Archive for March, 2018

Speakers: SEXUALITY and BODY POSITIVITY with The Big Girl Burlesque (March 29, 2018 @ 11:10 am)

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Representatives from The Big Girl Burlesque will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) on Thursday, March 29th from from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm.

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, so you may need to grab a square of carpet. If you wish to bring a friend? The same thing applies. Make certain they are adults and tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain. Note: guests should not ask questions of speakers unless “paying” students have exhausted all of their inquiries.

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The Big Girl Burlesque is a troupe of like-minded women who believe that size has nothing to do with sexy! They own their curves and love their bodies. They invite you to come see what a body positive burlesque experience can be!  Empowered and exciting, the troupe invites you to come out to see them at their monthly shows.

For more info on where you can find them, follow the Big Girls on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/biggirlburlesque
Twitter: Big_Girl_BurlyQ
BigGirlBurlesque.com

 

Psst… They have an upcoming show (April 6th, 2018) at Club Voodoos here in Columbus

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bgb3Coursework/Readings:

In addition to normal class readings that prepare students for topics on sexuality and how people express it, students were asked to read David Owen’s “Neo-Burlesque and the Resurgence of Roller Derby: Empowerment, Play, and Community.”

Abstract (from author): In both neo-burlesque and roller derby, there is a two-way communication between the audience (both male and female) and the performers/athletes that celebrates what the women (and sometimes men) on stage and on the track are doing. Using interviews with several burlesque performers and derby players, I demonstrate that there is a sense of community at both events between performers and audience, and that the art form of burlesque is not about monetary gain or exclusively for the pleasure of men. The burlesque performer is continually in communication with the audience through eye contact, performer-initiated physical contact, and invited audible response. I draw a parallel to roller derby as another outlet for women to express themselves outside of a traditional patriarchal frame for an audience of both women and men, paying particular attention to the acceptance of a wide range of body types, the creation of community, and a celebration of strength and skill not usually associated with women.


 

Students are encouraged to visit Leonard (Yes, Spock!) Nimoy’s FULL BODY PROJECT  featuring full bodied models in a variety of clothed and naked poses.

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Leonard Nimoy (From the Full Body Project)


Many of the images I’ve used for the BGB in the past (and some currently as well) were captured by the talented lens of Lightning Images.


Supplemental Videos/Links:

A more common media portrayal of burlesque (Cher’s Welcome to Burlesque from the film: Burlesque)


Due to their age, the following videos are all in the public domain and are available at ARCHIVE.ORG

A vintage video clip from the 1930’s featuring Sally Rand:

https://archive.org/details/Stripper-DancerSallyRand

Undated, The performer known as Kalantan:

https://archive.org/details/Stripper-DancerKalantan

A 1940’s era burlesque performer:

https://archive.org/details/1940sWartimeStripper


 

 

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Speakers: BondageNexus & Juniper (March 20, 2019)

BondageNexus and Juniper will visit my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) Today (March 20th) from from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm. to discuss Bondage and stereotypes surrounding it.

After a brief introduction, Bondage Nexus and Juniper will demonstrate some basic ties and discuss suspension. No sex acts will take place during this class (of course) but students do have the option of sitting out the class (and completing a makeup assignment) if they believe it will be triggering. There will be an informative Question&Answer period for students throughout and following the demonstration.

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 comfortable (?) spot on the floor.


Bondage Nexus

BondageNexus has enjoyed incorporating rope bondage into his sex life since puberty. In the last ten years he has done bondage in the public kink scene mostly as an outreach to folks who are new to kink in hopes that they can be more comfortable in their love of bondage. If you’ve been to Trauma here in Columbus, you may have already caught one of his performances.

Information about CORG (The Central Ohio Rope Group) is available online.

Examples of a past performance at TRAUMA can be found online as well.


Juniper

Juniper is quite comfortable on the submissive side of “the slash” who lived out fantasies via fiction for years. At a Trauma party in Columbus, Ohio, she had an opportunity to be tied-up properly by an expert and found the experience amazing.  She joins our class as a “demo bottom” or “rope bunny” for Bondage Nexus. This is her first visit.


51MKk3tu-ML._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Readings:

This panel is offered to students along with academic readings on the topic (provided by their professor on Carmen) and classroom discussion.

Special attention will be given to:

  • An excerpt from Steve Lenius’ Life, Leather, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Chapter 39, Bondage: the difference between black and gray)
  • Sarah Stevens (2014) Rope Sluts, and Bottoms, and Subs, Oh My: 50 Shades of Grey and the Shifting Discourse on Female Submission in Feminist Kink Porn, The Communication Review, 17:3, 256-268,DOI: 10.1080/10714421.2014.930602   
    Abstract: To date, feminists have conflated (and continue to conflate) historical understandings of bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) as pathological and representations of BDSM in literature and popular media with the lived experiences of feminist BDSM practitioners. Feminist BDSM practitioner Madison Young’s pornographic film 50 Shades of Dylan Ryan (2012) takes the recent resurgence of the ongoing debate on women, submission, and popular literature as a starting point for reconsideration and possibility. By adapting the discourse surrounding 50 Shades of Grey, Young’s pornographic film points to the ways in which feminism also contributes to that which makes pleasure possible. Young’s film reimagines the dualities that have traditionally dominated feminist cultural critique through concepts the author calls “mediated authenticity” and “formal simultaneity.” Beginning with a brief, rigorous examination of the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon, this article analyzes Madison Young’s 50 Shades of Dylan Ryan and seeks to provide a critical intervention in feminist studies of pornography and popular culture

Pink’s “Try” has been chosen for this class meeting’s music:


 

Image: White Gauze 1984 – Robert Mapplethorpe

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“Breathe… then Push”

17098206_10103551035278631_5081244099750246530_n-1 (1)My dear friend, Bashka, shared this link with me today on facebook. It is a video drenched in pain and yet… full of hope. I share it here with students (and visitors) in hopes that it will remind all of us of the importance and urgency of life.  Breathe then Labor then Push, indeed.

Namaste,
Anita


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/209223693″>Breathe and push Sikh-American civil rights advocate Valarie Kaur s plea to …</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user24977624″>St. Ignatius Church -Baltimore</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

If you visit the video through vimeo, you can actually download it as well.

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