Porn & Ethics

What is “ethical” porn….

…and how do we review it?

Disclaimer: We recognize that ethics, or “ethical” pornography, is difficult to define. We do not intend to label different types of porn as good or bad, but rather want to contribute with our work to promoting fair working conditions and a respectful perception of performers. Our collection of reviewed websites is far from being complete, but is growing continuously, and we keep learning with every page. We are always open to criticism, suggestions and additions! Here we explain what we consider to be ethical porn and what criteria we use to evaluate it.

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Working Conditions

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On Set

The general conditions of the shooting should be agreed upon in advance and specified in a contract.

The performers need to know in advance what, when, where, how and with whom they are working. It should be clear who has the rights to the footage and where it is uploaded.

Payment

There are different payment methods in porn. We think it is important that if producers or platforms earn money with clips, the performers should get a fair paycheck.

 

Safer Sex

Together with their filming partners, performers should be able to decide for themselves whether and which barriers to use, and these should be available on set.

Producers should ensure that all performers are recently tested for sexually transmitted diseases. If necessary, other relevant tests (e.g. rapid corona tests) should be made available.

Consent

Practices, shooting partners and details about the shoot should be agreed upon in advance. All performers must consent to all actions and be able to withdraw their consent at any time.

After the shoot, they should be able to express how they feel about the footage and should have the right to ask for changes.

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Diversity

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Variety in Porn

In visual pornography, young, rather slim, white, healthy bodies are still dominating. Exceptions from this norm do occur, but are often fetishized and labeled with stigmatizing categories.

We love when porn sites show diversity in a way that doesn’t exoticize and fetishize. We highlight all the good examples we find.

Overcoming Porn Stereotypes

Diversity can also refer to how people interact in porn. Even more present in mainstream porn than body norms are predictable stereotypes of sex.

In a lot of heterosexual porn, women are always ready and willing to please the man. The erection is in the focus and the porn is over after a successfull cumshot. Similar stereotypical narrative patterns exist in mainstream gay and lesbian porn as well. We appreciate it when directors and performers leave these overused patterns behind and dare more creative narratives.

We criticize the trend of developing “porn for women” as opposed to mainstream porn, since this label often excludes queer desire. In addition, women’s porn often serves clichés and only shows heterosexual soft porn, where the woman takes on a passive role. That does not show the variety of sexuality. But kinky porn and fetish porn can also break role patterns and be mutually respectful.

Can Diversity Be Rated?

As authors, we are shaped by our background and bias; our team currently consists of young, white people without disabilities. Therefore we would like to emphasize that our impressions are only very limited and subjective. In the category “Diversity” we try to point out, if we see certain aspects which are positive or negative, e.g. when a website portrays multiple sexualities and body types. But there are also sites where this is not an option at all: If, for example, a platform is dedicated exclusively to a specific fetish, then of course we will not criticize the lack of other fetishes or practices on that platform.

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Pricing

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What Does Good Porn Cost?

Fairly produced pornography is rarely available for free. The “free” offers on the Internet are not actually free, because they are financed by advertisements. In a nutshell, many ethical porn sites charge for their content and that’s perfectly reasonable.

We check for you how transparent the terms of use and termination are, which payment model you can choose (e. g. pay-per-video or monthly subscription) and how you can pay. You can be sure: there is something for every budget on our website.

Is There Free Ethical Porn?

The good news is: yes! Not all sites that we recommend are commercial.

For example, you can have a good time for free on Tumblr, on fan fiction portals or amateur sites. And maybe even contribute to their data pool yourself, if you feel like it…

Many sites also offer the option of a free trial subscription or watching a film for free.

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Site Design

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Language

Language plays an important role on porn sites. On one hand, the wording is important for the image of the pages, and on the other hand, exciting texts and categories help consumers to quickly find what they want – or make them want it.

Unfortunately, a language full of sexist, racialized, discriminatory buzzwords has established itself on popular porn sites. We make sure that the pages we evaluate do not use any problematic terms or categories.

Producers and Performers

They are the protagonists and therefore the stars of the porn: the performers. The porn site should make it clear that they are not objects, but individuals who (can) contribute with their personality and preferences.

Almost all of the websites we have listed give performers their own space where they can introduce themselves and where we get to know them a bit.

Producers – A website should also be transparent about who’s behind the camera. We value it if the producer’s names (or pseudonyms) are revealed and some information about them is provided.

Imagery

The preview images (thumbnails) and other visual elements should reflect in appreciative approach to the performers. The imagery should reflect an appreciative approach to the performers.

Advertising

Any website, no matter how well made, can quickly be ruined if the advertising does not match the content. Many mainstream porn sites feature extremely sexist, violent, or otherwise problematic ads. That’s why we also evaluate what kind of advertisements can be seen on a page (if any).