BlogHer '10 Speaker Spotlight -- May 25, 2010: Bringing Sex Out of the Closet

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Four years ago, at BlogHer ’06, we talked about sex and blogging in a Room of Your Own. We figure it’s time to resurrect the topic and discuss how sex (or the lack thereof) can affect your health and happiness: physically, emotionally, psychologically. We’re calling this session “Bringing Sex Out of the Closet.” Here’s the description:

Did you take sex ed in high school? Did your parents give you "the talk" when you were a kid? You're an adult now, and it's time to take matters into your own hands. (Sometimes literally!) Being a better businesswoman, partner and mother is easier when you have an emotionally healthy sex life. This session discusses how to engage the Internet to its fullest potential to meet your sexual needs. Takeaways include but are not limited to:

  • How can I safely and/or anonymously experiment with my sexual identity online?
  • Where are the best Web resources for sexual health information?
  • Can the Internet save my relationship?

Meet the speakers:

Anaiis Flox, also known as AV, writes the blog Sex and the 405, which is how she envisions what a sex section would look like in the newspaper. AV covers news and research surrounding sex, as well as the raunchier side of celebrity gossip. She also writes human interest, interviews and opinion pieces about passion, sex, desire and society. AV is also the Love & Sex Contributing Editor on

Genia Stevens produces and hosts an online lesbian and gay talk radio program called SistersTalk, and keeps a blog of the same name. She hosts a weekly show with her partner, where they openly discuss sex, love, relationships, dating, news and politics.

Kristen Chase writes a sex advice column, The Mominatrix, where she shares her no holds barred opinions about how parents can relight that fire. She recently published a book, which carries the same name as her column, and hosts a “quickie” weekly podcast on BlogTalkRadio, called Morning Sex.

Tess Danesi explores BDSM (that’s a type of sexual roleplay: bondage and discipline, sadism and masochism), blogging about pain and pleasure. She is a published author, reviews sex toys online and teaches various sexuality workshops.

Twanna Hines, also known as Funky Brown Chick, is a sex, dating and relationships writer based in New York City. For the past five years, she’s been playfully telling all and talking straight about her exploits and about love and sex, as well as giving advice on intimacy and sex blogging.

Now’s not the time to be shy! This session is a safe place to ask your questions, or to share your own stories about sex and the Internet. Have you ever explored your sexual identity online, be it through search engines or your own writing? Are you wondering whether an emotionally healthy sex life will really improve your life? Have you already tested those waters, and discovered that…nothing was different? Did your explorations permanently change you? If you’re looking for a rousing discussion, we’d love for you to join the conversation.

About the Speaker Spotlight Series: BlogHer is excited about our upcoming conferences this summer (yes, conferences, plural: BlogHer Business '10, White House Project Workshop and BlogHer '10 will all be taking place under one roof in New York City this August). Though we may still be a few months away, we figure it's never too early to begin introducing you to our speakers. Over the next many weeks, I'll randomly select a panel or two to highlight each Tuesday. Though the panels are randomly selected, our speakers are not -- we take great care in researching, considering and inviting speakers for each conference, with a special focus on featuring new and diverse voices. We hope you’ll learn a lot, think a lot and jump into lively conversations with these speakers!

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