Archive for March, 2009

Book Review: Intersex

March 31st, 2009 at 10:17 am

Intersex by Thea Hillman This reviewed was originally posted on Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 starsThea Hillman’s book is thoroughly beautiful, written in a way that makes you feel like you’re her one and only confidant, not just a reader. The book is structured as a series of short essays, some of which are obviously […]

Building Networks of Support, or: My Own Private Alumni Association

March 30th, 2009 at 10:16 am

(Role Models, Part 2) Over the past month, I have had several experiences that have made my brain churn around the issues of movement-making, support, and community. When I went to the International Sex Worker Rights Day potluck dinner, I arrived a little late with my new pal and recent transplant to the East Coast, […]

Getting Fangirly on Activist Filmmakers

March 28th, 2009 at 3:20 am

I’m in syllabus brainstorming mode. Starting in late May I’ll be teaching my third semester of a Human Sexuality lecture course at Rutgers University in Newark. So: that’s Professor Ray to you. The summer session is 6 weeks long, 12 classes, each 3 hours long, and I’m planning on including a bunch of films, plus […]

Book Review: Mutants

March 28th, 2009 at 2:13 am

Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi This review was originally posted on Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 starsI’m not a dumb lady. But science hasn’t really ever been my thing (which is why it’s funny that I teach my human sexuality course in a biology department). I’ve been wanting […]

Grown Up Feisty and Amazing (Role Models, Part 1)

March 25th, 2009 at 3:20 am

Left to right: Cory Silverberg, Melissa Gira, CJ Turett, Heather Corinna, Audacia Ray, Mark Price So. I’m at the tail end of six days in San Francisco, most of which have been spent working. My work is in that delicious and amazing place where I’m not sure when I’m working and when I’m not (well, […]

Sexual Rights Online and IRL: The International Scene

March 23rd, 2009 at 10:12 am

I’ve been spending Sunday and Monday in San Francisco at the second annual Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, which attracts non-profit, advocacy, youth rights, reproductive health and tech folks from all over the place. This year I gave a talk about the online work that IWHC is doing and supporting to foster sexuality rights […]

Links and Learning: Sex Worker Rights and Youth Organizing

March 20th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

At the end of February, the International Women’s Health Coalition did an Advocacy in Practice training for fourteen youth sexual rights activists from around the world, in which we gave them tools and strategies to lobby at the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women (watch a video of three assessments of […]

Sex::Tech, Prevention Technologies, and San Francisco

March 19th, 2009 at 10:30 am

I’m going to be in San Francisco for just shy of a week starting tonight! (yay for last minute madness). I’m in town for business though I will be doing a little bit of socializing too. On Sunday and Monday I’ll be attending the second annual Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference. I’m presenting a […]

Female Condoms: Demand and Distribution (Video)

March 12th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

This is cross-posted from Akimbo, the International Women’s Health Coalition blog, where I’ve been blogging (and videoing) up a storm. Here in the United States, female condoms have kind of gotten a bad rap: They are not readily available in many places. They cost up to $4 each. They squeak. They look like plastic bags. […]

Video from Kink For All

March 10th, 2009 at 2:30 am

I only shot video of two of the presentations at Kink for All on Sunday, but they’re interesting ones, and very representative of what kind of things were happening at the event. Maymay on Gender, Technology, and the Idea Behind Kink for All from Audacia Ray on Vimeo. Cindy and Justen of Poly NYC Speak […]