Speak for yourself: Letters from Working Girls and Letters from Johns

Amber Rhea discussing social media on Download Squad:

We often hear that social media is enabling us to see a more complete picture of who people are, and in some cases this may be true; but how often do we, instead, see a more truncated version of who a person is, because they feel like they have to self-censor? As anyone who’s been blogging for a while will tell you, the reality of it has a lot more sticky nuance than the idyllic concept. What about the places where one’s life intersects with the lives of others? How much is okay to share about another person without his or her consent? Even for those who blog pseudonymously, these are constant questions whose answers may vary from day to day — especially when sex is involved.

(This column both acknowledges the existence of sex, and explores the ways sex and sexuality relate to and are enhanced by the internet. If you’re offended by such content, don’t take the jump.)

Thanks for the link Amber!

2 Responses

  1. You’re welcome! And just so everyone knows: one of the DLS editors slapped that “warning label” on there. I protested, saying it was just more pink ghetto shit, and pretty ironic considering that they’d asked me to write the column exactly so DLS could help *oppose* the pink ghetto… but ultimately the warning label (or “declaration,” as he said, bless his heart) stayed. Rusty says my next column should be about the warning label.

  2. Oh that’s so funny! I thought that warning was intended to entice people into ‘taking the jump’- in that what-is-forbidden-is-desirable way!

    A column about the warning label does seem in order. If placed by the author it would just kind of seem cheeky, but placed by the editor? Probably a liability issue, just in case…

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