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15 feminist porn sites for erotic empowerment

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

Aug 14, 2020, 10:00 am*

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Danni Danger

The idea of feminist porn may seem strange to anyone with a conservative impression of porn. Mainstream nudie flicks have traditionally served the male gaze and been viewed as an often dehumanizing space for women, even though the industry (save for gay porn) props itself up on marketability of the female body.

The frequent reports of abuse, like the most recent Ryan Madison sexual abuse allegations, paint a picture of a predatory industry in which a disproportionate number of men hold power over the narratives surrounding pleasure. “[W]hoever’s behind the camera is basically writing the story,” filmmaker Shine Louise Houston tells the Daily Dot when speaking about black women creating porn. “And if all we have are white cis guys writing their story, those are the only stories we have.”

Fortunately for the growing number of people looking for a more well-rounded illustration of pleasure politics, an increasing number of women and queer folx are creating their own female-friendly porn content and establishing production studios, inserting themselves into the roles of writers, producers, and directors. In doing so, they’re rearranging priorities of porn productions and making way for the new era of feminist pornography.

What is feminist porn?

Unlike genre tags on mainstream porn sites that cater to specific kinks and sex acts, feminism isn’t as easily defined and categorized. Feminist porn might seem like an “I know it when I see it” kind of concept, but there are a few trademark principles to finding feminist porn sites.

Feminist porn is worth paying for.

If you are a feminist then you believe that women should be paid fairly for their work, and free porn doesn’t always often provide methods for performers and creators to get paid. Spending your almighty dollar on good quality feminist sites helps keep studios and indie producers in business. Paying them for content enables them to pay cast and crew fair wages, supports them as they build an on-set culture of consent, and helps then make arrangements for performers’ safety.

“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 sex podcast host Tristan Taormino explained in a report by BuzzFeed News.

Feminist porn changes the culture of pleasure.

A 2016 study of over 3,000 people recorded a 30% orgasm inequity amongst heterosexual cis-gendered couples, with men unsurprisingly cumming out on the winning side. It’s overwhelmingly common for mainstream porn to fake, misrepresent, or altogether exclude women’s pleasure. Whether this art is imitating or influencing life, feminist porn sites promote videos that dismantle this inequity. On set, these creators emphasize real orgasms, enthusiastic consent, and real chemistry between performers who genuinely want to have sex with each other. Porn that features organically pleasurable sex packs substantially more heat for the viewers.

Feminist porn elevates marginalized voices.

Feminism in the mainstream doesn’t always advocate for a full-spectrum representation of what it means to be feminine. In the world of feminist pornography, some studios may feature real female orgasms and call the work done, leaving all manner of other industry-wide treatment and pay inequities unaddressed.

The best feminist porn celebrates LGBTQ+ identities and BIPOC talent. These filmmakers highlight the pleasure of performers with different body styles, ages, and abilities, and represent a multifaceted interpretation of what it means to be feminine, including representations of relationship styles and sexual proclivities that are safe, sane, and consensual. These stories comment on and reward non-feminine identifying characters for exhibiting feminist ideals and behaviors. You don’t have to identify as feminine to work with feminist pornographers, but if you want to be their lover, you gotta get with their standards of intersectional feminism.

Where to watch feminist porn

Lust Cinema

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“The Intern” featuring Michael Vegas & Paulita Pappel

Erika Lust has created an empire of high-quality sex films that are uniquely cinematic and inclusive. Directing her own films and collecting works by other directors with a similar artistic vision, Lust clearly puts a strong emphasis on authentically pleasurable sex. All of her film collections are worthy of being watched in a theater setting, offering some elevated representations of mainstream porn genres like BDSM, blowjobs, and more. The films feature diverse bodies, genders, ages, and racial identities. Lust also works with renowned stars and creators like Natalie Mars, Mickey Mod, Casey Calvert, and so many more.

Lust’s film network includes three feminist porn sites. Lust Cinema is her collection of original films and series along with content by feminist studios like JoyBear, Adam & Eve, and Wicked Pictures. Else Cinema collects her softcore porn offerings and is structured the same way as its parent site, but with an emphasis on softer, more sensual narratives. And finally, XConfessions is the famous series of short films inspired by confessions submitted anonymously by viewers.

Membership costs for Lust Cinema are slightly higher than Else Cinema and XConfessions, but you can use your Lust Cinema login to access films on Else Cinema, and you can also choose to add an XConfessions membership for an additional $2.95/mo. Unless you’re exclusively interested in soft-core or secret-smut, Lust Cinema is the best bundle for your dollar.

Lust Cinema
1 month$34.95
3 months$65.95
12 months$139.95

Bellesa Films

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“The Curse” featuring Lena Paul & Seth Gamble

Bellesa Films produces beautiful content with the intention of “shifting portrayals of women from ​objects of conquest​ to the subjects of their own pleasure,” which sounds like a great starter ideology for a feminist porn site. The site’s about page lays out the standards by which it creates an environment of support for its performers and puts a heavy emphasis on chemistry, consent, and real orgasms.

Many of the industry’s biggest names in talent have worked with the studio, and it’s no wonder why: in the series Bellesa House, stars like Scarlit Scandal and Lena Paul get to choose their own partners and coordinate with veteran porn star and director Jackie St. James to shape a scene that genuinely feels pleasurable for them. While Bellesa makes beautiful films with gorgeous, talented performers and high-quality sex, there are a few snags. For one thing, you don’t see much in the way of body diversity across the site, and for another, many of the plot lines have problematic power dynamics and concepts of consent.

Bellesa Films is a paid site that features the studio’s exclusive films, but the brand began as Bellesa.co, a forum for some incredibly progressive feminist blog content, erotica, a sex toy store, and free female friendly porn clips from partnering studios. While paying for your porn is ideal, previewing clips are a great way to try before you buy. The site’s free clip system is a great alternative for the feminist on a budget, and the quality of the community content makes up for some of the more problematic original film content.

Bellesa Porn for Women
Trial$2.00
1 week$7.00
1 month$24.99
1 year$119.99

Couples Cinema

If you and a partner are looking for a more sensual watch in the spirit of togetherness, look no further than Couples Cinema. This beautifully curated collection of female friendly porn hosts videos from some of the most visually engaging film makers is specifically made for bringing you and yours oh-so-much-closer. The site is simple enough to navigate and starts off at a very reasonably priced monthly subscription. You can choose from the sites given content or you can unlock more films from quality purveyors of body and gender inclusive, ultra-feminist smut from studios like like JoyBear, Foxhouse Films, Verso Cinema, and more. Once you unlock a premium film, it’s yours for the duration of your subscription. Couples Cinema is a perfect option if you want a variety of porn for couples without the trouble of sifting through for quality.

Couples Cinema
1 month$9.99
3 months$24.99
12 months$99.99

PinkLabel.tv

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

PinkLabel.tv offers an abundant medley of pornographic content organized similarly to Netflix, but pinker. Films are categorized by genre, but specific searches are available, too. The variation in content, genders, and bodies shown on PinkLabelTV is virtually endless: these are real-ass people having real-ass sex. Many of their films, like the original film “Chemistry Eases the Pain”, include nuanced commentary of gender identity and sexual orientation in society, making it a viable porn selection for those who are thoughtfully thot.

The site also includes educational and vintage porn, representations of BDSM and kink, and critically acclaimed series like Crashpad Series, which revolves around a secret apartment in San Francisco (the Crashpad) where sexy queer folx go to get it on with each other. The site also hosts a curated playlist from the popular Good For Her, the well-known sex toy shop and host of the Toronto International Porn Festival.

Each video’s description includes a curator’s note at the bottom that informs viewers that all selections are specifically chosen with the intent to “expand our notions of adult film.” Every film on the site has an idiosyncratic charm, as if you were watching your porn in an art garage. 

Pink and White Productions
1 Month$25
3 Months$69.99
12 Months$119.98

Adult Time

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

Adult Time 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 site’s featured studios are owned by trailblazers in the industry, so whether you’re looking for the tattoo porn alt-babes from Burning Angel or cinema-quality sex positivity from Joybear, AdultTime is a perfect one-stop-shop and friendly addition to your monthly streaming budget.

Not every studio supported on the site can be categorized as feminist, so just because a studio is on the site doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your research before pushing play. The site really shines when it comes to binge-worthy original content, which seeks to highlight some different aspects of the feminist experience in a quality narrative capacity. Original series like Transfixed, The Shape of Beauty, and Teenage Lesbian touch on perspectives that you won’t find on mainstream porn sites boasting this large a library.

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

MakeLoveNotPorn

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Cindy Gallup, creator of MakeLoveNotPorn, doesn’t refer to the videos on MLNP as porn, but instead says they are a celebration of real-life sex. Instead of hiring performers to sell scripted sex, MakeLoveNotPorn sources real sex tapes from real, everyday people. The site considers itself the world’s first social sex video-sharing platform, and its creator and community are committed to representing sex-positivity in the most real sense. Anyone can submit to MLNP, giving it a very diverse library, and the site’s tags support this unorthodox approach to sexy flicks with its whimsical categories like #giggly, #yes!yes!yes! and #procrasturbation.

A membership to MakeLoveNotPorn is free and from there, you can rent individual videos for $5/pop. This is the kind of porn that will leave you feeling so good you might consider submitting your own video to the community and sharing the love.

Per video$5 for 3 weeks
5 videos per month$10
30 videos per month$30
50 videos per month$50


Lustery

Isla & Oliver

Lustery is a jewel in terms of amateur porn sites, created for both viewers and real-life couples who want to open up the coziness of their sex life to the world. The site’s format seeks to empower couples to film their own authentic sex and lets the viewer in on the feel-good experience with them. Users submit videos after chatting with Paulita Pappel, who you may recognize from some of Erika Lust’s acclaimed feminist pornography. During their chat, the creator of Lustery and self-described voyeur can make sure that the films’ stars feel comfortable, confident, and are participating with enthusiastic consent, giving it a similar user-submitted vibe as MLNP but with a slightly more curated feel. The site highlights “real intimacy and emotion in porn” and gives viewers behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the scenes, making it the porn site that turns wholesome vibes into a kink.

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

ManyVids

ManyVids user Melody Kush

ManyVids hosts videos and content made by the performers themselves. This website does it all: videos, photosets, live cams, panties for sale, 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 videos with a light conscience because you know you’re directly supporting real sex workers (which is feminist AF).

ManyVids performers range in diversity due to its user-submitted content, and the videos often strike a beautiful balance between the performers’ professional skill 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

Pornhub Premium

Verified User Demi Sutra via Twitter

Look, I hate recommending free porn sites. The content is usually free because it’s pirated, so the stars and production crew don’t get paid for their work. This MindGeek tube site has a very un-sexy reputation for shifting the responsibility of regulating content onto creators and a convoluted system for ensuring its removal, so I’m all for finding Pornhub alternatives. But Pornhub, being owned by the largest adult entertainment conglomerate, is still one of the most popular and beneficial places for many performers to post their own work on the site, particularly for independent performers who don’t want to work under the thumb of an agency. If you choose to cruise PornHub for your female-friendly porn, stick with content made by verified users, and consider upgrading to premium since it ups their payout-per-view rate.

As for quantity, be prepared: premium or not, finding something that suits you may take some time. The site’s laissez-faire attitude toward unethical content is particularly abrasive in regards to its treatment of women and marginalized communities, so consider this a trigger warning for, well, everything; random video titles are often cringeworthy and occasionally violent. PornHub is like a thrift store for smut films: you’re gonna have to sift through a lot of junk if you want to find a gem.

Pornhub Premium
7 daysFree
1 month$9.99
12 month$95.88


TROUBLEfilms

“Seen Not Heard” by Royal Fetish Films, featuring King Noire, Jet Setting Jasmine, & Liv Revamped

Queer porn icon Courtney Trouble has built a network of LGBTQ+ porn that seeks to serve the community in myriad ways, making it the epitome of inclusively feminist pornography. Putting emphasis on the need for queer people to have access to seeing their own pleasure represented in film, the site, along with her other two sites Queer Porn TV and IndiePornRevolution, explore and glorify every aspect of queer sexuality, including various kinks and modes of body exploration and expression. What’s more, the sites feature some of the best and most broad-spectrum educational porn available.

Of the three sites, TROUBLEfilms allows you access to the whole network for one price, but you can choose one of the two sites with the smaller library for a lower price if that suits your budget better. Each site also has a small section of free offerings because porn isn’t always affordable for marginalized queers, but it is, in Trouble’s view, always necessary to their wellbeing. The sites themselves could all use some updating because they are a little busy and hard to navigate, but the content is well worth the drudge.

4-day trial$20
1 month$25-$60*
3 months$90
6 months$125
*Sliding scale memberships available

Four Chambers

“Panacea” photoset featuring Vex Ashley

Four Chambers is a stunningly filmed and very unorthodox take on the presentation of modern porn. Created by adult film star Vex Ashley, whose background in photography influences the site’s edgy aesthetic, each film’s features sharp color and light contrasts, visceral close-ups, and narratives dripping with mythological or religious imagery. Vex features a very diverse array of performers, activities, and concepts that reflect on very unconventional conversations and experiences surrounding sex, making it accessible to anyone looking for a dialogue about feminist porn that bleeds into the individual interpretation. Between highly stylized videos and photosets, this site will get you the most artistic flair for your dollar.

1 Month$9
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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. In addition to beautiful and original video content, you can find written content discussing a variety of topics contributed by both experts and readers. The site features female friendly porn focused around vulva pleasure and intimacy, and it has a wealth of original content available. The offerings at Sssh are fanciful and 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


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, the site has a whole collection of videos that celebrate it, and aside from its feminist porn, it hosts behind-the-scenes footage, post-scene interviews with performers, mini-documentaries, and erotic fiction.

Bright Desire features the occasional queer, BIPOC, and mature performer, but overall it’s not the most diverse offering on the table. The site acknowledges that its main focus is on heterosexual sex. while also hosting a number of solo female and male masturbation scenes with voice overs.

Bright Desire
1 Month$22.95
3 Months$37.95


Frolic Me

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“Silky Soft” photoset featuring Angela Allison Screengrab via FrolicMe

FrolicMe is a Jill-of-all-trades when it comes to female-friendly porn and pleasure. In addition to HD videos, the site has a gallery of high-quality photos, erotic readings, and audio porn 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. If you’re curious about what porn written by a woman is like, might I suggest browsing FrolicMe’s archive of free erotic stories?

As for inclusivity, the erotica and your imagination might be a better team up than the talents that create the video content. While you can imagine some of these erotica and audio characters any way that you like, the site itself will almost exclusively feature thin, white cis-women romping with conventionally built, white cis-men. 

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


AORTA Films

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“Portal” featuring Jamie Joy & Ze Royale

AORTA Films is an indie porn festival golden child, which will come as no shock once you start perusing its film selections. Boldly queer and diverse, and beautifully filmed and performed, AORTA self-identifies its content as a celebration of “lusty, opulent, queer fuckery”. The site has a particular love for outdoor porn, but also creates beautiful bondage, food, and even dance-related feminist porn offerings. Plus signing up for access to the site is a no muss, no fuss process, excluding your typically vague bank charge process that can make your porn purchases hard to track, and instead opting for support through Patreon, meaning you can easily write it into your budget as support of the arts (which it absolutely is.)

1 Month $9
1 Month + Downloads$17

Feminism is a constantly-evolving ideology that grows in strength as we make it more accessible to everyone. The key to good feminist porn will always lie in representation, and good representation requires empathy. Accessing our own sexual pleasure by watching another person experience sexual pleasure is a radical form of empathy that empowers all of us to value ourselves and each other, whether you identify as a feminine person or not. Feminism, empathy, and inclusivity are integral to good pleasure and should be a cornerstone of pornography, but in order for this to become the norm, we’ve got a prioritize supporting creators who make feminist porn, and who make it anybody who demands equity of pleasure for all.

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