Read the full article by Tracy Clark-Flory at Jezebel.com

[Bree] Mills is the 37-year-old creator of Pure Taboo, a subscription porn site and production studio that specializes in just what it sounds like. There are creepy doctors, corrupt cops, and perverted teachers, but the site’s real specialty is faux incest or “fauxcest”—fictionalized films that depict sex between non-blood relatives. The studio launched last year, following Mills’s success with Girlsway, a popular lesbian-themed porn site, but its quality and twisted storylines have already made it a whispered-about standout in the industry.

But it’s Mills who is developing a reputation—not just as an industry force, but also for making some of the darkest content available in today’s mainstream adult business. As such, she represents a challenge to frequent assumptions about women porn directors.

Porn industry insiders and viewers alike can’t make sense of her: a woman, and a lesbian, no less, rising fast within a still largely male-dominated industry by making films that arouse men—who comprise roughly 90 percent of Pure Taboo’s subscribers—and sometimes disturb them. Often her films do both.

Fauxcest isn’t anything new. In fact, as Mills points out, incest themes are found in some of the classic porn films of the ’70s and ’80s. It has, however, been on the rise in recent years.

But Mills is doing something that is frowned upon even within an industry that revels in taboos: taking fauxcest seriously. She approaches it with a realism and degree of emotional gravity that she says goes against accepted wisdom about how to handle such a third-rail topic.

When a feminist porn director like Erika Lust calls for more women to get behind the camera in order to change the content of porn, this certainly is not what she is picturing. But Mills says she has a different political focus and mission: she wants to give performers a chance to flex their acting skills. “I’m not going to subscribe to assuming we have to put something out at a lower quality because it’s got this label attached to it,” she said. “I want to challenge what we can do within adult.”

She’s also had women porn performers write Pure Taboo films based off of their own emotionally fraught experiences—including a film about abuse written by Lena Paul, and a film about body-shaming written by Angela White. Mills says she is hoping to carve out space for performers to do work that is taken seriously—and that, she says, “lets me sleep at night.”

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