Sex Educator Tristan Taormino Uninvited to “Modern Sex” Conference
When you get fired from your job for having a sex website, and then a sex blogger calendar with a “Sexual Freedom” theme kicks you off their calendar project for being “too controversial.”
That happened to me last year.
You know what else is ironic?
When you’re a sex educator who gets uninvited to a “Modern Sex” conference at Oregon State University because of your website and resume.
That happened to Tristan Taormino today.
Sometimes the irony is almost funny, but I ain’t laughing. Instead, I’m spreading the word and contacting the university that made this unfortunate decision.
Is it sexism? Sex educator Charlie Glickman is still allowed to speak at the event. Is Tristan too edgy for the university? Is it a higher up in the school catching wind of the plans too late and having a knee jerk reaction? I’m assuming the people involved early on in the planning did their research when hiring speakers. Is it money driven? From the press release it looks like the answer is an obvious yes. SO many awful decisions boil down to $$$.
One thing for sure – the decision was based on fear and ignorance, and we cannot allow fear and ignorance to inhibit growth and happiness.
Please read the detailed press release posted on her website.
A note from Tristan:
Don’t Let the Anti-Sex Conservatives Win!
If you support free speech and my mission of sexual empowerment, please voice your opinion about OSU’s decision to cancel my appearance at the last minute (and not reimburse me for travel expenses) to the following people. I would really appreciate your support —Tristan
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
632 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-2154
Dr. Mamta Motwani Accapadi
Dean of Student Life
A200 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-2133
Dr. Edward J. Ray
600 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-2128
Kendra Holliday is the Writer and Editor of The Beautiful Kind, a sex-positive community website.