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How Is Porn Made by Women for Women Different?

I’ve mentioned several times at this blog that  I’m not a fan of professional porn. My main objection is that it’s so unrealistic that it’s ridiculous rather than a turn-on. However, some  independent female directors are making porn aimed at women. Catalina May finds out what makes them so different.

Anna Arrowsmith (aka Anna Span) has been a porn director for 12 years. This made her recent campaign as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham rather controversial. “Not my cup of tea”, said Nick Clegg about her occupation. But what she has been doing is not mainstream pornography, but independent porn made for women.

“I have fought long and hard for women’s right to sexual expression and consumption, as well as for freedom of speech,” she wrote in the Observer. But Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, challenged her in the Guardian: “What are you doing that is different from what every other pornographer is doing?

The best way to answer that question is probably by watching Arrowsmith’s films. And not just hers. Because a number of women, tired of mainstream porn and tired of criticising it without offering an alternative, are making the porn films they want to watch.

These films don’t include horny schoolgirls, naughty nurses, nymphomaniac nannies or desperate housewives. Nor do they include Mafiosi, multimillionaires drinking cognac, pimps, drug dealers or super-sized sex machines. Because these women, as filmmakers and consumers, place themselves far away from mainstream porn. Read more

4 Responses to How Is Porn Made by Women for Women Different?

  • steve says:

    I’ve yet to see womens porn done right with any consistency; playgirls stuff is very hit and miss as are others. There are plenty of scenes in mainstream porn though that women can and do enjoy, you have to be somewhat selective and it can take a while to find but it is out there. In fact i’ve found that quite a bit of the newer stuff really has women having the power in the scenes, stars like Tera Patrick have changed the game in that regard; now they dont just earn more money than the men, but they ensure that they actually enjoy doing the scenes as well and really thats better for everyone because i dont think there’s any question that real sex is so much more engaging and authentic than fake sex – and despite what women think a lot of us men can actually tell the difference!

  • Svetlana Ivanova says:

    Men may be able to tell the difference fake sex and real sex, but do they care? The fake sex sells really well.

  • steve says:

    I do! i’m pretty picky but i think porn is kind of like music – everyone has different tastes. For me if it looks fake i lose interest pretty fast, its a key requirement. I think the one problem women have compared to men is enticing decent looking men into performing, it seems theres a never ending supply of hot women willing to work in the mens porn world, but from what i’ve seen the men working for womens porn are not anywhere close to an equivalent level. I also suspect that as this genre matures and becomes more accepted, that a lot more diversity will occur and in the end there’ll be as many different sub genres for women as men currently have. It’s fascinating stuff!

  • Jason says:

    How does woman’s porn differ?

    The female lead always has a headache. :)

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