Archive for July, 2014
The Summer Semester is nearly over. Many students are writing papers, independent students are finishing their research and those of us on this side of the podium are testing and grading (lots of grading).
It’s always sad for me when a class ends. This semester, I had the opportunity to teach smaller classes for a nice change of pace. As we wrapped 5440, the students in one group gifted me with a flowers and a book that is still bringing a smile to my face. It is all at once political, controversial, thought-provoking, and amusing (though humor was hardly the author’s intention in writing it).
Thank you all… for a wonderful (albeit short) semester. I hope you see the beauty and promise in yourself as you strive to see it in others.
Barak & Sheba will be speaking at my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143) If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously? YES, you may come. As this is a smaller summer class, students are welcome to bring guest provided the individuals are over 18 years of age, respectful, and open minded).
Barak & Sheba are pansexual, polyamorous, married partners who reside in Columbus, Ohio; with some gigantic cats. They are Contributing Authors for Sexis Online Magazine and have written numerous short stories and essays on Polyamory, Kink, and Sacred Sexuality. Traveling around the country, they present classes for Kink, Leather, and Vanilla audiences. On the first Monday of each month, you can hear them talking about all forms of creative sexual expression on BS’ing with Barak & Sheba hosted by the Erotic Awakenings Podcast network. Together they are the founding members and owners of Adventures in Sexuality(AIS), a fun, frolicking, PanPolyBSDM/Kink group in Central Ohio. Through AIS they are Coalition members of the NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) are active supporters of The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO). They currently promote Pansexual BDSM Educational Events in Central Ohio.
In their “Intro to Kink” presentation, they introduce the audience to the Who, What, Why, Where and How of Sensation, Roleplay, Fetish, and Bondage. You are hearing about Bondage, BDSM, Kinky Sex, and many of the taboo buzzwords thrown all over, since 50 shades came out. But what does it all mean? How do people “spice” up their relationship without going overboard? In this informational class, they discuss the general avenues that make up Kink, Alt Sex, or Creative sexuality. They offer some general guidelines, and provide a PG-13 rated “show and tell” that illustrates some key points.
Representatives from PolyColumbus visited on July 1st, 2014. They spoke to my smaller summer session of HDFS 5440 on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall , Room 143).
The PolyColumbus group provides polyamorous, poly-curious, and poly-friendly individuals with an online forum for an exchange of ideas, friendship, support and community among area polyamorists. Discussions focus on polyamory and poly-related topics. PolyColumbus is not a swingers group, and the group is intended for adults 18 and over. Once a month, the group has a meeting in Columbus for those wishing to meet in real-time and in-person. PolyColumbus has recently transitioned to being a non-profit organization and I wholeheartedly support the work they do for those living purposeful, non-monogamous lives.
*If you – or someone you know – is interested in this group, more information is available at their yahoo group page (an age-restricted site)