Is There Such A Thing as "Ethical Porn"?

One question I hear a lot as someone in the adult industry who also identifies as a feminist is, "What *is* ethical porn? " And is it even possible?...more
I think that anyone who makes an “honest” living in the sex industry should be seen as someone ...more

What Feminist Porn Can Do for You

Psychotherapist Stanley Siegel claims that your favorite porn says a lot about who you are. I'm sure that's true, but the way he presents his case about those who watch porn makes me as a feminist woman who watches porn feel like his claims and statements about porn watching people has nothing to do with me....more

When "Porn" Becomes Positive and Empowering Rather Than Negative and Degrading

When I first showed a former colleague some of the re-visioned porn I write about in my book, his response was: "But this isn't porn! It's film!" Others have since reacted the same way and many have asked me, "Why do you keep calling it porn? Why not call it 'erotic' or 'explicit,' 'adult' or 'sensual,' or whatever, just not 'porn'? You're going to turn people away from your work," they would warn me. So why do I insist on using the "porn" word? ...more

The Bi Apple and Gender Bending Sex Films

Salon.com recently featured an article—Bringing up the rear—on the growing trend of more straight men exploring a formerly taboo hot spot: the male anus. A national sex survey published last year in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found eleven percent of men ages 20-24 reporting that they've been on the receiving end of anal intercourse at some point in their lives. ...more

Objectify Me

Feminist sex blogger and woman oriented porn producer Ms. Naughty recently posted about how anti-porn feminists can't acknowledge feminist porn. It's a good read, in particular for Ms....more

Blue Artichoke Films: Cinematic Quality Porn

Blue Artichoke Films in Amsterdam is making a name for itself by producing cinematic quality porn. US-born Jennifer Lyon Bell (1969) is the creative force behind its three films, which are of notable atmosphere and texture. Feeling that her own sexuality is not reflected in mainstream porn, Bell is using film languages and styles to re-vision pornographic films. In fact, her first film, a ten-minute short, doesn’t even show explicit sex; yet its sexiness rises up into the frame from what the viewer doesn’t actually see. ...more

Art House Sex Film: Anna Brownfield’s The Band

The indie sex and rock feature film The Band (2009) by Australian Anna Brownfield (1971) stands out from all other new porn by women. In 2009, The Band was the opening film at the Berlin Porn Festival and was also shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Brownfield’s film gives association to Michael Winterbottom’s 9 songs (2004) and John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus (2006), films along with which Brownfield classifies her own: art house films with hardcore sex. ...more

My very brief guide to feminist porn, part two

In the first part of my very brief guide, I responded more directly to questions about feminist porn. I offered criteria to help viewers analyze the quality of porn, with the intention of broadening our language for talking about this. Yet I emphasized that these criteria are not meant to be definitive but rather have worked for me as talking points. This second part will respond to more personal questions I hear about using porn....more

Femme Productions: Erotic Rock Videos

(This post, which was originally published online at Good Vibrations Magazine, is an excerpt from my forthcoming book New porn. By women, for women and men.)...more

My very brief guide to feminist porn, part one

(This post, which was previously published online at Good Vibrations Magazine, is an excerpt from my forthcoming book New porn. By women, for women and men.)...more
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