Why These 5 Feminist Porn Sites Will Rock Your World [NSFW]

Most of us can probably agree that a lot of porn is objectifying towards women.

red lips isolated in whiteIf you’re still on the fence, there is unfortunately some hard evidence that pornography depicting physical harm towards women has become mainstream: Several studies funded by the Australian government found that acts of violence toward women (like slapping, kicking, hitting and choking) are prevalent in about one in four pornographic films. The problem here is twofold: it’s not just what we see, but also who controls how we see it. Most porn is not just directed and produced by men, but it is also made for men. And because of this, the camera takes on the perspective of the “male gaze.”

Laura Mulvey, in her 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” coined this term to describe when the audience is put into the perspective of a heterosexual man. Female characters (and parts of their bodies) are extremely sexualized. Instead of seeing women as full people with their own wants and desires, we are encouraged to see them through this objectifying lens.

Basically, in mainstream porn, we see a whole lot of women serving as objects for male sexual desire and not much of women acting as subjects for themselves. If you’re a regular porn watcher (and let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that we’re talking about typical heterosexual porn), think about it for a second: how many times do you see a guy getting a blowjob?

Now think about how many times you see the guy reciprocating by going down on his lady friend. Probably not quite as much. Luckily, there are some resources for those of us who would like to see more women enjoying sex for themselves, acting as their own subjects instead of just as objects of male desire.

This kind of porn is called “feminist porn,” which the website of the Feminist Porn Awards defines it as porn where actors are treated with respect, with fair pay and ethical working conditions, and directors are encouraged to collaborate with actors in order to incorporate the actors’ own sexual desires. Along with this, feminist porn does its best to depict realistic pleasure. Feminist porn also “expands the boundaries of sexual representation on film and challenges stereotypes especially of women and marginalized communities.”

With all that in mind, here are some awesome feminist porn sites that you should totally check out. (And remember, they’re NSFW sites!)

1. Bright Desire

Bright Desire describes itself as a celebration of everything that is great about sex: “intimacy, pleasure, laughter, connection, fantasy and fun.” Though its focus is on heterosexual sex, it also is truly multi-representational, featuring content that includes multiple kinds of sexual orientations, holding strong in its belief that sexuality and gender “can be fluid and diverse.” Awesome!

2. Lady Cheeky

Lady Cheeky is a completely free blog collection of erotic photographs, tasteful gifs, and even some video links. The only bad thing about it is that once you start scrolling, you’re not going to want to stop. Seriously.

3. Dane Jones

This site features beautifully-filmed artistic videos of couple-friendly porn. So, basically, you can expect lots of kissing, intense eye contact, etc. Also, Dane Jones’ stance on female beauty is kind of awesome: “We love all forms of feminine beauty, we do not believe in digital manipulation and the manufacturing of conventional beauty.” Sign me up!

4. For The Girls

This website respectfully reverses the male gaze and puts the lens on men, something that we don’t really see a whole lot, especially in porn. It promises to provide “a huge selection of sexy photos created & selected for women.” Sounds good to me!

5. Gentlemen Handling

If you get a subscription to Gentlemen Handling, you’ll get a whole lot of erotic photos and videos of men masturbating. “In our years of experience in the pornosphere,” the site explains, “we’ve found that men have just as much to lose as other genders from the dishonesty and superficiality of mass-produced sexual imagery.” The description goes on to describe the website’s attempt to reclaim people’s individuality through a very human portrayal of self-pleasure, which sounds totally awesome.

Also, for more precise viewing, check out the Periodic Table of Feminist Porn!


Are there any feminist porn sites that we missed? Let us know in the comments below; and in the meantime, happy browsing!


 

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Rachael Decker
Rachael Decker
Rachael is back in the US this year after spending last spring studying abroad in London. Being a writer has pretty much always been her dream job, except that one time in 5th grade when she wanted to be Hilary Duff, but we don't talk about that. Her spirit animal is a mermaid, because she loves to sing and hates wearing pants, and "also that hair thing, I guess."