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. Impact Play 101 was slated for May but will have to wait due to Covid-19! In the meantime, RCSGD staff and I put together the online Kink and Consent Panel in April., featuring 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.
Junesaw me complete the first year of my PhD program, finishing with straight As. My work on BDSM and alternative sexualities continues this summer. The International Federation of Theatre Research's annual conference, at which I was slated to present a paper with the Queer Futures Working Group, is postponed until 2021. However, I received a MRCI Minigrant to study the effects of Covid-19 on BDSM communities, and have been pursuing that research all summer.
August brings the completion of my Intimacy Coordination training with the Intimacy Professionals Association! Intimacy Coordinators (for film and television) and Intimacy Directors (for theatre) help enable the performance of simulated sex and nudity while supporting a safe working environment for actors and crew. Check out my new website here! Connecting with likeminded scholars is always a goal. If you research kink and BDSM, please reach out using the Contact page!