From Feminist Porn Pioneer to ‘Doctor Royalle’: Candida Royalle awarded Doctorate in Human Sexuality
On June 26th, 2014, Candida Royalle and two other members of Club 90, the first ever adult industry support group, were awarded the degree, Doctor of Human Sexuality, from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco.
Jane Hamilton (aka Veronica Hart), Veronica Vera and Candida Royalle received their degrees from Dr. Ted McIlvenna at the Institute. Gloria Leonard, who died in January, 2014, received hers posthumously.
Club 90, named after Annie Sprinkle’s Manhattan apartment where the idea of a porn star support group was hatched, was created in 1983 in order to provide friendship and support as each of these women prepared to leave their X-rated careers behind. Each of these former adult movie stars went on to become innovators in diverse fields of human sexuality.
After a long and distinguished career in adult movies, working on both sides of the camera, Jane Hamilton now uses her expertise to educate women in the U.S. and China on issues of pleasure, aging and self-esteem. Candida Royalle created Femme Productions in 1984 and became known for “pioneering erotic cinema from a woman’s perspective”, encouraging other women to follow her lead. Veronica Vera founded the world’s first cross-dressing academy, Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, enriching the lives of trans people across the gender spectrum. Gloria Leonard debated some of the toughest anti-porn activists and toured college campuses as a self-described “stand up constitutionalist”, enlightening students on the First Amendment. She was the first president of the Free Speech Coalition. All four women, plus Annie Sprinkle, comprise Club 90, which continues to meet to this day. They credit the resulting deep and lasting friendship of their Club 90 sisters with helping to “manifest their individual dreams and successes”.
Annie Sprinkle was the first porn star to be awarded a Ph.D., which she earned from IASHS in 2002. Dr. Sprinkle will host the investiture and awards ceremony. The soon-to-be graduates will each deliver a 2½hour lecture/presentation on her life’s work at the Institute’s special “Days of The Divas” (June 24-26) as part of the curriculum. Most events are invited guests only; however, the afternoon of Thursday, June 26th will feature a “Days of the Divas Display—An Open House Meet & Greet & Show & Tell” that will display Club 90 archival materials and ephemera to which the public is cordially invited.
Founded in 1976 by Rev. Dr. Ted McIlvenna, the IASHS was the first to award advanced degrees in the newly emergent field of sexology that grew out of the sexual revolution. Wardell Pomeroy, a colleague of Alfred Kinsey, was appointed the school’s first dean. (Chris O’Donnell portrayed him in the movie “Kinsey.”) Says, Dr. McIlvenna, “These Divas personify what has always been a primary goal of the Institute, which is to spread the truth of human sexual experience in all its complexities. To acknowledge the Divas’ visionary work renews our shared commitment to that goal and helps assure our continued success.”
Candida Royalle’s ‘AfroDite Superstar’ nominated for Dusk! TV Porna Award
On September 7th, the premier TV Station for women’s erotica, Dusk! TV, based in Amsterdam, will present their very first Porna award. The nominated films were selected by thousands of women. Dusk! TV is the first TV station that requires all featured movies to be viewed and selected by a panel of women. “Porna” is a word created by Dusk! TV to describe explicit erotica that appeals to women’s sensibilities. Royalle’s Femme line has been a favorite on Dusk! TV since their debut in 2009. Royalle will be a special guest at this invitation-only event in Amsterdam.
New York City’s Golden Girls of Porn
Five adult film stars from the “Golden Age of Porn”: Veronica Hart, Gloria Leonard, Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle and Veronica Vera were the original “Sex and the City” girls. Turning to one another for the support they needed to navigate their way through life after blue movies, these dynamic women created “Club 90” in 1983, forming a bond that would continue for nearly thirty years. They went on to pursue their personal goals, and in the process, blazed new trails in the fields of human sexuality, women’s empowerment, erotic expression, and free speech. Come get a taste of the good old days when NYC was America’s sex film capital, movies were shot on 35mm film, and Times Square was x-rated! And most of all, come share the laughs, the drama & the intimate stories of this controversial support group. This rare reunion promises to be candid, informative and electric!
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When: June 12th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: F*ck Art Gallery 233 5th Ave New York, NY 10016
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CineKink to Showcase Feminist Porn at 10th Annual Film Festival
The 10th anniversary edition of CineKink NYC, “the kinky film festival,” that runs from Feb. 26 through March 3 will present an afternoon dedicated to feminist porn on its closing day.
Following producer and performer Tristan Taormino’s “Feminist Porn Show”, where she’ll play a selection of clips curated from filmmakers around the world, both pioneers and newcomers, there’ll be “The Feminist Porn Panel” with filmmaker Candida Royalle, porn scholar Mireille Miller-Young, and sex-positive performers Jiz Lee, Sinnamon Love, Kelly Shibari, and Courtney Trouble for a discussion of their contributions to “The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (Feminist Press).”
“This is the book that feminist scholars, teachers, students, and activists have been waiting for! Eloquent, smart, passionate, and engaging—each page of the The Feminist Porn Book offers a timely reminder of the continued importance of feminist interventions into the politics and production of pornography.”—Carol Stabile, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon
“I’m really happy to be a part of this exciting collection of candid and provocative essays, says Royalle of her inclusion in “The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure”. “After working for nearly three decades to bring a clear and dynamic feminine voice to erotic cinema, it’s exciting to see how far we’ve come. The girls in my college ‘women’s lib’ group would be proud of me!”
Immediately following the panel, CineKink will host a reception and book signing.
For more information about the panel, go to CineKink.com.
For more information about “The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure”, go to FeministPress.org.
First Feminist Conference on Women and Erotic Cinema in Mexico City
Candida Royalle will be heading down to Mexico City this month to take part in the first International Film Festival of Female Directors of Erotic Cinema to be held in Latin America.
“Cinema and Sex, the Feminine Glance” is taking place August 20th through 26th, at the Cultural Center Tlatelolco of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Lido Cinema, operated by National Film Archives and the Ministry of Culture.
Candida will discuss her work and introduce her feature, “Eyes of Desire”, at screenings through out the week. Other women-directors to be featured are Tristan Taormino, Jennifer Lyon Bell and Liandra Dahl.
According to the organizers of the event, “the festival’s objective is to serve as a platform for the exhibition of the most representative films, while establishing a place for dialogue, debate, and reflection from different female visions of pornography, sex, and pleasure.
In addition, three interdisciplinary panels will discuss “Pornography and Freedom of Speech,” “Appropriation of the means of representation” and “Sex, fictitious or sexual education”.
AFRODITE SUPERSTAR NOMINATED FOR SEVEN AVN AWARDS!
AVN (Adult Video News), the adult industry’s premier trade magazine, has nominated Afrodite Superstar for the following award categories: Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Music Score, Best Actress - Simone Valentino, Best Supporting Actor - Mr. Marcus, and Best Supporting Actress – India. The AVN Awards will honor the winners at what has become a highly anticipated annual spectacle of who’s who in the adult industry, held each January in Las Vegas. For tickets and more information, go to www.AVN.com.
NATURAL CONTOURS’ LATEST HOT ITEM, THE G-PLUS™, RECEIVING RAVE REVIEWS!
Natural Contours®, Candida’s line of discreet, stylish vibes, is getting rave reviews for its new G-PLUS™. The first of its kind, it’s an attachment for the Natural Contours IDÉAL™ (or any wand-type vibe like the Hitachi Magic Wand), that delivers powerful vibrations to both the clitoris and the g spot. Sue Johanson gave it a “4 briquets” review on her Hot Stuff Hibachi of Love and Sex Coach, Dr. Patti Britton advises her readers to, “Try it, you’ll thank me in the morning.”( Volume 94 YOUR SEX COACH EXPRESS November, 2007) For more info, or to buy, visit www.natural-contours.com.
CANDIDA A HIT ON THE TYRA BANKS SHOW
Candida Royalle was a guest on the Tyra Banks Show on October 8th, where the subject was the growing popularity of adult movies amongst women viewers. Royalle’s Femme™ line came out smelling like a rose after a group of women were shown different porn movies and invited to voice their reactions. Also on the show were Nina Hartley (visit Out & About to see of a shot of Candida & Nina backstage) and Violet Blue.
CANDIDA RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2007 BY THE EROTIC AWARDS
Candida Royalle was selected by a “Grand Jury of Conspicuous Sensuality” for this top honor at this year’s annual EROTIC AWARDS. Held each year in London by Tuppy Owens’ Outsiders Trust, it raises funds for “Outsiders”, a unique club for disabled people to make new friends and find partners.
AFRODITE SUPERSTAR ON THE FILM FEST CIRCUIT
Femme Chocolat’s Afrodite Superstar has been gaining recognition since its release in April ‘07. In October it was screened at no less than two major erotic film festivals, the Lost Angeles Erotica Film Fest 2007, and the 2nd PornFilmFestivalBerlin 2007, which showcases films and videos from around the globe.
NATURAL CONTOURS’® ULTIME RECEIVES AWARD
Natural Contours® received a “Vibrator of the Year” award from Vibrators.com for its innovatively shaped ULTIME™, the first vibrator created to stimulate both the clitoris and the G-spot at the same time. Candida was presented with the shiny gold trophy at her Natural Contours® booth at this year’s Adult Novelty Expo in LA. Go to ‘Out & About’ for a shot of Candida with her trophy.For more info, or to buy, visit www.natural-contours.com.
RECENT AWARDS & ACCOLADES FOR FEMME
Femme Chocolat’s debut feature, Afrodite Superstar which was nominated for seven AVN (Adult Video News) awards including best feature, best screenplay and best director, walked away with the award for Best Music. Held each year in Las Vegas, the AVN awards are the adult industries equivalent to the Oscars.
Each year AdultDVDReviews.com also gives out its Critic’s Choice™ Awards, and this year it selected Femme Productions’ Under the Covers as one of its winners.
CANDIDA’S SEXPERT ADVICE TRAVELS FAR & WIDE
Candida continues to be sought out for her sage advice about sex and relationships since the release of her book, “How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do: Sex Advice from a Woman who Knows”(Simon & Schuster). Candida shares her “Bad-Girl Sex Tricks” with writer Jennifer Benjamin in Cosmopolitan Magazine (3/08), and gives her take on “Men’s New Sexual Needs” in Glamour (4/08). Candida’s book also made her a popular ‘sexpert’ in merry ol’ England (where it’s published by Piatkus Press), where she advises men on how to “unlock female sexuality” in Men’s Health (1/08), “The Sexual Revelation”, and Men’s Fitness, (1/08) where she talks about the importance of using your hands in “Perfect Figures”. And in Taiwan, Candida was interviewed by Joslyn Yang for their #2 news paper, the Liberty Times about masturbation.
G-PLUS™ MAKES SUE JOHANSON’S TOP TOY LIST
Oxygen TV’s octogenarian sex advisor, Sue Johanson (Talk Sex with Sue) may be bidding adieu to her viewers, but not before naming her “Top Toys of the Year”, and Natural Contours’ G-PLUS™ made the grade:
Sue says “The NATURAL CONTOURS G-PLUS™ is a silicone attachment designed for the Hitachi or the NATURAL CONTOURS IDÉAL™. The double prongs are for vaginal and clitoral stimulation. At twenty bucks, it is a cheap way to turn a neck massager into a penetrating vibrator, and you know how I like cheap.” Find out more about the G-PLUS.™
UNDER THE COVERS WINS FEMINIST PORN AWARD
Femme Productions’ erotic comedy, UNDER THE COVERS, received a Feminist Porn award for the “Hottest Group Sex Scene” from Toronto’s woman-friendly erotic boutique, “Good For Her”. Candida Shares the award with her producer and co-writer, Jamye Waxman.
NATURAL CONTOURS® RECEIVES THREE AWARDS
Natural Contours received no less than three awards from Shape You 2008 Sports, Health & Fitness GearAwards™: Top Gear of the Year for the INSPIRATIONS™ Gift Box, under the Natural Organic Personal Care category; Great Gear of the Year for the LIBERTÉ™; and the Seal of Excellence for the ÉNERGIE™.
INSPIRATIONS – TOP GEAR AWARD/Natural Organic Personal Care LIBERTÉ, – GREAT GEAR AWARD
ÉNERGIE – SEAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
NATURAL CONTOURS FIGHTS BREAST CANCER
Candida Royalle’s Natural Contours® line has joined the fight against breast cancer with its new PETITE PINK RIBBON™. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Action (BCAction.org). Candida selected BCA for its work toward a more enlightened public awareness about the politics of breast cancer, and its Think Before You Pink program.
BLOGGING ABOUT NATURAL CONTOURS®
It’s difficult to keep track of all the blogs and review sites that Natural Contours® turns up on, but we certainly took note of our listing on the elegant La Petite Blog where some of blogger Charlyvia’s “bloggiest things” include make-up, jewelry, fashion accessories…and sexy things, too! Under ‘best in bed 2009’, the LIBERTÉ™—‘for the art lover’—is described as “a minimalist vibrator that delivers maximum pleasure”
And in another entry, under “bring sexy back”, her ‘toy of choice’ is the ULTIME™: “You don’t need a luxurious, top of the line vibrator any more than you need an Aston Martin, Diamonds or a Plasma TV”, writes Charlyvia, “but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve one! The ULTIME™ by Natural Contours® is a sleek, mind-blowing and virtually silent vibrator”….and the “packaging is worthy of its contents”.
But wait, there’s more! In yet another blog, Charlyvia calls the Natural Contours® IDEAL™ “’just what the doctor ordered”, and suggests the G-PLUS™ attachment for “’mind numbing soothing sensations.’
Natural Contours® had an illustrious visitor to our booth at the recent annual Natural Products Expo in Anaheim. Who doesn’t recognize Paula Abdul, photographed at our booth with Natural Contours® rep Rebecca Cook? Naturally we let her pick out one of our intimate massagers to take home with her, but don’t ask us to tell you which one she chose ‘cause we’re not telling!
AMERICA’S SEXIEST CEOS
In response to a USA Today report that “more women than ever are Fortune 500 CEOs”, Playboy conducted a search for “beautiful women in charge of companies large and small”…“whose good looks and savvy business acumen add a bit of sunshine to an otherwise gloomy economic forecast.”Read their picks for “America’s sexiest CEOs”. (Candida leads off on page two.)
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