James Franco is producing a documentary about kink.com, by far the most financially successful BDSM porn producers around.

I'm pretty underwhelmed by this news. This fits pretty well into Franco's brand, so no surprises there, and the trailer is nothing new for those familiar with Kink. Will this bring BDSM to a wider audience? Maybe, but I'm doubtful that many vanilla people will be converted by the Kink aesthetic, which (and I say this as a sometimes consumer of Kink) is still very porn-y and can be pretty rough even for BDSM aficionados.

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I guess I just feel like there are lots of possibilities for kink-focused documentaries that would be more interesting than looking at Kink. Kink.com has a reputation for being female-friendly and a good place for its models to work, but to my mind a lot of the actual content is still very male-driven and pretty much the same stuff we get in mainstream porn except with more bondage and pain. I often find myself fast-forwarding through endless face-fucking scenes, for example - and while the models may be happy to engage in that themselves, it contributes to the overriding premise of porn that women are there to have their faces fucked, like it or not. Kink has also displayed some dodgy dealings with models on KinkLive, their cam site, so I'm not 100% sold on the Kink brand as an 'ethical' employer.

So what would I like to see? Documentaries on indie or female kink porn producers would be amazing. What about racial, sexual and body diversity in kink? It would be great to see some non-heteronormative, non-white kinky shit for a change! (Yes, I know that these do exist but they're still far less common than the all-white male top/female sub dynamic as far as porn goes and Kink hasn't exactly made enormous strides in those areas.) Kink.com is such a huge brand right now that they're practically mainstream themselves, so I'm not sure what this documentary is meant to accomplish other than giving publicity to both Franco and Kink.