Pen & Ink Porn: Pencils Against the Patriarchy

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Despite the growing prevalence of gender-positive porn (see: the Feminist Porn Awards), it’s hard to deny that sex entertainment is still largely produced for and by men.

Shifting the balance of power in sex industries to a more equal footing between the genders is something I see as important for gender equality overall. Porn isn’t going anywhere, and it can be a great way to explore your sexuality; however, many ubiquitous themes in mainstream porn reinforce restrictive gender roles. Since the female viewer is often not considered as a target audience, we especially lack a fair, diverse and healthy representation of women in porn.

What can women do to balance this? Make their own porn!

“But producing a film requires financing, actors, and huge time commitment! Plus, it isn’t exactly the career I’ve been dreaming of” you might say.

This is why I love erotic webcomics. Although it definitely takes some serious skill to pen an amazing comic, there is a low financial barrier-to-entry and a ready audience. Female smut artists have been making waves online, producing some of the most widely read dirty comics out there.

Comics are also a great medium for porn because, when visual depictions of people are simplified, we more easily put ourself in the protagonist’s shoes and become emotionally invested in their experiences (from the book: Understanding Comics).

Here are some of my favo(u)rites penned by ladies:

1. Oglaf – Hilarious and sexy comics by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne

Mixing sex, humor, and buckets of creativity, Oglaf is by far my favorite dirty webcomic (actually, it’s my favorite webcomic… sorry xkcd). It certainly evokes that “this is weird, but I’m oddly turned on” response.
A more in-depth summary can be found here, but I’ll let it speak for itself with some examples. It was hard to choose, you should just spend an evening looking at the whole archive.

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(without realizing I picked all hetero examples, but Oglaf features plenty of other sexy combinations)

2. Chester 5000 YXV – by Jess Fink

Sexbot, sexbot, you’re a sexbot,
You can give it to me when I need to come along,
Sexbot sexbot you’re my sexbot,
And baby you can turn me on.

…. beautiful art, character development, and sexy scenes. Ladies and Gentlemen: Chester 5000 YXV.

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3. Oh Joy Sex Toy – by Erika Moen

Educational and fun, and I’m not talking about those math video games they had in elementary school. With a central focus on toys, Erika uses her art to promote good old new-fashioned sex culture! A relatively new comic, there are not too many installations yet (part of the reason it’s only #3 on my list), but what is there so far is delightful. To be fair, this comic isn’t exactly “porn”, but it’s sex-positive, lady-made and fun.

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Those are my top 3 to follow!

I will also give a shout-out to Menage a 3 by Gisele Lagace and Dave Zero. This comic doesn’t break too many stereotypes but is upbeat, fun, and does feature a variety of both heterosexual and queer sexual situations (with at least one female character that takes charge of her sexuality).

Many more sex-positive webcomics can be found at Slipshine (which requires a subscription).

Happy reading!

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About andsometimessex

Blair is a PhD student with an interest in science, gender equality, sex culture, art, and talking about oneself in the third person. https://twitter.com/andsometimesSex
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2 Responses to Pen & Ink Porn: Pencils Against the Patriarchy

  1. jigdood says:

    the garishly one, they did LSD right? in the second line
    the cartoons were perfect thanks

  2. Pingback: Pen & Ink Porn, Part II: Conveying Sensuality Through Sight Alone. | A E I O U and sometimes Sex.

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