Tristan Taormino Hits 200 Installments for Village Voice

Joanne Cachapero
NEW YORK — Mainstream alternative publication the Village Voice has announced a milestone for the paper’s sex columnist Tristan Taormino, who will publish her 200th “Pucker Up” column on Jan. 16.

To coincide with the event, the column has expanded its reach and is being syndicated to regional weekly newspapers LA Weekly, SF Weekly and Seattle Weekly.

"It’s a dream job — I get to eat, sleep, think and write about my favorite topic: sex. It never gets boring," Taormino said.

Taormino, who started her adult career as a sex educator in the late ‘90s, has written for the Village Voice for 8 and a half years covering many diverse topics and often in the vanguard of sexuality. Some of those subjects have included the first union for exotic dancers, the release of the HPV vaccine and genital surgery options for transgendered men, among others.

She was the first to break the story about a new plastic surgery craze — “The G-Shot,” a collagen shot given to help women "find" their G-spots — in 2004, in advance of other writers and well before sex experts questioned the procedure’s effectiveness.

A piece that Taormino wrote pointing out the potential dangers of sex toys containing harmful phthalates led to the adult novelty industry imposing self-regulation to essentially ban the chemicals from being used in manufacture.

As a columnist for the Voice, Taormino has traveled the world to various events related to sexuality and the adult industry, as well as interviewed key members of the adult community — while becoming a prominent contributor with her own books and seminar work.

Taormino’s annual “Sexy Gift Guide” and “The Best and Worst of Sex” round ups, which appear in the Village Voice, are must-reads for consumers and sex industry members alike.

She also has directed several adult video titles, including “The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex” series and “Tristan Taormino’s House of Ass.” Currently, she is producing the gonzo series “Chemistry” for adult production company Vivid, as well as the Vivid-Ed line of instructional videos.

One of the most influential alternative newspapers in America, the Village Voice also features the writing of well-known commentators like Tom Robbins, Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger, among others.

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