XConfessions

Genre: Straight, Kinky & Fetish, Queer, Soft & Sensual

Our Review

Working Conditions

Diversity

Site Design

Pricing

Your fantasy becomes porn

Erika Lust is considered an icon of feminist indie porn. The ongoing project on XConfessions is to let everyone tell their own fantasy. These are then turned into a wide array of porn films. The films are aesthetic and glossy, ranging from gentle masturbation to wild group sex. The focus is on female pleasure without reproducing clichés. The cast is quite diverse and many of our favorite porn stars have worked with Erika Lust. However, there has been some controversy surrounding her work and the working conditions. PoC and trans performers in particular have reported problems with equality on set. There was also criticism that the boundaries of the performers were not sufficiently respected.

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Working Conditions

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On Set

After criticism of the working conditions on Erika Lust’s set became public, she responded by publishing a contract for producers and performers which was inspired by the one elaborated by the fetish site kink.com. Its key priority is consensus. The performers are allowed several breaks, food is provided and a relaxed atmosphere is promised. In addition, all shooting scenes are discussed beforehand. Performers have criticized the set for not being inclusive.

Payment

The site states that everyone, from interns to performers, is paid fairly. The amount of the payment is not specified. Performers rate the pay between “okay” and “low”.

Safer Sex

(STI prevention / testing; access to safer sex supplies)

There are contractually agreed safer sex standards and it is mandatory to show up on set with a current STI test.

Consent

… regarding practices, upload, shooting partners:

After an accusation by a performer that there was an abusive situation, Erika Lust revised the standards on set. There shouldn’t be any surprises on set, the producers go through the scenes with the performers again before the shooting begins. Performers have told us that their boundaries were not sufficiently respected on set.

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The Site's own Claim

Erika Lust’s films are aesthetic and of high quality, with female lust often in the center of attention. Many films, however, reproduce rather normative beauty standards. But there are also films with diverse performers. Queer and trans people, black people, and POC are portrayed respectfully and without using problematic categories. A few older and non-standard bodies are also featured. However, POC and trans performers have criticized cultural appropriation and discrimination on set.

Content Categories

On XConfessions there are no categories that we consider to be particularly problematic. There are separate categories for certain countries, e.g. “Very American”, “Very French” or “Very Nordic”. You can also find some unusual categories like “Music” or “Documentary”.

Performers

All performers are briefly introduced in a text or an interview and can link their social media channels. All co-productions are also listed here.

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Language

One can see that on Lust’s pages there is a lot of skill and expertise behind the website. This is also reflected in the texts. They are creative, appreciative of the performers and make you want to watch the films.

Advertising

XConfessions is ad-free.

Handling / Usability

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French

The site is easy to navigate and well designed. You can filter by categories and performers, and there is also a keyword search with filter options. Each genre and film has a description and trailer. However, the trailer is only accessible if you have an account.

 

Transparency: Who is Filming / Producing / Moderating?

Both the directors and the performers have their own space on the site, where they are briefly introduced and an overview of their productions can be found.

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Pricing

Costs

$34.95 for 1 month

$125.70 for 6 months

$143.40 for 12 months

 

Payment

One-off payment for 1, 6 or 12 months.

Payment Provider: Epoch.com

Cancellation is possible at any time.

Cost Transparency

The costs are not that easy to find on the home page, but they are displayed when you log in. Sometimes there are also links to discount offers.

Number of Films / Media

Several hundred films.

There is also the “Confessions” section, where everyone can submit their own fantasy as a text. You can see in the post if the respective fantasy has already been turned into a film by the Lust team.

Additional Information:

Articles on the allegations against Erika Lust and the director Olympe de G. that led to the publication of production guidelines mentioned above can be found here:

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