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Toronto's Good For Her Presents the Second Annual Feminist Porn Awards and 10th Anniversay Party

Edited by Chanelle Gallant

Join host, comedian trey anthony and feminist pornographers from Canada , UK and the US , for an x-rated celebration of feminista porn, and to mark Good For Her’s 10th anniversary as Canada ’s premiere female-oriented sex-toy, book and video shop and workshop centre. On Thursday, June 1 at 8:00pm, come experience a unpredictable night of performance and progressive porn at the Gladstone Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West.

Aren’t feminism and porn oxymorons? Good For Her is comprised of feminists who sell and rent porn. In 2006 they decided that it wasn’t enough to criticize adult films for not adequately representing women’s — and in many cases — male sexuality, and inaugurated the Feminist Porn Awards. This year’s celebration brings together a group of incredible filmmakers who are changing how women and people of colour are represented in adult films...

Anna Span is the UK’s first female porn director. She has an MA in philosophy, having written her thesis on women and pornography. Simone Valentino who starred in the first erotic film aimed at women of colour, directed by a woman of colour. Shine Louise Houston is the only queer woman of colour with a distribution deal for her erotic films. Peggy Comstock and her partner Tony are innovators of a new style of indie-documentary porn which features real life couples.

Directly due to the 2006 Awards, Good For Her’s porn sales tripled, proving that people are eager for an alternative. They want progressive porn that represents women differently, caters to a wide variety of tastes and offers relief from the mainstream porn aesthetic.

Good for Her believes that sexual representation is political, and that women deserve to have porn that shows sexuality in its fullness. They wanted to introduce the world to adult films whereby women have a voice in how sex is represented; a world where women experience authentic pleasure and are not reduced to tired sexual stereotypes. As 2006 winner and Village Voice columnist, Tristan Taormino says "Feminist porn both responds to dominant images with alternative ones and creates its own iconography."

This year’s awards will feature more porn, more performances, porn karaoke, drag, burlesque, a special screening of the Scandelles short Give Piece of Ass A Chance conceived by Sasha Van Bon Bon, and directed by Bruce La Bruce. Other highlights include a roundtable Q&A moderated by CoCo La Crème, giveaways and much more.

About Good For Her: Since 1997, Good For Her, located on 175 Harbord Street , has been creating a uniquely comfortable environment where women and men can feel comfortable learning about sex and pleasure. Good For Her provides quality sex toys, erotic and educational books and DVDs and education that empowers and celebrates the diversity of women’s sexuality.

About The Feminist Porn Awards: The Feminist Porn Awards or the Emma’s are named in honour of the pro-sex rebel feminist Emma Goldman (1869 –1940) who rejected any control over women’s bodies or sexuality. The Emma’s salute her anarchist sex positive spirit.

The Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards & 10th Anniversary Party

Friday June 1, 8pm/ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – 1214 Queen St West / $15 advance $18 door

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