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Friday, December 21, 2007

DIY, Portland

posted by on December 21 at 14:00 PM

DIY, Portland is a monthly radio show and podcast “highlighting revolutionary do-it-yourself projects,” and this month DIY, Portland highlights DIY sex, a.k.a. self-pleasuring, beating off, passing the time, what Brad does at his desk when he thinks I’ve nodded off at mine, etc. DIY, Portland is usually broadcast on Portland’s community radio station, KBOO, but this month’s installment is too explicit for the airwaves and, as such, is exclusive to the Internets.

And it’s probably too explicit for the air because the producers were foolish enough to interview… me.

Host and producer Julie Sabatier welcomes guests such as syndicated sex advice columnist (and Stranger editor) Dan Savage, who will enlighten listeners about the dangers as well as the ethics of DIY sex, and Portlander Isis Leeor, who will talk about a class she created called “Look Ma, No Hands! How to Orgasm With Your Breath.” Listeners will get the inside scoop on assisted onanism from a protected source in the phone sex industry. The show will also feature music from Leviethan.

You can listen to DIY, Portland here.

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What could the "ethics" of DIY sex be, besides try to do it when no one is watching? Guess I have to listen.

Posted by JMR | December 21, 2007 2:07 PM

Is "Leviethan" supposed to be "Leviathan," or is it a clever name for a collaboration between two guys named Levi (not me) and Ethan?

Posted by Levislade | December 21, 2007 2:17 PM

Are you saying Bradley is like Derek Lamb, the Stephen Merchant character in Extras, whom Ricky Gervais's character discovers wanking at his desk, having become incontrollably aroused by one of those pens that has a lady do a striptease when you tilt it upside down?

Posted by Fnarf | December 21, 2007 2:25 PM

Huh. Looks like it probably is the latter. Or at least there's a Levi involved.

Posted by Levislade | December 21, 2007 2:26 PM

I can orgasm doing Kegel exercises...I don't even need to use my diaphragm.

Posted by Tlazolteotl | December 21, 2007 2:30 PM

trust it to Portland to one up us on DIY sex...

Posted by michael strangeways | December 21, 2007 2:35 PM

Good show, Dan, and I liked the point you made about how male sexuality is policed in our culture. But I think you stumbled a bit on the question of why women don't talk about masturbation as much as men do, and came across sounding disingenuous. Women are "shy" about this subject because we have been harshly policed--fear of female sexuality runs deep in many cultures, Christian cultures not the least so. I'm sure that you know this, and I wonder why you were so disinclined to be upfront about it.

I think it's wonderful that you are speaking up about how restrictive the role of the "straight man" is -- but you seem to take such a harsh view of straight women whenever you discuss this issue. The path to a sexually healthy culture, it seems to me, is not to point the finger at women for screwing men up. Puritanical attitudes are the problem, and while they are perpetuated by both women and men, they primarily serve men -- traditional men and their traditional families, yes, but men, and the male-dominant structures of power.

Women have been strongly socialized to police sexuality, but also to provide it (the madonna/whore thing), while men are socialized to enjoy it and encouraged to consume it. Even within the boundaries imposed by their female partners, men have much more freedom to enjoy their sexuality than women do (porn is made for them, sexualized images of women are everywhere, strip clubs, etc.). Our culture makes it very easy for men to be sexual creatures and still be respected. Women have to proceed with caution.

That's why women don't talk about masturbation -- we're not supposed to like sex, sex is for men to enjoy. And it's very, very sad, for all of us. I don't think you would be betraying straight men by pointing this out.

Posted by Irena | December 21, 2007 6:17 PM


Yes, my first name is Levi, my middle name is Ethan. Hence Leviethan. Sounds like the monster, but it's just my name.

Posted by Leviethan | December 22, 2007 4:26 AM


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