Kink.com

kink dot comI applaud Netflix for streaming Kink.com, a sexually explicit documentary. Especially given the general population’s (i.e. curious straight women) interest in Fifty Shades of Grey these past few years. James Franco produced the documentary about the world’s largest producer of BDSM porn – Kink.com. Cinematographer/Filmmaker Christina Voros unravels the world of bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism (slave and master). There is a lot to bite off for a 90 minute documentary. Voros focuses her lens on the Kink company interviewing the founder, directors, staff, and models. Kink does all kinds of porn – sexual orientation-wise as long as it falls within the realm of BDSM. The filmmaker does an outstanding job allowing the voices of those working in the industry to share their stories and explain what it means to not only be involved in this side of sexuality personally, but professionally. How are the female models treated? Are the doms all experienced subs as well? What about consent? Can you be a feminist and still be pro-porn? Can you create scary scenarios with safe words that allow people to go to places in their mind as well as their body to experience heightened states of awareness? All of these questions and more are explored by female and male directors shooting straight scenes, a male director shooting gay scenes, and a trans male director shooting solo female scenes. The models vary from experienced to newbies. Everywhere you look there is a professionalism about this particular company that cannot be denied. And perhaps it is because of the very nature of the work they do that everyone employed at Kink.com comes at their work seriously, creatively, artistically, and safely. Kink.com is a snapshot of a particular niche in porn. It’s certainly not representative of all porn. But I couldn’t help but be impressed not only by the quality and intelligence of the film making, but the honesty and well-roundedness of the people interviewed. My only caution is this film visual shows porn being created, so there are many scenes of naked men and women, hard-on’s, pussies exposed, and hardcore in every sense of the word scenarios. So just like kink in general, if it’s not your cup of tea, move on. But for anyone interested in a good dissection of this fascinating part of human nature and the capitalists making money on it, check out the intense Kink.com. 4 out of 5.

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