also, this is probably as good a time as any to start talking about:
[BAD IN BED]
So, my idea is for this zine thing called Bad in Bed that explores the similarities/connections between sexual needs and access needs. Or writes about sex as a series of access needs.
Basically I’ve always been really interested in writing/talking about what different people want or need sexually or what sex is to them. Being gay is probably the most acknowledged different sexual need, but there are various other things that isolate, constrict, and/or stigmatize people sexually, like being graysexual or asexual, being stone, being into power exchange, having fetishes…basically anything where sex means something different to you, or you need something different, or you don’t want to or can’t do something that is seen by other people as being part of sex.
(It probably seems weird that I am talking about asexual people as people who have different sexual needs instead of none, but it is really a failure of language in my part that I am using the word sex, because what I mean to talk about is a particular kind of connection that I can’t name or define. There are definitely situations where one person doesn’t want to “have sex” but their lack of interest in doing that leads to losing something that they actually do want which seems to be tied up in “having sex.”)
Anyway, even though I think that these differences between people and their needs are super interesting, I often feel like it’s not really seen that way because there is Real Sex and then there’s the rest of us and maybe what we need (or don’t need) is just a problem. I think it’s really similar to the reasons disability exists, because individual needs become invisible unless they are unusual—no one actually needs anything except one person, who has a “fetish,” is probably reacting to a traumatic experience (therefore isn’t real?), and so on.
Don’t know if this is a very good explanation, but Bad in Bed would be an interview zine which would obviously be anonymous, and would basically be about people talking about what they need sex/closeness to be, times when there has been a mismatch between what they needed and what someone else needed or wanted them to need, and/or how this relates to disability if they are disabled. Signal boost if you think this sounds interesting or if you are interested yourself, email me (awf.vivian at gmail).
Re: Riot Conversation Series
About a month ago, I think I posted a link to the Riot Conversation Series. The Riot is a disability Zine on the subject of self advocacy. (It is housed in the Human Services Research Institute.)
The conversation series has its issues, such as a $30/line cost for each call (which I find absurd). One of the other issues we noticed is that they didn’t have captioning. Which, for a disability thing in particular, is all manner of “what???”
While it still costs money, there is one improvement. They will be offering CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services for the rest of the calls, As well as providing via web the questions written down on power point. So, yay?
(Slightly Off Topic, You can find local CART providers via the Nation Court Reporters Association [NCRA] Listing for CART Providers. Court Reporting uses similar skills- stenography- and NCRA offers Certifications for CART as well.)
Edman’s post on the alt tags and Billie Rain’s PDF on Fragrance free
Are now linked to on my accessibility page. :)