PVV – the 2013 Feminist Porn Awards!!

The 2013 Good for Her Feminist Porn Awards are coming!! And the nominees were just announced!! The awards are going to… – wait, what? Feminist Porn Awards? Feminist PORN Awards?

You seem confused, but don’t worry – I was confused about the Feminist Porn Awards (FPA) when I first heard about them, too. Good thing I’ve written about the FPAs before – go here for some greatly detailed detail. But, briefly…

Canadian adult store Good For Her‘s Feminist Porn Awards are an annual ceremony that began in 2006. And, like any good social justice project, the FPAs are constantly evolving – even in their basic message, which has been adjusted some since last year. According to Good For Her and the event organizers:

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. (here)

I love the “constantly evolving” nature of this mission statement (mission statement?) – some changes from just last year are the inclusion of trans folks and the addition of: “We acknowledge that what one person finds ‘bad porn,’ another may enjoy.”

I love that!! I love that Good For Her is willing to both accept the idea that not everyone likes the same things AND focus on content areas they find most meaningful and uplifting. And though I’m not sure I fully agree that “the world is inundated with cheesy, cliche, degrading, and patronizing porn with little diversity” and though I still don’t understand why women, men, and trans folks only have one sexuality…

(ie “women’s sexuality” as it currently reads vs women’s sexualitites… there is no such thing as a universal “women’s sexuality” – all ladies don’t have, like, think, and/or do sex stuff in the same way… and neither do all men, and neither do all trans folks)

…I love that Good For Her is constantly evolving and refining. Everything is a process, and I love that they are willing to engage theirs!!

If you would like to read Good For Her’s statement from last year and an in-depth critical discussion of some socio-epistemological (not a real word) things having to do with the FPAs, go here.

 

This year’s Feminist Porn Awards will be held April 4-6, 2013. A list of the films and websites that have been nominated for something this year is here.

I am happy to have engaged content from nominees Erika Lust, Madison Young & Girlfriends Films, Brad Armstrong & Wicked Pictures, Camille Crimson & ArtOfBlowJob.com, and Kelly Shibari & Monarchy Distribution during 2012 – Feminist Porn Awards power!!

 

PVV and 2013 Feminist Porn Award Nominees

Review of Erika Lust’s Cabaret Desire (2011) –> here

Review of Madison Young’s and Girlfriends Films’ Fixed Gears, Fast Girls (2012) —> here

Review of Kelly Shibari’s Kelly Shibari is Overloaded (2012) —> here – A PVV Recommended Film!!

Review of Camille Crimson’s ArtOfBlowjob.com —> here

Discussion of Brad Armstrong’s A Touch of Seduction (2011) –> here

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