Think AVNs — with all the adult talent, porn flicks and products you’ve come to know and love — only instead of being a bystander in the destiny of the adult industry, you’re at the wheel. That’s the Sex Awards, a ceremony that will award stars, films and products based on what the fans love. Crowdsourcing is the way of the web and AVN Media, has teamed up with cable network X3Sixty and online on-demand site HotMovies to bring it to porn. Come play!
The co-founder of the East Coast-based Momentum sex conference is bringing the party west! On September 14, Catalyst will kick off at the Hilton Long Beach for the weekend, bringing attendees a plethora of sex educators and speakers to energize, motivate and catalyze sexual communication, activism and acceptance. Aren’t you just dying to attend? Us too.
The Sanfrancisco-based sex toy and education emporium Good Vibrations is holding a forum in San Francisco this fall to discuss the sexual state of the union. Their panelists (which read like a Who’s Who of sex education, research, journalism and commentary) will examine the awkward relationship between sex and mainstream media, pop culture and national politics. Day-long intellectual intercourse will be followed by a cocktail party, and, well, who knows where that will lead? We can be sure a fair share of attendees will conceive a book or two during the proceedings.
“My late Grandpa Lou served in the army for 4 years during World War II,” says Gina Elise. “I wanted to do something to honor his name. I always loved the romance of those bygone eras — especially the 1940’s — and I drew inspiration from the World War II pin-up girls, whose photos and paintings boosted morale for our soldiers fighting overseas.” She created the non-profit Pinups for Vets.
“This is where I zoom out on the situation,” Jamie Peck recalls. “I can remember doing this stuff, but even at the time, it was sort of like watching someone else do it, someone who couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t possibly be me because I would never touch a creepy photographerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s penis. The only explanation I can come up with is that he was so darn friendly and happy about it all, and his assistants were so stoked on it as well, that I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to be the killjoy in the room.”
Your favorite thing: porn stars. Your greatest fear: karaoke. On the same night. We know what you’re thinking — this is madness. No, it’s tradition. Porn Star Karaoke has been a great way for your favorite porn dolls to relieve some stress and showcase their other talents since 2003. What makes this Tuesday’s event different is that up-and-comer Alex Chance will be hosting the event at Burbank’s Sardo’s Grill and Lounge.
Jessie Lee doesn’t like cutesy couples, so to counteract the mushy nonsense coming up this Valentine’s day, she’s teamed up with alt-porn emporium Burning Angels founder and long-time friend Joanna Angel to throw a wicked anti-Valentine’s party. And you were emo about not having anyone to send an overpriced bouquet of roses to? Seriously?
“On Being Sexual” — the name conferred on the gathering — will take a “contemplative and holistic approach to the study of sex and relationships,” exploring what our species knows about sex and how we know it. Among attendees will be people from the fields of sexology, psychology, sociology, public policy, medicine and neuroscience.