I'm Lena Chen, a writer, activist, and media producer who's been called a "skank" (by Bill O'Reilly) and "a small Asian woman" (by The New York Times). My favorite part of my workday is the hate mail.For the unlikely story that is my life, read on.
Hey guys! Tomorrow, I’m headed to San Francisco to attend Sex:Tech, the 5th Annual Isis Conference on New Media, Youth, & Sexual Health, where I’ll be speaking on a panel about online intimacy and relationships. Then I’ll be in Los Angeles from April 3rd to 6th to do an event at Pomona College. It’ll be a hectic week of work and travel, but I’m hoping to see both of my parents and some friends while in town. I’m going to try to make it back to California at least one more time (when I don’t have any professional obligations) before I make the big move to Berlin. And maybe next time, I can bring the two boys?
Below is the info on the two events :)
xoxosms: Authentic Relationships and Online Identities
11:30am, Monday, April 2nd at Stanford Court Renaissance in San Francisco, CA
How do we navigate online identities and relationships? Can you really “know” someone you’ve never met? Is it safe to form relationships online? Enjoy a film screening of “xoxosms”, a new short documentary by Nancy Schwartzman that follows two star-crossed lovers in the digital age. Following the screening, we’ll discuss the idea of “digital intimacy”, and the authentic and healthy relationships to be found and nurtured online. Featuring Nancy Schwartzman (Filmmaker and The Line Campaign), Cory Silverberg (sexuality.about.com and ISIS Board Member), Heather Corinna (Scarleteen), and Lena Chen (Sex and the Ivy).
Writing Sex Positively: A Discussion with Lena Chen
7pm, Thursday, April 5th at Pomona College in Claremont, CA
What is sex-positive writing, and at which point does it become a political act? How has the feminist or sex-positive blog-o-sphere reshaped social activism and cultural criticism? Is the Internet an effective tool for social change or does it merely maintain the status quo and replicate offline power structures? In a moderated conversation, Lena Chen, a "reluctant sexpert, a feminist and queer advocate, and a walking case study on bad publicity", will discuss her career as a blogger, speaker, media commentator, and activist. She’ll answer questions about the future of new media and publishing, professional options for feminists and progressives, and the pros and cons of working within the non-profit industrial complex. RSVP for the event on Facebook.
Sitting in Charlotte, NC right now. I literally just missed my connection to Boston because my sleep-deprived brain was too engrossed in writing to hear or see my flight boarding three feet in front from me. Whoops.
This was easily the single most bizarre week of the past year. Weird weather, unbelievable crowds, even less believable coincidences, not nearly enough sleep, and a total change of pace from my solitary writing routine in Boston. (Thank god I had Lux with me to keep me semi-sane.) I feel like I sort of needed this trip to jolt me out of my single-minded focus on the book, but now I have SO many ideas and no energy to process them. I’ll need a week to recover, and then I fully expect that I’ll be planning for SXSW 2013 before you know it.
And away I go! Back in Boston in a couple hours …
I’m here. I’m alive. And I’m only *mildly* sleep-deprived. (Yay, that rhymed!)
I’m kicking myself for forgetting my “As Seen On The Internet” tee (because really, how perfect would that have been for my panel?), and I’m pretty peeved that I’ll spend tomorrow scurrying around to locate last-minute business cards, but when my tummy’s full of brisket, it’s pretty hard to stay irritated.
Well, what can I say, it’s also my first SXSW, and given my inability to be ready for anything, it’s totally fitting that I’ve shown up to my deflowering with nary a plan or condom.
I’d promise live-blogging but we all know I break promises.