A quick Google of ‘can porn be feminist?’ throws up an impressive range of articles shouting varying degrees of ‘of course’ and ‘absolutely not’.

Most importantly, the question is raised of whether you can be a feminist and still consume, and dare I say even enjoy, porn.

I think it’s safe to say that whether you’ve had one night of curiosity, or you’re a regular viewer, our most familiar form of porn is on the likes of Pornhub; a decidedly non-feminist platform I hope we can all agree.

But once you sift through the Daily Mail articles with their scathing titles of ‘Does porn really degrade women?’, you might just stumble across others describing the rise in female adult film directors and bloggers, paving the way for a more realistic and ultimately safer style of porn.

While you might not agree wholeheartedly with the existence of the porn industry, our existence in a society largely fuelled by sex, means that it won’t be going away anytime soon.

This newly emerging style of adult film places the emphasis on real couples engaging in real sex, as opposed to promoting the unrealistic acts featured in mainstream porn. With women taking leaps and strides recently in reclaiming autonomy over their own bodies, both privately and through major international movements, it certainly seems that ‘feminist’ and ‘adult-film actress’ are increasingly compatible terms in the context of this new style. The deeply embedded stigma surrounding women exploring their own sexuality means that the porn industry will remain tailored to the male gaze for the foreseeable future.

However, these (female) directors, bloggers and trailblazers offer a glimmer of hope that we are moving towards a style of porn that is as empowering and ultimately, feminist as its ever going to get.