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Feminist Porn Award & Conference – Tristan Taormino – Rachel Kramer Bussel

Glad there is a feminist porn award, women need to realize there is no shame in enjoying hot, racy, sexually explicit material.

I missed Tristan Taormino’s first Feminist Porn Conference, but the following review by Rachel Kramer Bussel has kept me informed.

Excerpt:

Organic, Fair-Trade Porn: On the Hunt for Ethical Smut

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Just what exactly is feminist porn? Rachel Kramer Bussel attends the Feminist Porn Awards to find a new generation of erotic performers and producers with a mission.

Feminism has come a long way since Robin Morgan wrote in 1974, “Pornography is the theory, and rape is the practice,”—so far, in fact, that this past weekend saw the eighth-annual Feminist Porn Awards and first Feminist Porn Conference, an offshoot of the just-published The Feminist Porn Book, in Toronto. The mood was celebratory, political, and inquisitive, showcasing a sex-positive feminism that’s about far more than leaning in, or even leaning back.

Yet as far as we’ve come, I still got asked on Facebook when posting about attending, “Is this a joke?” For Toronto sex-toy store Good for Her, organizers of the FPAs, far from it—it’s a selling point. While browsing there, I overheard a staffer touting a film by Erika Lust to a middle-aged male customer as an FPA winner. The seven jurors take their work of judging 110 submissions seriously—but not too seriously, considering they award trophies topped with a crystal butt plug for categories such as Golden Beaver (Canadian content) and Smutty Schoolteacher (sex ed), and the event expanded to a new venue to hold the approximately 550 attendees.

The very act of defining “feminist porn” is one that’s still up in the air. Certainly it’s not the Sheryl Sandberg–endorsed book Porn for Women, with its wink-wink photos of hunky topless guys doing housework, which was exquisitely skewered by online comic xkcd, nor is it “a man and a woman meet at Planet Organic after a gender studies lecture, discuss intersectionality over vegetarian food, and then go back to her flat to bone on last Sunday’s Observer,” jokingly offered up by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter in The New StatesmanDiffering definitions were offered by the awards and by the book’s authors, but all agree that a focus on genuine female pleasure plays a role. Conference organizer Tristan Taormino insisted that porn is “absolutely” the right word (instead of “erotica”). “By not using the term porn, we’re caving in to this idea that porn is low class, for men, not by us or for us.” She calls her own porn, such as FPA winner The Ultimate Guide to Pegging, “organic, free-trade porn,” and urged consumers and creators to take a page from the organic-food movement. “We have to make connections between fair labor practices even when the labor being performed is sex. If you care about the conditions under which your food was made and the conditions under which your jeans were made, then you should care about the conditions under which your pornography is made. You should be willing to pay a little more.”

The use of “feminist” was a bit more controversial.

Read More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/13/free-trade-organic-porn-on-the-hunt-for-ethical-smut.html

BetterSex.com Erotic Fiction Contest $4,000 in Prizes

Enter your fictional story on one of the top 10 female fantasies to win one of several prizes. Detailed information below:

Grand Prize

Winning story will receive $750 cash.

2nd Prize

2nd place story will receive $500 cash.

3rd Prize

3rd place story will receive $250 cash.

Contest Instructions

Copy and paste your 3,000 word or less story on one of the top 10 female fantasies in the space provided. Additionally, please email your 500 word summary of your story with the subject line as the title of the story to erotic.fiction.entry {at} gmail.com. Top 10 female fantasies are in no particular order: Sex with a stranger, Dominating a man, Being submissive to a man, Threesome with another man, Threesome with another woman, Voyeurism, Exhibitionism, Erotic dancing/stripping, Role playing, Sex in a public place.

Prize EligibilityOnly persons residing in Canada and United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter.Contest StartsMay 01, 2013 @ 12:01 am (EDT)Contest EndsMay 31, 2013 @ 11:59 am (EDT)Need more Details?Read the Official Rules