Three books from university presses dramatize the degree to which once taboo sexual subjects have gained academic legitimacy. Margot Weiss’s Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2011) and Staci Newmahr’s Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk, and Intimacy (Indiana University Press, 2011) record first-person ethnographic explorations of BDSM communities in two large American cities. (The relatively new abbreviation BDSM incorporates bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadomasochism.) Danielle J. Lindemann’s Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon (University of Chicago Press, 2012) documents the world of professional dominatrixes in New York and San Francisco.
"If your degree was focused upon one particular area, don’t let that stop you moving in another direction. If college hasn’t worked out for you, don’t let that put you off…. If you spot an opportunity early on and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you have got. Be ambitious. There probably won’t be another time in your life when you have such freedom of opportunity. Grasp it with both hands."
Richard Branson’s advice to graduates, echoing Debbie Millman’s fantastic commencement address on courage and the creative life.
Pair with Don’t Go Back to School.
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"There are empty spaces where there used to be bedrooms and living rooms and classrooms. We will need to rebuild those spaces."
PRESIDENT OBAMA, in remarks from the White House pledging federal aid to Oklahoma in the wake of the deadly tornado.
He also asked for relief donations to be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. More details here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002.
The Red Cross also has a “Safe And Well” website where residents can register to help let family know their status following a disaster. More information here: http://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
The tornado devastation in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is a horrific tragedy beyond words. At least 145 people reported injured with the death toll at 51, including 20 children (Updated reports this morning now say as many as 91 dead including approximately 30 children, though USA Today is reporting that the official death toll has been lowered to 24.)
Please give what you can to help those who need it.
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