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Sexy Stories We Love: Feminist Porn, Internet Discrimination and a Plea to Save Sex Ed

by QUEERIE BRADSHAW
Published: MARCH 11, 2014
Every week, we pore the Web for the best stories in the world of sex. This week, it’s feminist porn, Internet discrimination and a plea to save sex ed. Check it out.

Feminist Porn Awards Announces Nominees, Makes Me Miss All My Deadlines

Sorry to my editors, I won’t be making deadlines this week. I should really just take this week off every year, because when the nominees for the Feminist Porn Awards come out, I usually spend the rest of the day week watching all the nominations. What's feminist porn? It's pornography made by and for women, and it aims to show real desire, sexual interaction and orgasm. Overall, its goal is sexually empower both its viewers - and the performers who do all the hard work.

If you're interested, you might also want to check out the Feminist Porn Conference that follows the awards for some great dialog about ethical pornography.

Internet Companies Take a Swipe at "Adult" Content ... Again

The Internet might be a treasure trove of pornography, but most major Internet companies are pretty ambivalent when it comes to having anything to do with it. Or even just accepting it and allowing it to exist. So, we probably shouldn't be surprised that when alternative and queer porn performer Andre Shakti used Fundly to launch a campaign to send her to the Feminist Porn Awards, Fundly and WePay refused to give Shakti her money, stating she was using it for adult-related content. They are, however, still taking donations in her name. This should be an interesting one to see played out.

"Tranny Awards" Gets a Much Needed Makeover

While they may have started as a joke, the "Tranny Awards" are now a trusted source for the recognition of outstanding trans* porn. Removing the offensive term "tranny" from the title will help make the awards, and their recipients, gain more respect and shine a positive light on this sexy niche. (What's wrong with "tranny"? Find out in Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Pan, Trans ... What's In a Name?)

Support Sex Ed

With sexual education being kept out of schools, Scarleteen is one of the only sources for comprehensive sexual education for teenagers. Unfortunately, its recent fundraising campaign fell flat and now they’re going to have to shut down - unless we help! Can you give a buck (or 20) for sex education?

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Queerie Bradshaw
Lauren Marie Fleming is Queerie Bradshaw, writer, speaker and sexpert with a law degree. She is known for her personal, educational and often hilarious look at sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity. Lauren writes the critically-acclaimed QueerieBradshaw.com blog, has written for major news sources including VICE and Curve, and is currently shopping two longer projects to publishers: her memoir, "Losing It: My Life as a Sex Blogger" and "Simple Street," her diversity-filled teen romance novel. A law school graduate, she started CreativitySquared.com to help bloggers, writers and other creative types turn their ideas into practical, sustainable products or services. From Ivy League universities to major conferences, Lauren has spoken all over the United States and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, educational style. She encourages readers to say hello or ask questions via Twitter.

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