A flier for the RCSGD's IdentiTEA: Kink event; a picture of ItsPlay teaching "Kink 101;" A flier for the class "Rope 101."
2020 continues to be a year of change.
Working with the University of California Santa Barbara's Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD), I have created and taught content for the RCSGD's Kink Series. In January,I co-facilitated IdentiTEA: Kink, a discussion group for kinky identified LGBTQI+ folx, and January and February I taught two courses, "Kink 101" and "Rope 101." The Series was slated to continue in April and May, but all in-person classes have been canceled due to Covid-19 so "Impact Play 101" will have to wait! In the meantime, however, RCSGD staff and I put together an online event, the Kink and Consent Panel, which took place in April. The panel featured Professor Constance Penley from the Department of Film and Media Studies, PhD candidate Cierra Sorin from Sociology, and myself, speaking on the importance of consent within kink and the adult industry.
In JuneI will complete the first year of my PhD program. School has taken much of my critical energies; I continue working on BDSM and alternative sexualities for critical assignments and research papers in every course. The summer was to have seen me attend the International Federation of Theatre Research's annual conference in Galway in July, but the event is postponed until 2021. I continue to gather contacts in order to put together a research network for kink and BDSM scholars. If this is you, do reach out using the Contact page!