Pages in category "Sex-positive feminists"
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The following 76 pages are in this category, out of 76 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Kathy Acker – Kathy Acker was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer. She was strongly influenced by the Black Mountain School, William S. Burroughs, David Antin, French critical theory, pornography. The daughter of Donald and Claire Lehman, Kathy Acker was born in New York City on April 18. She thought that only men could be pirates. Thus Acker experienced early the limitations of gender. However, she turned to books as her reality. She remained a voracious reader throughout her life. Acker took her last name from Robert Acker; though named Karen, she was known as Kathy by her friends and family. Acker's first work appeared as part of the burgeoning New York City literary underground of the mid-1970s. She claimed that her early writings were profoundly influenced by her experiences working for a few months as a stripper. She remained on the margins of the literary establishment, only being published until the mid-1980s, thus earning herself the epithet of literary terrorist. In 1983 a text by Kathy Acker was published in an catalogue of a fancy gallery in Vienna, called Molotov. The book also contained another text by Christian Michelides, the founder of the gallery. 1984 saw her British publication, a novel called Blood and Guts in High School. From here on Acker produced a considerable body of novels, almost all still in print with Grove Press.Kathy Acker – Acker in 1984
2. Christina Aguilera – Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. After the theme for Disney's 1998 Mulan, she signed with RCA Records. She released the holiday album My Kind of Christmas. Aguilera assumed creative control for Stripped, which produced five successful singles, including "Dirrty", "Fighter". In 2010, she starred in the film Burlesque. Aguilera debuted as a coach on the reality competition series The Voice; she has since appeared on six of its eleven seasons. Her seventh studio album, Lotus, was released in 2012. She has also been featured including "Lady Marmalade", "Moves like Jagger", "Say Something". She earned "Pop Princess" in her early years. Her work has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Aguilera has sold worldwide of 2015. Her father is Ecuadorian, while her mother has German, Irish, Welsh, Dutch ancestry. Her family lived in places including New Jersey, Texas, Japan. After several years of being estranged, Aguilera expressed interest in reconciling with her father in 2012. Up, Aguilera, known locally as "the little girl with the big voice", aspired singing in local talent shows and competitions.Christina Aguilera – Aguilera at the Sanremo Music Festival
3. Dorothy Allison – Dorothy Allison is an American writer from South Carolina whose writing expresses themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism. She is a self-identified femme. She has won a number of awards including several Lambda Literary Awards. In 2014, Allison was elected in the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Dorothy E. Allison was born to Ruth Gibson Allison, fifteen at the time. Her single mother was poor, working as a cook. When Dorothy Allison was five, her stepfather began to abuse her sexually. This abuse lasted for seven years. At age 11 Allison told a relative about it, who told her mother. The family remained together. The respite did not last long, as the stepfather resumed the sexual abuse, continuing for five years. Allison suffered mentally and physically, contracting gonorrhea from him, not treated until she was in her 20s. The untreated disease left her unable to have children. The family moved to central Florida to escape debt. Allison had witnessed family members die because of the extreme poverty.Dorothy Allison – Allison at the Miami Book Fair International 2011
4. Valerie Aurora – Aurora is also known within the Linux community for advocating new developments in filesystems in Linux, including ChunkFS and the Union file system. She changed it shortly before 2009, choosing her middle name after the computer scientist Anita Borg. In 2012, Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner, were named two of the most influential people in computer security by SC Magazine. In 2013, she won the O'Reilly Open Award. Aurora was home-schooled. She became involved in programming when she attended DEF CON in 1995. She studied computer mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. She first became involved with file systems when she worked at Sun Microsystems. She later moved to IBM where she worked in the group of Theodore Ts'o, where they considered extensions to the ext2 and ext3 Linux file systems. While working at Intel, she implemented relative atime. She also co-organized the first Linux File Systems Workshop in order to figure out how to raise funding for file system development. As of 2009, she worked as a file systems developer as well as a part-time science writer and Linux consultant. Aurora, with Gardiner, founded the Ada Initiative in February 2011. The organization was named after Ada Lovelace, considered to be the world's first computer programmer. Two years later, Aurora founded a hackerspace for women, with Amelia Greenhall and Liz Henry.Valerie Aurora – Valerie Anita Aurora
5. Sandra Bernhard – Sandra Bernhard is an American comedian, singer, actress and author. Bernhard first gained attention with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture and political figures. She is number 97 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time. She was born in the daughter of Jeanette and Jerome Bernhard. Her parents raised her as a Conservative Jew. Bernhard has three older brothers. Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when she was 10. Bernhard has often addressed her childhood within the context of her stand-up comedy. Of her family, Bernhard stated Without You I'm Nothing: "My father was a proctologist and my mother was an abstract artist. That's how I view the world." In the documentary program Girls Who Do: Comedy, Bernhard discusses being a funny teenager. After graduating from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Bernhard went to volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel. Bernhard moved at the age of 19. During that time Bernhard paid her bills by working as a manicurist in a high-end salon. She became a staple at The Comedy Store.Sandra Bernhard – At the Daryl Roth Theater (NYC), 2006
6. William Blake – William Blake was an English poet, painter, printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic works have been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led one contemporary critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced". In 2002, Blake was placed in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and as "Pre-Romantic". Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the Church of England, Blake was influenced by the ambitions of the French and American Revolutions. Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake's work makes him difficult to classify. William Blake was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street in Soho, London. He was the third of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. James, was a hosier. Even though the Blakes were English Dissenters, William was baptised on 11 December at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London. The Bible remained a source of inspiration throughout his life. Blake started engraving copies of drawings of Greek antiquities purchased by his father a practice, preferred to actual drawing. Within these drawings Blake found his first exposure through the work of Raphael, Michelangelo, Maarten van Heemskerck and Albrecht Dürer.William Blake – Blake in a portrait by Thomas Phillips (1807)
7. Susie Bright – She is one of the first writers/activists referred to as a sex-positive feminist. As a teenager in the 1970s, Susie Bright was active in various left-wing progressive causes, in particular the feminist and anti-war movements. . She was also one of the founding members of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, wrote under the pseudonym Sue Daniels. In both The Red Tide and Workers' Power. She has said, "I was motivated, always, from the sting of social injustice. The cry of'That isn't fair!' gets a more impulsive behavior from me than,'I want to get off!'" Bright was one of the first staff members of a pioneering feminist vibrator store, working and managing the store from 1981 to 1986. She trained with San Francisco Sex Information in 1981. Bright wrote the first sex toy catalog written from a women's point of a view to a female audience. She founded the first feminist curation of erotic films available at the time. Susie Bright edited the first women-produced sex-magazine, On Our Backs, "entertainment for the adventurous lesbian," from 1984 to 1991. Here she began her sex column as Susie Sexpert. She expanded them to publish her first book, Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World in 1990. She published a portfolio of lesbian erotic photography, Nothing but the Girl, photographs from photographers around the world.Susie Bright – Susie Bright at Come As You Are in 2012
8. Helen Gurley Brown – Helen Gurley Brown was an American author, publisher, businesswoman. She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years. Brown was born Helen Marie Gurley in Green Forest, Ira Marvin Gurley. Her mother was born in Alpena, Arkansas, died in 1980. Her father was once appointed Commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The family moved to Arkansas after Ira won election to the Arkansas legislature. He died on June 1932. In 1937, their mother moved to Los Angeles, California. A few months after moving, Mary contracted polio. While in California, Brown attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School. After Brown's graduation, the family moved to Warm Springs, Georgia. In 1947, Cleo and Mary moved to Osage, Arkansas, while Brown stayed in Los Angeles. In 1959 she married David Brown, who would go on to become a noted film producer. In 1964 the book inspired a film of the same name starring Natalie Wood. In 1965, Brown reinvented it as a magazine for the single career-woman.Helen Gurley Brown – Helen Gurley Brown in 1964
9. Diana Cage – Diana Cage is an American feminist author, editor, cultural critic and radio personality. Her work examines sexuality, LGBT culture. She teaches at Pratt Institute. Cage began writing about culture while interning under editor Lisa Palac at the San Francisco-based magazine Future Sex. She really has no prejudgments about alternative sexuality." Cage has likewise been praised as an "unapologetic pioneer" in the evolution of sex-positive lesbian culture. Cage resigned as editor after editing a number of On Our Backs anthologies. The Publishing Triangle named Cage's On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex one of the Most Notable Books of 2004. In 2004 Cage published the IPPY award nominated, Box Lunch: A Layperson's Guide to Cunnilingus. Her writing has been included anthologies, magazines. She was a regular columnist for several magazines including Girlfriends, Kitchen Sink, Shewired, Frontiers, Good Vibes, Velvetpark. In 2008 Cage was named one of GO magazine's 100 Women We Love. Beginning with a historical overview, the book discusses the history of female sexual oppression and liberation. Cage's most recent book is the Lambda Award-nominated Lesbian Sex Bible: The New Guide to Sexual Love for Same Sex Couples. Cage teaches at Pratt Institute.Diana Cage – Diana Cage
10. Avedon Carol – Avedon Carol is an American-born feminist, anti-censorship, civil liberties campaigner and a researcher in the field of sex crime, residing in England. On Avedon's Sideshow, she publishes and compiles links to a wide array of stories and events. Avedon is one of 12 panelists for Virtually Speaking Sundays, a weekly podcast discussing current events. She now resides in London. She runs a political blog at avedoncarol.blogspot.com/. Assiter, Alison; Carol, Avedon. Bad girls and dirty pictures: the challenge to reclaim feminism. London Boulder, Colo: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745305240. Carol, Avedon. Nudes, prudes and attitudes: pornography and censorship. Cheltenham: New Clarion Press. ISBN 9781873797143.Avedon Carol – Avedon Carol in 2011
11. Voltairine de Cleyre – These latter beliefs have led many to cite her as a major early feminist. She began her activist career in the freethought movement. She was a contemporary of Emma Goldman, with whom she maintained a relationship of respectful disagreement on many issues. Many of her essays were in the Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre, published posthumously by Mother Earth in 1914. August de Cleyre, named her after the French Enlightenment Voltaire. At age 12, she was placed into a Catholic convent in Sarnia, Ontario, by her father, because he thought it would give her a better education. This experience had the effect of moving her towards atheism rather than Christianity. During her time in the freethought movement in the late 1880s, de Cleyre was especially influenced by Clarence Darrow. Other influences were Henry David Thoreau, Big Bill Haywood and Eugene Debs. After the hanging of the Haymarket protesters in 1887, however, she became an anarchist. She gave birth to a son, Harry, on June 12, 1890, fathered by freethinker James B. Elliot. As agreed to by de Cleyre and Elliot, Harry lived with Elliot and de Cleyre had no part in his upbringing. She was also close to and inspired by Dyer D. Lum. Her relationship with him ended shortly before his suicide in 1893.Voltairine de Cleyre – Voltairine de Cleyre in Philadelphia, 1901 (age 35)
12. Diablo Cody – Brook Busey-Maurio, better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, producer, author, journalist, memoirist, stripper and exotic dancer. For the latter, Cody received a second nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Paradise, was released on October 18, 2013. Her older brother Marc were born and raised in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Cody is the daughter of Pam and Greg Busey. Her father is of British ancestry. She attended Benet Academy, a Roman Catholic school in Lisle, Illinois. Cody took the name Diablo Cody after repeatedly listening to the song "El Diablo" by Arcadia while passing through Cody, Wyoming. Cody graduated with a media studies degree. While at the University of Iowa, Cody worked in the main university library. Her first jobs were doing secretarial work at a Chicago firm and later proofreading copy for advertisements that played on Twin Cities radio stations. She began a blog called Red Secretary, detailing the exploits of a secretary living in Belarus. The events were thinly-veiled allegories for events that told from the perspective of a disgruntled, English-idiom-challenged Eastern Bloc girl. Her first fide blog appeared under the nickname Darling Girl after she had moved from Chicago to Minneapolis, Minnesota. On a whim, she signed up for amateur night at a Minneapolis club called the Skyway Lounge.Diablo Cody – Cody at the premiere of Jennifer's Body (2009 Toronto International Film Festival)
13. Cherie Currie – Cherie Ann Currie is an American musician, actress and artist. She was the lead vocalist of a rock band from Los Angeles, in the mid-to-late 1970s. After the Runaways, Currie became a solo artist. Then Currie released an album with her. They released a duet "Since You Been Gone" which charted number 95 on US charts. Their band was called Marie Currie. Currie is also well known for her role in the movie Foxes. She was born to actress Marie Harmon. Currie was raised with three siblings. Her brother is Don Currie Jr. Currie has an elder sister, an identical twin sister, Marie Currie. She was the teenage vocalist for the all-female rock band the Runaways with bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox and Vicki Blue. Bomp! magazine described her as "the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot". She joined the Runaways at age 15. The teen anthem "Cherry Bomb" was written for her at the audition.Cherie Currie – Cherie Currie in 2010
14. Betty Dodson – Betty Dodson is an American sex educator. Dodson's manuals encourage women to masturbate, often in groups. Although bisexual herself, Dodson repudiates the labels that define sexuality. Originally from Kansas, she has lived on Manhattan's Madison Avenue since 1962. In 1959, she married an advertising director, with the marriage ending in divorce in 1965. Dodson's quest for "sexual self-discovery" began after her divorce. She held the first one-woman show of erotic art in New York City in 1968. Dodson left the world to teach sex to women. Her Web site, called "Betty Dodson's Genital Gallery," shows many films of intercourse, with close-up views of genitals. Dodson is a founder of the feminist movement, having left behind the more traditional feminist movement, because she considered it banal, antisexual and over-politicized. She embraces them all by calling herself a heterosexual, bisexual lesbian. Dodson looks forward to the day we can all be just "sexual." In recent years Dodson has criticized Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, which she believes has a restrictive view of sexuality and an anti-male bias. She earned a degree on sexuality. She became active in the sex-positive movement in the late 1960s.Betty Dodson – Betty Dodson
15. Lindsey Doe – Lindsey Takara Doe is an American teacher of sexology best known for her online video series, Sexplanations. Doe studied sexology for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. For eight years ending in 2014, Doe had taught a human course at University of Montana. In 2013, video producer Hank Green partnered with Doe to create "Sexplanations", a video series explaining sexual topics. Doe's work on Sexplanations follows the precedent set by producer of Sex +, another sex ed show on YouTube. In March 2015 Doe received attention for a YouTube video she uploaded to her personal "DoeEyes" account addressing an over-eager boy pursuing her daughter. Lindsey Doe's channel on YouTube Lindsey Doe at the Internet Movie DatabaseLindsey Doe – Lindsey Doe, left, and Laci Green at 2014 VidCon
16. Leslie Fish – Leslie Fish is a filk musician, author, anarchist political activist. Along with The DeHorn Crew, in 1976 she created Folk Songs for Folk Who Ain't Even Been Yet. Her second recording, Solar Sailors included the song "Banned from Argo", a comic song parodying Star Trek which has since spawned over 100 variants and parodies. These two albums have recently been put back on joint CD, entitled Folk Songs for Solar Sailors. Fish often weaves anarchist themes into her music. She has also set by Rudyard Kipling. She sings in the film Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Conversation, which makes extensive use of her music. She was performed in Trekkies 2. She has asserted that private gun ownership is the only true protection of individual freedom. On anarchism, Fish says: "What sort of anarchist future would I like to see? There's no reason for a government-free society to be nothing but no reason at all that it couldn't be industrial and space-faring." The character "Jenny Trout" in the science novel Fallen Angels is clearly meant to be Fish, although Trout is portrayed as a Marxist. She has also written short stories, both alone and in collaboration with C. J. Cherryh and others. She is an avid gamer, especially in regard to LARPing. She has also been a member in the Society for Creative Anachronism since the 1970s.Leslie Fish – Leslie Fish
17. Charles Fourier – François Marie Charles Fourier was a French philosopher and an influential early socialist thinker later associated with "utopian socialism". Some of Fourier's moral views, held to be radical in his lifetime, have become mainstream thinking in modern society. Fourier is, for instance, credited with having originated the feminism in 1837. Fourier's social proposals inspired a whole movement of intentional communities. Later Fourier inspired a diverse array of revolutionary writers. Fourier was born on April 7, 1772. The son of Fourier was more interested in architecture than in his father's trade. The local military engineering school accepted only sons of noblemen. When his father died in 1781, Fourier received two-fifths of his father's estate, valued at more than 200,000 francs. This inheritance enabled Fourier to travel at his leisure. In 1791 he moved to Lyon where he was employed by the merchant M. Bousquet. Fourier's travels also brought him to Paris, where he worked for a few months. From 1791 to 1816 Fourier was employed in Bordeaux. His first book was published in 1808. Fourier died in 1837.Charles Fourier – François Marie Charles Fourier
18. Jaclyn Friedman – Friedman earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in 2004. She lives in the Boston area. Friedman is a North American non-profit focusing on gender justice and media issues. WAM! also runs chapters in Boston, New York, Chicago, LA, DC, Ottawa and Vancouver. Creating a healthy sexual culture around enthusiastic consent. She also hosts a weekly podcast "Fucking While Feminist." In 2010 Friedman was selected to Israel and Palestine. Friedman is featured in the film. In 2012, Friedman came for her piece Unsolicited Advice For Blue Ivy Carter, heavily criticized by African-American women for alleged racist overtones. An anthology co-edited by Friedman and Jessica Valenti, was published in January 2009. What You Really Want was a finalist for Foreword's Book of the Year award in Women's Issues. Salon.com called it "a guide for today's girls," and said of Friedman that she "is the sex educator of many parents' nightmares. She’s also just the teacher young women need.” Friedman's writings have been published widely, including in The Guardian, The American Prospect, The Washington Post, Salon.Jaclyn Friedman – Jaclyn Friedman
19. Ariana Grande – Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. Grande began her career before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television Victorious in 2009. Grande starred on Sam & Cat, which ended in 2014. She has also appeared in other theatre, television and film roles, has lent her voice to animated television and films. Grande's career began from Victorious. My Everything, charted in the top 10 in various other countries. In 2015, she promoted My Everything in Scream Queens. In 2016, Grande released Dangerous Woman, well as several songs from the album. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. As of October 2016, Grande's music videos had been viewed a total of more than 6 billion times online. All three of her albums have been certified platinum or better by the RIAA. In 2016, Time named Grande one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. She has a large following including the 4th most followed account. Her name was originally inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat. Grande is of Italian descent.Ariana Grande – Grande performing at the Amalie Arena in December 2013
20. Laci Green – Laci Green is an American YouTube video-blogger, public sex educator, feminist activist. She has hosted online sex content on behalf of Planned Parenthood and Discovery News. Green hosts the first MTV YouTube channel, as part of a 12-week deal with MTV. The first episode aired November 2014. In 2016, Time named her one of the 30 most influential people on the Internet. Green was born in Utah. Her father is a Mormon convert who came from a Muslim family in Iran. When she was two years old, her family moved to Portland, Oregon. When she was twelve years old, her family moved for her father's job. As she grew older she began to question the Mormon faith of her as a woman. Up, Green was interested in theater and was supported by her mother who owns a theater company. Soon after leaving the church, she struggled with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. She began to work with a therapist who helped her through her depression. She is now an atheist. Green has said that the closest identifier for her sexual orientation is pansexual.Laci Green – Laci Green, right, and Lindsey Doe at 2014 VidCon
21. Nina Hartley – Nina Hartley is an American pornographic actress, pornographic film director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, author. Marie Louise Hartman was born to a Lutheran father and a Jewish mother whose family was from Alabama. Hartley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hartley is the youngest of four children, with two older brothers. Her parents were communists who converted to Buddhism when she was young. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1977, Hartley graduated magna cum laude in 1985. Hartley was a registered nurse per the California Board of Registered Nursing until her license expired in 1986. During her sophomore year of nursing school, Hartley started working as a stripper at the Sutter Cinema and later the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater. Hartley made her foray during her junior year in 1984. Her performance was in the film Educating Nina, making her a protégée of Juliet Anderson. She considers a liberal and an outspoken sex-positive feminist, although for a time she was a socialist activist. Addressing other women, Hartley said, "Sex isn't something men do to you. It isn't something men get out of you. Sex is something you dive like it every bit as much as he does." They refused to back down and were outspoken in their support of the industry.Nina Hartley – Nina Hartley attending the AVN Awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19, 2013
22. Heo Jong-suk – Heo Jong-suk was a Korean independence activist and writer, Journalist, Communism activist, feminist, sex positive activist. Her real name was Jongja. She was a founding member of Joseon Communist Party and also an early Korean feminism activist and sex positive activist. In her early years, Heo went to Japan to study in Gansai School in Tokyo. In her next years Heo went to China where she was given an entrance to Sanghai Forigen High School where she graduated. Later she returned to her country. In 1921, she joined Korean Communist Party. At that time, Japanese Government-General of Korea decided to make the Communist Party illegal. She avoided persecution in the Communist Party. Later in 1924, she was introduced on March 1925, she went to Women's Day event in Seoul. In 1927 she also participated to Singanhoe. Heo also was in favor of "unrelated Sex". Her opinion was denounced in Korean society because at that time, the vestiges of fundamentalist Confucianism remained in the Koreas. In 1936, she went to China where she participated in the National Party. In 1938, she went to Heobai, participated in Chosen Independence alliance, an Anti-Japanese Korean resistance Group.Heo Jong-suk – Heo Jongsuk, 1930
23. Ezra Heywood – Ezra Hervey Heywood was an American individualist anarchist, slavery abolitionist, advocate of equal rights for women. He believed that there should be no profit in rent of buildings. Heywood believed that title to unused land was a great evil. Greene. At a convention of the New England Labor Reform League in Boston, Heywood introduced Greene and Warren to eventual Liberty publisher Benjamin Tucker. He was tried for mailing "obscene material" -- literature attacking traditional notions of marriage -- at the instigation of postal inspector Anthony Comstock. Convicted of violating the 1873 Comstock Act, he was sentenced to two years' hard labor. He was pardoned after six months by President Hayes in response by sympathizers and free speech advocates. Arrested four more times following his release, Heywood died of tuberculosis from prison. Heywood developed his own notation for years to be used in place of A. D. namely B. L. and Y. L. respectively. He assigned 1873'Y. L. 1' as, the year of "the formation of the New England Free Love League in Boston". Y. L. is notation for'Year of Love'. Thereafter, Heywood all issues of The Word with his new notation. Heywood met his wife, Angela Heywood, in the abolitionist movement. They had four children together named Hermes.Ezra Heywood
24. Magnus Hirschfeld – Magnus Hirschfeld was a Jewish German physician and sexologist educated primarily in Germany; he based his practice in Berlin-Charlottenburg. An outspoken advocate for Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Historian Dustin Goltz characterized this group as having carried out "the first advocacy for transgender rights". Hirschfeld was born in an Ashkenazi Jewish family, the son of a highly regarded physician and ` Medizinalrat' Hermann Hirschfeld. In 1887 -- 1888 he studied philology in Breslau, then from 1888 to 1892 medicine in Strasbourg, Munich, Heidelberg, Berlin. In 1892 he earned his doctoral degree. Then he started a naturopathic practice in Magdeburg; in 1896 he moved his practice to Berlin-Charlottenburg. Magnus Hirschfeld found a balance between writing about his findings. In 1896 he issued a pamphlet, Sappho and Socrates, on homosexual love. In 1897, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee with the publisher Max Spohr, the writer Franz Joseph von Bülow. They argued that the law encouraged blackmail. "Justice through science", reflected Hirschfeld's belief that a better scientific understanding of homosexuality would eliminate social hostility toward homosexuals. Within the group, some of the members rejected Hirschfeld's view that male homosexuals are by effeminate. It argued that male-male love is an aspect of virile manliness rather than a special condition. Under Hirschfeld's leadership, the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee gathered over 5000 signatures on a petition to overturn Paragraph 175.Magnus Hirschfeld – Bust of Magnus Hirschfeld in the Schwules Museum, Berlin
25. Brenda Howard – Brenda Howard was an American bisexual rights activist, sex-positive feminist, polyamorist and BDSM practitioner. Howard was an important figure in the modern LGBT rights movement. Brenda Howard grew up in Syosset, Nassau County, New York. She graduated in Nursing. In the late 1960s, Howard was active in the movement against the Vietnam War. In 1969 she lived in downtown Brooklyn New York. Additionally, Howard along with fellow LGBT activists L. Craig Schoonmaker are credited with popularizing the word "Pride" to describe these festivities. In 1987 Howard helped found the New York Area Bisexual Network to help co-ordinate services to the region's growing Bisexual community. In addition to being openly bisexual, Howard was openly involved in BDSM. Howard died on June 28, 2005. I miss my colleague in crime. The worst part of growing older is that such missing grows along with it." Bi, Poly, Switch—I’m not greedy, I know what I want. Only a handful of activists in the lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement were there at Stonewall and never stopped. You needed some kind of help organizing some type of something in social justice?Brenda Howard – Winners of Brenda Howard Memorial Award (L to R) Larry Nelson 05, Wendy Curry 08, Tom Limoncelli 06, Wendy Moscow 07.
26. Janet Jackson – Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a icon following the release of her third studio album Control. In 1991 she signed the first of two multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the industry. Her album under the label, Janet, saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her work. She appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; since then she has continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, she was named the second most successful artist of the decade. The release of her seventh album All for You coincided with a celebration of her impact on popular music as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin she released her first and only album with Island Records. In 2015 she released her eleventh studio album Unbreakable the same year. Having sold over million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. In December 2016, Billboard ranked Janet as the second most successful artist of all-time. One of the world's most awarded artists, her longevity, achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers. Janet Jackson was born to Katherine Esther and Joseph Walter Jackson. The Jacksons were devout Jehovah's Witnesses, although Jackson would later refrain from organized religion.Janet Jackson – Jackson performing on her Unbreakable World Tour, 2015
27. Erica Jong – Erica Jong is an American novelist and poet, known particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. The book figured prominently in the development of second-wave feminism. According to Washington Post, it has sold more than million copies worldwide. Jong was born on March 1942 in New York, the second of three daughters of Seymour Mann and Eda Mirsky. Jong attended New York's The High School of Music & Art in the 1950s, where she developed her passion for writing. As a student at Barnard College, Jong created poetry programs for the Columbia University campus radio station. It contains rich cultural and literary references. Jong grew up in New York City. She is the middle daughter of Eda Mirsky. Her mother was born in England of a Russian immigrant family, was a painter and textile designer who also designed dolls for her husband's company. Jong has an elder sister, Suzanna, who married Lebanese businessman Arthur Daou, a younger sister, Claudia, a social worker who married Gideon S. Oberweger. Among her nephews is Peter Daou, who writes "The Daou Report" for salon.com. Jong has been married four times. Her first two marriages, to Allan Jong, a Chinese American psychiatrist, reflect those of the narrator of Fear of Flying. Her third husband was son of novelist Howard Fast.Erica Jong – Jong in 1977
28. Belle Knox – Miriam Weeks, known predominantly by her stage name of Belle Knox, is an American former pornographic actress. Knox is known for performing while studying at Duke University. She started doing pornography in 2013 to help pay for her $60,000 per tuition costs. After the outing, Knox has publicly defended the choice of discussing the situation. Knox believes her experiences are indicative of the rising costs of higher education in the United States. She later returned to continue her studies. She has also spoken publicly for sex workers. Knox has won a 2015 XBIZ Award. She could make about $1300 per scene. Knox began flying out to Los Angeles while on school breaks to perform in the films. Weeks also said she has given speeches at other colleges. While her work in porn helped fuel her political beliefs, Weeks says she began developing her ideology earlier in life. She faced harassment after a fellow Duke student recognized her. He then exposed her work to his fraternity brothers. He stated which he agreed to do.Belle Knox – Knox at Exxxotica Atlantic City on April 12, 2014
29. Jiz Lee – Lee is a graduate of Mills College. Lee's pornographic film was The Crash Pad for Pink and White Productions in 2005. Self-describes as a "self-agent"; only working with directors met beforehand first. Their pronouns are they/their. Lee was previously with fellow pornographic performers Syd Blakovich and Dallas. With Blakovich, they created the four-year performance art Twincest in 2004.Jiz Lee – Lee on the red carpet of the 2013 CineKink Awards
30. Gloria Leonard – Gloria Leonard was an American pornographic actress who became the publisher of High Society magazine. In the 1960s, she was a registered representative for the bond firm of Schweickert & Company. Leonard later worked for Elektra Records. Later in the 1970s, Leonard worked in the Caribbean. Leonard is best known for her role in The Opening of Radley Metzger's erotic reimagining of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. Leonard retired from acting in 1984. Leonard directed several films for companies such as Adam & Eve, Vivid Entertainment. Leonard was hired by the magazine's publisher Carl Ruderman, who wanted a female publisher of a men's magazine. Adult-industry historian Ashley West stated in an interview that she took the position seriously. She is also credited with two successful ideas that each became cottage industries: the publishing of nude celebrity photos and sex lines. Over its 25-year run Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them. Initially she recorded her own voice informing callers of the contents of the next issue of High Society magazine before its publication. Later Leonard recorded others such as Annie Sprinkle "talking sexy". The business began to be successful using the magazine to promote the service. The article also featured interviews with actor Robert Klein, fashion designers Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.Gloria Leonard – Leonard at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 1999
31. Lorde – Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Raised in Devonport, Auckland, she became interested in performing as a child. The Love Club EP, was commercially released in March 2013. The EP reached number two on the national record charts of New Zealand and Australia. In mid-2013, Lorde released her debut single "Royals". It became an international crossover made Lorde the youngest solo artist to achieve a US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987. In late 2013, she released Pure Heroine. The record reached number three on the US Billboard 200. Its following singles include "Court", "Team", "No Better" and "Glory and Gore". In 2014, Lorde released "Yellow Flicker Beat" as a single from the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Lorde's music consists of subgenres such as dream indietronica. She has earned two Grammy Awards, ten New Zealand Music Awards. In 2013, in the following year, she was in Forbes's "30 Under 30" list. Of Irish descent, Ella Yelich-O'Connor was born in Takapuna to Vic O'Connor, a civil engineer, Sonja Yelich, a poet, on 7 November 1996. She was raised with her two sisters, Jerry and India, her brother, Angelo.Lorde – Lorde at the 2014 Sydney Laneway Festival
32. Erika Lust – Erika Lust is a Swedish erotic film director, screenwriter and producer. Alongside others such as Anna Span, Lust has been instrumental in promoting the aims of the feminist pornography movement. She has written several books. She works in Barcelona. Her film Cabaret Desire won the Feminist Porn Award for Movie of the Year in 2012. It also won the Cinekink Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature. The first two compilations of her XConfessions series have won the Feminist Porn Awards for Hottest Straight Vignette in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In 2015, A theatrical cut of XConfessions was screened at Raindance Film Festival in London. Lust was born Erika Hallqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977. She harboured a passion for theatre. She went to Lund University, where she studied Political Sciences. She also cites Jean Jacques Annaud's The Lover as a source of inspiration. She graduated with a BA with a specialization in human rights and feminism. She moved in 2000 where she worked in production houses and took night courses in filmmaking. Lust shot the explicit short The Good Girl, in 2004.Erika Lust – Erika Lust
33. Wendy McElroy – Wendy McElroy is a Canadian individualist anarchist. She was a co-founder along in 1982. Among feminists, McElroy identifies herself as being sex-positive, condemning anti-pornography feminism campaigns. McElroy has been a vocal defender of its head Julian Assange. McElroy has repeatedly worked with another well-known anarcho-capitalist author. But in 2015 the relationship between McElroy and Smith became rancorous, to the point where McElroy complained of "sexual slander," exploitation. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. 2002. ISBN 978-1566634359. OCLC 260069067. "Godwin, William". In Hamowy, Ronald. The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE; Cato Institute. P. 211.Wendy McElroy – Wendy McElroy speaking in Springfield, Illinois, September 16, 2006.
34. Tiffany Million – Tiffany Million, also known as Tyffany Million, is a former professional wrestler and American pornographic performer who appeared in both heterosexual and lesbian videos. She retired in 1994; according to her website, she refuses to answer questions about her former career. As Sandra Scott, she was the subject of Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter, which aired on WE: Women's Entertainment for one season. She also appeared in the 2010 documentary film After Porn Ends. In the late 1980s she adopted the wrestling name of "Tiffany Mellon." Roxy Astor were a tag team known as the "Park Avenue Knockouts." She left G.L.O.W. in 1989, claiming that G.L.O.W.'s management harassed her and a fellow wrestler because they were suspected of being lesbians. In 1992 she entered the industry, making her first appearance in the video Twister. By 1994 she had appeared in about 100 X-rated films. I Touch Myself. According to her website, she is now a happily married mother of two children. She is a self-described libertarian and feminist. She goes by the name Sandra Margot-Escott or Sandra Scott and is a bounty hunter and private investigator for Skye-Lane Investigations. She is featured on the reality TV show, Wife, Bounty Hunter, which premiered on the WE Channel on April 20, 2007. In 2010, she appeared After Porn Ends.Tiffany Million – Tiffany Million
35. Judy Minx – Judy Minx is a French pornographic actress. She identifies as a sex worker, as a feminist activist. Judy Minx is Tunisian and Algerian descent. She joined a feminist organization in 2005 when she was in high school. Right after she turned 18, in 2007, she became a actress in "mainstream straight porn". She also started getting involved with queer and feminist porn movements. Along with her porn career, she holds a degree in English. She is close to the French sex worker's trade union. She has also given education workshops. In 2009, she appeared in the documentary Les travailleuses du sexe, directed by Jean-Michel Carré. In 2010, she starred the film The Final Girl by Todd Verow, defined as "a lesbian variation of Roman Polanski's The Tenant". In 2011, she appeared for the Ladytron song "White Elephant". In 2012, she appeared in the independent film Mommy Is Coming, directed by Cheryl Dunye. In 2013 she appeared on the Dutch documentary "Een man weet niet wat mist". Een man weet niet hij mist Mommy is Coming Fucking Different XXX Much More Pussy Roulette Toronto Too Much Pussy!Judy Minx – Minx in December 2011
36. Taylor Momsen – Taylor Momsen is an American singer, songwriter, former actress, model. Since 2009, Momsen is the lead frontwoman of the rock band The Pretty Reckless. Taylor Momsen was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a younger sister, Sloane Momsen, also an actress. Momsen has Russian ancestry. Momsen attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for elementary school and later Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac, Maryland. Although, she says now that she is older Momsen is not a religious person. Momsen studied dance in St. Louis. Momsen was signed with Ford Models at a young age: "My parents signed me up at the age of 2. I had no choice. I was in and out of school. I didn’t have friends. I didn't have a real life." Momsen began acting professionally for Shake'n Bake. Momsen was then cast in The Prophet's Game.Taylor Momsen – Momsen performing at the Warped Tour Kick-Off Party in April 2010
37. PZ Myers – Paul Zachary "PZ" Myers is an American associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris. Myers is author of the Pharyngula blog, hosted on both the Science Blogs and Freethought Blogs networks. He currently works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology. He is an outspoken critic of intelligent design and the creationist movement, where he is widely regarded as a confrontationalist. In 2006, the Nature listed his Pharyngula by a scientist based on popularity. Myers received the American Humanist Association's 2009 Humanist of the Year award and International Humanist Award in 2011. Asteroid 153298 Paulmyers is named in his honor. Myers was born March 1957, the eldest of six children in Kent, Washington; his mother is of Norwegian descent. Regarding his ancestry, Myers wrote: "I'm only half Scandinavian. The blood has been thinned with that of those domesticated English and Irish and Scots." He was named "Paul Zachary", after his grandfather, but preferred the initials PZ to being called "Little Paul". Growing up, Myers attended an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America church. Prior to his confirmation, Myers says, "I started thinking, you know, I don't believe a word of this." Now an atheist, he comments widely on his blog about science, religion. Myers graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in 1975 and subsequently attended DePauw University in Indiana on a full scholarship.PZ Myers – PZ Myers in London in 2006
38. Jack Parsons (rocket engineer) – John Whiteside "Jack" Parsons was an American rocket engineer and rocket propulsion researcher, chemist, Thelemite occultist. Associated with the California Institute of Technology, Parsons was one of the principal founders of both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation. He pioneered the advancement of both solid-fuel rockets. Born in Los Angeles, Parsons was raised by a wealthy family on Orange Grove Avenue in Pasadena. Inspired by literature, he developed an interest in rocketry in his childhood and in 1928 began amateur rocket experiments with school friend Ed Forman. In 1939 the GALCIT Group gained funding from the National Academy of Sciences to work on Jet-Assisted Take Off for the U.S. military. Following American entry into World War II, in 1942 they founded Aerojet to develop and sell their JATO technology; the GALCIT Group became JPL in 1943. After a brief involvement with Marxism in 1939, Parsons converted to Aleister Crowley's new religious movement. In 1941, alongside his first wife Helen Northrup, Parsons joined the branch of the Thelemite Ordo Templi Orientis. At Crowley's bidding, he ran the Lodge on Orange Grove Avenue. Parsons was expelled in 1944 allegedly illicit activities, along with his hazardous workplace conduct. He and Hubbard continued the procedure with Marjorie Cameron, whom Parsons married in 1946. Amid the climate of McCarthyism, he was accused of espionage and left unable to work in rocketry. Although academic interest in his scientific career was originally negligible, in subsequent decades historians came to recognize Parsons' contributions to rocket engineering. He has been the subject of several biographies and fictionalized portrayals.Jack Parsons (rocket engineer) – Parsons in 1941.
39. Peaches (musician) – Merrill Beth Nisker, better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist. Her songs are noted for disregarding traditional gender norms, for their use of sexually explicit lyrics. Born to a Jewish family, Peaches began her musical career as part of a folk trio, Mermaid Cafe. In 1995, she established a rock band, The Shit. She also released Fancypants Hoodlum. Moving to Berlin, Germany, it was here that she was signed to the Kitty-Yo label and released her second album, The Teaches of Peaches. Touring as the opening act of the Stone Age, she subsequently released Fatherfucker. Lost in Translation. Nisker was a class clown, who "wasn't particularly smart. Her family was culturally Jewish, though they were not religious. Her grandparents immigrated to Canada from Poland; her paternal grandparents were from Galicia. Before becoming famous, Nisker was a teacher at Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto. During the early 1990s, Nisker was part of folk trio Mermaid Cafe. The name was taken from the Joni Mitchell song "Carey". In 1995, she started a noisy four-piece combo with Chilly Gonzales, Dominique Salole.Peaches (musician)
40. Laurie Penny – Laurie Penny is an English feminist columnist and author. She has written two books on feminism. Penny was born in the daughter of the late lawyer Ray Barnett. She grew up in Brighton and Lewes. Penny attended the independent school Brighton College on a scholarship. She has written at age 17 for anorexia and subsequent recovery. Penny studied English at Oxford, graduating in 2008 with a 2:1. She then completed her NCTJ journalism certificate in London. "Penny Red", was launched in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010. She is a columnist for the New Statesman and regular contributor to The Guardian. In October 2012, it was announced that she was contributing editor. Penny is the author of Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Penny Red: Notes from a New Age of Dissent. Penny Red was shortlisted for the inaugural Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing in 2012. Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution was published in July 2014. In the book, Penny reveals she has had sexual relationships with both women in the past.Laurie Penny – Penny in 2013.
41. Pink (singer) – Alecia Beth Moore, known professionally as Pink, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress. She was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group Choice in 1995. The label saw potential in only Pink, offering her a solo deal. Choice disbanded in 1998. Pink rose as an artist with her debut solo album, Can't Take Me Home. It was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits: "There You Go" and "Most Girls". She gained further recognition with the Moulin Rouge! Soundtrack "Lady Marmalade", which gave Pink her first Grammy Award as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Pink took control in early 2001 insisting she wanted to work with her childhood hero, Linda Perry. She pursued direction for her second album, Missundaztood. Pink's third album, Try This, earned the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits... So Far!!, which featured "Fuckin' Perfect" and the chart-topping single "Raise Your Glass". In 2014 Pink recorded a collaborative album, Rose Ave. with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me. Noted for having "a strong signature voice and a literally acrobatic ability on stage", Pink has received mostly positive reception from music critics.Pink (singer) – Pink performing live during Truth About Love Tour in April 2013
42. Princess Donna – Princess Donna is a pornographic actress and adult movie director, based in San Francisco, California. She was formerly the director of the websites Public Disgrace, Ultimate Surrender, all three produced by Kink.com. Virtually all of directorial projects have been within the genre of BDSM pornography. She has appeared as Private Lives in 2012. Diana Dolore was born on January 1982. While going to school she says she later took her name "Donna" from another stripper she knew. She also started performing for New York BDSM pornography producer Insex. She took over directorship of a pornographic website focusing on electrical stimulation of female submissives by female dominants. In addition to directing, she served on the site though other female dominants make guest appearances. In 2008 it was reported that she had appeared in about 300 scenes for Wired Pussy. In 2008, Princess Donna developed PublicDisgrace.com, which focused on the fetish of public humiliation of female submissives, also featured male-female intercourse. As of late 2012 she directed Public Disgrace, Ultimate Surrender. Princess Donna is also a regular "character" on the reality-based queer pornographic website The Crash Pad Series. She left Kink in late 2014. She also appears in a 2009 documentary about Insex.Princess Donna – Princess Donna at the 2011 AVN Awards
43. Carol Queen – Carol Queen is an American author, editor, sociologist and sexologist active in the sex-positive feminism movement. She has written on human sexuality in books such as Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture. She has produced adult movies, events, lectures. She pegging. Queen has also served as editor for anthologies. Queen is a sex-positive educator in the United States. She serves to Good Vibrations, the San Francisco sex toy retailer. Queen is currently still working for GV as The Staff Sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer. Queen has written for juried compendiums such as The Journal of Bisexuality and The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. She contributed the piece "The Queer in Me" to the anthology Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out. The absexual has also been introduced by Queen, although it was coined by her partner. Based on its ab -, it represents a form of sexuality where someone is stimulated by moving away from sexuality or is moralistically opposed to sex. Betty Dodson defined the term as describing "folks who get off trying to censor porn." She proposed inclusion of the concept in the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-5. In 2007, Queen expressed the intention to revive the SHARP training, now referred as SARP or Sexual Attitude Reassessment Process.'Carol Queen – Carol Queen at 2006 Counter Pulse "Perverts Put Out!" event in San Francisco, California
44. Candida Royalle – Candida Royalle was an American producer and director of couples-oriented pornography, a sex educator, sex-positive feminist, pornographic actress. She was a member of the XRCO and the AVN Halls of Fame. Royalle was born on October 15, 1950, in New York City as Candice Marion Vadala. She wrote regular columns for adult magazines High Society and Cheri. In 1984, Royalle founded Femme Productions, with the goal of making erotica based on female desire, well as pornographic films aimed at helping therapy. Royalle stated that she tried to avoid depiction of sex in"... graphic as possible." She also criticized the male-centredness of the typical pornographic film, in which scenes end when the male actor ejaculates. In 1989, she signed the Post Porn Modernist Manifesto. She was also a public speaker, giving numerous universities and professional conferences. In 2004, she authored the book How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do. Royalle was a founding board-member of Feminists for Free Expression. In the 1980s, she was married to producer Per Sjostedt. In May 2006, Royalle announced that she was engaged to be married. She died from cancer.Candida Royalle – Royalle at the 2013 CineKink awards
45. Gayle Rubin – Gayle S. Rubin is an American cultural anthropologist best known as an activist and theorist of sex and gender politics. Rubin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 1970 she helped found Ann Arbor Radicalesbians, an early Lesbian Feminist group. The paper's argument that there is a difference between sex has become central to women's studies. On June 13 of that year, Rubin, together with 16 others founded the first known lesbian SM group, Samois. Rubin was involved in founding a new organisation, "the Outcasts", the following year. She also is a founding member of the GLBT Historical Society, established in 1985. Rubin served from 1992 to 2000. She asserts that these writers fail to adequately explain women's subjugation; therefore, Rubin offers a reinterpretation of their ideas. She addresses Marxist thought by identifying women's role within a capitalist society. Rubin argues that the reproduction of power depends upon women's housework to transform commodities into sustenance for the worker. Society does not grant women access to the resulting capital. She argues that historical patterns of female oppression have constructed this role for women in capitalist societies. Rubin attempts to analyze these historical patterns by considering the system. According to Rubin, "Gender is a socially imposed division of the sexes."Gayle Rubin – Gayle Rubin speaking at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, June 7, 2012.
46. Carolyn See – See was also a critic for the Washington Post for 27 years. See was born to Kate Louise Sullivan Daly and George Laws in 1934. She spent her early years in California. She was raised by her mother whom See described as a mean alcoholic. Carolyn had a younger Maureen, 15 years younger who struggled with addiction and eventually died from the use of heroin. At the age of 16, Carolyn went to live in Los Angeles. See earned her associate degree from Los Angeles City College. During her second year at City college she moved with him to Newfoundland where he was mustered for the Korean War. When they returned to L.A. See attended and earned her M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles and gave birth to her first daughter, Lisa See. After her divorce, See had her second daughter Clara Sturak. Her dissertation was on the Hollywood novel. In the late 1960s See began writing celebrity profiles for TV Guide. At this time See worked out her habit -- one thousand words a day on white unlined paper in felt pens. See's first job was as a professor of English at Loyola Marymount University from 1970 until 1985.Carolyn See – Carolyn See
47. Cory Silverberg – Cory Silverberg is a Canadian sex educator, author, public speaker, blogger and founding member of Come As You Are. He is the co-author of the "Ultimate Guide to Disability" and since 2005 he has been the Sexuality Guide for About.com. Silverberg's children's book What Makes a Baby was released in 2012. Two follow up books are to be published by Seven Stories Press. Silverberg graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies from which he received his master's of education. The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability What Makes a Baby Sex is a Funny Word Official website WhatMakesABaby.com About.com Cory Silverberg at The Huffington PostCory Silverberg – Cory Silverberg
48. Ryder Skye – Ryder Skye is the stage name of an American pornographic film actress. Skye has called her start as "unexpected." Her father owned a company that made mechanical dinosaurs where she ended up working. She has also worked as a waitress. Later Skye was promoted three times. She also worked for a large company as a Design Assistant then moved into marketing. Skye is known in the adult industry for her appearance including movies for Brazzers, Hustler Video, Penthouse Video, Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment. She also had a toy modeled by Topco, an adult toy company. Upon her return from a break from the industry, Skye began representing herself and scheduling her own bookings. In 2015 she won her first XRCO Award for her "cumback". In 2001, Skye opened an online store which featured accessories. In 2013, she partnered up to start Shameless Shirts, where she designs screen printed T-shirts with explicit sayings on them. She still produces items on demand. Skye identifies as a sex-positive feminist, supporting pornography. Members of the bands L.A. Guns, Black Line appeared at Skye's birthday at the Universal CityWalk in 2007.Ryder Skye – Skye at Les Deux, Hollywood, CA, February 2010
49. Annie Sprinkle – Currently, Sprinkle works as a performance artist and sex educator. Sprinkle, who describes herself as ecosexual married Beth Stephens, in Canada on January 14, 2007. Annie Sprinkle was born Ellen F. Steinberg on July 23, 1954, to a Russian-Jewish mother and a Polish-Jewish father. Sprinkle is known as the "prostitute and star turned sex educator and artist." Sprinkle also performed The Legend of the Ancient Sacred Prostitute, in which she did a "sex magic" ritual on stage. Her work and publications, spanning almost four decades, are studied in courses at numerous universities, in theater history, film studies courses. Sprinkle also is a member at the Oakland, California-based The New School of Erotic Touch. As Ellen Steinberg, she began working at the ticket booth at 18, when Deep Throat was playing. Long after becoming Damiano's mistress, Steinberg began working in porn herself and, at that time, started calling herself "Annie." Annie's first movie was Teenage Deviate, released in 1975. Perhaps her best known porn featured role was in Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle, the No. 2 grossing porn film of 1981. She pioneered video such as edu-porn, gonzo, post porn, xxx docudrama, art porn, feminist erotica. She has also presented many sex workshops with fellow facilitator Barbara Carrellas, with whom she presented the stage production Metamorphosex. Sprinkle starred in Nick Zedd's experimental films War Is Menstrual Envy, Electra Elf: The Beginning. She has appeared including hard - and softcore pornography, B movies, loops, numerous documentaries, various TV shows including four HBO Real Sex programs.Annie Sprinkle – Sprinkle in 2005
50. Bobbi Starr – Bobbi Starr is the stage name of an American pornographic actress. Starr also became a director for Evil Angel. Her first title, Bobbi's World, is a female POV movie. Starr was born in Santa Clara, California. Her family is of Italo-Albanian and Hungarian descent. Starr graduated from San Jose State University with a music degree and plays the oboe. Starr wants to study pre-med, with the aim of becoming a gynecologist. Her intent is to work within the adult entertainment industry, where she has identified a lack of female gynecologists. Starr started her pornography career at the age of 23. She met someone who introduced her to the adult industry in San Francisco, California, but it took a year before she decided to enter the industry. Her initial works were bondage and submission scenes for Internet-based companies. She then transitioned to shooting various types of scenes for production companies in Los Angeles. Starr has appeared by companies such as Combat Zone. In 2011 and in 2013, Starr was listed on CNBC.com as one of the 12 most popular stars in porn. Starr was a finalist for the reality show America's Next Hot Porn Star, a series set up similarly to America's Next Top Model.Bobbi Starr – Starr at the 2009 AVN Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada
51. Nadine Strossen – Nadine Strossen was president of the American Civil Liberties Union from February 1991 to October 2008. She was the youngest person to ever lead the ACLU. A professor at Strossen sits on the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been called one of the most influential business leaders, lawyers in National Law Journal and Vanity Fair. Strossen was born in New Jersey on August 18, 1950. She has stated that the experiences of her family were her inspiration to pursue a career in civil liberties. Strossen then graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975, magna cum laude. In school, she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Strossen practiced New York City for nine years before becoming a Professor of Law at New York Law School in 1988. In 1991, Strossen became the president of the American Civil Liberties Union, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Norman Dorsen. As president, Strossen gave frequent public commentary on civil liberties issues in the national media. She has received numerous awards and honors. In May 2008, she announced her resignation. On October 2008, the ACLU selected Susan Herman, a constitutional law professor at Brooklyn Law School in New York, to replace her. Strossen is an active member of an organization promoting the decriminalization of marijuana.Nadine Strossen – Nadine Strossen
52. Tristan Taormino – Tristan Taormino is an American feminist author, columnist, sex educator, activist, editor, speaker, radio host, pornographic film director. Tristan Taormino is the only child of William J. Taormino. On her mother's side of the family, she is a descendant of William Pynchon, the niece of author Thomas Pynchon. Her parents divorced before Tristan turned two years old, when her father came out as gay. Taormino was raised primarily by her mother on Long Island. Taormino maintained a close relationship with her father Bill Taormino, who died in 1995. She was salutatorian of her graduating class. Taormino graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in 1993. She is the author including the Firecracker Book Award-winning The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. Taormino was a regular columnist for The Village Voice from 1999 -- 2008, where she wrote the bi-weekly column "Pucker Up." In print, her column appeared opposite Dan Savage's column Love. Taormino re-defined the term "queer heterosexual," in her 1995 column "The Queer Heterosexual." Taormino wrote: "In some cases, it's based on both partners having non-traditional gender expressions... or they actively work against their assigned gender roles. Some queer heterosexuals happen to love and lust after people of a different gender. I also consider folks who embrace alternative models of sexuality and relationships to be queer, since labeling them "straight," considering their lifestyle choices, seems inappropriate."Tristan Taormino – Tristan Taormino at the 2013 CineKink awards
53. Victoria Woodhull – Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin was an American leader of the woman's suffrage movement. In 1872, Woodhull ran for President of the United States. They disagree with classifying it as a true candidacy because she was younger than the constitutionally mandated age of 35. However, coverage by contemporary newspapers does not suggest age was a significant issue. The presidential inauguration was in March 1873. Woodhull's 35th birthday was in September 1873. While authorship of many of her articles is disputed, her role as a representative of these movements was powerful. Woodhull was the candidate in 1872 from the Equal Rights Party, supporting women's suffrage and equal rights. While she did not receive any electoral votes, she did receive some popular votes. An unrelated man in Texas admitted in 1872. He said he was casting his vote against Grant. It was more than none. Biographer M.M. Marberry was wrong when he said she got 0 votes. She was born the seventh of ten children, in the rural frontier town of Homer, Licking County, Ohio.Victoria Woodhull – "Get thee behind me, (Mrs.) Satan!" 1872 caricature by Thomas Nast: Wife, carrying heavy burden of children and drunk husband, admonishing (Mrs.) Satan (Victoria Woodhull), "I'd rather travel the hardest path of matrimony than follow your footsteps." Mrs. Satan's sign reads, "Be saved by free love."
54. Yi Kwang-su – Yi Kwang-su was a Korean writer and independence and nationalist activist. His pennames were Chunwon and Goju. Famous for the "first modern Korean novel," Yi Kwangsu was born Yi Bogyeong on February 1, 1892. Yi grew up with Donghak believers. Around the time of the Donghak Peasant Revolution, he moved to Seoul in order to avoid the authorities. In 1905 he went for his education. Upon returning in 1913, he taught, in Jeongju, at Osan School. In 1919 he moved to Shanghai and became president of The Independent, a newspaper in Shanghai. Yi founded the Alliance for Self-Improvement, established on principles of enlightenment and self-help. From 1923 to 1934, Yi pursued a career in journalism working for several newspapers, including two that survive today, the Chosun Ilbo. After the war, the Special Committee for the Investigation of Anti-nationalist Activities found Yi guilty of collaboration. In 1950 Yi died in Manpo on October 25, most likely of tuberculosis. Yi was essayist. His essays originally focused for national consciousness. He is most famous for his novel, The Heartless.Yi Kwang-su – Yi Kwang-su