Feminist Porn

Many of us get off on sexy visual imagery, but most porn sadly fails to represent the diversity, creativity, and sexual politics that we actually bring into the bedroom (kitchen table, bathroom stall…), or want to see on-screen.

To quote renowned porn-star, performance artist, and author Annie Sprinkle: “The answer to bad porn isn’t no porn…it’s to try and make better porn!” And sex-positive, feminist pornographers are doing just that.

What is feminist porn anyway?

While most mainstream porn ignores, erases, and marginalizes the sexual experiences of most people – especially women, queer and trans folks, people of colour, and people with disabilities –, feminist porn challenges these forms of oppression by offering alternatives.

Feminist porn honours ethical codes of conduct, promotes the inclusion of women and other marginalized groups in leadership roles, replaces sex-negative and stereotypical images with sex-positive and empowering ones, pays attention to artistic and visual details, and explores sexuality in all its complex and nuanced forms.

Sometimes described as “fair trade” porn, feminist porn includes explicit consent, equitable pay for performers and crew, clean sets that are well-stocked with safer sex supplies, respectful and secure working conditions, and performers' participation in the creative process and in their own representation.  It's common for performers in feminist porn to choose their co-stars and the kinds of sex they have on camera. These production guidelines are central to the well-being of performers, and they influence what we see on-screen, accounting for many of the differences between feminist and mainstream porn.

Whereas mainstream porn privileges male desire and agency, a defining feature of feminist porn is the genuine pleasure of everyone involved in the action.  Women's pleasure and orgasms – largely absent in mainstream porn – are abundant and celebrated in feminist porn.  

Other things you might see in feminist porn include safer sex barriers being used (and even being put into place), high quality and body-safe sex toys, varied camera angles, shots of whole-body reactions (not just genitals), narratives involving explicit consent and negotiation, and authentic communication and connection.

What feminist porn isn't

A common misunderstanding of feminist porn is that it was born out of women's desire for softer, more romantic images. But this idea drastically misrepresents female sexuality and perpetuates gendered stereotypes about “what women want”. Rather, feminist porn explores the vast diversity of women's sexuality and expands ideas of masculinity and male sexuality too.

Another misconception is that feminist porn is “porn for women”. In fact, it's for anyone who wants to watch porn that they can feel good about – that isn't cheesy, unrealistic, boring and monotonous; that doesn't make us feel complicit in the objectification or exploitation of the performers; that is both hot and congruous with our values.  

By allowing us to imagine and enjoy sexual possibilities that, until recently, the porn world has denied and made invisible, feminist porn promotes sexual well-being for everyone!


At Other Nature, we offer a selection of independently-produced feminist porn DVDs that depict genuine pleasure, expand the traditional boundaries of sexual representation, and challenge stereotypes that are often found in mainstream porn.

We also stock instructional adult DVDs which present educational information in a fun and visual format—who knew learning a new skill could be so much fun?