Arts minister demands Festival of Dangerous Ideas cancel bestiality talk by British historian Joanna Bourke via Guardian Australia.

Hi all,

I am a hypocrite.

And maybe we all are to a point?

One thing though that rings loud & clear to me is free speech, no matter how it hurts or what the cost, people need to be allowed to speak openly about any & all topics.

And that’s why I think that this talk at the link below should go ahead at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney.

The NSW Arts Minister needs to get out of the way on this IMHO.

For the record, I know zero about this woman, but I am interested to know more no matter her view on this subject so that’s what I am going to do after I post this blog.


But before I do, I will admit to watching this type of pornography a few times over the last 10 or so years. Tumblr, before they went all family friendly had channels of it and in my travels on that site many moons ago I found it in due course.

And yes, some of it did arouse me but it never stuck as something I would actively pursue. It was just another waypoint on my road of sexual discovery and I am glad I found it and was able to form an opinion on it that stands to this day.

So yes, it will be interesting to read Joanna’s take and see if my opinion is valid all these years later or whether I need to revisit my position on it.

Anyway, I hope you also click through and read up on her and form your own opinion, for or against.

And then I also hope that you will have the courage to discuss that opinion with those closest so we can one day pull back the curtain on this divisive & taboo subject which is what the simple act of conversation does best.

When enough of us understand a particular subject or issue it gives politicians real mandates to act in our collective interest rather than locking subjects away just as the Minister above is trying to do in this case.

Get out of the way bud.



Demi Lovato exposes that legal sex doesn’t mean ethical sex by Lisa Martens, via Medium.

Hi all,

Another great Medium writer killing it.

And yes, I understand in assuming you can make an ass of yourself but I am going out on a limb with this (gut-feel style) to say I strongly feel that this issue is brushed under the carpet way to much.

A wonderful Australian woman by the name of Grace Tame has done her level best over the past 3+ years to drag this subject out into the sunlight but in the finest traditions of “the patriarchy rules – ok!”, very little has changed. She is playing the long game though and I know she will looked back on as one of the big movers & shakers in regards to many layers of our sexual gumbo that very much need to be made edible in order to obtain genuine gender balance.

You can read more about Grace and her struggle here.

Another young Australian woman who is really impressing me in this space is Chanel Contos. Chanel is also kicking against the pricks on consent and making some ground especially in the young adult space, which is the only sensible place to start the conversation IMHO.

Take note of these two names as they in concert with many others will help Australia lead the pack in these areas of human sexuality.

Anyhoo, here’s Lisa’s post at the link below. Please click through if this subject interests you. I will contend that you won’t be disappointed. She writes very well and is one of many writers on Medium that I really enjoy.

And I hope you, like I have, see the many layers of genius present within Medium. It really is a fantastic mish-mash of amazing writing on just about any subject you can think of.



Jeff Buckley – Kick Out The Jams (Live)

I Had an Ex-Boyfriend “With Benefits” and It Was Some of the Best Sex Ever by Emme Witt, via Medium.

Hi all,

A quickie today. Really enjoyed this short read from Emme about fucking your ex.

Why? Because of how she weaves power into the story, the imbalances thereof and how important it is to understand where power resides in your relationship.

It matters. It really does.

Anyhoo, as I always try to mention when reposting someone else’s work, Medium is a subscription reader chock full of just about any rabbit hole you feel inclined to drop down for a look.

I have been a subscriber for years and if they keep the same or a similar formula looking after their writers, I will keep renewing

And on Medium you will find Emme and so many others to scratch your itch I can recommend it highly enough.

Anyway, I hope you click through, because this one is a good’n.



Meshell Ndeocello – Boyfriend