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Smutathon 2019: Join me on a smut-filled adventure

My Beauties,

I have news. I’m ridiculously proud to be a part of Smutathon 2019.

What is Smutathon?

Smutathon is a fundraising event that started in 2017. Amy of Coffe and Kink started the event as a way for erotica authors, sex bloggers, and sex educators to come together to raise money and awareness for a cause.

For example, Smutathon 2019 is raising money for the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). The NNAF is a U.S. charity that assists folks in accessing abortion services and advocating for reproductive rights.

This year Smutathon 2019 is on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 9 am to 9 pm EST.

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The incomparable Bellesa is hosting Smutathon at its headquarters in Montreal. It’s another example of how tuned in Bellesa is to the issues surrounding sexuality, gender identity, sexual expression, and sexual freedom.

How did I become involved with Smutathon 2019?

Follow me back to where it all began. In 2005 I found out I had Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). It’s a chronic illness and guess what? It gets worse as you get older. Go figure.

In March of 2016, after a harrowing six-month struggle, I was forced to admit that working in a traditional 9 to 5 job wasn’t possible any longer. My career as both a family therapist and primary care social worker for U.S. veterans was over.

Needless to say, Mr. Crispy (my honey) and I were left reeling.

Getting used to the new normal took time. In the summer of 2017, a little over a year after the bomb dropped, my honey came to me with an idea. “Write some smut, sweetheart. Not just fan fiction, tell your own stories. You know it makes you happy. And you deserve to do something that makes you happy.”

So, I hopped online and googled “ethical porn and erotica.”

Bellesa was the first search result.

Once I’d found a place to submit my work, I wrote a story about a sorceress and her two lovers. If I was writing smut, I was indulging in my love of fantasy. They were a magical triad that kept their dimension and ours safe with sex magic. And I sent it to Jayne Renault, the Queen of Smut at Bellesa.

Song of Water Tile from Bellesa

Have you read the Mound of Gaia Series? You can read the first story “The Song of Water” on Bellesa. It’s an adventure that spans multiple dimensions, thousands of years, and all manner of magic. If the mortal world is more to your taste, check out my newest piece “Fearless.” It’s a modern queer love story complete with all the necessities, including well-negotiated kink, consent, and lube.

That choice changed the course of my life.

My experience hasn’t just improved my writing; it’s impacted my sense of self.

Using the social work skills I’d developed during grad school, I began to advocate for the LGBTQ+ and kink communities. I blogged about my experiences and wrote stories and poetry.

Masked Kinkcter

In April 2019, I helped re-launch #fetchat with Nikki from loveisafetish.com. A weekly Twitter chat for kinksters and fetishists. Further, I found purpose, joy, and friendship in an affirming community of authors and bloggers. I’ve learned to love myself and see my worth in a new way.

So, when Jayne, asked me to participate in Smutathon 2019, I knew I had to find a way to make it happen.

What it boils down to is this: I’m a mouthy SJW (a badge I wear with pride) and a Word Witch. It should come as no surprise that I’m an advocate for reproductive freedom and abortion rights. How folks with a uterus make decisions about childbearing is a critical social justice issue.

Having the agency to determine what happens to your body is not just about healthcare. Reproductive freedom impacts social standing, economic freedom, personal safety, freedom of movement, and the right to privacy.

Furthermore, childbearing intersects with race, gender identity, sexuality, sexual expression, and disability in complicated, life-altering ways.

For instance, did you know that the U.S. has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developed world? If you’re a person of color in the US, you’re in even more danger because you are 3 to 4 MORE TIMES LIKELY to die during pregnancy/in childbirth than white folks.

Curious about the thoughts and statistics mentioned above? Check out my Smutathon 2019 essay “WTF America? Reframing the Argument for Abortion”

I know that I don’t want to give the government the power to make my medical decisions? When pregnancy can be a literal death sentence, should any of us be okay with state-forced pregnancy?

Because that’s what we’re talking about – state-forced pregnancy.

So, there you have it. If you want to help folks in the U.S. navigate an ever-shrinking network of abortion services, then:

Be well, be wonderful, and above all, be you.

Anne

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