Meg John Barker
Dr Meg John Barker is a writer, campaigner, UKCP accredited therapist, activist and senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University. They are the author of ‘Rewriting the Rules’, an integrative guide to love, sex and relationships, which was released in August 2012. They co-organise the Critical Sexology group, which presents open interdisciplinary seminars on sexuality three times a year. Meg John is also a co-founder of BiUK who produce The Bisexuality Report and guidelines for researchers and writers on bisexuality.
Alex Cowan is a promoter of disability awareness and equality, a writer, performer and spokesperson on disability and sexuality. Alex writes on the endemic asexualisation of disabled people, and has recreated the iconic photos of Christine Keeler sitting nude astride a wooden Arne Jacobson chair with herself as subject, sitting naked in her wheelchair. In 2014, Alex was the first ever disabled participant in Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World, the extraordinary beauty pageant that celebrates difference.
Sexual Sushi, was released in 2004 to critical acclaim, following this she released Female Fantasies in 2006, which was the recipient of many awards. Her book, Adult Movie Making for Couples (Harper Collins) was released in the same year. She launched the Petra Joy Awards in 2009 to continue the legacy of feminist porn she began, and promote other female directors within the industry. The winners of this competition go on to feature in her popular Her Porn series. Petra continues to make, promote and write about porn, with her sixth feature, (S)he comes! released in spring 2014.
Pavan Amara is the founder of My Body Back, an initiative to help survivors of sexual violence reclaim their sexuality. A rape survivor herself, Pavan started the project as a safe space for women to talk about sex after sexual violence. Survivors discussed masturbation, penetrative sex, orgasm and how they felt about their vaginas and their bodies after rape and sexual assault. The project connects women isolated by a society that doesn’t adequately acknowledge or provide for the physical and sexual problems women face after sexual violence. My Body Back runs Café V, a quarterly session for women to learn about loving their bodies again after sexual violence. They will launch a cervical screening clinic especially for survivors this May and a self-testing STI clinic by the end of 2015.
Melina Antunes is a sex worker. A passionate activist for sex workers’ rights, Melina is a member of the Sex Worker Open University, which aims to empower its sex worker community through workshops, debates, actions and art, as well as fighting for decriminalisation. She is part of x:talk, a sex worker led project which provides a support network for migrant sex workers and helps them improve their English. Melina is also a member of the Sex Workers’ Opera, a unique production written and performed by sex workers and their allies.