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Annie Sprinkle: Post Porn Modernist

I have long admired Annie Sprinkle, the ex porn star who now calls herself a "pleasure activist." Annie has worked so hard to put forward a pro-sex viewpoint, and is always giving the world far more than she takes from it.

Annie's personal journey has been monumental, and she has experienced so much in her lifetime - prostitution, film stardom, grief, many lovers, and an awakening of her lesbian sexuality. Through it all she has kept an incredible sense of humour, a love of humanity, and an ability to forgive that is astonishing.

In 1997 I went to see Annie Sprinkle's show Post Porn Modernist in Sydney.

The show was surrounded by controversy when it first opened, as several police had attended the first performance to identify if it complied with Australian censorship laws. There was speculation the government would try to shut it down. I'm so glad that intelligence won through on that occasion.

I was 24 at the time, and the show was certainly an eye-opener. It was shocking, and absolutely thrilling.

Annie's show took us on a roller coaster ride of emotions, from fascination, to horror, to laughter. She told us how she first came to work in porn, and how much fun she'd had doing it. She talked of servicing her various clients, including a dwarf, a man with burns, and a guy who paid her to dominate him while he lay under his own bed for hours. I still remember the story of a man who enjoyed a spot of anal fisting; how she'd go in up to her elbow and tickle his heart. It's kind of hard to forget those things.

Annie story also contained heartbreak. The loss of lovers to AIDS, and the stress of always being at someone's sexual service.

We saw a different version of Annie's Public Cervix Announcement. Annie no longer inserted a speculum to show the audience her inner bits. She said it was causing too many infections. Rather, we saw photos. That was entertaining enough. And during the interval, she invited audience members to have their photo taken with her boobs on their head. Great fun.

The show's journey continued on into a spiritual awakening. We saw new lesbian relationships. And then she masturbated for us. The audience shook little rattles made of plastic cups and rice, while Annie meditated and breathed herself into a state of ecstasy.

It was undeniably a weird thing to watch. Amazing, fascinating, and kind of scary, it's hard to truly describe it. The orgasm was real, spiritual, and heartfelt. Nothing at all like watching a porn movie, that's for sure. I left afterwards, when she had withdrawn into a closed meditation, because I felt I was intruding in her afterglow. But I have never forgotten it.

Annie has created other shows since then, but hasn't returned to Australia so I haven't had the chance to see any of her other work. Hopefully she'll come back soon.

Annie's site

Some of Annie's Films (links go to Gamelink Adult Store)

Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle (also on DVD)
Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn
Annie Sprinkle: Queen of Kink (video on demand)
Candida Royalle's Rites of Passion (Annie has her own section on this film for women)

Books By Annie Sprinkle

Post Porn Modernist
Porn-star-turned-performance-artist Annie Sprinkle presents an illustrated history of her 25-year career, documenting her transformation from ugly duckling to prostitute to porn queen to sexual healer, activist, and educator - Amazon.com

Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance
With Gabrielle Cody
The authors reflect on Sprinkle's work and explore tensions within feminism over pornography and the complex power relations inherent in any art that makes use of the female body


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We've got lots of naked men, and really glorious couples photos, and I've been writing erotic fiction like mad. Plus we have an entire women's magazine with articles, advice, columns and more. I think Annie would be proud of me!

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