So is S & M the new missionary position? With ity shades of Gray comfortably ensconced as mainstream do we think of handcuffs and riding crops with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink attitude? If a husand slaps a wife is it sexy or abusive? And when some religious folks say they have a spouse's permission to spank them in order to carry out God's direction for head of households, do we look at the hitting differently? In other words, when is it abuse, when is it fun, and how do we tell the difference? Or do we need to?
Two guests will join the show this week to "school" us in the fine art of telling the difference between hurting, loving, giving permission for pain, and how to tell whether we are all being hoodwinked into thinking we are stodgy and unsophisticated if we don’t associate pain with love.
Monika Johnson Hostler is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). Monika worked at the local rape crisis center in Scotland County as the Crisis Intervention Coordinator. Monika has been an activist in the social justice movement for more than 15 years. She has presented on the issue of sexual violence to numerous communities including the Joint Task for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Academy subcommittee, and was appointed by the Obama administration to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.
Tre’Andre Valentine is a queer activist from Trinidad & Tobago and has been with The Network/La Red, a survivor-led social justice organization working to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or trans*, SM and polyamorous communities since 2009 as the Community Programs Coordinator providing support services to survivors. Tre’Andre currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement, increasing visibility of the issue of LGBQ/T
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