Congratulations to Alicia Singham Goodwin! Her insightful essay “Realism in Feminist Pornography” received the prestigious Kampf Writing Prize for 2013 from the Women’s & Gender Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Goodwin explains how feminist porn can be a force for sexual liberation and gender equality.

Too many critics have a tendency to define feminist porn by the detached dissertations of academia. What’s refreshing about work like Goodwin’s essay is that it lends that definition to the feministas who actually contribute to the budding tapestry of feminist porn: impresarias like Tristan Taormino, Madison Young, Nina Hartley, and Maggie Mayhem to name a few. Goodwin, rightly, ties their work to the feminist tradition of the sexual revolution:

Today’s feminist pornographers share their core values with the sex-positive feminists of three decades ago, and many of their goals are even compatible with that period’s anti-pornography proponents: combating rape culture, legitimizing women’s speech, and wrestling away the masculine monopoly over media.

Feminist Porn may seem like a novel contradiction, but it is truly a fresh direction for the legacy of sex-positive feminism. The realism and value of feminist porn comes not from the critics of porn, but from the pornographers themselves, creating the change they desire through their art. Their work is a manifesto for mutual pleasure, regardless of gender or orientation, which boldly rectifies the intellectual foreplay of communication, chemistry, and consent that has been sorely absent from conventional pornography.

The full text of Goodwin’s award winning essay is available HERE.