sponsored by AIS, PolyColumbus, and The Columbus Space
For nearly a quarter of a century, Janet Hardy – author or co-author of twelve books, including the classic The Ethical Slut – has been one of the world’s leading authors, educators and publishers on alternative sexualities including BDSM, polyamory, alternative gender/orientation expression and more.
This is a chance to ask her anything you’ve always wondered (Janet says "no question too personal'), to hear excerpts from her memoir-in-progress Impervious: Chronicles of a (Semi)Retired Deviant, to listen to her thoughts about everything from 'is monogamy natural?' to 'what’s it like to spank a porn star?' and to get signed copies of her eleven books in print.
Janet W. Hardy is the author or coauthor of eleven groundbreaking books about relationships and sexuality, including The Ethical Slut (nearly 160,000 copies sold to date, including the second edition published in 2009 by Random House) and her recent memoir Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals.
Janet has traveled the world as a speaker and teacher on topics ranging from ethical multipartner relationships to erotic spanking and beyond. She has appeared in documentary films (Slut, Beyond Vanilla, Vice and Consent, BDSM: It’s Not What You Think), television shows (SexTV, The Dr. Susan Block Show), and more radio shows than she can count.
Janet's writing has appeared in publications as various as The Sondheim Review, Clamor and EIDOS. Her book Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals was a finalst for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Bisexual Book Award, and her essay “Ex” was a finalist in the Event and New Letters creative nonfiction contests. "The Portal," a very personal essay about vaginas and their relationship to gender (which is not necessarily what one might think), appeared in Best Sex Writing 2010 (Cleis Press, 2009), and "The Old Folks At Home," an essay about aging in an ambiguously gendered relationship, appeared in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010).
Janet serves as Editorial Director for Greenery Press, the firm she founded in 1992, as well as for Down There Press. She also runs The Active Voice, which offers editorial, event and promotional consulting.
She often fantasizes about being handcuffed to Stephen Sondheim’s piano.
4pm - 6pm
$5 Non-Members / Free to Paid Members of PolyColumbus and all levels of Membership at the Columbus Space