New York

Annie Sprinkle

Harmony Burlesque Theater

Annie Sprinkle, the self-described “feminist porn activist” and ex-porn star, seems to embrace a role many feminists have fought to undermine. With her coquettish manner, pretty smile, and very large breasts, Sprinkle presents herself as the complete sex object and clearly finds that role more empowering than demeaning. However, her performance of Post-Porn Modernist, 1989, at a lower-Manhattan burlesque theater made it clear that it was never simply the role that empowered her, but her own sexuality.

Sprinkle evaluated her years of work in the sex industry with some detachment and wit. She first appeared on stage in a prim schoolmarmish suit, holding a pointer while illustrating her accomplishments with statistical graphs. (In “Amount of Cock Sucked,” for example, she calculated that all the penises she had fellated, if laid end-to-end, would equal the height of the Empire State Building,

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