The Good Porn Club @ The Brunswick, 16/5/18

CW: explicit content, submissive, porn

When I initially told my friends I would be going to a feminist porn screening, the first reaction I got was, “What does that mean? Porn with the woman dominating the man?” To be honest, whilst I wasn’t expecting that in the slightest, I equally had no idea quite what to expect. Wouldn’t it be weird watching porn with strangers? What did ‘feminist’ porn actually mean?

I walked out of the Good Porn Club’s first meeting at The Brunswick filled with an understanding about an alternative type of porn that didn’t make you feel disgusted after watching it: a type of porn that rid you of shame and made you see the equal gratification and enjoyment that sex can offer.

The short screening of one of Erika Lust’s porn films and the recording of the discussion surrounding feminism and submission afterwards was eye-opening. We saw two people openly speaking of their specific desires and of safe words before the sex began. We saw a woman being dominated by a man because she had specifically asked for it, and we saw both of them enjoying the scene equally – both of them laughing multiple times halfway through, as a break from the intensity, adding to the atmosphere of safety and enjoyment, and the aftercare, a vital component of BDSM, was also portrayed. Here was a representation of porn that relied on clear consent and trust: proof that being a feminist and a submissive does not need to be mutually exclusive, but that porn does need to be more about a mutual choice based on equality.

Feminist porn isn’t kink-less sex and it certainly isn’t necessarily about turning the tables around in heterosexual porn and having the women dominate the men. It’s a world that we all need to explore further, a world that the Good Porn Club is helping to shed light on, and, to be honest, it’s exciting as hell.

Joanna Kamal

Images courtesy of The Good Porn Club. All images by Alexandra Hayter

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  1. Heidi Switch May 26, 2018

    Yes!!!! So happy to have things like this in my neck of the woods… and I’m a performer for erika lust!

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