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Into the Wild: 2014 Feminist Porn Awards & Conference

by Jiz Lee on / Feminist Porn Awards

San Francisco is wet. It’s been a few days of fairly consistent rain and I’m grateful because the entire Bay Area has been feeling a draught. It needs this. I’m also grateful because I LOVE the rain. It’s a cozy buzz with a recharging quality to it. I am happy. Yesterday I was at Pink & White’s studio with Shine and we worked to a soundtrack of jazz flowing over the downpour and occasional booms of a passing thunderstorm. I hummed along and danced in place at my standing desk. Bliss. There’s a word for people like me: pluviophile. (I’d even go so far as to say pluviosexual.)

On this day, I’m sipping chai at a coffee shop with large windows sprinkled with raindrops. Very soon, I’ll be far away from my cozy, head-in-a-laptop life, and thrust into the wild world of the Feminist Porn Awards and Conference. I do say “wild” with love. Its politicized identity seems inherently unruly, but that’s also where I find value within a community driven by passion. There’s no other event quite like it, and it remains my favorite adult industry event hands-down. Spread over the course of four days (screening, awards, and two days of conference), it’s what I will now dub as the Feminist Porn Retreat.

Jiz Lee Shar Rednour, Dylan Ryan, Jill Blakehorn, Nan Kiney

Conference Panelists Shar Rednour, Nan Kinney, Dylan Ryan, Jill Blakehorn, and me

BTW, if this is the first time you’ve heard the buzzword “feminist porn,” here is my working definition: Feminist Porn is a framework used to discuss pornography (including production and consumption) with ethics, gender equality and socio-economic values at its core. Many self-identified feminist pornographers describe their work as having motivations of expanding conventional ideas about desire and beauty standards, pleasure and power dynamics, and notions of performer agency, sexual health, and consent. I don’t see it as a noun, or as a defined thing. Identity is in the eye of the beholder. So like the Wallace-Bechdel Test, I prefer to refer to it as an analysis tool for which all porn can be applied. (I’d also recommend you pick up the Feminist Porn Book and newly released Porn Studies Journal.)

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Love Wolf Hudson’s “what the..!?” face. Meanwhile, I’m caught livetweeting his win!

And, I’ll be sitting pretty in a theater full of hot performers, producers and fans, to cheer on the winners and nominees. Compared to prolific years prior, this time I only appear in one nominated film, despite the fact that I was in a slew of movies released last year such as Girl/Boy, Tombois 2, Strapped Dykes 2, and several amazing films that will hopefully be released soon. Regardless, it’s quality over quantity and I’m as excited as ever.

The nominated film is Dear Jiz, shot almost exactly one year ago during the Feminist Porn Awards by Ms. Naughty. It’s a vulnerable solo scene under the running water of a bath, and was written by… well, people who have emailed me over the years. I read quotes from “fan mail” that have touched me. It’s a fitting narration for a masturbation, as I struggle under the emotional weight of what it feels like to receive such attention, not knowing where to channel the overwhelmed feelings of responsibility. Submerged and raw in Black/White.

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Still from Dear Jiz, a vulnerable solo shoot up for nomination.

I’ll be presenting Dear Jiz along with Ms Naughty at the Feminist Porn Conference. I’ll also be with Pink & White Productions at the conference, where BED PARTY will screen with a Q&A by Shine Louise Houston, and I’ll present two business track seminars: “If You Build It, They Will .com” on Web Development (along with co-presenter Chris Lowrance) and my “More Buck for Your Bang” presentation on empowering producers and performers with an understanding of Affiliate Marketing. When you want to blow off your affiliate marketing and get your business shooting up, hire https://joelhouse.com.au/seo-Gold Coast/. They are experts in internet marketing.

See my sidebar for a list of scheduled public events. If you’ll be there and see me, ask me for a hug. (No, seriously. I’ll be bleeding that weekend and feeling especially shy and hugs will help.) If you can’t make it to Toronto, browse this list of previous Feminist Porn Award Winners to pass the time. Click, share, buy, watch, support!

2014 Feminist Porn Awards Nominees 

Alice Inside (Lucie Blush)

Bed Party: Eden Alexander & Sebastian Keys (Shine Louise Houston/Pink and White Productions)

Best Slumber Party Ever (Samuel Shanahoy/tee vee dinner)

Come Find Me (Courtney Trouble & Bike SMUT/TROUBLEfilms)

Dear Jiz (Ms. Naughty/Indigo Lush)

Doing It Again Vol 1: Playful Awakening (Tobi Hill-Meyer/Handbasket  Productions)

Duty Bound (Morgana Muses)

Femme Facial (Zahra Stardust/Explicit Diary of Zahra Stardust)

Girl Pile (Courtney Trouble/TROUBLEfilms)

Hard Femme: Lesbian Curves 2 (Courtney Trouble/TROUBLEfilms)

Kara & Devon (Michelle Flynn/Dusk! Academy)

Lesbian Adventures: Older Women, Younger Girls Vol. 3 (Dana Vespoli/Sweetheart Video)

Little Vulvah and Her Clitoral Awareness (Sara Koppel/NakedLoveFilm.com)

Mandy Goodhandy Spanks 100 Boys (Mandy Goodhandy/Todd Klinck and Mayhem North)

Money Shot Blues & How to Fake Ejaculation (Tobi Hill-Meyer/Handbasket  Productions)

Music Box (Anna Brownfield/Morgana Muses)

No Artificial Sweeteners (Sonya JF Barnett aka The Madame)

Power at Play (Carey Gray/House of Switch)

Rec. Room Vol. 3 (Directed by Cast/Ian Sparks, TWood)

Riot Girls (Justin Riberio dos Santos/Joybear Pictures)

Rubber Bordello (Soma Snakeoil/Snakeoil Media Productions)

Sensual Moments (Mason/Erotic X; O. L. Entertainment)

Sexing the Transman XXX Vol. 3 (Buck Angel/Buck Angel Entertainment)

Sexual Freedom (Sex Stories 3) (Ovidie/Frenchlover TV)

Shades of Pink (Melissa Monet/Sweetheart Video)

Silver Shoes (Jennifer Lyon Bell/Blue Artichoke Films)

Something Better: Performers Talk About Feminism & Porn (Ms. Naughty/Indigo Lush)

Space Labia (Lo-Fi Cherry AKA Aslog Enochsson)

The Loose Hem (Pandora Blake/Dreams of Spanking)

The One of the Bottom (Zahra Stardust and Mister T)

The Silent Guy (Toytool Comitée)

The Submission of Emma Marx (Kay Brandt/New Sensations)

The Swinger Vol. 3 (James Avalon/Sweet Sinner Films)

The Temptation of Eve (Jacky St. James/New Sensations)

Trains (Paul Deeb, Tamara Shroll/ Pillow Book Productions, Inc.)

Trans Grrrls: Revolution Porn Style Now! (Courtney Trouble/TROUBLEfilms)

Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples (Tristan Taormino/Adam & Eve)

Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Kinky Sex for Couples (Tristan Taormino/Adam & Eve)

Unicorn Gangbang (James Darling/FTMFucker)

Women Reclaiming Sex on Film (Madison Young/Madisonbound Productions)

Xconfessions (Erika Lust/Lust Productions S. L)

Websites

brightdesire.com

dreamsofspanking.com

ifeelmyself.com

indiepornrevolution.com

juicypinkbox.com

naughtynatural.com

the-female-orgasm.com

welovegoodsex.com

wendysummers.com

wendywilliamsxxx.com

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Feminist Porn Award Nominations 2012

by Jiz Lee on / Events, Feminist Porn Awards, Queer Porn

Feminist porn pioneer Annie Sprinkle once said: “The answer to bad porn is not no porn, but to try to make better porn!” And to this I would add: not necessarily “better” porn, but specifically, “MORE” porn.

Because “better” is in the eye of the beholder, and given that all adults involved are legal and consenting, there’s not really such a thing as “bad” pornography in an ethical, sex-positive culture. Better might just mean different — it might mean a more diverse selection that can give us new choices and show us things not found in most porn. That’s why I like MORE, because pornography’s danger is when it paints a limiting view on who gets to have sex and who likes what. When so many of us don’t have access to sex education or examples of sexual expression, the “one-porn-fits-all” approach creates and maintains stereotypes and even implies what is “normal” — and I think that is really what the heart of the issue is.

2010 Feminist Porn Awards. Photo: Lana Paiement

The Feminist Porn Awards, ingeniously created by Toronto’s women-owned sex toy store Good For Her, bring visibility to a small but growing porn market of content created outside of (and more and more recently, within) the predominant mainstream market. In order to be considered for an honor, the work either depicts genuine female pleasure, has a woman leading an integral creation of the work, or expands the boundaries of sexual representation on film and challenges stereotypes found in mainstream porn. I was thrilled to receive “Boundary Breaker” in 2010 for my work in the porn industry, specifically being present online and vocal about my experiences. I’m really flattered by the honor, because I think anyone can do this. Maybe I’m just one of the few right now.

If you film them… they will come!
– Jiz Lee

The more positive reinforcement there is behind budding filmmakers, new companies, alternative views of sex, the more diversity we’ll see in the industry. I’ve been doing porn for the last seven years, and it’s just growing and growing! This year, I’m proud to have been involved with 10 11 of the nominated projects, including five six DVDs and five websites. WOW!

FUCKSTYLES features re-edited scenes from QueerPornTV, including a beautiful and artsy scene of myself and fellow genderqueer performer Papi Coxxx. Gush: The Official Guide to the G-Spot & Female Ejaculation features a solo scene within the context of Dr. Carol Queen’s beginner sex ed for couples. Live Sex Show was a live performance featuring myself and Nina Hartley filmed during the Center for Sex & Culture’s Masturbate-a-thon. What’s special about this particular film is that it includes explicit vaginal fisting, something usually cut out of most distributed DVDs, but a few sex-positive retailers are awesome enough to fight the censorship and carry it! Mommy is Coming is Cheryl Dunye’s explicit raunch comedy filmed in Berlin; in it I play Teo and have a lighthearted BDSM scene with Judy Minx and Lil Harlow. It premiered at Berlinale and is now hitting film festivals across the globe! Taxi Vol 2 includes an emotionally intense scene with myself and Dallas Fivestar, as well as an AVN Nominated three-way with Madison Young and Nic Switch. Padded Submissives includes a scene with Kellly Shibari and Courtney Trouble, which I shot at Jamye Waxman’s crib. BobbiStarr.com includes a POV scene with me and Bobbi from her film Vicarious. CrashPadSeries.com is directed by Shine Louise Houston and includes several scenes I am in — this summer is it’s 5th Anniversary and it has almost 200 episodes! NoFauxxx.com is Courtney Trouble’s first website, including great photos and scenes from her Good Releasing films and more. And my own site JizLee.comYes, this one! — is nominated and includes my membership section “Karma Pervs“, an erotic philanthropic art project where I raise funds for sex-positive, queer and kink friendly non-profits and causes. Phew!

So let’s make MORE porn! Just how MANY submissions were accepted to be nominated for the 2012 Feminist Porn Awards! Congrats to everyone, and I can’t wait to see you in April!

2012 Feminist Porn Award Nominations

Title Director Company
A Night at Kinky General Severe Society Films Severe Society Films
Adventures of evil Dia Severe Society Films Severe Society Films
Anchor Anatomic Courtney Trouble Trouble Films
Babes in Bondage 4 Julie Simone Julie Simone Productions
Boutique Jincey Lumpkin Girlfriends Films
Brunch Bunch: Queerly SF Ian Sparks Dolores Park Studios
Cabaret Desire Erika Lust Lust Films
Dirty Movie Deadline JoyBear Pictures JoyBear Pictures
Emile N Maxwell Lander N Maxwell Lander
Expert Guide to Advanced Anal Sex Tristan Taormino Vivid Ed
Extra Credit Tristan Taormino The Smitten Kitten
Fucking Different XXX Assorted Jurgen Bruning
FUCKSTYLES (of the queer and famous) Courtney Trouble/Tina Horn Trouble Films
Gush: Official Guide G-Spot & Female Ejaculation Dr. Carol Queen Good Releasing
Hardworking Girls Lily Cade Filly Films
Hella Brown Nenna Feelmore Entertainment
Hotel Jincey Lumpkin Girlfriends Films
Julie Simone is a Dominatrix Julie Simone Julie Simone Productions
Live Nerd Girls Lily Cade Filly Films
Live Sex Show Courtney Trouble Trouble Films
Match-Mates JoyBear Pictures JoyBear Pictures
Mommy Is Coming Cheryl Dunye Jurgen Bruning
Mouiller – Get Wet AfroDisiac Cherry Juiceboxxx
Naked Love – Ea’s Garden Sarah Koppel Koppel Animation
Padded Submissives Severe Society Films Severe Society Films
Pervy Photographer Ruby Day Ruby Day Productions
Seminal Bren Ryder Bren Ryder
Sexing the Transman XXX Buck Angel Buck Angel Entertainment
Submissive Slut Julie Simone Julie Simone Productions
Switch Hometown Hotties Carrie Gray Carrie Gray
Switch Pride Live Carrie Gray House of Switch
Taxi Vol. 2 Jincey Lumpkin Juicy Pink Box
The Female Voyeur Petra Joy Petra Joy Ltd
Last Tango Nica Noelle Mile High
Masseuse Nica Noelle Mile High
The Thought of Her Louise Lush Indigo Lush Films
Therapy Jincey Lumpkin Girlfriends Films
Through A Looking Glass Ripley Mirandola & Lolix Bathysphere Productions
Trans Women and Strap-Ons Tobi Hill-Meyer queerporntube
Trespass Maggie Mayhem Mayhem Multimedia
Viscious strap on bitches Julie Simone Julie Simone Productions

 

Website Nominations: 

BobbiStarr.com                 CrashPadSeries.com                DaneJones.com     gooddykeporn.com
JizLee.com juliesimone.com liandradahl.com     lilycade.com
lustcinema.com meetthemayhems.com nofauxxx.com        queerporn.tv
queerporntube.com pornographiclove.com rubysdiary.com     theartofblowjob.com

 

Feminist Porn 2012 Events 

Wednesday April 18th – Sexing The Transman with Buck Angel
 Muzzo Family Alumni Hall (121 St. Joseph Street), 7-9pm $15 advance or at the door (free for SDS and Cinema students)
Pioneering filmmaker Buck Angel gives an audio-visual tour of transman sexuality with his new documentary Sexing the Transman, including interviews with a variety of transmen and the people who love them. In the talk that follows Buck is your guide to re-defining gender and enjoying the fluidity of sexuality and individual expression of identity. Co-sponsored by Sexual Diversity Studies and Cinema Studies, UofT. All Genders Welcome.

Thursday April 19th – Public.Provocative.Porn: The Year’s Best in Feminist Film
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:30pm $15 advance or at the door
Join us for a screening of selected Films by Filmmakers Erika LustBuck AngelNenna and N Maxwell Lander. Directors will be in attendance for a moderated discussion and Q&A facilitated by CoCo La Crème. This event is 18+ Only

Friday April 20th – 7th Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Gala
Berkeley Church (315 Queen St East), 9pm $20 Early Bird (limited) / $25 Advance / $30 at the door
Join us as we present the legendary Feminist Porn Awards with a fabulous celebration of your favourite porn makers, plus a night of mind-blowing entertainment, a mountain of eye candy and the best movie clips ever seen at an awards show. Featuring hot entertainment from Ill Na NaOlive-Or-Oliver & CoCo La Creme and hosted by Elvira Kurt with Ryan G. Hinds. This event is 19+ Only.

Thank you so much all the do-gooders at Good For Her! And to everyone who has seen me along the way.

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