2011 AVN Awards Nominations

The 2011 AVN Awards Nominations (pdf) are out and you’re more than welcome to comb through all 74 pages of it like I did if you’re a sex toys and porn nerd like me. But if you’re not, or you just have better ways to spend your time, let me just sum it up for you.

It’s a lot of the same industry porn as usual with titles that do more than just border on the offensive. But the great news is that we’re seeing more and more independent companies with loftier visions of human sexuality being nominated for awards. With the addition of sex toys and sex toy companies this year we got to see even more of this.

Highlights:

Best Stores: Early to Bed (the store I worked at for 2.5 years), Babeland, Coco de Mer, Kama Sutra Closet, She Bop, Smitten Kitten, Good Vibrations

Sex Toy Companies: Fun Factory, Jimmyjane, Je Joue, Lelo, Simply Blown, Pjur, Sliquid, Aneros, Nexus, njoy, Nobessence, Papaya Toys, We-Vibe

Porn Websites: CrashPadSeries, Kink.com, Burning Angel

Pornstars: Joanna Angel, Belladonna, Kimberly Kane,Mickey Mod, Sasha Grey, Lorelei Lee, April Flores, James Deen, Danny Wylde

Movies: An Open Invitation: A Real Swinger’s Party in San Francisco, Strapped Dykes, The Curse of MacBeth, Madison Young’s Bondage Boob Tube, Mandy Candy, Rough Sex 2, Going Down: The Official Guide to Cunnilingus, Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Advanced Fellatio, Seven Minutes in Heaven: Coming Out, Dangerous Curves

Porn Company: Good Releasing

And the Reuben Sturman Award will go to John Stagliano, which is nice to see after his battles with first amendment rights.

I recommend checking out any one of these movies, companies, and stars. I’d also like to say a special congrats and good luck to Miss Maggie Mayhem who is a blogger here and has been featured in one of the movies and one of the websites nominated.

If you’re interested in porn awards that feature less mainstream industry companies and more sexual empowerment then look forward to the 2011 Feminist Porn Awards in April.

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Garnet Joyce

Queer sex educator starting a new adventure with her wife and two cats.