Collection of Essays on Women's Health, Technology & Music Reviews
01 Seduction of Intimate Machines
This essay analyzes why the intimate relationship we have with our devices has reprogrammed arousal.
“The intimacy designed by way of frictionless design has led to a reprogramming of what turns us on and has driven, in part, the projection of sexual desire onto our devices. We operate these tools without conscious thought as if they I were a part of our bodies. The pleasurable tap and swipe or the slow drift-to-sleep cuddling our laptop has left many of us comfortably numb to how intimate our these experiences really are.”
Essay Chapters
+ Personal Computers are the Newest Equipment Used in BDSM
+ The Pleasure War in Technology Design
+ First Comes Intimacy, Then Comes Pleasure

+ The Device Caress
+ A Demanding Lover
+ Mistress Harley Has Consent to Surveil
Self published here. 
02 Music Reviews 
For many years, I worked writing music reviews, covering live shows and interviewing artists. Here are some of the good ones from the archives.
On the Dead Can Dance: After a hasty listen to both Anastasis, the duo’s first studio album in 16 years, and its ancestors, some might pigeonhole the Aussie dyad’s exotic refrain as music consumed only by tortured souls brooding over black coffee. Listen more carefully, and you’ll find that its sound is unbounded by time or genre. How can one categorize Gerrard’s eerie warbles, which have ripened with age; Perry’s elegant vocals, ornamented with nonsense syllables; or the duo’s ritualistic tribal drums and mournful instrumentals?
Time Out New York

Foam Magazine
03 Beyond the Fixed Body

Self-help feminist groups that formed during the Women’s Movement in the United States in the 60s and 70s, many of which, however, have been criticized for being a homogenous group of middle class white women, have long fought against the material fixity of the body. They urged the medical industry to consider that “women’s experiences, not medical textbooks or other types of expertise, [are] the best repositories of knowledge about women'' and “healthcare as deeply tied to history, language and politics” (Murphy 118). Black feminists groups, including The Combahee River Collective, filled the glaring gaps in these self-help movements by bringing forward an intersectional feminist perspective, a strategy for understanding how “oppression cannot be reduced to one fundamental type, and that oppressions work together in producing injustice” (Collins 18). These groups focused on “the multilayered texture of Black women’s lives” as related to health and connected “the seemingly objective realm of biomedicine to the social contexts in which they emerge” (Bailey). Their grassroots strategies, including self-exams at feminist women’s clinics and alternative gynecological instruction manuals, showed the importance of being in touch with women’s lives, bodies and health as whole, not fragmented individuals. The feminist emphasis on troubling how we think about the body as more-than-material is the anchor for the propositions in this paper. I offer a radically different framework for designing for women’s health that is in touch with and stays in touch with women and their communities’ social and environmental circumstances beyond a singular focus on the individual and material female body, giving new meaning to the concept of well-womanhood outside of institutional medicine. 
Read the entire piece here. 

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