made by feminists attempting to make adult material ethical.

Written By: Busang Senne