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Can Sex-Ed Be Sexy? Through Porn and Print, Taormino ’93 Says ‘Yes’

Tristan Taormino ’93 lecturing on her college book tour. All images c/o Taormino.on tour college lecture

The editors of The Village Voice wanted someone to write about sex. Dan Savage’s weekly advice column “Savage Love” was gaining popularity and had outgrown its place in the back of the paper, alongside 900 numbers and ads for escorts. Sex needed a new section.

They convened a meeting. The late Don Forst, editor-in-chief at the time, asked if anyone had a writer in mind. One editor suggested the “Adventure Girl” columnist from the lesbian feminist publication On Our Backs. Was that the same woman who wrote that book on anal sex, another editor asked. A third wanted to know if she used to run her own ‘zine.

All three had in mind the same person: Tristan Taormino ’93, author, feminist pornographer, and now, sex columnist. They brought her into the Village Voice offices.

“They said they had one concern: Is there really that much to write about sex? Can you keep that going for a while?” Taormino said. “And of course, I kept it going for almost a decade.

“My answer then, and proves to be, yes.”

As Taormino has shaped her career, her brand of feminism has promoted realistic views of sex and sexuality by keeping politics and ethics at the forefront of her work. She had to carve her own path, but in doing so, she paved the way for dynamic change.

Tristan Taormino Speaks In The Chapel w/ ADP After Party: An Unofficial Wesfest Event

Tristan Taormino ’93, an award winning author, feminist pornographer, and sex columnist, will give a lecture entitled “My Life as a Feminist Pornographer” this Friday at Memorial Chapel from 9-10:30PM. The following information was sent in by Grace Kredell ’10:tristanonset

Award-winning author and director Tristan Taormino shares her personal journey from writer and sex educator to self-identified feminist pornographer.

She’ll dish details about the process of producing, directing, and starring in her first video, The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women , from striking a deal with mainstream producer legend John Stagliano of Evil Angel Video to putting her ass on the line-literally. Hear why she decided to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions, and become an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment, one of the largest adult companies in the industry. Her work for Vivid includes the reality series Chemistry, the Vivid-Ed sex education line, and her latest project, a vignette series called Rough Sex.

She’ll discuss why she chose to do porn, the challenges and breakthroughs she has seen within the adult industry with regards to women’s pleasure, and her personal goals for working within the industry. She will bring an old argument to a new level of discussion: Is feminist pornography a paradox or can we really create sex-positive empowering porn?

The event is sponsored by the Adelphic Educational Fund, the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Zombie Art Collective, FemNet and Wes Well.

Interestingly enough, the lecture is not mentioned in the Wesfest guide. This is a shame, since Ms. Taormino is a quite successful Wes alum who uses her powerful voice to spread a “pleasure-positive message” and “educate people of all genders and sexual orientations in their pursuit of healthy, empowering, and transformative sex and relationships.” (From her NSFW website)

Tristan Taormino’s lecture will be followed by an after-party at Alpha Delt (she is an alum):

Come party with Tristan at the Grotto, her old stomping grounds, right after her talk! Live music by Precision Libido, Wesleyan’s raciest riot grrrl phenomenon. New music, new instruments, and new objects for fucking will be featured in their full set starting promptly at 11PM SHARP. Special guest appearances will give you some new eye candy to fantasize about while you go home and try out some of Tristan’s techniques. Get ready to cream yourself over and over again. Its FREE!

The two events:

What: “My Life as a Feminist Pornographer” by WesAlum Tristan Taormino
When: Friday, April 17th @ 9PM
Where: Memorial Chapel

What: Tristan Taormino After-Party with Precision Libido
When: Friday, April 17th @ 11PM
Where: The Grotto (ADP Basement)