Pages in category "Sex-positive feminists"
The following 77 pages are in this category, out of 77 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 77 pages are in this category, out of 77 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, the daughter of Donald and Claire Lehman, Kathy Acker was born in New York City on April 18. There is some question as to her year of birth, however, the Library of Congress lists her year as 1948, a few sources have listed 1947. As a girl, Acker was expected to act with ladylike propriety in this oppressive, well-to-do environment, yet she was fascinated by pirates and she wanted to grow up to be a pirate, but she thought that only men could be pirates. Thus Acker experienced early the limitations of gender, however, she found that reading about pirates was a way of running away from home, and she turned to books as her reality. She associated reading and writing with bodily pleasure and remained a voracious reader throughout her life, Acker took her last name from her first husband, Robert Acker, though named Karen, she was known as Kathy by her friends and family. She studied classics as an undergraduate at Brandeis University with other students such as Angela Davis. Ackers first work appeared in print as part of the burgeoning New York City literary underground of the mid-1970s and 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 establishment, only being published by small presses until the mid-1980s. In 1983 a text by Kathy Acker was published in an art catalogue of a gallery in Vienna. The book was dedicated to the photographs of Marcus Leatherdale and also contained another text by Christian Michelides,1984 saw her first British publication, a novel called Blood and Guts in High School. From here on Acker produced a body of novels, almost all still in print with Grove Press. She wrote pieces for a number of magazines and anthologies, and also had notable pieces printed in issues of RE/Search, Angel Exhaust, monochrom and Rapid Eye. Ackers formative influences were American poets and writers, William S. Burroughs, in her work, she combined appropriation, cut-up techniques, pornography, autobiography, persona and personal essay to confound expectations of what fiction should be. In In Memoriam to Identity, Acker draws attention to popular analyses of Rimbauds life and The Sound, in April 1996 Acker was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. In January 1997 she wrote about her loss of faith in medicine in a Guardian article. She died in Room 101, to which her friend Alan Moore quipped, as an adult, however, she moved around quite a bit. She received her bachelors degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1968, there she worked with David Antin and she did two years worth of graduate work at City University of New York in Classics, specializing in Greek, but left before earning a degreeKathy Acker – Acker in 1984
2. Christina Aguilera – Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television series Star Search, after recording Reflection, the theme for Disneys 1998 film Mulan, Aguilera signed with RCA Records. She rose to prominence with her 1999 self-titled debut album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants. The following year, Aguilera released two albums, the Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo and the holiday album My Kind of Christmas. She assumed creative control for her studio album, Stripped, which produced Dirrty, Beautiful. Aguileras fifth studio album, Back to Basics, debuted at one on the album charts of ten countries and spawned the tracks Aint No Other Man. In 2010, Aguilera released her studio album Bionic and starred in the film Burlesque. The following year, she debuted as a coach on the reality television series The Voice. Her seventh studio album, Lotus, was released in 2012, Aguilera has also been featured on several successful collaborations during her career, including Lady Marmalade, Moves like Jagger, and Say Something. Aguilera has been recognized as a pop icon and earned the title Pop Princess in her early years and her work has earned her five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has sold over 17.9 million albums in the United States as of 2014 and 50 million albums worldwide as of 2015. In 2009, she ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, thereby becoming the youngest and the only artist under 30 to be named. Billboard recognized her as the 20th most successful artist of the 2000s, aside from her work in the entertainment industry, Aguilera is involved in charitable activities through human rights, world issues, and her work as a UN ambassador for the World Food Programme. Christina María Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York, on December 18,1980, to Shelly Loraine, a musician, and Fausto Xavier Aguilera and her father is Ecuadorian, while her mother has German, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch ancestry. Her family moved frequently because of her fathers service, and lived in places including New Jersey, Texas, New York. Aguilera and her mother alleged that her father was physically and emotionally abusive, claims which he denied, Aguilera used music as a form of escape from her turbulent household. Following her parents divorce when she was six years old, Aguilera, her younger sister Rachel, after several years of being estranged, Aguilera expressed interest in reconciling with her father in 2012. Growing up, Aguilera, known locally as the girl with the big voice, aspired to be a singer, singing in local talent showsChristina 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 lesbian femme and she has won a number of awards for her writing, including several Lambda Literary Awards. In 2014, Allison was elected to membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Dorothy E. Allison was born on April 11,1949 in Greenville, South Carolina to Ruth Gibson Allison, who was fifteen at the time. Her single mother was poor, working as a waitress and cook and she married but 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. Ruth forced her husband to leave the girl alone, and 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 that was not diagnosed and 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. She was the first person in her family to graduate high school. She qualified as a National Merit Scholar, at age 18, she left home and enrolled in college. In the early 1970s, Allison attended Florida Presbyterian College on a National Merit scholarship, while in college, she joined the womens movement by way of a feminist collective. She credits militant feminists for encouraging her decision to write, after graduating with a B. A. in anthropology, she did graduate studies in anthropology at Florida State University. Allison held a variety of jobs before gaining any success as a writer. She worked as a girl, a maid, a nanny, a substitute teacher. She also worked at a center, answered phones at a rape crisis center. In certain periods, she trained during the day and at night sat in her motel room and she wrote about her life experiences, including the abuse by her stepfather, dealing with poverty, and her lust for women. This became the backbone of her future works, in 1979, Allison moved to New York City. She started classes at The New School, where she earned an M. A. in urban anthropology in 1981, Allison was one of the key figures in what became known as the Feminist Sex WarsDorothy 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. Her birth name was Val Henson, but she changed it shortly before 2009, in 2012, Aurora, and 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 OReilly Open Source Award, Aurora was raised in New Mexico, and was home-schooled. She became involved in computer programming when she attended DEF CON in 1995 and she studied computer science and mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. She first became involved with file systems when she worked with ZFS in 2002 at Sun Microsystems and she later moved to IBM where she worked in the group of Theodore Tso, where they considered extensions to the ext2 and ext3 Linux file systems. While working at Intel, she implemented the ext2 dirty bit, along with Arjan van de Ven, she came up with the idea for ChunkFS, which simplifies file system checks by dividing the file system into independent pieces. She also co-organized the first Linux File Systems Workshop in order to figure out how to spread awareness of, as of 2009, she worked for Red Hat as a file systems developer as well as a part-time science writer and Linux consultant. Aurora quit her job as a Linux kernel developer at Red Hat and, with Gardiner, the organization was named after Ada Lovelace, who worked with Charles Babbage and is considered to be the worlds first computer programmer. Two years later, Aurora founded Double Union, a hackerspace for women, with Amelia Greenhall, the Ada Initiative was shut down in October 2015. Maintaining a blog since 2007, Aurora has written extensively about coding and this has included descriptions of DEF CON and the harassment that she says took place there. Aurora said This is another case where theyre saying, The cases we care about are the white men are interested in. We’re less interested in protecting women on the web and this comment was received negatively by the EFFs Director of International Freedom of Expression, Jillian York. Aurora condemned the threats sent to Richards and stated that Anonymous, when asked if firing one of the males was an appropriate response, she said I dont have enough information to know that. Two years later, Aurora praised the gender ratio at PyCon and called Guido van Rossum, in the same interview, she approved of the culture of the website Tumblr and stated that Linus Torvalds daughter Patricia was a positive role-modelValerie Aurora – Valerie Anita Aurora
5. Sandra Bernhard – Sandra Bernhard is an American actress, comedian, singer and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture, Bernhard is number 97 on Comedy Centrals list of the 100 greatest standups of all time. Bernhard was born in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Jeanette and her parents raised her as a Conservative Jew. Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when she was 10 and she has often addressed her childhood in interviews and within the context of her stand-up comedy. Of her family, Bernhard stated in her show Without You Im Nothing, My father was a proctologist, thats how I view the world. In the documentary program Girls Who Do, Comedy, she discusses being a funny teenager, after graduating from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, she went to live and volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19, during that time she paid her bills by working as a manicurist in a high-end salon. Bernhard became a staple at The Comedy Store, as her popularity as a comedian grew she was cast as a supporting player on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977. Guest appearances on evening talk shows followed and she began performing her first one-woman show called Im Your Woman in 1985, and an album version was released. Bernhard appeared in a variety of film and television roles throughout the 1980s while crafting her stand-up routine into a more performance art oriented show. She launched an Off-Broadway one woman show called Without You Im Nothing, in 1990 it was turned into a film and a double album of the same title. The film was shot on location in 1989 in the coconut grove at the Ambassador Hotel. A frequent guest on David Lettermans NBC program, it was during the run of Without You Im Nothing, the two alluded to their romantic relationship and staged a sexy confrontation. They would continue to be friends for years, with Bernhard even making an appearance in Madonnas movie Truth or Dare. In 1991, Bernhard began playing the role of Nancy Bartlett on the hit sitcom Roseanne and she appeared in 33 episodes between 1991 and 1997, and was one of the first actresses to portray an openly lesbian recurring character on American television. The role is one of her best known, something she has lamented in her stand-up as being both a blessing and a curse, in September 1992, Bernhard did a nude pictorial for Playboy. She hosted the USA Networks Reel Wild Cinema for two seasons beginning in 1995, Bernhard continued acting in mostly independent films and TV guest roles and forays into mainstream films such as Hudson Hawk and Dallas Doll. In 1991 she released her first studio album, entitled Excuses for Bad Behavior, in 1995, she briefly appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, in an episode titled JerkSandra Bernhard – At the Daryl Roth Theater (NYC), 2006
6. William Blake – William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a figure in the history of the poetry. His so-called prophetic works were said by 20th century critic Northrop Frye to form what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language. His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him far, in 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBCs poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Although he lived in London his entire life, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich œuvre and his paintings and 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 ideals and ambitions of the French, despite these known influences, the singularity of Blakes work makes him difficult to classify. William Blake was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street in Soho and he was the third of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. Blakes father, James, was a hosier and he attended school only long enough to learn reading and writing, leaving at the age of ten, and was otherwise educated at home by his mother Catherine Blake. Even though the Blakes were English Dissenters, William was baptised on 11 December at St Jamess Church, Piccadilly, the Bible was an early and profound influence on Blake, and remained a source of inspiration throughout his life. Blake started engraving copies of drawings of Greek antiquities purchased for him by his father, within these drawings Blake found his first exposure to classical forms through the work of Raphael, Michelangelo, Maarten van Heemskerck and Albrecht Dürer. The number of prints and bound books that James and Catherine were able to purchase for young William suggests that the Blakes enjoyed, at least for a time, a comfortable wealth. When William was ten years old, his parents knew enough of his headstrong temperament that he was not sent to school and he read avidly on subjects of his own choosing. During this period, Blake made explorations into poetry, his work displays knowledge of Ben Jonson, Edmund Spenser. On 4 August 1772, Blake was apprenticed to engraver James Basire of Great Queen Street, at the sum of £52.10, at the end of the term, aged 21, he became a professional engraver. This aside, Basires style of line-engraving was of a kind held at the time to be old-fashioned compared to the flashier stipple or mezzotint styles. It has been speculated that Blakes instruction in this form may have been detrimental to his acquiring of work or recognition in later life. After two years, Basire sent his apprentice to copy images from the Gothic churches in London and his experiences in Westminster Abbey helped form his artistic style and ideas. The Abbey of his day was decorated with suits of armour, painted funeral effigies, ackroyd notes that. the most immediate would have been of faded brightness and colourWilliam 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. Her papers are part of the Human Sexuality Collection at Cornell University Library along with the archives of On Our Backs, 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 a member of the International Socialists from 1974–1976 and worked as a labor and community organizer in Los Angeles and she was also one of the founding members of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, and wrote under the pseudonym Sue Daniels. In both The Red Tide and Workers Power and she has said, I was motivated, always, from the sting of social injustice. The cry of That isnt fair, gets a more impulsive behavior from me than, I want to get off. Bright was one of the first staff members of Good Vibrations and she trained with San Francisco Sex Information in 1981. Bright wrote Good Vibrations first mail order catalog, the first sex toy catalog written from a point of a view to a female audience. She founded the Good Vibrations Erotic Video Library, the first feminist curation of erotic films available at the time, Susie Bright co-founded and edited the first women-produced sex-magazine, On Our Backs, entertainment for the adventurous lesbian, from 1984 to 1991. Here she began her sex advice column as Susie Sexpert and she collected these columns and expanded them to publish her first book, Susie Sexperts Lesbian Sex World in 1990. She published a portfolio of lesbian erotic photography, Nothing but the Girl, co-edited with Jill Posener with 30 interviews and it won the Firecracker Award and the Lambda Literary Award in 1997. Bright founded the first womens erotica book-series, Herotica, and edited the first three volumes and she started The Best American Erotica series in 1993, which she publishes to this day. From 1992 to 1994 she was a columnist for San Francisco Review of Books, Bright was the first female member of the X-Rated Critics Organization in 1986, and was voted into the XRCO Hall of Fame, 5th Estate, in 2005. Known as the “Pauline Kael of Porn, ” she wrote feminist reviews of films for Penthouse Forum from 1986–1989. Her film-reviews of mainstream movies are published, and her comments on gay film history are featured in the documentary film The Celluloid Closet. Bright produced, co-wrote and starred in two plays, Girls Gone Bad and Knife, Paper, Scissors and she worked as a screenwriter and film consultant on several films, Erotique, The Virgin Machine, The Celluloid Closet, and the Wachowskis film, Bound. She also appeared as Susie Bright, the feminist sex writer in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under, in 2013 Bright donated her archives to the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections Cornell University Library. As part of the grand opening, Bright gave the lecture The Sexual State of the Union, analyzing current sexual attitudes in America. Susie Bright has been an editor-at-large and executive producer at Audible Inc. since 2012 and she was nominated for an Audie Award, as executive producer in 2013Susie Bright – Susie Bright at Come As You Are in 2012
8. Helen Gurley Brown – Helen Gurley Brown was an American author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years, Brown was born Helen Marie Gurley in Green Forest, Arkansas, the daughter of Cleo Fred and Ira Marvin Gurley. Her mother was born in Alpena, Arkansas, and died in 1980 and her father was once appointed Commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas after Ira won election to the Arkansas state legislature and he died in an elevator accident on June 18,1932. In 1937, Brown, her sister Mary, and their mother moved to Los Angeles, a few months after moving, Mary contracted polio. While in California, Brown attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, after Browns graduation, the family moved to Warm Springs, Georgia. She attended one semester at Texas State College for Women and then moved back to California to attend Woodbury Business College, in 1947, Cleo and Mary moved to Osage, Arkansas, while Brown stayed in Los Angeles. After working at the William Morris Agency, Music Corporation of America and her employer recognized her writing skills and moved her to the copywriting department, where she advanced rapidly to become one of the nations highest-paid ad copywriters in the early 1960s. In 1959 she married David Brown, who would go on to become a film producer. In 1962, when Brown was 40, her book Sex and the Single Girl was published in 28 countries, in 1964 the book inspired a film of the same name starring Natalie Wood. In 1965, Brown became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, then a literary magazine famed for high-toned content, in the 1960s, Brown was an outspoken advocate of womens sexual freedom and sought to provide women with role models in her magazine. She claimed that women could have it all – love, sex, as a result of her advocacy, glamorous, fashion-focused women were sometimes called Cosmo Girls. Her work played a part in what is called the sexual revolution. In 1997, Brown was ousted from her role as the U. S. editor of Cosmopolitan, when she left, Cosmopolitan ranked sixth at the newsstand and, for the 16th straight year, ranked first in bookstores on college campuses. However, she stayed on at Hearst publishing and remained the editor for all 59 international editions of Cosmo until her death on August 13,2012. In September 2008, Brown was named the 13th-most-powerful American over the age of 80 by Slate magazine, after more than 50 years of marriage, her husband, David Brown, died at the age of 93 on February 1,2010. In 1965 Helen took over as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and was in position until 1997. Brown revamped the magazine by taking it from a magazine written by men to one of the most widely sold women’s magazinesHelen 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, feminism, and LGBT culture and she lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute. Cage began writing about sex and culture while interning under editor Lisa Palac at the San Francisco-based magazine Future Sex, in 2000, Cages editorial work and extensive writing on sex and sexuality converged when she was hired as editor at the landmark lesbian magazine On Our Backs. During her tenure there, Cage operated the magazine according to her beliefs about sex and sexual identity. Erstwhile publisher of both On Our Backs and Girlfriends, Heather Findlay, praised Cages lack of censorship as an editor. She really has no prejudgments about alternative sexuality, Cage has likewise been praised as an unapologetic pioneer in the evolution of progressive, sex-positive lesbian culture. Cage resigned as editor in 2005, after editing a number of On Our Backs anthologies, the Publishing Triangle named Cages 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 and her writing has been included anthologies, journals and magazines. She was a regular columnist for several magazines including Girlfriends, Kitchen Sink, Shewired, Frontiers, Good Vibes, Ourchart, in 2008 Cage was named one of GO magazines 100 Women We Love. In 2012 Cage wrote Mind-Blowing Sex, A Womans Guide, a guide book that discusses the role that sexual liberation plays in a womans ability to enjoy sex. Beginning with a historical overview, the book discusses the history of female sexual oppression and liberation. Cages most recent book is the Lambda Award-nominated Lesbian Sex Bible and she has also taught at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and University of the Arts. On our backs guide to lesbian sex, on our backs, the best erotic fiction. Box lunch, a guide to cunnilingus. Brooklyn, New York Berkeley, California, Soft Skull Press, los Angeles, California London, Alyson Books. Girl meets girl, a survival guide. The lesbian sex bible, the guide to sexual love for same-sex couples. Interview, Girls on Girls, September 2008 Here, Interview, Here with Josh and Sara, August 2008 HereDiana Cage – Diana Cage
10. Avedon Carol – Avedon Carol is an American-born feminist, anti-censorship, and civil liberties campaigner and a researcher in the field of sex crime, residing in England. On her own website, Avedons Sideshow, she publishes and compiles links to an array of stories. Avedon is one of 12 media panelists for Virtually Speaking Sundays and she was Fan Guest of Honour at Wiscon in Madison, Wisconsin in 1987 and at the British Eastercons in Glasgow in 1983 and on Jersey in 1989. She was born in Maryland, growing up in Kensington, and she runs a political blog at avedoncarol. blogspot. com/. Bad girls and dirty pictures, the challenge to reclaim feminism, nudes, prudes and attitudes, pornography and censorshipAvedon Carol – Avedon Carol in 2011
11. Voltairine de Cleyre – Voltairine de Cleyre was an American anarchist, known for being a prolific writer and speaker, and opposing the state, marriage, and the domination of religion over sexuality and womens lives. These latter beliefs have led many to cite her as an early feminist. She began her activist career in the freethought movement, de Cleyre was initially drawn to individualist anarchism but evolved through mutualism to an anarchism without adjectives, prioritizing a stateless society without the use of force above all else. 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. Born in the town of Leslie, Michigan, she later moved with her family to St. Johns, Michigan. Her father, August de Cleyre, named her after the famed French Enlightenment author 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 and she attempted to run away by swimming to Port Huron, Michigan, and hiking 17 miles, but she met friends of her family who contacted her father and sent her back. During her time in the movement in the mid and late 1880s, de Cleyre was especially influenced by Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft. 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. Till then I believed in the justice of the American law of trial by jury, she wrote in an autobiographical essay. She gave birth to a son, Harry, on June 12,1890, 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 and her relationship with him ended shortly before his suicide in 1893. De Cleyre based her operations from 1889 to 1910 in Philadelphia, where she lived among poor Jewish immigrants, there, she taught English and music, and she learned to speak and write in Yiddish. She also survived an attempt on December 19,1902. Her assailant, Herman Helcher, was a pupil who had earlier been rendered insane by a fever. She wrote, It would be an outrage against civilization if he were sent to jail for an act which was the product of a diseased brain, the attack left her with chronic ear pain and a throat infection that often adversely affected her ability to speak or concentrate. During the spring of 1911 she was encouraged by the revolution in Mexico and her last poem was dedicated to the Mexican activists. Voltairine de Cleyre died on June 20,1912, at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and she is interred near Emma Goldman, the Haymarket defendants, and other social activists at the Waldheim Cemetery, in Forest Park, a suburb west of ChicagoVoltairine 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. She first became known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in her The Pussy Ranch blog and in her memoir Candy Girl, A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. She is also known for creating, writing and producing Showtimes television series United States of Tara and for writing and producing the films Jennifers Body, for the latter, she received a second nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. Her directorial debut, Paradise, was released on October 18,2013, Cody and her older brother Marc were born and raised in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She is the daughter of Pam and Greg Busey and her mother is of Italian descent and her father is of British ancestry. Cody was raised Catholic and attended Benet Academy, a Roman Catholic school in Lisle and she took the pen name Diablo Cody after repeatedly listening to the song El Diablo by Arcadia while passing through Cody, Wyoming. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a media studies degree, while at the University of Iowa, she worked in the acquisitions department in the main university library. Her first jobs were doing work at a Chicago law firm. Cody began a blog called Red Secretary, detailing the exploits of a secretary living in Belarus. The events were thinly-veiled allegories for events that happened in Codys real life and her first bona fide blog appeared under the nickname Darling Girl after she had moved from Chicago to Minneapolis, Minnesota. On a whim, Cody signed up for amateur night at a Minneapolis strip club called the Skyway Lounge, having enjoyed the experience, she eventually quit her day job to become a full-time feminist stripper. Cody also spent time working peep shows at Sex World, a Minneapolis adult novelty, while still stripping, Cody began writing for City Pages, an alternative Twin Cities weekly newspaper. She left City Pages just before it changed hands, and has since written for the now-defunct Jane magazine. In December 2007, Cody began writing a column for the magazine Entertainment Weekly, at the age of 27, Cody wrote her memoir Candy Girl, A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. The memoir began after Mason Novick, who would soon become Codys manager, showed interest in her sharp, based on the popularity The Pussy Ranch had received, he was able to secure her a publishing contract with Gotham Books. After completion of her book, Cody was encouraged by Mason Novick to write her first screenplay, within months she wrote Juno, a coming-of-age story about a teenagers unplanned pregnancy. The Jason Reitman-directed comedy stars Ellen Page and Michael Cera, in July 2007, Showtime announced that it would be producing a pilot of Codys DreamWorks television series, United States of Tara. Based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, Tara is a comedy about a mother with dissociative identity disorder, the series began filming in Spring 2008, and premiered on January 18,2009Diablo 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. Currie was the lead vocalist of the Runaways, a band from Los Angeles. After the Runaways, she became a solo artist, then she teamed up with her identical twin sister, Marie Currie, and released an album with her. They released a duet Since You Been Gone which charted number 95 on US charts and their band was called Cherie and Marie Currie. She is also known for her role in the movie Foxes. Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon and she was raised in Encino with three siblings. Her brother is Don Currie Jr and she has an elder sister, actress Sondra Currie, and an identical twin sister, Marie Currie. Currie was the lead vocalist for the all-female rock band the Runaways with bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox. Bomp. magazine described her as the lost daughter of Iggy Pop, Currie joined the Runaways in 1975, at age 15. The teen rock anthem Cherry Bomb was written for her at the audition, after three albums with the Runaways, Currie went on to be a solo artist. She signed a contract with Mercury saying she would record four records and she recorded it solo and the result was Beautys Only Skin Deep for Polygram Records. Marie Currie did a duet with Cherie on her solo record Love at First Sight, Cherie and Marie went on a US tour in 1977, and when Marie would join Cherie on stage to sing the encores the audience would go wild. Then they went on a Japan tour in 1978, while in Japan, the twins performed on many TV shows. So Cherie ran with the idea of two blonds are better than one, and changed the name from Cherie Currie to Cherie and Marie Currie. With Marie Currie, she recorded Messin with the Boys for Capitol Records and Young, Messin with the Boys was released in 1980. Messin with the Boys received more play than Beautys Only Skin Deep and. Both the single This Time and the album Messin with the Boys made the top 200 on U. S. charts, Cherie and Marie performed on many television shows to support the album, including the Sha Na Na show, and The Mike Douglas Show. Along with the recordings with Marie, Cherie and Marie sang, wroteCherie Currie – Cherie Currie in 2010
14. Betty Dodson – Betty Dodson is an American sex educator. Dodson’s workshops and manuals encourage women to masturbate, often in groups, although bisexual herself, she repudiates the labels that define sexuality. Originally from Kansas, Dodson went to New York City to train as an artist in 1950, in 1959, Dodson married Frederick Stern, an advertising director, with the marriage ending in divorce in 1965. Dodsons quest for sexual self-discovery began after her divorce, Dodson held the first one-woman show of erotic art at the Wickersham Gallery in New York City in 1968. She left the art world to teach sex to women and she is widely known as a pioneer in womens liberation, and to a somewhat lesser extent in mens sexual liberation, having sold more than one million copies of her first book, Sex for One. Her website, Betty Dodsons Genital Gallery, shows many films of masturbation and intercourse and she is a founder of the pro-sex feminist movement, having left behind the more traditional feminist movement, because she considered it banal, antisexual and over-politicized. Dodson considers too much is made of sexual labels and embraces them all by calling herself a heterosexual, bisexual lesbian and she looks forward to the day we can all be just sexual. In recent years she has criticized Eve Enslers The Vagina Monologues, which she believes has a negative and restrictive view of sexuality, Dodson earned a degree from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality for her research work on sexuality. Dodson became active in the movement in the late 1960s. Dodson used the Hitachi Magic Wand, a powerful main-powered vibrator, in demonstrations and she recommended women put a small towel over their sex organs in order to dull the sensation of the vibrator and prolong the pleasurable experience. Her technique became known as the Betty Dodson Method and her sessions were known as Bodysex workshops and featured 15 naked women in supine position, each using a Magic Wand simultaneously to aid in masturbation. She provided a Magic Wand to each woman for these two-hour masturbation sessions, Dodson taught thousands of women to achieve orgasm using this technique. Dodson published a memoir, Sex by Design, in 2010, in 2014, Dodson worked with women to discover their sexual desires through masturbation. Dodson says her work has gained a lease of life with a new audience of young. This includes fourth-wave feminists - those rejecting the anti-pleasure stance they believe third-wave feminists stand for, Dodson maintains a private practice in New York City and has an active website. She is available for group and solo Bodysex workshops and private individual, Dodsons books include Liberating Masturbation, a self-published book that became a feminist classic. Sex for One, The Joy of Self-Loving and Orgasms for Two, in 2006, Carlin Ross, a former corporate lawyer met Betty Dodson for an interview and became her business partner. They created an online sexuality portal for women under the brand Dodson, together, they launched an online video series Basic Sex Skills, The New PornBetty Dodson – Betty Dodson
15. Lindsey Doe – Lindsey Takara Doe is an American clinical sexologist and sex educator, best known for her online video series, Sexplanations. In 2010, Doe was featured in the Strong Woman Project, the project sought to portray diversity in the presentation of successful women. Doe obtained her Bachelors in Psychology in 2002 and her Masters in Health and Human Performance in 2005, Doe then studied sexology at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, obtaining her doctorate in human sexuality in 2007. From 2006 to 2014, Doe had taught a human sexuality course at University of Montana, in 2013, video blogging producer Hank Green partnered with Doe to create Sexplanations, a video series explaining sexual topics. Doe and her channel have been called a treasured presence by Laci Green, the producer of sex ed show Sex+, in March 2015 Doe received media attention for a YouTube video she uploaded to her personal DoeEyes account addressing an over-eager boy pursuing her daughter. Lindsey Does 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, and anarchist political activist. Along with The DeHorn Crew, in 1976 she created the first commercial filk recording and 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 into print on joint CD, entitled Folk Songs for Solar Sailors. She recorded the comic song Carmen Mirandas Ghost, which was the source for the story anthology Carmen Mirandas Ghost Is Haunting Space Station Three. Her song Hope Eyrie is regarded by some as being as close to the anthem of science fiction fandom as is possible in such a disparate group, Fish often weaves Pagan and anarchist themes into her music. She has also set to many poems by Rudyard Kipling. She sings in the film Finding the Future, A Science Fiction Conversation and she was interviewed and performed in Trekkies 2. She is also known as a gun-rights activist, and has asserted that private gun ownership is the only true protection of individual freedom. Her album Firestorm was in part meant as a set of instructions for surviving a nuclear war. On anarchism, Fish says, What sort of anarchist future would I like to see, theres no reason for a government-free society to be nothing but agrarian, no reason at all that it couldnt be industrial and space-faring. The character Jenny Trout in the fiction novel Fallen Angels is clearly meant to be Fish. She has also written novels and short stories, both alone and in collaboration with C. J. Cherryh and others. Her song, Carmen Mirandas Ghost is Haunting Space Station Three, inspired a collection of stories with the same title, edited by Don Sakers and featuring stories by Cherryh. She is an avid roleplaying gamer, especially in regard to LARPing and she has also been a member in the Society for Creative Anachronism since the 1970s. However, the Federal government has disputed the validity of the claim that she proposed to use to establish ownership. While Fish rarely discusses her life, she had been in a romantic relationship with anarchist political activist Mary Frohman from the late 60s through the early 80s. Together they were part of the Dehorn Crew, the band for the IWW. Fish has often asserted that bisexuality is the normLeslie 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 Fouriers social and 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 word feminism in 1837. Fouriers social views and proposals inspired a movement of intentional communities. Later Fourier inspired an array of revolutionary thinkers and writers. Fourier was born in Besançon, France on April 7,1772, the son of a small businessman, Fourier was more interested in architecture than in his fathers trade. He wanted to become an engineer, but the military engineering school accepted only sons of noblemen. Fourier later said he was grateful that he did not pursue engineering, because it would have consumed too much of his time, when his father died in 1781, Fourier received two-fifths of his fathers estate, valued at more than 200,000 francs. This inheritance enabled Fourier to travel throughout Europe at his leisure, in 1791 he moved from Besançon to Lyon, where he was employed by the merchant M. Bousquet. Fouriers travels also brought him to Paris, where he worked as the head of the Office of Statistics for a few months, from 1791 to 1816 Fourier was employed in Paris, Rouen, Lyon, Marseille, and Bordeaux. As a traveling salesman and correspondence clerk, his research and thought was time-limited, he complained of serving the knavery of merchants and he took up writing, and his first book was published in 1808. Fourier died in Paris in 1837, Fourier declared that concern and cooperation were the secrets of social success. He believed that a society that cooperated would see an improvement in their productivity levels. Workers would be recompensed for their labors according to their contribution, Fourier saw such cooperation occurring in communities he called phalanxes, based around structures called Phalanstères or grand hotels. These buildings were four-level apartment complexes where the richest had the uppermost apartments, wealth was determined by ones job, jobs were assigned based on the interests and desires of the individual. There were incentives, jobs people might not enjoy doing would receive higher pay, Fourier considered trade, which he associated with Jews, to be the source of all evil and advocated that Jews be forced to perform farm work in the phalansteries. Fourier characterized poverty as the cause of disorder in society. The transformation of labor into pleasure is the idea in Fouriers giant socialist utopia. He believed that there were twelve common passions which resulted in 810 types of character, one day there would be six million of these, loosely ruled by a world omniarch, or a World Congress of PhalanxesCharles Fourier – François Marie Charles Fourier
18. Jaclyn Friedman – Friedman graduated from Wesleyan University, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in 2004. She lives in the Boston area, Friedman is the founder and Executive Director of Women, Action and the Media, a North American non-profit focusing on gender justice and media issues. WAM. also runs chapters in Boston, New York, Chicago, LA, DC, Ottawa, Friedman regularly speaks at college campuses on the subjects of sexuality, sexualization, rape culture, and creating a healthy sexual culture around enthusiastic consent. She also hosts a weekly podcast Fucking While Feminist, in 2010 Friedman was selected as a delegate on the Nobel Women’s Initiatives peace delegation to Israel and Palestine. A documentary, Partners for Peace, has made about the delegation. In 2012, Friedman came under fire for her piece, Unsolicited Advice For Blue Ivy Carter, Friedman subsequently issued a public apology on her blog, and donated the fee she received for the piece to SisterSong, an activist group that primarily deals with women of color. Yes Means Yes, Visions of Sexual Power and a World Without Rape and it was selected as one of Publishers Weekly Best 100 Books of 2009, and is number 11 on Ms. magazines list of Most Influential Feminist Books of All Time. What You Really Really Want was a finalist for Forewords Book of the Year award in Womens Issues, Salon. com called it a sex guide for todays girls, and said of Friedman that she “is the sex educator of many parents’ nightmares. She’s also just the young women need. ”Friedmans writings have been published widely, including in The Guardian, The American Prospect, The Washington Post. Friedman has appeared as a guest on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, as well as the BBC, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, CNN, Huffington Post Live, and Democracy NowJaclyn Friedman – Jaclyn Friedman
19. Ariana Grande – Ariana Grande-Butera, known as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2009, the show ended after four seasons, and Grande starred on the spinoff, Sam & Cat, which ended in 2014. She has also appeared in theatre, television and film roles. Grandes music career began with the soundtrack Music from Victorious and she signed a recording contract with Republic Records and released her debut studio album, Yours Truly in 2013, which debuted at No.1 on the US Billboard 200. The albums lead single, The Way, debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, Grandes second studio album, My Everything, debuted at No.1 in the US and charted in the top 10 in various other countries. In 2015, Grande promoted My Everything with her first world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, and guest-starred in the Fox comedy horror television series, Scream Queens. She also released the single Focus, which debuted at No.7 in the US, and a holiday EP album, Christmas & Chill, in 2016, she released her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, as well as several songs from the album. The title track debuted at No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the album debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200. As of January 2017, Grandes music videos had been viewed a total of more than 7 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, Grande has a large following on social media, including the 2nd most followed Instagram account. In 2017, Grande is touring in North America and then Europe and her name was originally inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat. She has an older half-brother, Frankie Grande, who is an actor, dancer and producer, Grandes family moved from New York to Florida when her mother was pregnant with Grande, and her parents separated when she was around 8 or 9 years old. As a child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Childrens Theater, playing her first role as Annie, as well as performing in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and she attended Pine Crest School and North Broward Preparatory School. By age 13, she became serious about pursuing a music career, who is going to buy a 14-year-olds R&B album. In 2008, Grande was cast in the role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway. When she joined the musical, Grande left her school, North Broward Preparatory School. The school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors and she also sang various times at the New York City jazz club, Birdland. Grande auditioned for the Nickelodeon television show Victorious in New York along with 13 co-star Elizabeth Gillies in 2009, in this sitcom set in a performing arts high school, Grande was cast as Cat ValentineAriana Grande – Grande performing at the Amalie Arena in December 2013
20. Laci Green – Laci Green is an American YouTube video-blogger, public sex educator, and feminist activist. She has hosted online sex education content on behalf of Planned Parenthood, Green hosts Braless, the first MTV YouTube channel, as part of a 12-week deal with MTV. The first episode aired November 4,2014, in 2016, Time named her one of the 30 most influential people on the Internet. In 2017, she celebrated her tenth anniversary on Youtube and her mother is a Mormon from a small American town, and her father, from a Muslim family, is from Iran. When she was two old, her family moved to Portland, Oregon. When she was years old, her family moved to California for her fathers job. As she grew older she began to question the Mormon faith because of its strict gender roles, growing up, Green was interested in theater and was supported by her mother who owns a theater company. Soon after leaving the church, she fell into a state of depression and struggled with self-harm. She began to work with a therapist who helped her through her depression, Green has said that the closest identifier for her sexual orientation is pansexual. In 2011, Green graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in legal studies and education. In February 2017, Green announced her intention to go back to school to pursue a degree in public health. Greens videos were originally a hobby, but, as they grew more interest in sex education, as of October 2014, her YouTube channel had more than 1,000,000 subscribers. As a sex educator, she has given lectures at several universities, Green is a former co-host of DNews, a YouTube channel with short science-basedthe Discovery News website. On January 18,2013, Green appeared on Dr. Phil in an episode titled Girls Who Bash Girls Who Dress Sexy, how she believes that slut-shaming is wrong and how it is used to degrade a womans sexuality. Green advances the sex-positive movement in her videos and lectures and she has said that she wants toway that isnt shameful, awkward, or weird. People are uneducated and this creates so many stigmas that dont need to be there, after fellow YouTuber Sam Pepper posted a video of himself grabbing womens bottoms, Green wrote an open letter, co-signed by several other YouTube bloggers, asking Pepper to stop violating women. Channel 4 and the BBC interviewed her about sexual harassment in the YouTube community, Green won a 2016 Streamy Award for Science or Education. After a month-long break, she returned to her YouTube channel in August 2012, official website Laci Green at the Internet Movie DatabaseLaci 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, and author. Marie Louise Hartman was born in Berkeley, California, to a Lutheran father and she grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the youngest of four children, with an older sister and her parents were communists who converted to Buddhism when she was young. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1977, she attended San Francisco State Universitys undergraduate nursing school and she was a registered nurse per the California Board of Registered Nursing until her license expired in 1986. In 1982, during her year of nursing school, she started working as a stripper at the Sutter Cinema. She made her foray into the world of movies during her junior year in 1984. Her debut performance was in the film Educating Nina, making her a protégée of Juliet Anderson, Hartley considers herself a liberal and an outspoken sex-positive feminist, although for a time she was a socialist activist. Addressing other women, she said, Sex isnt something men do to you and it isnt something men get out of you. Sex is something you dive into with gusto and like it every bit as much as he does, the two came under hard scrutiny from the mostly female audience, but they refused to back down and were outspoken in their support of the industry. She and Ona Zee spoke out strongly against illegal drugs in the industry, Hartley had a role in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, playing William H. Macys serially unfaithful wife, and she appeared in the 1996 Canadian film Bubbles Galore. Hartley also appeared in the late rapper Tupac Shakurs music video for his 1996 single, as of 2015, Hartley remained active in the industry. In 2006 she published her first book Nina Hartleys Guide to Total Sex and she would later co-author the book series How to be Kinkier beginning in 2012. In 2010, she quipped, Now I work with women who are younger than my breast implants, Hartley played the part of Hillary Clinton in the film Whos Nailin Paylin. This was a parody of then Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Hartley was also featured in the 2010 documentary After Porn Ends, Hartley is openly bisexual in her private life. She has described herself as an atheist, but when she was asked about this in an interview, she corrected it to a neo-pagan. Hartley serves on the Board of Directors of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, from 1981–2000, Hartley was involved in a threesome with a man and a woman. She married her partner in 1986, their divorce was finalized in 2003Nina Hartley – Nina Hartley attending the AVN Awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19, 2013
22. Ezra Heywood – Ezra Hervey Heywood was an American individualist anarchist, slavery abolitionist, and 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. In 1872, at a convention of the New England Labor Reform League in Boston, Heywood introduced Greene, convicted of violating the 1873 Comstock Act, he was sentenced to two years hard labor. Unlike Bennett, Heywood was pardoned after six months by President Hayes in response to protests by sympathizers. Arrested four more times following his release, Heywood died of tuberculosis within a year of his release from prison. Heywood developed his own notation for years to be used in place of B. C. and A. D. namely B. L. and Y. L. respectively. He assigned 1873 Y. L.1 as that was the year of the formation of the New England Free Love League in Boston, Y. L. is notation for Year of Love. Thereafter, Heywood dated all of his correspondence and all issues of The Word with his new notation, Heywood met his wife, Angela Heywood, through her work in the abolitionist movement. They had four children together named Psyche, Angelo, Vesta, and HermesEzra Heywood
23. 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 minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Historian Dustin Goltz characterized this group as having carried out the first advocacy for homosexual, Hirschfeld was born in Kolberg in an Ashkenazi Jewish family, the son of a highly regarded physician and Medizinalrat Hermann Hirschfeld. In 1887–1888 he studied philosophy and philology in Breslau, then from 1888 to 1892 medicine in Strasbourg, Munich, Heidelberg, in 1892 he earned his doctoral degree. After his studies, he traveled through the United States for eight months, visiting the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago, then he started a naturopathic practice in Magdeburg, in 1896 he moved his practice to Berlin-Charlottenburg. Magnus Hirschfeld found a balance between practicing medicine and writing about his findings, after several years as a general practitioner in Magdeburg, 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 lawyer Eduard Oberg, and the writer Franz Joseph von Bülow. The group aimed to research to defend the rights of homosexuals and to repeal Paragraph 175. They argued that the law encouraged blackmail, the motto of the Committee, Justice through science, reflected Hirschfelds belief that a better scientific understanding of homosexuality would eliminate social hostility toward homosexuals. Within the group, some of the members rejected Hirschfelds view that homosexuals are by nature effeminate. Benedict Friedlaender and some left the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee and formed another group, the Bund für männliche Kultur or Union for Male Culture. It argued that love is an aspect of virile manliness rather than a special condition. Under Hirschfelds leadership, the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee gathered over 5000 signatures from prominent Germans on a petition to overturn Paragraph 175, the bill was brought before the Reichstag in 1898, but was supported only by a minority from the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Hirschfeld considered what would, in an era, be described as outing, forcing out of the closet some of the prominent. He arranged for the bill to be reintroduced and in the 1920s it began to make some progress, Hirschfeld played a prominent role in the Harden–Eulenburg affair of 1906-09, which turned to be the most explosive sex scandal of Imperial Germany. Hirschfeld in his role as a witness testified that Moltke was gay. Most notably, Hirschfeld testified that homosexuality was part of the plan of nature, Hirschfelds testimony caused outrage all over Germany. The Die Vossische Zeitung newspaper condemned Hirschfeld in an editorial as a freak who acted for freaks in the name of pseudoscienceMagnus Hirschfeld – Bust of Magnus Hirschfeld in the Schwules Museum, Berlin
24. 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 was born in the Bronx and grew up in Syosset, Nassau County, New York. She graduated from Syosset High School and from Borough of Manhattan Community College with an AAS degree in Nursing, in the late 1960s, Howard was active in the movement against the Vietnam War. In 1969 she lived in a commune of anti-war activists. Like many other women in the US anti-war movement at the time, Howard became critical of its domination by men, and she soon became involved in the feminist movement as well. She is known as the Mother of Pride for her work in coordinating a rally, Howard also originated the idea of a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June. Additionally, Howard along with fellow LGBT activists Stephen Donaldson and 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 regions growing Bisexual community. In addition to being bisexual, Howard was openly polyamorous. Howard died of cancer on June 28,2005. I miss my colleague in crime, the worst part of growing older is that such missing grows right along with it. The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why Gay Pride Month is June tell them A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be. Only a handful of activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement were there at Stonewall, bi, Poly, Switch—I’m not greedy, I know what I want. You needed some kind of help organizing some type of protest or something in social justice, all you had to do was call her and she’ll just say when and where. The Brenda Howard Memorial Award was created in 2005 by the Queens Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and it was the first award by a major American LGBT organization to be named after an openly bisexual person. The award, which is annually, recognizes an individual or organization whose work on behalf of the bisexual community. And community service exemplified by Brenda Howard, and who serves as a positive, Brenda Howard was named by Equality Forum in 2013 as one of their 31 Icons for LGBT History Month. In 2015 Howard’s partner, Larry Nelson, highlighted her accomplishments in a video for the #StillBisexual campaign, which was posted online for Celebrate Bisexuality DayBrenda Howard – Winners of Brenda Howard Memorial Award (L to R) Larry Nelson 05, Wendy Curry 08, Tom Limoncelli 06, Wendy Moscow 07.
25. Janet Jackson – Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. After signing a contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third studio album Control. Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap, and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music. In 1991 Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the industry. Her debut album under the label, Janet, saw her develop an image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her work. That same year, she appeared in her first starring role in Poetic Justice. By the end of the 1990s, she was the second most successful recording artist of the decade, the release of her seventh studio 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 studio album, Discipline, her first. In 2015 she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own label, Rhythm Nation. Having sold over 100 million records, Jackson is one of the artists in the history of contemporary music. In 2016, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, in December 2016, the magazine named her the second most successful dance artist of all-time. One of the worlds most awarded artists, her longevity, records and she has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers. Janet Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of ten children, to Katherine Esther, the Jacksons were lower-middle class and devout Jehovahs Witnesses, although Jackson would later refrain from organized religion. At a young age, her brothers began performing as The Jackson 5 in the Chicago-Gary area, in March 1969, the group signed a record deal with Motown, and soon had their first number-one hit. The family then moved to the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, Jackson had initially desired to become a horse racing jockey or entertainment lawyer, with plans to support herself through acting. Despite this, she was anticipated to pursue a career in entertainment, at age seven, Jackson performed at the Las Vegas Strip at the MGM Casino. A biography revealed her father, Joseph Jackson, was emotionally withdrawn and she began acting in the variety show The Jacksons in 1976. In 1977, she was selected to have a role as Penny Gordon Woods in the sitcom Good TimesJanet Jackson – Jackson performing on her Unbreakable World Tour, 2015
26. Erica Jong – Erica Jong is an American novelist and poet, known particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. The book became controversial for its attitudes towards female sexuality. According to Washington Post, it has more than 20 million copies worldwide. Jong was born on March 26,1942 in New York, Jong attended New Yorks The High School of Music & Art in the 1950s, where she developed her passion for art and writing. As a student at Barnard College, Jong edited the Barnard Literary Magazine, although it contains many sexual elements, the book is mainly the account of a hypersensitive young woman, in her late twenties, trying to find who she is and where she is going. It contains many psychological, humorous, descriptive elements, and rich cultural, the book tries to answer the many conflicts arising in women in late 1960s and early 1970s America, of womanhood, femininity, love, ones quest for freedom and purpose. Jong was born and grew up in New York City and she is the middle daughter of Seymour Mann, and Eda Mirsky. Her father was a businessman of Polish Jewish ancestry who owned a gifts and her mother was born in England of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, was a painter and textile designer who also designed dolls for her husbands company. Jong has a sister, Suzanna, who married Lebanese businessman Arthur Daou, and a younger sister, Claudia. 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 college sweetheart Michael Werthman, and to Allan Jong, a Chinese American psychiatrist and her third husband was Jonathan Fast, a novelist and social work educator, and son of novelist Howard Fast. This marriage was described in How to Save Your Own Life and she has a daughter from her third marriage, Molly Jong-Fast. Jong is now married to Kenneth David Burrows, a New York litigation attorney, in the late 1990s, Jong wrote an article about her current marriage in the magazine Talk. Jong lived for three years, 1966–69, in Heidelberg, Germany, with her husband, on an army base. She was a frequent visitor to Venice, and wrote about that city in her novel Shylocks Daughter, in 2007, her literary archive was acquired by Columbia University in New York City. Jong is mentioned in the Bob Dylan song Highlands, Jong supports LGBT rights and legalization of same-sex marriage and she claims that Gay marriage is a blessing not a curse. It certainly promotes stability and family, and its certainly good for kids. New York, New American Library Megans Two Houses, a story of adjustment, New York, New American Library Shylocks Daughter, formerly titled Serenissima Any Womans Blues Inventing Memory Sapphos Leap Fear of Dying Witches, illustrated by Joseph A. SmithErica Jong – Jong in 1977
27. Liana K – Liana Kerzner, also known by her stage name Liana K, is a Canadian television host, writer and producer. She co-hosted the final season of the variety show Ed & Reds Night Party with her husband Steven Kerzner and she is also a video game journalist and hobbyist cosplayer. Liana Kerzner was born in 1978 in Toronto, Ontario and she has been active as a performer in theatre and competitive dance from a young age, and briefly studied English literature and anthropology at York University. She abandoned her studies in 1997, when she was hired for behind-the-scenes work on Eds Night Party with Steven Kerzner. She eventually earned the positions of senior producer and co-head writer of the Eds Night Party, by 2004, she joined Ed the Sock, voiced by her husband, to become the first female co-host on the show for which she was producer, writer, and co-host. She wrote the Accidental Comics series Ed and Reds Comic Strip, from the fall of 2009 to September 2010, Liana and Steven Kerzner were the hosts of the weekly radio show Sunday Nights with Liana and Steven on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto. In 2012, Ed the Sock and Liana K returned on CHCH with the new series I Hate Hollywood and she has also been a contributor for other gaming outlets, such as Gameranx and Polygon. and worked as a model, including as a promotional model. She co-edited science fiction and fantasy anthology Wrestling with Gods, Liana K was an honoured special guest and presenter at several comic book and science fiction events across North America, usually appearing dressed in character-based cosplay costumes. She and Ed co-hosted the 2007 Constellation Awards, and organized and hosted the Aurora Awards ceremony at the 67th World Science Fiction Convention in 2009 and she is co-founder of Torontos science fiction convention Futurecon, which is sponsored by her company Kerzner MediaArts. She had the Secret Six comic book character Liana Kerzner, a lover of Scandal Savage, Liana K identifies as a sex-positive feminist, and her hobbies include collecting action figures and other toys. She has also criticized Anita Sarkeesians Tropes vs, women in Video Games series in her own series called Why Feminist Frequency Almost Made Me Quit Writing. Liana K on Twitter Liana Ks channel on YouTube Liana K at the Internet Movie DatabaseLiana K – Liana K in 2008 doing cosplay as Dawn
28. Belle Knox – Miriam Weeks, known predominantly by her stage name of Belle Knox, is an American former pornographic actress. She is known for performing in pornography while studying at Duke University, Knox started doing pornography in 2013 to help pay for her $60,000 per year tuition costs. After the outing, she has defended her decision to do the work. She believes her experiences are indicative of the costs of higher education in the United States. Knox took a break from Duke University in early 2014. Knox has also spoken publicly about her views of feminism and rights for sex workers and she has won a 2014 Fanny Award and a 2015 XBIZ Award. Pornography allowed her to control her schedule, and she could make about $1300 per scene. Knox had tried to apply for government loans but was told that she was ineligible and she began working in pornography in November 2013, flying out to Los Angeles while on school breaks to perform in the films. In early 2015 Knox declined to comment on whether she is still filming adult movies, in addition to her work with Students for Liberty, Weeks said she was recently appointed to the national board of directors for the Sex Workers Outreach Project. 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. I grew up Catholic, so I grew up in a very, very, conservative background, Knox faced harassment after a fellow Duke student watched her pornography and recognized her. He then exposed her work to his fraternity brothers and he stated that Knox revealed her work to him and asked him to keep it private, which he agreed to do. That evening, however, he shared her secret, and the news spread through the community. After returning to campus from winter break, Knox discovered that her personal Facebook account had received more than 230 friend requests, then, fellow students started following her porn personas Twitter account, at which point she realized that her porn career had been discovered. Shortly thereafter posts began to emerge on the anonymous college discussion board CollegiateACB under the thread title “Freshman Pornstar. ”Knox received threats of violence and death, as well as harassing messages via social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Other posters also stated that they would like Duke University to expel Knox, Knoxs identity, contact information, and location were posted as well. In February 2014 Knox gave an interview to the newspaper, The Chronicle, in which she used the pseudonym Lauren A. She expressed frustration over her treatment stating, I feel like girls at Duke have to hide their sexuality, we’re caught in this virgin-whore dichotomyBelle Knox – Knox at Exxxotica Atlantic City on April 12, 2014
29. Jiz Lee – Jiz Lee is the professional name of an American genderqueer pornographic actor, whom Steve Javors of AVN Magazine has called one of the major stars of the queer porn set. Lee is a graduate of Mills College, lees first pornographic film was The Crash Pad for Pink and White Productions in 2005. They initially only did scenes with lovers in their films, and self-describes as a “self-agent”, Lee is known as an advocate of sex workers rights, and self-describes as a pleasure activist. They run the philanthropic porn experiment Karma Pervs, which seeks to raise funds for sex workers causes and they are the editor of Coming Out Like a Porn Star, a book that compiles the stories of adult performers. Lee has spoken at academic institutions, such as Stanford and UC Berkeley, on queer sexuality, Lee is genderqueer, and their pronouns are they/their. Lee was previously in a relationship with fellow pornographic performers Syd Blakovich, with Blakovich, they created the four-year performance art collaboration Twincest in 2004. Official website Jiz Lee at the Internet Movie Database Jiz Lee on Twitter Jiz Lee at the Internet Adult Film Database Jiz Lee at the Adult Film Database Jiz Lee on FacebookJiz 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. As a board member of Adult Video Association and its successor the Free Speech Coalition, Leonard was an advocate for the adult film industry. In the 1960s, Leonard was a representative for the bond trading firm of Schweickert & Company. She later went into relations and worked for Elektra Records. Later in the 1970s, she worked for a production company in the Caribbean. Upon her return to New York, looking for work, she contacted casting agent Dorothy Palmer and she is best known for her role in The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Radley Metzger’s erotic reimagining of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. She retired from acting in 1984 and she directed several films for companies such as Adam & Eve, VCA Pictures, and Vivid Entertainment. In 1977, she was hired as the publisher of High Society magazine and she was hired by the magazines publisher Carl Ruderman, who wanted a female publisher of a mens magazine. Adult-industry historian Ashley West stated in an interview that Ruderman expected her to be a figurehead, Leonard is also credited with two successful ideas that each became cottage industries, the publishing of nude celebrity photos and phone sex lines. Over its 25-year run Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published photos of them. Leonard is credited with being one of the first people to use 900 numbers for promotional purposes and as a revenue stream, initially Leonard recorded her own voice informing callers of the contents of the next issue of High Society magazine before its publication. Later she recorded such as Annie Sprinkle talking sexy. Leonard convinced magazine owner Ruderman to purchase more of these numbers, early in her career she was interviewed by a magazine for an article titled The Parkway All-Stars about a group of overachievers who grew up within a 15-block radius. The article also featured interviews with actor Robert Klein, actress Penny Marshall and fashion designers Calvin Klein, Leonard remarked to a colleague, Yeah, I knew Ralph Lauren when he was Ralph Lipschitz. Leonard was also presenter at a ceremony for Video Review magazine that was emceed by Klein. Leonard appeared in a film by Melissa Monet called Porn—Its A Living. Leonard delivered the opening line, Not too many people are going to be proud saying, Look at my daughter. She had a role as a salesperson on Simon & Simon in 1984, Leonard had also been a guest on several talk shows, including Oprah, Geraldo, Maury, Larry King, Morton Downey Jr. and Howard SternGloria Leonard – Leonard at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 1999