Written by Lea Rose Emery for BUSTLE. Originally published on March 7th, 2017.
“I cant believe that people think that what they see in mainstream porn is the way that they should be having sex” is probably the best way to sum up the (SFW) MakeLoveNotPorn: The Social Sex Revolution documentary — which you really, really need to watch. If you’re not familiar with MakeLoveNotPorn or its founder, Cindy Gallop, it’s time you get up to speed.
Basically, MakeLoveNotPorn is user-generated, crowdsourced videos of people having sex — including all those awkward, messy moments. Basically, it’s the real world sex you’re having in your everyday life but never get to see outside your bedroom. Not only that, users can remain anonymous and even wearing their masks if they want.
Recently, the team behind MakeLoveNotPorn and the stars spent some time at Mermaid Ranch and created a documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the company and some of its contributors. The MakeLoveNotPornstars in the documentary, two existing couples and a a newbie, recorded themselves having sex there and talked about how the experience affects them, both personally and within their relationships. It’s only 15 minutes long and it’s definitely worth a look.
“We want to encourage people to understand that great sex is born out of great communication,” Gallop says in the video.
So many of us (myself included) get so used to watching mainstream porn and turn a conveniently blind eye to the power it has in society as a whole, like how destructive it can be to young viewers who have no real sex education. Watching the MLNP video was a good reminder of that — and that there is an alternative.”