Annie Sprinkle

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Annie Sprinkle
Annie headshot 300.jpg
Sprinkle in 2005
BornEllen F. Steinberg
(1954-07-23) July 23, 1954 (age 60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Spouse(s)Beth Stephens (2007–present)
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Annie Sprinkle
Annie headshot 300.jpg
Sprinkle in 2005
BornEllen F. Steinberg
(1954-07-23) July 23, 1954 (age 60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Spouse(s)Beth Stephens (2007–present)

Annie M. Sprinkle (born Ellen F. Steinberg on July 23, 1954) is an American sex educator, former prostitute,[1][2] feminist stripper, pornographic actress, cable television host, porn magazine editor, writer and sex film producer. She received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1986 and earned a doctorate in human sexuality from the unaccredited Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco in 1992.[3] Currently, Sprinkle works as a performance artist and sex educator. Sprinkle, who describes herself as "ecosexual",[4] married her long-time partner, Beth Stephens, in Canada on January 14, 2007.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Sprinkle was born in Philadelphia to a Russian-Jewish mother and a Polish-Jewish father.[6] She is known as the "prostitute and porn star turned sex educator and artist."[7] Her best known theater and performance art piece is her Public Cervix Announcement, in which she invites the audience to "celebrate the female body" by viewing her cervix with a speculum and flashlight.[8] She also performed The Legend of the Ancient Sacred Prostitute, in which she did a "sex magic" masturbation ritual on stage.[9] She has toured one-woman shows internationally for 17 years, some of which were are titled Post Porn Modernist,[1][2] Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn,[3][10] Hardcore from the Heart, and Exposed; Experiments in Love, Sex, Death and Art.[11]

Her work and publications, spanning almost four decades, are studied in courses at numerous universities, in theater history, women's studies, and film studies courses. She also is a faculty member at the Oakland, California-based The New School of Erotic Touch.[12]

Annie Sprinkle began working at the ticket booth at Tucson's Plaza Cinema at 18, when Deep Throat was playing.[13] The film was busted, and when Sprinkle had to appear in court as a witness, she met and fell in love with Deep Throat's director, Gerard Damiano, and became his mistress, following him to New York City where she lived for twenty years.[13] Annie's first porn movie was Teenage Deviate, which was released in 1975. Perhaps her best known mainstream porn featured role was in Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle (co-directed by Sprinkle and sexploitation veteran Joseph W. Sarno) which was the No. 2 grossing porn film of 1981.[14]

In 1991, Sprinkle created the Sluts and Goddesses workshop, which became the basis for her 1992 production The Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop – Or How To Be A Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, which was co-produced and co-directed with videographer Maria Beatty, and featured music by composer Pauline Oliveros. Sprinkle pioneered new genres of sexually explicit film and video such as edu-porn, gonzo, post porn, xxx docudrama, art porn, and feminist erotica. Sprinkle has also presented many sex workshops with fellow sex facilitator Barbara Carrellas, with whom she presented the stage production Metamorphosex.[10]

She starred in Nick Zedd's experimental films War Is Menstrual Envy (1992), Ecstasy in Entropy (1999), and Electra Elf: The Beginning (2005).

She has appeared in almost 200 films, including hard- and softcore pornography, B movies, loops, numerous documentaries, various TV shows including four HBO Real Sex programs. She has produced, directed, and starred in several of her own films, such as Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn, "Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm, and "Linda/Les & Annie—The First Female to Male Transsexual Love Story". These films played in hundreds of film festivals, in museums and galleries. Her work in adult films has earned her a spot on the Adult Star Path of Fame in Edison, New Jersey, she's in the AVN Hall of Fame, the XRCO Hall of Fame. For three decades she has presented her work as a visiting artist at many major universities and colleges in the USA and Europe. Currently her lecture presentation is called "My Life and Work as a Feminist Porn Activist, Radical Sex Educator, and Ecosexual." She also has done dozens of "Free Sidewalk Sex Clinics," offering free sex education to the public in public space.

Sprinkle's work has always been about sexuality, with a political, spiritual, and artistic bent. In December 2005, she committed to doing seven years of art projects about love with her wife and art collaborator, Beth Stephens. They call this their Love Art Laboratory. Part of their project was to do an experimental art wedding each year, and each year had a different theme and color. The seven-year structure was adapted to their project by invitation of artist Linda M. Montano.[15] Sprinkle and Stephens have done fifteen art weddings, eleven with ecosexual themes. They married the Earth, Sky, Sea, Moon, Appalachian Mountains and the Sun in six different countries.

Sprinkle and her partner Beth Stephens are pioneers of Ecosexuality, a kind of earth loving sexual identity, which states, “The Earth is our lover.” The Ecosex Manifesto proclaims that not everyone must identify solely as Ecosexual, but “…Ecosexuals can be GLBTQI, heterosexual, asexual, and/or Other.”[16]

Sprinkle has also long championed sex worker rights and health care. She has also worked as a prostitute.[17]

Sprinkle identifies as a sex-positive feminist, and much of her activist and sex education work reflects this philosophy. In 2009, she appeared in the French documentary film Mutantes: Punk, Porn, Feminism, speaking about the beginnings of the movement as well as her own contributions to it.[18]


Steinberg first gave herself the name "Annie" when she started working in pornography. As her career continued she had an epiphany one night and she says "as if from the goddess herself" the name Annie Sprinkle came to her. She thought the name appropriate because "I was attracted by the sprinkles over ice cones (I am a bit of a sugaraholic!) and I love waterfalls, urine, vaginal fluids, sweat, anything wet. So the name 'Annie Sprinkle' seemed perfect."[19]


Annie Sprinkle as The Neo Sacred Prostitute


Film and TV credits
2012Lesbian Sex Education: Female Ejaculation (Video)
2009Mutantes: Punk, Porn, Feminism
2005Electra Elf: The Beginning Parts One & Two
2005The Keep (Short)
1999Ecstasy in Entropy (Short)
1997The Fanny (Video)
1996Bubbles GaloreGod
1992Pinned and Smothered (Video)
1992War Is Menstrual Envy
1991Mature Women 2 (Video)
1991Shadows in the CityEx-Girlfriend
1991My Father Is ComingAnnie
1990Fantasy Salon
1990The Golden BoatWaitress
1989Young Nurses in LoveTwin Falls
1988Bazooka County (Video)
1988Dreams of Desire
1988Hotter Than July
1988The Horneymooners (Video)Jane Norris
1988Tattoo Vampire (Video)
1987Rites of Passion
1987She Comes in Colors
1987She-Male Encounters 5: Orgy at the Poysinberry Bar
1987The Lingerie Shop
1986Sweet Revenge
1986Wimps (Video)Head Stripper
1984Electric Blue 12 (Video)Shelly
1984Throat... 12 Years AfterThe Sewer Mother
1983Big Busty 3 (Video)
1983Kneel Before MeWife / Justine (as Annie Sprinkles)
1983Oriental Techniques in Pain and PleasureAnnie (as Annie Sprinkles)
1982Night on the Town
1981Bizarre StylesAnnie
1981Pandora's MirrorThe Queen of the Club (as Miss Annie Sprinkle)
1981Centerfold FeverAnnie
1981Twilite PinkProstitute (as Annie Sprinkles)
1980Midnight Blue 2
1980The Satisfiers of Alpha BlueSatisfier
1979For Richer for PoorerParty Guest (uncredited)
1979Jack n' JillFirst Caller
1978The Ganja ExpressSherry Herring
1977Unwilling LoversHooker with Stole (as Annie Sprinkles)
1977Cherry HustlersSprink (uncredited)
1977The Devil Inside HerOrgy Girl (as Annie Sprinkles)
1976Come with Me My LoveTess Albertino
1976The Affairs of JaniceSusan (uncredited)
1976Call Me Angel, SirTracy Dixon
1976The Double Exposure of HollyMuff (as Annie Sprinkles)
1976Slippery When WetStella Wilkins (as Annie Sprinkles)
1976Bang Bang You Got It!Rhoda Thomas
1976My Erotic FantasiesRussian Porn Actress
1976SeductionGirl at bridge party No. 1
1976The Night of SubmissionEditor's Mistress
1976Teenage Cover GirlsAnne Sands (as Anne Sands)
1976Once Over Nightly
1976Expose Me, LovelyRobin (as Annie Sprinkles)
1976Ecstasy in BlueHentai
1976Teenage DeviateElla (as Annie Sprinkles)
1976Honey PieBlow Job Annie (as Ann Sprinkle)
1976Pornocopia SensualSusan
1975FannyJune (uncredited)
1975Satan Was a LadyTerry (as Anny Sands)
1975Wild Pussycats
1975French Shampoo (Homage to W. B.)Little Mary
1975Too Hot to HandleEllen (as Annie Sands)
1975Sherlick Holmes
1975Kathy's Graduation PresentAnita (uncredited)
1975Teenage Masseuse(as Annie Sprinkles)
1975The American Andventures of Surelick HolmesStewardess (uncredited)
1975My Master My LoveMargaret's Brunette Client (as Annie Sands)
1975Sue Prentiss R.N.First Nurse (uncredited)
1975Blow Some My WayB.J.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Czekay, Angelika (Spring 1993). "Distance and Empathy: Constructing the Spectator of Annie Sprinkle's Post-POST PORN MODERNIST—Still in Search of the Ultimate Sexual Experience". Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Today, after seventeen years in the porn industry, ex-sex worker Annie Sprinkle is a performance artist. In her recent performance piece "Post-Post Porn Modernist Still in Search of the Ultimate Sexual Experience," Sprinkle talks about her life as a former porn star and ex-prostitute. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Linda (Winter 1993). "A Provoking Agent: The Pornography and Performance Art of Annie Sprinkle". Social Text (Duke University Press) (37): 117–133. Beginning her professional performance career as a masseuse, soon after becoming a whore, Sprinkle next expanded into burlesque and live sex shows, then to writing for sex magazines and performing in pornographic films and videos (where she eventually became a director). 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Tyler Stoddard (July 18, 2012). Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession. Adams Media. pp. 98–99. 
  4. ^ Brown, David J.; Novick, Rebecca McClen; Garcia, Jerry (1995). Voices from the Edge: conversations with Jerry Garcia, Ram Dass, Annie Sprinkle, Matthew Fox, Jaron Lanier, & others. Crossing Press. ISBN 978-0-89594-732-1. 
  5. ^ "Toronto Life: Double Exposure". [dead link]
  6. ^ "[Annie Sprinkle on Shtetl]". Shtetl: Your Alternative Jewish Magazine. February 21, 2010.
  7. ^ Menon, Rekha (May 1, 2010). Seductive aesthetics of postcolonialism. Hampton Press. p. 51. How can one miss, the Sex Goddess, Annie Sprinkle (the postporn modern artist), Tantric inspired cosmic Kali, Sprinkle as the Neo Sacred Prostitute/Goddess. She is known as the prostitute and porn star turned sex educator and artist. Sprinle's work has always been about sexuality, with a political, spiritual, and artistic bent. 
  8. ^ Kapsalis, Terri (1997). Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum. Duke University Press. pp. 113–134. 
  9. ^ General Books LLC (2010). Sex Worker Activists: Annie Sprinkle, Nina Hartley, Carol Queen, Margo St. James, Susie Bright, Tracy Quan, Wendy Babcock, Robyn Few. General Books LLC. ISBN 9781155643083. 
  10. ^ a b Rees, Emma L. E. (August 1, 2013). The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History. A & C Black. 
  11. ^ Bond, Lawrence & Ellen Evert Hopman (1996) People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out (reissued as Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans & Witches Today in 2002 Destiny Books ISBN 0-89281-904-9) Interview.
  12. ^ Vitzthum, V. Annie Sprinkle swims forward., 2000.
  13. ^ a b Annie Sprinkle: The Early Years, audio podcast interview, The Rialto Report, April 7, 2013
  14. ^ Little, Reg (June 18, 2009). "Iffley and the former porn star". Oxford Times. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ Benn, D. Annie Sprinkle on the Adult Star Path of Fame: 43 Stars Laid in New Jersey. Porno News Network, 2006.
  16. ^ "Ecosex Manifesto". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Reading, Writing, and Rewriting the Prostitute Body – Shannon Bell – Google Books. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mutantes at IMDb". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  19. ^ Redaction. "Annie Sprinkle". Miradas (in Spanish) 

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