Modern Day Goddesses
In the last thirty years, women have come to embrace
their sexuality. We would not have come so far if it weren't for
pioneering women like the following modern-day goddesses, who have
led the way by shaping a new, different and positive view of women
Originally a porn star, Annie has gone on to become what she calls
a "post porn modernist." She has created films, art, photography,
theatre shows as well as written extensively on various aspects
of sex, porn and female sexuality. She runs Sluts and Goddesses
workshops which encourage women to explore the various sexual sides
of themselves. She has also researched paganism and various tantric
I've written a review of Annie's show Post Porn Modernist here.
There's also links to her books on that page.
Known as the "Mother of Masturbation", Betty Dodson has
long campaigned against society's taboo on self-pleasure. One of
the original 70's feminists, Betty first began her journey by photographing
women's genitals to encourage women to feel comfortable with their
bodies (or "cunt positive" as she terms it). She also
wrote a self-published pamphlet called "Liberating Masturbation"
which went on to become the best-selling Sex for One. This
book contains many drawings of female genitalia, as well as an in-depth
look at masturbation. Betty has a Ph.D. in Sexology and runs a private
practice, as well as writing and maintaining her website.
Author, editor, performer and sex educator, Susie Bright first made
her name as the editor of lesbian magazine On Our Backs in
the Eighties. She has since written film scripts such as Erotique,
lectured and performed in theatres and universities across the US,
edited numerous erotica anthologies, and written her own books about
sex, motherhood, porn, feminism, lesbianism, and myriad other subjects.
Trained as an artist, Candida became a porn star in the seventies,
and enjoyed a significant career before moving behind the camera.
In 1984 she created the first film designed for a female audience,
an X-rated movie called Femme. From there she went on to
create a number of films that showed a woman's perspective, including
the recent humourous film Stud Hunters. Candida has also
created her own line of vibrators, the Natural Contours range.
Joani has been working in the field of sexuality for over thirty
years. In the seventies she founded Good Vibrations, the first female-friendly
sex shop, which is now co-owned by it's workers. She also founded
Down There Press, a publishing company devoted to printing books
about female sexuality. Joani also created the butterfly vibrator
(sometimes known as the Joani's Butterfly), which is a small flattish
vibe that sits over the vulva. Her most recent book is Still
Doing It: Men and Women Over Sixty Write About Their Sexuality.
Another alumni of seventies feminism, Nancy Friday caused a huge
stir when her book My Secret Garden was published. The revelations
about women's sexual fantasies came as quite a shock to many men,
who had previously assumed their wives were simply admiring their
prower. Nancy has written two other books about female fantasies,
as well as tracts on beauty, and mother-daughter relationships.
Shere's thorough research into how women experienced sex is now
almost 30 years old, and it is still useful today. The Hite Report,
published in 1977, detailed the sex lives of over 3000 women, revealing
how important the clitoris was to orgasm, and the male construct
of "sex" was overwhelmingly inadequate when it came to
the pleasure of women. Her groundbreaking research was a milestone
on the way to female sexual liberation.
Lesbian activist and anal sex afficionado, Tristan Taormino has
written extensively about sex, and is now producing adult films.
A one-time editor of On Our Backs, her most famous book is
Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women.