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Slixa Supports the Feminist Porn Awards!

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Since the beginning, it has been a part of our mission to support and celebrate organizations, events and movements that we feel not only work in direct support of the community we serve, but also catalyze exciting new conversations and innovate evolutionary approaches to the industry as a whole. The Feminist Porn Movement is a remarkable example; a movement that strives to give voice to the previously unheard; a movement that has forever changed the face of porn and broken new ground in how pleasure is experienced through film and through the people whose stories are told.

On the heels of unveiling Slixa.ca, our Canadian exclusive site, we are excited to announce that we have signed on as title sponsor of the 9th Annual Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto, Canada.

The word “thrilled” doesn’t even come close to how I feel about having the honor of representing Slixa at the awards. Joining me are Slixa Girls, advertisers and feminist porn actresses from the U.S. Adahlia and Siouxsie Q  and from Toronto, Slixa advertiser Berlin.

In the beginning...

Actresses Nina Hartley, Annie Sprinkle, and Director Candida Royalle first gave rise to the Feminist Porn movement by incorporating authentic female pleasure and orgasm into their work. Later, as a result of influence by people such as Directors Courtney Trouble and Abiola Abrams and Actress/Director Madison Young, the definition of feminist porn has morphed and expanded to include a commitment to diversity in color, gender, bodies, sexual orientation, and expression, as well as a move toward more collaboration between actors and directors and more fairness in the workplace.

In an interview with Cosmo, Feminist Pornographer and Founder of the Feminist Porn Conference, Tristan Taormino had this to say about Feminist Pornography:

“Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued. Feminist porn explores ideas about desire, beauty, pleasure, and power through alternative representations, aesthetics, and filmmaking styles. Feminist porn seeks to empower the performers who make it and the people who watch it.“ 

Recently I was fortunate to be able to pick the brains of some of the more notable awards instigators including Channel Gallant who pioneered the event; Jennifer Depoe, Director Of the Awards/ Manager of Good for Her and the Host of the event; and finally Sonya JF Barnett, a Nominee in this years' Best Film Category For her Film “No Artificial Sweeteners."

“The Pioneer” Chanelle Gallant on how this all came about:

“I first got the idea for the Feminist Porn Awards during my four years as manager for Good for Her as a buyer. I was always on the lookout for porn that respected women's role in creating sexy images that challenged the sexism and racism of the porn industry." I thought: "what if we celebrated those who are getting it right? Let's throw a party for those who have been paving the way and share their work with people who are hungry for something different.

It turned out that many thought this was a shocking idea, but it wasn't to me. I come from a feminist tradition that has always respected sex work and sexuality so it just seemed natural that--done right--porn could be a place of freedom for women too. A complex, sometimes contradictory, imperfect freedom, yes--like life.”

“The Vision Keeper” Jennifer Depoe On the influence of Feminist Porn:

“It’s become something recognized by the mainstream industry (there’s now a Feminist Porn category at the XBiz Awards, feminist porn techniques such as performer interviews being integrated into mainstream films and websites). Feminist pornographers and performers are speaking up about their sex positive experiences working in porn as empowering and valid career choices. And their fans and the media are interested and listening. We’re seeing a sea of change and it makes room for performers like Belle Knox to out herself and own her work instead of being shamed by her outing."

“The Feminist Pornagrapher” SonYa JF Barnett on how Feminist Porn has changed the landscape of Porn:

"Because those in our niche are so vocal about why and how we produce our content, people are starting to take notice of the industry on another level than just as passive watchers. Maybe it's just my age and I bypassed the golden years of mainstream porn, but what I've noticed is that the idea of empowerment and self determination are quite apparent in feminist porn.

Because of how information is now disseminated, mainstream media is curious about the cultural shift of porn. You now see articles appearing in major outlets from performers who offer more than just an "on-set at a LA porn shoot" story, and instead offer a more academic view. Stoya is a good example of this."

And just in case you are wondering what defines Feminist Porn...

According to the official website, nominations for an FPA are dependent upon the following criteria:

1) The work depicts genuine pleasure, agency and desire. These movies may also include a focus on connection, communication and collaboration between the performers and/or between the performers and filmmakers.

2) The work expands the boundaries of sexual representation on film, challenges stereotypes and presents a vision that sets the content apart from most mainstream pornography. This may include depicting a diversity of desires, types of people, bodies, sexual practices, and/or an anti-racist or anti-oppression framework throughout the production.

And third from the mouth of Jennifer Depoe:

3) It has to be hot! It can be soft or edgy, straight or queer, lots of story line or right to the point, solo or group. Feminist porn comes in many shapes, sizes and colours!

Are you going to be in Toronto April 3-6? Come say Hi! See a complete list of events and tickets to the awards and get info about the Feminist Porn Conference and schedule of presenters.

Donia Christine
Director of Community Outreach and Relationships
Slixa.com


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