Women’s Guide to Finding Good Porn Movies
By Laura Weide

Permission for Pleasure
It's not just trench-coaters who buy and rent porn. In fact, a 1997 Ladies Home Journal Survey readership poll reported that 47% of respondents use erotica or pornography to heighten their sexual experiences.

That's no surprise to us. Since 1993 we've met innumerable women, of all sexual orientations, who’ve dropped into Toys in Babeland looking for sexy movies. From the years of cheers and jeers (from women, as well as men who are dying to find movies their girlfriends will watch with them), we've put together the following guide to address women’s concerns about porn, and offer tips for finding movies that are likely to please.

What do Women Want?
Women repeatedly ask for porn that focuses more on female sexual experience, has good production values and features better looking male actors. The actual activities women want to see vary quite a bit. While some women ask for movies without ‘facials’ (the common scene-ender where the guy ejaculates on a woman’s face) and more romance, others ask for movies with less talking and more rocking.

Lifetime Channel + Sex
A new generation of pornographers are making porn that puts women's pleasure and fantasies at the center of the storyline and the screen. Candida Royalle started it all as the first mainstream pornographer to make a career of creating quality straight couple's movies. Femme Productions features female characters with full lives, jobs, and personalities - they aren't just interchangeable bodies. Rather than having flat characters who bounce from one acrobatic sex scene to the next, Royalle contextualizes realistic sex in the storyline.
Tip: If you are a first time porn viewer, or uneasy about mainstream porn, check out Royalle’s work.
Picks: Eyes of Desire 2: A real life husband & wife star as voyeuristic strangers in a compelling relationship of sexual obsession. Steamy sex, arousing dialogue and stellar acting. My Surrender: Jeanna Fine, a staff favorite, is a pornographer who is out of touch with her own desires. A romantic and explicit story of passions awakening.

Quality Eye Candy
You won't find the ugly-plaid-couch-shag-rug look in women's porn. Veronica Hart is a mainstream pornographer who has the budget and filmmaking skills to create glossy, gorgeous looking videos that keep women's pleasure center screen. Her full length features combine more fevered sex than typical women's porn along with sumptuous visuals. Many porn actresses report that female directors create an atmosphere on the set that's more conducive to female arousal than their male counterparts. That’s evident in Hart’s movies from the many authentic female performances.
Tip: If you are looking for women centered sensibilities with plenty of sizzle, look for Veronica Hart titles.
Picks: Hart's Edge Play, a sexually inspiring story of erotic adventure, is a modern classic starring Marilyn Chambers, still knock-out gorgeous in her 40's. Taken features award winning acting and heated sexual performances. It is a story of a woman who is abducted from her unsatisfying marriage and propelled to live out her most romantic fantasy.

Beauty Myth
Women of all types want to see themselves and their desires reflected on the screen. Moreover, not everyone finds cookie cutter bodies sexually stimulating. For the most part, skin flicks feature young women who are silicone enhanced and fashion-model thin. But body hair, love handles, natural breasts and men with good looking bodies and average sized penises are all in demand.

Tip: If you think silicone is scary, check out classic 70's porn, which is pre-boob-job and "gym toning": The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Behind the Green Door and Insatiable are golden oldies with stirring sex scenes.

Tip: Keep an eye out for these actresses who have more natural bodies: Chloe, Sara Jane Hamilton, Annie Sprinkle and Kylie Ireland.

Tip: The amateur porn genre is not as well made, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in realism. You'll find enthusiastic amateurs of more common proportions who span a greater range of ages than in industry made porn.
Picks: Chloe is a natural bodied porn star whose thigh clenching, eye rolling orgasms are off the charts, White Lightning and Femme 2 feature some of her notable performances. A company picnic turns into an orgy in Slide Bi Me, a fun filled bi sex romp with good looking women and men with natural bodies. Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn and Sluts & Goddesses are fun, funny and filled with gorgeous curves. Explosive orgasms and juicy women abound in the lesbian titles Hard Love/How to Fuck in High Heels and Sugar High Glitter City.

The Double Standard, a.k.a. ‘I wouldn’t want to look at him on the bus, let alone in a skin flick!”
Straight porn has typically cast male leads for their penis size and ability to ejaculate on cue, not their overall good looks. Male pornographers don’t want to threaten the heterosexuality of their (mostly) male viewers who, god forbid, might get turned on looking at a sexy man. 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 couples movies is the fact that there are so many more good looking porn actors than ever before.
Tip: Look for these actors on box covers: Sean Michaels, Steven St. Croix, Mr. Marcus, Dale DaBone and Mark Chester are a few male model-handsome stars. If you are hard up for movies with good looking men, try gay porn!
Picks: Sean Michael’s Dinner Party at 6 is a riveting feature length take-off of The Man Who Came to Dinner. While Ginger Lynn’s two timing husband carouses in White Lightning she discovers sexual happiness with a host of good looking hunks.

XXX-tra tips for porn watching:
*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.
*Go ahead, squeeze the Charmin: Keep your vibrator nearby, or let your fingers do the walking. Explore which scenes increase your arousal.
*Facials are for pores, not pornos: If you prefer straight movies with more realistic orgasms check out Femme Productions.
*Where the boys aren’t: If you are looking for sexy dyke porn made by and for lesbians, check out How to Fuck in High Heels, Suburban Dykes and Sugar High Glitter City.
*Sex primers: Mainstream porn won’t teach your partner how to pleasure you better. Here are some titles that are educational AND erotic: Bend Over Boyfriend, Nina Hartley’s Guide to Better Cunnilingus, How to Female Ejaculate.
*Private pleasures: Check out your first movie alone - that way you can see if you like it and not feel pressured by your partner’s expectations.

© 2002 Laura Weide