I lost my XXX-Flick Viewing virginity with an attractive, dimpled, dirty blond, Chuck. Chicago. Summer 1999. While drinking cheap beer, we watched an even cheaper Spice World parody, 5 Sins, featuring a bunch of busty chicks pretending to form a girl band. It was tons of fun though, oddly, I can’t remember what specifically happened in the movie. I’m sure people sang and had sex. Chuck’s penis remembers more details than I do. (“Stephanie Swift. The brunette playing Posh. She’s very memorable,” he says.) According to Salon’s piece, “The feminist pornographer,” only 1 in 3 porn watchers are women.  I admit I’ve seen more obscure French romantic comedies starring Louis Garrel than I have porn flicks.  Sundance sums it up: The people who make porn are missing a segment of the market, women.

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Directors like Candida Royalle and Tristan Taormino — and, as I mention above, even aficionados like Sundance — are talking women & smut. If you’re new to porn or an old hand interested in checking something different, try feminist porn. Less likely to be hokey, racist or sexist, these flicks hit mainstream stride with Cindy Gallop‘s Make Love Not Porn, The Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards, Autostraddle’s awesome queer porn list, and Violet’s Blue Smart Porn collection providing good jumping off points. To hear an actress’ perspective, read How I Became a Feminist Porn Star. If porn doesn’t get you horny, that’s okay, too. Hell, although I can’t recall anything that happened in 5 Sins, I certainly remember sex scenes from Monster’s Ball, Y Tu Mamá También, and The Dreamers. Ah, yes, the brunette Frenchman. Louis Garrel. He’s very memorable.