Do women want porn for women?

November 12, 2008 by  

There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about women and porn. Pretty much all commercial porn produced over the past 35+ years has been made by (and for) men but is porn even gender specific?

There have been attempts over the years for more female oriented products – notably Candida Royalle’s Femme productions which she describes as “Something men can share with the women in their lives”(1) and “less graphic, good story lines, good original music and real characters of all ages”(2). Femme’s movie boxes are even made to look like romance novels, which is very clever.

Vivid are another company also known for producing “couple friendly” porn which much like Femme is noted as different by being less explicit.

But who says this is what women want?

It seems to me that by attempting to “liberate” women by giving them their own brand of porn, these people are missing something quite important – that everyone has different tastes regardless of their gender.

I acknowledge that I know women who like the softer couple friendly movies, but I also know just as many that like to watch DP action in Private movies, and even very hard gay movies. I’m also sure that a lot of men like watching couples movies on their own.

One thing Candida Royalle’s movies promote however, which is something ALL porn should promote in some way is what she calls “positive sexual role modelling”(3), all too often women are not portrayed in a positive way in this industry and we should remember that it wouldn’t exist without them.

what’s your opinion?

(1),(2),(3) http://www.candidaroyalle.com

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