Like what you see? Become a member!

Crash Pad Blog

Girl Sex 101: Sex Ed with a Story, Comics with a Lez Edge.


Interview by Jiz Lee

Despite my bicycle proclivities, I’m a sucker for a good road trip. To my luck, Girl Sex 101 promises to be that and more — a road trip story that journeys through sex education and navigating sexual experiences through visual storytelling. Vroom, vroom!

Author Allison Moon (of the lesbian werewolf story Lunatic Fringe) and illustrator kd diamond, (mastermind behind Salacious Magazine) are partnering up to create an graphic story that gets graphic! To top it off, scenic pit stops along the way will feature a rockstar collection of sex educator voices, including Tristan Taormino, Dr. Carol Queen, Ducky DooLittle, Megan Andelloux, Sophia St. James, Nina Hartley, Sex Nerd Sandra, Tina Horn, Kelly Shibari and — especially important to me — those of trans and genderqueer perspectives such as myself and Ignacio Rivera (aka Papí Coxxx!), Whipping Girl (required reading, by the way!) author Julia Serano, and Mira Bellwether of the zine Fucking Trans Women! As if this already wasn’t the coolest project ever, there’s more: it’s incredibly welcoming of participation. So stick out your thumb, hop on their Twitter accounts, and read my short interview below to learn more about Girl Sex 101 and how you can get involved.

Allison and kd, what gave you the idea, and how did you come to collaborate on the project?

Allison: I’ve been teaching the Girl Sex 101 workshop for six years, and I’ve been professional writer for five. I wanted to combine my love of sex education with my love of fun, readable educational books. I love books that are heavy on the graphics, with many different points of view and voices to keep readers engaged and enthusiastic. As a sex educator, I love sharing personal anecdotes, using humor and epic fail stories, and having fun with the material. A Girl Sex 101 book seemed like a wonderful way to integrate my love of story, solid sex ed, sexual philosophy, while engaging my amazing network of sex educator peers to offer a new kind of sex ed book. As for our collaboration, I’ve been friends with kd for years, and I love her style, politics, and talent. Salacious Magazine was a huge inspiration for the creation of Girl Sex 101 because it combines comics and erotica to create a buffet of sexy experiences that span gender, identity, and orientation. I’m thrilled that we’re working on Girl Sex 101 together.

kd: Girl Sex 101 is the ultimate project for me. Allison covered it beautifully (can you tell she’s the writer?), but I have to emphasize that illustrating personal stories with educational components and responding to community viewpoints, values, and ideas is the very platform I position my art on. I’ve always been drawn to collaboration (pun definitely intended), and to using my visual talents to broaden and expand upon complex concepts.

How does Girl Sex 101 compare and contrast to other queer sex ed books? What has inspired you? (ie, Brazen, Girl Fuck and OhJoySexToy, others)

kd: My favorite Sex Ed books are largely graphic — and therefore also aimed primarily at children (e.g. It’s Perfectly Normal). I really love that there’s a growing amount of illustrated, sex-focused, sex-positive work coming to the forefront, and a lot of it has largely inspired me. Zine culture is a huge reference for me (those based in NYC should check out Bluestockings‘ collection, and anything at the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division). I also love the work of Ellen Forney, Erika Moen, Fish, Tom of Finland, Etienne… There’s much more but I could write a whole book about my influences and admirations!

Allison: There are lots of good sex ed books out there, but only a fraction of them speak to queer people’s experiences. Those that do tend to be comprehensive and text-heavy. These are great reference books when you’re looking for specific information or want to know all the details about something. I wanted to try something different and write a book aimed at women-loving-women that’s readable and fun from cover to cover. This means we won’t cover every single aspect of girl sex, but we will cover a lot of ground regarding the philosophy, pragmatics, and context of girl sex. The addition of the narrative is unique and designed to be both hot and illustrative of some of the concepts people in my workshops have struggled with. For instance, I sometimes get resistance when I discuss negotiation and verbal consent, because some people have a hard time conceptualizing how you can ask for permission to touch someone without it being sterile and awkward. So I wrote a sexy-as-fuck scene where two characters negotiate consent. I want people to see how these things can be done without “ruining the moment.”

Allison, have you ever been turned on by your writing? Or, what’s the most eroticizing thing you’ve written (or read?)

Allison: I turn myself on with my writing all the time! This isn’t necessarily a claim to the quality of my work, but I sure do love letting my erotic imagination go wild in service to a story. In my first novel, Lunatic Fringe, I wrote a fisting scene that required I take frequent “breaks” to keep the juices flowing.

What about you, kd? Have you ever been turned on by your drawings?

kd: Oh goodness. Let’s just say this, as Tom of Finland says it best: “If I don’t have an erection when I’m doing a drawing, I know it’s no good.”

Thank you both so much for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

kd: My best art comes from when I’m serving the community and working from life — this is a crowd-sourced project! I’m not saying you should send me pictures of you and your partner doin’ it, but if you have a favorite toy/position/desire or general sexy image you really think shows what Girl Sex is all about, please do send my way. There’s no wrong way to fuck as long as everyone is enthusiastically consenting.

Allison: Despite the cheeky title, Girl Sex 101 is designed for all girl-lovers and/or vulva-lovers. Not all girls have vulvas and not all vulvas have girls, but anyone who is excited by giving the girl or vulva-owner in their life pleasure will get something from Girl Sex 101.

The Kickstarter Rewards include some awesome perks — like CrashPad Series Memberships, if you’ don’t already have a key!
Let’s do it: Donate to Girl Sex 101 today!




Like what you see? Become a member!