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Wrapping it Up… Summer 2014

su14 from the loners 5440The 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.

 “…same DNA…”


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Speakers: Barak and Sheba (July 17, 2014 10:30-11:55 am)

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.

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Speakers: PolyColumbus Panel (July 1, 2014 @ 10:30 am)

Poly Columbus art courtesy of:

Poly Columbus art courtesy of:

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)

*For additional information, about purposeful non-monogamy,  I recommend a visit to Looking Through.Us
looking through* Interested in the weekend-long polyamory summit right here in Columbus?
beyond the love
Visit that website ( ) for complete info.

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Speaker: Tara McBride (Today, on the OSU Campus)

Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Attorney Tara McBride

Yes, for previous students… this is the same Tara (she got married!) 

In lieu of cards, flowers, or housewares… I think she’d be happy with a nice set of matching motorcycles (wink). All joking aside…

Tara McBride will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Room 143) today, Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:55 am. 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. We have ample room in this venue for guests as well.

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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HDFS 5440 (Human Sexuality in Context) for Summer 2014

ImageHello. I am Anita.

Welcome to the summer session of HDFS 5440. If you are reading this, you likely received a link in an email. Don’t be afraid… this little blog won’t hurt a bit. The course won’t hurt, either. We are simply going to explore some topics that aren’t often discussed in college classrooms.

I wanted to take this opportunity to give you some of the information MOST of you want to have right now. The rest will all become crystal clear when we meet for our first class on June 17th (That’s Tuesday!)

Here you go:

  • You do not need to buy a textbook for this course. All readings will be provided to you.
  • There are quizzes. They are open “book” (open reading)
  • There are no midterms and there is no final exam.
  • Yes, you will write (It’s a level 3 writing course)
  • Attendance in this course counts for half (Yes, as in 50%) of your grade. While there is ample extra credit available, my attendance policy is strict (no, i don’t take doctors’ notes or obituaries or notes from your legal guardian).  If you are a person who is prone to absences? You should drop this course. Having said that? Most people actually enjoy attendance,  so give it a shot. It won’t kill you to come to class.
  • We are going to talk about sex. Lots and lots of talk… about lots and lots of sex. That’s why “Sexuality” is in the title of the class. We didn’t call it that just to drum up enrollment. Come with an open mind and mature sensibilities, please.

If you have paperwork from ODS, the military, or an athletic department… please bring it to class on our first day. this 7 week semester will whiz by. We don’t want to get behind on paperwork.

I will see all of you in Campbell Hall, Room 143 on Tuesday, June 17 @ 10:05 AM.

We may get out a wee bit early on the first day of class, but we WILL be doing work during day one – it’s the nature of the beast – completely necessary in a shortened semester.


Some of you may have been conceived to this song (ewwww, right?) but let’s start thinking about sex, shall we? We’ll start talking about sex (baby) next week.

Let’s talk about sex, baby (by Salt-N-Pepa)

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Welcome to Summer 2014

Neil Avenue Garage Rail (Photo by Anita Parker, Spring 2014)

Neil Avenue Garage Rail (Photo by Anita Parker, Spring 2014)

For those of you who are lucky (smirk) enough to spend part of your summer with me… Welcome.

Summer Sessions are often difficult for students to manage. An entire semester is compressed into a short period of time. It is important for you to stay focused and to remember that you are getting full credit for these courses and they deserve the same amount of time and effort that you give to a regular Autumn or Spring course. Plan According, please. These summer sessions move rapidly.

In the MayMester, I will be teaching HDFS 2367 (in Baker – Room 120) and we’ll examine the issue surrounding work and family balance. Can you have it all? Do you even want it all? What struggles do people face when they juggle the responsibilities they have to their employers and to their families? What about their significant others? Do those interpersonal relationships suffer as a result? Since this is a writing level two course, there is writing, but it is largely painless… I promise.

Following the MayMester,  I will be teaching HDFS 5440. This is a writing level three course that involves conducting research about topics related to sexuality and the responses people have to taboo sexual topics. We engage with speakers who come to share their personal stories with non-normative practices related to sex and relationships. This class is challenging for some students due to content but one of my favorite classes to teach.

For all of my courses (and especially 5440), attendance is critical to success and is mandatory. If you aren’t a student who shows up for classes, I respectfully suggest that you back slowly away and drop my course now. 

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