Sex Educator’s Efforts Receive Critical Recognition for Public Outreach & Mainstream Media Appeal!
FEBRUARY 28, 2014 – LOS ANGELES, CA — jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex director, producer, and host jessica drake receives industry praise with a nomination for Mainstream Adult Media Favorite for the 2014 XRCO Awards. drake’s work as a sex educator and industry spokesperson have placed her prominently in the public eye, garnering prodigious media attention.
“I’m honored to receive an XRCO Award nomination – it’s a joint effort, and I’m grateful for everyone who supports me and all the members of Team Wicked,” says jessica. “The Guide To Wicked Sex line has allowed me to reach out to the public in the most amazing way. From speaking with singles and couples about sexuality, to chatting with students at universities about consent, politics, pornography, relationships, and sex, being able to share my passion for sex education has been extremely rewarding.”
jessica continues, “The additional outreach to the mainstream public through events, such as participating in, raising funds, and building awareness through AIDS Walk LA, has allowed me to push boundaries beyond the scope of the stereotypes surrounding our industry. I’m thrilled to have these opportunities to bridge the space between the adult industry and the public, and I thank the XRCO for recognizing the mainstream media’s acceptance of those efforts.”
A CNN.com photo essay on jessica drake was declared “most popular photo blog of 2013” by the prominent news outlet. In the photo blog, drake discusses LA County’s controversial Measure B (also known as the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act), the adult industry, and her performance, educational, and volunteer work; the feature also takes a peek into her private life.
The past year brought jessica drake to the forefront of mainstream media, with appearances at college campuses: University of Chicago’s Sex Week invited her to speak on a panel on modern sex education and porn piracy; Chapman University asked her to appear as a guest lecturer for its Human Sexuality class. She has also spoken with Film and Media Studies students at the University of California – Santa Barbara, and participated in a panel on pornography at UCLA. In addition, she has spoken at numerous stores across the country on topics covered in Guide To Wicked Sex.
Chapman University Assistant Professor David Frederick, Ph.D., described drake as “an exceptional speaker… I would highly recommend her as a speaker for any class related to media issues, gender, or sexuality.” “jessica drake is a wickedly compelling and articulate sex educator, who is also smart, funny, and compassionate,” added Dr. Constance Penley; Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, UC Santa Barbara. Fellow professor Dr. MIreille Miller-Young echoed Dr. Penley’s sentiment, saying, “jessica drake is a powerful voice for sexual education and empowerment! Using adult entertainment as a tool for social change… jessica has a vital voice, and she isn’t afraid to use it to help us all embrace our sexualities and fight social stigma and oppression.”
In 2013, drake also led fellow adult stars, industry members, and fans under the TEAM WICKED banner, to complete a 10 kilometer fundraising walk through West Hollywood, CA at the 29th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The team raised over $20,000 for LA County AIDS Organizations. She was also instrumental in the creation of a Porn 101 video for the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, an introductory film for performers entering the industry covering topics such as health, safety, employment, and more.
“This really has been an exceptional year in terms of the adult industry’s presence in mainstream media, and its interaction with the public,” adds jessica. “The way our industry has been portrayed in the public eye has started to change, though we still have a long way to go. I feel the increased inquiry into pornography, sex education, and open communication between the adult industry and the public has started to breed an environment of understanding, if not acceptance, and I hope that my participation in those conversations has netted a positive response in that regard.”
Through her series of workshops and seminars and her line of instructional DVDs, jessica drake teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries, emphasize consent, and still have wonderful sex while communicating effectively with partners.
The Huffington Post says of her Guide to Wicked Sex series, “Watching her DVDs [is] fun, informative, and sexy all at once…Covering fellatio, anal sex, female masturbation, anal play for men and threesomes, drake uses real couples and porn stars to simulate scenes, as well as hard core sex scenes at the finale, to illustrate the point.”
The X Rated Critics Organization honors the best in the adult entertainment industry; its awards show is the second oldest in the business. The 30th Annual XRCO Awards Show will be held April 16 at OHM (formerly Highlands Hollywood), in Hollywood, California. Admission to the XRCO Awards is free; however, attendance is restricted to adult industry personnel and press only. Attendees must RSVP to be put on the list here.
Wicked Pictures is an official sponsor of the 2014 XRCO Awards.
About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex:
Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her “Guide to Wicked Sex” series. The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each topic with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which led Dee Dennis, the founder of sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com or www.Twitter.com/Guide2WickedSex.
Founded in 1984, the XRCO was formed to give writers and editors from the adult entertainment industry a voice in selecting the best in and brightest in the world of adult cinema. Original members included a small group of writers from Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia. Over the years, select and qualified membership has expanded to include some of the best adult reviewers from both print and the Internet. In 2005, the XRCO welcomed its first European members. 2009 marked a quarter century of excellence with the XRCO’s Silver Anniversary. For more information about the XRCO, visit www.XRCO.com.
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