Archive for March, 2015

Speakers: PolyColumbus Panel (April 21, 2015 at 11:10 am)

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Representatives from PolyColumbus will visit my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm. PolyColumbus is a growing non-profit organization that provides a safe place for those who are purposefully non-monogamous to learn, share, and build community.

After a brief introduction by the panel, there will be an informative Question&Answer period for students.

If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come. But it’s standing room only… you may need to grab a square of carpet. If you wish to bring a friend? Same thing applies. Make certain to tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain.

This IS an extra credit opportunity for students in my 2367 class.

THEIR MISSION (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.

INSTRUCTOR NOTES:

*If you – or someone you know – is interested in this group, more information is available on their website (links above throughout) or here if you would prefer to copy and paste:http://www.polycolumbus.org

*For additional information, about purposeful non-monogamy,  I recommend a visit to Looking Through.Us
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Speaker: Tara McBride on March 12, 2015 @ 11:10 am

Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Tara McBride will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm. Tara is a local attorney who graciously offers her time to my students. Active in the local LGBT community, Tara is a tireless activist supporting equal rights for all people. Her brief presentation is followed by an informative Question&Answer period. Previous students have described her visit as life changing… and that echoes my sentiments.  She is amazing.

If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come. But it’s standing room only… you may need to grab a square of carpet. If you wish to bring a friend? Same thing applies. Make certain to tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain.

This IS an extra credit opportunity for students in my 2367 class.

More about Tara:  In 1987, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, Tara worked as a nuclear engineer for over a decade. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. In 1999, she partially completed a MBA degree, at the College of William and Mary, before relocating to Columbus. In 2005, Tara graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude, passed the Ohio Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Following graduation from law school, she has served as General Counsel / Contracts Manager for a mid-sized, construction-industry company, in Lexington, KY. In 2008, she relocated back to Columbus, in order to start her own law practice. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic/family law, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender law, contract law, construction law, and civil litigation. Tara is an active public speaker on LGBT-related issues; she has spoken numerous times at The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Law School, Capital University Law School, Dennison University, Ohio Northern University, Transylvania University, Columbus Alternative High School, the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the LGBT Subcommittee of the Columbus Bar Association. She has been a presenter at the TransOhio Annual Transgender and Ally Symposium (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). She has also spoken on LGBT issues at the 2010 Ohio Diversity and Leadership Conference, the 2011 Equality Ohio CAUSE Conference at Columbus State Community College, before the Columbus Community Relations Commission, and the Columbus Police Academy.

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Speakers: “Power Exchange” with Ms. Brenda&arcane and Kevin&katie (March 10, 2015)

We had the pleasure of hosting two power exchange couples in this week’s HDFS 5440 (Human Sexuality) classroom.  The couples spoke about their relationships (both use the “Master” and “slave” titles and capitalization conventions in their bios below will reflect that).

During their visit, students learned about a variety of ways in which people live power exchange relationships and had an opportunity to answer questions and receive candid responses.

The visit was informative and appreciated. We look forward to hearing more from both couples and wish Ms. Brenda and arcane luck in their upcoming competition.

If some terminology is unfamiliar, please visit the NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) for the Glossary of BDSM they provide.

NOTE: This presentation was about consensual relationships and should not be confused with domestic violence or sexual abuse. If you need -or someone you know needs- help due to a non-consensual relationship, please contact local authorities or a reputable organization such as the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) at  1-(800) 656.HOPE

If you wish to contact these speakers  please contact Anita Parker. I would be happy to forward your information to them.


 Ms. Brenda and arcane

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Ms. Brenda and arcane are a 24/7 power exchange couple.

She was born and raised in Florida, where she was a professional wrestler, and worked in retail management.  She moved to Ohio in 1996, with her late husband, where they helped start a local munch and educational group.

arcane is a retired massage therapist.  He relocated from Texas to Ohio, in 1997 to marry his late Mistress. She encouraged him to make floggers as a career, which keeps him busy vending and presenting at events all across the country.

They all met through the munch group and both couples became good friends.  After losing their spouses, Ms. Brenda and arcane began dating and were married, complete with collaring ceremony in Feb 2013.

Currently serving as Great Lakes Master/ slave,  they take pride in carrying the titles as education and understanding of the Master/slave dynamic is very important to them.

Kevin and katie

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Photo taken at MudHero (http://www.mudhero.com)

Kevin and katie are married, and have enjoyed a M/s relationship for 12 years. They have maintained a loving 24/7 TPE (Total Power Exchange) relationship while surviving raising teenagers, full time employment, a total-loss house fire, correcting huge debt, home renovations, and Alberta winters. Their presentations are a rollicking mix of humor and honesty – like any good scene, you might not be sure whether it feels good, or you should cry.

Kevin has clinical experience watching what makes couples succeed and what causes them to fail. Through moderating Power Exchange discussion groups together, they have heard the real struggles faced by real couples. Their mission is to help people create, maintain and optimize their relationships. They hope to encourage individuals and relationships to grow through proper focus on goals and priorities.

Actual workshop attendees say: “Your workshops were a breath of fresh air and the first meaningful TPE workshops to offer a practical strategic framework as well as some tactical behaviours to underpin it. They were also entertaining without being content-free.” and “Their presentations are so good, I skipped Bow Chicka Wow Wow for one.”

Kevin and katie present at Leather, Power Exchange, and Kink events in both the US and Canada.

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Local Event/ Documentary: The Homestretch

homestretchOpen to the Public

This Event DOES count as extra credit for my HDFS 2367 (Reflection Assignment)

Time: Thursday, March 12, 2015 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Location: Alonso Family Room in the Student Life Multicultural Center

The Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors Community Cinema in collaboration with PBS and Independent Lens.  Community Cinema features screenings of documentaries open to all students, staff, faculty and community members. Community Cinema focuses on bringing together organizations, students and community members to learn, dialogue and get involved in key social issues of our time.

Join us as we watch and discuss The Homestretch. Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from the trauma of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

This event also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate (SJE OR H&A) so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don’t already have one.

Contact for info: Jaz Mickey mickey.27@osu.edu

From Website: http://mcc.osu.edu/events.aspx/2015/3/12/39734/community-cinema-presents-the-homestretch-dice-?d=8

 

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Local Event: The Ancient Woman Photography Display

Open to the General Public

This event does NOT count as extra credit for any of my courses. The information is provide to you because the event may be of interest to you personally or for another course.

Time: Monday, March 02, 2015 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: Multicultural Center, Alonso Family Room

Admission: Free

Join us for an opening reception of this photography display by OSU Alumnus, Abby Walters. This is a photo display dedicated to the Ancient Woman. She is the woman who unifies others’ struggles to bind strength. She is a healer and the secret power behind life. The Ancient Woman rests within us all, but only a few choose to awaken her. The brave women being feature in this exhibit are wide awake and fully activated. This dispaly will live in The Ohio Union Great Hall throughout Women’s History Month.

This event also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate (H&A) so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don’t already have one.

Contact Info: Makia Kambon  kambon.3@osu.edu  614-688-8449

From Website: http://mcc.osu.edu/events.aspx/2015/3/2/43452/the-ancient-woman-photography-display-dice-?d=8

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