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Gwyneth Paltrow and Jada Pinkett Smith say porn is harmful to women. These female adult-content creators disagree.

Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and Gwyneth Paltrow discussed various problems of porn on Red Table Talk, to the annoyance of women who create adult content. (Photo: Red Table Talk via Facebook) Gwyneth Paltrow and Jada Pinkett Smith dissed porn last week when the two sat down for a discussion on Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, with the host saying it "has really messed us up" and that "the woman’s pleasure doesn’t matter, it’s not even thought about." Paltrow, meanwhile, noted porn is "doing such a disservice" to women and young girls . Now their opinions are prompting backlash from at least one camp — that of women who are makers of feminist, pro-sex adult content.

"I get very frustrated when people use the word ‘porn’ like it’s one big homogenous mess — that’s like using the word ‘literature’ to say it’s all the same,” says Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO of Make Love Not Porn , a social platform that "is not a competitor to porn" but "an utterly unique and very badly needed counterpoint to porn." The landscape of porn, she tells Yahoo Life, "is like the landscape of literature, with just as many genres and subgenres."

Adds Erika Lust , Swedish indie adult-film director, "Porn is not a monolithic entity — it’s part of a discourse on sexuality, sex and gender and it mirrors our society." Or at least it should, she notes.

Courtney Trouble, the founder of NoFauxxx , "the indie porn revolution; subversive smut made by ladies, artists, and queers," agrees, telling Yahoo Life, "This is the second time this year I’ve heard that porn is harmful to either women or men and frankly it’s gender essentialist and limited in scope. What is hurtful when celebrities talk about porn is that they’re doing it without any sense of porn literacy." Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO of Make Love Not Porn — "a very badly needed counterpoint to porn." (Photo courtesy of CIndy Gallop) That’s part of what Lilly Sparks — founder of afterglow , described as "high-quality erotic content curated for sexual wellness, focused on pleasure for everyone" — called out in her recent piece for The Daily Beast , " Hey Gwyneth Paltrow and Jada Pinkett Smith: You Don’t Know Sh*t About Porn ." In it, she noted that the idea of porn being harmful is not "backed up by science or data," and pointed out that one survey (albeit from 2015) found that 70 percent of women watch porn at least a few times a month.

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