Erika Lust: On Feminist Porn and Sex Positive Parenting

One of our favorite porn directors, Erika Lust, wrote an article for the May 2012 issue of Marie Claire Spain. An English translation is up on her website, and it is totally worth reading. She lays out her vision for ethical feminist pornography and explains why making this porn is a feminist project.  She also reflects on her hopes and dreams for her daughters.

The feminine voice is marginal in the discourse of porn, which has been expressed in masculine (and often chauvinist) terms for more than four decades. But in these last few years, other young directors and I have successfully demonstrated that another kind of adult film is possible: one where the woman is the protagonist and her pleasure has importance, where the roles that represent us aren’t those of the prostitute, Lolita, nurse, babysitter, nymphomaniac….

And regarding my daughters, I have to admit that I haven’t thought about it at all, since the oldest is four and the youngest is one. But I feel that when the moment arrives there won’t be a problem: since my work is honest, innovative and has a cause. Not only for the content and message of the movies I make, but also because the sex-positive feminism with which I identify, and which defends the idea that sexual freedom is an essential component to women’s rights. And I think porn that is intelligent, respectful of women, contemporary and thoughtful actually contributes to women’s full sexual liberation….

When my girls are adolescents and a boyfriend shows them a porno, I want my daughters to be able to decide what they like and what they don’t: to be critical, to laugh if necessary, and ideally, to show the boys a different kind of film, one that they prefer instead.