Photo: Natália Zajačiková

So what is ethical porn? Ethical porn begins with ethical practices for all involved.

So what is ethical porn? For the sake of this article we can break down ethical in a simple definition; ethical porn begins with an ethical practices for all involved. Paying sex workers a living wage, creating a well-connected environment that supports consent and communication through an environmental model. An environmental model takes into account the surroundings and their effects on our minds; in other words dangerous films or production can harm both sex workers and consumers. Productions that promotes physical and emotional safety and health standards for all involved generate a better work place and even a closer community.

Foto: Natália Zajačiková when we were shooting Hook Ups

Another important factor is ethical and honest casting; casting not based on looks or discriminatory fantasies. BIPOC are categorized in their day-to-day life and fetishized without their consent; ethical porn seeks to allow people to take charge of the power in themselves and their representation in pleasure centered films. Leaving space for individuals to take charge on set and remain in their power. As well as breaking barriers that are set in place for non- white, gender non-conforming or any other individual who does not befit the socio/cultural definition of “attractive”. Allowing all bodies of all kinds to be represented in accessible, educational manners. Ethical porn demarginalies people of color, people with disabilities, people of a heavier build and beyond ensuring representation for everyone.

While the payment aspect means everyone involved is receiving a livable wage, production quality can go up and new highs can be reached. Ethical porn seeks to create lifetime memberships/subscriptions and some companies even offer alternative methods of payment to make ethical entertainment accessible to all financial brackets. Sex School offers free short videos onsite and on YouTube. As well as €5 day passes for access site wide. Pink & White Productions offer volunteer work in exchange for content through several opportunities such as translating closed captions, writing a review, transcribing episodes, translating, and more. This value in bartering allows ethical content to reach those who may not have the money while still helping other consumers by making content inclusive to all kinds.

Foto: Natália Zajačiková when we were shooting Pleasure Mapping

The average consumer is not typically thinking what they view on various free sites is harmful, but this does not excuse the exploitation. Making these small changes by paying for your porn can take bigger effects in the lives of many. Pirated and free content actually hurts sex workers in the porn industry and overall it hurts the porn industry too. There is a price to pay for every video so pay for your porn, support sex workers and normalize ethical practice in all industries.

For more resources and detail on ethical porn consumption and ethical porn options, check out Sex Talk Tuesdays achieved discussion featuring Pink & White Productions and Jiz Lee. This Twitter feed contains resources and more articles about ethical porn consumption. Also, check out The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health’s ethical porn database to find some hot ethical porn. As well as subscribe to Sex School for some pleasure centered, inclusive and educational fun.