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Feminist porn awards 2013

I heart feminist pornDreams of Spanking has been nominated for a Feminist Porn Award! We are in the running for the Best Website Category, alongside some stellar company. Here's the full list of nominated websites:

Most of these sites are relatively new; I think the award is more about recognising newcomers to the field of feminist porn production than celebrating the established companies who have been doing good work for years (although check out our links page if you're curious to see some of these).

Some of the nominated sites I was already aware of, such as gender-hacking fuckfest Queer Porn, and the joyful real couples site Bright Desire. Others are new to me - such as Gentleman Handling, which looks so hot and well put together that I'm considering buying a subscription for some post-shoot viewing tomorrow with Alex and Nimue.

You can find consensual couple spanking as part of kinky sex scenes on some of the other nominated sites, but Dreams of Spanking is the only pure spanking site, and the only site which significantly features punishment and non-consent fantasies. Fantasies like this lie at the heart of many people's spanking kink, and I think it's important to include them in any discussion of feminist porn.

I've put a lot of thought into how to create and present non-consensual fantasies, especially fantasies in which a woman is punished by a man, in a feminist way. I could write essays on the political nuances involved and the myriad ways in which I am attempting to bring my submissive fantasies to life in as ethical and empowering a way as possible. But here's what I think it boils down to.

For me, feminist spanking porn is about enthusiastic consent behind the scenes; treating my performers well and involving them in the creative process; fair pay; diversity; sex positivity; switch and queer visibility; and producing material that caters to the fantasies of bottoms and female-identified people.

Feminist spanking porn is about a gender egalitarian outlook in which dominance and submission are not gendered, and neither sex is portrayed as innately more submissive, more spankable or more sexually desirable.

It's about writing stories in which the narrative sympathy is with the spankee, and they are the hero, not the villain; and it's about openly, transparently distinguishing between the non-consensual fantasy on screen and the consensual reality on set. That means marketing copy that is respectful to the performers, emphasising their personhood and professionalism every way I can, and making behind the scenes footage available and publicly visible as a matter of course. It also means shooting edgy, non-consensual fantasies only with the full, informed and explicit consent of my spankee performers, and only exploring truly dark, violent or severe themes when a performer suggests it themselves.

Most feminist porn is occupied with representing openly consensual, joyful, positive sex between people who have genuine trust and chemistry. This is something I fully support. Dreams of Spanking also features a wide range of joyful, consensual spanking scenarios between people of different genders, and I only shoot kissing or sex when that is an honest representation of the performers' relationship. 

Through Dreams of Spanking, I'm proud to represent spanking porn to the feminist community, and show that edgy, non-consensual punishment fantasies can be feminist too.

Comments

Congrats!

What an honor to be nominated. I adore your site because of the feminist slant and ways that all spankers and spankees, regardless of gender are portrayed without victimization and with respect. I think the ways that the non-consent aspect is portrayed and clear respect that you have for your performers is lovely to see. You and the work you do is sincerely appreciated by this feminist who likes spanking. :)

Thanks so much Diana. I perceive a big gap still, socially as much as ideologically, between the feminist porn community and the spanking/CP genre I've primarily worked in. I see some BDSM in feminist porn, but the emphasis tends to be on fun consensual couple scenes trying out various different kinks.

Actually there are a lot of female performers who are hardwired spanking enthusiasts coming up through the spanking industry now and creating and selling their own spanking porn, like Nimue Allen, Sarah Gregory, Ten Amorette, Alex Reynolds, Princess Kelley, Lily Starr. We aren't strangers to the idea of porn that empowers female performers and represents female fantasies and desire. It's just about joining the dots and showing the feminist porn community the good stuff that's going on. I'm proud to be part of it!

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