Sex, Dating and Privacy Online Post-Weinergate
We’re living in an age when even powerful politicians can’t keep track of their digital dating trail. Employers and exes are likely reading your words. How can you write about sex, participate in online dating and social networking sites, and still maintain your privacy? Bloggers and authors Violet Blue (sex author, tech columnist; @violet blue and tinynibbles.com), Rachel Kramer Bussel (Lusty Lady, Best Sex Writing series editor), Twanna A. Hines (Funky Brown Chick®, The Late Sex Show with Twanna Hines), and Samhita Mukhopadhyay (author, Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life, Executive Editor, Feministing.com).
Rachel Kramer Bussel is a New York-based author, editor, blogger and reading series host. She is the editor of over 40 anthologies, including Women in Lust, Irresistible, Gotta Have It, The Mile High Club, Do Not Disturb, Spanked and is the Best Sex Writing series editor. Her writing has been published in The Daily Beast, The Frisky, The Root, Salon, The Village Voice, xoJane, and other publications. She blogs at Lusty Lady (http://lustylady.blogspot.com) and Cupcakes Take the Cake (http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com). She teaches erotic writing workshops and conducts readings internationally.
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, speaker and technologist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Executive Editor of the popular website Feministing.com and is the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. She also started the tumblr "Occupy Valentine's Day."
Mukhopadhyay is also co-host of the podcast Opinionated on Citizen Radio.
She has written for multiple outlets including GOOD Magazine, The Nation, The American Prospect, Alternet and the Guardian UK. She has been profiled in The Globe and Mail, The Rumpus, Salon, India Currents Magazine, Nirali Magazine, Brown Girl Magazine, Rabble.ca and on Alternet.
TWANNA A. HINES, M.A., is a New York-based writer, experienced sex educator and reproductive rights advocate. With student loan debt from New York University, her degrees are in sociology. Called one of “the internet’s sultriest sharers” by the Village Voice, details about her rendezvous have been printed in Glamour magazine. AfterEllen.com calls her the “straight-but-not-narrow” sex columnist. A media maker, marketing communications firm Ogilvy named her one of Social Media Week’s “Movers & Shakers” / “Top Influencers.” She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio as well as CBC (Canadian National Radio) and Paris Première (French Television). She has written for Lifetime, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company and has a blog on the Huffington Post. AOL recognized her award-winning site FUNKY BROWN CHICK®. She has also been quoted in New York magazine, Gawker Media, The San Francisco Chronicle, EbonyJet, The Baltimore Sun and Vibe. She is currently finishing her debut memoir.
A skilled educator, Twanna has received certified training in medically-accurate, evidence-based sex education. Respected in the field of interpersonal relationships and human sexuality, her comprehensive approach to education prepares individuals to participate in an increasingly interconnected world. Prior to moving to New York, she developed successful University of Chicago international education programs for high school students and professionals. She created an international journalism panel-discussion series on free speech which attracted an audience of +700 adults. Prior to that, she worked for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in The Hague. Her commentary on immigration was commissioned for the textbook “Migration and Immigration: A Global View.”
Twanna has lived and worked in London, Chicago, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. She speaks English and Dutch fluently as well as conversational French. She enjoys passionate love affairs with faraway lands and intelligent men.
She currently lives in New York City.
The London Times named Violet Blue "One of the 40 bloggers who really count" and TinyNibbles is named one of Self Magazine’s “Best Sex Resources for Women.”
Violet teaches and lectures around the world (including a Google Inc. Tech Talk on sex and privacy) and is the Author and Editor of over 35 best-selling, award-winning books.
Blue is the Founder, Editor and Owner of TinyNibbles and many other popular web properties. She is a Forbes Web Celeb, a columnist for CBS Interactive/ZDNet, and is one of Wired's Faces of Innovation.
She is regarded as the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology and has guested on Oprah, CNN and more.