The 2012 Feminist Porn Awards are coming up on April 20th and some pretty fantastic female and “marginalized people” centered adult movies and websites are in the running for awards.  As we count down to the big day, I will feature a website or movie (or both) that has been nominated for an award each week.  Today I’m simply discussing what the Feminist Porn Awards are all about and what I think about their website. I am, after all, in the business of rating adult websites and all.2012 Feminist Porn Awards

Good For Her, a sex positive sex toy/porno shop and online retailer, has been holding the Feminist Porn Awards since 2006.  They’re all about body friendly sex toy materials and non-formulaic smut, i.e. porn that focuses on women’s pleasure and genuine chemistry and sex that can be as kinky as it is sensual.  I could go on, but instead I’ll quote their website so you can get a sense of what they are all about in their words.

“At Good For Her, we are feminists and we sell and rent porn. In 2006 we decided that it’s not enough to criticize adult films for not adequately representing women’s – and in many cases, men’s – sexuality. So we decided to do something about it. As porn star and performance artist Annie Sprinkle famously said, “The answer to bad porn isn’t no porn…it’s to try and make better porn!”  Good For Her couldn’t agree more.  We     believe the world is inundated with cheesy, cliche, degrading, and patronizing porn.  But we also believe that erotic fantasy is powerful, and that women and marginalized communities deserve to put their dreams and desires on film, too.  As feminists and sex-positive people, we want to showcase and honour those who are creating erotic media with a feminist sensibility.

Good For Her wants porn to be held to a higher standard. We all deserve to see artistic expressions that celebrate who we are in all our glory, and artists deserve to have there work recognized. For these reasons, and many more, we are honoured to be the presenter and founders of the Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards.”

Before I talk about the website, I have to mention that two of my favorite people in the adult industry, Erika Lust and Buck Angel, will be in attendance and holding discussions about their respective films that will be shown.  Erika “is co-founder of the adult audiovisual production company Lust Films, a sex culture expert and journalist, and director of Feminist Porn Award Winning titles Five Hot Stories for Her (2007) and Life Love Lust (2010).”

Buck “is a prolific trans filmmaker, an LGBTQ pop culture icon, and a pioneering FTM adult film star. He is also the founder of Buck Angel Entertainment, in 2007 he became the first ever FTM performer to win the AVN Award for Transsexual Performer of the Year, was awarded the Boundary Breaker of the Year Award at the 2008 Feminist Porn Awards, and he works as an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer.”  There is so much more to these folks, but I encourage you to check out the website and learn for yourselves!

Feminist PornThe website does a great job of discussing what makes someone a winner, how they are not anti-male and the like.  I would give the site a B on navigation.  If one simply wants to check out info on the FPA’s and they click Home, they might get confused as they will get taken to the sex toy store home.  I am not opposed to the two being related, but I think more differentiation between the toy store page and the awards info page would be alleviate confusion and save time.  I had to mention the one drawback.

There is a Feminist Porn Awards drop down menu that allows you to choose to look at information regarding the awards show in general or select by year (2006-2012).  You can check out candid pictures from past events and catch your favorite feminist porn creators, directors, performers, etc.  Schedules and pricing for ceremonies, galas and parties are available on the official website and a complete list of nominees is given.  There is a special page where you can purchase tickets to the various events.  Basically, everything you need to know is explained on the site in one form or another.

I know I injected a fair amount of personal opinion into this review, but my aim was to prep you for the reviews that will be written up until the Feminist Porn Awards take place.  I wanted you to get a sense of why I was focusing on particular adult websites and movies.

Check out this little video below to get an idea of what the Feminist Porn Awards are all about.  Enjoy!

Feminist P*rn Awards Retrospective from good for her on Vimeo.

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Rating: 5.7/10 (3 votes cast)

This movie doesn’t necessarily come from a totally free porno site, but it is a legitimately free movie that is available on adult, and other real deal adult websites.  You’re not actually stealing anything by not paying to Handcuffswatch this movie – the creators actually want to give you this little bit of super hot erotic smut for free.  You’re not supporting the ideology that you shouldn’t have to pay to watch people fuck on camera; that sex workers aren’t worth your money or that it is okay for performers to get paid an unfair wage because people don’t feel like they need to pay for their masturbation material.  Nope, you’re not doing that.  Lust Films wants you to enjoy this really well made porno short just because.

I am done ranting and I’m just going to talk about the awesomeness that is Handcuffs now.  Thanks for staying with me through my guilt trip.  I hope it worked.

Handcuffs isn’t a gonzo film.  It isn’t your run-of-the-mill poorly acted porno with a plot.  There really isn’t much sex at all, but it is hot.  The situation is intense.  So wrong that it’s right.  A situation many a woman would love to escape to whilst on a really crappy date.  Is it realistic?  One might be quick to say no, but I’m not entirely sure it wouldn’t happen.

The scenario: A dark haired woman is on a date at a super posh bar.  She is bored and listening to some guy rattle on about who knows what.  It’s the date that many of us have been on.  Pretending to listen to Mr. ‘I’m so awesome you want to hear all about me and my life.’ You can’t get a word in, but you don’t really want to.  You just want him to shut up long enough to finish his drink so you can leave.


An attractive couple walks in.  Her eye is drawn to them.  Some mix between sullen and aloof drips from their faces and clearly the male half is in control.  Her coat is removed which reveals her handcuffed wrists behind her back.  She must depend on her man for everything; he even puts the cigarette to her lips.  So wrong it’s right.

Our unhappy datee is fixated on them.  She follows them to the bathroom where she watches from the door way.  Beautifully edited, it gives you enough to really pop your pants tent, but keeps you wanting more.  Intensity builds.  The back half of her dress is undone. She remains handcuffed.  Our voyeur is still peeking as her phone rings.  Does she get caught?  You’ll have to watch for yourself.


This short film is more be about the overall fantasy/ erotic situation and less about the sexual acts.  It is well made and just different.  It’s also over in less than eight minutes.  It is hot enough to satisfy our dirty minds, but it reminds us that we don’t always need “all holes filled” to get turned on.

Watch Handcuffs before you rate it!

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Rating: 5.7/10 (6 votes cast)

Lust Films is an independent film company that makes porno primarily aimed at women, but.  Ignoring the boundaries of stereotypical mainstream porn, their films are sensual and thought provoking, but the sex scenes are by no means boring.   Focus is Cabaret Desireplaced on the pleasure of both partners and are generally associated with a plot.  Director and writer Erika Lust has won awards such as the Feminist Porn Awards’ Best Movie Of The Year and Best Documentary at the E-Line Awards.

From Erika Lust, writer and director of acclaimed erotic movies, Cabaret Desire is a new indie adult film set in a night of erotic readings. In a magic and bohemian place where people go after dark to hear erotic tales, dancers, musicians and poets create a sensual atmosphere. Cabaret Desire is a journey through four tales of intimacy, love, passion and sex.

The indie adult film is set in a “night of erotic readings”.  People sit and listen to erotic tales and experience a sensual atmosphere created by dancers, musicians and poets.  Cabaret Desires brings to life tales of intimacy and passion.

Both the trailer (at the bottom of this page) and the images from the movie look insanely hot.  The preview definitely gets 25 stars and I can’t wait to review the actual movie.

Cabaret Desire is Lust Films’ latest project and will be available soon for viewing on demand at

Cabaret Desire – Trailer from Erika Lust on Vimeo.

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Rating: 6.0/10 (7 votes cast)