HOPE X: The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker

“Being a nerd is not about what you love; it’s about how you love it.” Wil Wheaton’s words ring true for many self-identified geeks and nerds. But what happens if what you love is “love,” or even “lust”?

On July 19, 2014, I presented a talk entitled “The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker” at HOPE X. Below the video, you’ll find my slides, references, and lots of additional resources.

Latest update (July 29, 2014): I’ve posted video of the talk as well as some resources to help answer the questions that were asked during Q&A.

Talk Slides

References and Resources

The Wil Wheaton quote is from this amazing video where he explains to a newborn girl why it’s awesome to be a nerd.

Sex-Positive Podcasts
Some of these I listen to regularly and some are on my To Do list (so to speak).

Sex Geek Cons

Mainstream Culture vs. Sex-Positive/Consent Culture

Sex-Positive People

Even in an hour-long talk, there isn’t nearly enough time to mention all of the amazing sex geeks that I know doing amazing, sex-positive work.

Sharing Experiences & Ideas

Making Things

Additional Information About My Work

Below you can find additional information about my work and references to other relevant materials from the latter part of my talk.

Awesome vs. Awkward

Questions & Answers

Here are some of the references I promised to folks during the Q & A for this talk:


HOPE X: The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker — 8 Comments

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  2. Kristen, as one guy said it simply during the talk: you are awesome.

    excellent talk, very interesting, entertaining, reassuring, and easy to understand. I really appreciate your wish of reaching and helping the greatest number of people.

    greetings from france (internet has no frontiers)

    • Thank you so much! :) It really means a lot to me that you took the time to write. I honestly did not know how it would be received — it’s not easy to ask people to think about the potential Awkwardness of their own behavior.

      In terms of my vision: Thanks for the warm wishes! While I’ll probably have to focus initially on the US, eventually I want my nonprofit to offer support to sex-positive educators, social activists, artists, writers, crafters, and entrepreneurs all over the world. Hopefully I’ll be giving talks in France someday, too!

  3. I came across your site by chance when looking for some information on D.I.Y. items. I have to say, I love the wealth of information here and especially the addressing of the “rape culture” in the world and what can be done to stop it. I’m also glad to know I’m not the only nerd out there who wants to apply his brains to something of this nature. Thanks for being awesome!

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