I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away courtesy of Good For Her to Provocative. Public. Porn: The Years Best in Feminist Film. Event is this Thursday April 19th from 9:30pm-11:30pm at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West). The screening is in support of the 2012 Feminist Porn Awards will feature a screening of selected nominated films by filmmakers Erika Lust, Buck Angel, Nenna and N Maxwell Lander. Directors will be in attendance for a moderated discussion and Q&A afterwards hosted by CoCo La Crème.
You can enter in the following ways:
– Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Comment on this post with your email so I can get in touch
– Tweet or DM me @notsosimplesex
Winner will be chosen at 10am Thursday April 19th.
Just the other night I had my volunteer training for the 7th annual Feminist Porn Awards. It got me so excited about the event and excited to share what feminist porn is, why it’s important and why celebrate it. I’m sure it didn’t hurt that I won some free feminist porn – Tristan Taormino’s Rough Sex #3: Adrianna’s Dangerous Mind – review to come soon. Also – be sure to read down to the very bottom for some insider tips, as well as stay tuned for my four part series on musically driven vibrator manufacturer OhMiBod with reviews on the Freestyle, Freestyle W and Club Vibe 2.oh. As always, if you have any questions, seeking advice or things you’d love to see articles on – check out my contact page.
Feminist Porn Awards: How It All Began
It all started with local boutique adult store Good For Her. Their philosophy of creating a sex-positive space that appreciates all sexualities, fluidity of gender identity, and their commitment to high quality and body friendly materials makes them one of the best choices in the GTA for adult products including porn. As a store run by feminists they decided in 2006 that its not enough to just criticize the adult film industry for misrepresenting both men’s and women’s sexuality – they needed to take action and be part of the solution. Most porn people see (specifically on free porn websites online PornHub, Spankwire, XVideos, Redtube, YouPorn) is shared illegally and is of poor quality. Vital things such as age verification can never be guaranteed, and in the case of amateur videos consent of the actors is difficult to verify. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. Next up we have all the little things that hinder enjoyment of the video – cheesy music, cliche plot lines, cookie-cutter body shapes, unflattering camera angles (no I do not want to see a closeup of a dude’s taint), objectification and degradation. This is porn that at its very best is fine to get off to – but leaves you feeling gross and like you should clear your browsing history. Immediately.
Good For Her used porn star and performance artist Annie Sprinkle’s famous words when they say;
“The answer to bad porn isn’t no porn…it’s to try and make better porn!” – Annie Sprinkle
As a result the Feminist Porn Awards began in 2006 as an annual adult video awards gala and screening night as a way to celebrate those creating erotic media (educational, and plain ol regular porn) with a “feminist sensibility”. With a belief that sexuality and erotic fantasy is dynamic and that women deserve a more empowering role in the adult film industry to create sex-positive, body-positive and gender-positive porn for everyone to enjoy.
“Good For Her wants porn to be held to a higher standard. We all deserve to see artistic expressions that celebrate who we are in all our glory, and artists deserve to have there work recognized. For these reasons, and many more, we are honoured to be the presenter and founders of the Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards.”
Now I know some of you have approached me with this question already – but what IS feminist porn, and what makes a film a Feminist Porn Award winner? According to the FPA website the criteria for a nominee is as follows;
In order to be considered for a Feminist Porn Award, the movie/short/website/whatever! must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1) A woman had a hand in the production, writing, direction, etc. of the work.
2) It depicts genuine female pleasure
3) It expands the boundaries of sexual representation on film and challenges stereotypes that are often found in mainstream porn.
And of course, it has to be hot!
Overall, Feminist Porn Award winners tend to show movies that consider a female viewer from start to finish. This means that you are more likely to see active desire and consent, real orgasms, and women taking control of their own fantasies (even when that fantasy is to hand over that control).
I’m very excited to be able to a part of this event and volunteer my time. I get to meet other sex-positive feminists, as well as check in VIPs (meeting porn stars and producers eeee!). Most importantly, I get to take a stand for what I know to be a part of the industry that is often overlooked because of the ‘boys club’ atmosphere. These women and men are AMAZINGLY talented. I also get to dress up because its a gala with a dress code of pretty much ANYTHING. Or almost nothing. So I have still yet to pick out an outfit.
Insider Tip: The VIP swag bag that is included with the VIP tickets is going to include a Lelo vibrator! That in itself is worth over $120 (not too shabby if you’re in the market for a luxe toy and want to save yourself a few bucks). Not to mention the rest of the bag with items from The Everything To Do With Sex Show, Fun Factory and more! Plus you’ll get tickets to the Public.Provocative.Porn: The Year’s Best in Feminist Film screening of nominees (with priority seating) as well as Entry to the Seventh Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards (including VIP pre-party from 8-9pm and priority seating). Its going to be an amazingly fun night, with fun people and did I mention there is a bar?
Second Insider Tip: Do you shy away from porn? Do you find porn you’ve seen to be mostly offensive, degrading and it does the opposite of turn you on? Or perhaps you watch it alone but would like to spice things up and try watching it with a partner? Skip YouPorn and watch some stuff by Erika Lust. Its sexy and classy. A great way to bring watching porn into a relationship with ease. Check out her stuff here. My favs are Life Love Lust (watch) and Five Hot Stories For Her (watch)
For more info about the 2012 Feminist Porn Awards go here and to purchase tickets head over to Good For Her (175 Harbord St. Toronto) or purchase online
In the meantime – advice for what to wear? Im thinking something classy, but still sexy in a sultry kind of way. Obviously that needs to include plenty of cleavage. If anyone knows of any stores for non-matronly clothing for curvy/busty girls please let me know!