Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Please Run or Walk for WISH Society

Message from WISH Society:

You can run - or walk - and fundraise for WISH Drop-In Centre Society in the 2014 Scotiabank Charity Challenge half-marathon and 5K on June 22nd!

To register, please visit www.vancouverhalf.com and choose WISH as your charity. After you sign up and pay your entrance fee, you can create a personal fundraising page that you can share and through which your friends and family can donate.

Anyone can sign up to participate and collect pledges to raise funds for WISH! It's a fun event and a great way to get healthier and support a wonderful cause.

The mission of WISH is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in the street-based sex trade in Vancouver. For information, visit www.wishvancouver.net.

*****WISH has a limited number of free entries. While quantities last, enter 14VWISH in the charity code field to have your entrance fee waived*****

We also have a virtual team called Team WISH, which you can join after you register through your fundraising page. We don't necessarily run or train together, but there is a prize for the team that raises the most money so we encourage you to join it and have fun watching our fundraising thermometer go up ;)

Having said that, please feel free to use this space to connect with each other if you are looking for someone to train or run with!

Thanks so much for your support and if you have any questions about the run please call Marina at 604-669-9474 or email wishfundraising@telus.net

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Info Sheets for Sex Work Advocates and Allies

The following information sheets were created by a National Working Group of sex workers and allies to support others in advocating for decriminalization of sex work in Canada. They are also great tools for instructors, sex worker supportive organizations, and mainstream / government employees such as health and enforcement staff.


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http://chezstella.org/docs/Infosheets/Fr/fr_third_parties_140401_1120.pdf

Good For Her is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards!

www.goodforher.com

http://www.goodforher.com/FPA-2014

Good For Her is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards!

Toronto, ON, April 5, 2014:  On Friday April 4th, Toronto’s 9th annual Feminist Porn Awards, sponsored by Slixa once again attracted directors and performers from around the globe, each vying for a prestigious Feminist Porn Award. The Castlefield Event Theatre was filled with steamy porn clips, sexy performances and a powerful room of feminists of all genders celebrating sex on screen. Twenty-three awards in total were handed out in categories ranging from Smutty Schoolteacher Award for Sex Education to Steamiest Straight Movie at this annual event, now in its ninth year.

"Good For Her began organizing the Feminist Porn Awards in 1996 to celebrate the growing diversity of porn where everyone can see their bodies and desires reflected," said Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good for Her and producer of the Feminist Porn Awards. “Feminist Porn is rapidly eclipsing mainstream options for its fair trade labour practices and inclusivity for everyday people. The festival showcases an increased level of sophistication and cinematography that appeals to both the mainstream porn audience as well as to those who feel left out of porn’s traditional style of eroticism.”

Responding to feedback that they want to “see more porn”, the events also included a screening event called Public Provocative Porn: The Year’s Best in Feminist Film, giving audiences a chance to see more of these incredible films as well as the opportunity to engage with filmmakers with their questions.  Held at the Bloor Hot Docs Theatre in Toronto on April 3rd, over 500 people gathered to watch selections from Feminist Porn Award nominated films. French film maker Ovidie, Amsterdam based Jennifer Lyon Bell, Australia’s Zahra Stardust, Barcelona’s Lucie Blush, Americans Paul Deeb, Courtney Trouble and Shine Louise Houston, as well as local film makers Carey Gray and Sonya Barnett were on the panel to share their experiences, goals and processes in filmmaking. These selections of films shattered assumptions about the porn aesthetic, from folks who used an iPhone to those with big budgets, from soft to edgy, artsy and political.

The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Award winners are:

Sexiest Short

No Artificial Sweeteners

The Madame

Sexiest Short

Trains

Paul Deeb

Steamiest Straight Movie

The Temptation of Eve

Jacky St. James

Golden Beaver for Canadian Content
Power at Play

Carey Gray

Best Direction

Liberte Sexuelle/Sexual Freedom: Sex Stories 3

Ovidie

Smutty Schoolteacher Award for Sex Education

Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage For Couples

Tristan Taormino

Hottest Dyke Film

Lesbian Curves 2: Hard Femme

Courtney Trouble

2014 Indie Porn Icon
Carlos Batts

Most Tantalizing Trans Film
Trans Grrrls

Courtney Trouble

Hottest Kink Movie

Rubber Bordello

Soma Snakeoil

Hottest Straight Vignette
Xconfessions

Erika Lust

Hottest Lesbian Vignette
Women Reclaiming Sex on Film

Madison Young

Steamiest Romantic Movie

The Submission of Emma Marx

Jacky St. James

Best Boygasm

Bed Party

Shine Louise Houston

Heartthrob Of The Year
Zahra Stardust

Slixa Movie Of The Year
Silver Shoes

Jennifer Lyon Bell

2014 Honoured Websites

www.wendywilliamsxxx.com

www.naughtynatural.com

www.juicypinkbox.com

www.welovegoodsex.com

2014 Honourable Mentions
Something Better: Performers Talk About Feminism and Porn

Ms. Naughty

Doing It Again: Playful Awakenings

Tobi Hill-Meyer

Best Slumber Party Ever

Samuel Shanahoy

Good For Her is proud to have now celebrated nine years as producers of the Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards, the largest and longest running celebration of feminist porn in the world.  Since 1997, Good For Her has been creating a nurturing environment where everyone can feel comfortable learning about sex and pleasure. Good For Her takes pride in providing quality sex toys, erotic and educational books as well as DVDs and workshops that empower and celebrate the diversity of everyone’s sexuality.

The Feminist Porn Awards Events took place at:

Public Provocative Porn Thursday April 3rd at the Bloor Cinema at 506 Bloor Street West

Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Friday April 4th at the Castlefield Theatre at 2492 Yonge Street

Images from 2013 can be found at , with 2014 pictures coming soon.

"We Need Your Stories!" - Sex Workers' Opera International

Message from Sex Workers' Opera International:

Hello everyone!

Thank you for your support so far!
Thank you so much for all your warmth and support over the last two months. We have had been featured in blogs and articles, received many messages of international support, and even offers to take the finished production on tour to the US!

Without you the Crowdfunding initiative we have just launched today would never have been possible:
More info below.

We are so grateful for the voice you have given to the project so far, and thought we would update you on our progress and how you can still get involved, no matter where in the world you are!


Contents:
1. The shape of the project (+workshop/performance details)
2. Spread news of the production (invite people you know in the UK to take part)
3. Including international voices (send us your anonymous stories)
4. Our Crowdfunding campaign (what it’s for and how you can help)

1. The project so far

Our achievements to date
We have already held 12 hours of workshops in which Sex Workers from London and further afield have come to train in singing and acting and work on their vision for the production. We have been publishing the results of the workshops on our website at: http://www.sexworkersopera.com/latest-news/

What’s the next stage?
On the Monday the 26th of May, Tuesday 27th May and Wednesday 28th May we will be gathering Sex Workers and Allies from London and beyond to meet for three consecutive days of intensive workshops to co-create - design, perform and produce - the Opera.

The Sex Worker’s Opera will have two public performances
On Wednesday 28th May & Thursday 29th May
At the Courtyard Theatre
40 Pitfield St, Hoxton N1 6EU
London, United Kingdom

2. Spread news of the production

International organisations can spread the news that there is still space to take part to their friends and networks in case anyone has friends in the UK, or is visiting the UK during that time.

If we reach our Crowdfunding goal of £3,000 we will have even some space for subsidising travel for friends from mainland Europe.

At the end of the email you’ll find a more detailed version of this call out you can forward to your UK friends.

3. Including your international stories

People of the world we want the final production to include your voice!
Whether you are a current Sex Worker, former Sex Worker, and whatever form of Sex Work you are/were involved in.

We would love you to write us something about your experience of Sex Work that you would like to be included in the show. It may be a positive experience, negative experience or a complex mix.
It could be an experience that you feel is necessary for the public to know about - to change their view on Sex Work.
It could be something poetic and whimsical.
It could be clinical and scientific.
Maybe it’s painful.
Maybe it’s funny.
Maybe it’s boring.
We don’t mind.

If you are happy for it to be used in the production and happy for it to be put up on our website then please send it to stories@sexworkersopera.com! All stories will be anonymised.

This is a vital part of the production and we want a huge range of diverse experiences so anything you can do to spread the word to Sex Workers who might like to provide a story would be wonderful.

We promise we will NOT edit, twist or re-word your story in ANY WAY. The stories will all be put up on our blog, and we will also show clearly how we have used them in the production.

If we reach one of our higher Crowfunding goals we are also committed to printing and distributing a free booklet including these stories to raise awareness about Sex Workers’ experiences.

4. Our Crowdfunding campaign

Our Crowdfunding Campaign is live! Follow this link! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1486844030/sex-workers-opera
We are all volunteers at the moment and the key facilitators - myself and Alex - have paid for all resources, workshop space and organisation out of our own pockets. This has been a pleasure, but to get to the next stage we need help from as many people as possible.

We have 28 days to raise at least £1,500 to put on the workshops and show, and between £3,000 and £6,000 will allow us to make a more prolific performance and even take it on tour.

There are all kinds of goodies you can get for helping out - a thank you card signed by the cast, original t-shirts, albums of songs from the show, copies of the film of the production and making-of, a skype session with the producers, all shipping internationally.

The base goal of £1,500 is to pay for:
·  A good venue and rehearsal space;
·  Promotion to try and reach as wide a cross section of the public as possible with our message;
·  Materials for the set design, costumes and lighting
·  Subsidising travel costs for our participants.

All profits from ticket sales to the performance will be shared fairly amongst everyone who participates.

If you can’t afford to fund us right now, you can still help by spreading the word.

Please take 15 minutes to think of friends or specific people who you think would be interested - Actors, Directors, Musicians, Activists, Feminists, Journalists, Critics - and send them a short personal email or give them a phone call about the project and your feelings about why it’s important.

We want to give our participants the respect, resources and recognition they deserve.

Thank you

For taking the time to read this message. We’re so excited about the production. We have made such wonderful connections within the Sex Workers’ Community, and the project is shaping up to be something really special, that we hope will be part of the growing voice of sex workers speaking out about our rights, stories and experiences.

Let's get this show on the road!
Siobhan

-- 
Siobhan Knox
Co-founder of XX
Director of Sex Workers' Opera