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This page is a platform for my upcoming anthology,

Integral Voices on Sex, Gender & Sexuality: Critical Inquiries

 

I'm co-editor of the book with Australian scholar Dr. Sarah Nicholson.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Leading up to the launch of our book, I hosted a series of free dialogues with some of the contributors of our anthology. The dialogues below are an opportunity to get a taste for some of the provocative topics covered in the book, and to get a more intimate feel for our contributors.

 

 

I've also included, below, links to some of the rich dialogues I have done in the past on my Poetic Justice Dialogue Series on the topics of Sex, Gender and Sexuality. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's Sexuality, Power & The Law 

 

 

                    Vanessa D. Fisher & Diane Musho Hamilton

 

 

                           

 

 

The first of my dialogues, focused on the content of our anthology, is with Zen teacher, author, friend, and award-winning mediator Diane Musho Hamilton. 

 

 

 In this dialogue, Diane and I explore the ideas and experience that informed our co-authored chapter from the anthology, entitled, Evolving Our Approach to Sexual Harrassment: A New Role for Women.

 

 

  

            

                Download this Dialogue as an MP3

 

 

Our chapter explores the evolution of sexual harassment law and policy as it has developed in North America from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to its widespread acceptance and implementation in the workplace and academic environments in the 1980s. We examine the significant impact of sexual harassment policy on our understanding of gender roles and male-female sexual relations over the last 60 years, and the unique challenges now facing us as a result.



Through an intimate and vulnerable, and at times controversial, examination of power, sex, and the law, we aim to reframe the sexual harassment debate from an integral perspective; calling us all, women and men alike, into a higher level of awareness and compassion in how we deal with our sexual exchanges.

 

 

 

 

 

 Leaning In: Men, Women & The Call to Liberation

 

 

In Trialogue with Dr. Warren Farrell & Dr. Elizabeth Debold

 

 

                            

 

 

The second of my interviews is in the form of a tialogue with educator, men's activist, and best-selling author of, The Myth of Male Power and Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap–and What Women Can Do About It, Dr. Warren Farrell, and educator, feminist activist, and best-selling author of, Mother Daughter Revolution, Dr. Elizabeth Debold.

 

 

 

        

           Download this Trialogue as an MP3

 

 

Warren and Elizabeth accompanied me for a unique three-way discussion that took us on a deep-dive exploration of men, women, and the future of gender.

 

 

This trialogue takes a fascinating sweep of history, and explores a unique set of perspectives on how gender has evolved and transformed as we moved from tribes, to medieval feudal structures, to the great upheavals of the industrial revolution, and to where the currents of change are pointing us next. We explore some of the greatest practical challenges facing men and women over the coming decades, including a re-visioning, re-evaluation, and challenge to the “masculine” and “feminine” framed spheres of Western culture, and how both women and men can better support each other in this time of transition.
 

 

 

 

(Are) Men Tragically Hopeless(?)

A Critical Integralist's Perspective

 

In Dialogue with Dr. R. Michael Fisher

 

 

 

                                                 

 

For my third dialogue, I interview Dr. R. Michael Fisher (who is also my father) on his chapter in our anthology entitled "Are Men Tragically Hopeless? A Critical Integralists' Perspective".  A chapter which situates men at a significant point of crisis in evolutionary history and presents the case for a radical shift in how we think about men's liberation.

 

 

            

                    Download this Dialogue as an MP3

 

 

Responding critically to both integral and postmodern theory, and drawing from his personal experience, Fisher's chapter follows the developments and struggles of men in conscious community and advocates for the liberation of both genders by working from the ruins of hopelessness. We explore Fisher's unique approach to men's liberation work as a practice of social identity development which includes political, economic, cultural, and social systems perspectives. We also chart and personally reflect on the history of the integral movement, and discuss important critiques of integral theory and leadership, while exploring our own relationship to the questions of gender as father and daughter.

 

 

This was a provocative dialogue that touches on many topical issues. At times theoretical, at times deeply personal, and at times controversial in our discussion of men and the integral movement.

 

 

 

 

 

You can now order your very own copy of the book on Amazon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Past Dialogues I've conducted on the topics of Sex, Gender & Sexuality

from the Poetic Justice Dialogue Series

 

 

 

 

Good Girls Aren't Funny:

Unlocking Women's Leadership through Comedy and Improv Theatre

 

 

 

 
An Interview with Holly Mandel

 
 
In this dialogue, Holly Mandel and I discuss her journey through improv as a guiding art and practice in her life. We specifically explore Holly's project GOOD GIRLS AREN'T FUNNY, which is based on presentations and improv classes that she has designed specifically to support women in shaking loose their conventional "good girl" role so as to unlock latent potentials for women's leadership through the practice of spontenaity, art, and laugh-out-loud comedy...
 
Click here to listen to the full interview with Holly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democratizing Sexuality through the Arab Spring:

An Expert's View On the Emerging Mythology Unfolding for Women in the Middle East

 

 

 

An Interview with Elza Maalouf

 

 

In this dialogue, I interview Elza on women's evolving role in the Middle East, particularly in light of the changes and shifts that have occurred in the region as a result of the Arab Spring. 

We engage an intimate discussion about the complex nature of young women's emergence in the Middle East and ask some important questions about what gendered and sexual liberation means to women in the Arab world.
 
Click here to listen to the full interview with Elza

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Side of Eroticism:

An Exploration of Sex, Death and the Polarity of Intimacy

 

 

 

An Interview with Michaela Bohem

 

 

In this dialogue, Michaela Bohem and I explore a rich and intimate discussion on the complex territory of death and eroticism. We engage a provocative and illuminating inquiry into the darker sides of sexuality and eroticism as they show up in the form of pathology and provocation in our personal lives, as well as in the larger collective culture. We also explore how we can recognize and work with the energetic polarities of both Eros and Thanatos in a skillful and discerning way.
 
Click here to sisten to the full interview with Michaela
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Revisioning Men's Worth:

A Critical Exploration of the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Men in the New Millienium

 

 

 

An Interview with Mark Forman

 

 

In this dialogue, I interview Mark Forman on his views regarding the unique challenges and opportunities facing men and masculinity in the 21st Century. We critically examine cultural discourses surrounding the shifting historical roles of masculinity and femininity, explore the impact of feminism on men over the last 50 years, and point towards new directions of inquiry for men's role in the future...
 
Click here to listen to the full interview with Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 The Missing Myth:

A New Vision of Same-Sex Love

 

 

 

An Interview with Gilles Herrada

 

 

 

In this Dialogue, I interview Gilles Herrada (who is also a contributor to our anthology) about his recently published book, The Missing Myth: A New Vision of Same-Sex Love. Below is a short quote from the book, which offers a taste of the new and expansive context Gilles opens in his book for re-visioning same-sex love...
 
 
“After having been stigmatized as a sin or a perversion by two millenniums of homophobic culture, a mere half-century of well-intentioned pro-homosexual discourse has left homosexuality impoverished, truncated, disjointed, and ripped apart. Why is this?

 

 

 

Modern homosexual identity only started to emerge in the nineteenth century and really grounded itself no earlier than the second half of the twentieth century. In this respect, this identity is extremely young, and because of the historical cultural context in which it was born, modern homosexuality has essentially been conceived and theorized within a biological, psychoanalytic, and sociological, and hence profoundly materialistic context. As a result, modern homosexuality exists in body and mind, but has no soul.


Modern homosexuality has been analyzed and rationalized by modernists, contextualized and even deconstructed by postmodernists, but not many have dared to give it meaning…. As a consequence, the sacred dimension of modern homosexuality—symbolic and spiritual, inevitably—has remained largely ignored by the homosexual discourse, leaving its brutal rejection by traditional religions still unanswered.

 




In this sense, the original and somewhat humble premise of The Missing Myth is that homosexuality has yet to discover itself..."

 

 

 

 

Click here to listen to the full interview with Gilles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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