Visions of Sexual Freedom

December 7, 2009  |  miscellany

Need a fabulous gift this holiday season? Don’t know what to get your (least) favorite boss or your Grandma? Well! Here ya go: the New York City Sex Blogger 2010 Calendar: Visions of Sexual Freedom.

You’re welcome.

This year’s calendar features 16 bloggers, including myself, Audacia Ray, Calico Lane, Abiola Abrams, Jamye Waxman, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Melissa Gira Grant, Elizabeth Wood, and plenty of other hot pinups, and benefits Sex Work Awareness, a fantastic non-profit organization that puts on the annual Speak Up! media training workshop.

This year, I was photographed with Audacia Ray by Amanda Morgan and featured in April – which has my birthday, Sugarbutch’s inception date, and Dacia’s birthday.

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Me, my photo in this year’s calendar with Audacia Ray (photographed by Amanda Morgan), and Kristen (and her amazing princess dress) at the Sex Blogger Calendar Party in New York City. Photo by Nick McGlynn (thanks!), more photos from him in this set.

The theme for this calendar was “SEXUAL FREEDOM,” and while Dacia and I were discussing what to do, we both were inspired to feature something very New York-y, since New York has been a big part of sexual awakening for both of us. I moved here almost five years ago now, and my sex life and sexuality has changed significantly since I did.

We talked about iconic photographs and couples that we could imitate or reproduce, and eventually settled on the famous shot of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square. Amanda was totally game for it (though she insisted that we shoot early in the day so we’d have the best light), I hunted down a sailor suit, Dacia queered up her nurse outfit, and voila, there’s the shot.

Vj_day_kissThe original photograph, V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt, was taken just after the radio announcement that World War II was over – that the US had “Victory over Japan” – on August 14, 1945. This is a significant time period particularly for queers in the US, as World War II brought people massively congregating in coastal cities like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. For the first time in US history, more people lived in urban environments than in rural environments, and suddenly, queers were finding dozens, hundreds of others like us. This led to those sudden “oh my god I’m not alone” revelation moments, the increasing recognition of the systematic marginalization of us because of our sexuality, and, ultimately, activist organization and the birth of the gay rights movement!

Post-WWII and the subsequent activist movements – like the second wave of feminism – also gave rise to all sorts of new sexual activism, which is absolutely the root of the work I do today. Safe sex, STI information, sexual health, sexual choice, sexual advocacy, sexual agency, ability to have control over how many children we have and how far apart they are, birth control, knowledge, BDSM skills, gender theory, power theory … all of that is built upon earlier movements. And all of those movements, and their intersections, allowed me a significant study of gender and sexuality that has lead me here, to Sugarbutch, and to the 2010 New York City Sex Blogger Calendar.

I bet you can think of a couple people on your holiday list who have been nice enough to get a gift like this calendar, hmmmm?

All proceeds from the calendar, don’t forget, go to Sex Work Awareness which puts on the annual Speak Up! media training workshop. Help support the efforts of this wonderful and much-needed organization through the purchase of a calendar!

Calendars ship upon order and cost $20 a piece plus $3.25 for shipping. And – as a special holiday bonus – through the holiday season, when you buy the 2010 Sex Blogger Calendar you will also get a free MP4 download of the 25 minute director’s cut of Audacia Ray’s film Dacia’s Love Machine, which debuted last year in Berlin. (Link to download will be provided on checkout.)

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10 Comments


  1. Hot, hot and hot. Totally just ordered a calendar for my grandma. She will love it! And if not, I will give her your phone number. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Calendar looks fantastic! Do you know if they ship to Australia? I want one for my kitchen wall! As for Ms Kristen, WOW! You did good there, mate! hehehehe

  3. Sounds like a great stocking stuffer and gift idea!

  4. Grandma will never be the same again! LOL Congrats on the calendar and thanks again for the blog!

  5. My grandma already has three but I'm sure she could use one more, who couldn't? The photos are beautiful.

  6. There are a few more shots of Kristen at the calendar party on my flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsexsmith/

  7. Definitely ordering one! And a picture of Kristen ~ hot! Only ever seen her from the back… : – )

  8. my girlfriend and I were this photo for halloween a few years ago. the only people who got what we were were an old dyke couple.

  9. as long as we’re on the subject of calendars, a quick plug for folks who might be interested:

    if anyone else is in the market for a sexy queer calendar… my rugby team has a naked calendar coming out this week, challenging mainstream gender expectations and critically engaging with the media’s images of what kinds of bodies are sexy!

    the calendars are $12 (that includes shipping!)- you can see sample photos, read our mission statement, and order one at oberlinrhinos.blogspot.com.

  10. Great shot! and Kristin looks amazing… I love supporting sex workers, but what about that "hot butch" calender idea that garnered so much enthusiasm a while back?

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