Carol & Jackie on Feminist Porn Award Nominated Sex Ed Flick “Heads Up”

For the next few days I’m highlighting Good Releasing films nominated for the Feminist Porn Awards. Good Releasing has ten nominated titles, all of which and more, are for available at GoodVibes.com. I’ve profiled triple threat artist Kimberly Kane who is up for her first Feminist Porn Award for My Own Master, longtime nominated performer and director, Madison Young, and first time director, Nenna! Now let’s see what sexy sex ed creators behind Pleasure-Ed Series have to share!

Heads Up: The Official Guide to Fellatio

Going down on a man can give him exquisite pleasure — and intense orgasms. Find out what men love about fellatio, an intimate, sexy activity… and learn how to do it better! Featuring real-life couples, sex professionals and newcomers to oral sex, Dr. Carol Queen gives out expert information on anatomy, arousal and blow-job techniques. Full of chemistry and connection, Heads Up is the second installment of the Pleasure-Ed’s Official Guide series. Hosted by Dr. Carol Queen. 60 minutes. Single disc. 2010.

About Pleasure-Ed:

Smart, sexy, fun and permission-granting, the Pleasure-Ed Series doesn’t just tell you how to have better sex, it shows you. This ongoing series of sexual education films will help you find your own sexual style and enjoy it with confidence. Each Pleasure-Ed Official Guide features explicit demonstrations from professional performers and real-life couples to inspire your own sexual adventures and enhance your sex life.

Dr. Carol Queen, Staff Sexologist of the original sex education and pleasure authority Good Vibrations, and Co-Founder of the Center for Sex and Culture, encourages you to explore and enjoy your sexuality. Discover the possibilities of enhanced intimacy as Dr. Queen, with the help of her friends and colleagues, offers up expert guidance in the arena of sexual pleasure.

Nominated 2011 Feminist Porn Awards

Starring: Carmen Stark,  Carol QueenCasey Grey, Danny Wylde,  David SteinbergIan Blake, Kim Mears, Madison Young, Mickey Mod

Watch Heads Up: The Official Guide to Fellatio

Here’s an interview I did with two women behind the Pleasure-Ed Series, and who are major players at Good Vibrations and the creation of feminist porn and sex-positive culture, COO Jackie Strano and Good Vibrations’ Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen..

Jiz: How are you involved in “Heads Up” and the Good Releasing Line Pleasure-Ed Series, and what is your role at Good Vibrations?

Carol: I’m Good Vibes’ Staff Sexologist and one of the A member of the Pleasure-Ed production team; I confer about all P-E projects and script and host many of the Pleasure-Ed movies.

Jackie: For Heads Up, I was directly involved with the final editing process and consulted on the production with Coyote Days and Carol Queen especially toward the final stages. My role was more in the executive producer realm. I was much more hands on during the making of Pleasure-Ed’s ˜Gush‘ (G-spot movie) and actually cast, directed, and produced some scenes with my partner, Shar Rednour. For Good Vibrations, I am the Chief Operations Officer which means I manage and oversee all aspects of day to day operations of the company. For Good Releasing/Pleasure-Ed I have worn my video production hat from prior life experience to help create the official word on explicit sex education movies.

Jiz: The two of you have oodles of experience creating educational sex flicks. What early Sex Ed movie meant the most to you and why? Who was your sex ed hero growing up?

Carol: There were barely any sex ed movies when I was a young person — mainly antique “scare” films and the patterning films from San Francisco’s Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Actually the most amazing early film-based sex ed experience I had was IASHS’s Fuckarama, an immersive porn experience with 20 or so screens at once showing different movies. The point of this is to teach people about their own biases and “buttons’; it’s a common training element for sex therapists, or was designed to be.

Carol: My fave early sex ed hero: Kinsey!

Jackie: Bend Over Boyfriend which I created with my partner Shar Rednour starring Carol Queen. That movie has gone on to be one of the best-selling and most rented movie for Good Vibrations and other retailers since its creation in 1998. It was a huge feminist statement to show how men can enjoy more anal pleasure and health given by their female partner and it helps balance the power paradigm of sexual exploration and education. It also caused a sub-cultural phenomenon that has bubbled up into the mainstream in a big way. “Pegging is what they call it now when a woman straps it on with her male partner.

Jackie: My personal sex-ed hero growing up was my maternal great-grandmother, Lina Monsagrati who was a midwife in Florence Italy and who championed women’s rights and reproductive health and education. This was during a time and climate that definitely didn’t appreciate a woman being so vocal and advocating what the Catholic Church and government didn’t support. One of my prized possessions is her original certificate of midwifery from a university in Florence. Later in life I was very inspired by Joani Blank who founded Good Vibrations. She is a visionary and she believed and supported explicit educational books, movies, and other materials way before it was vogue or a viable money making venture.

Jiz: What’s your best tip about Fellatio?

Carol: The giver should focus on giving head in a way that’s sensual and enjoyable for her/him/hir — anything the giver likes will probably feel wonderful to the recipient and this is a great way to get started without it being a negative experience. For the receiver: hold off on thrusting into the other person’s mouth until they indicate it’s OK. Plenty of people love this, but you can put off a fellator for life if you do it before s/he/ze’s ready!

Jackie: Ha ha¦given my position in the company I am going to plead the 5th here and keep my comments to myself 😉 I will leave the ˜tips’ to the educators but with any sex play I would start with communication¦.talk about it, describe it¦.it makes things more intimate and hotter and check out Heads Up!! Buy it for your friends!

Jiz: What do you love about sex education?

Carol: Helping to fill in the gaps of cultural knowledge. So much about sexuality has been hidden and not talked about, and it leaves so many people feeling abnormal or without resources. Addressing that is really an honor.

Jackie: People need help and I love to help people. People are hungry for information and it’s liberating to feel better about your sexuality and to feel more confident. From a world perspective, it’s critical. HIV and AIDS aren’t going away anytime soon and women’s reproductive health access is constantly at battle. Plus it’s still a revolutionary concept for a lot of folks that pleasure is your birthright and that you deserve to feel pleasure. This is the main mantra of Good Vibrations. There are also lots of issues that don’t get covered adequately by your medical doctor, your friends, your families, and your school experience.

Jiz: What’s it like working with porn performers demonstrating sex tips? How/who do you cast?

Carol: Usually it’s fabulous because porn performers are very open to the camera and comfortable and happy in front of it. Occasionally it’s a challenge to get someone, in a sex ed context, to represent their own true sexuality more than their porn persona.

Jackie: We cast real couples whenever possible; performers working with people they choose and truly like to work with; and those performers who are comfortable letting their own personal sexuality show. Since viewers are supposed to learn from these movies, it’s important that the sex and emotion depicted is authentic.

I have a very intensive casting process. I like to get inside people’s head a little when I direct so I need to know a little more than what food you like to eat while on set.

Working with pros is like working with trained dancers, trained athletes, it’s very professional and you know you can push them more. Working with pros makes production days easier for sure and when they perform sex tips and come out of their pro persona a little bit to engage on a more intimate level¦I love that.

I also love working with pros because you can trust that they will hit their marks so to speak just like working with a professional athlete¦they are very much in touch with their skills, stamina, and are used to hot lights, a crew, the way things usually go on set, etc.

I push the pros that I work with to be more ˜natural’ and I emphasize connection, communication, and chemistry in my directing. I can’t stand it when folks are not fully embodied or engaged and I am not interested in directing someone who ˜fakes it’ for the camera. My favorite is working with pros who love sex and sexual connection and have a personal mission of educating.

I also dearly love working with amateurs because I love to draw out their exhibitionist streaks and make their fantasies come to life and their ˜naturalness’ is amazing to capture.

Jiz: What’s the latest release, and what’s next in the Pleasure-Ed Series?

Carol: Just out: Gush, about the G-spot and female ejaculation. It’s the best yet! We keep developing the movies and now we have a fabulous woman editing them. Next we’ll finish the anal sex movie.

Jackie: Gush: The Official Guide to the G-Spot & Female Ejaculation was just released and already getting lots of attention. There are some amazing moments in this movie and with a 90 minute running time and an hour of extras it is one of the most comprehensive movies about the g-spot to date. Not to mention there is some awesome footage of intense orgasms and the Dylan Ryan and Mickey Mod scene is off the charts!

Next up is our Anal Sex education movie. Still casting for two more scenes!

Jiz: Heads Up was nominated for both an AVN Award and a Feminist Porn Award. How do you feel the two awards differ?

Carol: The AVNs represent insider awards, the way the Oscars are given by the movie business to its own. The AVNs are peer-to-peer, it could be said, and they also tend to reflect the industry as it is rather than as it could be, while the FPAs are mainly given (as I understand it) by women who are fans and purveyors of porn, and they especially recognize visionary independent work and different images of women, gender, and sexuality.

Jackie: Both are wonderful and it’s great to be recognized in both arenas¦.the Feminist Porn Awards has a more indie feel while the AVN awards are more mainstream… the FPA’s are more geared to a feminist/alternative perspective and showcase titles that don’t get more attention elsewhere.

Jiz: What does the future of adult movies hold in terms of sex-positive films, and education?

Carol: Because so many people seek to supplement their (often awful) sex education with porn, which of course is not really always appropriately educational, I think we’ll see more and more people comfortable with explicit movies learning about alternatives — not to mention all the people who are turned off by certain elements of conventional porn who just want something more independent and, to them, realistic.

Jackie: I believe it’s the saving grace of adult movie making and it’s one of the few channels that are still selling for physical DVD production.

Jiz: Anything else you’d like to add?

Carol: I love the way ex-ed (that’s what I call it, for explicit/educational) films can show everyone’s sexuality and sexiness. They can be especially diverse (body type, gender expression, race, age, and on and on). That in itself is enough to open many people’s eyes to the pleasures and value of watching explicit movies.

Jackie: If anyone is interested in being cast for Pleasure-Ed please contact me!

Thanks both of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules for this interview! Eager fellators can check out the tips and tricks to make your mouth water with Heads Up: The Official Guide to Fellatio. Also check out Carol and Jackie & Shar‘s recommended sex toys. And if you’re located in San Francisco and are interested in being cast for the Pleasure-Ed Series, please see the casting information at GoodReleasing.com.

Stay tuned for more profiles of Good Releasing’s 2011 Feminist Porn Nominees.

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