Whatever your views on pornography, if you’re teaching and writing about porn it’s time to pay attention to all of the feminist work that’s being done in this area. You might disagree about its value, you might wonder what counts as feminist, but what’s not on any longer is to talk about pornography as if it were only made by men for men.
April in Toronto means it’s time for the Feminist Porn Awards. This year it’s the 8th annual Feminist Porn Awards. If you’ve never been I highly recommend it. here is also an academic conference attached to the main event, the awards ceremony.
Here is what Good for Her has to say about founding and sponsoring the awards:
“But wait, what is feminism doing getting into bed with porn? At Good For Her, we are feminists and we sell and rent porn. In 2006 we decided that it’s not enough to criticize adult films for not adequately representing the diversity of women’s, trans folk’s- and in many cases, men’s – sexuality. So we decided to do something about it. As porn star and performance artist Annie Sprinkle famously said, “The answer to bad porn isn’t no porn…it’s to try and make better porn!” Good For Her couldn’t agree more. We acknowledge that what one person finds “bad porn”, another may enjoy. We believe that the world is inundated with cheesy, cliche, degrading, and patronizing porn with little diversity. But we also believe that erotic fantasy is powerful, and that women and marginalized communities who do not identify with the mainstream offerings deserve to put their dreams and desires on film, too. As feminists and sex-positive people, we want to showcase and honour those who are creating erotic media with a feminist sensibility that differs from what porn typically offers.
Good For Her wants porn to be held to a high standard. We all deserve to see artistic expressions that celebrate the diversity of who we are in all our glory, and artists deserve to have their 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.”
Here’s the links:
Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards, April 4th-6th, 2013