European Feminist Porn Film Awards

Did you know there was a European Feminist Porn Film Awards? I didn’t. According to the website, “In October 2009 the first Feminist Porn Film Award was presented in Berlin. The initiators set themselves off against sexist, mainstream pornography. “We want to revolutionize the erotic film market”, says Laura Meritt – sexpert with a doctorate in communication sciences. Awards will be given for high quality erotic movies “with a wide range of portraying female sexual lust and in which women play an important role as producers.”

The website (warning: the English version of the German site does not have the best translation) has a whole section on the background of the “Poryes” or sexpositive feminist movement that is an interesting read. The criteria that award nominees needed to meet is pretty interesting as well:

Criteria for feminist pornfilms:

• A sex-positive attitude, no de-humanising or misogynistic portrayals

• Roles in collusion with those involved / no crossing of personal borders

• Ethical work conditions / safe sex is encouraged

• Those involved will be shown in relation to one another – eye, skin, hand, and body contact, energy exchange.

• Emotions and declarations of love are encouraged, doable, and showable.

• Diverse camera settings, light and shadow games

• Variations of sexual practices in joyful transitions, not an achievement test, broadening of the stereotypically portrayed spectrum.

• A variety of body types, ages, genders, sexual orientations and ethnic backgrounds.

• Authentic sound recordings or music. No gender-stereotypical amplified dubbing of moaning.

• Portrayal of lust and pleasure, focus on female lust and its diversity.

• No schematic portrayals of the “sexual curve” – that is to say no straight zoom in on the male ejaculation, no emphasis of the male cum shot. Orgasms are not the only goal.

• Women are significantly involved in the production of the film as producers, directors, or camerawomen.


Sounds good to me. There’s definitely a noticeable difference in porn made by and for men vs porn made by and for women. Props for awarding movies that actually aim to titillate women. Now when will the American feminist porn market start booming?

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