Review: Crash Pad Series (or, the Porn I Never Knew I Needed)


Recently, I wrote about my not-so-sex-positive history with porn when I was younger. I don’t watch a lot of porn these days, and wouldn’t consider myself a connoisseur. That might sound strange coming from a sex blogger. While I appreciate porn today in a way I didn’t before feminism, I’m a busy parent. I’m also more turned on by my own imagination and erotica than by visual stimuli, so it just hasn’t been a priority.

However, when we were  offered a free month of the Crash Pad Series in exchange for a review, we couldn’t say no. We wholeheartedly believe in ethically-produced, body diverse, queer porn.

The Basics

The basic premise of the Crash Pad Series: there’s an apartment where you can meet up with someone and live out your fantasies. You must call first. If no one picks up, it’s available. If you’re in it, you must either take the phone off the hook or answer it if it rings – you can invite the callers over if you want. There’s an endless supply of gloves, condoms, and lube, and the sheets and toys are always clean. After you’ve used the key 7 times, you must pass it on to someone else. The Keymaster has cameras installed in the Crash Pad, and gets to see all the fun.

Each encounter is recorded as an episode, about 20-30 minutes long, and multiple episodes are grouped into seasons as play lists. Episodes are simply named by the performer(s) in them. There are feature-length erotic films, too. Episodes and films are downloadable. There’s also live streaming when shoots are happening, so members can be a fly on the wall at a porn shoot.

The performers can be any gender, orientation, size, ability, or kink, and anyone over 18 can apply. Crash Pad Series pays performers a flat rate based on whether it’s a half or full day shoot, not what sex acts they’re willing to perform. Performers negotiate what they want to do, and assist in planning the shoot. It’s mostly unscripted, although you’ll find a few campy performances.

Safer sex is featured prominently. The Crash Pad Series normalizes the use of barrier methods, and proves they don’t stop the action or make sex awkward.

Sex toy fans will be happy to know some of your favorite toys will appear in many of the scenes. The Magic Wand almost needs its own performer bio it appears so often.

Helpful Features

crashpadseries_lyricsealluckylouise_0s3a3489The content isn’t divided up into categories, but you can filter episodes. At first, I didn’t realize there were filters. At the top of the episode list, there are icons. You can filter episodes that feature squirting, rough play, fisting, anal, a strap-on, or BDSM. The filters stack, so if you want to see rough strap-on sex with anal play, you just click those 3 icons (you’ll have 10 episodes to choose from). I discovered you can search for certain terms in the search bar and it will filter the results. I searched for “feet” so I could avoid any toe sucking. I have a strong aversion to feet, like an anti fetish. The favorite button is a handy tool to mark off episodes or films you liked or want to watch later.

One of my favorite features of the Crash Pad Series is the collection of performer profiles. There’s a brief bio and what they’re into, a few pictures, and a list of episodes in which they’ve appeared. If you don’t usually see yourself represented in porn, you can peruse and identify people that represent you – your body type and gender – and go straight to those episodes if you like.

Our Experience

It was hard to get used to the fact that the  Crash Pad Series episodes are numbered. I just don’t like starting things in the middle. My brain has a hard time wrapping around the idea that I can watch one at random. I know each episode is its own piece, but I can’t help but think I need to watch each episode in order.

I was also intimidated by the titles of the episodes. I’m more familiar with tube sites. It wasn’t off-putting, but it was a little overwhelming at first. I had limited viewing time, and I had to pick something. I’m not the most decisive person in the first place. Do I pick names I know? Do I just watch them in order? How does this work? This got me to realize that looking for quick fix porn was a way to avoid being intentional. There was a lot of shame that went into my tube site viewing.

For us, this was less foreplay fodder and more titillating entertainment. We could watch something adults-only together as a way to spend quality time with each other. Sometimes it was more thought-provoking than arousing. There is a lot more reading and planning when picking episodes, if you’re not already familiar with the site. This sparked good conversation both before and after our viewing sessions.

crashpadseries_qviverosity_0s3a7860Personally, I wanted to challenge myself to see people outside conventional standards of beauty as sexy, sensual beings worthy of pleasure. I found this intentional exposure affirms my body positivity and allows me to see myself as a sexy, sensual being. I’m not within our society’s standards of attractiveness, and it’s been a hard road to get to a place where I can love myself and value my pleasure.

Bottom Line

The Crash Pad Series is a diverse, indie, queer porn site that challenged us and got us talking. You can’t really put a price on that, but it’s ethical to pay for your porn. Month-to-month pricing is $25. 3-month memberships are $23.33 per month. A full year is $9.99 per month, which is obviously the best deal. If you ever model for them, you get a free lifetime membership. I don’t see myself doing that any time soon, but I can say I have a new appreciation for erotic entertainment, and a little more appreciation for my own body.

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