Since her days of creating and distributing Zines in Oakland, Tina Horn has been a irrepressible writer and reporter.
In 2011, Tina moved to NYC to earn her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Since then, she has been featured in the anthologies Girl Sex 101, Unshaven, Best Sex Writing 2015 and Best Lesbian Erotica 2015, and online at The Toast, Vice, The Establishment, Nerve, and The Rumpus.
“Tina Horn’s writing on BDSM and sex worker rights explores some of the most important social issues of our time.” – Tristan Taormino
Tina’s new book is an etiquette guide to selfies, skyping, and swiping: Sexting: The Grownup’s Little Book of Sex Tips for Getting Dirty Digitally
“This guide is from one of the dirtiest minds (and mouths) in the business! Let Tina Horn be your guilt-free guide, and let her shamelessly show your fingers and selfies how to do the dirty talking!” – Reid Mihalko
Selected Published Works:
Sexting. Nonfiction book. 2016
Love Not Given Lightly. Nonfiction book. 2015
BOOKS AS CONTRIBUTOR:
Unshaven. Essay in photo book by Nikki Silver. 2015
“Exposure for Exhibitionists.” Coming Out Like A Porn Star. Personal essay. 2015
“Strap-on oral sex.” Girl Sex 101. Educational essay. 2015
“The Gates.” Best Sex Writing Of The Year. Profile. 2015
“Wet Dirt.” Best Lesbian Erotica. Short fiction. 2015
“Hand Job Monologue.” Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy.” Monologue script. 2016
“The Big House.” The Heart. Audio story. 2016
“What Would It Take for a Sex Worker to Pass A Turing Test?” Jezebel. Pop culture and science essay. 2016
“Can A Robot Be Raped?” Refinery 29. Pop culture essay. 2016
“10 Reasons Decriminalizing Sex Work is a Feminist Issue.” Refinery 29. Op-Ed. 2016
“The Problem with Pamela Anderson’s Stance on Porn.” Refinery 29. Op-Ed. 2016
“If Anybody Asks, You Belong to Prince.” Slutist. Obituary. 2016
“Porn versus Erotica: A Classist Dichotomy.” The Establishment. Essay. 2016
“Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.” Tits and Sass. Book review. 2016
“Tweets of a Whore: Persona and Privacy in the Age of Social Media.” The Establishment. Personal essay. 2015
“Good to be Bad: A Case for Kinky Irony.” The Rumpus. Critical essay. 2015
“Professionally Naked.” The Toast. Personal essay. 2015
“American Horror Story: Hotel Recaps.” Autostraddle. 2015
“Beyoncé and the Golden Dildo.” 4UMag.com. Fiction. 2014
“The Financial Sector is Making Life Miserable for Sex Workers.” Vice.com. Reported article. 2014
“Is Scissoring A Thing?” Nerve.com. Essay. 2014
“On The Scene at International Ms. Leather and Bootblack.” Vice.com. 2014
“Will The Entire Porn Industry be Forced to Move to Nevada?” Vice.com. 2014
“Circumstance.” Salacious Magazine. Personal Essay. 2014
“James Darling: Trans Heartthrob.” Up and Coming Magazine. Artist Interview. 2012
“How To Spank.” Whore! Magazine. Educational Article. 2010
“Dusty Horn: a sex work/critical theory zine”. AORTA Magazine. Personal Essay. 2009
“Shuck It.” Going Down. Short fiction. 2012
“Spanking Booth.” Say Please. Short fiction. 2012
“Subdue”. Best Bondage Erotica. Short fiction. 2011
“Share”. Orgasmic. Short fiction. 2010
“‘Best Erotic Comics,'” “Feminist Porn Awards,” etc. CarnalNation.com. Books Reviews, Event Coverage. 2009-2010
The Dusty Horn Zines, Issues 1-6. Self-published chapbooks. 2008-2009
“This year marked my fifth time attending the event. The first year I attended, I was a curious neophyte, a fledgling filmmaker interested in building an international network of sex workers and artists. The following two years, I won awards myself.
This year I didn’t travel to Toronto to just present at the conference and party with my favorite sluts—I also wanted to get to the bottom of the growing feminist porn movement.
Is feminist porn merely an echo chamber of celebration and validation, or is it actually changing the way the world views the sexual expressions of the disenfranchised?”
“UNSHAVEN” – from Unshaven
You might be turned on by the tension between Naughty and Natural; that could be why you’re enjoying this book. Yet in 21st century American, it’s far more common for someone to react to female body hair with disgust.
The middle school girls who bullied me into shaving for the first time were only mimicking the body policing they saw all around them. It confused me then, and it confused me now. Why are unshaven women perceived to be innocent, when hair is in fact a sign of sexual maturity? Why are unshaven women assumed to be unclean, when everyone knows hairy men who are obviously quite capable of being hygienic? Why is “being natural” such a persistent symbol of counter-culture?
The women of this book represent a social paradox, an attraction-revulsion that Silver plays with masterfully, mostly by completely ignoring it.
“Professionally naked” – THETOAST.NET
Many of my dominatrix coworkers withheld their bodies, wrapping themselves in leather, nylon, lace, and latex, telling their submissives that they weren’t worthy of seeing what was underneath. Maybe I could have picked up some of their teasing skills. It was just never in my nature. As soon as I got into a session room, I dispensed with my pink polka dot negligee and took great pride in being able to completely control a man using every tool I brought with me into this world.
I love my body. I love my muscles, and I love my proportions, including a notoriously logic-defying derriere. I love my pink puffy nipples and high arched feet and guitar-player fingers. I love my hairy legs and the smell of my own sweat. I have long relished the fact that I’ve made my living by rubbing men’s faces in my own adoration of my strange little body.
When I moved to New York three years ago, I started renting session space from dungeon studios whose proprietors were confused by my perpetual nudity. One woman, who had been in the NYC scene for at least a decade, incredulously referred to me as, ‘The most naked dominatrix I have ever met.’
“Is Scissoring Really a Thing?”
I love scissoring because it’s a huge turn-on to be so up close and personal with my partner. When I am topping with a strap on, I really get off on grinding my hips, feeling powerful and in control of my partner’s pleasure. It’s a more tactile and psychological kind of arousal, and less genitally focused.
Personally, I am not always in the mood to be penetrated – but I’m always in the mood for naked kissing, groping, dirty talk, and intimacy. Scissoring satisfies all of those needs. Granted, I do understand the reasons that so many gay women treat the subject of scissoring with disdain.
If you don’t understand lesbian sex (which many people do not), and you don’t have a lot of imagination (ditto), you might imagine that two ladies would get it on in a style that mimics heterosexual sex.
In reality, not everyone’s body is built to grind in that way, and many women prefer to be penetrated with hands or toys, or more directly clitorally stimulated.
Whorephobia, the fear and hatred of sex workers, is one of the very first things every single sex worker learns how to navigate. Whether the work we do is criminalized or legal, all sex workers are subject to judgment.
This judgment usually stems from sexist double standards, transmisogyny, and a general moral panic about sexuality. Ironically, we are often punished as we attempt to assimilate into “legitimate” society.
On May 27, Assembly Bill 1576, a statewide expansion of Measure B, passed the California Assembly. Los Angeles County voters passed Measure B back in 2012, requiring “producers of adult films to obtain a County public health permit,” and for “adult film performers to use condoms while engaged in sex acts.”
AB1576 takes Measure B a step further and imposes an additional mandate on STI testing to the ones currently used by porn performers. It also requires that all producers disclose those records with the Department of Industrial Relations, a clear violation of privacy.
Many people in the sex industry are speaking out against the bill, arguing that this issue is more about body autonomy than about public health.
In the Bay Area, it’s a given that sex and art go together. It makes sense when you think of art as generative movement, or sex as collaborative experimentation with bodies.
There are just some humans for whom the lust to screw and the drive to be onstage are one and the same. TT Baum is one such human. He is both a sacred intimate and interdisciplinary artist.
This June, at This is What I Want Fest, he is facilitating a workshop that fuses not only sex and art but also spiritual practices (let’s be real: the latter is also a Bay Area mainstay).