A still from Do You Find My Feet Suckable? (Photo: Erika Lust/XConfessions)

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Why The Internet Still Has A Problem With Feminist Porn

Erika Lust is a porn director. Setting herself miles apart from her counterparts, she is a 'sex-positive feminist', employs mostly women behind-the-scenes of her films and creates narrative-driven, healthy, female-focused erotica.

Little over two weeks ago the Swedish porn pioneer uploaded a SFW version of one of her pornos Do You Find My Feet Suckable? to YouTube. Scenes that originally contained explicit nudity or sex were removed to form a beautiful, artistic and inspiring movie demonstrating healthy yet intense intimacy (and a foot fetish) between two humans.

But soon after the film had garnered over 200,000 views, the video-sharing site removed it for "violating community guidelines". Let's backtrack here – there was no nudity, sex or anything 18+ in the edited clip.

A still from Do You Find My Feet Suckable? (Photo: Erika Lust/XConfessions)

A still from Do You Find My Feet Suckable? (Photo: XConfessions)

Following the removal of her film, Lust penned an open letter and shot a video outlining the hypocrisy and demonstrated chauvinism of claiming a video that didn't violate their rules, did.

In her letter posted on MediumLust details the "f-u-c-k-i-n-g-n-u-t-s" nature of allowing quite violent depictions of women in music videos and other pornographic content to remain on YouTube, while tasteful, representative clips of female pleasure are removed.

(Image: YouTube/Erika Lust)

(Image: YouTube/Erika Lust)

The video response to this censorship was also uploaded by Lust's team to YouTube. Showing the porn-maker outraged at this evident double standard, she plays porny clips that are "accepted" on YouTube over her own age-restricted video.

The non-censored films available on YouTube include Cameras Inside VaginasBest ASS Girl (Latina) and Lisa Ann Naked Show and Shake Ass HOT tits ass (18+) and music videos featuring naked models and dancers. In the video (below), Lust outpours:

 

"What I'm showing is all content that you are showing on your website. If you decide to take it down and censor [my video] it would be fucking nuts.

"If I make an artistic, beautiful, erotic short film where I take out absolutely [all] nudity – I don't even show a female nipple, I don't show sex... It's only about two characters and how they desire each other – then they can't be on YouTube.

"What I would like is for you to explain to me what is wrong with the film that I uploaded to your website."

 

Lust's video commentary was then, ironically, also removed.

 

In her open letter, Lust describes the censorship of her content as summarising "all of society’s laziness in debating sexual education". She writes that it also shows we are unable to "implement initiatives that are real and effective when it comes to eradicating violence and negative sexual behaviour."

 

"In a world where Best Ass Girls, Naked Shows and Cameras Inside Vaginas run free with millions of views, I think that smart and intelligent films with erotic content should be encouraged rather than banned.

"From all the ways YouTube might want to save the world, misplacing sexist and hypocritical censorship or an 'educational' tag, are clearly the less effective ones."

 

In short: misogyny is prioritised over feminism.

(Image: YouTube/Erika Lust)

(Image: YouTube/Erika Lust)

How do we reject the double standard?

You're probably aware that culture and society at large have a knack for ridiculing female nudity that is powerful and strong while accepting submissive, exploitative imagery that feeds the male gaze.

As illustrated in Lust's comment video, imagery that features women undressing for the eyes of chauvinism go overlooked even by people who disagree with modern depictions of women. Music videos have normalised calling ladies "hoes" and "bitches", mainstream porn films still utilise abusive acts and adverts get away with misogynistic content all the time.

Lust's porn production company XConfessions – which forms storylines based on user fantasy submissions – champions the norms of cheap porn by presenting sex in an equal, pleasure-based nature that is inclusive and relatable, yet still exceptionally hot. It delivers a turn-on while making sure nobody was harmed in the making, and won't be in its viewing.

In a world that makes money from exploring female sexuality in a harmful way, movies like Lust's (and the many, many more feminist porn-makers out there) are necessary to represent sexual alternatives. It's vital that young people are able to view alt erotica that suggests sex in a positive way, but doesn't necessarily feature hardcore shagging.

It's paramount that we all continue to challenge the hypocrisy expressed by YouTube and the wider world here, because we need options in a world of censorship.

A still from Do You Find My Feet Suckable? (Photo: Erika Lust/XConfessions)

A still from Do You Find My Feet Suckable? (Photo: XConfessions)

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By Lydia Morrish, published on 01/06/2016

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