I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing episode 4 of Sharp Pointy Objects: Sex Work, A Converation, turned out to be. Acr0nym finished the final edits and posted it late Sunday night and, listening to its final version gave me such a thrill of pride.
Just in case you are new here, Sharp Pointy Objects is the podcast I created with Acr0nym. We've only, clearly, released 4 episodes but, based on the 4 we've released, it should be obvious that the premise of the podcast is to tell stories. Stories of humanity, bravery, the human condition, adversity, sexuality, relevant political/social/religious issues, and any other number of fascinating things.
I am especially proud of the three women who joined me to talk about particularly taboo topics, who were candid, blunt, and hysterically funny as they shared what life in The Life is like. To say I love each one of them is an understatement.
Listening to the final cut, I began to ask myself questions about what other listeners might think and feel - listeners who hadn't had their minds opened to all the possibilities of sex and sexual pleasure and sexual deviance. What boundaries did we push up against? What questions did we raise? Were there things that were unclear? Did we talk about subjects that were uncomfortable? Abhorrent? Scary?
I have very little bias when it comes to the freedom of sexual expression.
Make no mistake. I do have biases. I wouldn't be human if I didn't. I just...I don't think about sex as something to get uptight about.
And yet, I also acknowledge there are many who do get uptight when confronted by acts that are confusing, uncomfortable, scary. I understand that there are people who have bias toward sexual deviance because it most decidedly does not float their boat and it's weird to think of the people whose boats are afloat by certain proclivities, like, say, electricity, being your neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
The people who are turned on by the same stuff you might find terrifying though aren't bad people. They aren't scary people. They aren't likely to rape and pillage your daughters. They're just people who like Rocky Road ice cream over vanilla. And that has nothing to do with you or your spouse or your children. It shouldn't concern you or threaten you or threaten your existence.
It just is.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this if you listened. Did we cross any lines for you? Were you uncomfortable? Did you have questions you were afraid to ask (if so, you know how to find me and I can promise I'll answer any question you might have as honestly and as respectfully as possible)? Did you pass judgment? On me or anyone on our panel? If so, why? Comment respectfully. I'll answer in kind.
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