From our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Why don’t your workshop descriptions offer many promises?
A note on the language we use, and how capitalism clashes with our sex education.
‘Rape culture’ might be described as a culture that allows, ignores, belittles, or encourages the taking of a person’s sexuality or body without their informed consent. Curious Creatures exists in large part to provide an alternative that’s better for everyone.
Unfortunately, the nature of marketing and capitalism is in itself often a culture of manipulation and deceit – telling people what they want to hear, and playing on their emotions, in order to get what we want, often without proper informed consent. And sometimes, through what can only be described as outright theft.
We feel uncomfortable with the crossover between pushy marketing, and our aspirational targets: Clear communication, good boundaries, and honesty. So where it would be normal from a marketing perspective to promise many things, we try and use more tempered language – that something we offer might help some people, some of the time.
When you compare our language to the way things are normally done, it may sound like we lack confidence in our products and services. This is not true – we are actually very confident, and very proud, of what we offer. But we don’t want to trick you into something, and then have you feel like a failure if you don’t experience a level of change or improvement that should never have been promised.
In the same way that great relationships, and great sex, are built over time through the establishment of trust, we hope that you will come to have a level of trust in the words we use to describe what we offer.
This is a work in progress for us since we are so deeply immersed in a manipulative capitalist culture that we have many blind spots. We will welcome your polite drawing of our attention to any instances where we might not have gotten the language or tone correct.
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Rog is the driving force behind Curious Creatures, and the main author of this sexuality blog in Melbourne. They were brought up white, middle-class, mostly heterosexual, and male. They now identify as kinky, tantric, polyamorous, queer, and very, very curious. Are you curious? Read more about Rog and Curious Creatures.