Looking forward to another Salon filled with wonderful readings from our regulars and “virgins.”
Rhapsody Hill Books, an imprint of West Philly Press (Jon Drucker owner-first reader at the Salon,) will be publishing my book in time for my author’s talk:
“Does Sex Have an Expiration Date?: Rethinking Low Libido for Women (aged 35-105) and the Men Who Love Them. A Guide to Developing your Ageless Sex Life.” – Author’s Talk
DATE: Monday, December 16, 2019 (new date)
TIME: 7 PM LOCATION: Philadelphia Ethical Society
1906 South Rittenhouse Square
Susana Mayer, PhD, clinical sexologist and the founder/host of the Erotic Literary Salon since 2008, will speak about one’s “Personal Path to Pleasure.” A phrase she coined about a person’s fluid pattern and style of creating sexual pleasure with an ever-changing body – together with a partner or solo.
She’ll explain “outercourse”, a non-goal-oriented style of sexual expression, which challenges the typical genitally focused approach to sexual satisfaction. Come find out how viewing your sexuality with what the Buddhist’s call “fresh eyes” has the power to transform your physical expression of intimacy.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions anonymously and have them answered by other attendees and Susana.
“Take Your Pleasure Seriously” a quote from furniture designer Charles Eames, is the essence of Susana’s “Ageless Sex Philosophy” – the physical expression of intimacy taking into consideration emotional needs, aging bodies, and health challenges. Making certain all people involved in the relationship are having their needs met.
Attendees will be able to purchase Susana’s new book, Does Sex Have an Expiration Date? Rethinking Low Libido for Women (aged 35-105) and the Men Who Love Them: A Guide to Developing Your Ageless Sex Life.
The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, November 19. The evening will start with Adult Sex-Ed Salon, a one-hour program devoted to sex and sexuality. The audience will have the opportunity to pose any questions regarding sex and sexuality anonymously. Sexologist Susana Mayer, PhD, along with co-host Walter will facilitate the Adult Sex-Ed Salon and attendees interested in sharing their knowledge and experiences will join in the discussion. This is always an extremely lively, audience driven Q & A period.
PHILADELPHIA: Since 2008, The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 60 or more individuals. Approximately 10-15 attendees participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken-word performers of original works. The audience has the opportunity to participate sometimes reading sexuality quotes from various books or they can just listen, enjoy and applaud. The attendees also have the opportunity to create caption for erotic cartoon specifically designed for the Salon. Sign-up to read at the door; guidelines can be found at the Salon’s website.
Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for cocktails, food and conversation. All times approximate – Adult Sex-Ed between 7:00-8:00, readings begin at 8:30 – 10:30. Admission is $12, discounted for students and seniors to $10. Salon attendees must be 21.
Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon and blog.
“…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”
“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010
“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.”
Daily News, March 15, 2010
“I never knew such a life of honesty could exist. I finally found a home I can be comfortable in…this event changed my life.”
First-time attendee and reader 2013
“First time attending but I really enjoyed myself, great crowd, love the transparency and openness. Looking forward to next month with great anticipation.”
First-time attendee 2018
“Finding my voice in such an amazing community has been such a light in my life. I’m feeling whole and full of love.
Passional – Sexploritorium – FREE raffles to win $25 G.C. – 4 given away = $100
The Erotic Literary Salon in collaboration with First Person Arts.
DATE: Monday, November 4, 2019
TIME: Doors open 6:30, 7-9:30pm LOCATION: Time Restaurant (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge) TICKETS:$15 code: FAMILY for $5 discount on-line, $17 (Door)
Free Erotic Literary Salon pass with each book purchased.
Tickets and more info here: FirstTime.FirstPersonArts.org
First Person Arts and the Erotic Literary Salon have joined forces to produce the Erotic Slam – First Time. Curated presenters will read their edgy pieces that have the capacity to transform, banish sexual shame and normalize sexuality when the audience finds their voice within a shared narrative.
Susana Mayer, PhD, the founder and host of the Erotic Literary Salon since 2008, is launching her new book Does Sex Have An Expiration Date? Rethinking Low Libido for Women (aged 35-105) and the Men Who Love Them: A Guide to Developing Your Ageless Sex Life.
Science fiction films such as Blade Runner (1982), Lars and the Real Girl (2007) and Her (2013) explore the advent of human-machine relationships. And in recent years, reality has met fiction.
Powered by advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and social robotics, artificial social agents are learning to communicate, learn and socialize, transforming our societies. Yet research on human-machine interaction is still in its early stages, particularly in the areas of intimacy and sexuality.
In addition to our research on the topic, we have also been involved in spearheading initiatives to remedy the lack of knowledge on intimate human-machine relationships. In this spirit, we organized the first colloquium on erobotics at the 87th Annual Congress of the Association Francophone pour le Savoir. There, researchers discussed various themes ranging from media and gender representations of sexual technologies to their medical and therapeutic potential.
One of the most (in)famous type of erobot is the human-like sex robot. However, sex robots represent only a fraction of what erobots are and can be as a result of the advancement, combination and the interconnectivity of new technologies. For example, progress made in conversational agents (programs that interprets and responds to users in ordinary natural languages), soft robotics (a field that constructs robots similar to living organisms), cloud computing and virtual and augmented reality will increasingly expose humans to new kinds of erotic partners.
These partners will be able to manifest themselves through various interfaces such as cellphones, computers, gaming consoles and virtual reality equipment. They will be able to take a variety of forms and enact unlimited behaviours in simulated worlds. The ability to think and learn in fundamentally different ways than humans will allow for a wide new range of intimate human-machine relationships, redefining what it means to fall in love and have sex with artificial beings.
And that, in itself, should be considered an erotic revolution. It is also the ground for the creation of a new research field called Erobotics.
The study of human-erobot interactions
Erobotics is an emerging field of transdisciplinary research exploring our interaction with artificial erotic agents, as well as the technology that produces them. Erobotics focuses on the social, relational and agential aspects of artifical agents and the fact that we increasingly treat them as social actors in their own rights.
Not only the use of advanced technology in sex and relationship, but the artificial erotic beings that emerge from these kinds of technologies.
Erobotics develops theoretical, experimental and clinical research methods to study all phenomena related to human-erobot interactions. The field is interested in questions such as: What kinds of relationships will we develop with artificial agents? How will erobots transform our erotic minds and behaviors and influence our relationships? What regulations should be implemented regarding erobots?
Erobots could be employed for exploration and practice to help people discover their erotic preferences. They could also be developed to provide validated interactive sex education and help people learn about respect, consent, diversity and mutuality in an innovative way.
But ultimately, to harness erobots’ potential, we must build transdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the complex phenomena related to erobotics. This means bringing inputs from across disciplines — from computer engineering and programming to social sciences and humanities — as well as bridging academia and the private sector.
A collaborative future is the key to develop erobots that contribute to our individual and collective well-being.
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4 Videos Below-Readings are only recorded at the request of the presenter.
Monica Day performance/reading two poems: The Fifth Year and This is My Body for January 2013 Erotic Literary Salon
M. Dante reading SKIN dedicated to the art and inspiration of Heide Hatry for December 2013 Erotic Literary Salon
Frances' reading,“Go the Fok to Sleep”