Sprinkling The Message

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November 5, 2005

You know, I really don't know what I was doing, but I happened upon the name Annie Sprinkle and the moment I did I couldn't help but smile. What an absolute character this chick is! Okay, so I'm sure she's much more in the category of woman than chick, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind, as it appears she's got an incredibly laid back (in more ways than one) attitude, a great sense of humour and probably more experience in porn than most.

If you haven't heard of her then you must either be too young, a foreigner or have been hiding in the swamps of Louisiana for the last thirty years. What an inspiration this woman is, and personally, I believe she is the one person in porn that has had larger influence on sex than any other porn star in history. Certainly, there is no lack of information about this former prostitute, stripper, pornstar, performer, sex activist … the list of her credits seems endless. In fact, I recall my history of avant-garde professor suggesting I do a thesis on her. I didn't, but I should have because she's a fascinating woman.

She is definitely an icon of the porn world, much as perhaps Garland, Dietrich and Garbo are to film aficionados and gay guys. She was instrumental in bringing safe-sex to porn in the eighties and while she has a lot of accomplishments, the one thing that stands out about her, or at least the thing that's so admirable to me is her attitude toward sex. Never have I seen someone more at ease with her body and sexuality, which is exemplified in her live performance shows and most notably for one act where she opens herself with a speculum and invites member's of the audience for a close up view. It is this amazing and positive point of view that has influenced my own attitude toward sexuality and sexual discovery, although of course my interest in her as an icon goes well beyond this and into her work as an avant-gardist in performance and film arts.

Posted by sloth at November 5, 2005 5:23 PM

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