Should You Get All Worked Up Over That Sex Show at the Dallas Convention Center?

Do you like sex?

You’ve probably heard by now about the August 7 Exxxotica Expo at the Dallas Convention Center. That Friday, for those interested, Dallas’ own Jenny Block will lead a seminar titled “O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.” Over on the main stage, a performer called Rubber Doll will do her thing. Mike Mooney wrote about Rubber Doll in 2008 for the Miami New Times. You should read Mike’s story. It’s 1,600 words. It’ll give you a good idea of what goes on at an Exxxotica Expo (hint: power tools and dildos are involved).

At this point, you might be tempted to side with the Dallas Women’s Foundation, which sent a letter to Mayor Mike Rawlings saying that they are “deeply troubled” that the Exxxotica Expo is coming to our convention center. Before you make up your mind, though, I invite you to read this post by Jim Schutze. It’s a little over 1,000 words. I know I’m asking you to do a lot of reading. But Schutze goes after the Dallas Women’s Foundation in a way that I think you’ll find highly entertaining. His post might even convince you that this Exxxotica Expo isn’t worth getting all worked up over.

Me? I’m too focused on logistics to get bogged down in any moral or ethical concerns. The expo will be held at the Convention Center. But the host hotel is the Crown Plaza? As their site says, the expo takes place a “10 minute walk from host hotel!” The expo wraps up at midnight on Friday, 10 o’clock on Saturday. I’m thinking Belo Garden is the place to hang out. Should be an interesting parade.

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Comments

  • Scotts Merkin

    I love the Shutze post, and the DMN has now blocked me for being outraged and Rudy B’s outrage over EXXXOTICA. Its been a productive day

  • Mavdog

    The issue of women and child exploitation/human trafficking is real and the more we as a society openly discuss it, perhaps the more it can be reduced. Doubt it can be eliminated but that goal is good to strive for.

    The sex expo is not the same issue, the people who are attending and supporting the expo are doing such on their own accord. To conflate the sex expo with human trafficking is too simplistic and clearly in error. Schutze is correct, the Women’s Foundation is acting like sex itself is to blame for human trafficking and nothing could be further from reality.

    Sex is legal. No valid reason not to rent the Convention Center for the Sex Expo. I’m sure the hotels and restaurants nearby will benefit, and those of us who don’t want to attend won’t even know they are here.

  • Patty

    I did not get the sense that the DWF was blaming sex or even the expo for trafficking in their letter and after reading their website, everything I read about them is about empowering women to become better off – economically, socially, profossionally. They just gave a huge grant to the LeTot center which helps girls who have been abused, incarcerated, etc. I am grateful that there is a group in Dalals like the DWF that is looking after the best interests of women.

  • Jenny Block

    Looking forward to the shenanigans myself. And thank you for the mention, Tim! I will be speaking Friday about my new book (O Wow!), Saturday about my old one (Open), and Sunday about – go figure – how to talk and write about sex in the media. It’s time to step out of the dark ages and into the light, Dallas. No one supports sex trafficking. We should all be supporting sex positivity.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1627781463/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1627781463&linkCode=as2&tag=jenonthepag-20&linkId=7S4SOG2ZX327JJNK