Monday, April 09, 2012

Momentum 2012: Part 1

That hardest part about writing about the Momentum conference in Washington, DC, is figuring out what to leave out so I don't write 20,000 words.

Dr. Joycelyn Elders
I want to quote all the bon mots, tell you about the presenters and their topics, rave about the exhibitors, describe the awe I felt meeting and learning from the amazing Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General under Clinton (yes, the one who was fired for advocating teaching young people about masturbation) -- and eagerly describe my own presentation and the response I got.

I'll start with that, and write more posts later.

I spoke on the topic "Senior Sex Out Loud."If you worry (as I often do) that we have a long way to go before senior sex is accepted as normal and wonderful, a sex-positive conference like Momentum is the place to recharge!  I've been speaking for years, and the Momentum audience was the most enthusiastic ever in my career. They not only applauded, they cheered!

The loudest cheers came when I removed some of my clothing.

I'd better explain that.

I had been recounting some of the highlights of my 6-year journey as an advocate for ageless sexuality, and I was telling the audience some of the things I'd been called. When I got to "wrinkly sex kitten," people laughed, as I did, and I added, "I'm still trying to grow into that one... not the wrinkly part -- I've got that down -- but the 'sex kitten' part. But I'm trying!" With that I removed my polka dot jacket and presented the rest of my speech in a red camisole.

I then explained, "I'm not doing this to show off. It doesn't matter what my body looks like. What matters is that this is the body I live in. It gives me pleasure. I  own it."

I talked about much more than body image, of course. No, we didn't make a video. But I'd love to come to your area and give this talk for you live! Contact me if you want to talk about that.

Instead of trying to pack in far too much information in one post, I'll call this one Part 1 and write again soon about more of Momentum.


If you work in any area of sexuality, I hope you'll make a point of going to Momentum next year. I'll be there for sure.

See my interview with the organizers of Momentum here.

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