The Queer Porn Mafia: Redefining identity, sex and feminism through commodified sexuality | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2055-5695
  • E-ISSN: 2055-5709



This article explores the queering of identity and industry in relation to the selflabelled Queer Porn Mafia (QPM), a group of US queer and feminist porn producers and performers. Through in-depth interviews with ten key QPM colleagues, it explores the meanings of ‘queer’ and ‘feminism’ for queer adult film performers and producers. It examines ‘queer’ as both an identity and a politics in the business practices of queer porn and in the relationship between queer porn and the mainstream porn industry. It then interrogates the relationship between ‘queer’ and ‘feminism’ for queer porn performers and producers, arguing that the Queer Porn Mafia is evidence that commercial forms of resistance can be effective tools of representation, visibility and community building. The article concludes with a discussion of how the Queer Porn Mafia’s critique of heteronormative gender, sex and desire illuminates the limitations of feminism as identity and practice for those who queer gender, sex and activism. It demonstrates how the politics of queer porn challenge feminist notions of the relationship between sex and the market as well as disconcerting remnants of gender essentialism in feminist thought.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...
  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): community building; feminism; identity; pornography; queer; resistance
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error