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Sex, science and decolonization—and a burlesque show that tackles all three

Professor Kim Tallbear, creator of Tipi Confessions.
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong
Professor Kim Tallbear, creator of Tipi Confessions.

The shame and violence around sexuality in North America isn't an accident—it's inextricably linked to settler colonialism, says University of Alberta professor Kim TallBear. And what better way to celebrate and reclaim sexuality than with a burlesque show? Enter the cabaret seating and condom fairies (!) of Tipi Confessions.

The shows aim to decolonize indigenous sexuality through a mix of critical theory, deeply personal performance art, audience confessions, and burlesque.

Dr. TallBear is in Seattle for an offshoot of Tipi Confessions called Sexy Science Confessions, which comes at the end of an indigenous genomics fellowship. She joined Bill Radke in studio to discuss the way women's bodies are expected to work in the world, and what happens when they break free.

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