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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

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The Lust Issue

Gushing

Getting candid with sexpert Jane Fader

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The Lust Issue
  • Love & Lust make the world go round A sampling from more than 1,000 reader comments on matters of the head, heart and other regions | 2/9/2011
  • Gushing Getting candid with sexpert Jane Fader | 2/9/2011
  • Songs of hawtness Our very own A to Z list of ditties for the ultimate self/couple/group mashup! | 2/9/2011
  • Smut pedaling Erotic, bicycle film series gears up for the Motor City | 2/9/2011
  • Muse Poem Desire gets versified in the body poetic | 2/9/2011

MT: What about Twitter, does it lend itself to lusty endeavors?

Fader: It's all about the seedy underworld of direct messaging, baby. Oh my god. I've challenged people to draw pictures of what they believe the underworld of Twitter direct messaging looks like. No one has taken me up on it. What about Skype? I find Skype to be very erotic. I just found a picture of myself taken while I was talking to my boyfriend when I was in Paris. It was a really intense photo screen capture. There's this look in my eyes. We weren't doing anything sexual, but the look in the photo tells a different story. Skyping is something I find people do in private. I never had any erotic exchanges on MySpace.

MT: And on the topic of erotic exchanges, let's talk about Teledildonics.

Fader: Yes, lets! Have you ever read Howard Rheingold's Teledildonics? It's a beautiful and short essay from a 1991 issue of Mondo Magazine in which he kind of contextualizes the relationships between sex, technology, contemporary culture and social media. I was assigned to research teledildonics in a class on cyber culture. It was a theory-heavy class and Rheingold is a social theorist who was the first person to use the term teledildonics. He's just a really brilliant guy who lectures at U.C.-Berkeley. Unlike female ejaculation, sex with robots was not unimaginable or inconceivable me. Discovering that Detroit used to be a leading logging boomtown in the nation was, however, like learning about female ejaculation. Detroit's logging industry is to female ejaculation what the auto industry is to orgasm.

MT: You've been tracking sex and sexuality for a year on your website and have studied various realms of the subject for consecutive years prior. What've you learned about yourself?

Fader: That I'm rebellious, and that I like to be rebellious. I go against the grain. Let's say I like to have sex in the missionary position. Is that because I'm enjoying my own oppression in a position that's more pleasing for the man, because I want him to be pleased? And if I do enjoy that, should I rebel from that because I'm naturally inclined to do so? And If I know I'm naturally inclined to be rebellious, should I rebel against that? Or should I be bad then, and allow myself to be put in missionary position and get that double pleasure from being bad in the sense that I'm going against myself? It's this whole post-feminist stuff. Would I be betraying� myself to not get spanked because getting spanked is not feminist? What if I like it?

MT: So there's an internal battle between submitting to feminism or submitting to lust?

Fader: Yes, politics and pleasure pull at each other but I know that my politics do not align with my pleasure. And why should it, really? Why do I have to politicize my pleasure? If I'm a feminist in the bedroom, does that make me politically active? There's no place for feminist politics when my mouth is being fucked. I'm not out to fight for wages or battle pro-lifers. If I masturbate and talk about it in stupid YouTube videos, does that make me a feminist? If so, is that something I even want?

Fader's articles, ideas, projects and sex toy review videos can be found at janefader.com. All photos are from The Jane Show by Jef Bourgeau; detroitmona.com.

Travis R. Wright is Metro Times arts & culture editor. Send comments to twright@metrotimes.com.

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