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Kelly Aronowitz

kelly-aronowitzKelly Aronowitz is a PhD candidate at CUNY Graduate Center’s Comparative Literature department. She has a B.A. in Latin American Literature and an M.A. in Critical Theory. Her first book, La Espera: Seducción de Las Bellas Durmientes (Textofilia, 2010), is an erotic essay on the Sleeping Beauties. Her second book is an erotic poetic narrative called Estío en la Canícula (Abismos 2012). Her research interests include erotic literature, porn studies, and film and television studies.

Kelly is presenting Wrestling Pleasure: An Analysis of Kink.com’s “Ultimate Surrender”  in the session “Labor, Politics, and Power in The Adult Industry.” Find her on Twitter.

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Jill Bakehorn

Jill BakehornJill Bakehorn earned her PhD from University of California, Davis in 2010. Her dissertation, titled Making Authenticity Explicit: How Women-Made Pornography Constructs “Real Sex,” uses ethnographic and interview data to examine how constructions of authenticity are strategically deployed by women who make film and web pornography to meet activist goals and to legitimate their work. Jill’s research and teaching interests include, gender, sexuality, sex work, popular culture, and the food industry. Jill is currently a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at University of California, Davis and in the Department of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley.

Jill is presenting “I’m Not Not Feminist”: Women-Made Porn and Feminist Ambivalence in the session “Feminist Identity and Identification in Porn Making and Porn Scholarship” and Making Authenticity Explicit: How Women-Made Pornography Constructs “Real Sex” in the session “To be Real: Authenticity in Queer and Feminist Porn.” Find her on Twitter.

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Quinn Cassidy

Quinn CassidyQuinn Cassidy is a Bay Area based queer andro cis male pornographic and stage performer. His sex worker activist and academic directives are informed by his work as an erotic performer, escort, kink dom, and student of human sexuality at UC Berkeley. His projects aim to expand and develop new popular sexual discourses via the vanguard leadership of amplified sex workers’ voices.

Quinn is a panelist on “Being Out Now: How Performers Navigate Sexual Morality and Media Representation.”

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Lynn Comella

Lynn ComellaLynn Comella is an assistant professor and interim director of women’s studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her teaching and research interests include media and culture, gender and sexuality studies, and popular entertainment and consumer culture. Her research focuses primarily on the adult entertainment industry, and the history of the women’s market for sex toys and pornography. She is a frequent media contributor, and writes about sexuality and culture for both academic and popular publications.

Lynn is presenting Sex-Positive Synergy: Feminist Porn and the Making of a Market in the session “Conspicuous Consumption: If We Sell It, They Will Come.” Find her on Twitter.

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Ariane Cruz

Ariane CruzDr. Ariane Cruz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the UC Berkeley Regents Intern Fellowship and Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and The Penn State Africana Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her research interests include images of black female sexuality, black visuality, and pornography. Her publications appear in Camera Obscura and The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press). She is currently working on a manuscript exploring black women, BDSM, and pornography. Her teaching at Penn State includes classes on feminist visual culture, racialized sexuality, and representations of race, gender, and sexuality.

Ariane is presenting Pornography: A Black Feminist Woman Scholar’s Reconciliation in the session “Feminist Identity and Identification in Porn Making and Porn Scholarship.”

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Carlos Batts

carlos-battsCarlos Batts [C. Batts FLY] is an award winning artist, photographer, and director. Batts’ artwork has appeared on book covers, album covers, music videos and movies. Carlos has 4 internationally distributed hardbound coffee table books: FAT GIRL (Rarebird/Barnacle Books 2013), Wild Skin (Edition Ruess 2001), Crazy Sexy Hollywood (Edition Ruess 2003) and American Gothic (Scapegoat Publishing 2005) that showcase his artistic approach to photography. Batts has directed independent features Voluptuous Biker Babes as well underground art films American Gothic and April Flores World. Born in Baltimore, Batts now lives and creates in Hollywood with his muse, April Flores.

Carlos is a panelist on “If I Had A Hammer: Reclaiming Feminist Porn As A Tool of Political Activism Against Oppression.”

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James Darling

james-darlingJames Darling is a transsexual male porn performer and sex worker based in the Bay Area. He won the 2012 Feminist Porn Award for Heartthrob of the Year Transguys.com Sex Performer of the Year 2010 for his work across multiple porn genres. James is also the owner and director of FTMFUCKER.com, a porn site dedicated to trans men.

James is a panelist on “Being Out Now: How Performers Navigate Sexual Morality and Media Representation.” Find him on Twitter.

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Sophie Delancey

sophie-delanceySophie Delancey is a jack of all trades behind the scenes type devoted to spreading the message that porn can be beautiful. She is the PR and Marketing coordinator for websites including TheArtofBlowjob.com, SlowMotionBlowjob.com and PornographicLove.com and writes blogs, interviews and reviews for numerous sexuality/relationship/porn sites. She has appeared on many radio shows/podcasts and has spoken on several panels. Her particular focuses include using real couples in porn, creating high-quality content from a DIY perspective, responsibility in transparency and outreach to pornographic audiences, including marginalized bodies and sexualities in porn and the intersections of feminism and aesthetics in porn.

Sophie is presenting Beautiful Porn: Aesthetics in Representations of Sex and Feminism in the session “Ladyporn: Porn for Women.” Find her on Twitter.

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Loree Erickson

Loree EricksonLoree Erickson is a queer, femmegimp porn star academic in a doctoral program at York University in Toronto. She is the creator of want, an internationally award-winning porn film, and a community organizer. She loves travelling to lecture, making queercrip porn, and facilitating workshops on a variety of topics including collective care, disability justice/radical disability politics, and all things related to sex and disability. She is also a fan of sun, sparkly things, and social justice.

Loree is moderating the session “The Queercrip Politics of Re/Making Feminist Porn: A Facilitated Discussion About Access and Porn.”

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April Flores

April FloresApril Flores is a muse, performance artist, model, but that’s not even scratching the surface. She’s a fearless BBW star with scarlet hair, proponent of the queer community, feminist, sex-positive activist, outspoken advocate of body diversity, glamorous art model, and all-around powerful woman. April has graced the covers of Bizarre and AVN Magazine, among others; modeled for dozens of fine art photographers; appeared in countless adult films in every genre of the porn industry (from mainstream to queer to kinky to artsy); and spoken out about body image through her mere presence and powerful sexuality, along with her activism.

April is a panelist on “If I Had A Hammer: Reclaiming Feminist Porn As A Tool of Political Activism Against Oppression.” Find her on Twitter.

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Jenna Lee Forde

jenna-lee-fordeJenna Lee Forde is an emerging academic-artist based in Toronto, whose work consists of queer-feminist herstory-manifestos, street art, performance, and experimental film. She is completing her BA in Women and Gender Studies at The University of Toronto. Her work focuses on feminist inquirers into memory, trauma and queer identity. Her thesis Lez-Trauma Manifesto was published in The University Of Toronto’s Intersections: Women’s and Gender Studies in Review Across Disciplines. She is currently a part of the working collective at Whippersnapper Gallery and interning at the Feminist Art Gallery (FAG) in Toronto.

Jenna is presenting Tender Tensions: Erotic Entanglements Between Feminist Art and Feminist Porn in the session “Sexual Tensions: Contradictions and Ambivalence in Feminist Porn.”

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Carrie Gray

Carrie Gray, ASLAN Leather owner, pornographer, BDSM educator, photographer. Mr. Gray is a passionate advocate of BDSM as a self-empowering form of sexual, psychological and physical play. A lifestyle Daddy and Master, he enjoys the discoveries that come from pushing the psychological and physical boundaries of top and bottom space through BDSM play. He believes that play is an ongoing growth process and is always ready to share his skills and experience with others. Mr. Gray teaches classes exploring practical and psychological approaches to various forms of Kink and BDSM and has presented at Dark Odyssey, The Floating World, and ongoing classes at Good For Her. Mr. Gray is the producer of Switch Queer Porn Play Parties and a proud recipient of a Feminist Porn Award for Switch: Hometown Hotties.

Carrie is a panelist on “If I Had A Hammer: Reclaiming Feminist Porn As A Tool of Political Activism Against Oppression.”

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Kevin Heffernan

kevin-heffernanKevin Heffernan teaches courses in media culture and history in the Division of Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Ghouls, Gimmicks and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1952-1968 from Duke University Press and co-author, with Frances Milstead and Steve Yeager, of My Son Divine from Alyson Publications. His essays on the horror film, Asian cinema, queer filmmakers, sexploitation, and porn can be found in a number of journals and critical anthologies. He is currently writing a book-length industrial, cultural, and aesthetic history of contemporary moving-image pornography.

Kevin is presenting From “It Could Happen to Someone You Love” to “Do You Speak Ass?”: Women and Discourses of Sex Education in Erotic Film and Video in the session “Watch and Learn: Sex Education Discourses in Feminist Porn.” Find him on Twitter.

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Tobi Hill-Meyer

tobi-hill-meyerTobi Hill-Meyer is a multiracial trans activist, writer, and filmmaker. She is the director of Doing It Ourselves, and winner of the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2010 Feminist Porn Awards. She started producing media to fill the void of diverse trans characters and to offer an alternative to the overwhelmingly exploitative and exotic ways that trans women’s sexuality is often portrayed.

Tobi is a panelist on “If I Had A Hammer: Reclaiming Feminist Porn As A Tool of Political Activism Against Oppression.” Find her on Twitter.

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Tina Horn

tina-hornTina Horn is the stage name of a queer woman who is, among many things, a BDSM professional and sex educator. With Courtney Trouble, she founded and produced the award-winning QueerPorn.Tv. She has spoken about feminist porn on panels at UC Berkeley, Evergreen College, and Momentum Conference, and taught workshops at Good Vibrations, Lesbian Sex Mafia, and Dark Odyssey. Her writing has been published in Whore!, Up and Coming, and on Fleshbot.com. She is currently completing her masters’ thesis, “Useful Notes on the Modern Sex Worker,” in Creative Non-Fiction Writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Tina is a panelist on “Being Out Now: How Performers Navigate Sexual Morality and Media Representation.” Find her on Twitter.

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Shine Louise Houston

shine-louise-houstonAs the pioneering producer and director of Pink and White Productions, Shine Louise Houston has always had unique vision. Graduating from San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film, her works have become the new gold standard of adult cinema. During a five year position at the women-owned, sex toy purveyor Good Vibrations, Shine recognized an underserved demand for authentic woman and queer made porn. Shine’s films have been recognized as the next big wave of women produced porn and have been internationally screened from Berlin to New Zealand.

Shine is screening Shiny Jewels. Find her on Twitter. Also follow her projects, Crash Pad Series, Pink and White Productions, and PinkLabelVOD on Twitter.

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Carlyle Jansen

carlyle-jansenSince discovering orgasms in her late 20s, Carlyle Jansen has been passionate about education for everyone. She founded Good For Her in 1997, a sexuality shop and workshop centre where everyone could feel welcome and included, especially those who traditionally did not feel reflected in sexuality spaces. In 1996, the Good For Her team created and produced the Feminist Porn Awards. An eco-feminist, she believes in empowering people with knowledge to make the best choices for themselves. As the proud mom of 2 active boys, she loves kid play-time as well!

Carlyle is an industry guest at the session “Conspicuous Consumption: If We Sell It, They Will Come.”

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Lisa Kadey

Lisa KadeyLisa Kadey is a Sexual Diversity Studies undergrad student at the University of Toronto. Her current research interests include LGBTQ young adult literature and school board politics. To pay her bills, she moonlights as a transcriptionist/microphone wrangler/project manager/etc. When not overwhelmed by school and work, she likes to read science fiction and spends far too much time trying to master tower defense games.

Lisa is presenting Safer Sex?: Feminist Perspectives on Condom Regulation in Pornography in the session “Safe: A Discussion About Mandatory Condoms and Safer Sex in Porn.”

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Nan Kinney

nan-kinneyNan Kinney is the president and co-founder of Fatale Media. She is also the executive producer of Fatale’s lesbian porn and adult educational videos and DVDs. With Deborah Sundahl, she co-founded On Our Backs magazine.

Nan is screening Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective.

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Jiz Lee

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Jiz Lee is a genderqueer porn star known for their androgynous look, female ejaculation, vaginal fisting, strap-on performances, and fun sex-positive attitude. The award-winner performer prefers the pronouns “they/them,” and advocates for ethical pornography that creatively and authentically reflects queer sexuality. Ever fascinated by the radical potential of sex, love, and art, Jiz runs a personal blog and philanthropic “Karma Pervs” paysite at JizLee.com. They are the editor of the upcoming anthology How to Come Out Like a Porn Star: Essays from the Porn Industry on Family Matters.

Jiz is a panelist on “Being Out Now: How Performers Navigate Sexual Morality and Media Representation” and is presenting Uncategorized: Genderqueer Identity and Performance in Independent and Mainstream Porn in the session “To Be Real: Authenticity in Queer and Feminist Porn.” Find them on Twitter.

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Sinnamon Love

Sinnamon LoveSinnamon Love is a retired adult film star and fetish model. She works as a staff writer and relationship columnist for TheWellVersed.com, as well as a freelance, contributing writer for hip hop, parenting and feminist websites and academic books. In 2011, Sinnamon Love launched an internet radio show called Sex, Love & Hip Hop on DTFRadio.com; a relationship and lifestyle round table featuring well known Hip Hop artists, community leaders and activists discussing a range of topics pertinent to the advancement of an extremely underserved community.

Sinnamon is a panelist on “Being Out Now: How Performers Navigate Sexual Morality and Media Representation” and is presenting A Question of Feminism in the session “Feminist Identity and Identification in Porn Making and Porn Scholarship.” Find her on Twitter.

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Nicholas Matte

nicholas-matteNicholas Matte’s research focuses on the ways that North American trans people and issues have been socially constructed, particularly in relation to medicine, sexuality, media and consumption between 1960 and 1990. He teaches in the Sexual Diversity Studies Program at the University of Toronto and curates the Sexual Representation Collection, an emerging and significant research archive specializing in media, sex education, and pornography. He has been published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay studies, Canadian Bulletin of History of Medicine, International Journal of Transgenderism, and The Transgender Reader.

Nicholas is presenting Sexualized Representations of Trans People in Niche Publications, 1960-1980 in the session “Lovely Lads and Ladies: Representations of Gender & Sexuality in Porn Magazines.” Find him on Twitter.

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Mireille Miller-Young

Mireille Miller-YoungMireille Miller-Young is associate professor of feminist studies and affiliate associate professor of black studies, film and media studies, and comparative literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research explores race, gender, and sexuality in visual culture, media, and the sex industries in the United States. Her forthcoming book, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women, Sex Work, and Pornography, examines African American women in pornography.

Mireille is presenting Interventions: The Deviant and Defiant Art of Black Women Porn Directors in the session “Labor, Politics, and Power in the Adult Industry” and is presenting at the Keynote Luncheon. Find her on Twitter.

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Jennifer Moorman

jennifer-moormanJennifer Moorman is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. Her dissertation mobilizes industrial analysis to assess the gender politics of the adult video industry, and considers women filmmakers’ agency, perspectives, and contributions to the production of film and video pornography and erotica. Her article on the politics of taxonomy and authenticity in LGBTQ online pornography appears in Feona Attwood’s edited volume, Porn.Com: Making Sense of Online Pornography.

Jennifer is presenting Women on Top: Female Filmmakers in the Adult Video Industry in the session “Labor, Politics, and Power in the Adult Industry.”

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Emily Nagoski

emily-nagoskiEmily Nagoski is the Wellness Education Director and a Lecturer at Smith College, where she teaches “Women’s Sexuality.” She has a PhD in Health Behavior, with a concentration in Human Sexuality, from Indiana University, and a MS in Counseling Psychology, with clinical training at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She blogs about science, sex positivity, and feminism at thedirtynormal.com.

Emily is presenting Vaginas of Science, Vaginas of Justice: Representations of Healthy Female Sexual Functioning in Feminist Porn in the session “Feminist Porn XXX-Ed: Feminist Perspectives on Sexual Identity and Sexual Health in Educational and Feminist Porn.”

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Ms. Naughty

ms-naughtyMs. Naughty got her start writing erotica and articles for Australian Women’s Forum in the 1990s. She has been creating porn online since 2000. She runs the subscription site BrightDesire.com and since 2003 has jointly run ForTheGirls.com, a site aimed at straight women. Since 2004 she has blogged about women’s porn and feminism at MsNaughty.com/blog. Her erotic fiction was published in Best Women’s Erotica 2009 and 2012. Her erotic films have been nominated for several Feminist Porn Awards and she won the Petra Joy Award in 2009. She is married and lives in a small Australian country town surrounded by fundamentalist Christians.

Ms. Naughty is presenting My Decadent Decade: Ten Years of Making and Debating Porn for Women in Australia in the session “Ladyporn: Porn for Women.” Find her on Twitter.

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Nenna

nennaNenna is the owner of Feelmore510 Adult Gallery and Feelmore Entertainment, which are both based in Oakland, CA. Feelmore Entertainment produced Feminist Porn Award Nominee Hella Brown: Real Sex in the City (2012) and Feminist Porn Award Winner Tight Places: A Drop of Color (2011). Although she has her degree from Florida A&M University (B.S. Public Management), it wasn’t until her Uncle Hank followed his dream to work in film/television that gave her exposure. “My move from Las Vegas to the Bay Area was the difference between being someone’s maid and being my own boss.” In addition to working full-time in the adult industry, her entrepreneurial spirit combined with community consciousness moves her to speak to various at-risk populations on any topics ranging from sexual health, personal empowerment, and business especially the adult business. “I enjoy shooting everyone; however, persons of color have been my interest simply because there is not much of a queer reference. So, I have much work to do.”

Nenna is an industry guest at the session “Conspicuous Consumption: If We Sell It, They Will Come.”

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Bobby Noble

Bobby Noble is Associate Professor, Sexuality Studies at York University (Toronto) and Principle Investigator on the Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project at York University.

Bobby is presenting Edgy Knowledge(s): Porn Pedagogies, Porn as Method in the session “Teaching Porn in Academe” and Knowing Dick: Fucking Trans* Masculinities and FtMs in Feminist Porn in the session “Sexual Tensions: Contradictions and Ambivalence in Feminist Porn.” Find him on Twitter.

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Nica Noelle

nicanoelleNica Noelle is one of the most prolific writer/directors working in adult films today. She has been credited with innovating a new approach to capturing sex on film and influencing a generation of adult filmmakers and performers. Ms. Noelle has created six successful studios in the last five years, and is currently working on her seventh with her business partner Executive Producer Jerry Anders of AEBN.net.

Nica is an industry guest at the sessions “Ladyporn: Porn for Women” and “Safe: A Discussion About Mandatory Condoms and Safer Sex in Porn.”

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Andrew Owens

andrew-owensAndrew Owens is a PhD candidate in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University where he is currently at work on a dissertation that traces the alternative sex cultures of Gothic media since the 1960s. His research and teaching interests include media pornographies, gender/queer theory and horror. His article “Chicks, Dicks, and Contradictions: Reading Porn for Women in Playgirl” is forthcoming in 2014 in Feminist Media Studies.

Andrew is presenting Chicks, Dicks, and Contradictions: Reading Porn for Women in Playgirl in the session “Lovely Lads and Ladies: Representations of Gender & Sexuality in Porn Magazines.” Find him on Twitter.

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Constance Penley

Constance PenleyConstance Penley is professor of film and media studies and codirector of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her major areas of research interest are film and media history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She is a founding editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and editor or co-editor of the influential collections Feminism and Film Theory, Male Trouble, Technoculture, and The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender. She is the author of The Future of an Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America, and the forthcoming Teaching Pornography. Her collaborative art projects include “MELRO SE SPACE: Primetime Art by the GALA Committee” and “Biospheria: An Environmental Opera,” on which she was co-librettist. Penley is a 2009 winner of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award.

Constance is presenting Teaching Pornography: “A New Low in Humanist Excess” in the session “Teaching Porn in Academe” and is presenting at the Keynote Luncheon. Find her on Twitter.

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Carol Queen

carol-queenCarol Queen, PhD is a writer and cultural sexologist who’s worked at Good Vibrations for over 20 years and co-founded the Center for Sex & Culture. She’s written/edited several books and appeared in explicit educational videos, notably Bend Over Boyfriend, and scripted/hosted the PleasureEd series. She’s addressed scholarly conferences, including the International Conference on Prostitution and the International Conference on Pornography. In 2009 she debated the question of promiscuity (“Virtue or vice?”) for the Oxford Union. Queen has spoken about sexualities for over 35 years. She addresses diversity via experience, sex information, and informed cultural commentary.

Carol is presenting Porn Is Not Sex Ed (Except When It Is) in the session “Feminist Porn XXX-Ed: Feminist Perspectives on Sexual Identity and Sexual Health in Educational and Feminist Porn” and is an industry guest at the session “Conspicuous Consumption: If We Sell It, They Will Come.” Find her on Twitter.

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Arabelle Raphael

ArabelleArabelle Raphael is a porn performer and escort working in the Bay Area. She is a mixed race, queer identified femme. Arabelle has been involved in the adult industry for 3 years and continues to navigate between mainstream and alternative porn.

Arabelle is a panelist on “Being Out Now: How Performers Navigate Sexual Morality and Media Representation” and an industry guest at the session “Safe: A Discussion About Mandatory Condoms and Safer Sex in Porn.” Find her on Twitter.

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Shar Rednour

sharIn 1999 Shar Rednour, with wife Jackie Strano, founded S.I.R.Productions, a video production company that went on to create best-selling, award winning, and critically acclaimed movies such as Bend Over Boyfriend (co-producer Fatale Media), Hard Love & How to Fuck in High Heels and Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma with Staci Haines. Her video experience began by working for Fatale Media and BLUSH Entertainment in 1991.

She wroteThe Femme’s Guide to the Universe, a contemporary, queer Sex and the Single Girl for all humans femme — recently updated as a audio book on Audible.com. The Femme’s Guide to the Universe is also used as a part of Gender Studies plus is on the self-help “must read” list in femme-as-gender, transgender, and gender queer circles. Her passionate work on the feminist reclaiming of virginity began with an essay in The Last Sex: Feminism & Its Outlaw Bodies  — the resulting controversy of condemnation and applause led to two anthologies, Virgin Territory 1 and 2.

Shar has been an invited speaker at NYU, Brown University, Evergreen College (Olympia), Mills College, University of San Francisco, University of Massachusetts among others. Currently Shar’s show Love, Life, Sex is on Swirl Radio on TradioV.com (& Ustream), AM radio and SF Bay Area’s KOFY TV. She has been a sex educator for over 15 years with expertise in culture, health, and environment and speaks out about foster-care/adoption, transracial and class issues as well. She has been a managing editor for On Our Backs Magazine and currently contributes to Good Vibrations “Sexy Mama” as well as her own blog GreatSexGoodMom.com. She’s been interviewed in documentaries like HBO’s Real Sex and Pornucopia, Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography, among others. She has been featured in award-winner Ken Swartz’s documentary “San Francisco: Sex and The City.” Shar is, very proudly, a Sister Spit Alumni. She is a wife and mother.

Shar is presenting Dyke Gaze Influential: Documenting Pleasure, One Shot At A Time in the session “To Be Real: Authenticity in Queer and Feminist Porn” and is screening Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective.

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Jennifer Robertson

jennifer-robertsonJen Robertson is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Sexual Diversity Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Her capstone undergraduate thesis is about the intersections of queer homeless youth and labour issues. When she is not busy with school or working as a bike mechanic, Jen enjoys bad tv, good books, and cats.

Jen is presenting ‘She Lovers Forever': Problematizing Voyeurism and Antiporn Feminism in the Late 1970s in the session “Lovely Lads and Ladies: Representations of Gender & Sexuality in Porn Magazines.” Find her on Twitter.

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jes sachse

jes sachse (who goes by ‘they’), is a practicing visual artist and writer obsessed with themes of disability, sexuality, queerness, public art, the post-industrial malaise of twenty-somethings living and breathing in toronto, and puns.

sachse’s work has been featured in publications such as The Toronto Tempest, Ryerson Free Press, Arthur Newspaper, The Toronto Star, Abilities Magazine, NOW Magazine, Xtra, Eye Weekly, and the 40th Anniversary edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

jes is a panelist on “If I Had A Hammer: Reclaiming Feminist Porn As A Tool of Political Activism Against Oppression.”

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Dylan Ryan

dylan-ryanDylan Ryan is a porn star, writer, performance artist, social worker, body working yoga teacher and bacon lover. Born and raised in the wilds of suburban Southern California, Dylan has wanderlusted as far as Europe and Canada and ultimately settled in the only city that ever truly held her heart, San Francisco. A big believer in doing way too many things at once, Dylan has made a career teaching people about sex, writing works for a variety of print publishers and online media such Bitch magazine, Huffington Post and CNN and assisting the sex work community through harm reduction-focused organizations all whilst dipping her toes in and out of academia and graduate school. Dylan’s fondest wish is that people will feel their feelings about what she does.

Dylan is presenting Fucking Feminism, Or How I Became a Feminist Pornstar in the session “To Be Real: Authenticity in Queer and Feminist Porn.” Find her on Twitter.

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Sarah Stevens

sarah-stevensSarah Stevens is presently a Master’s candidate in Film Studies at Ohio University, writing her M.A. thesis on pornography and queered femininity. She also teaches feminist film theory and in the summer an Intro to Porn Studies class at Ohio University.

Sarah is presenting Towards a Pussy Oriented Pedagogy: Self Help Pornography and Feminist Modes of Meaning Making in the session “Watch and Learn: Sex Education Discourses in Feminist Porn.” Find her on Twitter.

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Bianca Stone

Bianca1Bianca Stone is a prostitute, pornographer, adult performer, student, and rabble rouser. Bianca’s participation in the sex worker rights movement includes organizing a San Francisco underground porn theater performance troupe, media coordinator for the Bay Area chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, and co-founder of the upcoming Oakland Autonomous Feminist Space from the same folks who brought you Oakland Occupy Patriarchy. Currently working on a degree in digital media arts, Bianca plans to keep making anti-establishment art and propaganda for love, solidarity, and revolution.

Bianca is is a panelist on “Being Out Now: How Performers Navigate Sexual Morality and Media Representation.”

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Tristan Taormino

Tristan TaorminoTristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, sex educator, radio host, and feminist pornographer. She is the author of seven books including The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion. She runs the adult film production company Smart Ass Productions. She has directed and produced twenty-four adult films, including the groundbreaking series based on real female kink fantasies, Rough Sex and the Expert Guide sex education series, which she created for Vivid Entertainment. The winner of multiple Adult Video News (AVN) and Feminist Porn Awards, she was the first female director to win an AVN award for Best Gonzo Movie for the first film in her reality series Chemistry. She received the Trailblazer Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Feminist Porn Awards in 2010. She is the host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network.

Tristan is an industry guest at the session “Watch and Learn: Sex Education Discourses in Feminist Porn” and is presenting at the Keynote Luncheon. Find her on Twitter.

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Courtney Trouble

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Courtney Trouble is an erotic film-maker, photographer, and porn performer who is largely known for pioneering the genre-defining queer porn movement, a term that was born from Trouble’s ground-breaking site NoFauxxx.com, established in 2002. The site is now known as Indie Porn Revolution. A decade later, Courtney Trouble has paved the way for ethical, independently produced porn, directing numerous films and websites featuring performers of all sizes, genders, races, sexual orientations, and sexstyles. Courtney Trouble is self described as a fat-positive, sex-positive, slut-positive, subversive, post-riot-grrrl Queer Porn Icon. Courtney strongly believes that all sexual performers deserve the right to represent themselves and their desires authentically, and strives to break down the stereotypes and typecasting inherent in the adult industry. Trouble has received multiple Feminist Porn Awards and AVN Awards nominations for the films Speakeasy, Billy Castro Does the Mission, Seven Minutes In Heaven, and the Roulette series.

Courtney is a panelist on “If I Had A Hammer: Reclaiming Feminist Porn As A Tool of Political Activism Against Oppression” and an industry guest at the session “Safe: A Discussion About Mandatory Condoms and Safer Sex in Porn.” Find her on Twitter.

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Toby Wiggins

toby-wigginsToby Wiggins is a PhD student and artist living in Toronto. Studying at York University in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, Wiggins’ areas of interest include sexualities, perversion, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and affect. Their work examines BDSM and feminist cultural production as a site of theory and resistance. Wiggins is also a filmmaker and multimedia artist. Last year, they produced a feature documentary, Nourish Peterborough, which followed the activisms of several grassroots anti-poverty organizations. This year, along with DIY art-porn production, Wiggins is teaching undergrads about gender, and running a seminar in Psychoanalysis and Perversion through Feminist Art Gallery’s freeschool.

Toby is presenting Explicit Contradictions: Facilitating Social Change Through Ambivalence in Feminist Porn Communities in the session “Sexual Tensions: Contradictions and Ambivalence in Feminist Porn.” Find them on Twitter.

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Kali Williams

kail-williamsKali Williams is a dynamic kink educator that focuses on power exchange, sexual confidence, and other pervy fun stuff! With over a decade of experience in exploring sexually alternative lifestyles and professions, her time is now focused on fulfilling her mission to improve running four revolutionary websites she’s founded over the last two years; Kink Academy, Passionate U, Fearless Press, and BeASexEducator.com.

Kali is presenting Sex Ed: Don’t Just Tell, Show at the session “Feminist Porn XXX-Ed: Feminist Perspectives on Sexual Identity and Sexual Health in Educational and Feminist Porn.” Find her on Twitter.

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Madison Young

madison-youngMadison Young is a sex positive Tasmanian devil. This sexpert grew up in the suburban landscape of Southern Ohio before moving to San Francisco, California in 2000. Since then this mid-western gal has dedicated her days to facilitating safe space to dialogue on the topic of fringe identities and cultures as well as documenting healthy expression of sexuality. Young’s breadth of work in the realm of sexuality spans from documenting our sexual culture in her feminist erotic films to serving as the Artistic Director of the forward thinking non-profit arts organization, Femina Potens Art Gallery. Young has spoken on the topics of sexuality and feminism around the world including at Yale University, Hampshire College, University of Minnesota, and UC Berkeley. Young’s memoir Daddy will be available in fall 2013 through Barnacle Books Publishing.

Madison is presenting “The Politics of Kinky Porn and Feminism.” Find her on Twitter.

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Liesbet Zikkenheimer

liesbetLiesbet Zikkenheimer studied Technical University Delft for Industrial Design and Graphic Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design). She stood at the start of the internet and found that it is was the ideal medium for women. In 2001, she started the erotic female-focused online web-community Shespot.nl and was searching for “female-friendly” alternative porn/erotica for women. In 2009 she joined Dusk!, an erotic TV channel for women and has been doing a research project about women’s porn preferences since then.

Liesbet is presenting What Kind of Porn Does She Really Like? in the session “Ladyporn: Porn for Women.” Find her on Twitter.

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