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CatalystCon West

by Jason Stotts

The deadline for CatalystCon West speaker submissions is coming up soon and I’m planning on attending after hearing so many good things about the prior Catalystcons.  However, I need some feedback on my proposal.  I feel like it’s just a little off and needs some fine-tuning.  Take a look at it and if you have any suggestions, let me know! 

Requirements http://catalystcon.com/call-for-speakers/

Speakers should prepare for sessions that run an hour and ten minutes, including at least 20 minutes of open discussion.  Panel submissions should consist of no more than four speakers (including a moderator, if applicable) and all speakers for panel sessions must be confirmed prior to submission.

Speaker submissions should be sent in plain text in the body of your email. Email all submissions to: CatalystConSubmissions@gmail.com.

Session description: (250 word max)

Speaker Information

Name: Jason Stotts

Email: Jason(at)JasonStotts.com

URL: www.JasonStotts.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ErosophiaBlog

Twitter: @jstotts

Bio: (200 word max)

Photo (300-500px wide)

Prior Conferences:

–       Conference of the Atlanta Objectivist Society (ATLOSCon): 2012, 2011

–       Chicago Objectivist Society Conference (COSCon): 2011

–       University of Northern Florida Philosophy Conference: 2006

AV requirements: None.

Session Information

Title of Session: Reclaiming the Sexual Moral Narrative

The war against sex rages on with fundamentalist christians on the offensive and us on the defensive, against the ropes.  But, it doesn’t have to be this way.  The weapon they are using against us, against which we have no defense is morality: they have claimed the moral high-ground and we are defenseless without it.  Consequently, in the field of sexual ethics, we see nothing but a bleak landscape: prohibitions against this and condemnations about that.  But, isn’t there more?  Couldn’t sexual ethics actually tell us how to incorporate sex into our lives in a healthy way that serves to improve our lives?  It can and it should.  Moreover, it was our ceding of the moral high ground to the anti-sex side that weakened our position and forced us to always argue on the defensive.  By reclaiming the moral narrative, we can not only have better sex lives, but we can help to reclaim sexual ethics from those who hate the body and our enjoyment of it.  We can, in one fell swoop, improve our lives and put the arguments about sex back on fundamental principles.

In this talk I’m going to lay out what a philanthropic (pro-human) sexual ethic looks like and show how this foundation can restructure the field.  I will also show how restructuring the arguments in different fields of sexual ethics can take us from being on the defensive to making real headway in the culture.  We may not be able to “win” against pundits who would never change their minds anyway, but if we can change the culture, it doesn’t matter. We will have won what we really wanted: a world where sex is a real value in human life.

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Announcement: Live Hangout on Google+

by Jason Stotts

I will be hosting a Google+ hangout tomorrow night at 6PM PST (9PM EST) for anyone wanting to ask me questions, discuss a subject related to sexuality, or generally have a good time. All are welcome and no RSVP is needed.

How often do you get to ask questions of a top sex-blogger for free?

G+ profile: https://plus.google.com/109407775097493524750

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/385062111582107/

You can also like Erosophia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErosophiaBlog

UPDATE: Several people have contacted me and said that they won’t be able to make the Hangout, but would still like to ask questions (the video will go on YouTube after the Hangout is over).  For anyone who wants a question answered but can’t make the Hangout, you can email me at Jason(at)JasonStotts.com or send me a tweet (@JStotts) and I’ll try to fit your question in.

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Mistakes Couples Make about Sex: Philosophy in Action Interview with Diana Hsieh

by Jason Stotts

Last night I was interviewed on Diana Hsieh’s Blog Talk Radio show Philosophy in Action and we talked for about an hour on issues in sexual ethics and four common mistakes that couples make about sex.  It was really interesting being interviewed.  I’ve been writing for many years now, I’ve presented at multiple conferences, I even (briefly) started a podcast for Erosophia, and yet none of that was the same as someone else interviewing me.  I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t in charge of the proceedings (since it was Diana’s show) or whether the knowledge that it wsa being recorded for posterity, but honestly I felt a little nervous.  Not in my beliefs or material, mind you.  Rather, just in that I would be able to present my views well in an interview setting and make it interesting.

Happily, I think the show went really well and the discussion was lively and interesting.  Diana later told me that we had over 90 live listeners!  And, so far, the feedback has been very positive.  If you want to listen to the interview yourself, check out this link: “Mistakes Couples Make about Sex.”  I also encourage you to leave feedback here after you listen to the interview, whether positive or negative.  While you’re on Philosophy in Action, you should check out some of Diana’s other episodes.  She does good work and I’m sure that there will be something of value to you there.

I want to thank Diana for having me on Philosophy in Action and hopefully it won’t be the last time.  I had a really good time and it might even have been what I needed to restart the Erosophia Podcast.

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Live Interview on Philosophy in Action

by Jason Stotts

I’m being interviewed on Diana Hsieh’s Philosophy in Action Talk Radio show on Wednesday night at 6PM PST/9PM EST on the topic of on “Mistakes Couples Make about Sex” and then we’re going to answer your questions live. You can also email (Jason-at-JasonStotts.com), facebook message, or tweet (@jstotts) me questions and we’ll answer them on air.  This is your first chance to ask me questions live and get them answered right away.  If everything goes really well, I might even revive the Erosophia Podcast.

In Wednesday evening’s live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Talk Radio, philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh will interview Jason Stotts on “Mistakes Couples Make about Sex.”

* What: Philosophy in Action Talk Radio: Jason Stotts on Mistakes Couples Make about Sex
* Who: Dr. Diana Hsieh, with Jason Stotts, plus live callers
* When: Wednesday, 1 August 2012, 6 pm PT / 7 pm MT / 8 pm CT / 9 pm ET
* Where: http://www.PhilosophyInAction.com/live

** Is your romantic relationship and sex life hampered by wrong ideas and bad habits? Are you inadvertently sabotaging your relationships? Find out how to stop holding yourself back with some simple tips. Then, have your questions on love, sex, and relationships answered. **

Jason is an aspiring philosopher, one of the top 100 sex bloggers in the world with his blog Erosophia ( http://jasonstotts.com/ ), and author working on his first book titled “Eros and Ethos: The Ethics of Modern Sex.” He holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Denison University and is an autodidact in the field of Sexuality.

To join the live broadcast and its chat, just point your browser to http://www.PhilosophyInAction.com/live a few minutes before the show is scheduled to start. By listening live, you can call in with your questions and experiences, as well as post comments and questions in the text chat.

If you miss the live broadcast, you’ll find the audio from the episode posted here:

http://www.philosophyinaction.com/archive/2012-08-01.html

Join us on Wednesday evening for an engaging discussion of the application rational principles to the challenges of real life!

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ATLOSCon 2012 Recap

by Jason Stotts

As you probably know, I’ve been on vacation for roughly the last week in Atlanta for ATLOSCon 2012.  It was a great experience like last year and I had a really good time reconnecting with old friends and getting to know some new people.

Thursday night was the opening banquet and I got to see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a year and meet lots of new people.  It’s funny that people tend to assume, because I’m a blogger and I write about sex, that I’m very extroverted.  That is, however, just not true.  I wouldn’t say that I’m shy per se, but I’m certainly not extroverted and if I didn’t come up and say hi, it wasn’t you, it was me.  If you want to meet me and we don’t have mutual friends, you’re going to have to just come up to me and introduce yourself.  I’m very friendly, though, so don’t fear for your life or anything.

I took several interesting classes while at ATLOSCon, one of which was Jenn Casey’s and Kelly Elmore’s class on temperament that I took friday morning.  I  learned some really interesting things and also learned that temperament is one issue that I will be looking more closely into in the future as I think that it may have a bigger role in relationships and even ethics in general than it is generally believed now.  If anyone has a good book recommendation about general temperament or personality theory, I would appreciate it.

I also took Miranda and her dad Antonio’s class about what it was like growing up as an objectivist.  I personally can’t imagine having grown up an objectivist and it was interesting to hear them talk more about it (I also saw this last year).  I think my biggest take away from their class was that if you want your children to be objectivists when they grow up, you shouldn’t force ideology onto them, but rather model the virtues and teach them how to think independently.  I think this is an important point for all parents.

Friday night I went shooting with the Objectivists, which was a lot of fun and I took my mom shooting for the first time in quite a while.

Saturday morning I took Jenn and Kelly’s positive discipline class for parenting and the more I learn about positive discipline, the more it seems like the best way to raise a child.  I may not be about to have kids yet, but it’s never to early to start learning things about it.

Saturday afternoon I gave my talk “Sexual Attraction and Fantasy: a Philosophical Exploration” and it was well received.  I think that people really liked the talk and there were some really good questions.

Saturday evening was the big ATLOSCon party at the Casey house and I had a good time hanging out with everyone.  I talked about a lot of things, but somehow sex kept coming up.  I just want to point out that it’s not always me bringing it up, people seek me out to talk about sex.  Which I like.  But I think that some people think it’s all I talk about, when it isn’t.

Sunday morning I was back at the Casey house to see Diana Hsieh do her Philosophy in Action webcast live, which was very interesting.

Sunday afternoon I saw Rachel Miner give a talk on Romantic Extras, or things that one can and should do in order to maintain love and intimacy in relationships.  There was a lot of good concrete advice and she did a good job with the presentation.  I followed that by the OHomos panel, where several gay Objectivists talked about their experiences growing up gay, becoming Objectivists, and fielded questions from the audience.  Nothing surprising here for me, but it was interesting to hear their stories.

After, I saw Stephen Bourque’s “Exploring Ayn Rand’s Theory of Concepts” and it was the only talk at ATLOSCon that I didn’t like.  Perhaps I simply know too much about epistemology, but I thought the class was poorly executed.

Afterwords, we went out to a rushed dinner and then to my Practical Sexuality Workshop.  We were a couple of minutes late, which I was pretty annoyed about (it wasn’t anyone’s fault, but I hate being late), but the workshop went really well.  There was a running trivia challenge throughout the presentation and there were three teams competing.  We started with sexual anatomy, then moved to different orgasm techniques, and finally to anal.  People seemed to have a really good time competing in the trivia contest and I think everyone learned something new.  Although there was quite a bit of hype leading up to “the orgy” (which, incidentally, I appreciated all that free advertising), there was no nudity or even anyone injured.  I had a lot of fun putting on the workshop and I definitely would like to start doing more workshops and helping to spread sexual knowledge and good technique to people.  Sex is, after all, a skill that can be learned and mastering that skill will make your sex more pleasurable and help your relationship with your partner.

Overall, I thought ATLOSCon went really well and I had a great time attending.  There is a great sense of belonging being in a group of people who share your fundamental ideas and who are working to help bring them into reality with you.  It is that same sense of “being in the valley” that one gets at OCON, but with a warmer Southern hospitality element.

Some administrative comments, with the understanding that I thought everything went really well this year, are:

1. Less time between sessions.  Having 45 minutes between morning and afternoon sessions was just too much.  In the evenings it also made it nearly impossible to have dinner before the evening activity.

2. Starting at 10am was much better than starting at 9am, since inevitably, we’d stay up way too late having fun.

3. Can we get a little ribbon on name tags or a special speaker badge so that we are more easily identifiable?

4. I realize that the Cherokee recreation center is well suited to the conference and I’m sure it’s not expensive given where it is, but it’s hard to have so many of the other events 30-45 minutes from the conference site.  This may not be feasible, but it would be helpful if everything were closer together.

So, that’s just a couple of little things.  I thought the conference went really well and that things were very organized. I want to thank Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore and the rest of ATLOS for inviting me out and having such a nice conference.

Finally, if you want to help support Erosophia, buy a copy of the lecture I presented on Sexual Attraction and Fantasy or my Practical Sexuality Workshop.  I’ve decided, just to make it a little cheaper, to sell each for $10, which is less than I was initially going to price them at.  Additionally, if you attended either of my events, you can purchase either for half-price!  I prefer Amazon or Paypal payments to Jason(at)JasonStotts.com, but I’m open to other avenues. The descriptions of the talks are below.

Sexual Attraction and Fantasy: A Philosophical Exploration

What causes sexual attraction? Is it simply a physical response to a person’s body or is there something more going on? In this talk, I will delve into the deeper nature of sexual attractions and examine the cognitive element of sexual attraction and how it can enhance or destroy attractions. Further, we will look at the role of fantasy both by itself and its role in sexual attraction. Through this, we shall come to see that sexual attraction is more than merely a physical response and is, in fact, a robust phenomenon that ties together much more of ourselves than is commonly thought.

and

Practical Sexuality Workshop

Join your fellow conference attendees in a workshop on practical sexual skills hosted by Jason Stotts, author of Erosophia (one of the top 100 sex blogs of 2011). The workshop will be in three parts. The first part is an in-depth inquiry into anal eroticism, including anal sex and prostate play. The second part is all about orgasms, both male and female, including orgasmic edge play (also called extended orgasms or massive orgasms) and orgasm denial. The third part will be open Q&A where the floor will be opened to questions from attendees who can either ask questions there or submit them in advance if they’re not comfortable asking in front of the group. The workshop will be interactive and participation is encouraged. Price: $10 per person.

The workshop is obviously adult oriented in nature and no one under 18 will be permitted to attend. The workshop is open to singles, couples, poly-groups, and everyone of any orientation.

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ATLOSCon 2012

by Jason Stotts

The Atlanta Objectivist Society’s Mini-Conference ATLSOCon is coming up in just a couple of days and I’m really excited to be going again and presenting not only a class during ATLSOCon proper, but also a special workshop on practical sexual techniques (no, it’s not an orgy).  If you haven’t already registered, you should get on it as a lot of classes are already full!

This year I’m again going to offer copies of my lectures for sale as papers after the conference to help pay for my travel expenses.  I know that I ask for money a lot, but if it weren’t for one donor, Erosophia would run in the red and doing all this fun stuff that adds value to your life isn’t free.  This year I’m offering pdf copies of my Sexual Attraction and Fantasy class for $10 before the conference ends and $12 after and copies of my Practical Sexuality workshop for $13 before and $17 after.  Of course, you can also donate more and that’ll make me really happy and help keep Erosophia going.  You can send a PayPal payment to Jason(at)JasonStotts.com, send me an Amazon gift card to the same address, donate via the donate button on the right sidebar on Erosophia, or contact me for more options.  If you want to donate some money but think that I’m asking for too much, let me know and maybe we can work out something.

In case you don’t recall what classes I’m giving, here are their descriptions:

Sexual Attraction and Fantasy: A Philosophical Exploration

What causes sexual attraction? Is it simply a physical response to a person’s body or is there something more going on? In this talk, I will delve into the deeper nature of sexual attractions and examine the cognitive element of sexual attraction and how it can enhance or destroy attractions. Further, we will look at the role of fantasy both by itself and its role in sexual attraction. Through this, we shall come to see that sexual attraction is more than merely a physical response and is, in fact, a robust phenomenon that ties together much more of ourselves than is commonly thought.

and

Practical Sexuality Workshop

Join your fellow conference attendees in a workshop on practical sexual skills hosted by Jason Stotts, author of Erosophia (one of the top 100 sex blogs of 2011). The workshop will be in three parts. The first part is an in-depth inquiry into anal eroticism, including anal sex and prostate play. The second part is all about orgasms, both male and female, including orgasmic edge play (also called extended orgasms or massive orgasms) and orgasm denial. The third part will be open Q&A where the floor will be opened to questions from attendees who can either ask questions there or submit them in advance if they’re not comfortable asking in front of the group. The workshop will be interactive and participation is encouraged. Price: $10 per person.

The workshop is obviously adult oriented in nature and no one under 18 will be permitted to attend. The workshop is open to singles, couples, poly-groups, and everyone of any orientation.

If you’re a regular reader and you’re going to be in Atlanta, introduce yourself and let me know.  I love meeting new people and I’m always open to talking about sex.

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ATLOSCon 2012

by Jason Stotts

The registration for ATLOSCon 2012 in Atlanta is now live!  That means it’s time for you to register for my class and my workshop on sex.  Oh, you didn’t know that you’d be able to see me speaking live this year?  Well, read on.

This year at ATLOSCon I’m going to be delivering a class on Sexual Attraction and Fantasy as well as a workshop on more advanced sexual techniques.

Sexual Attraction and Fantasy: A Philosophical Exploration

What causes sexual attraction? Is it simply a physical response to a person’s body or is there something more going on? In this talk, I will delve into the deeper nature of sexual attractions and examine the cognitive element of sexual attraction and how it can enhance or destroy attractions. Further, we will look at the role of fantasy both by itself and its role in sexual attraction. Through this, we shall come to see that sexual attraction is more than merely a physical response and is, in fact, a robust phenomenon that ties together much more of ourselves than is commonly thought.

and

Practical Sexuality Workshop

Join your fellow conference attendees in a workshop on practical sexual skills hosted by Jason Stotts, author of Erosophia (one of the top 100 sex blogs of 2011). The workshop will be in three parts. The first part is an in-depth inquiry into anal eroticism, including anal sex and prostate play. The second part is all about orgasms, both male and female, including orgasmic edge play (also called extended orgasms or massive orgasms) and orgasm denial. The third part will be open Q&A where the floor will be opened to questions from attendees who can either ask questions there or submit them in advance if they’re not comfortable asking in front of the group. The workshop will be interactive and participation is encouraged. Price: $10 per person.

The workshop is obviously adult oriented in nature and no one under 18 will be permitted to attend. The workshop is open to singles, couples, poly-groups, and everyone of any orientation.

If you’re going to be in the Atlanta area, come check out ATLOSCon and my classes.  It’s a really great weekend packed with a lot of good speakers.  You’ll also meet some really great people.  If you do end up in one of my classes, come say hi and introduce yourself.  I love to meet readers.

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SoCal Objectivists Lecture

by Jason Stotts

Just a reminder for everyone that my SoCal Objectivists lecture is this saturday night!  If you want to see me speak live for free, this is your chance!  We do ask that you RSVP, instructions and details can be found here.

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