It's Today! The 2012 Feminist Porn Awards

Last night, a theater full of Toronto's finest (and a handful of sexy out-of-towners) sat in a beautifully renovated theater watching clips from four panelists: NennaBuck AngelN Maxwell Lander, and Erika Lust. Scenes explored explicit sexuality spanning gender, orientation, race and cinematic styles. What followed was a panel and audience Q&A moderated by CoCo La Creme which addressed the pornographers' thoughts on how they incorporate feminist ideals and narratives into their work, how they cast their projects, their obstacles and accomplishments, thoughts on artistic merit, and deconstructions of patriarchal themes. It was both enlightening to hear the directors' contemplation, and left much food for thought.

Shine Louise Houston has said, "Talking about porn is like dancing about architecture." Having a BA in Dance, I couldn't agree more. In this line of work, there's no right or wrong in sexual interpretation, and for me, it's the diversity of perspectives -- much like the diversity of the work itself -- that matters when it comes to presenting alternative visions of porn. One point I did walk away with, is that no matter what the producer's experience, style or execution, as long as the intention is good (consensual, ethical, or [insert your definition of "good porn" here...]), one should be stand firmly and be proud of what they are making.

My personal motivations behind pornography can be summarized ultimately by the desire to have "a good time". Vague? Well, it's what's in my head at the moment; a trestle of culminating crotches, orgasms, and socio-political agendas. More confusion? Read Stoya's essay on Warren Ellis' blog and jump on back here... Ok, you back? Cool. Sorry if that didn't help either. Perhaps porn can be as complicated as it is incredibly, stupidly, simple. Maybe that's also why it's so often, and questionably, art

The 2012 Feminist Porn Awards are tonight. I'm part nervous, part curious, and part thrilled. This year I'm involved in 11 nominated works. You could say that I've had my fingers in a little bit of everything... the double entendre would be a literal one. And yes, I'm proud.

What works am I in that have been nominated, you ask? Take a deep ocular breath and read on:

FUCKSTYLES features re-edited scenes from QueerPorn.TV, 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! 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.com  Hey that's me! — is nominated and includes my membership section "Karma Pervs", an erotic philanthropic art project where I've raised over $3500 so far towards sex-positive, queer and kink friendly non-profit organizations and causes. (And, you know, make sexy art like the Twincest image featured here.) 
That was a mouthful. (But wait, there's more!) Here's the complete list of nominated works below. Tomorrow I'll post the winners and a recap. You can also tune-in online via Twitter #FPA2012 or the live-streaming by GirlzPorn.com to catch it in real time. 
And do -- DO -- click through the links, and let me know what you find. 
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.co     theartofblowjob.com

[Photo credit: Twincest (Syd Blakovich/Jiz Lee, Karma Pervs)

[This post is a part of Fleshbot's Jiz Lee Week.]

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