Tristan Taormino, Adult Filmmaker, Reveals The Truth About 'Feminist Porn'

What It Means To Make 'Ethical' Porn

We're kind of over the idea of "porn for women." As people such as James Deen have pointed out, claiming that women need specially-made pornography just because of their gender seems to lump all women's sexuality together. Feminist porn, on the other hand, sounds like something we could get on board with.

Feminist pornographer and sex educator Tristan Taormino spoke to Cosmopolitan about what the term feminist porn actually means:

Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued. Feminist porn explores ideas about desire, beauty, pleasure, and power through alternative representations, aesthetics, and filmmaking styles. Feminist porn seeks to empower the performers who make it and the people who watch it.

Taormino noted that the difference between feminist porn and mainstream pornography is that "feminist porn is sex-positive, depicts sexual consent and agency, and prioritizes female pleasure."

In other words, feminist porn isn't "porn for women" at all -- just ethically-made pornography that shows women enjoying themselves. Sounds good to us.

Head over to Cosmo for the full interview.

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