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What does feminist porn look like—and where do you find it?

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

Jul 3, 2020, 8:54 pm*

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Ana Valens 

Ana Valens

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.

The best feminist porn for your dollar

AdultTime

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The Shape of Beauty: “Love, Lust, & Respect” featuring Angela White & Courtney Trouble

AdultTime is on its way to becoming a household name in porn. The site collects high-quality films from major studios all over the internet and puts them into an easy-to-navigate interface, earning it the clever comparative nickname “the Netflix of porn”. Many of the sites featured studios are owned by trailblazers in the industry, so whether you’re looking for the tattooed alt-babes from Burning Angel, kink-lite from Deeper, or cinema-quality sex positivity from Joybear, AdultTime is a perfect one-stop-shop and a friendly addition to your monthly streaming budget. The site also features original binge-worthy content, like Transfixed or The Shape of Beauty.

Adult Time Pricing
3 day trial$2.95
1 month
streaming
$19.95
1 month w/ downloads$29.95
12 months$119.40

Bellesa

“Intimate Stimulation” featuring Scarlit Scandal & Piper Cooper

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.

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.

Trial$2.00
1 week$7.00
1 month$24.99
1 year$119.99

XConfessions

“Rituals” featuring Kali Sudhra

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.

1 Month$34.95
6 Months$125.70
12 Months$143.40

PinkLabel.tv

“Chemistry Eases the Pain” featuring Lotus Lain, Logan Pierce, & Mona Wales

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.”

1 Month$25
3 Months$69.99
12 Months$119.98

CrashPad Series

If you haven’t heard of CrashPad Series, then you’re missing out. Originally inspired by the Feminist Porn Awards and the queer film The Crash PadCrashPad 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.

“Training Day” featuring Jiz Lee & Nikki Darling

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.

Crashpad Seires
1 month$25.00
3 months$69.99
12 months$119.88

Sssh.com

“Open Window” featuring Cat & Argus

Okay, do you have a small fan nearby? Great. Put on something gauzy, flip that switch on high, and point that fan directly at your face, because it’s time to dive click-first into digital romance-novel vibes courtesy of the creators at Sssh.com. The site features a diverse display of subject matter focused around vulva pleasure and intimacy. Sssh also offers educational series including multi-episodes on the G-spot taught by Dr. Michael Perry, one of the doctors who helped bring G-spot research to the public eye in the early 80s. 

In addition to beautiful and original video content, you can find written content discussing a variety of topics contributed by both experts and readers. With the wealth of content available, viewers will definitely get their money’s worth. The offerings at Sssh are fanciful and little cis-normative, but still highly imaginative and enjoyable.

sssh.com
2 Day Trial$4.95
1 Month$19.95
3 Months$54.95
12 Months$95.95


Lustery

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Lustery is a jewel in terms of amateur porn sites. Users submit their own videos after chatting with Paulita Pappel, Lustery’s creator as well as a curator for Berlin’s Porn Film Festival, so she can make sure that the films’ stars feel comfortable, confident, and are participating with enthusiastic consent. The site highlights “real intimacy and emotion in porn,” and gives viewers behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the scenes.

1 Month$25
3 Months$45
12 Months$96


Bright Desire

Screengrab via BrightDesire

Bright Desire is about celebrating “all that’s good about sex” including the intimacy, pleasure, laughter, connection, fantasy, and fun that we rarely see in mainstream porn. If you love the bond between real-life couples (mostly straight though) the site has a whole collection of videos. Bright Desire also hosts a number of solo female and male masturbation scenes with voice overs and a female fantasy project

Aside from porn videos the site hosts behind the scenes footage, post-scene interviews with performers, mini-documentaries, and erotic fiction.

Bright Desire features some queer, BIPOC, and older folks it seems the majority of its cast is white with bodies that fit the traditional standard of beauty. The site acknowledges that its main focus is on heterosexual sex. 

1 Month$22.95
3 Months$37.95


Frolic Me

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FrolicMe  is a jack of all trades when it comes to sex and pleasure from a woman’s perspective.

In addition to HD videos the site has a gallery of high-quality photos, erotic readings, and audio porn stories. If you’re curious about what porn written by a woman is like I suggest browsing FrolicMe’s archive of free erotic stories

Some of the stories give you a detailed backstory, immersing you in the characters before plunging into the sexy bits. Others immediately drop you into a sex scene leaving the characters to guide you through the many sensations they’re experiencing at the moment. 

While you can imagine some of these erotica and audio characters as you like, the site still mainly features thin white women and conventionally built white men. 

7 Day Trial$6.35
1 Month recurring$12.75
1 Month flat$29.35
12 Months$51.10


ManyVids

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ManyVids hosts videos and content made by the performers themselves. This website does it all: videos, photosets, live cams, panties, and options to directly support performers’ personally through gift or tip. Since the site was founded by a sex worker, it holds itself to a higher standard than most mainstream tube sites, actually screening for pirated content. This leaves you free to browse its breadth of group sex videos with a light conscience. 

ManyVids performers range in diversity due to its user-submitted content, and the videos often strike a beautiful balance between professional skill by performers and amateur reality vibes. Most of the videos are clearly made in users’ homes rather than in a studio, so there’s authenticity present throughout the site. ManyVids is also much tidier and easier to navigate than, say, PornHub or other porn sites hosting user-submitted videos.

Single VideoVaries
1 month$29.99
3 months$44.97
12 months$119.88


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.

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.


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*First Published: Jul 3, 2020, 5:30 pm