About Tristan


Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, sex educator, speaker, filmmaker, and radio host. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University in 1993. When she was 24 years old, with little publishing experience and even less capital, she founded Pucker Up, a magazine of writing and photography dedicated to sex and gender and was responsible for every aspect of the 64-page publication, from editing and marketing to sales and distribution.

She is the author of eight books: 50 Shades of Kink: An Introduction to BDSM, Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, The Anal Sex Position Guide, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion, Down and Dirty Sex Secrets, and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She is a co-editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, with Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Constance Penley and Mireille Miller-Young. She conceived and edited the groundbreaking collection The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge which features the work of leading kink experts from around the country. She is the editor of 25 anthologies including Stripped Down: Lesbian Sex Stories and Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica (winner of the Lambda Literary Award). She was the founding editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning series Best Lesbian Erotica. Her books have sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into many languages. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of the feminist magazine On Our Backs. For nine and a half years, she wrote a bi-weekly column in The Village Voice, which was awarded Tristan Taorminotwo Sex-Positive Journalism Awards. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions. Tristan was an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment (2006-2013), during which time she created and helmed the company’s sex education line Vivid-Ed. Tristan’s work, writing and films are routinely used in college courses to explore the complex issues of relationship and sexual diversity, politics and media.

Tristan has taught hundreds of classes (on everything from negotiating relationships to female orgasms) at conferences, community events, and retail stores throughout the world. As a keynote and guest speaker at events, she’s spoken about community building, sexual liberation, and GLBT issues. She has given over 100 lectures and presentations at top colleges and universities all over the world (including Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and NYU) on subjects ranging from erotic empowerment to challenging the social construction of monogamy.

Tristan Taormino, 2010 © Gustavo ThomasTristan is the host of of Sex Out Loud, the #1 show on the Variety Channel of  VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network, where she has interviewed a variety of guests from Dr. Joycelyn Elders and Janet Mock to Bridget Everett and Margaret Cho. She has been featured in over 200 publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Details, New York Magazine, Men’s Health, and Playboy. She has been named to several media lists, including Out Magazine’s 100 Gay Success Stories of the Year and The Advocate’s Best and Brightest Gay & Lesbian People Under 30. She has appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, HBO’s Real Sex, NBC’s The Other Half, The Howard Stern Show, Loveline, Ricki Lake, E!, CNN, MTV, Oxygen, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and on over fifty radio shows.

She is the creator of Sex Educator Boot Camp, a training and coaching program for sexuality professionals. She has served as a consultant to writers, filmmakers, television production studios, and other media makers including director Spike Lee, Sony Pictures Classics, World of Wonder, and Lions Gate Films; she has also consulted for sex toy manufacturers, retailers, and distributors including LELO, Sportsheets International, and Good Vibrations.

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