Feminist Porn

They may not be the Oscars or the Grammys, but two weeks ago a different kind of awards ceremony took place: the Feminist Porn Awards. The show, now in its sixth year of honoring work that challenges the mainstream porn industry, was hosted April 13 to 15 in Toronto by Good for Her, a sex shop in the city that specializes in women’s pleasure.

We know what you’re thinking. Feminist porn, really? In the recent past porn has developed a long list of connotations, including “misogynistic” and “anti-woman,” and the entire industry has been painted with those descriptors. But not all of it fits the labels…

Alison Lee, a writer and manager of Good for Her, heads up the event. Lee said:

A lot of people don’t understand that they have a choice when it comes to porn. They think that the mainstream, big porn machine is all that exists, and there was nobody in the mainstream porn industry who was recognizing that not all porn was the same. Showing the world that there’s a lot of different porn out there that can actually be really interesting and empowering is an important goal of the awards.

Want to know what criteria Good For Her recognizes as feminist porn?  Read the rest of Polaski’s article here and check out GoodforHer for this year’s award-winning films.

Alison Lee, a writer and manager of Good for Her, heads up the event. Lee said:

A lot of people don’t understand that they have a choice when it comes to porn. They think that the mainstream, big porn machine is all that exists, and there was nobody in the mainstream porn industry who was recognizing that not all porn was the same. Showing the world that there’s a lot of different porn out there that can actually be really interesting and empowering is an important goal of the awards.

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