Love, Sex, Porn, and Family: Femina Potens' ASKEW Film and Performance Festival

San Francisco has a long reputation — sometimes deserved, sometimes not — of being the place to come to if you want to do all the things that mom, dad, and your teachers told you not to. The right wing might like to point to us as an example of everything that's un-American, but the truth is, you can't get much closer to the heart of the American myth than San Francisco: This is where people come to reinvent themselves from the inside out.

The ASKEW Film and Performance Festival, starting at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Thursday, Sept. 13 should be a great place to see some of those visions of identity. Produced by acclaimed art gallery Femina Potens, the festival will be three nights of film, dance, and readings about queer identities, family, and community. If you've ever thought that we live in an enlightened age where the only things that need to be settled about alternative sexualities are what safewords to use and whether same-sex couples can have their picket fence too, just look at the schedule that ASKEW has set up for the next three days.
 

Madison Young, the founder of Femina Potens and curator of ASKEW, spoke to us about the festival, the performers, and balancing being a porn star with being a new mom.

There's a lot of sex-based art in San Francisco, and we've got a great history of it. What do you see as unique in what ASKEW is presenting?

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