This page describes the rating system we use. There is also some information on the various "features" that are noted in the reviews.
For individual scenes
Pleasure, Passion, and Balance
There are also more detailed ratings concerning particular aspects of the scenes. These were originally rated on a three-point scale: ❌, ✓, ♀. Later, however (around summer 2017), we decided we needed to make more distinctions so we transitioned to a new scale: ✘, ✔-, ✔+, ⚧.
A scene that would have gotten ❌ in the old system still gets ✘ in the new one. A ✓ in the old system is probably a ✔- in the new one, but there are some occasions when it might be ✔+. It's mostly the scenes rated ♀ in the old system that we wanted to distinguish. Most of these would probably be rated only ✔+ in the new system. Only the very best will earn the new ⚧ (queer) rating.
We started doing these sorts of ratings only in July 2013, after the site had been up and running for a while. So many of the older scenes do not have them.
The categories, and the meanings of the various ratings, are as follows.
Is female sexual pleasure prioritized in the scene?
Old Scale(Note that we have written this as if there were only one female performer. In scenes with more than one, of course all of them will be taken into account.)
Does the scene appear to present an authentic sexual encounter involving people who are genuninely attracted to each other and who want to have sex together?
Is the video presentation of the scene dominated by the "male gaze"?
For collections of vignettes
The overall rating is based upon the average rating of the scenes, with overall impression rounding the average up or down, if need be.
There are also ratings for Pleasure, Passion, and Balance, as above. These are just averages for the various scenes.
For movies with plots
Starting in summer 2017, there are also ratings for Pleasure, Passion, and Balance, as above. These are just averages for the various scenes.