Celebrating sexy smut at the 2011 Feminist Porn Awards

22 04 2011

Waving around the Pure Wand, a 1.5 pound silver G&P* (*prostrate) spot vibrator, Ryan G. Hinds exposed one of the alluring silent auction prizes at the 2011 Feminist Porn Awards. I looked on eagerly, and it didn’t go unnoticed as Hind pointed me out and my desire was exposed by the spotlight. I mean, it’s a magnificent looking toy. And it was a night full of lustful looks and lusty lookers.

Held in The Berkeley Church (a venue that is ironic in a sweetly sinful way), Toronto’s sixth annual award ceremony was dedicated to celebrating and praising the porn makers, visionaries and actors who create the lewd content we love to leer at.

Feminist porn has become an appealing alternative to mainstream flicks for me because it showcases real people having hot, kinky sex who aren’t airbrushed to the point of being ridiculously fake, or thrust together without an ounce of mutual sexual desire (mechanical thrusts and disinterested moans are such a huge turn-off). It’s hot to know that the ladies or gents I watch fuck are actually getting off and expressing their authentic desires. I also love that it recognizes the sexiness and legitimacy of all bodies and sexual identities, whether it’s queer, gay, lesbian, straight, bi, trans, or anything in-between.

Watching the awards from the balcony this year, I got the pleasure of observing Ryan’s cheeky banter with host Jane Luk, who was on the stage below, and witnessing, from a mere foot away, his interview with porn star Jizz Lee, who performed in 12 nominated films and is a personal favourite (check out her sizzling chemistry with real-life partner Syd Blakovich in Champion and Superfreak). Another added bonus was that I could easily peek at the deep-dish cleavage of most of the ground-floor audience, including the busty actress April Flores, a fire-engine red head whose sultry curves always heat up the screen.

Besides being a perv, I always love attending the Feminist porn awards because being in the middle of huge community that is coming together to support and embrace sex-positive expression is a really inspiring and empowering thing. It always feels like I’m attending a hot, shameless, secret carnival where the freaks run the show. Being part of such a beautiful, fearless crowd of people has also helped to bring out the perverted, pro-sex feminist in me, and to own it.

As for the award winners of the night, Heartthrob of the Year was coveted by the boyish and gorgeous Drew Deveaux, a trans woman who believes in using the bedroom as an arena for activism. I love that feminist porn can also serve as a platform for gender, race, disability, and sexual orientation consciousness-raising. What better way to address sexual politics that legitimize diverse and fluid experiences than by getting it on, on film?

Hottest Kink Movie went to Tristan Taormino’s Rough Sex 2. I’ve been curious about checking this one out for a while, mostly because the DVD includes intimate interviews with each of the submissive actors who discuss how they want their scene to unfold (also, participating actors Dylan Ryan and Madison Young are always scalding hot together). For a BDSM film, which revolves entirely around consensual play, the transparency adds an intriguing dimension and it would be interesting to gain insight into each actor’s domination wish list before watching it in action.

Courtney Trouble won Most Tantalizing Trans Film with Billy Castro Does the Mission, and Movie of the Year went to Erika Lust’s flick, Life Love Lust, which follows three steamy, visually beautiful encounters in Barcelona. You can find a complete list of all of the winners here.

Between awards there were some very tantalizing burlesque performances from Boylesque TO, the city’s oggle-worthy all male troupe, and CoCo La Creme, who has been with the Feminist Porn Awards since it’s origins and also belongs to the sultry Toronto troupe, Skin Tight Outta Sight. Boylesque paid tribute to the sexy baby-daddy trend with their campy number. To start, four fashionable pops rolled out with baby-doll-filled strollers in tow. Each of them coddled their kiddies (and tossed them quite haphazardly, I might add) until the show slowly degenerated into a delicious dancing play date in tiny whities. At the end the daddies rushed back to burp and console their tots in exaggerated concern.

Later, CoCo shimmied, shaked and seduced us on the stage with one of her infamous titillating strip teases. Decked out in a pink belly-dancing costume, which was complete with an Egyptian-style bejeweled head band, she brandished golden wing-like material from her arms with a flourish before ending the show with a twirl of her tassels.

As the night drew to a close the audience dispersed and scrambled as the area before the stage became a sweaty, pulsing dance party. Watching sexy porn stars and normies alike grind and contort to Gaga’s “Born this way” anthem seemed like a perfect end to an evening of shameless self expression, hot lovin’ and steamy smut.

Part 1 of the Boylesque daddy performance

Part 2

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