Female-Directed Adult Films Feature More Aggressive Women

Eric Barker muses on a study of male- and female-directed pornography (emphasis his):

We conducted a quantitative analysis of 122 randomly selected scenes from 44 top-renting adult videos in 2005 (half male- and half female-directed). Findings revealed that all films shared similar depictions: Verbal and physical aggression was common, women were the primary targets of aggression, and negative responses to aggression were extremely rare. Compared to male-directed films, female-directed films were significantly more likely to portray women-only scenes and sexual acts. Even when controlling for main characters’ gender, female-directed films showed significantly more female perpetrators aggressing against female targets and significantly more depictions of women as perpetrators of aggression.

To restate the most salient point:

  • Even when controlling for the gender of the participants, female-directed porn features significantly more instances of women initiating and escalating.

I take this to mean that in male-female scenes, women are more featured as logistical escalators and sexual perpetrators, and in threesome/group scenes, women are more featured as escalating against each other rather than simply responding to male sexual aggression.

Even with all of my red-pill reading and writing, these results surprised me…I had bought the “conventional wisdom” that female involvement in porn would skew the content towards soft lovemaking, non-aggression, emotional support, relationship commitment, pillow talk, tasty omelettes, you get the idea. I had blocked out the ideas taught to me by the Internet, conversations with women and my own personal experience – that many women want to have dynamic, high-energy sexual experiences, that they often seek playful dominance in the bedroom (disregarding how they conduct themselves in “real life”) and that they will exhibit aggression if there’s enough comfort or lack of judgment to make it safe to do so.

(Incidentally, I think that is what a lot of this cheap alpha hookup sex we’ve been talking so much about provides – when it’s with a guy who is semi-anonymous, and you’re being cheered on by your friends, and there aren’t all these personal commitment expectations swirling around, it’s a lot easier to push your boundaries without being nervous he’s going to judge you or smear your reputation around your social circle.)

One layer of the onion here is the last bit of the abstract:

We highlight the importance of economic forces, rather than director gender, in dictating the content of popular pornography.

I take that to mean “directors give the market what sells, not what they think should sell.” Remember we’re talking about “top-rented” films here, so ipso facto the study results are taken from what the market wants.

We also have to consider that there’s a difference between female-marketed pornography and female-produced pornography. A woman behind the camera isn’t necessarily only seeking to address female interests in her craft. We do have to note selection bias…the type of woman who wants to direct an overtly pornographic film is herself more interested in graphic depictions of sex than in the romance-novel style of emotional pornography through the written word. And there’s probably a sex-poz feminist streak in those directors as well, which motivates them to portray women as sexually alive and assertive rather than following a man’s lead. In this way, some of these films are sexually political in nature.

Another question: are these results a matter of director gender itself, or are there underground factors that indirectly link director gender to other factors which themselves correlate to the artistic and character style of the movie? Perhaps certain movie houses that happen to cater to certain tastes also happen to have a gender skew on their film staff? It could also be the case that women engaging in girl-on-girl or fem-dom roles on film are more comfortable working with female directors, and the director gender is instead a proxy for the preferences of the actors and the needs of the script rather than being a determiner of those things.

There’s also the matter of how much influence the director has on what goes on in the movie. Is the director an auteur of sorts who controls all creative aspects of the film? Or is the director simply blocking and filming the scenes that a separate producer and screenwriter have already planned out, like a high school theater teacher bringing Guys and Dolls to the local stage? My knowledge of the operations of the porn industry is slim, so I’m guessing this varies by studio, size of project, and the director in question.

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15 responses to “Female-Directed Adult Films Feature More Aggressive Women

  1. this is also true of written erotica by gender.

    chicks are fuckin GRAPHIC, man. Made me blush, and that’s something.

  2. “I had bought the “conventional wisdom” that female involvement in porn would skew the content towards soft lovemaking, non-aggression, emotional support, relationship commitment, pillow talk, tasty omelettes, you get the idea.”

    Tasty omelettes!

    LOL.

  3. If women were turned on by soft caring nurturing lovemaking *only*, 50 shades of gray would be nowhere, and betas would be in high demand + sexual paradise.

    But I had to google the omelette thing. It was too much. You might be into something. (Urban Dictionary follows)

    2. spanish omelette 15 up, 13 down
    After you ejaculate from simulating sex with your partner’s breasts, you stir your penis around in the cum pooled on her chest and neck.
    Jake titty fucked her good and then served her up a spanish omelette as he finished.

    3. Spanish Omelette 10 up, 8 down
    To get your ingredients to your omelette and put it inside a girls vagina. Then to fuck her ever so hardly. Then to cum inside her and wait for everything to “cum” out. (Ahehe). Then put the omelette ingredients on a pan and consume it at a candle lit dinner :D.
    Eric: *fucks yew so harrddd*

    Kat: *Feels the ingredients moving*

    Eric: Whoop! I cummed! Lets wait :D

    Kat: *Cums out ingredients*

    Eric: *Makes spanish omelette and carries Kat to the candle lit dinner*

    Kat: Ohhh eriicc! Your so romantic!

    *Fucks on table*

    4. Spanish Omelette 4 up, 8 down
    When a couple engaging in anal sex uses Butter to lubricate the anus, and Olive Oil to lubricate the penis. Upon ejaculation inside the anus, the mixture is referred to as a Spanish Omelette.
    I rubbed butter on Brandy’s ass, and stuck my Olive Oil covered cock in it. I came in her ass, and she pushed the mixture out and had a Spanish Omelette for breakfast!

    1. Denver Omelette 74 up, 20 down
    The act of vomiting while eating out a particularly dirty vagina, then continuing until completion.
    A;’Dude, I met up with this chick on a camping trip, I ate her pussy on like her fourth day of hiking and not showering!’

    B;’That’s fucking nasty, did she smell?’

    A;’Fuck yeah, I ended up giving her a Denver Omelette!’

    2. Denver Omelette 11 up, 26 down
    A sex act that also satiates hunger, this is achieved when one partner stuffs one or more store bought eggs into the vagina or butt of the other partner. The couple then proceeds to have sex in a hot tub. Once the eggs are fully beaten and cooked from the hot tub sex, the couple does a sixty-nine.
    I wanted salsa with my Denver Omelette so I jizzed while we were having sex in the hot tub.

    3. Denver Omelette 20 up, 75 down
    To dunk your nutsack in a chicks mouth and then slap her accross the face.
    Origin: Denver, 2005
    I was just going to Teabag that bitch but I got carried away and made her a Denver Omelette!

  4. mmaier2112

    I watched a few videos linked to at the Reddit site. And the only things I noticed about “female-centric porn” were:

    1: increased kissing and making out leading up to nekkid time
    2: the actors seemed to be into one another and more passionate
    3: fewer genital close-ups

    All three of those aspects are just fine with me. Seems more like the real sex I enjoy anyway. Most porn is too detached. A bored whore getting boned by some goof isn’t much worth watching.

  5. J Smooth

    That’s some in depth Urban Dictionary research there, Yohami. Considering a career in chic lit?

  6. Badger, once again, one of my fave topics.

    The fact is that the pro porn market produces what sells, period. And while female-directed porn originally had the rep of being near soft-core, the fact is that “chick porn” doesn’t sell, so these female directors go in the other direction simply to stay viable.

    The whole idea behind female directors was to appeal to the female market. The problem with that is that while women do watch porn, they almost never buy porn, and when they do they buy-and-hold. The average man buys about 4.8 DVDs a year and watches a porn DVD about 2.7 times. The average woman buys .2 DVDs a year and watches it 10+ times. And when women do have the opportunity to select a free video, even when presented with a “chick porn” alternative they will go for a girl-girl or big-boob video (!) more than 3 to 1.

    You see, women don’t like the soft-core chick porn. Indeed, they like a lot of the rough stuff, and they enjoy girl-girl even more than the guys do. It’s not surprising that the more popular female-directed movies were more aggressive — the type of woman who would actually rent porn is probably a lot more sexually-oriented than most.

    It’s a fascinating study, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  7. “while women do watch porn, they almost never buy porn, and when they do they buy-and-hold. The average man buys about 4.8 DVDs a year and watches a porn DVD about 2.7 times. The average woman buys .2 DVDs a year and watches it 10+ times.”

    Very telling about real life sex preferences too.

    “And when women do have the opportunity to select a free video, even when presented with a “chick porn” alternative they will go for a girl-girl or big-boob video (!) more than 3 to 1.”

    Where’s feminism to explain all of this through oppression?

  8. Anonymous

    She: “Harder!”
    He: “Yeah, take it all, bitch!”
    (Repeat.)

    Lots of truth in that.

  9. doug1111

    The total number of women porn directors is tiny.

  10. this is an excellent topic. i still need to read “my secret garden.” girls are kinky little ones though. we all know that. they all like it rough. all of them.

  11. M3

    Rivelino is right, and it’s come as a bonafide mutherfarking shock to my system. In the past few weeks, every girl, and i mean EVERY mutherluvin one of them

    -all my coworker females (adult industry so maybe biased, not mainstream)
    -every forum female in a google search for ‘rough sex’
    -my friendzone friend that i just broke the friendzone with who explicitly told(and showed) me she likes having hair pulled, being bitten, pinned and thrown up against walls n tables n shit. (i felt like a level 1 n00b against a prestige level 72 modern warfare veteran)

    ALL have all stated emphatically that they find it HOT / EXCITING / WILD to be dominated and get roughed up. maybe not every time but it breaks up PREDICTABILITY and the urge to be passionately taken forcefully.

    during my marriage i was a fucking sex god and a rock star, stamina, kama sutra, i was king of the goddamn bedroom. NEVER did i think i’d find myself in a position to actually be questioning my prowess between the sheets until now. this angry/aggressive/dominant sex is alien to me. this goes well beyond emotionless jackhammering.

    the poor beta in me is still keeling over in the corner of my mind crying a thousand deaths. this is complete anathema to what i grew up believing, especially with the ‘a real man never lays a hand against a woman’ stuff drilled into my skull. i’ve been so counter programmed against my own caveman instincts, i feel like a stranger in a strange land where up is down and everything is on its head. a real eye opener.

    i’m coming to terms with it. i kind of really want to explore it, if for no other purpose than to help further slay the remnants of beta in me that held on to dead ideals and wishful thinking about sugar n spice and all things bah.

    my next challenge is to learn how to unlearn, and accept and enjoy this pain/pleasure dynamic as it still feels unnatural to the point i almost revile it. yet it turns women on drastically so i either adapt and learn to enjoy ‘treating them like bitches n hos’ (at the appropriate time, lady in the street, freak in the bed, ludicrous) when the time calls for it and actually enjoying it OR just run the car in my garage till sweet release takes me.

    FML

    i still have a long road ahead. but at least im on the road now, and not in the ditch or driving off the precipice.

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  13. P Ray

    The best part of it is I actually know some women who tell men “porn is bad” … who have a collection of their own … and who are teaching primary school children … have had abortions … have multiple hookups … AND consider themselves Christian/”religious”.
    Strange world we live in.

  14. P Ray

    @M3
    my next challenge is to learn how to unlearn, and accept and enjoy this pain/pleasure dynamic as it still feels unnatural to the point i almost revile it.
    Women can tolerate any “abuse” from men they are attracted to.
    They can’t tolerate even the slightest interaction from men they are NOT attracted to or dislike.

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