Editor’s Letter: Let’s Talk About Sex

[Image description: Pink neon sign in the shape of an arrow with “GIRLS” written inside. Three pink neon sillhouettes of women in sexual poses are poised atop the arrow. This image was chosen to reflect the month’s theme of sex and the sex industry.]

Dear Readers,

November on The Relationship Blogger is dedicated to opening the discussion of sex, sex work and sexuality as well as they ways these themes intersect with mental health. It’s not accident this theme immediately follows our month of rape culture essays and art. Rape culture is born out of the sex industry just as surely as sexual empowerment.

There are absolutely lines we prefer not to cross here. Raymond and I have made it clear we are not interested in exploiting the body, sexuality or the individual. However, we have invited writers and artists to share their stories, their work, and their views. We may not agree with all opinions. This is okay. We embrace diversity and encourage conversation.

Our hope is that, as we debut this month’s lineup, you will will consider each voice with equal weight. When you agree, respond. When you disagree, respond. We recognize that many pieces posted this month may be triggering, and have made our choices with an eye to education. This forum is for what is not being said. We want you to ask questions. Send us a piece of your own. Join the conversation.

Happy reading!


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Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie is a mental wellness advocate and writing coach in Bloomington, IN. She teaches writing through trauma for release and recovery to survivors and veterans through the Center for Creative Writing, Ivy Tech Community College, and Survive Your Story. Shawna is also The Relationship Blogger's Editor-in-Chief.

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