Rebecca E. Blanton (aka Auntie Vice)
I’m a writer, performer and home cook. I started this blog as a promotion site for my first non-academic work, Love Letters To A Unicorn. Over time it evolved into a blog about kink, BDSM, submission and gender.
My educational background is in psychology and politics. I have a BA from UC Davis in Psychology and a Ph.D. (abd) from the City University of New York, Graduate Center in Political Psychology where my dissertation focused on how multicultural education shaped civic identities of youth.
I worked in politics for several years as a non-partisan researcher for the state of California, focusing on women veterans and criminal justice policy. I was recruited to run the CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, an independent state agency dedicated to the betterment of women and girls.
Eventually I came to the realization that I was not going to change politics or policies from the inside-out, no matter how much work I did or how much I sacrificed of my time, energy and money. So I quit. I continued to be interested in how people connect and how systems change behavior and attitudes. I began to focus my writing on the primary forms of the way individuals connect with each other: sex and food.
I still approach writing like an academic, focusing on research, validating ideas and theories through other authors and research. I also do what I did with my academic research by emerging myself in the group I am writing about. I went from quietly practicing kink in my own relationships and having a few close friends the community to being a regular at local events (this was something which was incredibly risky to do while working in a highly visible political position).
I went back to my first post-graduate career and took up teaching again, this time in the BDSM/kink world (and grateful there is no grading!!!!). I have published two additional non-fiction works: The Big Workbook for Submissives and Eat Good, Drink Good, Live Good. I have a few erotic short stories published under Auntie Vice.
I am now launching into a new adventure and starting a podcast called Fat Chicks On Top. This is a body-positive, sex positive podcast for all of us who have been marginalized by the larger body-positive movement: queer, POC, disabled, sex workers, and people where these identities intersect.