Rebecca E. Blanton is an academic, feminist, activist, bisexual submissive. She has been a member of the kink community for more years than not. She has a BA in psychology from the University of California, Davis and Ph.D. (ABD) in Political Science from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. She has taught at several New York City universities, was a nonpartisan policy specialist for California and was the former Executive Director for the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Her prior publications include work about the needs of women veterans, the criminal justice system, and charter school oversight. She now works as an independent author and writer and is the founder and director of Red Stops Rape, a movement to create a national safe word.