Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am a writer, editor, sex educator, activist, college lecturer, and feminist pornographer. I’m a dessert connoisseur, a rescuer of dogs, an ass whisperer, and an organization fetishist.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I teach people sex and relationship skills, encourage them to embrace their authentic desires, and fight for the rights of sexual minorities. I’m working on three new books, a documentary, a sex education film, and a U.S. tour for my two books that come out in October: The Secrets of G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation and Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Long Island and I’m going where the sun don’t shine.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My Boston Terrier, Jordan.
5: What book is your bible?
The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love fresh-squeezed lemonade, artisan chocolate, snorkeling, musicals, butt plugs, art that speaks to me, and honesty. I hate smoking, right-wing nut jobs, abstinence-only sex education, racist porn titles, and ambivalence.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To empower people to embrace their sexuality, to love my chosen family fiercely, and to live with intention and compassion.
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
The Chocolate Room in Park Slope. Everything they make is divine. I’d live there if I could.
11: What turns you on?
People with complicated genders.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What’s your favorite dessert?
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, and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She is the editor of 23 anthologies and was the founding editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning series Best Lesbian Erotica. Her books have sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into many languages. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse and was a columnist for The Village Voice for nine and a half years. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment. Tristan’s work, writing and films are routinely used in college courses to explore the complex issues of relationship and sexual diversity, politics and media. Tristan has taught hundreds of classes (on everything from negotiating open relationships to female orgasms) at conferences, community events, and retail stores throughout the world. She lectures at top colleges and universities all over North America on subjects ranging from erotic empowerment to challenging the social construction of monogamy. Tristan and her work have been featured in over 400 publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, and Playboy. She has appeared on CNN, HBO’s Real Sex, The Howard Stern Show, Loveline, Ricki Lake, MTV, Oxygen, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, and on over fifty radio shows.
(NSFW) Pucker Up
(Tristan Taormino’s open relationship site) Opening up
(NSFW) Tumbler Page
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Ben Hoffman / Courtesy of Project1site.com
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Tristan Taormino, Los Angeles, 2011, Photography by Ben Hoffman / Courtesy of Project1site.com