In praise of the Beautiful Kind: I think this is a great article about a wonderful woman ["NSFW," Melissa Meinzer]. Enjoyment of sex isn't a bad thing, and taking that message public is a goodness. First and foremost, she has shown that you don't have to be a victim when life hands you shit and molestation and that it's very important for people to take ownership of their bodies and their sexuality. She could have taken the road into drugs and self-destruction like many others, but she didn't. That's a pretty big deal.
Secondly, as far as the self-marketing goes? Big fucking deal. I spend a lot of time online, and I see a lot of people using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to market themselves. If you want to succeed in your endeavors, be it marketing, IT or making your own path, you've got to put yourself out there. You may fall on your face, but success with a capital S isn't for the timid.
Kendra works very hard to put food on the table, and that's not even counting the hours she spends writing and editing her site. I predict she's going to become very busy, and it's going to take awhile before she's able to parlay this into any kind of money-making venture (though I hope I'm wrong). I think it's great that she's one of the few to put a face and a name to her passion and that she's turning that energy into something positive for the community.
Mark Plattner, via the Internet
Everybody's doing it: Ms. Holliday is creating paper tigers and then tearing them down. How on earth is she "helping people" by writing about her sexual exploits? The gay-rights analogy is insulting to gay people. There is a large, vocal and violent community opposed to gay rights, and therefore it is important for gay people to own their sexuality and show others that it is OK to be gay. By coming out, gays are, indeed, helping people. But are there women out there being killed or jailed for enjoying heterosexual sex with a consenting partner, even if that consenting partner is a fat man who whips them? Even fundamentalist Christians recognize that sex within marriage can be enjoyed. We all have sex!
Sara, via the Internet
Image is everything: I would love to see how she picks her daughter up from school now that everyone has seen her face. I feel bad for her child. Not for what her mother does, but for the fact that now everyone knows about it. There are just some parts of their personal lives that parents should try to protect their children from. What will the other kids at school be saying to her? Children are cruel. At ten, being accepted and just not being different from the other kids is very important. Her mother has set her up for a world of heartache. And through this article, she has exposed her own child to sexual ideas that are just not OK for a ten year old. Poor baby.
Jmanmamma, via the Internet
Hide the kids: It is so irresponsible even to mention that this woman has a ten-year-old daughter! Pedophiles love women like this —just so that they can get their hands on their kids. From what I'm reading, I'm guessing that the right pedophile could quite easily pull the wool over Kendra's eyes. There are so many asinine things stated in this article. I can't even begin to list them all, but the best line has got to be "I'm really hoping there's going to be some rich old pervert or a sponsor or someone who'll come in and support me." Maybe, Kendra, you can sell your daughter to him. Once a whore, always a whore!
Edamommy, via the Internet
Owing to an editing error in last week's review of High by Dennis Brown, we mistakenly identified Rob Ruggiero as High's playwright. In fact, Ruggiero is its director. Additonally, in Alex Weir's calendar piece about Pae White's Dying Oak, we mistakenly referred to Ms. White as "he."