I'm here in the windy city for the conference on Alternative Sexuality. I, and several other authors, will be discussing the mainstreaming of BDSM in romance and the positive and negative issues that go along with that.
Tres amusing, no?
I like to do these academic panels from time to time. It's interesting to see what the rest of the world thinks of what we do. Generally, no matter what the academic audience, they tend to be engaged and positive about the panels. My guess is that they're a welcome break from the standard stock -- I know as an attorney, when there are either role play or visits from the bench with war stories (anything outside of here's the five things you need to know about this minute area of law you will never put to practical use panels) are always far more entertaining and thought provoking.
Tonight I'm going to a reading by several of the Lambda finalists.
Of course the side benefit of being in Chicago right now: International Mr. Leather is happening this weekend. Tight butts, chaps, boots. God the eye candy. A couple of us will be heading there on Sat. to see the sights and engage our kink.