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At the Feminist Porn Awards, Toronto, June 1, 2007
|Born||May 9, 1971
Syosset, New York
|Occupation||Author, columnist, editor, director, sex educator|
|Literary movement||Sex-positive feminism|
Tristan Taormino (born May 9, 1971) is a feminist author, columnist, sex educator, activist, editor, speaker and pornographic film director (she also appeared in three films, two of which she directed, 1999–2000). She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University in 1993. Taormino is the niece of author Thomas Pynchon.
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Taormino is the author of seven books, including the Firecracker Book Award-winning The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women.
She has edited anthologies including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Best Lesbian Erotica, an annual anthology published by Cleis Press, for which she has collaborated with the writers Heather Lewis, Jewelle Gomez, Jenifer Levin, Chrystos, Joan Nestle, Patrick Califia, Amber Hollibaugh, Cheryl Clarke, Michelle Tea, Eileen Myles, Ali Liebegott, Emma Donoghue, Felice Newman and Joan Larkin.
She teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world and lectures at top colleges and universities including Princeton, Yale, Brown, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia, Cornell, University of Toronto, Wesleyan, Vassar, University of Oregon, Swarthmore and New York University, where she speaks on gay and lesbian issues, sexuality and gender, and feminism. Some of her college appearances have stirred controversy, as at University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004, Princeton, and, most famously, Oregon State University in 2011, where administrators un-invited her as keynote speaker at the Modern Sex Conference. There was a huge uproar on the internet, and many accused OSU of anti-sex bias. The incident received national media attention. Eventually, students raised the funds and re-invited her themselves.
She hosted a television show Sexology 101 on The Burly Bear Network in 2001, a college cable network owned by Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video. She was a regular expert and panelist on Ricki Lake for two seasons in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, she signed a development deal with MTV Networks. She served as host and executive producer on the pilot for The Naughty Show, but the series was never picked up. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, HBO's Real Sex, NBC's The Other Half, The Howard Stern Show, Loveline, Ricki Lake, MTV, Oxygen Network, Fox News, The Discovery Channel and on over 60 radio shows.
Taormino worked with Spike Lee as a script consultant and with the cast on the set of his 2004 movie She Hate Me. In 2006, she appeared as a so-called "sextra" in John Cameron Mitchell's film, Shortbus, participating in an unsimulated orgy that was filmed for the movie. (Her presence is confirmed by the director on the DVD commentary.) She also appeared in Becky Goldberg's 2003 documentary Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography.
In addition to writing, speaking and sex education, she considers herself a feminist pornographer. She made two videos based on her book The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. The first (1999) was co-directed by Buttman (John Stagliano) and Ernest Greene. The second (2001) was directed by Tristan herself. In both videos, she takes part in the on-screen sexual activities. Subsequently, she directed Tristan Taormino's House of Ass for Adam & Eve, which shows a number of "porn stars" (from famous to unknown) interacting without a script. This film could be called[by whom?] a full-length "behind-the-scenes" movie. In 2006, she directed Tristan Taormino's Chemistry, which is the first in a series of full-length "behind the scenes" movies for Vivid Entertainment where the performers choose who they have sex with, what they do, where and when. She continues to direct the Chemistry series as well as sex education films for Vivid Ed, Vivid Entertainment's sex education line that she was instrumental in creating.
Sexual identity 
Taormino says about her sexuality, "I don't really identify with the label 'bisexual', nor does it feel like it accurately describes me...I see myself as queer, since queer to me is not just about who I love or lust, but it's about my culture, my community, and my politics. The truth is, even if I were with a heterosexual guy, I'd be a queer dyke." 
Taormino stated in an online interview, "I identify strongly as queer and as a dyke, because, as I have said before, it's not just about who I fuck and love, being queer is also about my politics, my culture, my community, and the way I see the world. People want to call me bisexual or pansexual or whatever, but I believe in people's power to self-identity." 
In addition, "she describes herself as 'equal opportunity'. She doesn't like the word 'bisexual' -- it's too polarizing."
In addition to being a vocal advocate of nonmonogamy, Taormino supports gay marriage: "I support gay marriage being legalised in every state. I do however think it’s unfortunate that in some cases gay marriage opponents have used the issue against polyamory."
- The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women (Cleis Press, 1997/2006) ISBN 1-57344-028-0 – winner of a Firecracker Book Award and named Amazon.com's #1 Bestseller in Women's Sex Instruction in 1998. Second edition was released in February 2006, ISBN 978-1-57344-221-3
- Pucker Up: A Hands-on Guide to Ecstatic Sex (ReganBooks, 2001) – re-issued in paperback as Down and Dirty Sex Secrets (2003) ISBN 0-06-098892-4
- True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion (Cleis Press, 2002) ISBN 1-57344-157-0
- Opening Up: Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships (Cleis Press, 2008) ISBN 978-1-57344-295-4
- The Anal Sex Position Guide: The Best Positions for Easy, Exciting, Mind-Blowing Pleasure (Quiver, 2009) ISBN 978-1-59233-356-1
- The Big Book of Sex Toys (Quiver, 2010) ISBN 1-59233-355-9
- Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation (Quiver, 2011) ISBN 1-59233-456-3
- The Ultimate Guide To Kink BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge (Cleis Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-57344-779-9
As Editor 
- Pucker Up: the zine with a mouth that's not afraid to use it (Black Dog Productions, 1995-?) publisher and editor
- Best Lesbian Erotica (Cleis Press, 1996–2009) as Series Editor
- Ritual Sex (Rhinoceros Books, 1996) co-editor
- A Girl's Guide to Taking Over the World: Writings from the Girl Zine Revolution (St. Martin's Press, 1997) co-editor
- Hot Lesbian Erotica (Cleis Press, 2005) editor
- Best Lesbian Bondage Erotica (Cleis Press, 2007) editor
- Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica (Cleis Press, 2010) editor
- Tristan Taormino's The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women (Evil Angel, 1999)
- Ecstatic Moments (Pacific Media Entertainment, 1999)
- Tristan Taormino's Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women 2 (Evil Angel, 2000)
- Tristan Taormino's House of Ass (Adam & Eve, 2006)
- Tristan Taormino's Chemistry (Vivid / Smart Ass Productions, 2006)
- Tristan Taormino's Chemistry, Vol. 2 (Vivid / Smart Ass Productions, 2007)
- Tristan Taormino's Chemistry, Vol. 3 (Vivid / Smart Ass Productions, 2007)
- Tristan Taormino's Chemistry, Vol. 4: The Orgy Edition (Vivid / Smart Ass Productions, 2008)
- Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Anal Sex (Vivid-Ed / Smart Ass Productions, 2007)
- Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex, Part 1: Cunnilingus (Vivid-Ed / Smart Ass Productions, 2007)
- Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex, Part 2: Fellatio (Vivid-Ed / Smart Ass Productions, 2007)
- Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to the G-Spot (Vivid-Ed / Smart Ass Productions, 2008)
- Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Anal Pleasure for Men (Vivid-Ed / Smart Ass Productions, 2009)
- Tristan Taormino's Rough Sex (Vivid / Smart Ass Productions, 2009)
- Tristan Taormino's Rough Sex 2 (Vivid / Smart Ass Productions, 2010)
- Tristan Taormino's Rough Sex 3: Adrianna's Dangerous Mind (Vivid / Smart Ass Productions, 2010)
- Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Advanced Fellatio (Vivid-Ed / Smart Ass Productions, 2010)
- Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Female Orgasms (Vivid-Ed / Smart Ass Productions, 2010)
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1070417/bio IMDB biography
- "Thomas Pynchon", Cityfile, Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Tristan Taormino Brings Honest Take on Sex to University". Daily Emerald. Retrieved 13 Match 2011.
- "Tristan Taormino to return to UNCG". The Carolinian. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "Taormino speaks about feminist pornography". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "OSU vs. Sex". Portland Mercury. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "Why Good Porn Matters: Tristan Taormino, Oregon State University, and Sexual Empowerment". LGBT POV. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "Burly Bear Comes Out of Hiberation (2001)". AllBusiness.com. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "Ricki Lake: Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- IMDB: The Naughty Show, AccessedMarch 15, 2011
- "Interview with Tristan Taormino". Girlphoria. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- He Don't Hate Me: Spike Lee Interview. The Advocate. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "The Feministing Five: Tristan Taormino". Feministing. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- Information on Chemistry from adultfilmdatabase.com, Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Conversation with Tristan Taormino". Sex in the Public Square. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
- "PuckerUp Exclusive: Tristan talks about her identity", PuckerUp
- "Tristan Taormino, Sex Educator", Gothamist, August 19, 2004. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Sex Advice for a New Generation", Cincinnati's CityBeat, May 10, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "'Sex is the easy part!' – Interview with Tristan Taormino, open relationships expert", Lesbilicious, July 10, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
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