Category: Events

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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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.

 

Tonight-Oct 18-Comedy-Gasm! A Big Freakin Deal! – Rachel Fogletto Founder & Host

We’re coming up on our 1.5 year mark and we’re celebrating it like a high school relationship….meaning, we’re making a big fucking deal about it! We don’t know if we’re allowed to say fuck in the headline, so we’re saying it here…this show is going to be big, hilarious, and all things sexy! Put us in your calendar, we fit in perfectly ;-) See you there!

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Host: Rachel Fogletto

Burlesque performance and the triumphant return of Eris Vayle !!!

Stand-up Comedy from:

Caitlin Feeney (Stretch Marks the Spot; Backfatularette)
Steve Hernandez (Respect the Danger of Knives Podcast; Chatterbox Comedy Night- best bar show in LA)
T.j. Hurley (East Coast Power Nap; Laughs on Fairmount)
ToppFliight (Philly Hip Hop Award – Excellence in Comedy 2013)

8pm doors
8:45 showtime
21 +
$10 plus donations welcome
Drink Specials!
UPSTAIRS at The Irish Pol

45 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

https://www.facebook.com/events/736015586464212/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Next Tuesday-October 21-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live-Lynn Hoffman-Featured Poet, Adult Sex-Ed Topic Masturbation

Reminder, please mark your calendars. Tuesday the award winning poet, Lynn Hoffman, will be the featured reader at next week’s Erotic Literary Salon in Philadelphia.

Lynn is not only a poet but author of several non-fiction books and novels. His most recent, Radiation Days: The Rollicking, Lighthearted Story of a Man and His Cancer can be found on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Radiation-Days-Rollicking-Lighthearted-Cancer/dp/1628737182/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413267592&sr=1-1&keywords=radiation+days

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I shall be leading the Adult Sex-Ed section with a talk on masturbation.  The Salon is a comfortable and safe space to talk about this and other topics on sexual behaviors.

Press Release: http://theeroticsalon.com/blog/press-release-october-21-featured-reader-award-winning-poet-lynn-hoffman/