Archive for April, 2013

Toronto Porn Weekend

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Tristan Taormino, Shar Rednour and Nan Kinney at #FPCon

We’ve been traveling the last couple of weeks, off to Toronto for the first annual Feminist Porn Conference, where Nan and Shar Rednour gave a great presentation on lesbian porn from the 1960s – 2000s, “Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective.”

But best of all, Nan received the Trailblazer Award at the Feminist Porn Awards on Friday night!

We’ve posted some pictures and will post more.

For our friends who weren’t there or couldn’t make it this year, here are some completely subjective notes, and links to more resources. Don’t miss the piece in the Daily Beast.

The 8th annual Feminist Porn Awards were held on Friday night, April 5, 2013, at the Capitol Events Theatre in Toronto. Good for Her, the sponsors, put on a stellar show. There were performances by Coco La Crème, Lena Love and Axel Blows & Mahogany Storm. Friends from near and far were all in attendance, including Courtney Trouble, whose Lesbian Curves won Hottest Dyke Film.

The FPA Trailblazer Award given to Nan was a complete surprise! Shar Rednour presented it, and you should have seen the smile on Nan’s face!

To see the entire list of award-winners, check out Good for Her. Kudos to Good for Her diva Carlyle Jansen for a spectacular party.

For an excellent overview of the Toronto weekend, don’t miss the Daily Beast article by one of our favorite people, Rachel Kramer Bussel (, “Organic, Fair Trade Porn: On the Hunt for Ethical Smut.”

For the weekend told in Tweets, check out Storify, a compilation by Tristan Taormino of #FPCon tweets that really does express the excitement of the weekend!

You know where we’ll be next year for the 2nd annual FPCon for sure!

Yours in good love and sex,

Nan & Christi

P.S. Come visit the Toronto Porn Weekend 2013 Pinterest board to see more photos!

On Gay Marriage: Letter to Fatale Media

Monday, April 15th, 2013

In the midst of all the excitement over the last two weeks, we’ve been following the gay marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Our friend Chuck, who lives in Louisiana, sends us good articles and lots of good karma. This week, he sent this, with a note:

“I found a news story to show that there are many changes that need to take place when it comes to being there for the one you love.”

Here is the Huffington Post story, “Gay Man Arrested.”

“When I read this story, I thought about you ladies….This is the reason why the same-sex marriage issue has been taken to the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the reason why same sex couples around the country are fighting for benefits like heterosexual couples.”

Thank you, Chuck, for your kind words and staying on top of this important issue.

Moments from FPCon

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Kelly Shibarri at #FPCon 2013

 It was a pleasure to meet Kelly Shibari from Hot Movies for Her at the first annual Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto. She wrote a nice review of the conference.

Kevin Heffernan, Shar Rednour and Nan Kinney at #FPCon 2013

We were thrilled because she commandeered the churchy-like entryway of the University of Toronto building where the conference was held, nabbed SMU prof and friend Kevin Heffernan and corralled Shar Rednour and Nan Kinney to do an interview. We look forward to the video interview and will post a link as soon as it’s up.

More stories…and thanks to Tristan Taormino for the story of the conference #FPCon in Tweets at Storify.


Feminist Porn Conference 2013 Review

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

The first annual Feminist Porn Conference, masterminded by Tristan Taormino, took place at the University of Toronto on April 6, 2013. We were thrilled to be there, amid the hundreds of attendees and presenters academic and porno alike.

Nan Kinney and Shar Rednour at Lesbo Retro #FPCon

Nan Kinney and Shar Rednour were a hit with the presentation of “Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective.”

Here is the press release Tristan issued about the conference…what a wealth of talent and intelligence in one place! Sexy, fun-loving, interesting people!

The 1st Annual Feminist Porn Conference Draws Hundreds to University of Toronto

TORONTO (April 8, 2013)—The First Annual Feminist Porn Conference was held at the University of Toronto on April 6, 2013 and drew nearly 250 attendees. This one-day conference brought together academics, cultural critics, performers, directors, producers, sex workers, activists, students, and fans to explore the emergence of feminist porn as a genre, industry, field of study, and movement. The event, the first ever conference devoted exclusively to feminist pornography, featured 45 different presenters from around the world.

Presenters included leading professors whose work spans multiple disciplines from history, sociology, film and media studies to comparative literature, sexuality studies, and feminist studies, including Kevin Heffernan from Southern Methodist University, Lynn Comella of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Ariane Cruz of Pennsylvania State University, Jill Bakehorn of UC Davis and UC Berkeley, Nicholas Matte of University Toronto, Emily Nagoski from Smith College, and York University’s Bobby Noble as well as scholars from CUNY, UCLA, Northwestern, and Ohio University.

Several panels featured some of the most well-known producers and performers working in feminist porn today, including Jiz Lee, Courtney Trouble, Madison Young, Sinnamon Love, Dylan Ryan, April Flores, Carlos Batts, Loree Erickson, James Darling, Carrie Gray, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Tina Horn, Arabelle Raphael, Quinn Cassidy, Jes Sachse, and Bianca Stone.

The international conference drew presenters from around the world, including Liesbet Zikkenheimer and Marije Janssen from Dusk TV, an erotic TV channel for women in the Netherlands, and Australian webmistress and director Ms. Naughty of Carol Queen, PhD, co-founder of the Center for Sex and Culture and Good Vibrations’ sexologist, spoke on two panels: “Conspicuous Consumption: If We Sell It, They Will Come,” about the connection between feminist porn and sex-positive retail stores and “Feminist Perspectives on Sexual Identity and Sexual Health in Educational and Feminist Porn.”

Award-winning filmmaker Shine Louise Houston of Pink and White Productions screened her documentary Shiny Jewels to a huge crowd.

A screening of Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective, a clip show of lesbian porn from 1960-2000, was followed by a question and answer session with its curator, Shar Rednour and special guest Nan Kinney, co-founder of On Our Backs and Fatale Media and recipient of the 2013 Trailblazer Award at The 8th Annual The Feminist Porn Awards on April 5.

The keynote was delivered by feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino and Professors Constance Penley and Mireille Miller-Young (both from University of California-Santa Barbara). As three of the four co-editors of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, recently published by The Feminist Press at CUNY, they discussed how feminist porn has shifted sexual representation and pondered what the future holds for feminist porn.

“The goal of our book was to put academics and sex industry workers into conversation with one another to discuss critical issues about feminism, sexual media, representation, sexual agency, and labor. This conference took those conversations to the next level,” said Mireille Miller-Young.

“We hope it mobilizes academics and sex industry workers to create coalitions to support each other’s work,” said Constance Penley.

“The event exceeded my expectations,” said Tristan Taormino, who produced the conference. “I was inspired by the diversity of voices from professors and students to performers and fans. The enthusiasm for dialogue about feminist porn issues was overwhelming, and I am already planning next year’s conference.”

The Feminist Porn Conference was sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Good for Her, The Feminist Porn Awards and The Feminist Press.


Nan Kinney: Feminist Porn Awards 2013 Trailblazer

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Nan Kinney Feminist Porn Awards Trailblazer Recipient 2013

Nan Kinney was honored with the 2013 Feminist Porn Awards Trailblazer Award on Friday night in Toronto. Sponsored by Good for Her, the 8th annual awards ceremony took place at the Capitol Event Theater. #feministporn #FPCon



Lesbian Curves Wins “Sexiest Dyke Film”

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Lesbian Curves by Courtney Trouble

Congratulations to Courtney Trouble for her film Lesbian Curves, which won the 2013 Feminist Porn AwardsHottest Dyke Film.” We couldn’t agree more!




April Buzz – FPCon

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

We are already on our way to Toronto for the much-anticipated April 6th, 2013 Feminist Porn Conference.

Organized by Tristan Taormino, the conference is an “official event” of the heralded Feminist Porn Awards, which are sponsored by the fabulous Toronto sex-positive shop Good for Her.

Shar Rednour and Nan Kinney

Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective” is a presentation and Q&A with groundbreaking lesbian pornographers Nan Kinney of Fatale Media and Shar Rednour of S.I.R. Video Productions.

Join Nan and Shar for this special presentation including a show of the most fabulous porn classic lesbian DVDs!

You can follow the action on Twitter at #FPCon. Follow us on Twitter @FataleMedia.

We promise to take lots of pictures, too, and post them on Fatale’s Facebook page.

We hope to see you in Toronto!

Yours in good love and sex,

Nan & Christi

P.S. If you missed Nan on “Sex Out Loud” radio with Tristan Taormino, you can hear the full interview (it was a good one) in one of two ways:

Listen to the show live on VoiceAmerica.

Or if you want to download it as an mp3, you can do that here:


5 Favorites from the Best Directors Working

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

We’re looking forward to Toronto, to seeing the stars, producers and directors of a wide range of the best feminist porn available.

Here are 5 favorite flicks, a completely idiosyncratic selection of bestsellers, from the best lesbian porn directors we know:

Shine Louise Houston

1. Shine Louise Houston – The original Crash Pad is the best vision of a sexcapade we know, leading to a series we find irresistible.

Shar Rednour

2. Shar Rednour – Hard Love and How to Fuck in High Heels. The gold standard for carnal dyke lust and hardcore bring-it-on.

Courtney Trouble

3. Courtney Trouble – From the director of the sexy Lesbian Curves, Roulette is a charmer and one of our favorites from this prolific star.


Madison Young

4. Madison Young – The seductive, stylized Queer Manor remains our favorite Madison fantasy.


Nan Kinney and Deborah Sundahl

5. Nan Kinney and Deborah Sundahl – The classic Suburban Dykes from Fatale Media stars Nina Hartley and Miss Sharon Mitchell. Required viewing for fans and students of feminist lesbian porn.