I’m not gonna lie, VR porn kind of weirds me out a little bit. On one hand, I’m excited at the prospect of new technology enabling us to do new things and explore new fantasies. On the other hand, I still get a little squicked out by HD porn mainly because, well, there are some parts of the body that I just don’t think were meant to be viewed in HD, you know? And with VR porn, there’s a clear opportunity to get up close in personal in ways we haven’t before.

That’s why I’m excited that an adult filmmaker who’s a bit outside the mainstream is getting into the VR porn game. Angie Rowntree, founder of Sssh.com, just released her first VR erotic film in collaboration with Pervout.com. Called “Empowering Ava,” XBIZ reports that the plot follows the story of a “well-known erotic novelist” whose new book involves pegging. Her husband is very interested in the idea and since Ava likes to base her books on real experiences, they go for it.

Rowntree told XBIZ that “erotic storytelling has just gone from being very flat and one dimensional to multidimensional,” which is exactly what can be said about this move from traditional filmmaking to VR. In traditional film, the viewer can only get one perspective at at ime — whether it’s of an anonymous cameraperson or a POV film with a more obvious perspective — whereas in VR, you’re able to move around much more freely and truly experience different viewpoints. And Rowntree believes that this new approach is perfect for her audience.

“When I started looking at what other adult directors have done with VR, most of them shoot from a first-person point of view, with the idea of a man watching from the standpoint of a participant in the sex scene,” Rowntree told XBIZ. “I think virtual reality is great for that, but my audience is primarily women. With the dynamic storytelling model, the viewer is immersed in the story with the ability to explore the environment and decide for themselves which angles and perspectives from which to watch the movie unfold, whether it’s sex or dialogue.”

And with that description, I’m no longer nervous about VR porn mainly because, frankly, it makes it sounds more like erotica. (Also, quick note: The film can be explored and viewed even without VR glasses, so don’t let lack of tech hold you back.) One of the things I’ve always loved about erotica in comparison with visual porn is the ability to “move around” in the space — because the space in your head. Visual porn often feels too restrictive to me, like I’m being forced to look at one thing and one thing only. If Rowntree has figured out a way to use this new tech to make porn a space that we can move around in? I’m so all about it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again until hopefully it doesn’t have to be said anymore: We need more porn with more diverse perspectives. And now, with “Empowering Ava,” I’m going to add one more: We need more porn with more diverse perspectives produced on more types of technology. It’s the awesome next step.

Image: Sssh.com

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