The Cover Story May 9, 2014

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You might know my cover designer as King of Restoration and designer of Burning Man posters, DA (AKA Dominic Tinio). I didn’t want a photo of myself on it at first. DA had already convinced me that my name should be the title, and I was concerned. Our conversation went like this:
“Isn’t it a bit narcissistic to have my face and my name slapped across the cover?”
“You’re the one who wrote a book about yourself, Polly.”
Hm. Fair point.
He called me in the middle of the night and insisted I get out of bed to look at the cover when it was done. I got the chills when I saw it. “That shit is iconic.” I said. He knew it.
An Excerpt from the Book
People started to come to me with stories of their experiences. One time a topless girl took me aside in the hallway and hugged me. She had tears in her eyes. She told me that she had struggled with body image and eating disorders for years, and she had never felt comfortable being topless in public before. Another time a cute young guy gushingly admitted his attraction to men. He had his first boy-on-boy kiss, and he was glowing with pride to tell the story.
I fell in love with Kinky Salon, head over heels, like a Hallmark romance with the whole community. It pressed itself into my most intimate places, making me gasp and want it more. I wrote poetry to it, and I wooed it like a lover. I felt supported and valued. It was the family I had always yearned for.
Say What?
“I can’t wait to read and fondle Polly’s book. She is a fearless love warrior whose love knows no bounds. Adventurous, fun, funny, on the cutting edge of sex/party science, she lives her life as art.”
Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. Post-Porn Modernist
Call for Participation
I’m creating a video to help promote the book and the global Kinky Salons. You can participate from your home with your webcam. We’ll ask you to read something to the camera. Then we have a bunch of silly things we want you to do. Make a heart shape with your hands, show us your underwear. Stuff like that. Then we’ll edit them all together into a super inspiring sex culture manifesto which communicates the ethos of Kinky Salon, and our ridiculous sense of humor.
Shoot me an email and let me know if you want to take part in this fun poject, and help us reach new audiences. All shapes, sizes, colors and genders welcome.
On the interwebs
These two posts crossed my desk this week and made me chortle. The first attempts to make it simple, explaining the various relationship types in an easy to understand cartoon. The second made no such attempt, and just tells it like it is in this ridiclously complex diagram. Which one do you think is more accurate? I personally believe that it’s not the style of relationships that makes things complicated, it’s the people in them.




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Polly Whittaker is a 21st century sex culture revolutionary. She has dedicated her life to sexually progressive community, as an acclaimed latex fashion designer, a creator of arty, sexy parties, and a spokesperson for sex culture. Born in London, England, in 1974, she is the daughter of a hot air balloon pilot and a sex therapist. She relocated to San Francisco—home of the sexual revolution—in 1999. Her award-winning event, Kinky Salon, takes place in a dozen cities across Europe and North America. She recently joined forces with Christopher Ryan, Author of NYT Bestselling Book Sex at Dawn to create—a social network for global sex culture.

The Cover Story May 9, 2014