étude 34: I have opinions on Feminist Porn

No, no, feminist porn is not a gang bang scenario of feminists having sex with each other. Or any other scenario floating in your dirty, low-key twisted mind right now. But it could eventually be something that could please your dirty mind. At least something that your conscience doesn’t have to battle with.

I don’t care about the content that much. I’m not into watching porn in general. But I’m into women’s rights and their representation in modern society. So if you want to find out what the content is about, you’ll find some links at the end of the article. Click on it, see for yourself, maybe it’ll even become an alternative to mainstream porn. Who knows…? I’m just saying.

Proudly misogynistic pornography

So porn has obviously become a BIG thing in modern society. I remember finding my uncle’s old porn magazines and asking myself: “How the hell did he get these? Wasn’t he ashamed to buy this?”

I mean, today no one really has to be confronted with the seller’s judgment and that’s liberating in some way. You can watch porn in all intimacy wherever that might be to you. But somehow we’ve been abusing this privilege. When we’re isolated, without any judgement from someone else, that’s when the dark side comes out, right? We all have watched stuff that we would never share to anyone. And it’s indeed no one’s business. Like how we have all clicked on that one video and then regretted it instantly with one major question in mind: “How did the girl survive that shit?”

Truth is that if you’re into porn but do not appreciate unhealthy feminine representation, misogynistic behaviors or toxic masculinity, then you’ll have a hard time with mainstream pornography. Here are some numbers that are quite impressive concerning online porn consumption on a global scale:

– In 2016 alone, Pornhub got 23 BILLION visits. That’s 729 people a second, or 64 million a day—nearly equal to the population of the United Kingdom.

-Enough porn was watched in 2016 on this one website that all the data would fill 194,000,000 USB sticks. If you put the USB sticks end to end, they’d wrap all the way around the moon.

-Last year alone, 91,980,225,000 videos were watched on Pornhub. That’s 12.5 videos for every person on the planet.

-Also, 4,599,000,000 hours of porn were watched on the site in just one year. That’s equal to 5,246 centuries.

-The most popular search term in the whole site was “step mom” for the second year in a row. That’s right, incest-themed porn.

According to fightthenewdrug.org

Yep, these are real numbers. And this is all quite frightening knowing what kind of porn all of these people are watching. The major minus point here is how this pornography is often presented as a sex-guide to teens. For what sex looks like, what female bodies look like and how men and women “behave” while having sex. Shortly put: it’s a disaster. On certain mainstream porn-websites rape itself can easily fall into the category of “roughness”. So basically, how is a twelve to fourteen-year old boy/girl suppose to understand that rape is not a “category” like any other, but a violent act that has little to do with sex. The fact that this is expected to appeal to a male audience is freaking scary.

Sidenote: Rape is not sex. Keep that in mind. Rape is a sexual aggression = there’s no pleasure, no mutual contentment, no respect.  

That’s sometimes how we end-up with some boys being extremely clumsy during their sexual activities. Or girls accepting stuff thinking it’ll please their partners like they saw on those shady videos. (Babygirl, you don’t have to choke on his penis until tears roll down your cheeks, really, a standard blowjob is fine too)

In other (smarter) words:

Porn that doesn’t present men and women as equal partners, sexually speaking — that presents sex as something that men do to women and that women do for men — is dangerous. It reflects and thereby reinforces the warped view of sex that underlies rape culture.

Everyday Feminism

Pussy Talk meets Pussy Action

So how can feminist porn help out? Well first of all, what the hell is that?

“Feminist porn takes a cultural form that has historically been seen as the purview of men. It reworks sexual images and conventions in an effort to explore new and more diverse kinds of desires.”

– Madison Young (pornographic actress, director, bondage model, published writer, sexual educator and founder of Femina Potens Art Gallery)

So if you thought that feminist porn is only about or for feminists, well guess what? You’re wrong.

By the way, if you’re that uncomfortable with the word “feminist”, you can also call it “positive porn”. Because not everything that implies the word “feminist” is automatically women-territory-only.

There are some rules in feminist porn which are the following:

  1. The male and female performers, or their characters, should be treated as equals.
  2. Male-female sex should not be presented as something that penises do to vaginas.
  3. Sex is something that people (usually) do in the context of a larger relationship.
  4. Kissing and touching matter, because that’s what people do when they have sex.
  5. Sex is something a couple does for themselves (not other people).

According to Everyday Feminism

These rules sound pretty simple, and yet mainstream porn fails to follow any of those.

Another main difference between mainstream porn and feminist/positive porn relies also on the production itself: You’ll find more female producers, directors and actors in the feminist pornography scene and this is crucially important in the modification of female representation in porn. I do not doubt the existence of profoundly sexist female directors who do not come in handy in this debate. But competent women have to be present when it’s about the feminine image. We’ve let men define us for way too long, it’s time to take over.

This feminine presence counterbalances the toxic masculinity spread all over the world through mainstream pornography. This doesn’t exclude the presence of male directors and actors in this particular scene though. On the opposite, it also reshapes the male figure in the pornographic context. You don’t have to be a jerk to her and come on her face passing her proudly to your homie like she’s a blunt. As much as it is shocking to see women in that position, it’s also uncomfortable to see men behave like they’re just into the physical consumption of their sex partners. We tend to forget how this affects boys too and doesn’t contribute to a positive male image representation either.

Where the Feminist Porn at?

Useless to type “feminist porn” into the Pornhub search bar. These productions are often independent and M.I.A on mainstream websites.

Here are some more fitting platforms:

Lust Cinema

Swedish writer, director, and producer Erika Lust founded LustFilms in 2004 with the intention of creating a space for “those seeking an alternative to mainstream porn: where the feminine viewpoint is vital, the aesthetic is a pleasure to all of the senses, and eroticism and innovation are celebrated.”  LustFilms has a variety of artsy films available to view if you are a member.

Lady Cheeky

Hailed as the NUMBER ONE(!!) porn site for women, Lady Cheeky is a tumblr-style page with “curated sensual images and gifs that depict palpable desire, unbridled passion and body positive eroticism.”

Pink Label TV

Pink Label TV has a free option for access to a plethora of feminist porn. It even has a section called “The Feminist Porn Gaze!” Payments for one-off rentals go to the film’s production company, so they can continue to make these beautiful films.

XConfessions

XConfessions is run by Erika Lust, who turns women’s erotic fantasies into feature length porn. Anyone can submit, giving the films a really raw quality that you don’t always get.

(Suggestions found here)

 

These platforms make it possible to enjoy porn the safe and clean way. Bonus: no disgusting pop-up’s. Sex is beautiful and it should be represented as such.

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Hanna Martins

student in her twenties with a lot of opinions

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