CL034: Olivia Tarplin on giving a TEDTalk and dealing with haters

Olivia Tarplin is a Jersey City based academic, writer, researching and speaker on gender, politics, sexuality and the media. Focusing on the thriving industry of feminist pornography, she has spent the past 3 years studying how it can be used to change sexual culture and educate the masses about sex. A keen photographer, she initially considered studying photography but feared that an academic setting might spoil her love of the medium. Instead she chose to study Global Studies at The New School in New York which has led her onto the exciting work she does today.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast, Olivia tells us about her day job in a marketing firm in Manhattan, continuing her research on feminist pornography and sex education as well as researching more on feminist pornography and its relationship with economics. She talks to us about going to The New School to study psychology and she shares with us about attending a book reading at the Bluestockings Bookstore and getting hooked on the The Feminist Porn Book by Tristan Taormino.

Ignore the ones that are completely ridiculous and comical and have no basis in reality.”

Don’t worry about pleasing all the random people who are just going to be angry.

– Olivia Tarplin

 Olivia Tarplin Show Notes:

  • Creative feminist porn directors, producers and icons (4:59)
  • Pornography as sex education (9:47)
  • First TEDTalk (11:08)
  • Feedback from the audience and YouTube (15:40)
  • Tips on giving a TEDTalk (21:12)
  • How to deal with haters and critics (21:27)
  • The perils of freemium (22:50)

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