Kinkly: You make what you describe as "feminist porn." That's a term people are becoming more familiar with, but maybe explain how feminist porn differs from the more mainstream pornography people may be familiar with.
Lucie Blush: Feminist porn is porn that respects the values of feminism and applies them to the making of the movie. It makes sure that the performers are comfortable, that they're paid well and receive good working conditions. The movies should also have sexual equality, and feature women who are proud of their own bodies and not sexually passive, or "dick machines" - people who have personality, who have souls. Feminist porn is about not showing women who are used for sex, but women who want sex and who like it, like we do in our lives. It's ethical porn, basically. (Check out this cute video that shows the difference between porn sex and real-life sex - using food.)
Kinkly: What about sex-positive porn? What elements make pornography sex positive?
Lucie Blush: It's about removing all the shame that we have around sex and porn. It's about making porn and having women who say, yeah, I like fisting. It's about removing all these clouds, pollution, taboos around sex and showing what it's really like and how fun it can be. It's about respecting everyone's sexuality, nudity, bodies. This is what we don't see in mainstream porn, which reduces sex to something mechanical, something like robots. Sex can be so much greater. When you see great porn, it turns you on for a few days and triggers real feelings in you, and you think of it days later and it still turns you on. I think there needs to be a wider choice in porn.
Kinkly: Statistics show that more than half of women watch pornography now. What type of pornography do you think women respond to and how does that differ from pornography for men?
Lucie Blush: I don't know what women are looking for. I don't think there's a porn for women or porn for men. I think men and women are looking for good porn. Women want to see porn where women are not degraded. They want to see something they can identify with. Same as men. They want to see something they could experience themselves or fantasize about. That makes them feel good about their own bodies. I think women, just like men, want to see sex that is intense, that is passionate that is hot and that you can only achieve when actors have equality and are having fun.
Kinkly: You appear in some of your films. What's being an actor like?
Lucie Blush: It's pretty exhilarating. I had no idea how would I react. I was really nervous, but in the end it was really fun. When the time came to take my clothes off, it felt good, I felt adrenaline because people were watching. It was like OK, it's me. I can't lie. It's my body, it's me, this is what you get. It's a good way to learn to accept yourself. And then having sex, you kind of forget about being self conscious. You're like, well, you're on camera, you're having sex, you may as well have fun. I like showing myself vulnerable like that, which makes me strong.
Kinkly: Your videos feel very personal and real. Where do you usually shoot?
Lucie Blush: I lived in Barcelona for six years and most were shot in Barcelona. Then I moved to Berlin a couple months ago and shot in Berlin. No matter where I shoot, finding actors is the most difficult part of the job. I use every tool that I have at my disposal, Craigslist, friends, word of mouth, professionals or amateurs. There's big pre-production work with actors. You never know what's going to happen on set, if there's going to be chemistry or not, so there's big research work in finding actors and actresses who will get along. I try to ask them what they like, don't like and what they might want to try to try to make everything work great on set. Some amateurs chicken out at the last minute. That's something I've learned to be able to see.
Kinkly: For readers who are maybe looking for pornography that'll suit their tastes, what resources can you recommend?
Lucie Blush: It's really hard. That's kind of why I run We Love Good Sex - because I couldn't find anything that helped me find the porn I wanted. Of course, you can spend hours online and find something, but it's hard to get a grasp on the alternative porn and find places to browse. It's all very isolated, so it's kind of hard to find on the Internet. That's the problem. It's really hard. That's why people like the blog; I spend hours looking for good stuff. You can also check out a few names that are getting big in the alternative porn world, or look up alternative porn festivals. That's a great source of information and a way to discover a lot of cool things.
My approach is personal. Everyone can bring their own vision to porn. We have the Internet to thank for that. People can just put their stuff online. I think more and more people will discover more feminist porn in the future.