I highly recommend that you check out the interview with Carol Queen that we’ve just put up at Sex in the Public Square. Carol is one of the most fascinating, intellectually alive people I’ve ever known, and although this interview was done in 2005, it’s an excellent look at her ideas and her history and if you haven’t read her already, it gives you a sense of her voice. Props to Sabrina Chapadjiev, who conducted the interview and published it originally in her ‘zine Cliterati. Below is a short excerpt from the interview to whet your appetite:
Anthony Kennerson has gotten Sex in the Public Square’s weeklong forum on Sex Work, Trafficking and Human Rights off to a great start with a long, thoughtful post about men who patronize sex workers, whether through hiring prostitutes or looking at porn. I can see some people seeing it as an attempt to hijack the issues of sex workers and turn it into concern for the privileged, but I think that this is a very important issue to think about in terms of its effects on the welfare of the workers themselves as well as their clients.
I posted before about the panel that Elizabeth Wood, my co-conspirator in Sex in the Public Square, and I are trying to organize a panel on the â€œPink Ghettoâ€ at SXSW in Austin this year. It’s about how we’re required to keep our sexualities walled off from all the other aspects of our lives — to speak publicly about what we do sexually beyond a leer or sly hints is considered a massive breach of manners and professionalism. At best, it can make your friends uncomfortable. At worst, it can get your ass fired — or never hired at all.
To get the go-ahead for the panel, we have to get it voted in, via SXSW’s online panel picker. Voting endeth tomorrow, September 21, at 11:59 pm. Please help us out by going to the site and doing some last-minute voting. And check out the other panels that I make note of in my original post, even if you’re not going.