Ethical porn has been a huge buzz word recently between the rise of Erika Lust, the newly released Netflix documentary surrounding Pornhub, and even within the industry with the purchase of MindGeek (who owns Pornhub and Digital Playground among other pornography companies). But what is it and how can one contribute to the expansion of it as it is created and consumed?

Erika Lust – a world renowned ethical porn director

What is it?

Ethical porn has to meet very strict criteria, otherwise it would not be considered porn and certainly be exploitative:

  1. Paying the actors involved a fair rate
  2. Enthusiastic consent is given by the actors throughout the filming process – directors know their actors limits
  3. It shows REAL pleasure for everyone involved

This is not the same as feminist porn, however, it did grow from this sub-genre. Feminist porn was a break away from the ‘male gaze’ being the primary focus point of the story line (if there was one) and includes a softer story line and was more inclusive with seeing more women in different body shapes, with body modifications, and different aesthetics in general. Ethical porn was created from a place where all gender, sexual identities, body types and kinks were not only included, but it protects the actors interests and rights.

How to Support

So you want to start supporting ethical porn? That’s great! One of the biggest things to remember that ethical porn is NOT free so this means avoiding companies like Pornhub who are hurting performers revenues by their free viewing and downloading of content. Realistically, it is a small price to pay for making sure actors get their fair pay and that consent is followed in every shoot – and consent is SEXY. Most companies offer a free trial period so you can make sure you’re interested in the content before subscribing. SexTech n’ Chill posted some websites you can find ethical porn.

Remember – porn is a form of media that is performative (even if they’re making sure the actors are actually enjoying the scene) and that these are not intended to be educational pieces. If viewing with a partner, porn is for your arousal and not to try new tricks out. They can, however, be a conversation starter between you and your partner about potential new kinks and positions that you would like to further research on and eventually try!

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