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Call for nominations: NLA-I Writing Awards

Posted in Activism, BDSM, Feminist Sex, Gender Issues, Politics and Sex, porn, Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by girlonpiano

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
(Columbus, OH) — NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing for books, articles, novels, and short fiction first published between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2011. Winners will be announced on April 17 at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during Spring Iniquity XX (April 15-17, 2011) in Houston, TX and mark the National Leather Association’s 25th anniversary. The five award categories are:

Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)
Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)
Novel (Pauline Reage Award)
Short Fiction (John Preston Award)
Anthology (Samois Award)

Nominations for the Cynthia Slater Award (non-fiction article) may have appeared in print or online publications (which should indicate a specific date of publication). Eligibility for all other awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, and anthology) requires print publication. If you or someone you know has published a book, article, or story dealing with any aspect of SM, leather, fetish, or kink sexuality please consider nominating it for one of the above awards. Authors and publishers are encouraged to nominate themselves by submitting copies of their work. Nominated works should foster education and promote awareness and a positive image of the leather/SM/fetish community. They should entertain and educate, while building awareness and tolerance of the community and showcasing the talents of its members. There are no submission fees, but the judges will require either three print copies of the nominated work or a digital copy (PDF). Nominations may be sent to the committee chair, Steve Vakesh, at: stevevakesh@gmail.com.

NLA-I has convened an award jury of nine readers, whose number include noted erotic writers and leading community activists. The judges are rotated regularly and their names withheld until after judging is complete to prevent lobbying by nominees. Last year they reviewed more than 100 submissions.

Now in their fourth year, the NLA-I’s writing awards have received widespread appreciation and support. A “leather first,” they have become the preeminent awards for SM, leather, and fetish writing. Past winners include Gloria Brame, Jack Fritscher, Lee “Bridgett” Harrington, Anneke Jacob, Jeff Mann, Jack Rinella, david stein, Cecilia Tan, Claire Thompson, and Alyson Tyler. NLA-I President Vince Andrews hopes that these awards will “continue to recognize, celebrate, and inspire the best in SM, leather, and fetish writing as the NLA celebrates its 25th anniversary.”

If You’re a Meat and Potatoes Type…

Posted in Feminist Sex, porn, Shopping with tags , , on July 12, 2010 by paigetsindfw

… then sometimes you miss out on the finer things. And that’s fine, because to each their own. But could you really say you were “living” if all you had was processed junk? What goes for food goes for porn too.

I can't help but think, when I see this woman, about how Chile's does the "guiltless grill" options with fewer calories and low fat. Non-exploitative, sex positive, feminist porn for all? Yes, fucking please!

Reported in Sexis, is this interview with Erika Lust, porn maker and, now, author of “Good Porn: A Woman’s Guide”

She talks about creating affirmative places for all genders, arousing every part of person, not just their genitals, and making work that “scratches the itch” while enriching the global discourse of sex. She asks her self the radical question, what kind of porn do I want my daughter to see, knowing full well she’ll see some in our culture no matter what? Porn that makes her ashamed and scared, or porn that helps her feel free and powerful?

What the hell else could I say to get you all to go out and get this book and every film she’s ever made immediately? Free body shots with every purchase?!

Whipsmart

Posted in BDSM, Feminist Sex, Shopping with tags , on March 8, 2010 by paigetsindfw

A short one for once. Can you believe it?

I have deep reservations and criticisms about this work and would love to corner the author sometime for a long talk and caffeine fueled debate over 21st century sex work, but I’ll spare both you and her.

Available now at Amazon and pretty much anywhere books aren't being burned

The writer, a Sarah Lawrence grad and teacher up at SUNY Purchase, spent four years as a professional dominatrix while working on her undergraduate degree. This book tells the story. I may not dig everything here and cringe a little during her interviews (through no fault of the writer’s own, I should add), but I am 100% percent behind people in stigmatized work, especially sex work, getting their stories out there. I applaud her and hope that’ll be echoed by stampedes of folk going to buy her book. Find out all about Melissa Febos here. Buy the book here.