Back in July I was delighted to chat with Sex Nerd Sandra for an hour in front of a live audience in Portland about sex, sex toys, threesomes, and the completely inappropriate places I’ve accidentally orgasmed.
I think it’s really, really, really important that kids are taught about the emotional & pleasure side of sex, in addition to reproduction. It wasn’t until I was a teen that I learned sex was supposed to feel good for both participants. I grew up believing sex sucked for women. That’s why I’m so fucking obnoxious about sex now. It was a revelation to me that sex could be positive. I’m so vocal about this stuff now as a direct response to the intense sex negativity and slut shaming I was raised with.
I was also super touched by Tycho’s blog post that accompanies my comic: http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2014/08/01/the-talk-by-erika-moen. He talks about meeting my gang of teenage cartoonist friends and me well over a decade ago at San Diego Comic-Con, while we were finishing up high school and beginning college. This was maybe 2002-2003?
That SDCC when we met the PA guys and a whole ton of our comics heroes, it was a really pivotal turning point in my life. It’s not that I ever had one great big AND NOW I SHALL BECOME A CARTOONIST moment in my life, but instead I’ve had many, many positive and encouraging events that collectively built into the realization that I should stick with this passion that turned into a career. That SDCC was one of those events that helped put me on this path.
It means a lot to me that Tycho still remembers that time too.