Xplore Sydney 2012

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Tristan Taormino


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Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, sex educator, speaker, and filmmaker. She is the author of seven books:

    • Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation
    • The Big Book of Sex Toys
    • The Anal Sex Position Guide
    • Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships
    • True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion
    • Down and Dirty Sex Secrets
    • The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women (two editions)

She is the editor of 23 anthologies including;Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica and was the founding editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning seriesBest Lesbian Erotica. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminismto Penthouse, and served as editor of the magazineOn Our Backs. For nine and a half years, she wrote a bi-weekly column in The Village Voice.

She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment. Tristan has taught hundreds of classes (on everything from negotiating relationships to female orgasms) at conferences, community events, and retail stores and she frequently lectures at top colleges and universities. Tristan has been featured in over 200 publications and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

She runs three websites:




Anal Play

Welcome to the world of anal pleasure! In this funny, educational class, Tristan 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! Learn the facts about this exciting, yet often misunderstood, form of pleasure and get all your questions answered. Then, try out what you learned in the interactive portion of the class. You can practice on yourself or bring a practice partner with you (also recommended: lube, gloves, toys, and something to lay on).



The Feminist Porn Clip Show and Discussion

Feminist Porn is both a budding genre of adult films and a growing social movement. Feminists have hotly debated pornography since the Women’s Movement began. While there is no one production considered the first example of feminist porn (and, in fact, there must be images and films created even before the term ‘feminist’ was first used), feminist porn has its roots in the 1980s. I first used the term feminist pornin an article I wrote for Paper Magazine in 1998 called “Women in Porn in Power.” I also used it in my keynote address in May of 2002 at the National Gay and Lesbian Press Summit. In that speech, I was referring to my work as editor of On Our Backs.

In this workshop, I will share a brief history and discussion of feminist porn, then screen a special compilation which includes clips from the work of feminist porn pioneers and newcomers including Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle, Petra Joy, Erika Lust, Shine Louise Houston, Madison Young, Courtney Trouble, Nina Hartley, and more. The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion, where we'll explore some of the most current issues surrounding feminist porn.



The G-Spot and Female Ejaculation

Find out all there is to know about this important female erogenous zone from the author of The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation. This class is for everyone, whether you don’t know how to find your G-spot (or a partner's) or you’re an experienced G-spotter looking for some new techniques. We’ll cover G-spot anatomy, how to find your own or your partner’s G-spot, great G-spot positions and toys, and tips for orgasmic G-spot stimulation. Then, we’ll delve into the world of female ejaculation, discussing myths and truths about this phenomenon. Learn what it’s all about, why some women dribble and others gush, and tried and true techniques to help everyone learn to do it. You'll also have the chance to test drive some techniques in this hands-on (and in) class. You can practice on yourself or bring a practice partner with you (also recommended: lube, gloves, toys, and something to lay on).



Open Relationships

Do open relationships really work? How do people create nontraditional partnerships that are loving and lasting? Tristan Taormino, relationship expert and author of Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, shares some of the key principles that can help your open relationship(s) succeed. She’ll discuss common issues and problems-from “new relationship energy” and time management to jealousy and agreement violations-and ways to address and resolve them. Tristan will offer tips on communication, negotiation, and boundary setting, as well as how to cope with change. Learn how to get to the root of jealous feelings and transform them by embracing the concept of compersion. Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran to the world beyond monogamy, come discover strategies to help you nurture and grow your open relationship(s).