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Feminist Porn Awards

One of the big debates within feminism is whether or not porn is always degrading to women. Some say yes, some say no, and some say, that like most things in life, “it depends.”

Since 2006 the landmark Toronto sex store, Good For Her, has been running the Feminist Porn Awards. The idea behind the awards was to give kudos to erotic films, documentaries and websites that challenge stereotypical depictions of sexuality, whether this be female or male sexuality. The awards also highlight films that depict marginalised sexualities in a positive light.

In order to be considered for an award, a female director, producer or writer has to have been involved OR the film must depict female pleasure in a realistic and believable way OR it has to challenge the sexual stereotypes and boundaries common in mainstream and commercial porn.

The 2012 nominees has been released and includes straight sex, gay sex and educational videos such as Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Advanced Anal Sex.