Friday, June 02, 2006

Feminist Porn Awards Festival In Toronto

OTTAWA, June 1, 2006 (AFP) - Canada's biggest city will host what is believed to be the world's first "feminist porn" awards ceremony Thursday, to highlight "really great" female erotica.

"There is so much bad porn out there. A lot of it is really, really bad -- not just sexist but racist, too," organizer Chanelle Gallant told AFP by telephone from Toronto.

"We wanted to celebrate filmmakers who are making really great porn, the kind that makes us feel good about sex, makes us feel good about our bodies and treats sex as something fun and good," she said.

Some 300 guests from the United States and Canada are expected to attend the awards ceremony at a chic century-old hotel on Toronto's west side, including the so-called leading lady of female erotica, Candida Royalle, and producers Tristan Taormino -- whom organizers described as the "gonzo butt queen" -- Dana Dane, Abiola Adams and Jen Bowers.

Eleven awards will be handed out in three categories: porn flicks that depict "genuine female pleasure" or "women having a good time", films that were produced or directed by women, and adult movies that "expand the range of pleasure for women", Gallant said.

There will also be a naughty poetry reading, sneak previews of upcoming porn titles, a roundtable discussion with directors and a burlesque show.

"It's only for North America right now, because I don't know the overseas industries well enough, but we hope to branch out in the future," Gallant said.

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