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W ith dyke sex magazine Slit into its fifth issue, US
magazine On Our Backs celebrating its twentieth
birthday, and porn film Madam & Eve by Australian Angie
Dowling one of the main attractions at the last Mardi Gras Film
Festival, lesbian erotica is thriving. Porn for dykes by dykes has
been growing steadily throughout the nineties, particularly in
the US. The first company to produce such movies was Fatale
Videos in California. President Nan Kinney, who also started
On Our Backs, has seen a fundamental shift in women's and
particularly lesbians' view of porn. "We broke every rule in the
lesbian community in 1985 by making porn," she says.
"Back then, the lesbian culture was dominated by the anti-
porn, politically correct faction. Sex was almost a by-product of
lesbianism. Women were together for political and emotional
reasons, having egalitarian side-by-side sex. Definitely porn was
something to be avoided, censored or even destroyed. Since
then, there's been a sexual revolution in the lesbian
community. Lesbians now are exploring, expressing, even
celebrating their sexuality. Porn is a part of our lives now."
Kinney says sex positive feminism has played a large part
in the shift in lesbians' perception of porn. "Certainly the
pro-sex feminists were a huge influence. They demonstrated
that women and lesbians could be feminists and like sex and
porn. Our early work with On Our Backs and Fatale Videos
changed attitudes in a big way. Finally lesbians could see
sexual images of themselves that they could relate to and get
off on, that were created by other lesbians, not by men.
These new images allowed lesbians to embrace porn in ways
they hadn't before."
Shar Rednour, founder of SIR Video in San Francisco,
which produces titles such as How to Fuck in High Heels
and Sugar High Glitter City, agrees. "Lesbians are more
likely to try porn now than in the past because in general,
women of all sexualities are talking about sex more."
So how are dyke produced porn films different to
mainstream ones? "You won't see women playing to the
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