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Cory Silverberg

The Sexies: Celebrating Sex Positive Journalism

By November 9, 2007

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The Sexies is meant to be a new kind of journalism award, one that highlights the best in sex positive journalism. From the site:

We're seeking writers who present accurate information about sexual health and sexual diversity, who resist the assumption that sex-negative religious minorities represent the rest of the country's values, and who give news events involving sexual subcultures enough context and background that their readers can get the whole picture.

While I don't know much about the people behind the award, there are some familiar names involved and the idea is a great one. Mainstream journalists are generally hopeless at covering sexuality. It's not entirely their fault but it would be great if this award managed to offer both support to journalists whoíd like to do a better job, as well as some needed legitimacy for the subject matter.

Iím going to help as I can (and you can help to) by donating and nominating the journalists you love to read. But I think the organizers have their work cut out for them.

For one thing, itís not clear to me that mainstream journalists think there is a problem with the way they cover sex. Arguably more importantly, if you donít get editors on board you canít make much of a dent.

Thereís also the possibility that the award will go the way of so many ďsex positiveĒ efforts; devolving into a sex-positive love-in, where a small group of people get together and congratulate themselves on surviving in a media world that is hostile to their very existence. Not that an event like that isnít needed. People who do sex positive work generally donít make much money from it, and they receive far less attention than their obnoxious sex-positive-for-profit cousins (the ones who end up on Oprah and GMA). Their like academics without the teeny shred of respect academics still garner in our culture. But if it ends up just being a small group of sex-positive choir members preaching to each other it will have far less impact.

Comments
November 14, 2007 at 2:15 pm
(1) Miriam says:

Cory,

Thanks for the mention. We certainly have some of the same concerns as you do, which is why we made it open for readers to submit to, not just writers and editors, and why we’re focusing on awards for articles in mainstream pubs–to avoid it only being a love fest. It’ll still be a challenge, but let’s see how it goes!

Miriam
Sexies Advisory Board

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