Thank you to our Host Committee Members!
Leigh Ann Evanson
Join Us for an intimate champagne reception with the legendary author, director, activist and porn star Nina Hartley.
Food provided by provided by DC's premier personal chef service, Cogito Ergo Sauté.
Sunday August 16
$75 to benefit HIPS new Public Policy Fellowship Fund
Limited Host Committee Tickets at $125 include special recognition at the event and gift bag from HIPS and Nina!
Thirty years into her career as a public advocate for sexual self-awareness, sanity and literacy, Nina Hartley is just hitting her stride. An exhibitionist with a cause, she created a persona that was wholly new at its inception in1983 but is now part of the broader cultural lexicon: “feminist porn star.” Ms. Hartley, first as a dancer in San Francisco and then as a performer in adult videos, put her body on the line in support of her ideas about sexuality, feminism, personal liberation and social responsibility. A dedicated student of human sexuality for over thirty-five years, Nina Hartley began her career as an adult entertainer while an undergraduate in nursing at San Francisco State University, dancing weekly at the Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theater. By the time she graduated (magna cum laude) in 1985, she had become determined to speak out on the subject of sex work from experience, not theory. Banding together with like-minded women during the “porn wars” of the mid-1980’s, she was a founding member of the Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force, whose impact on mainstream feminist thinking gave rise to a younger generation of sex-positive writers and activists.
But it is undeniably as an entertainer that Nina Hartley has enjoyed her greatest success. Through the 650-plus video and film titles she has made, her two decades of dance tours and her thousands of personal appearances, she has become the most enduringly popular star in the history of the medium. Having been awarded virtually every honor her industry can bestow, Ms. Hartley takes her greatest satisfaction from a diverse fan base that cuts across demographics of age, race and gender. The vital message of sexual optimism embodied in her performing life has touched many other lives Still in high demand as an on-screen talent in X-rated features, Ms. Hartley also co-produces her own line of instructional videos, Nina Hartley’s Guides, the market-leader in adult sex-education-video programming, currently in its thirty-eighth installment. She lectures on campuses across the country and has contributed extensively to anthologies regarding sex and feminism. Her publishing credits include “Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry,” “Whores and Other Feminists,” “Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients,” and “The Feminist Porn Book.” She currently writes advice columns for the magazine Hustler’s Taboo. Her portrait, with an accompanying essay, is featured in photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders recent anthology XXX: Porn Star Portraits, from Bullfinch/Time-Warner, 2004, introduction by Gore Vidal.
Ms. Hartley is the author of “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex,” a comprehensive book based on her video Guide series, for Avery, a division of Penguin Group.
About the Public Policy Fellowship Fund:
In the fall of 2015 HIPS is proud to host two new Public Policy Fellows, significantly expand our ability to be present and involved advocating for better public policy on sex work and drug use. Our first fellow comes from the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow from Georgetown University Law School. She will guide HIPS work to address HIV related legal and public policy issues that affect sex workers and drug users in DC. The WLPP Fellow will work alongside our new Brother Help Thyself Public Policy Fellow, which is a paid fellowship for a current or former sex worker or drug users to work alongside the WLPP to ensure that our advocacy efforts are community-led and community informed. Please join us in supporting these two exciting new opportunities.
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