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Ms. Naughty (a.k.a. Louise Lush) is a writer, editor, blogger, entrepreneur , and filmmaker with a passion for women’s erotica. She jointly runs, an adult paysite, along with numerous other erotic sites aimed at straight women. Her erotic fiction has appeared in Best Women’s Erotica and her erotic short films have screened at numerous international film festivals, with three nominated for Feminist Porn Awards. She lives with her husband in a small Australian town, surrounded by fundamentalist Christians. I still remember the day I bought my first porn magazine. It was 1993, I was twenty, and I was safely two hundred and fifty miles away from my hometown. I walked into the newsstand and, stomach churning, purchased Australian Women’s Forum (AWF), the new and exciting magazine that featured photos of naked men. The cashier didn’t give me a brown paper bag, so I was forced to roll it up and make a dash for the car. I took it back to the house and devoured the contents, loving the fact that this magazine contained no fashion or diets, only sex and feminism . Especially thrilling was the letters section, rife with steamy and sometimes embarrassing real-life stories of sex. My then-boyfriend (now husband) and I always had fantastic sex after I bought AWF. It wasn’t the first porn I’d encountered, of course. As a kid I’d been fascinated by my father’s badly hidden Penthouse and Mayfair magazines . They were deliciously naughty, yet confusing. I had no idea what an orgasm or cum was, and I had never seen a single penis. Still, I became certain of two things. First, I liked porn. It was rude. I knew I shouldn’t look at it; I would get into serious trouble if I were caught. But I liked it nonetheless. Second, I became certain that black suspenders and stockings were the epitome of sexy. I couldn’t wait to wear them when I grew up. Buying AWF was the first time I openly embraced my love of porn. After years of furtive glimpses and stolen moments, I finally stepped up My Decadent Decade: Ten Years of Making and Debating Porn for Women Ms. Naughty and claimed it for myself. Even though I was terrified that first time, I was able to find the courage to buy it because AWF was different. It wasn’t a dirty men’s magazine hidden at the back of the shop. Instead, it was sassy, bold, and unapologetic. It was feminist. Buying AWF that day ultimately changed my life. It led to my career as a feminist pornographer. I set out to create porn for women.1 I wanted to replicate the positive , empowered, female-friendly philosophy that I had seen in AWF. I wanted to create porn that I would enjoy, and I wanted to share that porn with other horny women. That wasn’t my only motivation, of course. I was in it to make money, just like everyone else. Porn was a rich seam in 2000, a gold mine offering easy cash and good times to anyone willing to learn the ropes. Nonetheless , I opted for the more obscure and less profitable option of catering to straight women—at that stage, an unknown and dismissed market. The thing was, I liked porn but I really didn’t like how most of it was marketed. I hated the way it ignored me as a viewer. It was always aimed at men and spoke only to them. It concentrated on sex acts that men liked and didn’t seem to care about giving an equal share of the pleasure to the woman. The photos and movies cut the men out of the frame, concentrating only on the woman’s body. The guys were often unattractive and seemed creepy or obnoxious. There was little romance, foreplay, or cunnilingus —the things that I wanted to see. The women always kept their shoes on and looked directly at the camera as they were being fucked. The scenes almost always ended with a facial “pop shot” and I didn’t want to see that—I thought it was degrading and also kind of stupid. The woman would often kneel with a slightly pained expression on her face, trying to look adoringly up at the man while he squirted semen in her eye. The camera never showed the man’s face during orgasm, which—to me—was a travesty...


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