Dr. Kim TallBear, Professor of Native Studies, author, and regular international media commentor on issues related to Indigenous peoples, science, sexualities, and non-monogamy weaves wisdom throughout her amazing life story on this episode of Open Deeply. As a small child, Kim knew she was a queen, but the intergenerational impact of settler colonization created many hurdles for herself and her Dakota indigenous relatives. Poverty, sexual abuse, and chaos all impacted her childhood as is tragically the case for so many North American Indigenous children. However, she funneled her consequent anger to break free, creating a new reality for herself. This anger got her out into the world making her both politically and intellectually oppositional. Concurrent with her activism, she experienced non-monogamy for the first time in college, finding it very comfortable, but knowing the world would not approve. Flash forward to now, Kim is a leading intellectual on the topics of non-monogamy, Native Studies, and how these topics intersect. Her passionate explanation regarding why polyamorists, especially relationship anarchists, are allies for indigenous people, as they push back against settler colonial social norms, is profoundly mind expanding and needed. And there is so much more to this amazing episode. So, we hope you will join us for another riveting episode of Open Deeply.
About guest, Kim TallBear:
Kim TallBear is a Professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. And she is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Environment. Dr. TallBear is the author of the book Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. Building on her research on the role of science in settler colonialism, TallBear also studies the roles of the overlapping ideas of “sexuality” and “nature” in colonization of Indigenous peoples. She is a regular commentator in international media outlets on issues related to Indigenous peoples, science, technology, sexualities, and non-monogamy. She is a co-producer of the sexy storytelling and cabaret show, Teepee Confessions. She is a regular panelist on the weekly podcast, Media Indigena. She is a citizen of the Sisseton-WahPE’tn OyAte in South Dakota and is also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
About the Hosts:
Sunny Megatron is an award-winning sexuality educator and media personality. She’s the host and executive producer of the Showtime original television series, SEX with Sunny Megatron, plus co-hosts American Sex Podcast and Open Deeply Podcast.
Voted XBIZ 2021 Sexpert of the Year, Kinkly’s Sex Blogging Superhero of 2017, and named one of the 6 most savvy sexologists in North America, Sunny has been featured in Cosmo, Playboy, Buzzfeed, CNN, and more. She is also a contributing editor of XBIZ Premiere Magazine and a regular columnist for Sexual Health Magazine.
In her sell-out sex and kink workshops, Sunny’s unique brand of “edutainment” seamlessly combines her humorous lecturing style, interactive exercises, and the latest sexuality research. Sunny’s passion is helping people become their authentic, sexual selves by learning to overcome shame and shed inhibitions. As a lifestyle BDSM enthusiast, much of her work centers around normalizing alternative sexual practices and ending sexual stigma.
American Sex Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/2HroMhWJnyZbMSsOBKwBnk
TV Show, Sex with Sunny Megatron: https://www.sho.com/sex-with-sunny-megatron/season/1
Kate Loree, LMFT is a sex-positive licensed marriage and family therapist with a specialty in kink, sex worker, LGBTQ and non-monogamous communities. In addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is also an art therapist, and has a second Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She has been practicing psychotherapy since 2003 and has additional training in EMDR and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) for the treatment of trauma, such as sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Her first book on compassionate, conscious non-monogamy will be published in April of 2022. She has been featured in Buzzfeed videos, has been a guest on Playboy Radio, and many podcasts such as American Sex, Sex Nerd Sandra, and Sluts and Scholars. She has spoken at universities, such as UCLA, and written for Good Vibrations and Hollywood Magazine. Privately, she has been connected to poly, swing and kink communities since 2003 and understands the hurdles, massive emotional growth, and amazing joy these worlds can provide. Her private practice resides in Encino, CA. For more information, please visit her on the web at KateLoree.com.
Open Deeply podcast is not a replacement for therapy or therapy. Please know this episode has themes of sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. If you catch yourself becoming emotionally overwhelmed by this episode’s content, please get support. Call a friend, therapist, or an emotional support hotline, such as, 800-273-talk (8255).