Ahoy again! I see you have stuck around for post #2, or are perhaps sneaky, and like reading blogs in reverse order, in which case who knows how many posts you have read!
In either case – Hello, I am Snarksy. I am a feminist, politically-active, activisty type and have sexual feelings that would probably give most bible-thumpers a sad. I am an-underemployed recent grad making a go at the world with a degree in women’s studies. This is not my first foray into writing, but is my first time putting my writing all in one place.
Snarksy was an identity born from the need to talk freely about things that are hard to talk freely about. Snarksy is here because despite really wonderful work being done at the borders of kink and feminism, rape is a huge, hairy, under-discussed and misunderstood topic in the kinky world. Snarksy is here because there are people who think all kink is rape, and people who think “poor negotiation” is an excuse for rape, and people who think the BDSM community is a rape-free zone. Snarksy is here because all of that is obviously bullshit.
In my non-Snarksy life, I recently wrote a very long thesis on the history of how the kink community has discussed rape. In the course of this project, I realized that there is essentially no formal research on the issue of sexual violence within the kink community. Since both kink and sexual violence are under-researched topics, it is not surprising how little exists at their crossroads. So while some of my work is all about rage, some of it will be academic too.
My main reason for starting this blog, however, is to add another voice to a growing world of online writers who care about making the kink world a safe place for all participants, and for calling out rape-culture for the bullshit that it is. I love the people who are already doing this job, and they have inspired me to give it a try as well. I do not think you can have too many voices working to educate around rape.
Mostly I am here because I hope that through writing and reading what others say about my writing, we can all learn a little more about how to fight against sexual assault.
But now, new friend I am off, probably to go watch Buffy or some Colbert Report episode my roommate keeps bugging me to watch. So I shall catch you cool cats later!