It's an average Thursday night at American University. I'm the only fully straight (and fully sober) person in this room, I hear Lady Gaga blasting from a few rooms down, and I'm blogging about sex.
Blogging about sex, like sex itself, is dependent on interaction with other people. They both hinge almost entirely on open communication, and without the ability to communicate, you're not gonna write a good post (or have a good sex life). My feelings about blogging about sex relate to my feelings of sex in general – the contradictions regarding consent and privacy, emotion and openness, that are inherent in communicating such personal things, possibly some of the most personal things, to other people. Sex is THE most socially constructed element of society, and we put a massive emphasis on its privacy, which is why we don't see more people openly fucking in the streets.
Destroying rape culture and promoting openness and consent is a worthy fight that can be done on a grassroots level, by speaking out, telling personal stories and behaving with respect in all sexual interactions. As a straight feminist cisgender man, I want to be able to use my personal life to help the cause. I believe in open sexuality, nonmonogamy, and communication at all times – I don't identify as queer, or polyamorous, or most sex labels, mostly because I don't want to leech onto a label to define myself or my sexuality.
But how could I write on a blog, about consent of all things, personal details about MY sex life, which of course involve other people? That I'd share without their knowledge or consent? Or course I won't use their names, but a hookup is (or should be) built on a foundation of trust and communication. Part of that is the assumption (and hope) that one party won't share private details with everyone they know or go bragging to a vast amount of people – which is essentially what I would be doing by sharing it here. Outside of writing on a blog, in my real life, I want to be open with the people around me – especially the ones I'm sleeping with.
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How can I talk about my sexual experiences and not cross the line?
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