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by Laura Weide

Adult videos aren’t just for trenchcoat-wearing men! A Ladies Home Journal survey found that 47% of women reported using erotica or pornography to heighten their sexual experiences. In our years of selling adult videos, we've found that you can’t make assumptions about what women want in porn. Some folks want a traditional couple’s flick with a well-developed plot and lots of foreplay, while others want uninterrupted hardcore action. Some want performers with natural bodies. Others revel in the fantasy bodies of porn stars. 

How do you find porn you want to watch with the seemingly limitless options available? Whether you're new to adult videos, trying to convince your girlfriend to watch something racier than Sex and the City reruns, or just want to know what turns women on when it comes to X-rated films, keep reading!

Women Directors

The good news is that there are more and more women porn directors these days, and women are at forefront of sexy, award-winning, innovative porn productions. Women directors tend to do a better job of representing authentic female pleasure in their movies. They are also more likely to create comfortable, supportive work environments, especially for female performers.

  • Candida Royalle pioneered the couple’s porn genre. Her films likeAfrodite Superstar are a gentle introduction to the world of porn, and they have well-developed plots and characters.
  • Sex educator extraordinaire Tristan Taormino is producing some of the hottest porn on the market featuring professional porn stars. Her movies House of Ass and Chemistry are staff favorites.
  • Many women directors are former and current porn stars. Some of the hottest stars on the market – like Jenna Jameson, Belladonna, and Chloe – are directing their own features.

Sex and Storyline

A lot of folks want some context with their sex. While some people want to see sexual tension and a relationship develop between the characters, others love lavish costuming and storylines. Love action movies? Pirates? CopsComedy? There's a porn film out there for you.

  • Libido's excellent couple's films Urban Friction and Trial Run feature natural-bodied amateur actors in couple-centered, fantasy-laden plots.
  • Veronica Hart’s Edge Play is a perennial favorite, especially with straight couples. The plot follows two high-powered business women who stumble into a world where fantasies come true. One of the few porn movies to work sexual tension into the plot.
  • Pirates is a high-budget extravaganza that features special effects!

Hot Men

Many straight ladies find their porn-watching aspirations stifled by the lack of hot male porn actors. Mainstream porn typically casts male leads based on penis size and ability to ejaculate on cue, not overall good looks. Women-centric movies generally cast better-looking male talent. In fact, one of the signs that the industry is changing to meet the demand for women’s movies is the fact that there are more good looking porn actors than ever before.

  • Anna Span, the U.K. ’s first female porn director, delights viewers with her fun, amateur romps that feature hot bodies and genuine performances (including laughter!) She’s known in particular for casting hot men. Uniform Behaviour is one of our favorites.
  • Fashion Underground stars Jean Val Jean (2007 AVN male foreign performer of the year) and Tommy Gunn (AVN male performer of the year.)
  • Look for these actors on box covers: Julian, Mr. Marcus, Kurt Lockwood, Scott Nails, Sean Michaels, and Steven St. Croix.
  • Go straight to where the hot bodies are and get some gay boy porn. Wrong Side of the Tracks, winner of 12 GAYVN awards, features a smorgasbord of tough, hot guys.

Natural Bodies

Not everyone finds bleach blond hair and plastic surgery attractive, and women of all types want to see themselves and their desires reflected on the screen. If you love the look of a natural body, there’s porn for you! Quality porn productions feature body hair, love handles, natural breasts and average-sized penises.

Queer Women’s Porn

  • It can be a challenge to find authentic queer women’s pleasure portrayed onscreen. Much of what is touted as lesbian porn is actually girl-on-girl, a very specific genre made by mainstream porn companies to appeal to straight men.
  • The most compelling queer productions are made by small, independent, dyke-run companies. The casts are often much more diverse than standard porn, sometimes featuring butch women, transfolks, people of color, and an array of body types. Strap-on action, whole-hearted pussy licking, and finger fucking are standard.
  • The Crash Pad is the latest phenomenon in queer women’s porn.  Directed by Shine Louise Houston, who earned a degree in film from the San Francisco Art Institute and worked as a sex educator for Good Vibrations, her films are full to the brim with queer hotties and sexy action.
  • Pornograflics is an outstanding production from an independent, dyke-run company.
  • Explosive orgasms and juicy women abound in lesbian-made  Hard Love/How to Fuck in High Heels.

XXX-tra Tips for Porn Watching

  • Check out your first movie alone - that way you can see if you like it or not without feeling pressured by your partner's expectations. 
  • Keep the remote handy. If God wanted us to watch the whole porn movie, she wouldn't have created the fast forward button. Feel free to zoom through buzz-kill segments.
  • Keep your vibrator nearby, or let your fingers do the walking. Explore which scenes increase your arousal.

Mainstream porn can turn you on to new things, but if you want to learn technique, check out some instructional films. The best movies in the ‘edutainment’ genre couple education with sexy demonstrations. Check out Bend Over Boyfriend, Female Ejaculation for Couples, or The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women.