Almost forgot! An in-depth interview I gave to FemDom magazine recently. Check out the ten juicy answers to their intriguing questions!
1. You went from an MA in English to a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. How and why did you make that leap?
I started up a BDSM group online in 1987 on Compuserve, and by 1990, was all too aware that there were no really good books for people like us, at least not in the USA. In my offline life, I was a writer and English professor so naturally I began to think about writing such a book myself. Once Different Loving was published in 1993 there was no turning back. I became too notorious for straight academia and media. So I decided to return to grad school again and embrace my destiny as a kinky sexologist.
The sponsor of an Idaho mandatory ultrasound bill, state Sen. Chuck Winder, made some highly controversial comments Monday during his closing arguments, suggesting women might falsely use rape as an excuse to obtain an abortion.
I gather Chuck Winder knows this from personal experience, because I am certain he was not relying on information, education or any facts.
Or perhaps he craved the media spotlight, bolstered by the news that, only weeks after Rush Limbaugh spat out a pound of misogynistic bile, he is being honored as one of Missouri's favorite sons. Ignoring protests from women who don't think someone who hates women should be installed as a state hero (I know! women are so picky!), the Missouri House Speaker, "argued that the Hall is 'not called the Hall of Universally Loved Missourians.'"
With that kind of logic, I'm just grateful Saddam Hussein wasn't born in Missouri.
I'm 56: at no time in my life do I remember politicians actually going after women's health issues like this, or verbally insulting ordinary women. It was one thing to go after the feminists because, well, we were going after the politicians: but this war, here and now, is not against feminists. It's against all the women of America. I don't even WANT to imagine a country run by people like Winder and Limbaugh and the dozens of other ignorant, morally bankrupt vipers who have declared an open war on American women. The implications are just too fucking frightening.
If you haven't yet seen it, I highly recommend an article that appeared in last week's Daily Kos, Sex, Witchcraft and the War on Women for a short political history of woman-hating and misogyny.
The right wing war on women is certainly no new development. Like many, if not most of the primitivist planks in the right wing cultural platform, their fear and loathing of anything sexual (outside of the act of procreation) is tied to their bond with the church. The right wing war on women has been gaining steam and media attention in recent months largely as a result of zealot majorities in many statehouses around the country who have been using their political muscle to put through an historic number of new laws that are repressive to women's sexual freedom rights. But that is simply the current incarnation of a long and glorious history of the church's (read that, men's) repression of women's (but not men's) sexual rights and practices.
Be back later today with part two of today's graphic extravaganza --comic books from the 1940s - 1970s with bondage-themed covers. I picked some sweeties for you, including /60s-70s faves like Lois Lane, Vampirella, and Dark Shadows, plus a marvelously kinky collection from the 1940s.
Meanwhile, just to whet your appetite for cartoon dames and dudes in bondage, this science fiction gem from 1952.