Hello everyone, I hope you are all having as delightful of a day as I am.
My morning started off beautifully by greeting a lecture hall of eager faces at OCC to speak on the Human Sexuality Panel.
Although, I’ve spoken on a number of panels now, it still amazes me how each class of students can be so completely different from the last. Though each class has a few similar questions between them, each class varies greatly in their perspectives, views, questions and interests.
Each panel for me is an amazing opportunity to reach out to new minds and do our part to break down social stereotypes and biases the students bring with them…. some they’re aware of, some they’re not.
We tend to hear it all; questions like: “are you Satan Worshipers?” to “aren’t Pro-Dommes prostitutes?” or more general concepts like: “Is all BDSM painful?” to ”What’s the difference between what you do and abuse?”
Answering these questions and helping to open people’s minds can sometimes make all the difference between whether people see the world as a solid black line with “normal” people on one side and “freaks” on the other, or if they see it as it truly is, a world where perspective is everything, there is no black line dividing “good” things from “bad” things.
No matter where we go, or what we do, our tastes and interests will constantly be evolving and changing. This is true for our palate, our style, our musical tastes and many of our other proclivities as well. So, what we may have thought was “good” or “bad” 10, 15, 20 years ago may be very different from what we consider to be “good”, “bad”, “sexy”, “amazing” or “INCREDIBLE” now. That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy the same comfort-food kraft mac & cheese that we used to adore when we were kids on occasion, it just means that we also cherish an amazing foie gras now as well.
Education can have huge positive results. It can stop hate crimes, remove us from being the “scary unknown” and in some instances can even help someone stand up for us when someone they know wrongly accuses “one of those people” of doing something horrific and non-consensual to an innocent person. Every little bit helps and if I can potentially help create a positive ripple effect, then every moment of my time has been worth it, ten-fold.
Now, as promised, here is the much anticipated link to my interview on the Rev Mel show with Mistress Nicolette, KC Calhoun.
Take care and I look forward to seeing you soon,
Mistress Shae Flanigan