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22 January 2008 @ 11:01 am
NEW YORK — Mainstream alternative publication the Village Voice has announced a milestone for the paper’s sex columnist Tristan Taormino, who published her 200th “Pucker Up” column on Jan. 16.

To coincide with the event, the column has expanded its reach and is being syndicated to regional weekly newspapers LA Weekly, SF Weekly and Seattle Weekly.

"It’s a dream job — I get to eat, sleep, think and write about my favorite topic: sex. It never gets boring," Taormino said.

Taormino, who started her adult career as a sex educator in the late ‘90s, has written for the Village Voice for 8 and a half years covering many diverse topics and often in the vanguard of sexuality. Some of those subjects have included the first union for exotic dancers, the release of the HPV vaccine and genital surgery options for transgendered men, among others.

She was the first to break the story about a new plastic surgery craze — “The G-Shot,” a collagen shot given to help women "find" their G-spots — in 2004, in advance of other writers and well before sex experts questioned the procedure’s effectiveness.

A piece that Taormino wrote pointing out the potential dangers of sex toys containing harmful phthalates led to the adult novelty industry imposing self-regulation to essentially ban the chemicals from being used in manufacture.

As a columnist for the Voice, Taormino has traveled the world to various events related to sexuality and the adult industry, as well as interviewed key members of the adult community — while becoming a prominent contributor with her own books and seminar work.

Taormino’s annual “Sexy Gift Guide” and “The Best and Worst of Sex” round ups, which appear in the Village Voice, are must-reads for consumers and sex industry members alike.

She also has directed several adult video titles, including Tristan Taormino's Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women duo and Tristan Taormino’s House of Ass. Currently, she is producing the award winning gonzo series Chemistry for adult production company Vivid, as well as the Vivid-Ed line of instructional "Expert Guide" videos.

Read Tristan's 200th column here:
01 November 2007 @ 12:42 pm
November 2, 4:00 pm EST
Sirius Channel 108
Tristan on MAXIM RADIO

Tune into to Tristan LIVE on Sirius Radio's The Covino & Rich Show show.
URL: www.covinoandrich.com
**Call in, they will be giving away some DVDs!!!

November 4, 8:00 pm
New York City
Don't miss Tristan Taormino, author of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and director of Chemistry, for her ever popular introduction to back door delights. An essential for butt-sex novices, it's a favorite of anal sex sophomores and aficionados as well.
Location: Babeland, 43 Mercer St., New York City (btwn Broome and Grand)
Admission: $30, advance registration suggested
Info: 212-966-2120

November 7, 8:00 pm
Yellow Springs, OH
Award-winning author Tristan Taormino shares her personal journey from writer and sex educator to self-identified feminist pornographer. She'll dish details about the process of producing, directing, and starring in her first video, The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, from striking a deal with mainstream producer legend John Stagliano of Evil Angel Video to putting her ass on the line—literally. She'll discuss why she chose to do porn, the challenges and breakthroughs she has seen within the adult industry with regards to women's pleasure, and her personal goals for working within the industry. She will bring an old argument to a new level of discussion: Is feminist pornography a paradox or can we really create sex-positive empowering porn?
Location: McGregor 113, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Admission: $5-$10 sliding scale at the door
Info: colten (at) puckerup.com

November 8 - 10
Indianapolis, IN
SSSS 50th Annual Meeting
Tristan will be in attendance, and also vending her books and videos.
URL: www.sexscience.org

November 16, 8:00 pm
Ithaca, NY
In her most popular workshop, one she has taught around the world for over 9 years, Tristan introduces you to the world of anal pleasure. In this funny, educational class, she covers a wide variety of topics, including: myths about anal sex; anal anatomy, the G-spot, and the prostate; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more!
Location: Cornell University (Kaufman Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall), Ithaca, NY
Info: colten (at) puckerup.com
Sponsored by The Cornell Women's Resource Center
24 April 2007 @ 07:46 am
MOB in New England put out an absolutely steaming hot 2007 calendar - and it is a 16 month calendar which means there is still a good 12 months to go! Plus, this is the type of thing that you'll want to clip the pictures from tha past month and save them for, you know, awhile.

But you don't have to just take my word about it, here is what Tristan said:
"Slick, sexy, intelligent, and cheeky, "Mob: Behind the Scene" is one of the best calendars I've ever seen. The models' bottoms are smokin' and professional quality sets it apart from other do-it-yourself, grassroots publishing ventures. It will be hanging on my wall long after the months have come and gone!" Tristan Taormino, PuckerUp.com

And did I mention it only features butts?
All differently sized, of different shapes, colors, outfits and actions.
And I hear that all the models were actual MOB members, extra nice!

Check it out here:
Washington DC Braces for Weekend of Sexual Freedom w/Darklady & Carol Queen
Performances, Readings & a Masturbate-a-thon at The Crucible!

Is Washington DC ready for a weekend of sex positive entertainment & education from both Darklady and Carol Queen? With security levels currently at "Elevated" -- it's just possible.

Friday, September 08, 2006
Readings & Performances w/ Portland's Darklady & San Francisco's Carol Queen (www.carolqueen.com)
Music by "Uncle Frazier's" band Memory Leak

Saturday, September 09, 2006
First-Ever Washington DC Masturbate-a-thon hosted by Dr. Carol Queen, Dr. Robert Lawrence & Darklady

9:00 pm - 2:00 am
$20/per night
The Crucible
1816 Half Street, SW
Washington DC

Both nights are fundraisers for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation & Center for Sex and Culture


FRIDAY: The music of Memory Leak kicks off the evening, followed by a Darklady improv explaining what it's like to be a fallen Catholic girl who grew up to be a professional porn reviewer and a Masturbate-a-thon organizer. Learn about what happens when she's alone in her shower when she reads "Mother, May I," published in Guilty Pleasures, from Black Books.

Then join the incomparable Dr. Carol Queen, San Francisco's most famous sexologist, for a virtual backstage tour of the Lusty Lady Theater, as Carol gives another wildly popular performance of "Peep Show," her story of life behind the locked doors of the Private Pleasures Booth.

SATURDAY: Cum for a cause during Washington DC's first Masturbate-a-thon fundraiser. Help raise money for sex-positive causes while exploring the good sex available at the end of your own hand. Live Masturbate-a-Thon founders Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence join Portland's Masturbate-a-Thon impresaria Darklady as your evening's hosts. A Fucking Machine and a half-dozen Sybians will be available for guests' riding pleasure.

There are three ways to participate:
1) Get masturbation pledges from yourself, friends, or strangers! Minimum total pledge is $20.
2) Be a voyeur! Watch the fun from the mezzanine. No cameras of any kind, though!
3) Share a helping hand like they do in Portland by inviting a friend into the Jack-and-Jill-Off Room for some non-intercourse fun.

DC M-a-T Sponsors:

September 16: Darklady's Back to Reform School Party
October 13 - 15: Closing keynote speaker, Building Bridges, Seattle
October 28: Polyween (Theme: Sacred & Profane)
November 17 - 19: Orycon Science Fiction Convention
December 31: New Year's Eve (Theme TBA)

-- Darklady
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: "These Things," by She Wants Revenge
22 August 2006 @ 12:17 pm
Since Tristan's written a lot of articles for OOB, ya'll might want to know...

On Our Backs ceased publicationCollapse )

Best of luck to Velvet Park, but it doesn't look like my kind of thing. OOB closed back in March, but I thought they were just taking their time with the next issue.
09 May 2006 @ 04:46 pm
Best wishes to the lovely Miss Taormino, and continued success in your endeavors. Hope yer having fun wherever you are! :)
25 April 2006 @ 09:55 am
Writer-Director Tristan Taormino Joins Vivid Entertainment; Will Head New Vivid-Ed Imprint and Direct New Line

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/10/2006 -- Writer and director Tristan Taormino has joined Vivid Entertainment and will be involved in two major projects simultaneously. She will head an innovative imprint called "Vivid-Ed" that will produce a new breed of instructional movies and she will direct a new line of reality videos for Vivid.
"Tristan is one of the bright talents to come into the adult business in this generation. We are thrilled that we'll be able to have her fresh perspective on two very exciting new projects simultaneously," said Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment.
Taormino, the author of the best-selling books "Down and Dirty Sex Secrets" and "True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion," will direct the first two titles in the Vivid-Ed series and will bring in other directors for the second and third productions in the first year.
"I plan to combine education and information with entertainment and arousal," says Taormino. "It's all about teaching people techniques and inspiring them to want to practice what they learned right away! We will appeal to couples looking to improve their sex lives and be more adventurous. The films will feature attractive, intelligent real-life people as well as articulate, exemplary adult performers. With Vivid-Ed we have a chance to inform, educate and get someone off simultaneously. This definitely will not be your father's sex ed tape."
Much of the inspiration for the Vivid-Ed project comes from sex workshops Taormino has been teaching around the world for the past eight years on subjects including safer sex, g-spot stimulation, erotic role-playing, and sex toys. "Plenty of men and women tell me that they love all-sex features so the focus of my Vivid work will be on fresh performers, hot, spontaneous sex, real chemistry and real orgasms for everyone. Couples already trust Vivid for erotic features, now they can count on Vivid for hot reality, too."
The niece of famed novelist Thomas Pynchon, Tristan Taormino grew up on Long Island and now lives in New York City, where she is a columnist for the Village Voice. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in American Studies from Wesleyan University and is the author of three books and editor of 14 anthologies.
About Vivid:
Vivid Entertainment Group is the world's leading adult film company. Its "Vivid Girl" concept brings together top adult film stars who are signed to exclusive agreements styled on the old Hollywood contract star system which it pioneered in the adult entertainment industry. Vivid has wide brand-name awareness through films and licensing programs that extend to advertising, apparel, book publishing, virility supplements, condoms, snowboards, calendars, comic books and a variety of other products. For more information write rm@vivid.com.
09 April 2006 @ 07:22 pm
April 10, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Come meet author and director Tristan Taormino as she signs copies of her latest book, the second edition of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, and her video Tristan Taormino’s House of Ass.

BurningAngel.com’s Joanna Angel, star of the movie and several alt porn sensation, will also be on hand to sign videos.

Admission: Free!

Location: Babeland, 43 Mercer St. between Broome and Grand, NYC

Info: 212-966-2120

URL: http://www.babeland.com