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'man' who is watching," says Kinney. "You'll see the type of
sex lesbians actually have, you'll see lesbians actually having
orgasms, you'll see butches and femmes, trans, large, small
and all sorts of women you won't see in mainstream porn."
According to Rednour it's all about authenticity. "Real
lesbians having real sex with people they are either partnered
with or just really into sexually. Real bodies, real chemistry, real
heat." This includes femme on femme action, which according
to Rednour is different to that of traditional girl-girl action in
mainstream porn. While big hair and high heels are featured in
both Fatale and SIR videos, you're unlikely to see scary long
nails. "Our femme-on-femme action is informed, between
women who really have sex with each other and know each
other's hot spots and bodies," Rednour explains.
"Mostly it's different because femmes are dykes and
straight gals are straight, though there are definitely some
hottie bi girls in the mainstream porn industry."
The internet has also played a huge part in opening up the
market for lesbian produced porn, according to Kinney. While
a search for 'lesbian porn' on a search engine is likely to take
you to an endless list of mainstream girl-girl sex sites with more
pop-up windows than real action, some lesbians have created a
niche market. The Cyberdyke Network was set up three years
ago by webmistress Zille. For around $35 a month, you get
access to all the sites in the network, which range in variety from
goth, fetish and BDSM, to butches, vanilla, big girls, bottom
admiring and fisting. They range from softcore to hardcore,
and include written erotica, illustrations, photos and video clips.
"We wanted not only to make erotica for women, but to
make it affordable," Zille explains. "The best way to do this
was to make all our sites into a package deal so women could
just pay one fee and then get to see as much as they liked.
We also wanted to raise the standards of porn and erotica.
We wanted to make porn that was erotic and erotica that was
truly arousing. We also wanted to show people that they
could have a safe and enjoyable experience at adult websites."
Now Australian women are putting a local spin on things.
Editor of Slit magazine Domino puts the move down to live
local women and dyke events which have shown that porn is
"sexy, respectful and fun."
"In New South Wales we can point to Wicked Women,
Ms Wicked, Gurlesque, Scooter, Kooky, Leather Pride and
BDSM parties, as well as the resurgence of queer politics," she
says. "Slit's aim is to create a space a space to show off and
share what we find sexy as dykes -- to create a horny read and
pictures that make you catch your breath and sigh. A lot of
erotic or pornographic material out there does not relate at all
to how I relate to sex and sexuality. The brief phase of the
cool lipstick lesbian, the marketing of the pink dollar, and the
mainstreaming of dyke and faggot culture has led to very
sanitised representations of sexuality."
Similar reactions to mainstream portrayals of lesbian
sexuality led to Sydney-based Biz Films being set up. Although
production of the company's first film has been delayed, those
involved are passionate about getting it off the ground in due
course. "We are a group of lesbians who are appalled by the lack
of lesbian porn videos available in sex stores," director Rita
Bizante explains. "There was nothing to choose from except for
straight girls doing it for straight guys. This is not good enough
and not sexy. That's why we've decided to make our own.
Amongst us is a producer, director, writer and set designer."
Bizante admits, however, that many of her friends enjoy
some mainstream lesbian porn. "Every time we go away with
friends they bring out Babes in Spas and stuff like that. I think
we will still watch this sort of stuff even when we have our own
lesbian homemade porn, just because it has its own particular
style, you can tune in and out. Our porn might not suit
everyone either but it will be a bit more creative and beautiful to
watch. Not everyone needs that to get off, but we know girls
like to have choice. We are not going to compare our stories or
styles to what's out there already. We are just going to deliver
our own sexy, slightly bent, dyke-does-dyke drama."
Is this the start of a burgeoning local industry? Pioneer
Kinney certainly forecasts a rosy future. "The market has
grown incredibly since I started and I think it will continue to
grow," she says. "Mainstream media is just now discovering
independent lesbian porn. With the growth of the market, the
quality and number of productions will increase. The business
will become attractive to more producers, and the producers
will be able to spend more on their productions because the
return will be greater. In all, I'd say the future looks bright for
independent lesbian porn producers. You go girls!"
HOTLINKS Fatale Videos http://www.fatalemedia.com
SIR Video http://www.sirvideo.com Cyberdyke Network
http://www.cyber-dyke.net Slit magazine http://www.slit.cat.org.au
Biz Films firstname.lastname@example.org
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