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Press Release – September 16 – Erotica Romance/BDSM Ellora’s Cave Author Cris Anson

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Erotic Romance/BDSM, Ellora’s Cave Author Cris Anson Will Present Her Unique Writings, Along With Attendee Readers, Tuesday, Sept 16.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PCSalons@gmail.com – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

PCSalons@gmail.comreserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max)

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – guidelines for reading.

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – blog: events, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, September 16.. Cris Anson will be both featured presenter and lead The Talk: For Adults. She will discuss how her career morphed from writing erotic romance to stories centered on BDSM, and offer some personal experiences while doing hands-on research.

Cris will then read excerpts showing how these experiences were translated into scenes from her books. Anson’s career began when Ellora’s Cave published her first book, Dance of the Seven Veils, in January 2005. Her upcoming novella, Adam’s Jewel, to be released September 26, is her 15th work with the same publisher.

Her blog is http://crisansonspassions.blogspot.com and website www.crisanson.com

Approximately twenty attendees will also entertain with their 5-minute sex memoirs, rants, short stories and poetry.

PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 65 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (97 years young) occasionally recites her original erotica.

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. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. Talk and Q&A between 7:00-7:30, readings begin at 8:00. Admission is $10, discounted for students and seniors to $8. 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

 

 

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Photographer Captures Real Women From Around The World Having Orgasms (NSFW)

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“Can you remember your first orgasm?” “Can you remember your strongest orgasm?”

These questions are not often asked of each other. They are especially not asked too often of women. Female pleasure remains a widely muffled topic in many public spheres of conversation, even more so — unfortunately — when experienced without the presence of a man.

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Keren, Israel

Photographer Linda Troeller and scholar Marion Schneider decided to put an end to the gender biased trend. Together, they photographed and interviewed women of all different ages, nationalities and cultural backgrounds, thus crafting a raw, sensual and multifarious view of what a female orgasm is and, importantly, what it can be. The two compiled their findings into a stunning book published by Daylight, aptly called “Orgasm,” bringing private matters into the public eye, further eliminating the stigma and shame too often associated with the topic.

Troeller and Schneider snapped their subjects in a variety of sexually charged scenarios; one woman touches herself in the swimming pool while another sticks a cucumber in her mouth and raises her arms triumphantly. The majority of circulating images depicting female pleasure are made with men in mind, yet these photos, captured what Schneider calls a “creative female gaze.” They’re at once vulnerable and empowering, personal and political.

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Elfriede, Germany

There is a process for women at any age to ‘evolve’ and feel in touch with their ‘hot’ selves,” Troeller said of the motivation behind her work. “One woman developed a system of touching herself to orgasm and then blessing herself with that vibrant energy, imagining it spreading as white light onto her arms and legs. She created a kind of ritual to potentially enhance her aura and energy.”

Although sex is clearly at the core of the series, its importance extends beyond the physical realm. “Orgasm” aligns a certain bodily peak with an energetic way of being in the world, of loving yourself and loving others all at once. “Eroticism is no longer associated solely with ‘sex,’ but it is a vital ‘turn on to life,’” Troeller said. “Even my 70-year-old mother saw how to increase it on a TV talk show and ordered the recommended vibrator for orgasmic stimulation. She used it to satisfy and uplift her mood even after she lived in a nursing home.”

Do you feel comfortable sharing, or even learning, the details of your personal pleasure? See all the wonderful ways women climax below and let their bold sensuality serve as inspiration. And ladies, can you remember your strongest orgasm?

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“Orgasm” will be released on November 5, 2014 (with an unveiling on September 20 at Photoville in Brooklyn.) You can preorder a copy here.

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Here’s What a 100-Year-Old Sex Therapist Thinks is Wrong With Sex Today

Excellent interview of a sex therapist, who provides her century on earth perspective on sex and touch.

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TIME, Interview by Charlotte Alter

She says our hectic work lives are killing our sex lives

She was born before the invention of the stop sign, but sex therapist Shirley Zussman has some thoughts on ‘hooking up.’ “I don’t think it’s as frantic as casual sex was in the sixties,” she says, noting that modern ‘hooking up’ isn’t as exciting without the context of a sexual revolution. Besides, she adds: “In the long run, sexual pleasure is just one part of what men and women want from each other.”

 

At 100, Dr. Zussman is still a practicing sex therapist in New York City. In the 50-plus years since she began counseling people about all things related to sex, Dr. Zussman has witnessed everything from the legalization of the contraceptive birth control pill in 1960 (she started in sex therapy shortly afterwards) to the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s to the rise of internet porn in the new millennium.

She’s one of the oldest sex therapists in the world, but that might be the least extraordinary thing about her life and career. Born at the beginning of World War I, she graduated from Smith college in 1934, in the same class as Julia Child. Zussman was mentored through her graduate dissertation by Margaret Mead, and in the 1960s learned about sex therapy from Masters and Johnson, the inspiration for the Showtime series Masters of Sex. Her husband, a gynecologist, performed one of the first legal abortions in New York.

Here’s what she has to say about casual sex, cell phones, and how our hectic work lives are changing our attitudes toward sex.

On how being busy hurts your sex life:

“The use of time is very different in our society today. People are busy all the time. That was not true when I was growing up. At this stage of our development, we want to cover everything, we want to know everything, we want to do everything, and there’s also [our personal] economy which requires an immense amount of time and effort…There is a limit to how much energy and desire and time you can give to one person when there is all this pressure make more money, to be the CEO, to buy a summer house, people want more and more and more. Desire requires a certain amount of energy.

It’s a consequence of being exhausted…The most common problem I see is a lack of desire, a lack of interest. I had a patient say to me, ‘ I love my husband, I love making love to him, but I come home from work, I’ve been with people all day, I just want to crash.’”

On an increased openness about sex:

“I don’t think that the stigma around sex therapy exists like it was in the early years. People were ashamed they had to go to a psychiatrist or a social worker, because it means they needed help. Many people resist the idea that somebody needs to tell them how to have sex.”

“There were changes in the culture, too, there was the sexual revolution. There was the development of the pill, women were freer to let not worry so much about getting pregnant, there was every magazine and TV program talking about sex, there was every advertisement using sex to sell their product. There was an overwhelming immersion in the whole idea of getting more pleasure out of sex. It was not just about having babies.”

On what she learned from Masters and Johnson:

“They were recognizing that it was not all just glamorous and wonderful to be sexual, but that one almost had to learn to be a good partner…Their way of communicating was one of their greatest contributions, and that was not to talk so much about it, but to start with touching and caressing and stroking and kissing, and not rush for that golden bell in the middle of the carousel. It doesn’t start with the man having an erection and then you have intercourse, 1,2,3.”

And what she thinks of the TV show:

“I went to the preview party and met some of the actors in it. I was introduced to Michael Sheen, and he knew that I had known Masters and Johnson, so he said ‘tell me, how do you think I’m representing him?’ I said, ‘I think youre doing a pretty good job, but there’s a major difference.’ He said, ‘whats that?’ I said, ‘you’re handsome.’”

On her weirdest experience in 50 years of sex therapy:

“Someone called me and said he needed some help. He said ‘I’m a bad boy and I’m looking for someone for spankings.’ I had to make it clear that that’s not within my range of expertise.”

On the difference between casual sex in the 60s and ‘hooking up’ today:

“I think there’s a big change in the way we view casual sex. In the 60s it wasn’t just casual—it was frantic. It was something you expected to happen to you, you wanted it to happen, it was sort of a mad pursuit of sexual pleasure. But I think over time the disadvantages of that kind of behavior began to become apparent. There was the emotional crash– the intimacy was not there in the way that people need and want. There was a concern about sexual diseases, and then eventually AIDS made a major impact on calming that excitement.”

I think what was expected of casual sex – frantic sex– was something that didn’t deliver. Because in the long run, sexual pleasure is just one part of what men and women want from each other. They want intimacy, they want closeness, they want understanding, they want fun, and they want someone who really cares about them beyond just going to bed with them.”

I think hooking up includes some aspect of the kind of sex we were just talking about, but in a very much modified, and limited way. It’s not as frantic.”

On the popularity of oral sex:

“Oral sex was always part of the picture. I think primitive people learned how to get pleasure from oral sex, we just didn’t know about it. Oral sex was never talked about in your mother’s generation or my mother’s generation or my generation in the early days.”

On internet pornography:

“There’s nothing new about pornography. It’s been around since prehistoric days…I think that’s a healthy thing that people have the ability and the freedom to allow themselves to fantasize. But I have a number of patients who sit in front of the computer and watch pornography online, and somehow lose interest in seeking a partner. I see that a lot in some single men who don’t make the effort to go out in the world to face the issues, face the possible rejection—they satisfy their sexual needs sitting in front of the computer and masturbating.”

On living to be 100:

“We’ve been brainwashed to think that we all become couch potatoes when we’re old. You have to have expectations of yourself! You can make friends in many different ways, but you have to make the effort. You can’t say ‘oh , all my friends died,’ or ‘they’re sick,’ or ‘they don’t want to do what I want to do.’ You have to make an effort to find those new people. They don’t just come running to your door the way they might have when you were growing up.”

On the evils of cell phones:

Read more:

http://time.com/3144566/heres-what-a-100-year-old-sex-therapist-thinks-is-wrong-with-sex-today/

TONIGHT-Aug 19-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live, History of Penis Art

Now that I have your attention (funny how the word ‘penis’ can do that) – tonight, the Salon.

Press Release: http://theeroticsalon.com/category/press-release/.

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Wonderful article with marvelous illustrations

A Brief Guide To The NSFW History Of Penis Art

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Since we’re equal opportunists, we’d like to present you another brief explanation of artists’ fascination with our naughty bits. This time, we’re going to talk about peen! Why’s that? Hasn’t the male sex organ received enough attention? Because the patriarchy? Because male privilege? Because it’s hilarious to draw all over your friend’s anthropology notes in college?

Perhaps. But we’re going to do it anyway, because art, culture, feminism, etc, etc. To understand this wholly academic topic, we’ve got to go back in history and wrap our heads around the fact that d*ck pics have been around way longer than Snapchat, starting with…
The Ancient Greeks: Masters of teeny peen.

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Earlier this month, an unsuspecting team of archeologists working on an island in the Aegean Sea happened across “tantalizingly clear” penis drawings dating to the fifth and sixth centuries BC, which are thought to be some of the oldest on Earth.

Depictions of penii were common in ancient Greece — but particularly small ones, which adorn many of the marble sculptures that survive the period. (And yes, we realize “penii” is not the correct declension, but we stand by it because our idea of comedy is indeed stuck in middle school.) Were the men of that time really so poorly endowed? Or did they prefer to feel superior to hunks of marble? Nope. Large penes, actually, were associated with the grotesque. The ideal aesthetic, explained by Aristophanes, was “a gleaming chest, bright skin, broad shoulders, tiny tongue, strong buttocks and a little prick.” Ha.

Later, we moved on to…
The Middle Ages: Rivaling that one kid from “Superbad.”

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Life must have been pretty boring for the person copying out line after line in the pre-printing-press world. Penises show up in the marginalia of several medieval manuscripts from flying green penis monsters to sun-ripened penises dangling frompenis-laden tree branches.

In some contexts, one art historian suggested, such dong drawings existed only for luls. “A tree with phalluses is funny throughout the ages,” she explained. And while that’s undeniably true, an alternate interpretation suggests a negative connotation. It’s thought that a Tuscan penis tree mural uncovered ten years ago was all political, commissioned by one Tuscan faction to associate the other with “heresy, sexual perversion, civic strife and witchcraft.”

After one too many plagues, we got into…
The Renaissance: Era of erotic snacks.

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So by this time, people were opening up to the idea that the sun might not move around the Earth, but sculpting a foreskin-covered assault rifle as art still would’ve been far from kosher. So when an artist wanted to paint some dingaling doodles, he might resort to symbolism – using food. Yum!

Raphael’s “Cupid and Psyche” was a veritable fruit salad of salacity. One corner features a suggestively shaped gourd, with suggestively shaped eggplants at its base, piercing an extra-ripe fig splitting open with juiciness. *Blushes.*

Straight-up male genitalia was also seen — Michelangelo’s “David” is of course one of the Renaissance’s most well-known pieces — but mainly in the context of religious and historical subject matter. It was also still teensy and uncircumcised, because there was a time when people didn’t just cut off foreskin (which is probably good, because they might not have realized the importance of sterilizing sharp objects before they come into contact with infant genitals).

Skipping ahead a bit, we run into a…
Scandal in the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood!!!

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Those Victorian goody-two-shoes were hiding dirty pictures this whole time! We see that shadow! We know what that is! Pish-posh.

Continuing on, we move into…
The Late 1800s: When art became harder and harder to define.

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In the wake of the Impressionists’ audacity to make their brushstrokes totally obvious and push the boundaries of “art” — which caused a hullabaloo because people were like, “We know what ‘art’ is, it’s pretty pictures of famous white people, okay?” — came a variety of new schools of thought, including some that combined colorful Impressionist techniques with more definitive outlines, for example. So we gotKoloman Moser’s “Le Printemps,” which features a fairly well-defined member. Other artists, like Egon Schiele, focused on expressionist moodiness in works like “Standing nude man” and “Masturbation 2,” and later wondered why the townspeople didn’t like him very much.

Prior advances in anatomy had begun to influence how art students learned about the human body, too, encouraging them to strive for accuracy. They tried less to recreate Classical proportions (read: teeny peen) than to represent the model’s true figure.

Then, not long after came…
Modernism: Is that…?

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Basically, the Modernists didn’t really give two shits because World War I knocked whatever connection they felt to traditional definitions of “art” as loose as Franz Ferdinand’s security detail. So when art collectors were “shocked” at the way a guitar could be represented by a collection of geometrical figures, they were like, “Whatever, we’re going to paint a train sailing out of a fireplace” and stomped away. Also, they made some d*ck art.

In 1920, Constantin Brancusi scandalized everyone at the Salon de Indépendants when he unveiled a shiny, curved gold sculpture called “Princess X.” Supposedly, when Picasso said it looked kind of phallic, Brancusi got all pissy and denied it. But we should note that this was the era of Freud’s whole “subconscious mind” theory that had some artists exploring dreams and symbolism of form. (The subject’s long neck in Magritte’s “The Rape,” above, suggests a phallus piercing its torso-face.) So maybe Brancusi didn’t consciously mean to make a phallic symbol? Maybe? No?

Later, we saw…
Post-Modernism in the mid-1900s: That’s a penis.

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As art became more brash, like the music of that one shaggy-looking male quartet, artists – including lady artists — created even more explicit works shaped by new-ish technologies (photography!) and popular culture (movies! music! canned goods!).

Herman Makkink’s fiberglass “Rocking Machine,” which bears a clear phallic likeness during its appearance in Kubrick’s 1971 “A Clockwork Orange,” helped the artist gain notoriety. Drawing on decades’ worth of fancy psychoanalysis, Louise Bourgeois coined her slogan, “Art is a guarantee of sanity,” and went on to create the monument to reason dubbed “Fillette” — a giant penis-slash-female-torso. And, among his many representations of household names like Monroe and Campbell, Andy Warhol printed his self-described “dirty art” featuring a dude standing with his legs crossed, fully exposed, and – and – full-sized!

Of course there was also Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Man in Polyester Suit,” famous for delving into LGBT and race issues. It features — that’s right – a black man in a polyester suit, with his dongalong casually sticking out of his pants like he forgot about it or something, as one does.

Finally, we arrive at…
Contemporary Art: Male anatomy becomes practically passé.

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Since only a rare few things will shock the art world these days, there are penisesseriously everywhere. Examples abound!

“We don’t sit down and say, ‘This will piss so-and-so off.’ We make the work we instinctively feel like making,” explained punk artist Sue Weber, who, along with Tim Noble, created a mass of phalluses in the mid-1990s that makes a shadow of the couple’s heads leaning back-to-back when light hits it just so. Fellow sculptor Jamie McCartney cast myriad genitalia — male and female — to complete his works, which tile together private parts like the world’s most X-rated backsplashes. McCartney says he uses humor to “break down barriers and encourage public engagement with tricky subjects.” Like their nether regions.

Meanwhile, Kristen Fredericks continues to knit more penile creations down in Australia, where they sprout eyes, hang out in packs and, inexplicably, grow breasts. Fredericks, who definitely looks like somebody’s mom, formerly worked as a knitwear designer before she put her considerable needlework skills to better uses.

But in the Contemporary sphere, there’s also…
Performance Art: Penii in the name of politics.

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For whatever reason, the Russians are big on the kind of weird art you struggle explaining to your friends. A few months after that one guy stapled his scrotum to the cold Moscow cobblestones in the name of “apathy” and “political indifference,” an art collective known as Voina (or “War”) wreaked havoc on a St. Petersburg drawbridge. In an impressive 23 seconds, nine of the group’s members grabbed some paint cans and splattered a giant penis on the bridge before being apprehended by authorities. Seconds later, when the bridge was raised to allow a passing ship through, a massive dong stared back at the Russian Federal Security Service building.

“It is monumental, heroic, romantic, left-radical, an act of protest,” explained hooligan Aleksei Plutsner-Sarno. “I like it as a piece of work, not just because it is a penis.”

And let’s not forget…
Internet Art: “Pexting” is now a thing.

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Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/28/penis-art-guide_n_5614173.html