About The Author

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Maggie Mayhem wears many hats and has enjoyed many adventures as an artist, writer, and activist. She has spoken at many conferences and universities including Yale, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Arizona State University, SxSW, Farmhouse Conf, Theorizing the Web, Catalyst Con, BIL, and others. She is the star of the XBiz 2014 Feminist Release of the Year film “Occupied” by Pink and White Productions and has also been honored for her work by the Feminist Porn Awards. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria, a disaster relief worker in Haiti and the US midwest, HIV Senior Specialist at Larkin Street Youth Services, an HIV/AIDS care worker in Tanzania, and she volunteers extensively in San Francisco for HIV prevention, sex worker rights, birth support, overdose prevention,syringe access, and end of life care. She is currently training for her first marathon.

Liberation Theology is a new field of study for Maggie, especially since she has identified as an atheist since she was about 13 years old. For most of her life, the Bible has been a tool used by bigoted people to hurt her and the communities she calls home. After finally reading A Theory of Liberation by Gustavo Gutiérrez she had a major change of perspective on the ways in which scripture could be reinterpreted. She very quickly began consuming the writings of Marcella Althaus-Reid, James Cone, and other liberation theologists as well as writings by Islamic Liberation Theologists such as Hamid Dabashi. Margaret Guider has done very strong analysis of prostitution and and the church of liberation in Brazil but her analysis did not fundamentally center sex workers so much as it centered projections of sex workers by those outside of the industry. Sex Working and the Bible by Avaren Ipsen has been the book most influential on the idea that there is a place for a sex worker analysis inside of theology.

Maggie Mayhem believes that religion is powerful and beautiful when it uplifts the oppressed, not when it uplifts  the state, institutions, or social dominance. As someone raised and educated within the Catholic Church, she believes it is her responsibility to re-examine these beliefs and to undermine the pain they have caused by utilizing them for her own liberation as a former erotic services provider and overall indecent and obscene woman.

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