Today’s post is a grab bag of interesting tidbits to titillate your brain. Yes, I know I’ve promised a new Powerful Pleasures review, but jeezis, I just got off a plane from Berlin three days ago and tomorrow I’m hopping on a bus to Ottawa – to emcee a leatherdyke wedding, no less! – so my intellectual faculties have been a bit jetlagged. Plus, somewhere in there, a gal’s gotta finish her taxes, pick up some new grown-up luggage (with wheels – cuz really, I’m not getting any younger) and write the odd article or two. (On a slightly belated note, I put out a piece a couple of weeks ago about LGBTQ Health Matters Week—the event itself is past, but if you’re curious, read about it here.)
In the realm of more up-to-date articles, I really think everyone will enjoy “How Male Bisexuality Got Cool” by Rachel Kramer Bussel – but maybe that’s just because I’ve always had a thing for bi guys. And while people posing as bisexual for the sake of media attention, or trying to cash in on the erotic allure of bisexual chic, doesn’t turn me on in the slightest, the cultural analysis of any new movement in sexual politics certainly does.
While we’re talking queer couplings and North American culture, check out this opinion piece in the New York Times, which justifiably pokes fun at one of the most painful anti-same-sex-marriage endeavours I’ve ever seen on the part of the American Christian Right—an advertisement posted on YouTube that’s nothing short of ridiculous. The good news is that if this is what the bigots are stooping to, they must be running out of steam.
Oh, and if you’re into interesting YouTube videos, watch this one on slug sex. Seriously. It’s bi-sexual in the truest possible sense, and it’s beautiful.
If you’re in Ottawa this coming weekend, check out the “Inked Kenny” exhibit at La Petite Mort gallery—this is its last weekend and I’m stoked that I’m going to get the chance to see it. The featured photo on the exhibit poster is of a guy whose naked torso is tattooed with the word FAGGOT and who’s got a handgun tucked into the waistband of his jeans. Provocative, yes. Should be interesting.
Speaking of Ottawa, in the days following the aforementioned leatherdyke wedding, I’ll be teaching on Monday and Tuesday nights at Venus Envy—my 10 Rules for Happy Non-Monogamy workshop on Monday, and on Tuesday my Body Play workshop, in which I talk about the energy centres of the body and how best to engage with them for seriously sexy play. Demo bottoms for that one are most enthusiastically welcomed, so drop me a line at veryqueer3 at yahoo dot ca if you’re in town and up for it!
In the realm of other cultural happenings, Toronto’s got some fun film stuff coming up. At the upcoming HotDocs festival, the film Graphic Sexual Horror will be shown. I’m totally looking forward to it, and this NYPress article is a good explanation of why. The festival is also screening Orgasm Inc., another don’t-miss for sex geeks who are interested in the way our culture frames—and diagnoses—women’s sexuality. (Read For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English if you want some excellent background on the matter.) For a rundown of the festival’s queer content, read this article—which informed me, to my great delight, that they’ll be screening Forbidden Love, an absolutely fantastic 1992 documentary about older Canadian lesbians. It’s absolutely worth seeing, if you haven’t, and seeing again, if you have. I’m a huge fan of this film, to the point where I actually have the poster on my wall. No joke. It’s awesome. (Intriguingly, one of its filmmakers went on to direct the Canadian documentary television series entitled KINK… I will leave you to your own conclusions on that one!)
Then, of course, we have Toronto’s Inside Out queer film festival, whose program is set to launch on Friday of this week at, of all delicious places, the Bata Shoe Museum. I was fortunate enough to write a few film reviews for the festival, and if the works I saw are any indication, it’s going to be a fine ten days of filmgoing indeed, May 14-24.
And on that happy note, I bid you a good weekend. More nerdiness next week!