September 23, 2008

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The Feminist Porn Awards happen every year in Toronto. They were started by the Good For Her sex store in downtown Toronto, a sex shop which has women and trans only hours each week to ensure women and trans people feel they have a safe space to buy sex toys for their pleasure without fear of being harrassed or oggled. The Feminist Porn Awards celebrate porn that portrays women as active participants who enjoy sex,have different body types, and come from every race, religion and ethnicity. They celebrate porn that appeals to people who come from a variety of sexual preferences and orientations. This doesn't mean the Feminist Porn Awards are anti-men - they love men who get off on film, but only when they get the ladies off nicely, too.

The Femininist Porn Awards are a sex-positive attempt to celebrate the people in an industry who are trying to make porn better for everyone - men and women alike - who is offended, or just plain not turned on, but popular pornography, which can often be the same repetitive schoolgirl/teacher skit replayed again and again. Not that that can never be sexy. Some women like to be passive some of the time in sex, and might even want to watch other women play the passive part. We don't all always like to be the aggressor. And, truth be told, in my opinion, a passive woman being featured in mainstream porn wouldn't be offensive at all - as long as passive men were shown roughly as often, allowing the women to be the aggressors some of the time.

So, if, as a feminist, you want the ability to watch porn from time to time or even all the time, the Feminist Porn Awards try to make the pornographers who make the stuff you want to see - but probably don't know about - more visible.

So, if the Feminist Porn Awards have piqued your interest, you can buy tickets to attend the show each year and even attend their workshops on Harbourd Street in Toronto during the year (if you happen to live here). But, no matter where you live, you can go to their website, here, and read all about their mission and mandate. As Annie Sprinkle says, "The answer to bad porn isn't no porn. It's more porn!"

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