bellesa porn for women

Is Bellesa porn for women?

What does "porn for women" even mean?

Jul 17, 2020, 1:44 pm*

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Danni Danger

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

When a person types “porn for women” into a Google search bar, chances are they aren’t quite sure what it is they’re actually looking for. Maybe it’s a heterosexual couple looking to sexflix and chill with something that appeals to both parties. Maybe it’s someone with a vagina looking for smut that evokes a more familiar sensation or allows them to explore their fantasies. It could be someone just looking for quality performance, more captivating narratives, more authentic pleasure, or any number of other nuanced desires. Despite the ambiguity surrounding the term, it’s still searched nearly 400,000 times per month– and it’s a huge indicator of our social misunderstanding of women’s interaction with pornography and sex. It concedes all porn to the service of straight, cisgender men and drastically pigeonholes women’s porno appetites–even though we, just like all other people, have collectively multifaceted sexual interests.

What do studies tell us about female arousal and porn for women?

Few of us smut-seekers would be surprised to learn that empathy has a big influence on women’s porn-viewing habits. Women statistically show a greater capacity for empathy than men, and when surveyed about porn specifically, Psychology Today found “women commented on the facial expressions and potential feelings of the actors,” and were not aroused if the actors did not seem to be enjoying themselves.

Other studies about sexuality and gender have implications about what women might want from porn, like Dr. Wednesday Martin’s research identifying women’s need for novelty. In our personal sex lives–and, presumably, in our porn–we need that new-new, and that need seems to be part of our biology. Studies also show that women are physically aroused almost indiscriminately by images of sexual acts rather than what kind of parts the performers are packin’.



Bellesa porn puts female pleasure front and center

Social attitudes surrounding women and porn are a little bit more difficult to quantify, but often can be most accurately observed in porn being made BY women. The rise of ethical porn is growing in prevalence and notoriety, publicly raising standards of fair pay, safer and more nurturing environments, and enthusiastic consent from performers, and a growing number of these studies are run by women– and at the top of that search heap sits Bellesa.

Bellesa.co is a community forum that features free promotional clips that feature women’s pleasure,  erotic stories submitted by community members, articles about sexual health and culture. The company began producing its own content after they were criticized for hosting female-friendly films stolen from other women in the industry. Their response? To reconfigure their relationship with contributing partners– and to hire many of these performers to work with them. Bellesa Films with the intention of “shifting portrayals of women from ​objects of conquest​ to the subjects of their own pleasure”. The site’s about-page mentions some ways in which they create an environment of support for their performers and puts a heavy emphasis on chemistry, consent, and real orgasms.

With new insight into the site’s history and the biological and gender identities of women in mind, I took an interrogating look at Bellesa’s claim to “porn for women” to see if the site is doing the subject service or if it’s just doing vulva-service.

What makes Bellesa porn for women?

Big-name stars having real, authentic sex.

Bellesa prides itself on real orgasms, boasting that its line-up of big-name stars contribute directly to the steamy action in all of their scenes. The site’s about page says that “You’re watching sex the way these performers want to have it,” and you can feel it when you watch. This pleasure standard is most evident in the Bellesa House series, which starts with performers expressing interest in sex with other performers they’ve always wanted to work with– and then gives us the sensuous, uncut results of their get-together. These videos are particularly charming, giving the audience more than glimpses of the stars’ organic chemistry, including their nervous flirtations and raw, first-time energy. Bellesa’s productions are directed by the esteemed screen-siren Jackie St. James, whose questions and interactions during interviews really highlights the studio’s belief that real, authentic orgasms make for quality content.

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“I Really Like You” featuring Lacy Lennon & Tyler Nixon

The Bellesa Collective builds a sex-potitive community

The Bellesa collective is the site’s original platform, and it gets just about everything right in the departments of sex positivity, health, and girl power. The collective has its own free porn offerings of video clips from contributing partners like Vixen, Sweet Sinner, Deeplush, and more. You can also find steamy erotic stories submitted by community members, feature articles about powerful women influencing the industry, sex education, politics, and culture. The site also hosts its own live cams and has a store full of sex toy offerings– which very well might come in handy as you cruise the site.

Easy to nagivate, even easier to watch

Bellesa’s site features a clean design for it’s dirty films. Easily navigated by stars, categories, or just the easy-to-browse home page, the ads are minimal and the quick clips make it easy to preview before you buffer. The videos are shot in stunning HD quality, with lighting, sound, and performance quality that allowing the viewer to really melt into their experience. The site also allows downloads, and neither download nor stream take up an outrageous amount of bandwidth, so you don’t need the world’s strongest internet connection or to wait for hours before you can get your jollies off to quality smut.

Bellesa “but”s and opportunities to do better

Problematic content ahoy!

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From “Indulge Yourself” featuring Carter Cruise, Jenna Sativa, and Lena Paul

Some of Bellesa’s original content is rife with cringeworthy plotlines. In the FFF threesome story “Indulge Yourself”, one character actually says “It’s not cheating if there’s no dick involved.” Yikes. In the friendly hook-up tale “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, the female lead tells the male lead that he’s a nice guy, but expresses that her feelings for him aren’t sexual– and then immediately calls him a “pussy” for not making a move on her. I’m sorry… what? I don’t even have the word count to express how many bad stereotypes that validates. By far the most horrifying story of all, in “Rules are Made to be Broken” the boyfriend in a MFF threesome rails against pre-negotiated boundaries in the middle of sex, and when his girlfriend protests, he actually argues with her– and the narrative rewards him for it! How is that feminist, progressive, or even healthy?

The ironic thing is that Bellesa’s mission statement directly addresses this attitude:

At Bellesa, we believe that the porn we watch has real societal implications. It’s why Bellesa Films eaves critical concepts thoughtfully into its scenes- notions like equal pleasure, consent and navigating power dynamics. By integrating these things into our content, we hope to open larger conversations about sex, consent, and real pleasure. We unwaveringly believe that if we can change the kind of sex that people are watching, we can change a whole lot more.

– About Bellesa Films page

Okay, great– now tell it to your problematic plot-lines. I’d love to give Bellesa the benefit of the doubt and categorize these as taboo porn; I get it, it can be really sexy to break the rules. But I hold firmly to the principal that tabooed content should be labeled as such– nobody likes to stumble unprepared into a triggering narrative, vibrator in hand and ready to have a good time. There seems to be two contradictory voices coming from Bellesa’s podium, and if these plot choices are trying to be subversive, they’re just coming across as shallow.

“Porn made for women” has a very limited definition of women’s experiences

The site itself goes out of its way to avoid claiming that it makes content “for” women, but rather makes porn “by” women and “with women’s pleasure in mind.” Regardless of the semantics, if the site is supposed to be an all-encompassing image of the feminine experience, then womanhood only belongs to young, thin, cis-gendered, abled women. The way we see ourselves in media has real, lasting effects on our feelings of validity and belonging, and for a site with a collective community that preaches the uplifting vibe of “women’s bathroom energy,” the films don’t reinforce that feeling. It’s not enough to show women having orgasms if you’re excluding fat women, trans women, women with varying degrees of abilities, and mature women– all of these people are real, valid women whose pleasure has been excluded from the body politic. Women deserve more than a little pussy-play and shout-outs in articles about pleasure– we deserve to be seen and celebrated. There’s a clear disconnect between ethics and representation here, and I’d love to see that gap disappear.


So is Bellesa Films a worthwhile investment?

Look, I think we can all agree that “porn for women” isn’t a real thing, but the specific needs women have in reference to porn are real. If those needs, for you, include a membership to a porn site that prioritizes real orgasms, enthusiastic consent and participation, genuinely good quality content, and all of your favorite stars under one roof, Bellesa is a stellar option. There are so many members of Bellesa’s collective that credit the site and its films with helping revolutionize their relationship with their own pleasure– and if that sounds empowering to you, then let me be the first to let you know that, girl, you deserve it. As you become more involved with the collective site, contribute! Help the site evolve its perception of what it means to be a women by contributing your own outlook and grow your own sense of pleasure and power at the same time.

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

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2020, 11:44 am