Audacia Ray’s column for Hot Movies for Her appears the first Monday of every month.
The idea of pornographers with ethics and strong political convictions seems ridiculous to many people. After all, isnâ€™t porn just about overly-tanned hedonism, driven by the desire to make a mint while surrounded by swarms of hot chicks who wouldnâ€™t otherwise give you (assuming the portly, fiftyish male â€œyouâ€) the time of day? Not so fast, assumption-maker.
Amateur and independent porn began getting buzz with the advent of the home video camera and the newly glorious ability it bestowed on the average electronics geek to film his or her pasty white ass bobbing up and down in a poorly lit guest bedroom in New Jersey (not to stereotype or anything). But it really took off in the early 2000s as the Internet began to emerge as the go-to place for sex businesses, especially homemade ones. More specifically, young, technologically inclined idealists began to turn to the Internet to create their visions of sex-positive culture online.
When the oft-cited Suicide Girls was launched in 2001, it positioned itself as a site of female-empowerment via Internet nudity. In subsequent years, this turned out to be a bit more complicated and maybe not really the way things were running behind the scenes. Still, there are independent pornographers whose hope for the empowering mojo of independent porn springs eternal. The Sharing is Sexy (SiS) collective is one such group – their freshly hatched and totally free website launched just last week. Unlike Furry Girl, the SiS folks have no intention of making a living from their work on the site. In fact, as collective member lotu5 puts it, â€œSiS came out of anti-capitalist activism. â€¦all our content is free, we try to spend as little as possible, dumpster what we can, leech resources from universities and jobs and make everything free.â€ At the same time, lotu5 says that, â€œOne of our primary goals is to not discredit sex workers and â€˜for payâ€™ porn sites.â€