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Tonight, Oct 21, Featuring - Love Poems read by Dr. Lynn Hoffman, Adult Sex-Ed - Victorian vs Present day treatment of Masturbation discussion lead by...

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Tomorrow-Oct 21-The Erotic Literary...

Another cycle of growth and change for the Salon, driven by the attendees. What to do when 35 people sign up to read? All good news, but demanding new...

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Sex and Cupcakes: A Collection of J...

Come to the next Salon and meet with the author of Sex and Cupcakes, Rachel Kramer Bussel. She will be interviewing attendees regarding their thought...

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Press Release – October 21 – Featured Reader Award Winning Poet Lynn Hoffman

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Featured Presenter Award Winning Philadelphia Poet, Dr. Lynn Hoffman, Along With Attendee Readers, T...

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Sunday Afternooner: APIARY Staff Reading & Audience-Participation Junk/Treasure Auction

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Kill the Censor, Free the Beast or Behind and Beyond the Doors of The Erotic Literary Salon: The Power of Uncensored Words

The following is the event description along with the actual talk I gave this past weekend at the 2014 Sexuality, Intimacy and Aging...

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The Slixa Revolution: Radically Different! – Facebook for Escorts

Continuation of Dec 28th interview: Was SLIXA involved in the case?   SLIXA currently has a small presence in the Canadian...

Sunday Afternooner: APIARY Staff Reading & Audience-Participation Junk/Treasure Auction

Apiary is an absolutely wonderful magazine (poetry and prose) devoted exclusively to Philadelphia writers and it is FREE. It can be read online at: http://apiarymagazine.com/read/apiary-online/

Some of the staff have read at the Salon and been featured readers.

 

Sunday, Oct 26, tomorrow, great readings from Apiary staff, below taken from fb posting:

Make merry with us, support Philly lit, AND empty your attic at our very first all-APIARY Staff Reading & Audience Auction. Bring a small item from your house you’re ready to donate — weird ceramic frog your grandma got you? Yanni CD? Margarita mix someone left after a party? — and we’ll auction it off on the spot, using the powers of poetic transformation and improv to find it a new buyer in the audience. And you might just walk away with a $5 Rembrandt (or a weird ceramic frog someone’s grandma got them). All proceeds go to our 5th anniversary Indiegogo campaign (and the leftovers will be donated). The sillier, the better, so bring it on.

AND: Poetry and fiction from Steve Burns, Warren Longmire, Mai Schwartz, Hannah McDonald, Tamara Oakman, Kareem Groomes and Lillian Dunn.

You can also get an exclusive sneak peek at the pure-fabulousnessapiarymagazine.com website revamp for which we’re raising funds!
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THE 2014 EDITION OF THE MIGHTY 215 FESTIVAL: SOUTH STREET EDITION!
OCTOBER 23-26, 2014 · PHILADELPHIA, PA

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FOR MORE: 215festival.org · @215festival on Twitter

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ABOUT THE 215 FESTIVAL: Founded in Philadelphia in 2001, The 215 Festival is a literary arts festival celebrating the written, spoken and visualized word. The 215 Festival showcases the vibrant community of literary talent in Philadelphia, and highlights the continued relevance of letters in a growing range of mediums, from books and poetry to music, film, and blogs. To help contextualize our local scene, the 215 Festival also seeks to present national and international talent. Past events include author readings, book-themed dance parties, literature-informed musical events, book fairs, literary film screenings, and blogger panel discussions. Over the years, the 215 Fest has played host to some of today’s most interesting writers, including Jonathan Lethem, Neal Pollack, Ben Greenman, Matt Klam, Amy Fusselman, John Hodgman, Legs McNeil, George Saunders, Sarah Vowell, Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides and Patti Smith among many, many others.

Tonight-Dr. Lynn Hoffman at the Erotic Literary Salon-Live, SEXx Interactive Call for Proposals

Tonight, Oct 21, Featuring – Love Poems read by Dr. Lynn Hoffman, Adult Sex-Ed – Victorian vs Present day treatment of Masturbation discussion lead by me (Dr. Susana Mayer).

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SEXx Interactive Call for Proposals

SEXx Interactive: a journey for the mind, heart and body, will take place in Philadelphia May 7-9th, 2015 (in In honor of May being National Masturbation Month). We seek to: connect the complexities of the intellectual, spiritual, and physical dimensions of sexuality; create spaces for interaction and conversation across gender and sexual orientation; and support the empowerment of the curious and seasoned alike. This interactive forum will span several locations and engage participants with informational presentations, sexuality-based performances, “how-to” workshops, and sexually-themed art exhibitions. Everyone aged 18 and up is welcome to come and celebrate their sexuality at SEXx Interactive.To be considered for participation, please submit the following information NO LATER THAN 5PM on Friday, November 7, 2014. We embrace ALL to submit a proposal!

For more information, please contact Elicia at (215) 851-1822 or email at elicia@galaei.org.

This event is created by GALAEI: A Queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization, in collaboration with sex-positive community members. It is an expansion of the SEXx event that took place in May, 2014 (http://sexxphilly.tumblr.com)

 

 

 

Tomorrow-Oct 21-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live,New Format Presented – Book Censorship

Another cycle of growth and change for the Salon, driven by the attendees. What to do when 35 people sign up to read? All good news, but demanding new format.

Reminder: Dr. Lynn Hoffman will be featured presenter: Love poems

Interesting article by one of the most outspoken Sex Therapists, Dr. Marty Klein.

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Subscribe FREE to his newsletters: http://www.martyklein.com

Banned Books Week Ends, But Censorship Doesn’t

You may not know it, but Banned Books Week just ended.

Sponsored each year by the American Library Association, National Coalition Against Censorship, and other groups, Banned Books Weekcelebrates the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information—access that is currently limited in some way in every single state.

Each year, hundreds of books and plays are banned in American schools, libraries, and theaters. Some of the most frequently-banned are classics of Western civilization, such as 1984Catch-22, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—all, coincidentally, about the dangers of following authority blindly. “Dangerous” books like these are surely banned in Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia as well.

But U.S. censors don’t simply want to keep adult books out of people’s hands; each year, the most-often banned books are wildly popular books written for children. These include Robie Harris’s It’s Perfectly Normal, the Harry Potter series, Judy Blume’s books, and this year’s “winner,” The Adventures of Captain Underpants.

It’s easy to deride the impulse to censor as the product of paranoid or repressed Right-wing minds. But the Left has a strong impulse to censor as well. Let’s look at some of the institutions of censorship championed by the Left on college campuses these days:

* Trigger warnings
Professors are being increasingly pressured to warn students of any words they may hear in lectures or read in books that “trigger” strong feelings in students, including incest, virgin, Holocaust, and yes, tornado. Predictably, some professors are whitewashing their lectures and reading lists to accommodate, rather than challenge, students’ lack of abilities to handle life. Rather than demanding personal growth, this policy will assure that such students remain victims.

* Speech codes
Most universities now have speech codes prohibiting students or anyone else on campus from saying things that hurt others’ feelings. While often described as creating a “safe campus environment,” this restricts spirited debate, makes sure students won’t be challenged, discourages anyone from learning rhetorical skills, prevents students from learning how to deal with hurt feelings, and gives the Administration the power to expel almost any student they wish.

* Challenging controversial campus lecturers or graduation speakers
The heckler’s veto is a key tool on campus these days. It is now dressed up as political speech. Condoleeza Rice withdrew from speaking at Rutgers after a student sit-in involved police and a shattered glass door. The Consul General of Israel was prevented from speaking at a San Francisco area college by a small group of pro-Palestinian students. Warren Farrell was prevented from speaking at the University of Toronto by a group of so-called feminists who misunderstood his truly feminist message—before he spoke.

Apparently none of these groups who so passionately oppose “oppression” and “privilege” see the irony in their oppressive bullying of their fellow students.

* Ignoring female students’ binge drinking 
While RAPE IS NEVER THE VICTIM’S FAULT (is that clear enough?), it is baffling that tens of thousands of college women drink to the point of incapacity weekend after weekend when this behavior is a proven risk factor for rape. It is even more baffling that anyone who mentions this is attacked as a rape apologist.

We helpfully tell each other to stay out of certain neighborhoods at night because they are dangerous (especially to women traveling alone). So why is it wrong to say “don’t deliberately get roaring drunk in certain neighborhoods at night because that’s dangerous”? Yes, of course, men need to be sternly addressed and they need to change. But at the very same time we can ask women to think about how and why they deliberately risk putting themselves in harm’s way.
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For short videos of John Waters, Whoopi Goldberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others participating in Banned Books Week, including a wonderful clip from Dav Pilkey about what to do if you hate a certain book, click here.
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For more on campus censorship (including their devastating critique of how the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor has dishonored the Free Speech Movement), see http://www.TheFire.org.

 

Sex and Cupcakes: A Collection of Juicy Essays by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Come to the next Salon and meet with the author of Sex and Cupcakes, Rachel Kramer Bussel. She will be interviewing attendees regarding their thoughts on the Salon. October 30 her article on the Erotic Literary Salon will appear in her new City Paper Column – Let’sgetiton: Sex of all Stripes.

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Her new book Sex and Cupcakes was just published this week. A must read!

http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Cupcakes-Collection-Juicy-Essays-ebook/dp/B00OL8LNR6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1413643702&sr=8-4&keywords=Sex+and+Cupcakes