Tristan Taormino

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, sex educator, and feminist pornographer. She is the author of seven books including The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships. She runs the adult film production company Smart Ass Productions and has directed and produced twenty-four adult films, including the groundbreaking series based on real female kink fantasies, Rough Sex and the Expert Guide sex education series, which she created for Vivid-Ed. The winner of multiple AVN (Adult Video News) and Feminist Porn Awards, she was the first female director to win an AVN Award for Best Gonzo Movie for the first film in her reality series Chemistry. She received the Trailblazer Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Feminist Porn Awards in 2010. She was a columnist for the Village Voice for nearly ten years. She's written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of On Our Backs. She is the host of “Sex Out Loud,” on The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network and has appeared on CNN, HBO's Real SexThe Howard Stern ShowLovelineRicki Lake, MTV, Oxygen, Fox News, and The Discovery Channel. She lectures at top colleges and universities and teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world. For more information, go to