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Audacia Ray is a media maker and advocate who is based in New York City. Audacia is the Program Officer for Online Communications and Campaigns at the International Womenâ€™s Health Coalition. She consults on information and communications technologies for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects. As a co-founder of advocacy organization Sex Work Awareness, Audacia leads annual media training workshops and is providing technical support for a research study investigating the use of content filters on public library and college computers with Internet access. Audacia also hosts a monthly storytelling series, The Red Umbrella Diaries, where people who have worked in the sex trade gather to share stories and document their experiences.
Audacia is the author of Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration and has written and edited a variety of blogs about sexuality and culture, including her personal blog Waking Vixen, which launched in 2004. Audacia is a former sex worker who was an executive editor at the Utne Reader award-winning $pread magazine for three years. She has shot and edited a variety of videos and video podcasts, including Naked City TV, a fifteen episode documentary video show that she produced for the Village Voice in 2008. Audacia developed a syllabus and taught as an adjunct professor of Human Sexuality at Rutgers University for three semesters. Audacia has a BA from Eugene Lang College at the New School and a MA from Columbia University.
The Long Version
Clamor Magazine has called Audacia a â€œJill of all media trades,â€ and her work has been covered by the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Wired, Bitch, National Public Radio, Playboy Radio, Geraldo at Large, Sex TV, and many others.
Audacia dipped her toes into the vast world of sexuality in 2001 when she started working as a researcher at the then-nascent Museum of Sex during her senior year at the New Schoolâ€™s Eugene Lang College, where she obtained a BA in Cultural Studies in 2002. At MoSex, she got paid to sift through collections of dirty pictures in New York Cityâ€™s museums and public libraries, visit eclectic and enthusiastic sexual ephemera collectors and started cataloging one of the worldâ€™s largest porn collections. After leaving MoSex in 2003, she shed the academic veneer of sexuality research and dove headlong into doing public relations, model and production management for a Manhattan-based porn company. She also became a volunteer community educator for the Gay Menâ€™s Health Crisis, the oldest AIDS service organization in the United States, and received training in risk reduction practices at the Harm Reduction Training Institute. She also began to support herself financially by doing sex work. Audacia began her MA in American Studies at Columbia University in 2004 and studied at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the summer of 2005.
In early 2005 Audacia began to work with $pread magazine, and her gig writing news blurbs for the magazine developed into her position as News & Shorts Editor and then Executive Editor. During her tenure, which ended in January 2008, the magazine won the Utne Independent Press Award for â€œBest New Titleâ€ in 2005 and was named â€œBest Sex Worker Support Systemâ€ in the 2006 Village Voice Best Of issue. To celebrate $preadâ€™s first birthday, Audacia curated a now annual art show, Sex Worker Visions which opened with great fanfare at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York in March 2006 and ran through May 2006. She takes pride in assisting sex workers in developing their voice and their writing skills, and along with her fellow executive editor developed the workshop â€œJournalism for Sex Workers,â€ which they taught at the Re-visioning Prostitution Policy conference in Las Vegas in July 2006. Her sex worker advocacy has more recently taken shape in the form of the organization Sex Work Awareness, which she co-founded with three other women who are sex workers and allies.
In the summer of 2006 Audacia wrote, directed and produced her first feature adult film, â€œThe Bi Apple,â€ a bisexual romp that takes place in New York City. The film was released by Adam & Eve Pictures in February 2007 and went on to win the Feminist Porn Award for Hottest Bi Sex Scene in June 2007 and be nominated for the GayVN award for Best Bisexual Release. She spent the fall of 2006 writing her first book, Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads and Cashing in on Internet Sexploration, about female sexuality and the internet, published by Seal Press in June 2007. Audacia was also a contributor to the Gawker media owned porn blog Fleshbot from August 2006 to August 2007.
After producing The Bi Apple and getting a taste for film, Dacia has gone on to produce two video podcast series. She launched Live Girl Review, which she edited and hosted, in November 2007. In 2008 Audacia spent several months editing the Village Voice’s sexuality blog Naked City, for which she also produced nineteen episodes of a weekly documentary video show, Naked City TV. Along with her co-filmmaker Rob Daly, Dacia created a comedic short film, Dacia’s Love Machine, about trying to get rid of a sex machine via Craigslist. The film premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival in October 2008 and is available for download.