7 places to find porn that's actually worth watching

There's no shortage of porn on the Internet, but good porn? That's another story. Here are some places to look

Published February 1, 2016 11:57PM (EST)

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This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

AlterNetIt’s not hard to find porn online, but it is hard to find good porn online. The mainstream industry tends to produce a lot of wham-and-bam content, and while that might sell, there are a whole lot of people who don't find it all that appealing. Fortunately, the Internet is a huge space, and tucked away in its unseen corners is a lot of sexy stuff. Listed below are 7 places to look for porn that's a little more interesting.

1. Hysterical Literature

It’s hard concentrating on two things at once, especially when one involves your clitoris. In attempts to document “the battle between the body and the mind,” NYC-based photographer Clayton Cubitt decided to film a series of women individually seated at a table with a book. When the camera begins recording, they introduce themselves and begin reading. Under the table, outside of the subject's control, an unseen assistant distracts them with a vibrator. The subjects stop reading when they're too distracted or fatigued to continue, at which point they restate their name and what they've just read.

It’s the best of nerd porn. Want to see that a woman is intelligent? Look to the passage she chose to read. Want to see that a woman is sexual? Look at her face as an invisible hand brings her to orgasm.

In the time since its 2012 launch, Cubitt’s work has been viewed over 45 million times in 200 countries.

2. Antonio Da Silva Films

If there was ever a marriage between cinematography and pornography, it was officiated by Antonio Da Silva. “The penis can take part in poetry,” he's said. Da Silva uses his camera to expose the explicit sexual experiences of gay men. He’s covered the areas of cruising and public sex, Internet hookups, performance and voyeurism. He also throws in a bit of cinematic flare. You’d be surprised how horny the image of a slow-growing erection can leave you.

3. Beautiful Agony

One of the biggest critiques of mainstream porn is it’s too genitally focused. Beautiful Agony stands as a ”multimedia experiment” to figure out just where eroticism in human imagery lies: the body or the face. They’re pushing for the latter.

To aid in the experiment, users submitted a series of videos showing their faces during orgasm. We’ve been conditioned to think that in order to get turned on by certain sex acts, we need to see the sex organs involved. Beautiful Agony proves that’s not always the case.

4. Orgasmic Tips For Girls

This blog was designed to provide women the necessary resources they need to have killer orgasms. That means tips, links, images, video, personal stories and anything else that can help clear up the confusion. Featured posts range from different ways to masturbate to how to tell if you're having an orgasm. The video section is full of material specifically selected on the basis of what women actually find hot. It’s one of the few places out there where the female gaze reigns supreme. “OT4G is a blog for horny girls everywhere,” the site claims. “It’s a place to get educated, reassured and maybe even turned on… and sometimes all three at once.” To date, the blog has over 150,000 followers.

5. Kinbaku Luxuria

Those into the BDSM scene might want to head this way. Like so many other sexual niches, this one originated in Japan. “Kinbaku” refers to Japanese rope bondage. The term is often used interchangeably with the word “Shibari.” To get a better sense of what it’s all about, it might make sense to take a look at the language. Shibari literally means “to bind.” Kinbaku means “tight binding.” Insiders describe the experience as a “power exchange” through the use of ropes. Here, you can explore the scene through a variety of free photos and videos.

One participant provided a description of the experience, writing, “I smell the ropes before I feel them, the smell of bondage, submission, suffering, ecstasy. Then those telltale sounds… the rope being hit on the mat, being unwound, ready to be used. I wait silently, anticipating that first moment. Then his hands are on me, holding me in place while he begins to envelop me, the ropes an extension of him.”

The knots are elaborate and impressive. While the experience is largely erotic, there’s something extremely aesthetic about it as well.

6. Sounds of Pleasure

Arousal isn’t limited to vision. When it comes to sex, hearing what goes on can be just as exciting as seeing it. This platform provides visitors with an audio-based erotic experience. The clips range from masturbation sessions, partnered sex, jerk-off instructions, dirty talk and more. It’s a little bit like listening to neighbors have sex, but in a world where you can choose what they sound like, what they say and how long they last.

7. I Feel Myself

They claim you can find “real, natural and ethical representations of female pleasure” on this site. These guys aren’t only interested in documenting the oft-overlooked female orgasm; they want to study it. They want to master it. Viewers can enjoy a series of solo (and sometimes partnered) masturbation sessions to get a better sense of what a female orgasm looks like and how to achieve it.

Carrie Weisman is an AlterNet staff writer who focuses on sex, relationships and culture. Got tips, ideas or a first-person story? Email her

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