My blog series, The Sex Radicals returns next week with the penultimate entry. Until then, I wanted to give everyone a heads up about what’s going on here in my ridiculous life.
I’ll be speaking at Catalyst Con West on Saturday September 12, with my closest colleague, Dr. Chris Donaghue. Our talk, “The Limits of Sex Positivity,” will focus on the pitfalls of the sex positive perspective and community. The sex positive movement has helped contribute to a healthier, better educated, and more open sexual culture. But with any cultural shift, new dangers are created. What are the limits, pitfalls, and problems of the sex positive movement? For more info on the talk, click here.
The same day at Catalyst Con, I’ll be recording a live podcast discussion with porn director and sex educator Tristan Taromino on her world-renowned radio show, Sex Out Loud. Click here (and scroll down) for info.
Happily busy with podcasts, videos, interviews, etc.
A while back, I appeared on the Grimerica podcast, which focuses on science at the margins, the occult, and general weirdness. This was my second appearance, and I was joined by the host of one of my other favorite podcasts, Skeptiko. Alex Tsakiris and I talked about all sorts of stuff, and we don’t always agree (as usual with Alex and I), but it goes deep. To listen to the discussion, click here. If you like the discussion, there’s another one between Alex and I, on my blog, here.
I also appeared on Abby Martin’s new podcast, Media Roots Radio. You might remember my appearance on Abby’s radical journalism show Breaking the Set a few years back. Or, if not, you might just know who she is and think she’s awesome. You’re right. Abby and I discuss the problems with gay marriage from a queer perspective, as well as bigotry masquerading as new atheism. We also talk about the PEN America/Charlie Hebdo kerfuffle I was involved in a few months ago. Abby just moved to New York to start her new show, The Empire Files. When it airs, watch it.
In other podcast news, I also appeared on This Week in Blackness after Dark with host N’Jaila Rhee. We spend the 45 minutes or so talking about the recent federal raid on the offices male escort service, Rentboy. We also discuss all the issues of intersectionality (male privilege, homophobia, class issues, etc.) this raid raises. Lots to chew on.
My series of sexual health videos for the LGBT Center in West Hollywood, produced by WeHo Life, are now out.
In the first video, I talk about cleaning yourself out in preparation for sex. For some reason they wanted me to film that video in a public park, so, enjoy my frank public discussion of a generally private act.
Meaning, I discuss it with him. Not, like, how to create a sex positive community with James himself. Although, okay, sure, if he lives in your neighborhood, you might want to.
I loved shooting these videos because they allowed me to talk about sex and be goofy at the same time. But not like “tee-hee, OMG it’s SEX” goofy, just like, “look, like is silly and we do this silly thing called sex when we’re alive.”
Also, they did a little opening credits animation thing where I’m the Superman of sex. I like being a superhero.