Feminist porn comes in all shapes and sizes

Words by Brianna Novak

 

Bad working conditions, sexism and male dominance – this is internet porn. However, feminist pornography shows that there is another way: more equality, diversity and sexual self-determination.

Even before young people have their first sexual experience, they will have watched porn. These films serve as an integral part of sexual education and because of that, shape how we view sex. And this can be cumbersome.

A woman is kneeling on the floor choking, until her eyes water. Women are wearing short skirts in which the buttocks are visible. Breasts are as big as watermelons which easily jiggle when she’s on top. Schoolgirls are getting good grades when they engage in sex with a professor. Penises are so big that you ask yourself: ‘Damn, doesn’t that hurt?’. Are these the standards and preconditions for good sex and passion? Laura Méritt – the instigator of PorYes Award (Feminist Porn Award Europe) – states: ‘Mainstream porn usually pursues the same sexual script which provides the principle of blowjobs, fucking and squirting and the orgasm of the man as his ejaculation in her face. This is a strong reduction and normalization of sexuality’.

The current free available porn is showing that big breasts, a clean-shaved vagina, and a huge penis are a ‘must have’ and this makes young people doubt their self-confidence. The sex looks like it’s been practiced a hundred times and all of the positions are processed consecutively without any dialogue between the actors. In contrast, feminist porn wants to show diversity: sex organs of different sizes, hairy or hairless genitals, interesting personalities, different ages and people from other cultures without putting them into categories like ‘Black dick’ or ‘Asian’. Laura Méritt emphasizes: ‘We want to see the desire of everyone and communication between the people. Diversity is expressed in the fact that people of all kinds have sex and it is not classified in categories. There are different genres like feature film, documentary and short film – so different lengths without focussing on the so-called sexual highlight’.

If you believe that porn has nothing to do with politics, then you are wrong. Porn has a lot to do with politics – more specifically, with the equality of women. ‘Sexuality is a mirror of the distribution of power. It is important to make changes in this area in order to reduce dominance and violent structures and to establish an equal sex-positive society by practising consensus’, Méritt explains. For this reason, PorYes wants to get support from the government, to use feminist porn for sex education.

‘Sexuality is a mirror of the distribution of power’

Though we live in the 21st century, equality between men and women has yet to be reached. However, it is not just about the role of women, because even men are also not presented in a realistic fashion in traditional porn. ‘They are represented as constantly prepared to have sex and perpetual conditioned achievers’, Laura Méritt mentions. But feminist porn is a step forward, as it shows both men and women in a realistic manner.

At the moment, feminist porn is exclusively available after paying a fee. Hopefully, in the future, feminist porn will replace mainstream porn and will be for free.