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Reminder-Next Tuesday-Nov 19-The Erotic Literary Salon-Adult Sex-Ed, Author’s Talk-“Does Sex Have an Expiration Date?”

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)
LOCATION: Philadelphia Ethical Society
                       1906 South Rittenhouse Square

FREE Entry

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.

FIRST TIME – Book Launch – “Does Sex Have an Expiration Date.”

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:
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.

Reminder-Next Tuesday-Oct 15-The Erotic Literary Salon Live / Adult Sex Ed, Is There A Universal Sexual Desire?

Hope to see you all Tuesday; planning another evening of shared verbal pleasure and sex education.

Dr. Marty Klein in typical fashion, educates his interviewer by dispelling myths. The only suggestion – (1) I don’t agree with, since people with responsive libidos don’t always know if they are interested in sex until they are sexually aroused. More on libidos in my forth coming book, Does Sex Have an Expiration Date?

Is There A Universal Sexual Desire?

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I was on a podcast yesterday when the interviewer (call her Claire) said something like “Well, of course everyone wants to feel connected during sex.”

“No,” I replied.

“Well, no grownup really wants sex to be like, just two bodies hammering away at each other.”

Again I disagreed: “Sometimes grownups do,” I said.

She was both exasperated and curious. “Well, if connection isn’t the universal thing people want from sex, what is?”

“There isn’t a universal thing that everyone wants from sex,” I said. She was incredulous. “Not love, not pleasure, not gentleness, not roughness, certainly not reproduction, there are no universal desires involved in sex,” I continued. “Not in our time or place, not in another time or place, not ever, nowhere.”

“Then why,” Claire asked, “if connection isn’t a universal desire in sex, why else would someone bother to have sex?” (Note: we were talking strictly about consensual sex.)

“People have sex for a jillion different reasons,” I said. “In fact, the same person may have sex for very different reasons during the course of a month, and certainly during the course of a lifetime.” She asked me to name some, so I did. Here are reasons that people have sex that don’t involve emotional connection:

~ Expressing or experiencing autonomy;
~ Wanting to feel manly or womanly;
~ Validating one’s heterosexuality, homosexuality, or other sexual identity;
~ Wanting to feel graceful, adequate, youthful, or normal;
~ Wanting to acquire power
~ Wanting a physically intense experience
~ Wanting to feel or be creative
~ Wanting to forget about or contradict one’s last sexual experience
~ Wanting to feel aroused
~ …and of course, raw physical pleasure

“That’s quite a list,” Claire acknowledged. “But sex without emotional connection is meaningless,” she said.

“Yes, for some people it would be,” I said. “But sex itself is meaningless. We give it meaning. Or to put it differently, people try to arrange sex that is meaningful to them. What that involves is different from one person to another; it can even be different for the same person from one sexual episode to the next.”

“But sex has to have meaning,” she said.

“Why?” I asked. “Why do we assume sex has meaning, or should have? And further, why do we assume that what makes sex meaningful to Mary will make it meaningful to Leticia? People go out to dinner for different reasons, they buy cars for different reasons, get a dog for different reasons, and go to the gym for different reasons. And those reasons may change over time. Why should sex be any different?”

“Because sex is different,” she said.

“That’s a common cultural idea,” I said. “Sexual exceptionalism: that we need special ethics for sex, special decision-making for sex, special spirituality for sex. And a special meaning-making psychology for sex. But that just isn’t true,” I emphasized. “Sex is like everything else in life, only different.”

We approach sex with all the life skills we have, which are rarely enough. We bring our willingness or hesitation to communicate; our acceptance or rejection of our bodies; our shame or pride about who we are; our fears or comfort about men or women; and our beliefs about how much people can be trusted, just to name a few.

Everyone having sex does it while being an imperfect human (living in an imperfect body). Feeling ashamed (or angry) to be imperfect interferes with sexual relaxation and enjoyment just as it interferes with parenting, friendship, and other significant activities. Judging or rejecting ourselves isn’t something we save for sex—for those so inclined, it’s a 24-hour option.

My interviewer Claire had one more question, a common and deceptively simple-sounding one: “What’s one tip you have to help a person have fantastic sex?”

“Oh, I’d never try to help someone have fantastic sex,” I replied. “My advice is to give up that dream, and instead to desire sex that’s more enjoyable. And here’s how I would advise people to make sex more enjoyable:”

(1) Don’t do it when you don’t want to, or when you’re too tired;
(2) Accept your body exactly as it is;
(3) Tell your partner one thing he or she doesn’t know about your sexuality or your body; and
(4) Relax.

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Last Day-Sept 22- Reserve Seat-Between the Sheets: Table Talk Series

Special $75 offer has been extended. Tomorrow is the last day to reserve your seat (must pay in order to reserve)- see below for details.

Evenings of Taboo Table Talk: How to Please and Be Pleasured – September 24, 6pm-9pm

You are invited to be part of a community interested in developing their optimal sexuality. Discussions will be based on thought-provoking questions from attendees. The goal is to eliminate shame and normalize the joy of sexual pleasure through examination and discussion. Susana Mayer, PhD, founder and host of the Erotic Literary Salon, will facilitate the evening. Susana will introduce her “sand box” homework (pleasure behind closed doors,) which she suggests to all her clients.

The focus of the evening is on topics usually considered taboo at the dinner table. Please email your questions ( or come prepared with a question in mind to be submitted anonymously.

Come with an open mind, open heart and empty belly. There will be 3+ courses of aphrodisiac inspired yumminess. CBD infusion will be provided for lacing your food and/or drink. (You may opt out of CBD infusion, but price remains the same.) Food accommodations cannot be made for allergies, intolerances or preferences.

Bring your own libation of choice. Selection of non-alcoholic beverages provided.

* Payment is non-refundable $75 

Download the Venmo App for payment –

Payment includes:
3+ course dinner (Food accommodations cannot be made for allergies, intolerances or preferences)
Non-alcoholic beverages
CBD infusion (You may opt out of CBD infusion, but price remains the same.)
Admission to the Erotic Literary Salon, one free reserved seat worth $24.
Goody bag
A few secret surprises
Discussion on Optimal Sexuality


Email consultation with Susana Mayer, Ph.D. – one question will be answered worth $50-75 dollars

Free Samples

Free raffle ticket for $50 Gift Certificate from Passional

Free raffle to win 2 tickets for entry to Tantra class from Connect-om, aka Dvora and Paul, “Partnered Pleasure Meditation” held in Mt. Airy, October 19.

Attendance to the event will be limited to the first 32 people to pay via Venmo app; please reserve your seats early.
* Seats will only be reserved with full payment.

Proud sponsors of this event:
The Erotic Literary Salon –
Secret Table –

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