WOMEN
04/29/2014 09:24 am ET Updated Apr 29, 2014

What Feminist Porn Is REALLY Like

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A friend recently forwarded me a tweet that said, "My aunt is really confused by the concept of feminist porn. 'Of course it's sexist,' she says. 'It's for GUYS.'" Most people I talk to about feminist pornography are often equally bemused by the concept. The idea of sexual imagery made by feminists — full of sex-positivity, body-positivity, queer-positivity, and authenticity — can be difficult to reconcile with common images of porn.

Identifying what makes porn feminist can be almost as complex as identifying feminism itself. I recently attended the Feminist Porn Awards and Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto, where I spoke to some of the several hundred attendees and watched some award-winning sex scenes. I learned about feminist kink shoots and the history of sex work activism, and I came away with a deep respect and appreciation for how feminist ideals can be represented in pornography.

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