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Madison Young is an international award-winning porn star, director, gallerist, and published author. She has been directing BDSM and erotic films since 2005 and has won great acclaim for her video line, Madison Young Productions. Madison Young Productions has been awarded the 2008 Feminist Porn Award and  at the 2009 Feminist Porn Awards was awarded Indie Porn Pioneer of the Year and Best Kink Film for her 2008 release Perversions of Lesbian Lust.  In 2009 she was also awarded Best BDSM Movie by AEBN for Perversions of Lesbian Lust and nominated for Best BDSM Release by AVN.  Her videos have been gaining attention from the erotic film festival circuit in Berlin, Paris, NYC and Greece.  She has had the honor of being shown at Cinekink Film Festival in NYC for the past 3 years in a row.

She is one of the mainstay directors at the AVN nominated,Good Releasing, Good Vibrations production company and has directed 12 sex positive erotic film releases for the company in the past 7 months.

Young, who has been called a “sex positive Tasmanian devil” values sexual education in her work and has taught workshops, lectures, and acted as a panelist on the topics of sexuality, feminism and pornography, and kink across the country including at Yale University, Berkeley University, Good Vibrations, Smitten Kitten, Tool Shed, Kinky Kollege, and Austin Rope Symposium.

She has recently finished her book of memoirs, “Breathe: The Sexual Evolution of Madison Young” based on her experiences in the adult industry which is due out in spring of 2011. Young’s other written works can be found in “Baby Remember My Name” edited by Michelle Tea, “Rope Bondage and Power Exchange” edited by Lee Harrington , “In-Soumises” edited by Wendy Delorme , and “Off Set” edited and photography by Paul & Pauline.

Young has been featured in numerous documentaries including Virginie Despentes Mutantes: Feminisme PornoPunk and has been featured for the Independent Film Channel, HERE TV, LOGO MTV, and on HBO ‘s  Real Sex.

When she isn’t documenting hot sex on film she is running her own non profit community art gallery in San Francisco, Femina Potens Art Gallery, which focuses on the expression of Art, Sex and Gender.


Madison Young is a proven force in contemporary sex culture. A star performer, producer, and director of cutting-edge pornography, Madison backs up her memoir publication with a decade of expertise in her field.

In performances on film that run the gamut from performance art to sex educational videos to mainstream and queer/bdsm porn films, Madison is an unstoppable and captivating presence. She is a regular feature on the most popular pornographic websites on the internet, including and SuicideGirls. Madison has been a cover girl and/or feature subject for such popular and diversely oriented magazines as Hustler Taboo and On Our Backs and been featured in print and radio internationally. She has received awards for her bondage and suspension work and been called “an auteur to be reckoned with” by AVN, the leading adult video industry media conglomerate.

Madison’s media presence and savvy grows as quickly as her empire grows; journalists, entertainers, and producers are increasingly fascinated with her work and life. In the past three years, she has been featured on television programs and documentaries on the Independent Film Channel, the History Channel, MTV’s Logo, and in documentary feature films. MSNBC journalist Brian Alexander devoted an entire chapter of his hit 2008 book America Unzipped on Madison’s work and art, and the acclaimed French film director Virginie Despentes (Baise-Moi) features Madison in a forthcoming documentary,

As an expert in her field, Madison is frequently sought after as a lecturer and workshop leader. She has given workshops and spoken on professional panels regarding such topics as porn and art; activism and art; porn and social change; zen pain management; and submission. She has been consulted for nonfiction guides to BDSM and written essays on bondage and feminism, and her memoir Breathe;The Sexual Evolution of Madison Young, has already been excerpted in an acclaimed anthology edited by groundbreaking writer Michelle Tea and published by Caroll & Graff.

In short, Madison Young is an established expert on sex. The proof is in her art and her high quality productions; the supporting evidence is already on film, television, websites, radios, and coffee tables across the world.

A detailed list of Madison’s recent accomplishments follows:

Madison Young: curriculum vitae


Madison Young is the star of more than 100 feature adult DVDs (spanning from 2003–present)

Regularly featured on, the largest BDSM website in the world (2003–present)

Regularly featured on hundreds of erotic websites, including such popular sites as Suicide Girls, Nerve and Naughty America

Featured BDSM suspension performer at Fetish clubs around the world, including Torture Garden—the world’s leading Fetish Club—with an estimated 2,600 people in attendance and the World Erotic Art Museum in Las Vegas.

Workshops, Lectures, and Consulting

Madison has given workshops and spoke on panels at higher learning establishments and community organizations across the country, including:

  • University of California at Berkeley; Berkeley, CA
  • The Center for Sex Positive Culture; Seattle, WA
  • Good Vibrations; San Francisco, CA
  • The Austin Rope Symposium; Austin, TX
  • Smitten Kitten; Minneapolis, MN
  • Good For Her; Toronto, Canada
  • North Bound Leather; Toronto, Canada

Workshop and speaking engagement topics include:

  • The Zen Submissive: Submissive skills for pain processing, breathing techniques, and redirecting energy.
  • Porn and Activism: How to make your own porn and create social change.

Madison has been consulted as an expert in her field of BDSM and rope bondage for on instructional bondage books such as Chanta Rose’s Bondage For Sex.

As a filmmaker and expert Madison Young is regularly interviewed on such websites as Hustler, AVN, Social Kink,, and XRentDVD.

Television and Documentary Film Appearances:

Real Sex on HBO – in production

Out and About on MTV’s LOGO Channel – featuring Madison Young’s art/porn/gallery. First aired in 2005.

Deeper with Dave Navarro on the Independent Film Channel – featuring Madison Young’s gallery, performance art, and adult films. In post production.

The History Channel – Live bondage suspension performance, 2006.

Featured interview in an upcoming (2009) documentary by Virginie Despentes, director of  acclaimed French film Baise- Moi.

Learning the Ropes, a Kink Documentary – released by Blowfish Productions, featuring the making of Madison Young’s film Bride of Sin.

Stagg Party – Featured model with collaborator Ellen Stagg for IFC 2008.

Lesbian Sex and Sexuality Porn Today: Pushing the Limits – documentary film produced by Katherine Linton for HERE! TV 2006.

Women Come First – documentary film produced by Canadian filmmaker Joanna Loton, forthcoming in 2009.


Currently being interviewed and photographed for Off the Set, by Paul and Pauline Photography, portions of which have already been published in Playgirl Magazine and will be exhibited in the Museum of Sex in NYC.

Excerpt from Breathe published in the anthology Baby Remember My Name, edited by Michelle Tea. Published by Caroll and Graff in 2007.

Excerpt from Breathe published in French s/m anthology In-Soumises, edited by Wendy Delorme. Forthcoming from Tabou Editions in June 2009.

Featured subject and character in MSNBC journalist Brian Alexander’s America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction. Published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House, in  2008; January 2009.

Essay on “Bondage and Feminism” for Robert Rubel’s Power Exchange book series. April 2009.


Photos of Madison have appeared in the following books:

  • L.A. Bondage, by Dave Naz. Published by Goliath Verlagsgesellschaft mbh in 2007.
  • Do not disturb, by Chas Ray Krider. Published by La Musardine in 2007 .
  • Fetish Photo Anthology Volume 5, by Jurgen Boedt; photography by Julie Simone & Michele Serchuk. Published by Secret Publication in 2007.
  • The Beauty of Kinbaku: Japanese fetish photography by “Master K.” Published by King Cat Ink in 2007.


Nominated for “best bondage model” 2009; 2008 winner of “top ten bondage models in the world” — The Bondage Awards, 2008

3 Feminist Porn Awards; Hottest Kink Film 2009, Indie Porn Pioneer 2009, and for her performance in the Best Film of the Year 2009; 2008 winner of Feminist Porn Award for Hottest Kink Film—the Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards

Star of 2007 AVN Award–winning BDSM film My New Girlfriend

Best S/M Suspension Model, the Bishop Awards, 2006

One of the “Top Ten Hotties of 2005,”, 2005

Selected Radio Interviews and Podcasts

Sirius Q Radio: The Diana Cage Show. First aired 2007.

Playboy Radio

Featured in Swedish Radio documentary by journalist Wiktor Ericsson

Pirate Cat Radio

Blowfish Radio

KSEX Radio

Radio Dentata

Sex, Tantra, and Kama Sutra on Personal Life Media Radio

Magazine features and photo-features:

Recently interviewed for an upcoming article in the UK magazine The Observer

Curve Magazine, Outspoken Enterprises [circulation: 70,000]. Jan/Feb 2009

Hustler’s Taboo, LFP Publishing Group [circulation: roughly 500,000]

  • “Through A Shot Glass Darkly,” Vol. 8, No.10; April 2006
  • “Tight Makes Right,” Vol. 11. No. 2; July 2008
  • “Twisted Flicks,” Vol. 11, No. 8; Jan. 2009

Nugget Magazine (featured interview, photos); Vol. 51, No.3; March 2006

$pread Magazine, “Anal 4 Art” (cover story); Vol. 3, issue 4; 2008

On Our Backs, H.A.F. Publishing.

    • “Sexy in Love” (cover story and photo spread); April/May 2004
    • “Girls Gone Wild,” Vol. 19, Issue 1; June/July 2004

AVN, AVN Media Network, Inc. [15,000 monthly subscribers]

  • Vol. 24, No. 10, Issue 311; Oct. 2008
  • Vol. 24, No. 11, Issue 312; Nov. 2008

A New Vision On Paper, Alufem A.C. Publications-Milano: “Legata In Un Orgasmo,” Book Two, # 11


writer, porn star, performance artist, sex educator

“Making love is an art, and Madison Young is the Picasso of porn. She is the hottest, coolest, most movin’ and shakin’ist sex performer of today—and very likely of the next half century. Madison Young’s performances are absolutely transcendental. She knows how to surrender to absolute ecstasy in just one breath. I’ve never seen a more erotically gifted pleasure artist. A truly enlightened slut! Madison Young is my porn art guru.

sex educator, porn star, director

“In my twenty-five years as both an entertainer and educator of adults, I’ve met very few women as compelling as Madison Young. Over the past two and  a half decades I’ve worked with many attractive, artistic, creative, intelligent, ambitious, strong and driven women, as well as women with strong points of view to share with an audience. I’ve rarely, however, experienced all of those traits in one person as I do in Ms. Young.”

author,director,editor, and sex educator

“Madison Young is one of the most important feminist artists and pornographers working today. She’s brave, brilliant, and one of a kind!”

author, editor, sexologist

“Madison Young is one of indyporn and the sex-positive community’s brightest young stars. In her arts activist incarnation she makes visible public space for women’s and queer artwork: her Femina Potens gallery has changed the face of feminist art in the Bay Area and beyond. In her pornmaking, she puts her own body and eroticism on the line with a determined, exhibitionistic energy: she knows what she wants in erotic material and creates it no matter which side of the camera she’s working. And she documents her own sexual exploration and the interstices between sex and art so that even armchair erotic travelers can understand and vicariously experience these adventures.”

author and editor

“Madison Young is living a double life — running a DIY queer, feminist art space in San Francisco by day, and jetting off to Europe to get tied up, smacked up and glamour-shot by night. Or, is she hosting trans-inclusive dirty spoken word events by night, and being a world-famous bondage model by day? And, when does she find the time to shoot her own blue movies? ‘Cause she does. This lady has done more in the first quarter of her life than most people do in a generation.”


“Madison Young’s  pioneering performance work breaks boundaries. It takes courage and vision to present cutting-edge alternative art in such a sophisticated manner.  She is indeed leading a new generation of “post-porn modernists” as she deconstructs traditional concepts of the erotic and refigures them as artistic and educational performances that delight, entertain and enlighten.”

curator for the Erotic Heritage Museum

“Madison Young’s approach to life is creative, intelligent and thoughtful.   she is a unique educator who naturally conveys  sexuality can be fun, sexy and empowering to all.”

writer, sex educator, bdsm educator

“Madison Young: Twinkly-eyed mischievous provocateur carrying on the flame that burns in the soul of San Francisco. With impish glee and preternatural charm she’s carved out a much needed space-time time continuum for art and life in a city nearly suffocated in recent days by conventional concerns. Keep an eye on this sexy little devil!”