Archive for January, 2009

Every Sex Worker, A Human Rights Defender

January 31st, 2009 at 11:47 am

This is also cross-posted at Bound Not Gagged. That is the tagline for the first ever African sex worker-led conference, which is happening next week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here’s a little bit of information about the conference grabbed from the PDF of the conference announcement: The conference will include sex worker-only activities in order […]

Expanding the Female Condom Market

January 29th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

This is a post of mine that originally appeared at Our Bodies, Our Blog. This post is something of a preview of the kinds of stuff I’ll be writing about on the soon-to-launch International Women’s Health Coalition blog. In the pre-blog time, I’ve been posting images from our travels on our Flickr photostream, plus there’s […]

Self Aware

January 28th, 2009 at 3:22 am

I have a million jagillion things I want to blog, but haven’t mustered the energy to get into wordpress. Blogger’s lament, right? I’ve been adjusting to living by myself, which has it’s ups and downs, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. Mostly this means that I have a lot of time […]

Media Hits: Village Voice, SF Gate,

January 23rd, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Sometimes I get hit with a flurry of media attention all at once – and sometimes I understand where it’s coming from and why it’s hitting all at once. Other times I have no idea why it’s converging all at the same time. Yesterday was the latter. The virginity-for-sale madness continues, and asked my […]

Reframing Choice: Reproductive AND Sexual

January 22nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that made abortion legal in the United States. NARAL Pro-Choice America has got a Blog for Choice thing going on, and it isn’t too late to sign up and participate. This post is a part of Blog for Choice. It seems like […]

Virginity Auctions & Empowerment

January 14th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

There’s been a bit of a hullabaloo about 22 year old Natalie Dylan, who is auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder. So far she’s got an offer of $3.7 million – which is insane and also impressive. Check out this thoroughly obnoxious CNN clip in which many panties appear to be in a […]

Dacia’s International Love Machine

January 13th, 2009 at 11:02 am

This week is the Rated X Alternative Erotica Film Festival in Amsterdam, which I’m sadly not able to be present for. My comedic short Dacia’s Love Machine is screening in a program called the Dirty Mirth Collection on Saturday, and furthermore – the love machine itself is making an appearance. When the curators of Rated […]

Spring Fever: Smart Sex & Tech Gatherings in 2009

January 9th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

In the upcoming months there are going to be several really interesting sexuality, social media, and technology conferences happening around the country. These are all really well worth checking out: Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth – primarily a conference for non-profit and activist types working on sexual health issues for teens. Sponsored by the Internet […]

Collectible Items

January 2nd, 2009 at 9:52 am

Zak & Mandy in LA, July 2007 I couldn’t resist this item which just came rolling through my google alerts. A copy of Zak Smith‘s (aka porn performer Zak Sabbath) book Pictures of Girls is up on ebay – and here’s what the description says about what makes this particular copy a collectible: A “must-have” […]

Making Sense of 2008

January 1st, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I can’t really make sense of 2008, but that’s okay really. The year started off with a trip to the Adult Entertainment Expo, where I had a conversation that would turn into my stint blogging for the Village Voice at for just shy of five months. While in Vegas, I went to my first AVN […]