Meg-John (MJ) Barker (they/them) is a writer, zine-maker, collaborator, contemplative practitioner, creative mentor, and friend. They are the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including graphic guides to Queer, Gender, and Sexuality, How To Understand Your Gender and Sexuality, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, and Hell Yeah Self Care. They also publish zines, comics, and free books on themes including plurality, trauma, consent, and creativity. Website: rewriting-the-rules.com. Twitter/X: @megjohnbarker, YouTube: MegJohnBarkerPsych.
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MJ was an activist-academic and UKCP accredited therapist for many years before focusing on writing full time. They’ve engaged internationally on issues of gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) and therapy, with many academic books and papers published on topics including bisexuality, consensual non-monogamy, sadomasochism, non-binary gender, and Buddhist mindfulness. They co-founded the journal Psychology & Sexuality and the activist-research organisation BiUK, through which they published The Bisexuality Report. They wrote the BACP resource on GSRD, co-organised Critical Sexology for a decade, and co-presented the Meg-John & Justin podcast with Justin Hancock. They support other creatives around queer and therapeutic writing of all kinds. Their work weaves together spiritual, sociocultural, relational, and embodied understandings and practices. Twitter/X: @megjohnbarker. YouTube: MegJohnBarkerPsych
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MJ also experiences themselves as a plural system, rather than a single individual. You can find out more about their plural work, and read their plural biographies here.
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