Today we welcome Kirsten to the blog. Kirsten owns her blog, Chronic Sex, where she writes about the challenges of enjoying sex while you are suffering from a chronic illness. Let’s hear it from Kirsten.
What made you decide to start a sex blog?
I’ve always been a sex positive person, volunteering with Planned Parenthood and being the go-to friend to ask about sex. After high school, I moved and got busy so I stopped volunteering with PP. Because of living with chronic health issues, I began getting into activism and writing around that. Around 2010, I wrote about how my illnesses affect my sex life and got a lot of positive responses. In 2015, after talking with several others, I started a (semi)weekly Twitter chat to discuss the intersections of illness/disability, self-esteem, relationships, and sex. It just grew from there.
What, if anything, would you like your blog to achieve?
How much do you protect your anonymity as a sex blogger or are you quite open about writing a sex blog? And if the latter, what kind of reactions have you received?
I’m super open about it. I quit my day job in May of 2016 to take this journey full time, so even my past employers know I talk about sex… though, unless they’ve checked, they likely don’t know the extent to which I talk about my own vagina! Just about everyone has been very supportive. I don’t talk about everything about my relationship or sex life on the site, but try my hardest to be vulnerable and honest.
If readers would read only one post from your blog, which one would you recommend (i.e. which is your favourite/most important blog post)?
I feel like one of the most recent posts – Are You Tired of Cishet Studies on Relationships and Pain, Too? – helps share a lot of what Chronic Sex is all about. We have to demand better representation.
And finally, why have you decided to join Summer 100 Sex Bloggers Challenge and are you really going to write 100 posts?
I wish I was even on track to make 100, but I’m sadly not. It’s part of the fun that comes with living with unpredictable health issues. That’s okay, though! I really wanted to learn more about others, read a variety of sites, and challenge myself.
Thank you very much for stopping by, Kirsten!