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Dissecting the “Porn for Women” Label

One of the most prevalent recent trends in the adult industry is the marketing of “porn for women,” pornography that appeals to the supposed less hardcore and more romantic/educational sensibilities that have been erroneously linked to women around the world.

Here’s an extremely interesting article about a woman journalist who spent a day on the set of the latest edition of Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex dvd series.

The whole article is quite illuminating, but one of the more interesting quotes is as follows:

When I discuss it later with my companion on set, Slate sex writer Amanda Hess, she makes this point crystal clear. “‘Porn for women’ isn’t actually for women. It’s marketed to men to market to the women in their lives.” Hess summarizes the attitude by which many directors abide, “I don’t care if women watch my porn because men buy my porn, and I’m making porn for the people who are paying for it.”

The article implies throughout that the idea that pornography is being made specifically for women is a bit of a misconception, because in reality, porn is being made for whomever will shell out the money to buy it.

So, according to the article, porn for women is basically a marketing ploy.  Men who enjoy adult content will buy this stuff so that they can show it to the women in their lives and try to get them involved in their porn-viewing habits.

I mean, it’s totally possible, but I also think that the article is a bit misguided and makes a lot of presumptions that can’t necessarily be backed up. I truly think that there is a place for woman-targeted adult film, but that place must straddle a thin line between appealing to women, and alienating men (who are the real money spenders in terms of porn.)

Source: clickceleb.com via DizzySpell on Sex.com

Above: Jessica Drake is a pornstar who makes educational adult DVDs “for women.”

One of the main issues facing the adult industry is the advent of piracy and the internet (and I guess that applies for any form of media, music and film).  With the new prominence of free ‘tube’ sites such as Pornhub, people are less and less willing to spend hard cash on adult content.  This applies doubly for women, who have ALWAYS been skeptical and less willing to spend money on porn than men.  Tailoring adult content towards women is a long-lived strategy that has seemingly provided only marginal results throughout the years.

It’s important in all of this to remember that the adult industry is a huge business, and money always comes first.  If making woman-centric adult films with slightly different sensibilities than pornography targeted towards men (think softer cameras, less cumshots, less demeaning interaction between man and woman) makes the big production companies money, than they will continue to fund the productions.

They’re not going to keep making these movies strictly for the sake of gender equality, which sucks, but is the harsh reality.  It seems that “porn for women” will need to continue to be more accurately “porn for couples” or “porn that men think that women might like” which is an unfortunate reality.

I really hope that this trend will be reversed, and steps are certainly being taken in that direction, but until women start spending more money on adult films, there won’t TRULY be “porn for women.”

via PlayboySFW

3 Responses to “Dissecting the “Porn for Women” Label”

  1. Cava Supernova

    Interesting piece. I feel uncomfortable that women are mulched into one single porn demographic. I’m not into the emotional side of porn or whatever. I like gay porn and cuck porn – that does the trick for me every time. I doubt if any of my other female friends would have the slightest interest in it, but we’re all women – all one ‘demographic’ . Oh, and BTW, porn producers, if I want to watch bad actors going on about their emotions, I’ll watch EastEnders…!

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  2. disconcerted72

    Not to be overly vulgar, but I had a friend that was quite the insightful little woman when it came to sex advice. She told me, “Fisting! That is what impresses women. Not porn, not sensuality, not a romantic dinner…fisting! Nothing else, but fisting.”

    Granted, this was preceded by a conversation concerning the age-old debate about penis size; so, maybe she was simply confusing the two topics…”

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  3. Elphie Wellerstein

    I’m definitely one of those stereotypical women who want a little build-up and seduction in my porno! I am so turned off by the dominant male porn stars who shove their dicks down a gagging, submissive woman’s throat– and that is exactly what most men seem to love!!! I’ve found mostly the threesome/swinging couple films to be my style.

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