The Little Death and the Big One, Too: Me + Death Expert Caitlin Doughty

19 Jan

mecLife starts with sex and ends with death, and the middle is basically just lots of thoughts about both. These are fundamental aspects of being human, yet serious considerations of either are too often left out of our politics, our revolutions, and even our most passionate efforts to recreate our world.

So, okay, I invited my friend, the death expert Caitlin Doughty, over to talk. Caitlin is a trailblazer in the death positive movement, a mortician, and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory.

First we filmed a quick, fun video for her channel – Our 3 tips for how to have a better relationship with death and with sex in 2017.

But Caitlin and I wanted to keep going. So we had this longer and more in-depth discussion, which you can watch below. We talked about how we can use sex and death in our politics and activism, how to conceive of your own death, sexually radical thinkers like sex magician Paschal Beverly Randolph and utopianist Charles Fourier,some guy named Donald Trump, Darwin’s Worms, and more.

This video is part of my yearlong effort to radiate a sense action, excitement, and creativity in the world we live in now. This month, it culminates in my online course, Radical Undoing: Decolonize Your Mind with Sex, Science, the Occult, and Philosophy, which you can sign up for here!

Follow Caitlin on twitter, and buy her book. And also, expect more from us together in the future!

mec

5 Responses to “The Little Death and the Big One, Too: Me + Death Expert Caitlin Doughty”

  1. gpgarafffa January 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi Conner, I came here via Catilin’s video and I just wanted to say that listening to you (and Caitlin) has inspired me to keep working in the ways that are best suited to me. I’m a queer woman and a survivor and knowing I have other warriors on my side fills me with hope. I definitely singed up for your course also.
    Much love, Gabby.

    • Conner Habib January 21, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

      Hey there – Wow, what a great thing to read. Thank you for sharing that with me. I’m always working on new models of being on the planet and experiencing the world in me. Sounds like you’re creating all of that, too.
      Warmly,
      CH

  2. Laura Scappaticci January 22, 2017 at 4:07 am #

    Hurray! Did you know I am organizing an Anthro death and dying conference for Easter 2018? On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 11:18 AM Connerhabib’s Blog wrote:

    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Conner Habib posted: “Life starts with sex and ends with death, and the > middle is basically just lots of thoughts about both. These are fundamental > aspects of being human, yet serious considerations of either are too often > left out of our politics, our revolutions, and even ou” > > > > > > > > > >

  3. Kendra Holliday (@TBK365) January 25, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    Just saw your vid with Caitlin, so excellent! Instant fan. Love your suggestions on these 2 most taboo topics. – from a sex worker/sacred surrogate/sex-positive activist in St Louis MO who is dealing with dying friends and sick/aging parents.

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