Archive for October, 2014
Representatives from PolyColumbus will visit my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143) on November 13, 2014. from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm. If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a square of carpet.
FROM THEIR WEBSITE: PolyColumbus empowers individuals that either self-identify as polyamorous, open, or ethically non-monogamous, or are exploring such possibilities. We build community to provide a safe and inclusive place to not only be ourselves, but also meet like-minded individuals from all backgrounds. We advocate for the equal treatment of the ethically non-monogamous under law, and for broader societal acceptance of the same. We serve organizations with similar goals by documenting best practices and creating other resources for successfully running such an organization. Finally, we educate each other, allied organizations, and the broader community on what it means to be ethically non-monogamous.
*If you – or someone you know – is interested in this group, more information is available on their website: http://www.polycolumbus.org
Interested in some tidbits of Halloween Info? Check out the History Channel Video: Bet You Didn’t Know About Halloween
Heading out to shop for Halloween costumes? Enjoy…
Barak & Sheba will be speaking at my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143) on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm. If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a square of carpet.
This panel is offered to students along with readings:
- “Double crap!” abuse and harmed identity in Fifty Shades of Grey. (Bonomi, et al)
- Steve Lenius Articles from Life, Leather, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Bondage: The difference between black and gray, and Christian BDSM)
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.
Yes, students… my bias is showing 😉
Surprisingly, your instructor and Glenn Beck agree on something… it’s a good message.
Special thanks to my facebook friend that shared it with me.
Nick Wolak – along with artists from his local enterprises – will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Room 143) on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm. If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a square of carpet.
This panel is offered to students along with a reading based on the research of Rivardo & Keelan* which examined correlations between body modifications (i.e., tattoos and piercings), sexual activity, and religious practices and beliefs.
From his Website:
Nick Wolak is the proud parent of two amazing children – Lennox Jahi and Ayala Itzel. He and his wonderful partner, Jennifer have dedicated their years together to balancing the endless tasks and joys of parenthood, academia, yoga/judo, body modification, meditation and traveling.
Nick has been in the industry since 1995 at Dos Gavachos Y Un Chilango Tattoos in Acapulco, Mexico. He has traveled to more than thirty countries where he has visited studios, done guest spots, and taken part in body modification rituals & ceremonies.
Nick completed his Masters degree at the Ohio State University in Somatic and Cultural Studies in 2002. His final project, “Somatic Piercing: The Art and Ritual of Body Piercing” portrays his experiences in body rituals as well as illuminates other piercers’ views on the matter.
Instructor Note: Here are just a few of the things that keep Nick creatively connected to the Columbus community (and beyond):
Image of Nick Wolak found on Pinteret: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/02/5b/e5/025be55fb4953b522783b18e3dae24e2.jpg
* Students read the 2010 Article: Body modifications, sexual activity, and religious practices
This is one of those warm and fuzzy moments from yours truly. It has nothing to do with our classes – except perhaps – that it reminds us that we need one another.
Enjoy this fantastic fanciful collaboration of old and new artists (covering the Beach Boy’s 1966 classic – released the year before your instructor was born)
Yes… it is a commercial and my students know how much I despise most commercials.
We talk about families in 2367 and issues surrounding LGBTQ&A struggles and realities in 5440, so this commercial struck a chord with me. I make no bones about my liberal beliefs in my class (and outside of it) and this is in no way designed to convince or persuade. You decide, but I recommend viewing this… regardless of your own viewpoint.
To me? This glimpse into the beginnings of this family offers proof positive that love knows no color, no gender, no orientation, and no bounds… and that basic human dignity is owed all of us and having place is a right that we all hold.
This commercial (along with several others) is the brainchild of Cheerios and their “Cheerios Effect” campaign. It is being released on air in Canada and online elsewhere.