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Feminist porn creators aim to subvert expectations, on and off screen

Pandora Blake, who runs Dreams of Spanking. (Twitter)

Courtney Trouble’s vision of feminism might be best characterized as next-wave feminism. While women continue to fight for equal pay and equal opportunities, Trouble wants to give women equal porn.

“Removing shame from hardcore BDSM desire and rape play and age play and all of the kinky taboos that women just have not been allowed to like ever, that’s the kind of stuff that really draws me into the feminist porn movement,” Trouble, the producer behind Trouble Productions, told The Guardian.

Trouble and other women in the industry who attend the annual Feminist Porn Conference are hoping to create more varied forms of porn to allow women to explore their sexual desires and fantasies, including spanking, non-consensual sex, porn with a diversity of bodies, and domination and kink. The new slate of films and videos from these creators include scenes where women initiate encounters, plus-size women are seen as desirable, and all partners show enjoyment.

“In some cases, people’s porn preferences contradict who they are in the world – as responsible people who are committed to justice and equality,” said Tristan Taormino, a feminist porn producer, sex educator, and organizer of the conference. “And I’m OK with that.”

The women’s attitudes also translate into how they operate their sets, allowing actors to contribute creative ideas and creating a safe work environment. They even show behind-the-scenes footage of actors calling “cut!” or using safe words to stop filming. And of the most taboo subject — whether feminists should be able to have rape fantasies — as least one of the women, producer Pandora Blake, who runs the site Dreams of Spanking, says, “Absolutely.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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