11 Best Sex Documentaries For Netflix and Chill
Who doesn't love Netflix? We certainly do, and not just because it's offered us the opportunity to share the documentary series Frisky Business (filmed at Lovehoney HQ) with all of you. Also showing on our favorite streaming service are some of the best sex documentaries ever made. I've made a list of these must-watch sex shows for your convenience. All you need is a Netflix account and some snacks and your evening-in is all set.
1. "Frisky Business" (2014)
Of course, we had to start with this one! This 6 part Lifetime show goes behind-the-scenes at our very own Lovehoney warehouse in Bath, UK. Viewers get a cheeky peek into the antics of our very interesting work environment and see why we're one of the fastest-growing online sex toy companies on the planet.
What it's about: Life at Lovehoney and the development of the ROCKBOX Finger Thrusting Vibrator.
What the critics say: "Like the sperm’s journey to find a forever home, Lovehoney’s journey from a small start up in Bath to sex toy world dominator is equally explosive." - Scallywag
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2. "Bettie Page Reveals All" (2012)
Take an look at one of the world's most recognized sex symbols, and our favorite bondage queen. Watch the story told in Bettie's own words for the first time. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori reveals the real Bettie Page via audio interviews taped a decade before she passed in 2008.
What it's about: The original bondage and pin-up queen's modeling career and her rise to notoriety, all in her own words.
What the critics say: "The best thing about this documentary portrait of the beloved 1950s pin-up is its meaty narration, courtesy of Page herself, speaking in the low, slightly gravelly register of an aging Southern belle." - Washington Post
Best Enjoyed With: Bettie Page Collection
3. "Orgasm Inc." (2009)
Watch drug companies race to develop the first FDA-approved "Viagra" for women. Take a look inside the cash-fueled pharmaceutical industry and the medicalization of sexuality, including the creation of "Female Sexual Dysfunction" as an ailment. With appearances from Kim Airs, Dr. Carol Queen and more.
What it's about: Viagra and ED drugs are prevalent, but big pharma also sees big money in finding a magical sex pill for the ladies.
What the critics say: “By taking a playful approach to a deeply serious subject, [the director] explores the link between female sexuality and corporate profits with a style that's as entertaining as it is revelatory." - New York Times Movie Review
Best Enjoyed With: Doxy Extra Powerful US Massage Wand Vibrator
4. "After Porn Ends" (2012)
This documentary answers the question: "Where are they now?" Take a look at how a number of adult film stars have adjusted to "normal" life after they leave the business. Among the famous names profiled are Seka, Amber Lynn, and Mary Carey.
What it's about:What life is like after working as talent in the porn industry.
What the critics say: "There are a number of people who make up the porn industry, and what they do after porn is just as varied. What Bryce Wagoner’s film does is to allow its subjects to tell their stories. It doesn’t judge them, nor does it look to be salacious. These are interesting people, with interesting things to say and lives led." - Bill's Movie Emporium
Best Enjoyed With: Fleshlight Girls
5. "Unhung Hero" (2013)
Patrick's girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal on a basketball game jumbotron and it goes viral. Her reason: Patrick's penis is small. This is his journey as he confronts ex-girlfriends, doctors, anthropologists, and porn stars. Patrick circles the globe in an attempt to answer the age old question: Does size really matter?
What it's about: One man's journey to love himself and accept his most private parts.
What the critics say: "From (his) hometown near Seattle … to the sexually liberated Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco to a condom factory in Malaysia, an oil-injecting tribe in Papua New Guinea and the plastic surgery capital of the world in Korea — what starts as a narcissistic endeavor becomes a larger examination of male insecurity." - latimes.com
Best Enjoyed With: Penis Pumps
6. "American Courtesans" (2013)
American Courtesans takes you into the underground world of the American sex worker. A world usually inaccessible to the general public bears its soul with truth and humor.
What it's about: A sex positive look at sex workers in America from their own perspectives told via one-on-one interviews.
What the critics say: "The film became very positive, sometimes funny, and even if the women in the story had their bad experiences they moved on and believed in themselves, they got up, and went further. Not everyone would understand this way of life, but it is a story about personal choices and about letting people live how they want. It's about being free.” - ecu film festival
Best Enjoyed With: Sexy Lingerie
7. "La Bare" (2014)
Magic Mike's Joe Manganiello gets behind the camera for LA BARE, a documentary film that goes behind scenes of the popular male strip club by the same name located in Dallas, TX. Featuring a unique ensemble of the club's most popular dancers.
What it's about: Originally conceived as a reality series, shows the real lives of real male strippers.
What the critics say: "Manganiello's research for playing his role in "Magic Mike" had pierced through his preconceived notions of what male strippers were like, and he was curious to learn more. "La Bare" shows its reality TV origin in its structure, to sometimes a clichéd degree, but overall it is a friendly and affectionate backstage look at the world of the mostly-straight male dancers at La Bare." - Roger Ebert
Best Enjoyed With: Male Stripper Outfits
8. "Back Issues" (2014)
The definitive documentary on Hustler Magazine, from Larry Flint's strip club business to his journey into explicit porn. Take a look at the personalities and features that made Hustler sexy and equally controversial. Director Michael Lee Nirenberg's father was one of the magazine's original art directors in the '70s and '80s.
What it's about: The golden age of nudie mags.
What the critics say: "There is much ground to cover in the story of Larry Flynt, and Nirenberg puts it together in a swift package, interspersing the revealing interviews with fast flips through Hustler's back pages, as well as the many headlines accrued by the notorious Mr. Flynt, Hustler's seemingly immortal clown prince." - The Cleveland Movie Blog
Best Enjoyed With: Erotic Books
9. "Kink" (2013)
Produced by James Franco, this documentary takes a look inside the Kink.com armory and introduces the people who produce BDSM porn consumed around the world. This film aims to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, showing a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who truly love the work they do.
What it's about: The diverse group of people who make BDSM porn at Kink.com.
What the critics say: "(A) fascinating profile of the online pornography provider Kink.com, the go-to destination for bondage and sadomasochism enthusiasts." - The New York Times
Best Enjoyed With: DOMINIX
10. "Paris is Burning" (1990)
This witty and profound documentary reveals the community of New York's gay black and Latino drag queens. Dressing as women and championing the origins of "voguing". An inside look at the rituals of the emerging urban drag-queen subculture.
What it's about:The drag pageant scene in NYC in the '80s. This is the history of drag long before Rupaul.
What the critics say: "The ultimate object isn’t simply to become a beautiful woman but to be ”real” — to duplicate, with utter perfection, the form and essence of a straight person." - Entertainment Weekly
Best Enjoyed With: Wigs
11. "The Loving Story" (2011)
Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was considered illegal. Loving was white, and his bride and the mother of his children was black and Native American. Watch newly discovered home movie footage of the couple and their courageous young lawyers as they confront racist laws and change the country.
What it's about:The story of the supreme court case legalizing interracial marriage in the US - Loving v. Virginia
What the critics say:"“The Loving Story,” rescues the Lovings from the perfunctory realm of footnotes and newspaper clippings and brings them into a more emotional light." - Washington Post
Best Enjoyed With: Corset Magazine Interview
Image Credits: Single Spark Pictures, orgasminc.org, imdb.com
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