Okay, so I’m a little disappointed by early May. I’m not gonna lie. It’s way colder than I want it to be here in Missoula. Sure, it’s beautiful. The trees are starting to grow leaves, and the fruit trees are in bloom. But it’s too cold to go out and enjoy it all in a sundress, which was what I’d hoped to be doing for Beltane this year. Sigh. But I digress! It’s time for a monthly links round-up, and I’ve got a few goodies to share with you, whether it’s warm enough for flip-flops or NOT!
So, MAY I present to you some hand-picked links from around the internet? (Get it? MAY I? Cause it’s May?…Shush. I’m trying to keep my spirits up. Any joke helps. Even a stupid one.)
These Links MAY Prove Interesting:
- May is International Masturbation Month! In an old but great article, the folks at Kinkly tell us “Why Masturbation Month Matters (and Why We’re Celebrating)“! Go on, give yourself and a hand!
- To be honest, I thought I’d posted this a while back. Whoops! For those who haven’t heard in the between the announcement from FSC in mid-March and now, big news! In a move that’s both controversial and progressive, The Porn Industry Is Rethinking How It Works With HIV Positive Performers! HIV+ performers will no longer be dismissed from the talent pool immediately upon detection. Jezebel’s Tracy Clark-Flory reports.
- Another late-but-still-great link is this one from Lux Alptraum at The Verge, chronicling the movement of porn-makers to IndieGoGo when traditional funding dries up. “Porn companies are embracing crowdfunding” takes a look at the adult crowdfunding landscape and examines how we got here.
- The headline for “Porn Stars Find 2020 Democratic Candidates ‘Extremely Depressing’” is misleading. This article by Aurora Snow is a look at the impact that SESTA/FOSTA has had on adult entertainment, and the blindness that most major-party politicians demonstrate on issues around sex work and sex trafficking.
- A really interesting look inside Hollywood, where “intimacy coordinators—movement coaches who help choreograph intimate scenes with a focus on the actors’ safety,” are on the rise in the wake of #metoo. The Washington Post‘s Travis M. Andrews looks “Inside the world of intimacy coordinators, who choreograph sex scenes for HBO, Netflix and more.”
- Over at Broadly, Alyza Enriquez wrote “How Microdosing Testosterone Changed My Life,” an article looking deep into the difficulties nonbinary folx face when deciding whether to medically transition, by how much, and under whose guidance.
- Getting into the sciency stuff, Elemental’s Allie Volpe examines the ways that science is dismantling “The Enduring Myth of ‘Complicated’ Female Sexuality.” Hint: It may not be that complicated, after all…
Some Self-Centered Links You MAY Enjoy:
- I’m Kickstarting the second comicbook of PACK, my series about vigilante dogs! This series takes a hard look at animal welfare issues, human error, gentrification, and corruption. The second issue, Kindness, takes no prisoners in its examination of the stigma and challenges faced by pit bulls, while continuing the ongoing story of a pack of stray dogs—and one stray man—who deliver brutal justice on the streets of Brooklyn. Help support the campaign if you can, and share it whether you can pledge or not! Every tweet, post, and mention helps!
- A great review of Volume 1 from my graphic novel, Tracy Queen, went up at Rogue’s Portal the other day! Reviewer Brendan Hykes wrote, “This is a solid indie book. If you’re into indie comics and don’t mind a little sex and a lot of weird shit, I definitely recommend giving Tracy Queen Volume 1 a chance.” Read the rest here!
- Did you know I’ve been reading chapters from my book live on Facebook every other weekend? And did you know you can watch ALL of the videos so far on YouTube and Facebook? Well. You can.
- And did you know you can get copies of my book right here on my site? Welp. You can.
- Or that you can support my work comics creation and publishing company, Oneshi Press, on Patreon? Guess what? You can!
- Well, how about the fact that you can hire me as an editor, copyeditor, or writing coach? It’s true. Hit me up for more info!
Okay, that’s it for May! See you back here in a month, when I’ll be so busy wearing sundresses I may forget even more links! Yeehaw!