Feminist Porn 101: What it is, What it isn’t, and Why it matters

Lynn Comella, Jackie Strano, Tristan Taormino #cconporn CatalystCon West - September 28, 2013

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  1. 2013 might go down in the history books as the “Year of Feminist Porn.” In the span of a few short months we saw the publication of The Feminist Porn Book, the first annual Feminist Porn Conference at the University of Toronto, and a Feminist Porn Mini Con at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The topic of feminist pornography was discussed in a number of mainstream media outlets, including the Huffington Post, Salon, and the Daily Beast, among others. Yet some writers have suggested that there’s a lack of clarity about what constitutes feminist pornography, claiming that it is a “bundle of contradictions” or that the label “feminist porn” might, in the end, amount to little more than a clever marketing ploy. This panel seeks to open up a dialogue about what feminist porn is, what it isn’t, and why the label feminist porn matters in a cultural climate that continues to be hostile to both feminism and sexuality more generally.
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