Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LIVE EVENT! ‘Feminism and Porn: Can They Coexist?’

[Press Releases] CYBERSPACE – MindBrowse.com announced today that adult entertainment director/performer Dana Vespoli will be among the women addressing the question “Feminism and Porn: Can They Coexist?” during a live online discussion coming up on Tuesday, September 30 at 3 p.m. EST.


“Dana is an amazing talent and a great, living example of how much the role of women has changed in the adult entertainment industry over the years,” said Sssh.com owner and founder Angie Rowntree. “Her movies explore gender and power relationships in an intriguing way, and she can really speak to how some feminist ideas really aren’t inconsistent with erotic expression.”

Vespoli began performing in porn in July of 2003, but after a year of performing she took a year-long hiatus to focus on writing articles for the French adult magazine Hot Video. Vespoli returned to performing in 2005, and took her first turn in the director’s chair in 2006, shooting for New Sensations/Digital Sin. Last year, Vespoli became one of a handful of female directors ever to film for Evil Angel.

Vespoli cites Radley Metzger, Catherine Breillat, and the writing of Mary Gaitskill, and Joyce Carol Oates as major influences on her work, and the movies of John Leslie, Joey Silvera, and John Stagliano as adult-industry inspirations.


 Produced by Sssh.com, “Feminism and Porn: Can They Coexist?” will be the third live show hosted by MindBrowse.com. The first two events, “Women in Porn – Shattering the Myths” and “An Intimate Conversation with Nina Hartley and Ernest Greene” are archived on the site as well as on YouTube.

The discussion also will be live-tweeted and monitored at @ssshforwomen under the hashtag #sextalktuesday. Viewers may interact during the event and pose their own questions and points under the #sextalktuesday for panelists to address.

For more information please visit www.MindBrowse.com.

Follow Dana Vespoli on Twitter @danavespoli.

Mindbrowse is a production of Sssh.com, the web's premier porn for women site.

Dylan Ryan

Feminist performer, sexuality educator, and social worker Dylan Ryan will be among the women addressing the question “Feminism and Porn: Can They Coexist?” during a live online discussion coming up on Tuesday, September 30 at 3 p.m. EST.

“Dylan comes to the show with a deep and passionate understanding of feminism and how that plays a role in today's porn,” said Sssh.com owner and founder Angie Rowntree. “Her range of experiences allows her to bring a unique perspective that will greatly benefit the conversation.”

Dylan has made a career performing, teaching people about sex, and writing works for a variety of print publishers and online media such Bitch magazine, Huffington Post, and CNN. She has also contributed to academic and mainstream titles such as The Feminist Porn Book and Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks: Sex Workers Writing about Their Lives and Experiences.


In her daily professional life, Dylan is a somatic sex therapist and coach, committed to aiding people in their journey toward more fulfilling sexual lives. A dedicated supporter of the sex work community, Dylan volunteers at harm reduction-focused organizations and aims to use her academic background to foment change in how sex workers are seen and received.

"I did not fully identify as a feminist until the spring of 2009. As I sat in my seat at the Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto, I felt ecstatic. I was surrounded by friends and loved ones, people in the industry whom I had worked with, people I respected deeply. What we all had in common was our desire to make pornography that broke boundaries of tradition and showed authentic, empowered sex. And then my name was called from the stage. It was at some point in those next few moments, on stage in front of hundreds that I came to see myself as so many others had already: I performed in feminist porn, I was a feminist porn performer. I was a feminist. In all those years of crafting my work to represent empowerment, awareness, positive female sexuality, women's choice, I was representing feminist ideals about sex. It was also the moment I realized I am a feminist porn performer," states Ryan.

Dylan Ryan can be found behind the screen of her laptop, typing the phrase, “Saving the world, one porn at a time." You can follow her at @thedylanryan.

Stormy Daniels

Multi-award winning writer, director, performer, and entrepreneur Stormy Daniels will be joining Dana Vespoli and Dylan Ryan to address the question “Feminism and Porn: Can They Coexist?” during a live online discussion coming up on Tuesday, September 30 at 3 p.m. EST.

“Stormy’s vast range of experience and success in the adult industry has truly made her iconic,” said Sssh.com owner and founder Angie Rowntree. “She’s been a strong, successful, and positive representative of the adult industry for over a decade. Her participation in the ‘Feminism and Porn’ discussion will provide significant valuable insight.”

Stormy Daniels has redefined the term “superstar.” Crowned the “#1 Porn Star In The World” in the Genesis Top 100 and “The New Queen Of X” by the Girls Of Penthouse magazine, Daniels is a Wicked Pictures contract performer and director, Penthouse Pet, and 20XX winner of AVN’s Jenna Jameson Crossover Star Of The Year award. Her talent and influence have been acknowledged with nominations and wins from just about every relevant award-granting organization.

Daniels’ reach, however, is not limited to porn. She has performed live comedy with SNL veteran Tim Meadows, appeared in the video for Maroon 5’s “Wake Up Call,” and played a recurring role on Dirt with Courteney Cox. She has also had roles in several Judd Apatow projects, including the $100 million-grossing blockbuster The 40-Year-Old Virgin and its semi-sequel Knocked Up.

Daniels has also lobbied in Washington D.C. on behalf of the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) and has been featured as a guest blogger for the Independent Film Channel (www.ifc.com).

Daniels continues to look to the future and grow in a business she loves. She recently released her own T-shirt line and started a novelty company MyIntima.com, which features the first and only hands-free lube dispenser. Reach out to her today at www.stormydaniels.com and twitter.com/stormydaniels.

Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals

Sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals will again serve as moderator for the discussion portal’s next panel discussion, “Feminism & Porn: Can they Coexist?,” coming up on Tuesday, September 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

“Chauntelle did an amazing job as the moderator of our first two events, and we’re delighted to have her on board again to help facilitate a spirited and productive discussion,” said Angie Rowntree, owner and founder of Sssh.com, who produces all MindBrowse.com events. “Chauntelle is well-versed in feminist theory, and in the issues that surround adult entertainment, so she’s the ideal person to moderate this event.”

Dr. Tibbals will oversee a panel that includes award-winning adult directors/performers Stormy Daniels and Dana Vespoli, as well as noted writer, sex educator, social worker, and feminist porn performer Dylan Ryan.

“With ‘Feminism & Porn: Can they Coexist?,’ we’ve gathered some of the most influential filmmakers and performers in adult entertainment to address just this – how does feminism factor into their work specifically and into the industry overall?,” Tibbals said. “Interestingly, though not everyone necessarily identifies as a feminist, we can see key feminist principles operating in the most nichey, the most hardcore, and the most mainstream corners of adult. Thus, just like Beyoncé publicly declared feminism as an integral component of her brand at this year’s VMAs, we’re left to wonder: do feminism and porn go hand in hand?”

Dr. Tibbals’ research has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Sexualities, Gender Work & Organization, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Stanford Law and Policy Review. She has been quoted and cited extensively by cultural and news media outlets including CNN, Business Insider, Slate, and NPR.

“In so many ways, the idea of feminism – or feminisms, as there’s more than just one – continues to be a very incendiary topic,” notes Dr. Tibbals. “What place does it even have in society anymore, especially regarding porn? As a sociologist whose work and worldview are shaped by myriad feminist insights, let me tell you: we still need feminism, and feminism is an important, multi-faceted perspective shaping today’s adult entertainment industry.”

For more information on Dr. Tibbals, visit www.ChauntelleTibbals.com and follow her on Twitter @drchauntelle.

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