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Moving Beyond the Money Shot: Feminist Porn Awards

Organized by a woman-owned sex-toy shop in Toronto, Ontario and located in a church, the Feminist Porn Awards just might win the title of most ironic award competition, uh, ever—and maybe the most outrageously fun and sexy one too!

Now I'm familiar with the ongoing porn vs. feminism debates. I've read Andrea Dworkin and Annie Sprinkle, and to be honest, I sorta see both sides. At some point I gave up trying to pick a team. Instead, I opt to enjoy what I enjoy, and advocate against what I see as problematic. This means I go to performances like the Sex Workers' Art Show and Margaret Cho's "The Sensuous Woman," and question the potentially harmful effects when the porn sold on the streets of Kolkata features white women being dominated and demeaned by Indian men. (Anyone looking for a dissertation topic on pornography and British colonialism?)

The Feminist Porn Awards this past weekend attracted many types of women. From lipstick femme to patchouli-wearing earthy mamas, they all come for the same reason: to be titillated and entertained in a non-judgmental atmosphere where no one has to hide their 'scandalous' identities. (What? You're a feminist?! What? You like porn?!) After a bit of chatting, the show began…

According to the Feminist Porn Awards website, a film must meet at least one of the following criteria in order to be eligible for an award: "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." Personally, I think number 2 is too subjective and number 1 is too essentialist, but I can get down with number 3.

By the end of the evening, guests had watched clips of the nominated films; been entertained by the likes of Raging Asian Women, Coco La Crème, Daddy K and the Rhythm Method, and DJ Nik Red; cheered for the winners of categories like "Heartthrob of the Year" and "Steamiest Trans Scene"; and had been exposed to lots of queer, feminist, transgender, and transgressive sex to get you ready for May--which is, after all, National Masturbation Month. Oh, and did I mention that they raised $1,400 for Sexual Health, Education and Pleasure Project (SHEPP) to provide free workshops to youth and other marginalized communities? Feminist porn is all about the love.

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I heart Toronto. That's my

I heart Toronto. That's my kind of town. Good For Her is awesome sauce.

Female Pleasure

While sex work is both political and personal and widely discussed, what often gets
pushed to the sidelines is a discussion on female pleasure. See "Intimate Lines: Know thy
Clitoris" by Rebecca Chalker at On The Issues Magazine for a thorough description.

http://www.ontheissuesmagazine.com/2009spring/2009spring_Chalker.php

hey!

I am sad b/c the links do not work.

links should work now!

sorry bout that

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i was at this! it was

i was at this! it was awesome!!

yes, #1 is a problem

I think the whole thing is a great idea, but I think criteria #1 undermines the whole point (or much of it anyway). Porn that treats women with respect will never make it into the mainstream if this award insists that it must be made by women. It would be great if some of the traditional porn creators (mainly men) could learn about what feminist porn is all about, see the error of their ways, change the content of their films, and be validated by an award like this.

#1 Just says that at least

#1 Just says that at least one woman has to work somewhere in the production of the film. That doesn't mean big name porn producers/directors that are already out there can't make a feminist porn. They just need to have a woman helping them write it, or really doing any kind of behind the scenes work. This is important to the concept of feminist porn because it is suppose to break down the way woman are only treated as objects to look at, and therefore actual treating women as creators, by giving them off camera jobs, actually makes the entire production more feminist, even if it can't be seen on screen. Also, you're kidding yourself if you think mainstream porn producers are going to start making feminist porn.

I'm glad that women can

I'm glad that women can express openly that they enjoy porn too. Can you find something sexier than a self-confident and intelligent women trying to change the "Boys Club" of an industry? My sincere congratulations to all the nominees and upcoming award winners!

Nice pic :)

wow nice pic , i like the vintage camera :)

some of the links arent

some of the links arent working for me either. I belive we are sexual beings by nature and we should be able to explore our sexuality if its in a safe manner.

www.artificialfaketrees.com

links working now..

i just checked you link and it seems to be working ... how about mine ?

http://SexToyRick.com