Rebecca E. Blanton (aka Auntie Vice)
Rebecca Blanton/Auntie Vice is a freelance writer and blogger. She has taken her background as an academic and policy research and applied it to analyzing the intersection of BDSM, sexuality and the political system. After leaving her post as an Executive Director of a state agency, she decided to move into freelance writing and comedy as we are currently living in a Shakespearean period where only the fool can speak truth to power.
Her current work includes an award winning blog on BDSM and sex from the submissive perspective, a body and sex-positive podcast "Fat Chicks on Top," and occasional appearances as a stand-up comic and storyteller.
Rebecca Blanton attended the University of California, Davis for a B.A. in Psychology. She holds an Ph.D.(abd) from the City University of New York, Graduate Center in Political Psychology. Her dissertation focused on multicultural education and civic identity development and is titled "Educating Americans: Multicultural Education and Identity." Additionally, she completed a certificate in Policial Psychology from the International Society of Political Psychologists hosted at the Ohio State University.
Rebecca has had a wide variety of jobs. After finishing her undergraduate degree she was the Executive Director of the Bakersfield AIDS Foundation. She left that position to attend graduate school. She has worked as a lecturer and adjunct professor at John Jay College and Baruch College (both part of the CUNY system) in New York City.
She relocated to California and worked as a nonpartisan policy researcher for the State. At the California Research Bureau she specialized in women veterans, criminal justice, and education policy research. Her work on the needs of women veterans is nationally recognized. It serves as the basis for multiple state and local laws. Her policy research is the basis for more than two dozen state and federal laws and successful propositions.
She was recruited to head the California Commission for the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG), an independent state agency charged with bettering the lives of women and girls through public policy, She left the Commission after a disagreement with the board on the direction of the agency in 2014.
Since her departure from the CCSWG she redirected her focus to freelance writing. Her work focuses on the intersection of sexuality, gender, and the political system. Her book, The Big Workbook for Submissives, was a finalist for the Golden Flogger Awards in 2018. Her blog, LoveLettersToAUnicorn.com, has been recognized as a "Sex Blogging Superhero" by Kinkly.com in 2018 and 2019.
She also performs in a variety of venues including stand-up comedy, storytelling, and burlesque.