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There’s no need to support sexist practices or the male gaze.

In an industry known for exploiting its workers and dealing with sexual assault allegations, sex-positive, ethically produced porn is more important than ever. Luckily, that’s where feminist porn comes in.

But what is feminist porn? Well, feminist porn is any kind of pornography that’s created and controlled by marginalized people with the intent of both treating workers ethically and depicting gendered relationships in an inclusive and non-misogynistic way. That means portraying women as autonomous people who have agency in their sexual relationships, not sex objects who live and breed for men’s pleasure. And for porn to be feminist, it has to treat the stars on set in fair and humane conditions by preventing overexertion and making sure consent is given in every scene.

“If you care about the conditions under which your food was made and your jeans were made, then you should care about the conditions under which your pornography was made,” adult filmmaker and feminist Tristan Taormino explained in a report by BuzzFeed News.

For that reason alone, feminist porn tends to be a bit more expensive, because the higher prices cover the higher expenses necessary to make sure the films’ stars and staff are making a fair wage. But there’s plenty of free feminist porn out there, too, along with sites that focus on queer-inclusive erotic content. If you’re looking for an ethical and progressive way to spend some alone time, here are some of the best resources on the web feminist porn, feminist lesbian porn, queer porn, and so much more.

Free feminist porn

1) Tumblr

Surprising? Probably not. While the site’s progressive reputation is practically common knowledge, Tumblr also has a thriving feminist community where performers and sex workers mix their intersectional values with their porn. And the content available online is worth quite the look.

While Tumblr’s adult blogging sphere is absolutely enormous and worth an article in its own right, feminist adult content on the site is prominent and regularly found in everything from camgirl blogs to erotica archives. Tumblr camgirls like Dear Fawn and angel6babyy run a mixture of feminist porn blogs and promotional pages, advertising their camshows while also featuring porn that relates to their personal interests.

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And then there’s Tumblr porn blogs with a feminist angle, focusing on queer or alternative takes on adult content. Tumblr user deviantfemme caters well to this approach, focusing on bodies and relationships of all kinds in a non-stigmatized way. And Feminist Porn Reviews looks at feminist porn from a feminist perspective, reviewing everything from the story to the sexy scenes themselves (with plenty of images to go around).

2) Bellesa

Bellesa received a bit of a bad rap after stolen porn was found posted across the site. So after being confronted with some major backlash from sex workers on Twitter, Bellesa put new policies into place and cleaned up the site, with videos now uploaded through Bellesa’s partnership program. And it worked. These days, Bellesa is one of the best sites around for free feminist porn.

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For one, Bellesa’s video section provides plenty of feminist porn made for women’s enjoyment, from sensual scenes to hardcore sex to lesbians hooking up with one another. Each film is uploaded through a partnership with Bellesa, too, meaning videos are posted and shared in ways that ultimately contribute back to the creators involved. Of particular note is “I Know You Were Watching Me,” a lesbian hook-up between a curious bottom and a dominant top. And then there’s “Real Couple in Homemade Masterpiece,” which shows even tied-down couples can have some fun.

Paid feminist porn

1) The Crash Pad Series

If you haven’t heard of The Crash Pad Series, then you’re missing out. Originally inspired by the Feminist Porn Awards and the queer film The Crash PadThe Crash Pad Series focuses on a San Francisco apartment where queer people get together for some hot, passionate sex. The series itself has over 200 episodes and features such stars as Jiz Lee, Nikki Darling, Arabelle Raphael, and Sinn Sage. Expect plenty of hardcore fun along the way, with everything from kink to fisting involved.

The Crash Pad Series and its related films can be viewed by signing up for a membership to the site. The plan is split into three different tiers: a one-month membership for $25 per month, a three-month offer for $69.99, or a one-year offer for $119.88. Plus, there are also several films available for sale, collecting both The Crash Pad Series as well as several standalone stories.

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2) Queer erotica

Is there anything better than queer porn? How about queer erotica, which is more plentiful than ever, with both online and print renditions to read through—including queer takes on feminist porn.

The New Smut Project is a great place to start. Run by self-identified feminist editors who became disheartened after finding zero erotica that “reflected our own experiences,” the New Smut Project focuses entirely on creating feminist porn through queer and affirming stories. One collection, Between the Shores, focuses entirely on consent-driven kink and sexual relationships, where “no” is common and partners successfully talk things out when things need to slow down.

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Meanwhile, there’s also Instar Books’ Nerve Endings, which features trans erotica from over two dozen trans authors covering everything from witchy girls to queer orgies. The book features plenty of bodies and relationships of all kinds, making it a great pick-up for queer feminists.

For high-quality erotica, dirty stories, poetry, and reviews, check out Sugarbutch Chronicles, an award-winning blog by Sinclair Sexsmith (also a regular contributor at Autostraddle who writes about sex, domination, kink, topping, consent, queerness, and more). You can read most dirty stories, poems, and reviews for free, but if you support the author via Patreon you’ll be able to access private content too.

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3) Good For Her’s Feminist Porn Awards

Toronto-based sex shop Good For Her prides itself on being a “cozy, comfortable place where people of all genders, sexes, orientations, and desires” can find plenty of excellent sex toys. But Good For Her isn’t just great for vibrators. The store also hosts the Feminist Porn Awards, where it celebrates some of the best and hottest feminist porn on the market today.

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Over at the awards’ winners and nominees listing, the site features dozens of sexy porn shorts, dealing with everything from kinky bondage play to queer girls getting down with each other. One nominee, Tease, features a dominant man that refuses to let a submissive girl touch him as he strips down. Another film, 2013 “Hottest Dyke Film” winner Lesbian Curves, focuses on plus-sized queer women hooking up with plenty of sex toys to go around.

Good For Her hosts links to the winners online in various formats, including DVDs and pay-per-minute streaming rentals. Some films are available off the site, whereas others are hosted directly by the store’s VOD and DVD service.

4) XConfessions

Erotic film director and blogger Erika Lust sources her film ideas from user-submitted fantasies on XConfessions, bringing them to life in safe sex environments with the assurance that participants will be fairly paid, entirely apprised of every performance, and with an eye to diversity and women’s pleasure.

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5) PinkLabel.tv

Founded in 2013 by director Shine Louise Houston, PinkLabel.tv is a hub for emerging and independent adult filmmakers, in the same family as the Crash Pad Series and owned by Pink & White Productions. Pink Label hosts some of the sexiest and most inclusive queer and feminist porn and serves as a resource for new performers and producers looking to enter the porn business ethically. If you’re interested in really reading up on feminist porn and the business of ethical adult filmmaking, click around. If you’re just here for steamy content, you’re also in luck with the site’s diverse categories. Heavenly Spire focus on “masculine beauty and sexuality” which focuses on male masturbation as a cinematic and intimate form of sexuality, while Edu-Porn guides and discussions offer viewers a “sexy adult education.”

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Still can’t find what you want? Here’s your guide to the best erotica sites for women, the best sex toys of the year, and the best dating apps for everything from hookups to true love. Plus, read more about the true meaning of kink and dip your toe into the world of BDSM on Tumblr.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

Ana Valens

Ana Valens

Ana Valens is an LGBTQ reporter and essayist for the Daily Dot. Her work has previously appeared in Bitch, the Establishment, Vice's Waypoint, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.