Dilettante 11: Chicken John’s Whore Church starring Dr. Ducky DooLittle

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These nightlife columns I wrote 20 years ago happened in tandem with my introduction into a subculture beyond measure: The Cacophony Society.

Chicken John, one of Cacophony’s big influencers, was and is the charismatic used-car salesman of the scene, continually producing odd and unlikely shows and events that amaze and astound. (Currently in 2018, it’s Camp Tipsy, which is a country-punk, junk-aquatic delight, and we can’t recommend it enough.)

As I settled into San Francisco’s honeycomb of rich and variegated nightlife scenes in 1998, Cacophony became my personal pod, my punk rock cuddle puddle of friends and chosen family. This was one of the first Cacophony events my friends and I attended, and we were instantly hooked. For life.

We were and are all part of a surreal, joyous-but-deadpan club-not-club with original-flashmob happenings and an annual runaway company picnic called Burning Man. Later, the scene coalesced with the Silicon Valley gearheads to become a legitimacy-gathering traveling show in the form of the Maker Faire and movement.

Before the Maker movement had a name, “making” happened in junkyards and warehouses around us, and as “Dilettante” I had my mind blown, weekly, by weird shows like this. Many of our lives are measured with a dividing line between the time before we found Cacophony and after we found Cacophony.

This event in particular featured a New York City-based sex educator named Ducky DooLittle, who has had a significant impact on American educators, bloggers, podcasters, performers, sex writers, and sex toy peddlers in the twenty years since then.

She’s also a certified Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Counselor and the author of Sex With the Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered.

DooLittle, a former foster kid and street hustler with steel-strong insides and a soft, wry exterior, never stopped advocating for sex workers, street kids, and indeed anyone who wants to know more about their sexual bodies and habits.

She helps train med students on how to address sexual issues with care and compassion. She’s got an online course right now, and look at all these classes she teaches. Her “speaking” page on her site shows a more current and still totally hilarious 10-min talk by her about the exciting field of sex toys as teaching tools.

According to her site, DooLittle has appeared in the New York Times, HBO’s “Real Sex”, “The Morning Show”, MTV, NPR, “The Howard Stern Show,” and Playboy TV.

At the moment, Ducky DooLittle is recovering from having endometrial cancer, and since this is America, she needs medical bills help and has a Youcaring site. Ever the teacher, DooLittle’s own website has all kinds of tips on dealing with endometrial cancer.

From that Youcaring site: “Ducky has done so much for our community. … She’s been a rock in our little universe for years, and the sex toy industry and sex education and blogging worlds wouldn’t be the same without her.”

And we say: You know you’re a legend when comic genius R. Crumb draws you (below).

Click through to read “Whore’n Again,” originally published in the SF Bay Guardian on 06.02.1998

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