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July 10, 2006

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Pornography has often gotten a bad rep from feminists. Accusations of being sexist and supporting the exploitation or even abuse of female performers as well as the argument that it incites similar aggression against women in men that view it, have all been leveled against porn. Meanwhile, there have been sexually provocative female performers in mainstream mediums such as the music industry that have countered that a woman can liberate herself by owning her sexuality and using it to promote her personal ambitions without fear of exploitation.

However, up until now its' all been somewhat academic and for the most part those who supported the idea that it was possible to make porn that was feminist-friendly didn't always get a lot of recognition or support from within the adult industry. Now, according to Siri Agrell of the CanWest News Service, that has finally changed thanks to Toronto-based Canadian sex shop Good For Her. It held the First Annual Feminist Porn Awards.

Award titles included "Fiercest Female Orgasm" and "Lifetime Achievement in Women's Erotica" complete with engraved statuettes resembling butt plugs. The audience at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel included approximately 300 people from both Canada and the US, the majority of whom would be self-described feminists. The presentation also included a panel discussion by leading female pornographers about their evolving business.

As Toronto burlesque performer, Coco La Creme commented while serving as awards moderator, "A few years ago it was considered oxymoronic for women who were strong to consume porn. We just weren't supposed to."

As far as how best to insure that women within the industry were not being forced into exploitive situations due to monetary pressures or by outside abusive influences within bad personal relationships, the group of directors speaking on the panel suggested that better screening was the best solution. They compared it as being as necessary as the screening process for sexually transmitted diseases already common within the larger porn-producing community.

With those kinds of positive initiatives as well as the continued unifying of female-friendly porn professionals, let's hope that in the near future we'll see a real growth in our For Women review section since it is often hard to find websites that fall under that category.

Posted by Will Peters at July 10, 2006 1:03 PM

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