If you want to hire me, I can be reached at [ clarisse.thorn at gmail dot com ] or through my contact form. Here are some of my lectures, workshops and events:
* Leadership in the Bedroom: A Sexual Communication Workshop. Down-to-earth tips and ideas on how to communicate clearly about sex. This workshop was originally requested by the University of Illinois at Chicago, but I’ve presented it many times. I can do it in two hours or more.
* Rape In Gaming. How does it feel to be virtually raped? Who would decide to commit rape in a game? Should we, as a society, worry about people who pretend to rape software? How do rape fantasies get expressed in games? What does “rape in gaming” even mean, and why does it happen? From the classic 1974 roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons to modern video games, rape has emerged in every type of virtual world — and rape fantasies have emerged, too. This presentation reviews my introduction to the anthology Violation: Rape In Gaming; it was developed for a lunchtime talk at the University of Chicago Law School, and I can deliver it in 90 minutes or less.
* Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser. There’s a whole subculture devoted to teaching men how to seduce women. Over the last few years, these underground “pickup artists” have surfaced into the popular consciousness, with the help of bestselling books like Neil Strauss’s The Game and hit reality shows like VH1’s The Pick-Up Artist. In this lecture I describe two years of experience talking to pickup artists, learning their techniques, understanding their community frameworks and norms, and eventually giving them tips on how to seduce women … all of which culminated in my book, Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser: Long Interviews With Hideous Men. This presentation was originally created for a lunchtime talk at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago, and I can deliver it in 90 minutes or less.
* BDSM Overview. Imagery deriving from bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) is becoming commonplace — and we all know (or think we know) what a dominatrix is — but most people don’t have much idea of what BDSM actually involves. Although it is increasingly accepted as an alternative sexual orientation, BDSM remains surrounded by stigma, scandal and occasional legal action. This presentation covers the basics of BDSM, but it’s not a how-to lecture — you aren’t going to learn how to use a whip, though you’ll learn where to go to find out! I have given this lecture more than any other. It can be squished into an hour, but I prefer two hours, or even longer. Also, here’s my list of basic BDSM resources.
* Sex-Positivity for Everyone! Including the Mens! What is masculinity or male advocacy as a movement, and how is it in dialogue with contemporary feminism? Can it be incorporated into feminism, or can the values of the sex-positive feminist community speak to its concerns? What does positive, productive talk about masculinity sound like? I deliver a short lecturette and then facilitate small discussions on three case studies: kinky male sexuality, men in the pickup artist community, and men who buy sex. This workshop was originally requested by the University of Chicago, and it should take about 90 minutes.
* The Sex+++ Film Series at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and related film screenings. I have now overseen many many screenings of sex-positive documentaries, and facilitated followup discussions afterwards. In the past I have done this primarily to accomplish my activist educational goals or to raise funds for deserving institutions, but I’d be happy to run a screening or two upon request. Please note, however, that I don’t own the rights to all the films I’ve screened — so if you want me to run a screening for you, you may need to budget extra in order to cover the rights. Here’s a list of the original film line-up for Sex+++, and here’s the 2011-2012 line-up.
I would certainly be willing to design a new workshop or lecture upon request — in fact, two of the above events were created at the request of the institutions that invited me.
I live in San Francisco, so if you want me to come to your institution, then you’ll have to consider how to get me there from San Francisco, which usually means you pay my travel costs.