You’re welcome to pitch me for an interview! I’m always available at [ clarisse.thorn at gmail dot com ], or on Twitter @ClarisseThorn. I’ve listed my favorite interviews below.
But before we get to the list, were you looking for my official bio? Here it is:
Clarisse Thorn writes and speaks about sex, gender, new media, and communities. Her writing has appeared across the Internet in places like The Guardian, AlterNet, Feministe, Jezebel, Ms. Media, The Rumpus, and Time Out. She has delivered lectures across the USA, from museums to universities to SXSW. In 2010, Clarisse returned to the USA after working on HIV mitigation in southern Africa. She has also volunteered as an archivist, curator, and fundraiser for that venerable S&M institution, the Leather Archives & Museum, and for the social justice site Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Clarisse’s first book is called Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser: Long Interviews With Hideous Men, and she has a collection of her best essays called The S&M Feminist. Find Clarisse’s blog at www.clarissethorn.com/blog, or follow her on Twitter @ClarisseThorn.
And here are some previous interviews and reviews:
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(Audio) Digital Culture LA interview about my coming-out experience, free speech online, etc. (September 2018)
Tech journalist Brittney Gallagher interviews me about coming out of the closet and the changes in internet culture over the last decade.
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(Text) The New York Times: “The Boundary Between Abuse and BDSM” (May 2018)
Valeriya Safronova interviews me and others about the line between abuse and BDSM, after more politicians try to claim that the abuse accusations against them were “actually” consenting BDSM.
In 2018, after this article came out, I realized that American culture is in a very different place with BDSM than it used to be, and I was inspired to come out of the closet.
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(Text) Cosmopolitan article on talking to your doctor about BDSM (February 2017)
Michelle Konstantinovsky interviews me and others about stigma, the medical establishment, and BDSM.
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(Text) Sex Geek review of Confessions (January 2016)
The brilliant blogger and “gender-fluid non-monogamous queer perv intellectual and hedonist,” Andrea Zanin, reviews Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser.
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(Text) Buzzfeed: “25 Facts About BDSM That You Won’t Learn In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’” (February 2015)
Buzzfeed reporter Casey Gueren did a fantastic job with this list.
(Text) The Daily Beast: “Your Dominatrix Is So Bored by ‘50 Shades’” (February 2015)
Writer Mélanie Berliet quotes me and others in this trend piece on Fifty Shades of Grey.
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(Text) Flavorwire: “A Feminist BDSM Expert Weighs in on Jian Ghomeshi” (October 2014)
Sarah Seltzer writes an excellent top-5 list of lessons we can learn about BDSM and abuse from the scandal surrounding Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi.
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A lovely review by A.E. Osworth for the “girl-on-girl culture” site Autostraddle, discussing my collection The S&M Feminist: Best Of Clarisse Thorn.
(Audio) PostMasculine Radio podcast with Mark Manson (August 2012)
I chat with my favorite ex-pickup artist Mark Manson about the similarities and differences of our experiences with polyamory and pickup artistry. Mark, of course, came up a lot in Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser.
(Note: Mark’s old website is down, so I’m using an archival link for this podcast episode, courtesy of the Wayback Machine hosted by the nonprofit Internet Archive.)
(Audio) Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino (July 2012)
Famous sex educator Tristan Taormino interviews me about my awesome collection, The S&M Feminist: Best Of Clarisse Thorn.
(Text) Psychology Today interview with Scott Barry Kaufman (June 2012)
The cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman interviews me about my book Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser.
(Audio) Casual Sex with David Ortmann (October 2010)
Lots of discussion of BDSM and feminism with San Francisco therapist David Ortmann. This interview streams automatically if you open the page, but you can also download the episode by clicking the small and easy-to-miss iTunes icon on the streaming bar (towards the middle of the page).
(Audio) Poly Weekly with Cunning Minx (February 2009)
I think this may have been my first interview as Clarisse Thorn! We mostly talk about the sex-positive film series that I started in Chicago that year.
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