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Kink On Tap 17: Sexual Adultism and an Interview with Nikolas Coukouma

Posted: November 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Fears about youth sexuality are rampant in modern society. The results are children who don’t feel safe exploring the world or forging healthy relationships, over-eager legislators and courts who register adolescents as sex offenders, and a pandemic of sexual paranoia that leads to countless deaths, often by suicide.

Over the weekend, Emma and I participated in a sexuality unconference called KinkForAll Washington DC. We drove 7 hours from Providence, RI to Rockville, MD and back again. Sadly, due to traffic, we didn’t get back in time to record a live show for this week’s Kink On Tap episode.

Instead, we want to take the opportunity to share some of what happened at the event with you. So in this episode, we’ve taken a recording of the presentation I gave at the KFADC unconference and reformatted it for the netcast. In it, I make the case for how sex education for young people will save their lives, and why restricting information about sexuality from young people is one aspect of a widespread and societally sanctioned form of discrimination called adultism.

Finally, we also recorded a short interview with Nikolas Coukouma, a leading unorganizer of the event. He would have been the guest on this week’s live broadcast, and we wanted to make sure that we got a chance to catch up with him while KFADC was still fresh in our minds. He put in a monumental effort to make the event happen, and we are both grateful for and inspired by his work.

2 Comments on “Kink On Tap 17: Sexual Adultism and an Interview with Nikolas Coukouma”

  1. 1 Anon said at 12:01 am on November 30th, 2009:

    “The adolescent brain is fundamentally different from the adult one. Although scientists don’t understand all the implications of these differences, they say the distinctions could explain why an adult would have the self-control to resist the impulse to kill someone, and a teenager would not.”
    From: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/health_science/articles/2004/10/12/brain_science_v_death_penalty/

    Thoughts? Doesn’t this evidence suggest that discounting young adults’ judgment is scientifically accurate?

  2. 2 maymay said at 12:17 am on November 30th, 2009:

    There’s also evidence that suggests different people’s brains are different. Should we use that evidence to discount the judgement of some adults over the judgement of others? Perhaps we should just use the biological differences between male and female brains to discount the judgment of one gender, but not another?

    I find such biological arguments are an extremely slippery, and arrogant, slope.