by Alison Kent Everyone I know has at least one moment in their past where an initial exposure to sexuality, or sex, is marked by deep shame. (For me, it was, at age 8, seeing a film in Spanish where a couple were intimate; since this was in Franco’s Spain, the main character decides to keep the child instead of having an abortion. The scene itself was really innocuous in retrospect yet it left a deep mark.) This is the premise that is the starting point for Éloïse Marseille’s memoir Naked: we share common experiences of shame about our… Read More
by A (age 4) Do I have a uterus?
Oh Joy Sex Toy is the webcomic of Portland comics artist Erika Moen and her husband Matthew Nolan. She reviews sex toys and discusses sexual health issues such as STDs, contraception, and pregnancy. From her site: What IS Oh Joy Sex Toy? Oh Joy, Sex Toy (OJST) is a weekly webcomic by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan that debuted April 2013 and has updated every Tuesday since, bringing you reviews of everything that relates to sex, sexuality and the sex industry. From sex toy reviews to sex education to interviews with sex industry professionals and more! With the aid of curated guest reviewers,… Read More
Soft Skull press has just released Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book edited by Saiya Miller and Liza Bley. Saiya presented her work on Meatloaf at Graphic Medicine conferences in Chicago and Toronto. I asked her to answer a few questions about this unique collection bursting with diverse and empowering words and images. (Full disclosure, I have a comic in the book!) MK: Tell us how this book came about, and in the process, describe for us what this book is. The book started as a project at Eugene Lang College while Liza Bley and… Read More
Sayia Miller and her colleagues created Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf to be an ongoing, non-heteronormative sexual education zine. Issues each have a theme and are available free online or in book stores and comic shops that carry zines. Sayia says on her masthead, “THIS PROJECT IS AN ATTEMPT TO CHALLENGE HETERO AND GENDER NORMATIVE PRACTICES IN SEXUALITY EDUCATION. WE’RE HOLDING AN OPEN CALL FOR ILLUSTRATORS AND WRITERS TO SUBMIT 1-4P VIGNETTES ON SEX ED. TOPICS (LIKE SAFER SEX, CONSENT, ETC) FROM LGBTQ FRIENDLY POSITIONS. WANT TO LEARN MORE? EMAIL US AT: NOTYOURMOTHERSMEATLOAF@GMAIL.COM.”