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“Penetrate” v. “Engulf”: a note on power, sex, and words

I cross-posted this link after a conversation inspired by @Luz – food for thought! “Penetrate” v. “Engulf”: a note on power, sex, and words Posted on August 1, 2011 by Hugo Schwyzer From November 2009 Years ago, I wrote a brief post about feminism and language, but it didn’t go into very much detail. Here’s […]

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#WhyTheyStayed

#WhyIStayed and #WhyTheyStayed are posts about domestic violence and the many reasons we tell ourselves not to leave abusive partners. This is about taking back power and agency in moments of abuse. Many friends, chosen family, and tribe of all genders and orientations responded to my post on #WhyIStayed. With their permission, I am giving […]

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Changed Forever: A Thank You to Dark Odyssey

For almost a decade, I have been returning to Ramblewood to commune with tribe for various Dark Odyssey and other events. I can still vividly remember my first Dark Odyssey Summer Camp in 2008 when my excitement brought me to camp on Tuesday night leading me to sleep in my car because I was unable […]

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Try – On Being Authentic & Refuting Beauty Standards

I love Colbie Caillat – I’ve always loved her music, and her latest song, “Try” is so incredibly affirming and inspirational. Her honesty about the pressure to conform and her personal struggle to remain authentic in the heavily-produced music industry explains the genuineness of the song. I love how she is taking a stand against […]

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I Am Not a BBW

Dear Internet: I am not a BBW. I am not a fetish. I am a beautiful PERSON. I’m not something to ogle because of my soft curves, round hips, and “Buddha belly”. As someone who has struggled with body image issues and ED for more than 15 years, not only do I find it insulting […]

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Sex, Language, & Power

I found this during my musings of the internet and felt the need to share this… because it’s important. Please see the original post for additional information! From “Reforging Relationships: intimacy without violence” by David Frazee and Suzanne O’Brien from the Stanford Rape Education Project found here: Rape Language “I’m not aware of any common English […]

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Responding to Inappropriate Behavior

I am sharing this in hopes that it will help others – young or mature, newbie or jaded old-guard – to form words, learn courage, and take precautions to safeguard themselves from bullshit like this. As some of you know, I joined someone for music, drinks, and dancing at the McKittrick Hotel after Pleasure Salon […]

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9 Mistakes Every Man Makes When It Comes To Women (by Chelsea Fagan)

As much as I hate gender stereotyping, some of these struck me as dead-on…. So, perhaps you guys should read these just in case? 9 Mistakes Every Man Makes When It Comes To Women SEP. 9, 2013 By CHELSEA FAGAN on Thought Catalog 1. Assuming that her sexuality is for male consumption. Whether it’s the […]

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Evolving Identities and Labels

Geek, Goth, Kinky, Poly, Pagan, Queer, Sex Worker, Trans* Each transgression from the norm has led me to where I am today. Being on the fringe has helped me to become self-aware and strong. A source of power and pain, being All and None has gifted me with an enormous capacity for empathy, compassion, and […]

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Help me give the finger to anti-masturbation shame & spread the love to charity!

On June 23, 2013, Dark Odyssey Fusion is hosting a Masturbate-A-Thon to fight sexual shame and raise money for the Center for Sex & Culture and National Coalition for Sexual Freedom! Yes, that’s right – I’m going to MASTURBATE for a good cause! Frankly, it seems only fitting that I join the battle against sexual negativity, […]

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