Wednesday, 05 March, 2014
Can porn be ethical? What is 'good' porn? Award-winning author and director Tristan Taormino shares her personal journey from writer and sex educator to self-identified feminist pornographer. Hear about her first foray into porn on and off camera and what led her to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions. She will share her definition of feminist porn (as a growing genre, industry, and movement), what she hopes to accomplish with her films, and the challenges she faces in the mainstream adult industry. As "reality" and representation collide around issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class in pornography, Tristan will argue that feminists must disrupt normative depictions in the medium and create new kinds of imagery. She'll discuss the role consumers play in the movement, how internet economies have shifted the industry, and why she thinks anti-porn feminists haven't watched enough porn. Since Tennessee is one of the top ten porn-viewing states, this event will encourage a serious discussion on porn, a phenomena of sexuality that plays a much bigger role in our lives than we realize. This event is organized and sponsored by Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT) as a part of Sex Week UT. It is co-sponsored by Good Vibrations.