May 17, 2011 04:22am
Erotic Awards 2011
Source: Daniel D. Promotions
by: Company Press Release
(LONDON, UK) -- The Erotic Awards are pleased to announce that this year they will present not one but two Lifetime Achievement Awards to legends of the American adult industry — magazine and book editor Dian Hanson and XXX all-rounder William Margold.
Aged 24, Dian turned her back on a career in medicine and moved to New York where she helped launch hardcore sex magazine Puritan. She went on to work on titles as diverse as Oui, Outlaw Biker, Adult Cinema Review, Expose, Juggs, Big Butt and Tight.
But her most successful magazine was probably Leg Show, which she edited from 1987 to 2001, catering to a sexual subculture of fetishists whose needs were largely ignored by mainstream men’s magazines.
She says that studying the intricacies of their tastes, and translating them into words and photos, was a challenge that totally stimulated and engrossed her.
Nowadays Dian is based in Los Angeles where she is Sexy Book Editor for international publisher Taschen. She says that Benedikt Taschen is a fearless publisher of sexual imagery who is truly respected his customers.
Her projects include the authoritative, six volume History of Men's Magazines; titillating tomes for specialist tastes, such as the Big Book of Breasts and the Big Penis Book; and the monograph Vanessa del Rio: Fifty Years of Slightly Slutty Behaviour which is available in three editions ranging from the merely lavish to a luxurious art edition costing USD 1500 (GBP 900).
She remains dedicated to showing the world that good pornography equals good art and good fun.
Next year, the 'Renaissance Man' of porn celebrates four decades working at almost every level in what he refers to as the 'Playpen of the Damned'.
"We are damned not on religious grounds but for sociological reasons by a hypocritical society," he explains.
Bill has been an actor in over 160 hard-core films; a scriptwriter and director; an agent and critic; an activist, a fund raiser, a welfare counsellor... And the voice of conscience in an industry commonly thought to lack one.
He has been a tireless campaigner for free speech, notably telling the anti-porn Meese Commission, in October 1985: "In a society that is drug-infested, violence-wracked and polluted by chemical greed...no one has ever died from an overdose of Pornography."
But his crowning achievement is Protecting Adult Welfare – the PAW Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation which provides advice, awareness training, peer counseling and a support network for anyone and everyone involved in the adult industry.
Bill continues to preach the gospel of X at every opportunity, acting as guardian of the industry's history and campaigning for "21 in 2012," a voluntary agreement by Us producers not to use performers below that age.
The Erotic Awards
Now in their 14th year, the Erotic Awards were created to counteract negative attitudes to sex and sex workers, in the media and elsewhere, by honouring artists and activists who have devoted their lives to making the world a sexier, more liberated place.
The London-based Awards are organised by veteran campaigner and educator Dr Tuppy Owens and a Grand Jury of Conspicuous Sensuality.
The awards herald the most talented, pioneering and influential sex-positive people from the previous year. They are pansexual and actively encourage disabled artists. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a non-competitive category. Previous winners include educator Betty Dodson, publisher Berth Milton Sr and film-maker Derek Jarman.
The Erotic Awards raise funds for Outsiders, a charity which for over thirty years has been helping disabled people gain confidence and find partners.
Tuppy and her team create a sensational show and exhibition of the finalists' work. The winners are honoured with a Golden Flying Penis trophy. The winners of the 14 categories of the Erotic Awards will be announced at the Night of the Senses Ball in London on 20 May.