Written by Adrienne LaFrance for Medium. Originally published in September, 2013.
“You can’t get the porn off the internet, but you can make better porn,” xs51 wrote in a message through the site. “We’re not producers, but we give people a place to exhibit themselves where no one gets hurt and people are in it purely for the fun of it! … But since there’s no financial incentive, I think our posters are far less likely to post something they aren’t comfortable with.”
Other online communities have developed around the idea of making better, more empowering pornography. MakeLoveNotPorn.TV is a site that bills itself “Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference,” and runs on a profit-sharing model that gives money from rentals back to people who upload their own sex videos.
“I think there’s a real relationship between what happens offline and what happens online,” said the site’s curator, Sarah Beall. “Real world sex in a way that isn’t usually celebrated and showcased; consensual, free of porn cliches.”
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