Reading Time: 2 minutes You must must watch this. Hopefully I can embed the video. Watch it from 2.12pm onwards. This is why I love this country. Discussing philosophy fairly and squarely within the confines of our Parliamentary system (even if the House of Lords is our non-elected part). If I can't get it to embed, check it out here:
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I can’t believe the conference is happening tomorrow. I’m excited for my first time presenting at AASECT, and also nervous as hell.

A pic of me at AASECT 2015 in the microaggression selfie booth.
A pic of me at AASECT 2015 in the microaggression selfie booth.

I first attended AASECT – the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists – in June 2015. And I had a blast. I did a SAR, a.k.a watched porn with my colleagues (which I chronicle here with memes), and connected with a bunch of awesome colleagues, including many of the authors of my top ten sex books. I learned so much about what’s going on right now in the interconnected fields of sex education, sex therapy/counseling, and sexuality research and advocacy. I skipped last year, so I was eager to return this year when I figured out it’d be feasible.

But this is also my 3rd conference this year (out of 6 total, eek), and I’m presenting, which is a pretty big deal (I think it’s mostly due to the amazing brain and organizational skills of my colleague Lucie Fielding). You can read our abstract here.

I think we’re going to make a unique and important contribution to the dialogue on hypersexuality and sex addiction, which is a very controversial topic right now. Yet I also feel like I’m always kinda out of place at these events as a folklorist; people are generally interested in folklore but I need to sell them on how it connects to sex (which it totally does). So, we’ll see how it goes!

As usual I’ll be live-tweeting everything I can get my hands on, so I’ll update this post with a hashtag to follow once I find out what it is (it’s #AASECT17). And I’ll be blogging about sexuality-related topics for the next couple of days in keeping with the conference theme.

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Jeana Jorgensen

FOXY FOLKORIST Studied folklore under Alan Dundes at the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to earn her PhD in folklore from Indiana University. She researches gender and sexuality in fairy...