In early April, MA thesis student Sarah Stevens returned to the University of Toronto to present at the second annual Feminist Porn Conference.
Stevens moderated and presented a theory/practice session entitled, “Masochistic Femininity and Feminist Kink Porn,” alongside Madison Young and Dylan Ryan. Stevens lectured on how Madison Young’s film "50 Shades of Dylan Ryan" adapts the feminist discourse that has emerged around the immense popularity of the trilogy "50 Shades of Grey" regarding women and submission.
The session was broken into sections of lecture and conversation, in which Stevens asked Young and Ryan questions about their experiences in the film, but also in their experiences as feminist kink performers, directors, feminists, and artists. The conversation centralized the importance of intelligible consent, authenticity as a prioritization of performers’ own agency and pleasure, and the role of feminism in offering alternative representations of women and submission.