Each week this summer, I’ll be posting short essays on sexual thinkers (read the introduction to the series here) who have changed my perspective on sex, and who, I believe, could be instrumental in helping us remake Western sexual culture. It will include some bits about my own life, some history, and some controversial claims. Last week was a tour through the sexual utopia of Charles Fourier. The series also appears on RealitySandwich.com.
How To Fight Sexual Shame: Amber Hollibaugh, Edward Carpenter, and the Strength of Vulnerability
“Wherever you have a secret, that is where you are vulnerable.”
– Amber Hollibaugh (1946-present)
A story about shame.
My first two years of college were spent in a Western Pennsylvania town, huddled in the woods. “It’s near Pittsburgh,” I’d say, though the truth was, it wasn’t near anything; Pittsburgh was an hour and a half…
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