You can read our full interview over at Boinkology.
You can read our full interview over at Boinkology.
I am delighted to be back on A Happy Go Lucky Podcast with Leia Weathington, Jesse Morgan and Ben Coleman for episode 34! Here’s the episode description:
My main squeeze Erika Moen is in house to talk about six months of her incredible sexual health and toy review comic Oh Joy, Sex Toy! Together we all plumb the murky depths of societies attitude towards sex, our fraught educations as youngsters and the politics of desire.
Bonus content: learn what god awful wardrobe choices we all made as teenagers.
Glenn Fleishman had a really in-depth, thorough conversation with me earlier this month on his excellent podcast, The New Disruptors. We talk about my origins in comics, honesty & autobio, sex education, being on a reality TV show and my new comic series. It was a pleasure to talk with him and really go below the surface with him on this episode, Do Toy With My Affections.
Here is the video of my conversation yesterday with Nancy Redd at HuffPost Live yesterday in which we talked about sexual fluidity and the myth of the Lesbian Until Graduation. I was joined by Brooke Sopelsa, Marcie Bianco, Myisha Cherry and
I wish I’d had time to include a few more statements, so I’ll just add them here.
People who want to police and act as gatekeepers to any identity (sexual or otherwise) are useless and ineffective. As Marcie brought up in the discussion, an argument used against homosexual marriage is that same-gender couples marrying somehow diminishes (“waters down”, if you will) the marriages of oppositely-gendered couples. Obviously that is a bullshit concept. So why are homosexuals so quick to adopt it when it comes to sexual identity? “If THOSE people identify as my sexuality, it damages the legitimacy of MY identity!” No. No, it really does not.
My identity as a woman is not damaged even though there are some truly terrible women out there. My identity as a cartoonist is not damaged even though there are some truly terrible cartoonists out there. An individual’s identity is their own, regardless if other people you don’t like identify as the same thing as you.
Homosexual identity has ALWAYS been under attack and disrespected as valid, long before there was a stereotype of college girls “experimenting” and the introduction of the word “bicurious”. If you removed from the world every person who’s ever experimented or “gone through a phase”, THERE WOULD STILL BE PEOPLE ATTACKING AND INVALIDATING HOMOSEXUAL IDENTITY. Don’t blame those that “experiment” or are attracted to multiple genders for other people’s homophobia. Blame the homophobes.
Biphobia is not how you combat homophobia, but it does make those that are biphobic act just as bullying and reprehensible as homophobes.
Other people do not get to define your sexual identity. There is no such thing as a REAL [sexual ID] and a FAKE [sexual ID].
Your sexual identity HAS NO IMPACT on somebody else’s sexual identity. NONE AT ALL. There is no “watering down” of identity.
There is no test, no threshold, no status quo you have to meet to identify as your sexuality. You are the ONE PERSON who knows truly and can accurately name your sexual identity.
6pm PST 5:40pm PST, I’ll be talking with Nancy Redd, Diana Cage and Jincey Lumpkin on HuffPost LIVE on the subject of sexual fluidity and looking at the shades of grey that people tend to overlook when they’re talking about sexuality in black and white terms. The show should last until 6:30 6:10, hope you tune in!
Oh dang, I totally missed this earlier, but Alison also posted a longer excerpt from our conversation from my interview with her for the Portland Mercury! I talk much more in-depth about where OJST came from and the fucked up sex ed and general sexual violence I was raised with and why my comics are a reaction against that.
And, of course, the original, compact, interview remains readable here: Sex Fan – Profiling Cartoonist Erika Moen
I’m very happy to have had the chance to talk with Alex Fitch on the UK podcast, Panel Borders: Educating with autobiography.
From the website:
Continuing a month of shows about lesbian and gay comics, Alex Fitch talks to MK Czerwiec and Erika Moen about their work. MK discusses her alter-ego Comic Nurse and narratives about nursing in her sequential art which include elements of autobiography and how this has led to curating zines and illustration work about her home city of Chicago. Erika talks about her webcomic Dar! which gave her a space to discuss her relationships and sexuality on the net, plus her collaborations with Jeff Parker on Bucko, published by Dark Horse, and Matthew Nolan on sex education strips. Originally broadcast 22nd July 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
My bit starts around the 22 minute mark.
Thanks for having me on!
Our interview is in this week’s edition of the paper (July 17) and you can read it online riiiiiiiiiiiiiight HERE: Sex Fan, Profiling Cartoonist Erika Moen
EDIT July 25th: Oh dang, I totally missed this earlier, but Alison also posted a longer excerpt from out conversation! I talk much more in-depth about where OJST came from and the fucked up sex ed and general sexual violence I was raised with and why my comics are a reaction against that.
You like that author portrait I made just for them, up above?
I’ve been listening to That Thing You Like podcast since they first started posting earlier this year, when they were talking about Strip Search. Brian and Chris have such a great charisma together that I quickly became a fan of the show even when they were talking about other subjects than that one show I was on.
Then I had the opportunity to meet these two delightful Canadian boys at VanCaf a couple months ago and they were even more charming in real life. Since then I’ve gotten to see them a couple more times in Seattle and Portland and have declared us to be Actual Friends.
I would say that I was delighted they invited me on their show except that they didn’t invite me, I just told them I wanted to be on it and they kindly obliged. So go give it a listen! I had a genuinely great time talking with them on That Thing You Like, Episode 17.