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I’m giving a TED talk!

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I’ll be speaking at TEDxLoughborough on March 16, about some of the ideas in my forthcoming book The Sex Myth. If you’re in the area, it would be great to see you there. If not, I’ll share the video here once it goes up on YouTube.

"Understanding the Sex Myth"

Turn on the TV or head to the Daily Mail online, and you could be forgiven for thinking we live in an age of unprecedented sexual hedonism, fuelled by teen sexting, pornography, and The Only Way Is Essex. But the reality of young people’s sex lives looks very different. In this engaging and thought-provoking talk, Rachel Hills introduces the Sex Myth: the modern Western philosophy of sexuality that ties our identity and value to what we do in the bedroom, with anxiety and inflated expectations as the result.

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While I was sleeping last night, Musings of An Inappropriate Woman ticked over 50,000 followers here on Tumblr. To quote Britticisms, who reached this milestone five months ago (and who is partly responsible for this blog hitting it): “I’m not bragging. I just feel really proud since I’m not a meme or pornbot or anything.”

To celebrate, I’ll be sending a thank you card to everyone who comments on this post. If you’d like to receive one, just click here, make sure to include your email, and I’ll be in touch to ask for your mailing address.

It might take a while to receive them, since I’m 5 weeks and 6 days from book deadline right now (who’s counting?), but you can expect to find a little something from me in the mail.

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Edited to add: To clarify, you don’t actually need to include your email address in the body of your comment (unless you want to). All you need to do is include your email along with your name when you sign in as a Guest (or using your Disqus login) and I’ll be able to view it as an admin.

Separate to the one where I talk shits and giggles with my friends, that is.

I’ll be using it to share the usual links to my published articles and blog posts, but more importantly, to get feedback on some of the ideas I’m working on for my book, The Sex Myth (forthcoming Simon & Schuster 2014), and stay in touch with the community that is developing around the book.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, go like it, won’t you?

So, I’m re-opening my old What Rachel Did Next tumblr as a repository for personal essay-type content. All those things I want to write about, but which are a bit off topic for what Musings of an Inappropriate Woman is supposed to be. Because blogging is supposed to be about art (or authentic expression, at least), y’all.

European interviewees wanted: book on sex, culture and identity

Today I fly back to London after 5 weeks travelling the US and Canada doing interviews for my book (click the link for more info). In that time I’ve hit up Washington DC, Baltimore, the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill research triangle, Asheville, NYC, Boston, various parts of Maine, Toronto, Winsdor, Detroit, a frat house in rural Ohio, Maui, LA, the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle and finally Houston, from which I am writing this missive.

Now, I’m looking to do the same in Western Europe, and I need your help. I’m looking for people of all genders, classes, ethnicities, religions and political persuasions to share their thoughts and experiences on all matters sex related. The book mostly focuses on people aged 16-30, but I’m interested in older and younger interviewees as well.

The book is a one-fifth pop culture, one-third academic and one-half personal story driven look at the hidden assumptions that shape our beliefs about sex and relationships - and how those assumptions impact us as individuals and as a society. It will be published by Simon & Schuster and Penguin in the second half of 2013.

I’m especially interested in speaking to people DON’T usually put up their hands for conversations about gender and sexuality (I’m looking at you: men, conservatives and people who haven’t been to university).

All interviewees featured in the book will be given pseudonyms, and other identifying details will be changed upon request.

If you’re interested in helping out, drop me an email at rachel.hills@gmail.com with your age, location and a bit of information about yourself/why you’re contacting me, and we can work towards setting up a time to speak.