I travel the world talking about feminist porn. I write essays on feminist pornography, I’ve won 6 feminist porn awards for my directorial work in feminist pornography, I give presentations at Universities on the topic, speak on panels and even teach a workshop on how we can make and document our own sexual culture through pornography.

Still everywhere I go and whenever I mention the two words – feminist and pornography side by side, I see puzzled faces looking in my direction. “Perhaps she meant something else like Feminists Against Pornography?” curious minds ponder. Well here on the Feminist Porn Network I’m happy to debunk and deconstruct the mythology behind the notion that feminists can’t produce, participate and enjoy pornography. This site will also dispell the notion that all pornography is degrading or dehumanizing. On the contrary, feminist porn is a celebration of human sexuality and a celebration of pleasure.

Just as we have options regarding the origin and production quality of our food and clothing through our purchasing power, we also have an option to purchase pornography that is “free range” and “organic”. As a customer we have the power to vote with our money. Support local companies, support companies with ethics and values that coincide with your own ethics and values. Support companies that value its employees and collaborators, that value its artists.

At the Feminst Porn Network we have carefully hand selected, screened and curated an ever evolving collection of sex positive high quality erotic films that explore a vast and diverse cinematic expression of human sexuality, desire, lust, and intimacy.

So… It’s time to celebrate! Feminism and Pornography CAN co-exist within the same hot, sexy and sex positive film!

Over the years – specifically within the last decade- feminist pornography has garnered great momentum with game changing trail blazing film makers like myself, Tristan Taormino, Courtney Trouble, Shine Louise Houston, Jennifer Lyon Bell, and Erika Lust. And that road was paved for us by ground breaking feminist pornographers and activists such as Annie Sprinkle, Carol Queen, Nan Kinney, Shar Rednour, Susie Bright of On Our Backs and Jack Strano. I’m so full of gratitude to live in time and place where we can be having such in depth conversations and exploration of sexuality, identity and pleasure.

These women have created a new face of pornography. An alternative. An authentic representation of how, when and who we want to fuck. What it looks like to fuck on our own terms, in our own skin, in our own identity. With in feminist pornography we have found permission to explore our kinks, our vanilla side, our fantasies, our gender expression, and knowing that however we decide to express and live out our sex life in a consenting fashion, that its going to be supported in the safety of the space that these women, these activists, these feminist pornographers are holding for us.

To be one’s self with out apology, with out suppression of our identity, without covering up our queerness with make up or acrylic nails or pushing our femme drag self with glitter and torn fish net stockings. To be one’s self and to be encouraged to be one’s self rather than tolerated for any element of otherness that might shine through in a cookie cutter landscape – that is a priveledge and a space that I’m happy to hold and facilitate for myself and for my performers. It’s a staple in the ethos of feminist porn that celebrates choice.

If you ask each feminist porn director what makes their films feminist you will receive a range of different responds that corresponds with the individuals set of values and the elements of feminism that they resonate with on the deepest level. I think something that you will find as a consistent element across directors is that the role we play with in our filmmaking extends past that of merely a commercially driven producer or director. As feminist pornographers we live the roles of educators, artists, and activists.

For myself, as a director, I define feminist pornography as :

The documentation of authentic sexual pleasure produced upholding sex positive ethics and values.

What are those values and how do you implement them into your production process?

With in my artistry and activism as a feminist pornographer I value qualities such as empowerment through choice which includes honoring and respecting performers as individuals with different modes of expressing their sexual desire. I hold core to my production values use of safer sex practices, education and advocacy of healthy expressions of sexuality, authenticity, the celebration and exploration of pleasure, diversity of bodies, ethnicities, sexual identities, and the advocating of communication with sexual partners around our wants, desires, needs and boundaries.

On the Feminist Porn Network we will be posting not only an evolving living curation and archive of sexual desire but also interviews, blogs and articles that explore the feminist porn movement and give a greater insight as to how feminist porn is produced by a diverse range of directors, producers, and performers. Be a part of the feminist porn movement.

In Love and Unity,
Madison Young
Feminist Pornographer, College Lecturer, Artist and Activist