7 Genres Of Porn You Might Not Have Considered But Should

Whether you're into porn or not — and a 2015 survey suggests that over half of women are — the odds are that many people out there have only seen heteronormative, male-gaze oriented porn. And if that works for you, great. But there's so much more than that out there — you might just not know where to find it.

Maybe you've heard of feminist porn. This is a term that was popularized a few years ago, and it means different things to different people, but it can refer to porn made under friendly labor conditions (which is why it's often not free), as well as porn that features "more normal-looking women in more normal sexual encounters, with a focus on a woman's sexual pleasure," as The Week put it. Many subgenres of porn fall under this "feminist" umbrella, and that's usually a great place to start if mainstream porn isn't for you.

And for the record, there's nothing wrong with being into the typical male gaze-oriented porn — many women are. Not to mention, it's certainly not hypocritical to be a feminist who doesn't like porn marketed as "feminist." A crucial element of the current dialogue about porn is a person's right to choose — if whatever gets you off involves consenting adults, there's no shame in watching it.

But if the porn you've seen thus far has been a major turn off for you, it might not be time to write off the whole industry just yet. From porn involving real couples to hilarious (and hot) parody porn, here are seven genres you may not have considered.

Real Couple Porn

Porn performers are often fabulous at their jobs, but if the whole idea of a performance isn't sexy to you, then head to Make Love Not Porn ASAP and watch real couples have sex on camera. MLNP features entirely user-generated content, giving IRL couples (or individuals down to masturbate on camera) a chance to share their real-life sex with the world. And yes, you must pay to watch it (which, again, is a good thing).

Since MLNP shows real-life sex, be prepared to see cats jump on beds, as well as couples experimenting with strap-ons, discussing cold sores, and even sometimes fumbling with condoms. That all may sound very different from what you're used to watching in porn, but trust me when I tell you: These videos are hot. Plus, they help normalize the beautiful awkwardness of sex. And who knows? Maybe you'll be so turned on that you'll decide to submit your own MLNP video and become a "MakeLoveNotPornStar" yourself.
Parody Porn

While a lot of parody porn, such as Hairy Twatter or E.T. XXX, are made by mainstream and male-directed companies like DreamZone, if you're new to porn and looking for a fun way to get your feet wet, parody porn is a genre worth checking out. Watching two people have rough sex doggy-style on camera may be intimidating if you've never seen it before, but if those two people are dressed up like Ron and Hermione? That's not only pretty hot, it's hilarious (I own this film and can confirm it's both of those things).

A variety of parodies, such as the DreamZone films mentioned above, are available on ParodyXXX. If you'd prefer parodies that are more tattooed, goth, and created by a woman-owned company, Joanna Angel's Burning Angel puts out films like A Very Adult Wednesday Addams.
Queer Porn

If you're looking for lesbian porn that goes beyond scissoring (a.k.a. the only thing "lesbians" do in mainstream porn), look no further than CrashPad Series, a small company owned by a queer woman of color who features a diverse group of performers (and pays them fairly). And as online marketing director Jiz Lee says, "CrashPad is often praised for showing 'real lesbian sex.' However, it is more accurately described as a 'queer' porn site, since performers span the LGBTQ community."

With CrashPad, the performers call the shots, from what safer sex practices they want to use to who they want to perform with (also often a real-life partner). And most importantly, every film is directed by and stars queer people — so you know it's accurate. Plus, the films are inspired by '70s cinema, so they look cool.

Some other great queer porn sites include Real Queer Porn, Queer Porn TV, and Indie Porn Revolution. The latter two are the work of the brilliant Courtney Trouble.
Mainstream Female-Curated Porn

If you enjoy mainstream porn scenes, but still want to support female directors, performers, and companies with ethical practices, there are many sites to choose from. But to support the women in charge, get off free tube sites — the ones that feature (often pirated) pornography in a video format similar to YouTube — and buy a subscription.

If you enjoy an alternative punk and tattooed aesthetic, visit Burning Angel, which which was founded by alt-porn queen Joanna Angel (she continues to write, perform, and direct for the company). Another great option is TrenchcoatX, which produces films that feature everything from straight sex to beautiful explorations of gender fluidity. It was originally founded by Stoya and Kayden Kross.

Pro-tip: The easiest way to support your favorite porn star, regardless of gender, is to go directly to their website, rather than a free tube site, to view their videos.
Educational Porn

A valid ongoing critique of porn is that much of it teaches unrealistic expectations of what sex should look like. The mainstream tube site Pornhub has made efforts to address this issue by creating a sex ed site, though it was met with mixed reactions. For those interested in educational pornography with a more experimental bent, visit Pink Label. Along with educational porn, Pink Label also produces explicit sex scenes and soft core content, so it's got all your tastes covered. Bonus: The majority of films are directed by women, including queer women, trans women, and women of color.

While all of Pink Label's categories (like "The Feminist Porn Gaze" and "Queer Porn Vanguards") are worth viewing, for those interested in educational-yet-erotic porn, check out the "Edu-Porn" section. And while the content isn't free, keep in mind that all membership fees support the film's creators.

Of course, we can't mention educational porn without a shout out to OMGYes, the sex ed website that features a touchscreen interface for "touchable" video lessons based on studies of over 2,000 women's sexuality. (Emma Watson's even a fan.)
Reddit Porn

While Reddit is often associated with men's rights activists or the brilliance that is Shower Thoughts, as Refinery29 recently reported, the community discussion site is also home to surprisingly tender (and highly erotic) porn made by porn amateurs. And the women who upload the photos, gifs, and erotica are the ones in charge. If full-on videos aren't your thing, try heading over to the Gone Wild subreddit and check out digitally minded porn that features a variety of body shapes, sizes, and colors. There's no fee involved, but this is one porn genre where you can feel morally okay about not paying for the content.

If you find Reddit annoying or not-so user friendly, similar grassroots content can be found on both Tumblr and Snapchat.
BDSM Porn

Many people are curious or aroused by bondage porn but unsure of where to find quality content. It might seem easy to just type in "BDSM" on a tube site, but those clips are often pirated, brief, or quick compilations (which, at least in my experience, makes them hard to get off to). Unfortunately, limited BDSM content on tube sites may leave curious users unsatisfied, so I advise anyone interested in watching bondage porn to go straight to the best source out there: Kink.com. A subscription to the site's many channels is well worth it, even if the monthly fee is pricy (Kink.com channels costs $49.99 per month to join).

The beauty of a subscription to a Kink.com channel is that you can get specific as hell. Aroused by sex in public? There's a channel for that. Gang bang fantasy? There's a channel for that, too. If you're new to BDSM and curious to watch more, I suggest checking out my personal favorite Kink.com channel "Sex and Submission." It's a nice intro to the world of dominance and submission.