When It's Good, It's Great! Bren Ryder and Good Dyke Porn

To say that the Internet is cluttered with porn might be like saying sex is good. Would there even be a web if porn hadn't taken it over? The problem is that there is a significant amount of generic, boring and sex negative porn out there that takes up so much of the space. It makes finding good porn a little tricky sometimes. Which is why when someone like Bren Ryder puts out something like Good Dyke Porn™ the community stands up and takes notice. Multiple awards and much acclaim later, Bren and the site roll along through the infinite abyss of the web and its muddled mess of porn.

Sexlife Canada spoke with Bren about the business and how Good Dyke Porn™ succeeds.

SLC: How did you get involved in porn?
BR: I've always been interested in creating film independently and creating innovative, experimental short films. I majored in Film Studies in university. One day I asked myself, "How can I make a short and interesting film that people will want to watch over and over again?" Porn! Also, there is a huge gap in the adult industry that shows real lesbians having real sex and I felt like someone within the dyke community needed to stand up and dedicate themselves to making changes in the industry. Why not me?

SLC: What is ethical porn?
BR: Ethical porn considers the performer's needs as top priority. It works in a friendly and supportive environment. It creates representations that reflect consent, desire and performer agency. Ideally, it features performers of all body types, gender expressions, shades of colour, culture and ethnicity including disability, kinky preference, and shameless authenticity.

SLC: How has your work been received?
BR: I've only received positive feedback about Good Dyke Porn™. The viewers really ‘get’ it. They see that what we are creating is authentic and the raw sexuality comes across and is received for what it is, extremely hot. GoodDykePorn.com has received awards from The Feminist Porn Awards as well as multiple awards from The Naked Truth Adult Entertainment Awards here in Vancouver, BC. A few years ago I received a nomination for Visual Artist of the Year by Xtra West. And recently was voted the winner in the category, "Sex Culture Curator/Newcomer", for Curve Magazine's first annual Lesbian Awards. The only slightly negative feedback is that they want more. Except for the performers themselves and a few volunteers, I run the business by myself. So, sometimes things can take longer to create and to fund than would otherwise be the case with a larger company. I hope to improve on that in the future.

SLC: Who are some of your favourite performers to work with?
BR: My favourite performers to work with are real-life couples. I love working with hot and inspiring established queer porn performers as well, but creating scenes with unknown models who are putting themselves out there because they want to contribute to adding better representations of real queer women is my top priority. I love couples who are clearly in love with each other and have hot sex. You can see it in their eyes, the way they communicate and how they know each other’s bodies. It's beautiful.

SLC: Who are your porn inspirations?
BR: I'm really inspired by queer porn creators and performers Shine Louise Houston, Courtney Trouble, Madison Young and Buck Angel. What especially inspires me about them is their work ethic. They all work so damn hard. It's hard to keep up, for sure. But, regarding ‘keeping up’ I tend to stay away from comparing myself to others because I feel like there's so much space to create right now within the dyke/queer porn genre that we can all have our own voice and do our own thing and support each other rather than compete with one other.

SLC: As the gender spectrum grows, are you getting more requests for more diverse work?
BR: We've always been open to diversity and happily cast all genders and orientations. Very few people who we feature actually identify as ‘dyke.’ Some do, some don't. The label "dyke porn" is more about what it isn't rather than what it is. I think as time goes on and queer porn continues to grow and evolve then more and more niches will form within the genre—just like straight porn. My objective with Good Dyke Porn™ is to create as diverse a selection of scenes as possible. Our audience has very diverse preferences. They know what they don't like, so now they're looking to us to try to find something they do like. And I'm hoping to continually create scenes with all sorts of variety of gender expressions, orientations, and sexual practices.

SLC: What are some of the most popular works you've done?
BR: It's hard to say, but, actually, the most viewed scenes so far are the ones I've been in. Ha ha. I attribute that to the gorgeous femme co-stars that I've had the honour of working with. Our butch/femme scenes are very popular, hence the frequent views of the scenes I've been in. Our most searched material is transman porn, especially James Darling. He's adorably hot and we've had the opportunity to feature him a couple of times. People love that guy.

SLC: Who would you love to work with that you haven't had a chance to yet?
BR: There are a few porn superstars within the queer porn community who really stand out. I've had the opportunity to feature a variety of these people on the website and one star who's definitely missing is Jiz Lee. But, there are tons of people who I know I would love to work with both famous and unknown.

SLC: What advice would you give to an aspiring filmmaker?
BR: Focus on the content, learn your business and don't quit your day job—it's tough out there for a pornographer. That said, I continually break my last rule.

SLC: What are your future plans, for yourself and gooddykeporn.com?
BR: The plan for Good Dyke Porn™ is to stick around. We plan to continually capture authentic representations of queer women. We plan to continually improve on getting those images out to the world. We plan on turning our sexual fantasies into moving pictures for your visual pleasure.

 

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