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Sex-Positive Christianity – Webinar

Rev Bev Dale founder of the Incarnation Institute for Sex and Faith and frequent attendee and past featured reader at the Salon, will be offering her first webinar series. Enroll in only 1 class or all 4. Listen in person and ask questions or order the tapes and listen at one’s leisure.

The dates and topics:

Oct 4:Introduction to the Bible and Sex-Negativity

Oct 18: Discerning Truth, Discerning Culture

Nov 1: Sex in the Bible: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Nov 15: Sex: How? When? Under What Circumstances?


Now you don’t have to go to a conference to learn from Rev Bev about a sex-positive Christianity. You can now learn from her online!

Four webinars this fall will help you connect  your sexual life to your faith and learn about incarnation in new ways that will have an immediate, meaningful impact on your intimate life.

The first session explains why Christianity became so sex-negative (and why it doesn’t have to be that way!) on Sunday, October 4 followed by session two on October 18, when you will learn a time-honored discernment tool tor determining your own spiritual and sexual truth. Then, in the third session on November 1st she will explain the ways sex is viewed in the bible – positively and negatively and will conclude on November 15th with instruction on moral and ethical sexual-decision-making.

No judgment. No guilt. No shame. We promise.

Each webinar is on a Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m. (EST) A package of all four webinars is offered for $60, or classes can be purchased a la carte for $20 each. Students get 25%off!
To learn more or to register go to

Press Release – Oct 20 – Panmi-Featured Presenter-Gifted Writer-Adult Sex-Ed- Myths, Lies & Frustrations of Coming Out As A Bisexual

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon Will Feature Gifted Erotica Writer Panmi & Talk On Myths, Lies & Frustrations of Coming Out As A Bisexual, Along with Attendee Readings, Tuesday, Oct 20.

I-love-guys-and-girls-1 – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

PCSalons@gmail.comreserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max) – guidelines for reading. – blog: events, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.


The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20. Panmi is the pseudonym for the frequent open Mic contributor at the Erotic Literary Salon. She is a bisexual married poly woman in an open consensual relationship. Panmi delivers intimate and often illuminating accounts of her sexual journey. She combines her experiences as a traditional Jewish person with her adventures in self-discovery, which often moves the audience to respond in a visceral way. Panmi is published in, an erotic literary journal with a Jewish flavor.


Panmi will be offering the Adult Sex-Ed portion of the evening with her personal account of coming out as a bisexual. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences.

Prior to Readings – Adult Sex-Ed

Topic – Myths, Lies, and Frustrations of Coming out as a Bisexual– lead by Panmi


Approximately twenty attendees will also entertain with their 5-minute erotica, 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 (98 years young) will recite her original erotica/sex journals.


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. Adult Sex-Ed 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



Today-Tuesday-Sept 15-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live, Jewish Noir

Tonight Dhami Boo will be the featured reader and lead the adult sex-ed section on Erotic Reiki. Dvora, a regular attendee of the Salon, shared this cartoon – so appropriate – a bit of BDSM.


Jewish Noir

Our own M (you know the lovely woman who greets you at the door every other month) will be reading her work, which was published in a new anthology on Jewish Noir at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco – October 15.

“M. Dante has been a popular commentator for over a decade. Dante only recently revealed her poetry and creative non-fiction at Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon (ELS), Noir Con/Noir Riot, and IOTA Arlington. Her writing is darkly poetic, strikingly precise, and clear even when surreal. Often set in bleak yet familiar places, where no one is entirely good, Dante seems remarkably comfortable contemplating the everyday evils of human nature.”


Videos-Candida Royalle-RIP-Tuesday-Sept 15-The Erotic Literary Salon-live

Porn star turned erotic feminist video producer and director, died too young this past week. She was the first to introduce couples-oriented pornography. Candice and I enjoyed a duet lap dance with Sex Therapist Mitch Tepper, while he was in his wheel chair. Hear the details – story at the next Salon, this Tuesday, September 15.

The Untold Story of Candida Royalle

Candida talks about Femme Productions: “I created the Femme line in order to put a woman’s voice to adult movies and give men something they could share with the woman in their life. I like to call my Femme movies “sensually explicit”, or as one viewer described them, the “Rx for couples”. You’ll find them to be less graphic and lacking in the traditional “money shot”, a staple of most adult films. You’ll also find story lines, good original music and real characters of all ages. Counselors often prefer to use my movies in their work with couples because of their “woman friendly” approach and what they call “positive sexual role modeling.” So if you’re looking for something both of you can enjoy, you’ve come to the right place!” – excerpt from her films.

Actress Candida Royalle

Feminist porn producer and director, Petra Joy’s article in her honor: