- Akio Maroon
- Amy Jamgochian
- Andre Shakti
- April Flores
- Arabelle Raphael
- Bobby Noble
- Carey Gray
- Carlyle Jansen
- Chris Lowrance
- Christopher Daniel Zeischegg
- Cinnamon Maxxine
- Constance Penley
- Courtney Trouble
- Dylan Ryan
- Emma Claire
- Gala Vanting
- Jennifer Lyon Bell
- jessica drake
- Jiz Lee
- JP Robichaud
- Kevin Heffernan
- Kitty Stryker
- KT Torrey
- Lisa Duggan
- Lisa Kadey
- Lisa Sloniowski
- Loree Erickson
- Lynn Comella
- Madison Young
- Maggie Mayhem
- Merritt Kopas
- Mindy Chateauvert
- Mireille Miller-Young
- Morgan Thorne
- Ms. Naughty
- N. Maxwell Lander
- Naomi de Szegheo-Lang
- Nicholas Matte
- Nicole Ritchie
- Pandora Blake
- Rachael Liberman
- Sarah Stevens
- Shine Louise Houston
- Siouxsie Q
- Sophie Delancey
- Tanesha H.D.
- Timaree Schmit
- Tina Horn
- Tobi Hill-Meyer
- Tristan Taormino
- Zahra Stardust
- Zeb Tortorici
Akio Maroon is a Mother, Occupational Health and Safety Consultant, Educator, Nurse, Social Justice Organizer, advocator and fundraiser for sex workers rights and HIV/AIDS support services. Akio is the founder of GRIND Toronto, a quarterly event celebrating sex positivity, the joys of safer consensual sex, in a LGBTQ2I space for BIPOC* (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). She blogs at http://akiomaroon.blogspot.ca/.
Akio is a panelist on “Running Race: Sexual Consumption, Labor, and Expressions by Women of Color.” Find her on Twitter.
Amy Jamgochian is a lecturer in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley, where she also received her PhD.
Amy is a panelist on “The History, Politics, and Ethics of Pornographic Authenticity (Theory/Practice).”
Andre Shakti is an educator, activist, blogger, and erotic film and stage performer. Andre has a BS in Psychology and LGBT Studies from Towson University. She worked in HIV risk assessment and harm reduction education while developing an admirable reputation as a burlesque performer, go go dancer, and event producer, and post-graduation honed her skills as a presenter and panelist. Most recently she graduated from San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI)’s Sex Educator Training in Fall 2013. She has taught workshops, filmed instructional clips, and served on panels for Dark Odyssey, Sugar, The Garden, PassionateU, KinkU, Feelmore510, Towson University, University of Maryland, UC Berkeley, and many more. She is working on an anthology of essays narrating over seven years of experience as a queer kinky poly femme in the sex industry.
Andre is a panelist on “Love The Whore You’re With: Self Care and Allyship for Sex Workers.” Find her on Twitter.
April Flores is a muse, performance artist, and model, but that’s not even scratching the surface. A fearless voluptuous star with scarlet hair, proponent of the queer community, feminist, sex-positive activist, outspoken advocate of body diversity, glamorous art model, avid kink fan, sub and dom both, and all around powerful woman. April is the first ever BBW to win an AVN Award for her groundbreaking work. She has also graced the covers of Bizarre and AVN magazines, among others, modeled for dozens of fine art photographers, guest co-hosted Espanol on Playboy Sirius/XM Radio, appeared in countless adult films in every genre of the adult industry (from mainstream to queer to kinky to artsy), and spoken out about body image through her mere presence and powerful sexuality, along with her activism.
April is a panelist on “Running Race: Sexual Consumption, Labor, and Expressions by Women of Color.” Find her on Twitter.
Arabelle Raphael is a sex worker, activist, writer, and model based in Los Angeles. She has lectured at the University of San Francisco and has been on panels for both the Desiree Alliance and Feminist Porn conferences. Arabelle is a multiple AVN nominee, performing in both mainstream and alt porn for almost 5 years. She co-directed a short erotic film with Maxine Holloway called Strange and has directed for IndiePornRevolution.com. She has worked with SWOP East Bay on multiple occasions and has strong ties with the Bay Area sex worker community. Her present focus is providing therapy and healing through intimate touch.
Arabelle is a panelist on “Love The Whore You’re With: Self Care and Allyship for Sex Workers.” Find her on Twitter.
Bobby Noble is Associate Professor in Sexuality Studies at York University. He is one half of the Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project studying, in part, the relationship between porn cultures and trans* bodies, desires and pleasures. He is the author of 2 monographs, Sons of the Movement (2006) and Masculinities without Men? (2004), and co-editor of The Drag King Anthology (2003).
Bobby is presenting Feverish Collections: Porn Studies, Archiving and the Porn Library in the session “Research, Archive, Teach, and/or Do it: Sex Work in the Academy.”
Carey Gray is a Queer FTM Toronto based pornographer, photographer, BDSM sex educator, the owner of ASLAN Leather and StudioTen Toronto. A passionate advocate of BDSM as a self empowering form of sexual play, Carey strives to create hot queer images and films that represent the diversity of kinky sex. Mr. Gray is the producer of Switch Queer Porn Play Parties and a proud recipient of a Feminist Porn award for Switch: Hometown Hotties.
Carey Gray will screen his film and answer audience questions as part of Film Screening + Director Q&A: BEDPARTY! directed by Shine Louise Houston (USA) and Power at Play directed by Carey Gray (Canada).
Since discovering orgasms in her late 20s, Carlyle Jansen has been passionate about education for everyone. She founded Good For Her in 1997, a sexuality shop and workshop centre where everyone could feel welcome and included, especially those who traditionally did not feel reflected in sexuality spaces. In 1996, the Good For Her team created and produced the Feminist Porn Awards. An eco-feminist, she believes in empowering people with knowledge to make the best choices for themselves. As the proud mom of 2 active boys, she loves kid play-time as well!
Carlyle is moderating “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know when Porn Was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?”
As a freelance designer and web developer, Chris Lowrance has worked with feminist luminaries including artist/journalist Molly Crabapple and sex worker activist podcaster Siousxie Q (WhoreCast.com). In 2009, he helped Pink & White Productions launch the original HeavenlySpire.com, and later helped relaunch CrashPadSeries.com, integrating new technologies to help the site scale with its rising popularity. Chris was also part of the team that created PinkLabel.tv in 2012. Now Web Manager at the veteran queer porn studio, Chris handles customer support, site maintenance, and further development projects to stay on top of evolving technologies.
Chris is presenting “If You Build It, They Will .com: Feminist Porn Website Development & Troubleshooting.” Find him on Twitter.
Christopher Daniel Zeischegg aka Danny Wylde
Christopher Daniel Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde) is a pornographer, writer, musician, and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California. Zeischegg spent eight years working in the adult film industry as performer Danny Wylde. He’s been a contributor to The Feminist Porn Book, and a variety of online publications, such as Nerve.com and Medium.com. His novel, Come to My Brother, was released in 2013 through Queer Young Cowboys. And his industrial metal band, Chiildren, released their first EP, The Other People, through Bit Riot Records. Zeischegg currently works in adult and mainstream film production and as a freelance writer.
Christopher is presenting “Getting In and Getting Out” and is a panelist on “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know When Porn Was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” Find him on Twitter.
Cinnamon Maxxine is fat fierce brown femme and has been doing sex work for over 7 years. They speak about POC visibility in the sex worker community and porn. Cinnamon has recently started preparing to shoot for their porn company, Soft Serve, Porn for Prudes: queer soft core porn and foreplay. They are proud to attend their first Feminist Porn Conference and look forward to attending more.
Cinnamon is a panelist on “Do Porn Stars Deserve Privacy?”
Constance Penley is professor of film and media studies and co-director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her major areas of research interest are film and media history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She is a founding editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and editor or co-editor of the influential collections The Feminist Porn Book, Feminism and Film Theory, Male Trouble, Technoculture, and The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender. She is the author of The Future of an Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America, and the forthcoming Teaching Pornography. Her collaborative art projects include “MELROSE SPACE: Primetime Art by the GALA Committee” and “Biospheria: An Environmental Opera,” on which she was co-librettist. Penley is a 2009 winner of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award.
Constance is presenting Teaching Pornography in the session “Research, Archive, Teach, and/or Do it: Sex Work in the Academy.”
Courtney Trouble is a porn star, photographer, award-winning pornographer, and founder of TROUBLEfilms, IndiePornRevolution.com, and QueerPorn.TV. The director and creative force behind over 22 queer porn films and endless online conent, Courtney is the recipient of numerous Feminist Porn Awards and countless adult industry honors, including 8 XBIZ 2014 nods (a first in queer porn history), and won Director of the Year at the BBW Fan Fest Awards in 2013. Courtney Trouble’s ﬁlms speak to an extremely ﬂuid, authentic, and hardcore version of graphic sexual imagery and feature queer, trans*, and genderqueer performers as well as performers of color and size. Courtney has spoken on feminist porn, queer porn, genderqueer identity, and body politics everywhere from The Berlin Porn Film Festival, The 1st Annual Feminist Porn Conference, the National Conference for Organised Resistance, to universities and queer film festivals and conferences throughout the world.
Courtney Trouble is presenting the Closing Keynote and is a panelist on “Feminist Pornography: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It Matters.” Find Courtney on Twitter.
Dylan Ryan is a porn star, writer, performance artist, social worker, body working yoga teacher and bacon lover. Born and raised in the wilds of suburban Southern California, Dylan has wanderlusted as far as Europe and Canada and ultimately settled in the only city that ever truly held her heart, San Francisco. A big believer in doing way too many things at once, Dylan has made a career teaching people about sex, writing works for a variety of print publishers and online media such Bitch magazine, Huffington Post and CNN and assisting the sex work community through harm reduction-focused organizations all whilst dipping her toes in and out of academia and graduate school. Dylan’s fondest wish is that people will feel their feelings about what she does.
Dylan is a panelist on “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know when Porn Was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?“, “Getting In and Getting Out,” and “Masochistic Femininity and Feminist Kink Porn (Theory/Practice).” Find her on Twitter.
Emma Claire is a white gender non-conforming queer trans woman, a sex worker, domina, and porn performer. She has been an activist within different organizations for 8 years and currently works at the peer-based sex worker health clinic, the St. James Infirmary, in San Francisco, CA. She advocates harm reduction, social justice, and empowering sex education. She has worked in sex worker, labor, feminist, anti-racist, queer, and transgender movements.
Melbourne-based Gala Vanting is an award-winning erotic film producer, sex worker, educator, pleasure activist, and erotic imaginist who has been performing in porn since 2004 and producing it since 2007. She is now the co-owner (with partner Aven Frey) of Sensate Films, an independent erotic media producer pioneering the theory and praxis of Slow Porn, which holds the core values of intimacy, artful and honest depictions of all forms of eroticism, and the democratization of sexy.
Gala is presenting Manufacturing Realness in the session “Consent & Authenticity: Interrogating Two Feminist Porn Tenets.” Find her on Twitter.
Jennifer Lyon Bell
Jennifer Lyon Bell is an American erotic film director, teacher, and curator living in her adopted home of Amsterdam. She directs award-winning explicit movies for her indie film company Blue Artichoke Films, making “Erotic Film For People Who Like Film.” With their emphasis on emotionally realistic sexuality, her films have garnered praise from feminist organizations, sex educators, pop culture commentators, and film festivals throughout both Europe and America. In addition to filmmaking, she teaches workshops on porn, feminism, cognitive film theory, and sexual representation, in venues as varied as the Porn Filmfestival Berlin and the national Dutch Film Academy.
Jennifer is a panelist on “Pornographers Without Borders” and will screen her films and answer audience questions as part of Film Screening + Director Q&A: Blue Artichoke Films Retrospective with Jennifer Lyon Bell (The Netherlands) and AnnaBelle Lee.
Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like the University of California – Santa Barbara and Chapman University, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication.
jessica is is a panelist on “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know When Porn Was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” Find her on Twitter.
Though most known as the adult industry’s iconic genderqueer porn star, Jiz Lee has a longer history working behind the scenes. Since 2004, they have served as a web consultant and developer for artists, sex workers, non-profits and small businesses, and have spoken at conferences on tech for non-profits at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2007, Jiz was part of the development team that launched CrashPadSeries.com using open source software, and founded the erotic philanthropic paysite Karma Pervs, a feature of the Feminist Porn Awards’ Best Website, JizLee.com. As Online Marketing Director of Pink & White Productions, Jiz continues to work on both sides of the camera, using their wide range of web and online marketing expertise to help others excel in the industry, using the flexibility of accessible technologies to benefit queer, feminist means.
Jiz is presenting “If You Build It, They Will .com: Feminist Porn Website Development & Troubleshooting” and “More Buck for Your Bang: How to Make Money by Marketing your Work.” Find Jiz on Twitter.
JP Robichaud is the head rigger for The Keyhole Sessions, Toronto’s foremost erotic life drawing and photography experience, as well as the resident stage manager for Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque. He has organized sexuality workshops around Toronto, working with such educators as Mollena Williams, Graydancer, Midori, and Tristan Taormino, has been a featured performer for Madison Young’s Femina Potens gallery in both San Francisco and New York City, and was the executive director of the 2013 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards. JP enjoys at least 70% dark chocolate.
JP is a panelist on “Turned On: New Technologies, Sexual Interface, and Feminist Erotic Media.” Find JP on Twitter.
Kevin Heffernan teaches media culture and history in the Division of Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University. Divine Trash, a documentary on the early career of John Waters on which Heffernan served as associate producer and co-screenwriter, won the Filmmakers’ Trophy in Documentary at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. He is the author of Ghouls, Gimmicks and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1952–1968 from Duke University Press and co-author, with Frances Milstead and Steve Yeager, of My Son Divine from Alyson Publications. He is writing a book-length history of American moving-image pornography from 1994 to the present tentatively titled Channels of Pleasure and another book tentatively titled From Beavis and Butt Head to Tea Party Nation: Dumb White Guy Politics and Culture in America.
Kevin is presenting ‘I’m Not Just Your Average Girl:’ Long Jeanne Silver and Monopede Mania in the session “Feminist/Porn Battlegrounds: Disability, Religion, The Law and…Tumblr.” Find him on Twitter.
Kitty Stryker is a fat queer femme, as well as a lecturer, writer, porn performer and consent activist based in Silicon Valley. She’s spoken at places from University of Birmingham’s Consent panel to SXSW on sex work and social media. In her day job, she is the PR and social media kitten at TROUBLEFilms as well as writing on geek culture, current events, the adult industry and intersectional politics. She’s currently pitching her first book based on Consent Culture, a website supporting survivors of assault and abuse within alternative communities. Her side project? A queer My Little Pony porn parody.
KT Torrey is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Writing at Virginia Tech. As a scholar, she wrestles with porn studies, sophistic rhetoric, and popular romance. Her current research combines these approaches to explore evangelical rhetorics about female sexuality created by and for Christian women. She also writes extensively (sometimes even academically) about metatextuality, fan fiction, and the American TV show Supernatural.
KT is presenting Hot Blooded (Check It And See): The Rhetorics of Purity|Porn at Dirty Girls Ministries in the session “Feminist/Porn Battlegrounds: Disability, Religion, The Law and… Tumblr.” Find her on Twitter.
Lisa Duggan is a historian, journalist and activist who has published widely on feminist and queer sexual politics. She is the author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex Violence and American Modernity and The Twilight of Equality? Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy. She is co-author with Nan Hunter of the seminal collection Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest. She is also co-editor with Joseph DeFilippis, Kenyon Farrow and Richard Kim of A New Queer Agenda, a special e-book edition of The Scholar and the Feminist Online.
Lisa is presenting the Opening Keynote.
Lisa Kadey is a Sexual Diversity Studies undergrad student at the University of Toronto. Her current research interests include LGBTQ young adult literature and school board politics. To pay her bills, she moonlights as a transcriptionist/microphone wrangler/project manager/etc. When not overwhelmed by school and work, she likes to read science fiction and spends far too much time trying to master tower defense games.
Lisa a panelist on “Archiving Feminist Pornography at the Sexual Representation Collection.”
Lisa Sloniowski was hired at York University in 2005 as the Information Literacy Program Coordinator and in that role was the principal author of the York Libraries inaugural program policy and planning document – the Information Literacy Manifesto. Since 2008 Lisa has been the English Literature Liaison Librarian at York University Library. In this role she builds literary collections and offers research instruction and assistance to faculty and students in English Language and Literature, and in the Creative Writing Program. Lisa’s research interests surround feminist archives and special collections, literary archives and special collections, information literacy for citizenship and advocacy for librarians. In 2009 Lisa co-founded the Feminist Pornography Archive and Research Project with Dr. Bobby Noble, Associate Professor of Sexuality and Gender Studies in the School of Women’s Studies. This project was awarded a three year Social Science and Humanities Research Council standard research grant in 2010. In 2013, Lisa entered the Phd program in Social and Political Thought at York University.
Lisa is presenting Feverish Collections: Porn Studies, Archiving and the Porn Library in the session “Research, Archive, Teach, and/or Do it: Sex Work in the Academy.”
Loree Erickson is a queer, femmegimp porn star academic in a doctoral program at York University in Toronto. She is the creator of want, an internationally award-winning porn film, and a community organizer. She loves travelling to lecture, making queercrip porn, and facilitating workshops on a variety of topics including collective care, disability justice/radical disability politics, and all things related to sex and disability. She is also a fan of sun, sparkly things, and social justice.
Lynn Comella, Ph.D. is a women’s studies professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses on gender, sexuality, media and popular culture. Her research examines the adult entertainment industry, with a focus on the history of the women’s market for sex toys and pornography. Her research has been featured in The Feminist Porn Book; Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry; New Sociologies of Sex Work; and Feminist Media Studies, among other places. She serves on the editorial board for the journal Porn Studies, and writes a column on sexuality and culture for VegasSeven.
Lynn is on the panel “Feminist Pornography: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It Matters.” Find her on Twitter.
Madison Young is a revolutionary feminist artist, activist, filmmaker, wordsmith, and curator. Young has documented our sexual culture in 40 feature-length feminist pornographic films that have been screened internationally and have won numerous accolades including 5 Feminist Porn Awards, numerous XBiz and AVN nominations. Young speaks on the topics of feminist pornography, feminism and sexuality, and kink at universities including Yale University, Harvard University, Hampshire College, Northwestern University, and UC Berkeley. Her writings have been published in the academic journal Porn Studies as well as her recently released memoir, Daddy.
Madison is a panelist on “Masochistic Femininity and Feminist Kink Porn (Theory/Practice)” and is presenting Reel Love: Navigating Relationships On Camera and Off—Challenges, Failures and Successes in Documenting Your Sex Life in the session “Consent & Authenticity: Interrogating Two Feminist Porn Tenets.” Find her on Twitter.
Maggie Mayhem is an activist, artist, and performer who had the pleasure of speaking on a panel about the “Ethics of Pornography” at Yale University with Gail Dines, Carolyn Bronstein and moderator Claire Potter in 2010. She has also served as an artist-in-residence at the Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria where she produced SexWorkerMemorial.com. She has appeared in numerous kinky, queer, and feminist films including the acclaimed Occupied produced by Pink and White Productions. She blogs at: MissMaggieMayhem.com.
Merritt Kopas is a multimedia artist and game designer whose work investigates play as a utopian project that contains a critique of the present and the seeds of potential futures. Some of her most well-known works include LIM, Conversations With My Mother, and HUGPUNX. She also curates free and accessible games at her project forest ambassador, which has been described as “a nicely curated gift basket of games’ strangest, newest ideas.” She recently sold a game about consensual torture and used some of the money to buy a new vibrator.
Merritt is a panelist on “Turned On: New Technologies, Sexual Interface, and Feminist Erotic Media.” Find her on Twitter.
Mindy Chateauvert is an activist and historian based in Washington, DC and New Orleans. Her book Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk was published by Beacon Press in January, 2014. For over three decades, she been a student, teacher, scholar and community organizer of social justice movements. She is a high school drop-out from Iowa with an ivy-league Ph.D. and two women’s studies degrees. She serves on the board of the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, is a past board member of the harm reduction service group HIPS in DC, and an advisor for Women With A Vision in New Orleans.
Mireille Miller-Young is associate professor of feminist studies and affiliate associate professor of black studies, film and media studies, and comparative literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research explores race, gender, and sexuality in visual culture, media, and the sex industries in the United States. Her forthcoming book, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women, Sex Work, and Pornography, examines African American women in pornography.
Mireille is a panelist on “Running Race: Sexual Consumption, Labor, and Expressions by Women of Color.” Find her on Twitter.
Ms Morgan Thorne has been a lifestyle dominant for almost 20 years and a Professional Dominatrix for 5 years. As a former health care worker, she is very knowledgeable regarding safety in BDSM. She is both a sex worker and a sex work advocate and is an outreach worker with The Naked Truth Entertainment. Morgan is also a fetish film performer and model. She is a writer with Kink E Magazine and volunteers in the local community as a DM and event organizer. Identifying as pansexual herself, Morgan tries to be inclusive of all identities and orientations during her teaching.
Morgan is presenting “Creating Fetish Content for Fun & Profit: You Do What On The Internet?!?.” Find her on Twitter.
Ms. Naughty is a feminist porn filmmaker and writer. She has been making and curating porn for straight women online since 2000. Her erotic films have screened at several international film festivals including Cinekink and the Berlin Porn Film Festival. She has a chapter detailing her work in The Feminist Porn Book. Her fiction has been featured in several editions of Best Women’s Erotica. She runs BrightDesire.com, an adult site that features all her films, and blogs about feminism, sex and porn at MsNaughty.com.
Ms. Naughty is a panelist on “Feminist Pornography: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It Matters” and “Pornographers Without Borders.” She will screen her films and answer audience questions as part of Film Screening + Director Q&A: Aussie Porn with Ms. Naughty and Zahra Stardust (Australia). Find her on Twitter.
N. Maxwell Lander
N. Maxwell Lander is a photographer and filmmaker currently living in Toronto. Straddling the worlds of art and commercialism, Lander always endeavours to bring class to the trash and edge to the suit. He is a Feminist Porn Award-winning filmmaker, taking home the Golden Beaver award in 2011 and Best Short in 2012. As a photographer, Lander has exhibited in countless group and solo gallery shows. He recently participated in the NoJam2 at Bento Miso through DMG Toronto, where he developed PORN GAME, a pornographic game/interactive erotic experience.
N. Maxwell Lander is a panelist on “Turned On: New Technologies, Sexual Interface, and Feminist Erotic Media.” Find him on Twitter.
Naomi de Szegheo-Lang
Naomi de Szegheo-Lang is a writer, performer, and artist who is completing a PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University. Her research focuses on constructions of ‘intimacy’ in popular media and artistic production, bridging cultural studies, queer theory, and sexuality studies frameworks. Her forthcoming book chapter, “Disruptive Desires: Reframing Sexual Space at the Feminist Porn Awards,” looks to ways in which the FPAs reveal possibilities for a powerful and productive re/imagining of queer sexual citizenship.
Naomi de Szegheo-Lang is a panelist on “Turned On: New Technologies, Sexual Interface, and Feminist Erotic Media.” Find her on Twitter.
Nicholas Matte teaches in the Sexual Diversity Studies Program at the University of Toronto. He also curates the Sexual Representation Collection, an emerging and significant research archive specializing in media, sex education, and pornography, which he’ll be discussing at this year’s FPC with Nicole Ritchie and Lisa Kadey. Matte’s research focuses on the ways that North American trans people and issues have been socially constructed, particularly in relation to medicine, sexuality, media and consumption between 1960 and 1990. He has been published in GLQ: A journal of lesbian and gay studies, Canadian Bulletin of History of Medicine, International Journal of Transgenderism, and The Transgender Reader.
Nicholas is a panelist on “Archiving Feminist Pornography at the Sexual Representation Collection.” Find him on Twitter.
Nicole Ritchie is a Master of Museum Studies candidate in collaboration with Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA with Distinction in Women’s Studies and Art History. Her research focuses on utilizing queer theory and affect theory to conceptualize non-normative arts and cultural spaces, focusing on feminist and/or queer identified spaces and the potential futurities of museums and galleries. For the 2013/14 academic year, Nicole is a Curatorial Assistant at the Sexual Representation Collection, archiving and researching new acquisitions affiliated with the Feminist Porn Awards and Toronto’s Women and Trans Bathhouse, an experience that she will be discussing along with her colleagues at the Feminist Porn Conference.
Nicole is a panelist on “Archiving Feminist Pornography at the Sexual Representation Collection.”
Ovidie is a French actress, author, and producer. She has appeared in the films Pornographe, Mortel, Transfert, and All About Anna, produced by Lars Von Trier. In 2008, she created Frenchlover TV for Canal Satellite and produced nearly 200 programs for the station. In 2009, she produced Histoire de Sexe(s), a comedy containing explicit sex scenes, in collaboration with Jack Tyler; the film ignited public debate about the film rating system and censorship. She continued to develop a hybrid genre halfway between comedy and explicit films, producing Infidélité and Liberté Sexuelle. She is no longer producing “pornographic” films, but continues to dig deeper into this hybrid concept geared towards women and couples.
Ovidie is a panelist on “Pornographers Without Borders” and will screen her film and answer audience questions as part of Film Screening + Director Q&A: Rhabillage directed by Ovidie (France).
Pandora Blake is a feminist pornographer, sex worker, adult performer and blogger based in London, UK. She’s 29 years old, and has been working in the adult industry since 2005. She is the creator of DreamsofSpanking.com, an adult paysite which launched in 2011 and produces gender egalitarian, fair trade spanking porn for men and women. Pandora is an enthusiastic switch in both her professional and private lives, and enjoys making spanking videos with her real life partners and lovers. She also writes the blog Spanked, Not Silenced on kink, porn and politics.
Pandora is presenting Establishing Consent: Filming Non-Consent Fantasies in Ethical Porn in the session “Consent & Authenticity: Interrogating Two Feminist Porn Tenets” and is a panelist on “Pornographers Without Borders.” Find her and her production company on Twitter.
Dr. Rachael Liberman is a Lecturer in the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies at University of Denver. Her research tracks the construction, proliferation, and circulation of discourses on gender and sexuality in contemporary media culture; and in particular, the mediation of female sexual subjectivity.
Rachael is presenting Reflexive Tensions: Theorizing Feminist Pornography as a Performative Heterotopia in the session “Feminist Porn: A Bundle Of Contradictions? (Theory/Practice).” Find her on Twitter.
Sarah Stevens is currently writing her MA thesis on feminist pornography and women’s sexuality in 21st century film culture. She has presented her research across the US and abroad. At her time at Ohio University, she also had the pleasure of teaching two undergraduate courses: “Beyond the Gaze: Feminist Film Critique and Theory” and “Screening Sex: Intro to Porn Studies.” She is also a blogger and a sales associate at a sex shop in northern West Virginia.
Sarah is presenting Rope Sluts, and Bottoms, and Subs Oh My: Rethinking Femininity and Masochism in Feminist Kink Porn in the session “Masochistic Femininity and Feminist Kink Porn (Theory/Practice).” Find her on Twitter.
Shine Louise Houston
As the pioneering producer and director of Pink & White Productions, Shine Louise Houston has always had unique vision. Graduating from San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film, her works have become the new gold standard of adult cinema. During a five year position at the women-owned, sex toy purveyor Good Vibrations, Shine recognized an underserved demand for an alternative to mainstream pornography, and began to create well-crafted queer made porn. Shine’s films have been recognized among the next big wave of women produced porn and have been internationally screened from Amsterdam to New Zealand.
Shine is presenting “More Buck for Your Bang: How to Make Money by Marketing your Work“, “The History, Politics, and Ethics of Pornographic Authenticity (Theory/Practice),” and is a panelist on “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know when Porn Was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” Shine will screen her film and answer audience questions as part of “Film Screening + Director Q&A: BEDPARTY! directed by Shine Louise Houston (USA) and Power at Play directed by Carey Gray (Canada).” Find her on Twitter.
Sex worker, podcaster, columnist, and playwright: Siouxsie Q is a jack of all trades. Her weekly podcast, The WhoreCast, and her SF Weekly column The Whore Next Door strive to humanize sex workers by sharing their stories, art and voices. Over the past year, Siouxsie Q has been a guest expert for the Savage Love column, interviewed Ira Glass, and starred in her hit original play Fish Girl. Siouxsie Q, simply put, is a sex worker super hero dedicated to fighting for Truth, Justice and the American Whore.
Siouxsie is a panelist on “Do Porn Stars Deserve Privacy?”
Sophie Delancey is a jack of all trades behind the scenes type devoted to spreading the message that porn can be beautiful. She is the PR and Marketing coordinator for websites including TheArtofBlowjob.com, SlowMotionBlowjob.com and PornographicLove.com and writes blogs, interviews and reviews for numerous sexuality/relationship/porn sites. She has appeared on many radio shows/podcasts and has spoken on several panels. Her particular focuses include using real couples in porn, creating high-quality content from a DIY perspective, responsibility in transparency and outreach to pornographic audiences, including marginalized bodies and sexualities in porn and the intersections of feminism and aesthetics in porn.
Sophie is presenting What’s Really Real: Interrogating Authenticity in the session “Consent & Authenticity: Interrogating Two Feminist Porn Tenets.” Find her on Twitter.
Tanesha H.D. is a sex and sexuality researcher, black femme burlesque dancer, sexual rights advocate and ultimately a fan of all things sexy — especially porn. Her porn collection consists of everything from adult DVDs and pornographic magazines to porn star posters and a collection of porn documentaries. Tanesha is currently attending University and completing scholarly research in Sexuality Studies with a specific focus on sexual rights, sexuality in popular culture, and sexual representation in media. Tanesha is also a member of the Canadian Sex Research Forum and has spoken at events such as CatalystCon and the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. She hosts monthly sexuality themed discussion groups and workshops and considers herself a sex-positive, body positive, kinky, queer femme porn fan girl.
Tanesha is a panelist on “Feminist Pornography: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It Matters” and “Running Race: Sexual Consumption, Labor, and Expressions by Women of Color.” Find her on Twitter.
Dr. Timaree Schmit is a writer and professor of Human Sexuality at Widener University and Community College of Philadelphia who specializes in media literacy and the intersection of sexuality and fitness. Her podcast, Sex with Timaree, focuses on sex positivity and social justice.
Timaree is presenting Tumblr and the Battle for Feminist Hearts, Minds and Clits in the session “Feminist/Porn Battlegrounds: Disability, Religion, The Law and… Tumblr.” Find her on Twitter.
Tina Horn is a writer, educator, and media-maker. She produces and hosts the sexuality podcast “Why Are People Into That?!”, and her first book is slated for publication in 2014. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence. Her publication credits include Best Bondage Erotica 2010, Fleshbot, and Gaga Stigmata; she was also the co-creator/director of the Feminist Porn Award winning QueerPorn.tv. Tina has spoken at Good Vibrations, Red Umbrella Diaries, Lesbian Sex Mafia, and the Feminist Porn Conference. She once sold a golden dildo to Beyonce. Born in Northern California, Tina now lives in Manhattan with a very sweet bear.
Tina is a panelist on “Love The Whore You’re With: Self Care and Allyship for Sex Workers” and is moderating “Do Porn Stars Deserve Privacy?” Find her on Twitter.
Tobi Hill-Meyer made her filmmaking debut, won an The Feminist Porn Emerging Filmmaker Award and was #3 on Velvet Park Media’s list of the 25 Most Significant Queer Women of 2010. She is a multiracial trans woman with over a decade experience working with feminist and LGBTQ organizations on a local, state, and federal level. She’s since has turned her focus to media analysis and productions. As a writer, producer, and filmmaker, she is a founding member and major contributor to the media collective, Handbasket Productions.
Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, sex educator, radio host, and feminist pornographer. She is the author of seven books, editor of twenty-five anthologies, and co-editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. She has directed and produced twenty-five adult films, including the groundbreaking series based on real female kink fantasies, Rough Sex and the Expert Guide sex education series, which she created for Vivid Entertainment. The winner of multiple AVN and Feminist Porn Awards, she was the first female director to win an AVN award for Best Gonzo Movie for her movie Chemistry. She received the Trailblazer Award at the 2010 Feminist Porn Awards. She is the host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. She is the founder and producer of The Feminist Porn Conference.
Tristan is a panelist on “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know when Porn Was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” and “Feminist Porn: A Bundle Of Contradictions? (Theory/Practice).” Find her on Twitter.
Zahra Stardust, BA, LLB (Honours), MA (Gender and Cultural Studies) is an award winning porn star, Penthouse Pet, stripper and pole dance instructor. She was Best Adult Star in 2012 and has run for parliament three times for the Australian Sex Party, when she and Angela White made history as the first political candidates to film a sex scene together. Zahra works as the Policy Officer for the Australian Sex Workers Association and is currently writing her PhD on the legal regulation of queer and kinky pornography in Australia. She runs The Explicit Diary of Zahra Stardust.
Zahra is presenting ‘Fisting is Not Permitted’: Criminal Intimacies, Queer Sexualities and Feminist Porn in the Australian Legal Context in the session “Feminist/Porn Battlegrounds: Disability, Religion, The Law and… Tumblr.” She will screen her film and answer audience questions as part of Film Screening + Director Q&A: Aussie Porn with Ms. Naughty and Zahra Stardust (Australia). Find her on Twitter.
Zeb Tortorici is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in History from UCLA, and has published articles in GLQ, Ethnohistory, Journal of the History of Sexuality, History Compass, e-misférica. He has chapters in the edited volumes Youth Cultures and Queer Sex Work. With Martha Few, he recently co-edited Centering Animals in Latin American History (Duke University Press, 2013), and with Pete Sigal, Erika Robb Larkins, and the late Neil L. Whitehead he is co-editing Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological Knowing.
Zeb is presenting Autopornography and the Discipline of History in the session “Research, Archive, Teach, and/or Do it: Sex Work in the Academy.”