Pornhub Ethical Alternatives

Ditch Pornhub and support adult content creators instead (updated)

Step 1: Pay for your porn.

 

Ana Valens

IRL

Published Jul 18, 2019   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 1:40 am CST

Opinion

This article features explicit and triggering sexual content.

There are more than enough reasons to avoid Pornhub, but here’s one more reason: MindGeek’s tube site hosts videos that enable doxing and harassment. So it’s finally time to ditch the site for good and explore Pornhub alternatives.

What are some of Pornhub’s problems?

Pornhub experienced extensive backlash in December 2020 after the New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof published an opinion column claiming the site “[profits] off videos of exploitation and assault.”

Granted, this article is misleading. Pornhub has far less child sexual abuse material than social media companies such as Facebook, according to sex worker Ashley Lake. In fact, most of the article’s talking points come from notorious anti-LGBTQ conservative Christian organization Exodus Cry and its “Traffickinghub” campaign.

The New Republic’s Melissa Gira Grant criticized both Exodus Cry and Kristof, arguing Exodus Cry and its conservative Christian sister organizations value “the ideology of eradicating sex work over the lives of sex workers and so rejects worker-led organizing, along with public health and harm-reduction approaches to addressing labor and sexual abuse.”

“There is no question that Pornhub sits at the crux of two bad ideas: a race-to-the-bottom gig economy and a tech-determinist business model that values stickiness and seamlessness over content moderation,” she writes. “Stuck in the predictable pushback to anti-porn ‘puritans,’ the possibilities for challenging Pornhub’s business model—and the working conditions and the exploitation it enables—could be lost.”

Pornhub certainly has real problems with how it treats sex workers. In 2019, this reporter spoke with several sex workers who alleged Pornhub notoriously hosts pirated material. The company is supposedly moving away from this model, instead limiting all Pornhub uploads to “content partners and people within the Model Program,” the site wrote in December 2020.

It remains unclear whether these changes will improve Pornhub’s content ecosystem, let alone if the company will change its relationship toward sex workers.

In June 2019, Motherboard’s Samantha Cole and Emanuel Mailberg broke a story on Girls Do Porn, an adult video production company that serves as one of Pornhub’s many content partners. That same month, 22 women filed a lawsuit against Girls Do Porn, claiming the company misled them into thinking their adult performances would be sent to “private collectors” across the world in Australia and New Zealand. In reality, their onscreen sex scenes were shared online, including preview clips on Pornhub and full videos available as part of subscription-based Pornhub Premium service.

After Girls Do Porn posted the videos, several stars were outed, doxed, and harassed. One woman who spoke to Motherboard said she has been shunned by family members, while another reportedly contemplated suicide, committed self-harm, and had to drop out of college to avoid harassment. It remains unclear whether these clips were shot with the performers’ consent. Some models claim they were forced to continue performing through painful sex scenes or else “they wouldn’t be paid,” according to NBC 7.

Pornhub didn’t create these videos, and the site eventually pulled its partnership with Girls Do Porn. But combined with MindGeek’s monopolistic hold on the porn industry and its decade-long history of pirated content harming sex workers, there’s ample enough reason to ditch Pornhub. Just take your criticism from sex workers and adult industry reporters, not anti-porn, anti-sex worker conservative Christians.

Just to keep track, MindGeek’s additional properties include:

So how can you enjoy porn without enabling Pornhub’s problems? There are many Pornhub alternatives out there, including independent adult sites. Read on for our suggestions.

How to ditch Pornhub and support adult performers

1) Check out our coverage on Pornhub alternatives

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The Daily Dot has catalogued numerous alternative porn sites over the past decade, from Adult Time to PinkLabel.tv. Our coverage meticulously reviews these porn sites and suggests whether users should take a visit. These articles provide a thorough overview of the adult industry beyond Pornhub, and equip readers with the knowledge they need to make an informed purchase.

For instance, if you’re interested in 3D porn and watch most of your content on Pornhub, you may want to check out our SFM porn and Blender porn guides. Both of these articles provide avenues for directly supporting Rule 34 animators on Patreon.

If you’re far more interested in queer porn, there’s also our queer porn, feminist porn, lesbian porn, and trans porn coverage. These guides generally avoid mentioning Pornhub unless the site blows its competitors out of the water (which is rare, for the record).

Additionally, if you’re interested in directly patronizing sex workers, check out OnlyFans or JustFor.Fans. For audio porn, check out our audio porn guide, or consider subscribing to Dipsea.

2) Pay for premium porn from the source

The best way to support adult performers and sex workers is to compensate them for their hard work. Whether that’s purchasing a subscription to a studio with your favorite models or buying performers’ clips from their ManyVids and Clips4Sale video stores, paying for content from the sex workers you love is the best way to ethically enjoy porn.

In the adult content industry, studios contract performers for scenes. Rates vary depending on the shoot’s demands, the performer’s popularity, their skill on set, and the studio’s budget, among other factors. While it’s extremely rare for performers to receive royalties after a shoot, purchasing a star’s clips from a studio or subscribing to a producer for access to their work can help foster a longterm professional relationship between your favorite models and the studios that contract them.

Meanwhile, purchasing adult content from performers’ clip stores means they will directly receive money for their work. It can help boost a performer’s exposure, too. ManyVids, for example, keeps a running tally of its top earners and rewards bonus payments to the most popular stars. For those who can’t afford ongoing clip purchases, many performers offer subscription services with a monthly fee for content. Case in point, adult performer River Gray hosts a subscription service via OnlyFans where followers can pay $10 per month in exchange for dozens of their videos and hundreds of their photos.

But is it better to buy from a performer’s clip store or subscribe to a studio? It depends on the adult star you want to support. One model I spoke to, JoJo, told the Daily Dot that she generally makes her income from camming on Chaturbate and starring in studio shoots. That means directly supporting the production companies that contract her results in more work in the long-term. But other models may have different preferences.

“It depends on the individual,” she told the Daily Dot. “I would do well with fans and customers getting content directly from the studio’s site. But others may prefer people buying directly from their own clip sites.”

3) Order custom photos and clips

Many adult models—especially independent and queer creators—record custom work for their viewers. In exchange for a script, idea, or series of requests, you can directly reach out to a model and make a fantasy come to life. It’s an amazing way to scratch an itch for the right scene or fetish without trudging for hours through pirated content.

For example, ManyVids star Destinationkat offers custom videos on her page. Users can order anything from ass worship to femdom material, and can also pay extra for shower scenes or sex machines. Besides supporting content creators, custom videos lay the foundation for future custom orders and give performers ideas for more content. Models can also make additional income from your request if you allow them to sell custom work in their clip stores.

Adult star Claire Tenebrarum has moved away from custom video requests, but she agreed many models “make good cash off of them.” She said the key is balancing a fair request with an appropriate rate.

“They’re a great steady source of revenue, especially if you combine it with some cam work,” Tenebrarum explained. “The thing I have the most difficulty with is gauging how much people are willing to pay for customs, or even videos in general. People will say my offers are too high, and then offer something so minuscule that it’s not worth the effort.”

4) Watch a cam show—and tip

Before there was Twitch, there were camgirls. And to date, watching cammers perform is one of the best ways to enjoy free, live adult material that’s ethically created.

Besides bumping up the performer’s view count, which can lead to more exposure on cam sites, participating directly in chats can help make the performances more enjoyable for stars. All it takes is a few people interacting with the cam model to set the mood for the night—and to get the audience tipping performers for special goals like stripping, spanking, or using a sex toy.

Of course, tips are also appreciated outside of cam shows. Like any other artist, adult performers have to pay the bills, maintain their equipment, buy groceries, or invest money into marketing their brand. One of the best ways to show your appreciation for the sex workers you love is to shoot them a donation over Venmo, Cash App, or whichever payment service they prefer.

“I have a wonderful person [who] regularly sends me tips and it’s always a great surprise,” JoJo told the Daily Dot. “Other small things are just maybe sending a compliment or something. What I do is my job and end of the day I need money to pay my rent but seeing encouraging compliments and interactions from fans is always appreciated.”

5) View ethical tube videos, previews, and sites

Maybe you’re tight on cash and can’t afford porn. Or maybe you’re already paying for adult content, but you miss having a new library of videos to check out every time you log on. Free porn is still a thing off Pornhub, and it’s not inherently bad. As long as it’s ethically hosted with its creators’ and stars’ consent, then by all means, dig in.

One of the best Pornhub alternatives is ManyVids. While ManyVids is best known for its paid clip store content, the site also lets performers upload videos for free. Users can find these by typing in a search result and clicking the “FREE” tab under “Other” in the search sidebar. For sex workers, it’s a win-win solution. This increases performers’ exposure to new customers without costing them revenue from pirates stealing paid content.

There’s also feminist porn site Bellesa, which originally accepted pirated content but switched to an ethical model after facing criticism. The site now features free porn clips via partnership programs, as well as erotica submissions from users. As far as porn made for women, Bellesa is a top Pornhub alternative, if not the best.

Last but not least, clip previews are always worth checking out. MakeLoveNotPorn’s videos feature free teasers you can watch without having to pay for a video rental or monthly subscription. Many adult models post clips and photos on their Twitter accounts to promote their paid work, so follow the stars you enjoy and keep an eye out for their tweets. Social media also plays a huge role in how models negotiate their rates for studio work, so increasing your favorite performer’s following can help advance their career.

“I really appreciate when people retweet my promos and links to where they can buy my porn,” adult performer ThornyViolet told the Daily Dot. “One thing that always hurts a bit is whenever I mention buying my content, I get barely any interaction.”

So retweet adult content you enjoy, tell your favorite performers that you love their art, and tip them when you have the opportunity. The support goes a long way in the fight against Pornhub and MindGeek’s stranglehold on the adult content industry.

Update 10:48am CT, July 20: After publication, Pornhub Vice President Corey Price contacted the Daily Dot and gave comment. In a rebuttal, he stressed that Pornhub is also used by adult content creators to monetize their work through the site’s model payment program, Modelhub promotional site, custom videos and viewer tips, as well as subscriptions through the site’s fan club program.

“Furthermore, it’s important to note that in addition to the videos that proliferate our platform that are part of the Model Program, Pornhub also has a significant amount of content from content partner channels,” Price told the Daily Dot. “We have thousands of channels in our Content Partner Program (CPP), which allows content owners to monetize their content by making a channel, uploading content and placing ads for their websites around the content. They can also be paid per view in Pornhub Premium, our HD, on-demand streaming platform.”

Price also argued that dissuading users from visiting Pornhub would hurt creators using the platform.

“Sex workers enrolled in our programs do financially benefit from you (and others) watching their videos. So urging people not to watch videos on Pornhub actually has an adverse effect on sex workers and content creators and prohibits them from earning money,” he said.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from Pornhub Vice President Corey Price. 

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2019, 4:46 pm CDT