SUPERFREAKS | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

SUPERFREAKS | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

Date and Time

Aug 21, 2023 6:00 pm

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Neither a how-to guide to getting it on nor a collection of sensational erotica, Superfreaks is instead an empathetic journey into the widely misunderstood world of kink. Lifelong practitioner and student of “kinky f*ckery” Arielle Greenberg draws on her study and teaching of BDSM and fetishism to:

  • introduce kink’s history and trailblazing kinksters like Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Mollena Williams-Haas, and Tom of Finland
  • explain the science behind sexual fetishes
  • delve into the psychology behind power exchange
  • parse the politics of sexual deviance

Superfreaks is an accessible, interactive, and raunchy experience that invites the reader to engage their kinky curiosity. Written with folks of all genders and sexual orientations in mind, the book features resources like:

  • quizzes readers can take with their partners to help assess sexual compatibility
  • sidebars with lists of kinky representation in literature, film, music, and more
  • an A-to-Z glossary of kinky gear, from collars and floggers to zentai suits and beyond

Arielle challenges and dismantles long standing myths about kink perpetuated by pop culture phenomena like Fifty Shades of Grey and 365 Days. In doing so, she names the systemic marginalization kinky people experience and argues that we must build a society that accepts and celebrates sexual diversity of all kinds. The book also affirms the importance of consent and not “yucking someone’s yum”—key concepts inherent to the practice of kink that are essential building blocks for safer, more inclusive sex.

Arielle is joining us on the virtual Busboys stage with Sinclair Sexsmith to speak about kink and fetishism. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase before and during the event, so make sure to order your copy before we’re out of stock! Your purchase of the book includes shipping anywhere in the United States via USPS.

This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Signed copies of SUPERFREAKS will be available for purchase before and during the event. Please note that this event is VIRTUAL.

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Arielle Greenberg, a longtime practitioner of kink, speaks about kink and ethical nonmonogamy at universities and on such podcasts as Dear Sugar, Why Are People into That?, and Sex Out Loud. She is the author of several books of poetry and creative nonfiction. A former tenured professor in English at Columbia College Chicago, she has spent over twenty years as a scholar and academic, teaching cultural studies, writing and literature to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as in the community. She currently teaches at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is a queer trans butch, a leather dominant, and a writer, focusing on individual, interpersonal, and institutional systems of power. They study dominance and submission, social & restorative justice, the energetic body, trauma, and transformation. They have been in the kink communities since 1999, and orchestrate transformative kink scenes through written erotica and ritual practice, and exploring the philosophies of power exchange and the practicalities of sustainable, long term D/s. As a leather community member, titleholder, producer, and organizer, Sinclair has presented and performed 200+ times at 75+ venues, including International Ms. Leather, Dark Odyssey, SXSW, Harvard, and Oz Kink Fest. Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they have edited 7 queer erotica anthologies. Sinclair shares writing and media many places online: http://sugarbutch.net/find-sinclair.

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