The Feminist Porn Conference is sponsored by:
Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
University of Toronto
The Sexual Diversity Studies program affords students the chance to develop an interdisciplinary focus on how sexuality is understood and represented in cultural, political, legal, social, and religious contexts. Why are sexual identities labeled as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or heterosexual, normal or perverse? How do identities and sexualities come to mean something different in different times and places? SDS core courses are taught by instructors from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Students also get to choose from a wide array of courses taught by faculty members across more than twenty disciplines and programs.
Good for Her
Good For Her is Toronto’s cozy, comfortable place where women and their admirers can find a variety of high quality sex toys, books, DVDs, workshops, sensual art, and much more.
The Good For Her Philosophy
Women and marginalized communities need access to information and products that are not always easy to find or easy to talk about. Both online and within our store in Toronto, we try to make it easy for you to learn and engage with our knowledgeable staff, or explore on your own. We believe that there is nothing shameful about an open, honest dialogue about sex and sexuality. Everyone deserves to explore their own sexuality in a safe and comfortable environment, and we hope that Good For Her can help facilitate that in your own life.
About Good for Her
Founder Carlyle Jansen got her start when she gave an impromptu sex toys seminar at her sister’s bridal shower—a United Church Minister—in 1995. Carlyle had just recently learned how to orgasm and her sister’s friends were so thrilled with Carlyle’s ease in sharing her knowledge that they requested more workshops. Over time doing workshops at the YMCA, women said that they wanted a comfortable place where they could purchase the toys Carlyle was speaking about, and they wanted more workshops. Thus Good For Her was born. We’ve been around for 13 years now, and Good For Her still strives to carry the highest quality products that celebrate women’s sexuality. This means excellent materials that won’t harm your body, and an approach to sex that gives you the ability to make the best decisions possible for yourself. We buy locally when possible, and encourage environmentally responsible products and packaging from our suppliers. Don’t forget to check out our awesome reusable tote bags too!
The 2013 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards
Now the longest running celebration of erotica focused on women and marginalized people, The Feminist Porn Awards have been celebrating feminist smut for eight sexy years. 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 women’s–and in many cases, men’s–sexuality. So we decided to do something about it.
We believe the world is inundated with cheesy, cliche, degrading, and patronizing porn. But we also believe that erotic fantasy is powerful, and that women and marginalized communities 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.
Good For Her wants porn to be held to a higher standard. We all deserve to see artistic expressions that celebrate 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.
The Feminist Press
The Feminist Press is an independent nonprofit literary publisher that promotes freedom of expression and social justice. We publish exciting authors who share an activist spirit and a belief in choice and equality. Founded in 1970, we began by rescuing “lost” works by writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and established our publishing program with books by American writers of diverse racial and class backgrounds. Since then we have also been bringing works from around the world to North American readers. We seek out innovative, often surprising books that tell a different story. The press is the publisher of a diverse collection of books, including Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond, Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks, Two Whole Cakes by Lesley Kinzel, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer for Freedom, and The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure edited by Tristan Taormino, Celine Parrenas Shimizu, Constance Penley, and Mireille Miller Young.