#Sweet and Rough
Sinclair Sexsmith is a dear friend of mine, and a friend of the podcast - in fact, they were our very first guest on Episode 1: Why Are People Into Power?!
This month, they released their first collection of original erotica, perfectly titled Sweet and Rough: Queer Smut.
Sweet and Rough is in the fine tradition of Macho Sluts by Pat Califia or Tristan Taormino’s Take Me There: erotica masterfully written by, for, and about kinky queers. It follows the slutty persona of Mr. Sexsmith - a kinky, queer, mostly stone, butch top - on a series of dates and hook-ups that feel utterly immediate and real. The characters will ask one another serious questions about polyamory ethics and gender theory, even as their flirtations are escalating to passionate sex.
Mr. Sexsmith asked me to participate in their blog tour to promote Sweet and Rough, so I decided to experiment a little bit. We had a chat over Skype, I recorded it, and posted that conversation in its entireity on a brand new Why Are People Into That?! Soundcloud page.
A short clip of our conversation — and a brief snippet of Mr. Sexsmith reading from the book — appears at the beginning of YAPIT Episode 15: Why Are People Into Bootblacking?!
Are you not shooting queer porn anymore?
Not really. I found out the hard way that just because someone calls themselves ethical and revolutionary doesn’t mean they are. I have a warm spot in my heart for Crashpad but I try not to take up space. Crashpad shoots all kinds of queers and bodies that aren’t shown anywhere else. I have the privilege of being able to shoot for other companies. My heart kind of broke over queer porn recently. I have seen queer pornographers behave just as badly as their counterparts. I prefer transparency