Feminist Porn Awards
Now the longest running celebration of erotica focused on women and marginalized people, The Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards have been celebrating feminist smut for nine sexy years.
Nominations for the 10th Annual Feminist Porn Awards open Thursday October 23rd 2014. Contact email@example.com to submit your work!
**You can find more information on the 2014 Ninth Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards HERE**
But wait, what is feminism doing getting into bed with porn? 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 also believe that erotic fantasy is powerful, and that those 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.
Good For Her wants porn to be held to a high standard. We all deserve to see artistic expressions that celebrate the diversity of who we are in all our glory, and artists deserve to have their work recognized. For these reasons, and many more, we are honoured to be the presenter and founders of the Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards.
Do the Feminist Porn Awards discriminate against men?
Absolutely not. We know that there are a lot of men who are tired of the same formulaic porn without much choice. We love the men who appreciate a different perspective on porn, and we love the men who make porn that celebrates the ladies, and we love it when men get what we are doing!
What makes a movie a Feminist Porn Award winner?
In order to be considered for a Feminist Porn Award, the movie/short/website must meet at least two of the following criteria:
1. Quality – We love to award films that look great. We believe it is possible to make a great-looking film even with a limited amount of resources. We consider such factors as editing, framing, lighting, sound and overall production value when making selections. Attention to detail is appreciated! Story-crafting, acting, music, and direction are all factors that reveal how much care was put into the production of a movie.( Earnest feminism is not enough.)
2. Inclusiveness – We recognize in a niche-based industry like porn not all films are for all audiences and aren’t able to include everyone. But we also love it when films make an effort to explore sexualities that are often marginalized or ignored by mainstream porn.
2.1 We don’t include or support films that rely upon sexual stereotypes. There are way more fantasy options out there and we love it when people are creative.
2.2 It’s our goal to highlight and celebrate films that appeal to a diversity of audiences.
2.3 We like to include films that contain kink, BDSM, and consensual non-consent in a fictional context. We believe that these can be valid feminist fantasies. We do not view consensual BDSM as violence or abuse.
3. The “it” factor: Movies that showcase a unique perspective are especially appealing, whether this is about the story being told, the interactions between characters or technical aspects like framing and editing. We are always most impressed when we encounter something novel, innovative and exciting that causes us to think about sexuality in a fresh way.
4. Hotness: Bodies are well-lit, framed and shot to perfection, desire radiates off the screen, and all parties involved appear enthusiastic. Plenty of orgasms don’t hurt either!
Who are these films for? The movies and websites that we select are for everyone. We wish to introduce all kinds of different people to all kinds of different films. We strive to provide pleasurable viewing options for a diversity of audiences so that they can see themselves and their desires reflected on screen. This includes everyone EVERYONE from suburban soccer moms to downtown radical hipsters and all folks in between!
When are the next Feminist Porn Awards?
The dates are April 16-17, 2015 with events enhancing the celebration before and after.
The Public Provocative Porn screening and panel discussion will take place on April 16th at the Bloor Cinema.
The Gala Awards Ceremony will be held on April 17th at the Capitol Theatre.
Join us afterwards at ASLAN Leather's SWITCH post-FPA porn party. We dare you to enjoy all the fun!
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