Contributors

Foreword
Dr. Mireille Miller-Young

Dr. Mireille Miller-Young is associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the coeditor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, and the author of A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.

How to Come Out Like a Porn Star: An Introduction
Jiz Lee

Jiz Lee is an award-winning porn performer and industry veteran whose work spans queer pornography and hardcore gonzo adult film genres. Lee’s writing appears in The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, Best Sex Writing 2015, Genderqueer, and on JizLee.com.

Winning At Porn: My Parent’s Opinion Still Matters
AliceinBondageLand

After a near-life experience in a plane crash, Alice set out to live her dreams and bring her mad visions to life in moving pictures on both sides of the lens. Now, Mistress AliceInBondageLand is on a mission to put the fun back into femdom, one movie at a time. Her videos feature female-dominant-lifestyle couples in all combinations. Winner of the Best Bondage Paysite award in 2014, her movies shine with innovative bondage, genuine orgasms, and real kinksters really enjoying themselves, with a surprising sense of humor mixed in.

Out or Bust
Andre Shakti

Andre Shakti is a queer polyamorous educator, producer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is committed to normalizing alternative desires, destigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Follow her on Twitter @andreshakti and visit AndreShaktiXXX.com.

Coping with Showing Your Junk for a Living
Anna Cherry

Three best things in life are laughing, thinking and orgasms. I want to make you do all three A LOT. Professional Naked Girl.

The Luxury of Coming Out
Annie Sprinkle

Annie Sprinkle has worked in sex for forty-two years. In the ’70s she was a porn star, pinup model, and prostitute. In the ’80s she was a sex-worker-rights activist, writer and photographer for sex magazines, and directed her own post-porn films. She was a pivotal player in the sex positive feminist movement and put herself through college doing burlesque. In the ’90s Sprinkle branched out into the art world, toured theater pieces about her life in sex, and became a sex educator. In 2002 Sprinkle got a PhD and fell in love with artist Beth Stephens. Currently, they’re pioneering the ecosex movement.

Hiding in Plain Sight
Anonymous

This writer wishes she didn’t have to be anonymous and usually is quite open about her involvement in porn and sex work, but she needed to be anonymous in this book to limit the risk her stalkers could discover that she has another name and use that to find and harass her employer. When not championing feminism and sex worker rights online, she enjoys a cozy home with a loving family and several pets, including an elderly cat that was on her lap for much of the writing of this essay.

Please don’t publish this with my name.
Anonymous

The author’s name has been withheld at their request.

Perpetual Coming Out
Bella Vendetta

Bella Vendetta is a classically trained professional and lifestyle dominatrix. She trained at the world’s oldest BDSM training chateau as a submissive before taking the reins as a pro-domme. Since then she has worked in prestigious dungeons all over the country, is a leader in the New England kink community, and has opened her own dungeon and community space. In addition to being passionate about the BDSM lifestyle, she is also a founding member of Rites of Passage suspension group, which has allowed her to rain with the best riggers and piercers from all over the country. Bella is passionate about doing dangerous things as safely as possible and frequently lectures at colleges and universities about cross-contamination, disinfection, and blood-borne pathogens. When she is not doing all of this, she is filming weird art porn, clown porn, and fetish content for her own company, Beautiful Revenge Productions. And when she is not doing that, she is writing about her experiences in the adult industry, as well as metal and rock interviews.

Even Someone Like Me: How I Came Out as a Smut Starlet
Betty Blac

Writer, artist, porn performer, and lovable weirdo, Betty Blac is a Bay Area native. She is passionate about social justice, positive sexuality, art, and shiny things. Despite being known for her onscreen jigglegasms, Blac has a slightly nerdy side. She boasts both a BA in media studies from Mills and an MA in creative writing from the University of Sydney. She writes about everything from pop culture, art, sex toys, and porn to oppression and injustice.

The Call
Candida Royalle

In 1984 Candida Royalle stepped behind the camera, from porn star to director, creating Femme Productions in order to produce adult films from a woman’s perspective. Royalle gained international acclaim as a pioneer in female sexual empowerment and expression, and she became a sought-after speaker, lecturing extensively at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the World Congress on Sexology, and several universities and professional conferences. She has been a guest on countless TV talk shows and written up everywhere from the New York Times to the Times of London. Royalle was invited to become a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT); in 2014 she received a doctorate in human sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality for her life’s work. She is currently working on a documentary about the search for her birth mother with award-winning filmmaker Sheona McDonald. You can find her at CandidaRoyalle.com.

Shark’s Teeth
Casey Calvert

Casey Calvert is an award-winning adult actress and naked model who spends her free time as a writer, rock climber, and expert level napper. She graduated magna cum laude from film school at the University of Florida and moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2012. She is also currently pursuing mainstream production as her secret real-world alter ego. If she is not at home with her cats, dog, and partner, she is probably at work… or sitting in traffic.

My Second Coming Out
Chelsea Poe

Chelsea Poe is a writer, director, porn performer, and trans activist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, currently residing in Oakland, California. She has been an outspoken advocate for better representation of trans women within pornography. In October of 2014, her first full-length feature, Fucking Mystic, premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival and garnered her multiple AVN and Transgender Erotica Awards nominations. She launched a petition in November of 2014 calling for mainstream trans porn sites run by non-trans owners to stop the use of the term “shemale” within their marketing. The petition received over 1,600 signatures. Her website is ChelseaPoe.com.

Only Silence
Chris Lowrance

As a freelance designer and web developer, Chris Lowrance has worked behind-the-scenes on numerous queer and feminist porn sites, including the original HeavenlySpire.com, PinkLabel.tv, and CrashPadSeries.com. Now web manager at veteran queer porn studio Pink & White Productions, Chris searches for practical solutions at the intersection of ethics, sex work, and technology.

Coming Out to My Parents about Sex Work
Christopher Zeischegg

Christopher Zeischegg spent eight years working in the adult film industry as performer Danny Wylde. He’s been a contributor to The Feminist Porn Book, Best Sex Writing 2015, and a variety of online publications, such as Medium and Nerve. He recently published his second novel, The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, through Rare Bird Books.

Changing the World Through Sex
Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop started up Bartle Bogle Hegarty New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.  She is the founder of IfWeRanTheWorld.com, a marketing coaction software (and Harvard Business School case study) that enables brands to do good and make money simultaneously, by implementing the business model of the future: Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial and social). She founded MakeLoveNotPorn.com in 2009—the subject of a notorious TED Talk—and in 2013 with cofounders Oonie Chase and Corey Innis launched MakeLoveNotPorn.tv in beta: “Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference.” She speaks at conferences around the world and consults, describing her consultancy approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’ Follow her on Twitter @cindygallop.

Porn Changed Everything
Cinnamon Maxxine

Cinnamon Maxxine is a San Francisco Bay Area original diva. They’re a queer porno personality, stripper, and all around fierce fat femme of color. They’re on a mission to confront racism, race bias, fat phobia, and the generic femme bias in sex work and porn. These issues are real, not just in mainstream society, but in our cherished and loved alternative and subcultures as well. Cinnamon fights these issues every day and loves to educate people. You can find Cinnamon as CinnaMaxx on Facebook and Twitter, or email cinnamaxx@gmail.com.

From Opera Conductor to Porn Producer
Colin Rowntree

As the founder and CEO of Wasteland.com, the Internet’s oldest and most popular BDSM and alternative sexuality site, Colin Rowntree is a true pioneer of the online adult entertainment industry. An eloquent, witty, and thought-provoking commentator, Colin is a frequent contributor to industry trade publications and websites, including Adult Video News, XBIZ, and other media outlets. He has been interviewed by and featured on International Business Times, CNBC, Rolling Stone Magazine, BBC Television, the Fox Network, HBO, ABC Nightline, NewsCorp, Time, Wired, Cnet.com, and Bnet.com.  Most recently, Colin was awarded the 2015 Progressive Leadership of the Year XBIZ Executive award.

The Name of Your First Pet and the Street You Grew Up On
Conner Habib

Conner Habib is an author, lecturer, porn performer, and vice president of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. His Twitter handle is @connerhabib and he lives in Los Angeles.

Daddy Issues
Courtney Trouble

Having spent their entire adult life in the adult industry, Courtney Trouble is currently in graduate studies at California College of the Arts and owns the film production company, TROUBLEfilms. Their company funds the films of trans, POC, and plus-size queer sex workers as well as their own art and short films, which range from experimental shorts, music videos, and of course: queer porn.

The Mechanism of Disappearing to Survive
Cyd Nova

Cyd Nova is a writer and community organizer living in Oakland, California.  He works at St. James Infirmary, a peer-run clinic for sex workers, and is the director of gay FTM porn company Bonus Hole Boys.  He has spent over a decade trying out every nook and cranny the sex industry has to offer.  Cyd’s writing has appeared in Tits and Sass, The Rumpus, Visual AIDS, Prose and Lore, and The Collection: The New Transgender Vanguard. You can read more at CydNova.wordpress.com or email him at cyd.nova@gmail.com.

Little Data
Dale Cooper

Dale Cooper lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his cat, CatJim. This is his first author’s bio. He has a website, which is DaleDoesPorn.com.

I Always Wanted to Be a Porn Star
Denali Winter

Denali Winter is a genderfluid dinosaur who lives on the Internet. They are also a hair stylist, drag queen, porn performer, and proud feminist. Their free time is spent working on their pet project, PetplayPalace.com, a queer fetish porn site focused on BDSM and animal role-play. They have one cat and a habit of making bad porn-related puns. They will probably never stop being naked in front of cameras.

Coming Out Again (And Again)
Drew DeVeaux

Drew DeVeaux is a queer-identified trans woman who works as a part-time porn star/nurse/epidemiologist/educator and activist in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is recognized as a boundary breaker and game-changer for trans women in the porn industry. Her films have been nominated for various awards, and she was a past winner of the Heartthrob of the Year at the Feminist Porn Awards. As a trans activist Drew coined the terms “cisnormativity” and the “cotton ceiling” (the systemic exclusion of trans folks from everyone’s spheres of desire, i.e., whom we find attractive). Drew is a sci-fi geek and has a dream to film the first ever porn scene in space.

Like Getting Kicked in the Gut
D.R.

D.R. has requested to submit this essay in anonymity.

What’s In a Name?
Edward Lapple

Edward Lapple has worked as a producer/director/editor and every other production job over a forty-five-year career. He worked on over 200 adult films for a host of companies. In the straight world he won six Emmys and numerous other awards while working for ABC, NBC, KCAL, KCOP, ET, PBS, Prime Ticket, Disney, ESPN, and a slew of advertising agencies. Infomercials he has worked on have grossed over $50m and he conducted eBay’s most viewed auction, selling the town of Bridgeville for $1.75m, with 1.3 million page hits. He is semiretired, living in Humboldt County, California, and writing for the BareFootMusicNews.com.

Coming Out while Trans
Emma Claire

Emma Claire is a transsexual dyke, porn performer, dominatrix, sex worker, activist, and smut maker. She works at St. James Infirmary, the United States’ only peer-based sex worker clinic, advocating with clients and on policy, such as fighting against the bill mandating condom use in porn before the California legislature in 2014. She is currently producing and directing @TransLesbians, a site run by queer trans women portraying hardcore trans lesbian sex.

How to Tell Your Two Young Daughters That You Direct Adult Films
Erika Lust

Erika Lust (b. Stockholm, 1977) is an independent erotic filmmaker and author based in Barcelona. She graduated from Lund University in 1999 with a degree in political sciences and founded Erika Lust Films in 2005. A staunch feminist dissatisfied with the portrayal of women in mainstream adult industry, Erika is committed to infusing intimacy, modernity, and beauty into her explicit films. Her latest multi-platform project, XConfessions, grabs inspiration from the audience’s own sex stories, resulting in a totally new genre of adult film.

On Coming In
Gala Vanting

Gala Vanting is an Australian erotic film producer and performer, professional BDSM practitioner, educator, pleasure activist, relational anarchist, and erotic imaginist. She draws from a diverse background in the sexuality field and brings a queer, nonbinary, feminist approach to her work.  Central to all of this is the core value of intimacy and the democratization of sexy.  You can find her at MsGalavanting.com, SensateFilms.com and MsGalavanting.net.

Coming Home
Harley Hex

Harley Hex is a witchy, queer, full-time webcam model and occasional porn performer. They have been working in the adult industry for two years, primary in the hairy/unshaven niche. When they are not working they enjoy hiking, consuming all the queer sci-fi they can get their hands on, and cuddling their two cats, Freya and Artemis.

Concealment
Hayley Fingersmith

Hayley Fingersmith is a queer porn performer. She likes strawberries and elevated trains, and was irrationally excited to find her very first grey hair. She came out in San Francisco and recently gave up her hedonistic West Coast lifestyle to live amongst the grunge and unrelenting energy of New York.

Coming Out about Porn from Inside Oppression
Ignacio Rivera AKA Papí Coxxx

Ignacio Rivera, a.k.a. Papí Coxxx, who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” is a trans, genderqueer, two-spirit, Black-Boricua-Taíno. Ignacio is an activist, filmmaker, kinky-sex-positive sex educator, sex worker, mother, and performance artist. They blog about, among other things, sex and gender on WhatTheySaidBlog.com and is the founder of Poly Patao Productions (P3).

Orange is the New Jack
Jack Hammer XL

Jack HammerXL directs HardTied.com for the company once known as Insex.com. He served in the Marines for eight years and is also an avid practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was at one time a cage fighter. After finding out about BDSM in the late 1990s, he played in private for some time before starting to work in BDSM porn for Kink.com in early 2008. During that time he acted in many shoots as a submissive and later as a dominant male figure. You can see all of his work at JackHammer.xxx or on Kink.com.

Porn Witness Protection Program
Jackie Strano

Jackie Strano is the executive vice president of Good Vibrations, the legendary sex-positive retailer and executive producer of the video-on-demand site (GoodVibrationsVOD.com). Strano is a trans butch singer-songwriter and feminist pornographer. She co-created with her wife, Shar Rednour, the cult phenom Bend Over Boyfriend and queer butch/femme favorite Hard Love & How to Fuck in High Heels (AVN Best All-Girl Feature 2001)—the first time an all-queer, all-woman indie production company had won the industry lesbian feature title, paving the way for queer porn to become a viable genre. She loves her kids more than anything. Follow her on Twitter @JackieStrano.

What is Best for Them Today
Jaffe Ryder

Jaffe Ryder is a pen name.

Blood and Butter
James Darling

James Darling is a Bay Area–based, multiple award-winning adult performer, educator, and director from the Dirty South. He won the Feminist Porn Awards Heartthrob of the Year 2012 and most recently was nominated for 2015 AVN Awards Transsexual Performer of the Year and Cybersocket’s Best Sex Scene. Darling’s rise in porn began with his performance debut on CrashPadSeries.com, and continued with queer and trans porn studios including T-Wood Pictures, TROUBLEfilms, Alternadudes, and Buck Angel Entertainment. In 2012 he launched FTMFucker.com, one of the first all-FTM porn membership sites. His work has been featured internationally at film festivals, universities, and conferences on topics related to trans issues, sex worker rights, and privacy. You can find more of James Darling’s adventures on Twitter @JamesDarlingxxx and Tumblr at JamesDarlingxxx.Tumblr.com.

Job Security and “Mom, I’m a Porn Star”
Jesse Jackman

Jesse Jackman is a writer, senior software engineer, and logorrheic dork savant who moonlights as a porn star — although he prefers the term “erotic illusionist.” He blogs about his experiences as a forty-something gay pornographic actor at JesseJackman.xxx, and is also a regular Huffington Post contributor (huffingtonpost.com/jesse-jackman). Jesse lives with his fiancé Dirk Caber, a classical musician (and fellow industry performer), in Boston, Massachusetts.

Porn Made Me Like My Parents
Joanna Angel

Joanna Angel is an adult film star, director, producer, and owner of the world’s largest alternative pornographic empire, BurningAngel Entertainment, that pioneered “alt-porn,” with a network of websites and hundreds of DVDs to its credit. Angel has appeared in every major adult magazine (Adult Video News, Club, Hustler, Picture Magazine, Adam Film World, and Xtreme, to name a few) and has graced the pages of several tattoo magazines. She has stormed mainstream TV and radio outlets, featured on Fox News, Playboy TV, Fuse TV, G4 TV, KROQ Radio, SIRIUS Radio, TLC’s LA Ink, had a speaking role on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, and starred in the drama Scrapper. Angel has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Village Voice, the New York Press, Esquire UK, Details, and Penthouse, among others. Heeb Magazine featured Joanna as their cover girl, naming her one of the “Top 100 Up-and-Coming Jews.” The New York Post featured her as one of the “Top 25 Sexiest New Yorkers,” and she has made CNBC’s yearly “dirty dozen” (a list of the twelve biggest adult film stars) several times. Angel is a self-made star who has made her mark on the industry, and this is only the beginning!

Branded: The Precarious Dance Between Porn and Privacy
Kitty Stryker

Kitty Stryker is the community manager at Saint Harridan and the creative force behind queer politiporn Stryker Studios. She is interested in the intersections between explicit materials, politics, and ethics. Stryker has written for The Guardian, Mic.com, The Daily Dot, and Buzzfeed. She is working on her first book, “If You’re Into It: Thoughts on Consent Culture” with Thorntree Press.

This is Who I Am
Lily Cade

Lily Cade is an adult film actress, an award-winning porn director, and “Porn Valley’s gold star lesbian.” She’s been shooting smut since 2008 and specializes in intensity, hardcore strap-on scenes, and adult movies with real stories. She also runs her own website at LilyCade.com.

Why I Love Hickies and Queercrip Porn
Loree Erickson

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 traveling to lecture, making queer crip 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. You can find her at FemmeGimp.org.

Naming
Lorelei Lee

Lorelei Lee has been an adult film performer since 2000 and a director since 2009.  Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, Wired, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is a contributor to The Feminist Porn Book and the cowriter of About Cherry, distributed by IFC Films. You can find her tweeting about politics and books @MissLoreleiLee, and about naked people @XOXOLoreleiLee.

Hot Pink Handbag and Other Garish Things That Cry Out, “Take me!”
Lyric Seal

Lyric Seal is the porn alias of Neve Be, a punk performance artist and writer, choreographer, filmmaker, educator, advocate, and spacemaker creating [queer] family and home between the Bay Area and Seattle. The great, great, grandchild of the author of The Velveteen Rabbit, and the child of an art teacher and mystic scholar, they grew up on fairy stories, are a bit of a character, and are, with love, becoming real. Raised on a river in New Jersey dairy country, they honed their powers and gathered their heat. They would go on to attend New Jersey Governor’s School for Creative Writing and later Hampshire College for literature, disability and performance Studies. Their favorite pro-body groups to work for are Pink and White Productions and Sins Invalid. You can find their writing in Maximum Rocknroll, Plenitude Magazine, ModelViewCulture.com, and on CrashPadSeries.com’s blog in the advice column Slumber Party! Their first book, Taking it Lying Down/Crawling Like an Animal is coming out through ThreeL Media in Summer 2016. You can find them on Facebook and on Twitter @FancyLyric.

Reveal All, Fear Nothing: Raising a Feminist
Madison Young

Madison Young is an author, artist, feminist pornographer, certified sex educator, and mother. Young has presented on the topics of pornography, feminism, and sexuality internationally, including at Yale University, Northwestern University, and the University of Toronto. Young’s writings have been published in books such as Best Sex Writing of 2013, Subversive Motherhood, Daddy: A Memoir, and her forthcoming DIY Porn Handbook: Documenting Our Own Sexual Revolution. Young has been featured for her expertise in sex-positive culture on such media outlets as BravoTV, the New York Times, and HBO. Young is currently working on her third book, The Ultimate Guide to Sex During Pregnancy and Motherhood. Madison Young lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Queen Beloved
Milcah Halili Orbacedo

Milcah Halili Orbacedo is a writer and performer. They are obsessed with their memoir, Sisterhood, meditations on their intimate writer and pornographer friends. Follow Milcah on Twitter @milcahorbacedo.

“So, What Do You Do?”
Ms Naughty

Ms. Naughty is a writer, editor, blogger, entrepreneur, and filmmaker with a passion for making better porn. She’s been curating and creating adult content online since 2000. Her site BrightDesire.com features her filmed and written work, and she also co-owns ForTheGirls.com, one of the first adult sites for women. Her short film Dear Jiz won Best Experimental Short at Cinekink in 2014, and her films have screened at numerous international festivals. She lives with her husband in a small Australian town, surrounded by fundamentalist Christians.

Culture Clash
Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley is a pioneering feminist sex worker using her body in the service of promoting a sexually sane and literate society. She is thrilled to see a new generation of sex-positive performers/activists take its space and spread the good news about sex. Active as a performer since 1982, her rock-solid commitment to the importance of sexual autonomy has fueled Ms. Hartley’s career in adult entertainment. As a performer, director, writer, educator, public speaker, and feminist thinker for all, no matter their orientation, she’s traveled the world to deliver her message. She believes that sexual freedom is a fundamental human right and welcomes the new social media opportunities for spreading her message of knowledge and empowerment to the widest number of people. She’s the author of Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex (Avery Press). Putting to use her BS degree in nursing, she and her husband, Ernest Greene, have produced the million-selling sex-ed video series collectively known as The Nina Hartley Guides (Adam & Eve), currently in its thirty-eighth episode. Still active in front of the camera, she and her husband live in Los Angles. She serves on the board of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.

Happy to be Excluded
Nikki Silver

Nikki Silver is a self-made hairy porn star and has been running her site, NaughtyNatural.com, for the past three years. She is at once a free-spirited wild woman and business savvy entrepreneur. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of hair fetishism and creating erotic art.

Liabilities and My Mother
Orianna Small AKA Ashley Blue

Oriana Small is a writer and visual artist from Southern California. As Ashley Blue, she appeared in over 300 adult films—including the infamous Girlvert series (JM Productions)—directed seventeen adult film features, co-hosted Playboy TV’s Night Calls Hotline, and has won numerous adult film industry awards, including AVN’s Female Performer of the Year in 2004 and Best Supporting Actress in 2005. She lives and works with her husband, photographer Dave Naz, and her cat and dog in the Hollywood Hills.

Against the Grain: Coming Out to My Parents
Phoenix Askani

Phoenix Askani is a writer and former adult performer from Chicago, Illinois.  She has been featured in adult movies from studios such as BurningAngel, Kink.com, Evil Angel, Naughty America, Brazzers, Devil’s Films, Filly Films, Dungeon Corp, and more between 2009 and 2014.  You can find more of her writing at ThoughtCatalog.com.  She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Hardcore Dykecore
Shar Rednour

Shar Rednour and wife Jackie Strano founded S.I.R. Productions that created best-selling, award-winning, and critically acclaimed movies including Bend Over Boyfriend (with coproducer Fatale Media), Hard Love & How to Fuck in High Heels and Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma with Staci Haines. They’ve been featured in award-winner Ken Swartz’s historical documentary San Francisco: Sex and The City among many others. Her books include The Femme’s Guide to the Universe, Virgin Territory, Starf*ckr, and in 2015 coauthored THE Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone with Dr. Carol Queen.

“Noooooooodie Girl”
Stoya

Stoya is an adult performer, writer, and master of avoiding pants. Her writing has been published by the Guardian, the New York Times, and the New Inquiry. She maintains a blog at GraphicDescriptions.com and recommends you refrain from Googling her at work.

Exhibitionists and Exposure
Tina Horn

Tina Horn is a writer, teacher, and media maker. She produces and hosts the sexuality podcast Why Are People Into That?! Her first book, Love Not Given Lightly, is a collection of nonfiction stories about sex workers; she is currently writing a book about sexting etiquette for Quiver Press. Her writing appears in Vice, Nerve, and Best Sex Writing 2015, and she was the co-creator/director of the Feminist Porn award–winning QueerPorn.tv. Tina once sold a golden dildo to Beyoncé. Find her on Twitter @TinaHornsAss and at TinaHorn.net.

Familial Feminisms
Tobi Hill-Meyer

Tobi Hill-Meyer is a multiracial trans woman with well over a decade experience working with feminist and LGBTQ organizations on a local, state, and federal level, having served on several boards and offering support as a policy consultant. She currently serves as board chair at Gender Justice League and works as Communications Coordinator at Gay City focusing on the End AIDS Washington Campaign. With her background in activism, she operates her own media production company, Handbasket Productions, creating stories and entertainment that reflect community needs and values.

Do You Have What it Takes
Verta

Art school reject/college dropout/aspiring adult entertainer, Verta is all compulsive energy searching for an outlet. No amount of previous shark wrestling experience or hydraulic rescue equipment can pry her teeth out of the flesh of her aspirations. She can be found on Twitter @perVerta_. Best when wild caught. Do not attempt to domesticate.

Coming Hard, Coming Out: Privacy, Exhibitionism & Running for Parliament
Zahra Stardust

Zahra Stardust is the 2014 Feminist Porn Awards Heartthrob of the year, 2014 Adult Industry Awards Best Porn Actress, and 2012 Eros Shine Awards Best Adult Star. She is an Australian Penthouse Pet and PhD candidate, writing her dissertation on the legal regulation of pornography. Her films combine art, porn, and politics, and have screened at festivals around the world. She loves fisting, body fluids, and intimate encounters with strangers.

How They React
Zak Sabbath

Zak Sabbath is the porn name of an artist named Zak Smith. They wrote a book called We Did Porn, which has true stories and pictures in it. His paintings and drawings are held in worldwide major public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His other books include Pictures of Girls and Pictures of What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow.

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