How I Joined The Indie Porn Revolution

Internet porn – well, the vast majority of it – really shits me.  The clear lack of people who take the industry seriously has manifested itself in an obliterating wealth of horrendously scripted, utterly tasteless clips. And we can’t even put it down to insufficient funding, because the big-budget videos are pitiful too; all I’m seeing is clip after clip of spread-eagled women with Jaffa-orange fake tan and improbably neat labia. 

Even the titles of these clips are laughable – just nonsensical strings of vaguely sex-related words that are supposed to snag your attention. 

Obviously, most people who’ve settled in for a solid session of porn browsing aren’t clamouring for nuanced dialogue or a profound title – and it’s probably incredibly hard to be discerning when all you want is an uncomplicated orgasm – but when all you can find is a clip that’s so evidently been made with no other drive but to generate money, things can seem pretty ridiculous.  As a fierce enthusiast of both creative things and sexy things, I’d bemoan the absence of online material that combines the artful with the arousing. If you’re going to invest time and energy into making porn, at least take some pride in it!

Cue the discovery of the Indie Porn Revolution.  Helmed by Courtney Trouble, the site’s fearless head honcho and prolific pornographer/performer, the Indie Porn Revolution is a platform for passionate artists, women and queer individuals to create subversive material for the viewing pleasure of those who like a side of raw, thoughtful artistry with their smut.  According to the site’s ‘mission’ page, the project also aims to deliver content that is female-friendly, all-inclusive when it comes to casting, respectful of performers, makers and consumers and, above all, prioritises arousal. 

Where the fuck had this been all my adolescence?

Apparently, right there all over the Internet.  Courtney Trouble began the Revolution in the form of an initial site called NoFauxxx.com in 2002, which quickly piqued the curiosity of Trouble’s friends, media and members of the adult industry, hence the expansion into the Indie Porn Revolution that graces the fine face of the Internet today.  But despite its history that now goes back upwards of a decade, I was six when NoFauxxx.com was about to be discovered by the masses and as such, I was considerably late to the IPR party.  For years, I opted for the poignant raunch that R-rated independent and international films had to offer.  I wanted something that went deeper than the endless streams of ripped shirts and violent cum shots that seem to be deeply in vogue, and the IPR most definitely has it covered. 

The first clip I watched featured a gay couple – the description made it clear that they really were an off-screen couple – having uninhibited honeymoon sex.  It was raw, maybe a little shaky, but shit, the viewing experience was that much better knowing that these two people weren’t just thrown together on the morning of the shoot.  Even though the clip was brief, I immediately felt as though the moment I was witnessing was a special one, so much so that I felt intrusive watching it. Hearing the jangling of their BDSM collars, the disjointed sound of their moans made it feel refreshingly true to life, a welcome break from the manufactured, too-airbrushed-to-be-true porn that dominates the Internet.  The intimacy of it made me begin to wonder whether it was even intended for public display, but I dug it all the same. It was also the first pornographic video I’d seen that displayed—without making a preachy point of—a couple practicing safer sex.  Intimate male-on-male porn that standardises condom use?  Can’t say I object.

Another facet to the site that made me even more exited about its existence was the sheer variety of the featured performers.  Upon clicking the ‘Foxes’ tab, I was greeted by dozens of thumbnails displaying people of a dizzying array of body types, orientations, subcultures, gender identifications and physical abilities; all of them making regular appearances on the site. 

It goes without saying that not all of these talented foxes floated my boat, but it did make me very happy to see an online space that says a career in porn isn’t exclusively for people sporting unattainable bodies, ludicrous amounts of make-up and textbook-perfect genitals.  It was the unwavering attention to detail that really got me: the creative stylisation of the shots, the funky makeup, the pretty lingerie and lack thereof.  Everything I was seeing made me certain that the Indie Porn Revolution is a safe space for anyone who’s passionate about making porn with a bit of bite. 

The thinkers, actors, fuckers and makers of the Indie Porn Revolution are all about quality and diversity.  They have no interest in contributing to an already overwhelming amount of mainstream adult content, videos that are exceedingly unremarkable to the point that it no longer elicits any pleasurable viewing fare.  The Indie Porn Revolution isn’t a static presentation of sex, it’s a dynamic celebration of sexuality, something that the adult industry could do with a lot more of.

Join the revolution here.

Image Credit: Courtney Trouble