Porn 2.0

This week in my column, I’ve gotten everybody’s knickers in a bunch by writing about how the Web has changed the practice of making pornography forever. As evidence, I venture into the incredibly clean, professional offices of Kink, a major adult Web site production house and film studio in downtown San Francisco. With its college-educated staff, feminist-queer sensibility, and cheery shop floor full of Macs, the place feels more like a hip magazine than a place where porn is made. At Kink, I go on the set during a photoshoot for one of the most creative and geeky porn sites out there today, Fuckingmachines. A friendly, genderqueer director named Tomcat offers Satine, the model, some Luna bars and water while making sure she’s comfortable with the lube they’ve chosen. Eventually, Satine has a real orgasm (yes, you can tell the difference). This alone marks a profound shift in porn making, for female orgasms were hardly the goal (or the outcome) of most pre-Web, traditional pornography.

Sure, pornography isn’t for everybody — and certainly Fuckingmachines.com isn’t for everybody. In fact, I’ve preferred text-based porn my whole life because I don’t have to worry that real, live people were bored or upset by making it. But it’s hard to deny that the practice of making porn has become more professional, above-board, and woman-friendly in the age of the Web. Certainly the setting in San Francisco, rather than L.A.’s “porn valley,” contributes to the feminist, hipster feel of this environment. Nevertheless, I came away from the 4-hour shoot feeling that making porn, when done right, can be a fun job.

13 thoughts on “Porn 2.0

  1. Yes, there are definitely sites that hire genderqueer models, both ftm and mtf. Kink.com’s sites are very queer-friendly, and Tomcat (the director of Fuckingmachines.com) is genderqueer.

  2. All the kids are wearing bunchy knickers these days. Everything 1890s is hip again!

  3. Porn and intentional community. What more could one ask for from a sexy nerd-babe author?

    You go girl!

    When’re you going do a piece (with pics!) about the hot, sexy ethical sluts in communities?

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  5. Fuckingmachines is a pretty cool place, and the girls do have real orgasms usually. The don’t hire genderqueers for on camera work though. I used to contact there and I now have a porn company that does hire people of all gender persuasion. We do masturbation … and all the orgasms are real.

  6. Boots is right — Red Handed Porn is by far one of the best places for a Gender Queer pornstar to go. Another place is Pink & White Productions; their website based on the Crash Pad (www.crashpadseries.com) is very friendly to ftm, mtf, and genderqueer performers.

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