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Sex – plorations in Fiction – “Rye” by Sam Rosenthal – Time Out Chicago

The featured presenter at the Erotic Literary Salon on April 16th, will be Sam Rosenthal, author of “Rye” a queer erotic novel. He will also be discussing  the term ‘Queer’ followed by a Q & A. Below is an excerpt from the Chicago’s Time Out Magazine (Gay & Lesbian section) review of his new novel.

Sam Rosenthal

Remember when experimenting with your sexuality meant kissing another boy (or girl) after months (or years) of daring yourself to do it? Challenging your identity to see how open-minded you really were, to know if those homosexual or bisexual fantasies you’d secretly been having were things of substance or flights of fancy? Those days, like Crystal Pepsi, Melrose Place and the dance ballads of Jon Secada, are long behind us. They were called the ’90s.

In 2013, sexual exploration is far more than an awkward make-out session between college roommates (the kind where one is way too into it and the other is sheepishly playing along—we’ve all been there). Today, it’s more about how the individuals embrace, reject, typify or distort gender than where they might be putting their anatomy.

In his erotic novel Rye, author Sam Rosenthal delves into this gender-expanding sexploration through three primary characters: Matt, a middle-aged biological male with a heteronormative American upbringing; Rye, his elusive, biologically female but male-identifying, non-transgender long-distance lover who was primarily lesbian before meeting Matt; and Rain, the young catch-as-catch-can, gender-freewheeling biological female whose identity fluctuates with each of her and Matt’s kinky encounters. Of note: These characters are all polyamorous.

It’s a different world from where you come from.

Or is it?

Read More:

http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/gay-lesbian/16172146/sexplorations-in-fiction

UPenn Sex Week

U of Penn has joined the ranks of Yale, Harvard, Brown University to name but a few. Great speakers, Rachel Kramer Bussel, who has read at the Salon and will be returning (keep posted) will be discussing erotica. Kali Morgan owner of Passional and supporter of the Erotic Literary Salon will be speaking Kink.

Excerpts from Article in “The Daily Pennsylvanian.”

Maiden Sex Week aims to stimulate discussion

The Hillel, SPEC and LGBT Center-sponsored week will include events on masturbation and asexuality

By SETH ZWEIFLER

Sex is in the air.

With flyers sprouting up across campus displaying phrases like “everyone masturbates” and “having sex burns 300 calories per hour,” students have been gearing up for Penn’s first-ever Sex Week.

Starting on Tuesday, Penn Sex Week will aim to educate students about sex — as well as celebrate it. Modeled after similar programs at Harvard and Yale universities, the ultimate goal of Sex Week is to create campus-wide dialogue about a topic that some say has long been considered taboo.

“There’s so much people don’t know about sex, because they’re either denied the information or they’re too ashamed to seek it out,” said College junior Arielle Pardes, one of the co-chairs of Sex Week and a Daily Pennsylvanian columnist. “We’re moving the discourse away from just talking about hooking up over the weekend to more critical things, like criticizing the porn industry or talking about masturbation or writing erotica.”

The story of how Sex Week was made possible in the first place starts with Pardes.

In June 2012, Pardes wrote a DP column in which she called on Penn to host its own version of a Sex Week. Although she acknowledged that the University already has a number of sex education programs in place, she made the point that there has not yet been a forum for students to learn about sex in a more diverse, relatable way.

 Read entire article and schedule for the week:

High School Teacher Under Investigation – Used the Word “Vagina” During Anatomy Lesson

Why does this not surprise me? I can only imagine what they would say if the Erotic Literary Salon was held in their community.

Tim McDaniel, a teacher at Dietrich School, pauses for a photo on Tuesday in front of the school. Four parents have filed a complaint against McDaniel for teaching about the reproductive system out of a biology textbook.

Excerpts from Times-News:

By Kimberlee Kruesi kkruesi@magicvalley.com

DIETRICH • A Dietrich science teacher is being investigated by the state’s professional standards commission after a complaint from parents over his teaching methods.

Tim McDaniel is being investigated after a complaint was filed by a handful of parents who objected to how McDaniel taught the reproductive system, Dietrich Superintendent Neil Hollingshead said.

According to the parents, McDaniel should have given parents more notification about his possible controversial lesson content.

The Dietrich parents are responsible for bringing the complaint before the Dietrich school board. That also led to an investigation by the Idaho Professional Standards Commission.

The state investigation includes allegations that McDaniel taught sex education material in his science class, taught forms of birth control, shared confidential student files with an individual other than their parents, told inappropriate jokes and showed a video clip in class that showed a genital herpes infection.

Read More:

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/state-investigates-complaint-about-dietrich-science-teacher-s-human-reproduction/article_47dec69a-963f-11e2-a856-001a4bcf887a.html

 

 

The Girls of Storyville – New Orlean’s Prostitutes – 100 years ago

Photos and excerpt from article on the legal brothels of Storyville, New Orleans.

The girls of Storyville: Haunting pictures from New Orleans’ red-light district reveal how prostitutes lived 100 years ago

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

From luxurious palaces to decaying shacks, a series of intimate black and white photographs taken in 1912 reveal how New Orleans’ prostitutes lived more than a century ago.

With his sunjects in varying states of undress, photographer E. J. Bellocq took dozens of portraits inside the brothels of Storyville – the only legalized red-light district in North America, until it was shut down in 1917.

The haunting images show madams in their finest lace and fur, with several prostitutes completely nude or lounging about playing cards, reclining amongst pillows, or having a drink.

Haunting history: A series of intimate black and white photographs taken in 1912 by E.J. Bellocq reveal how prostitutes in New Orleans' red-light district of Storyville lived more than a century agoHaunting history: A series of intimate black and white photographs taken in 1912 by E.J. Bellocq reveal how prostitutes in New Orleans’ red-light district of Storyville lived more than a century ago

Storyville was a restricted red-light district that covered 16 blocks in its entirety, situated next to New Orleans’s famous French Quarter.

Set up to limit prostitution to one area of the New Orleans, the authorities were able to successfully monitor and regulate the practice.

Visitors – mainly U.S. Navy Marines – could purchase a ‘blue book’ that alphabetically listed the names, addresses and races of more than 700 prostitutes; giving house descriptions, prices, particular services, and the ‘stock’ each brothel offered.

Down time: From luxurious palaces to decaying shacks, the images show several prostitutes lounging about playing cards, reclining amongst pillows, or having a drinkDown time: From luxurious palaces to decaying shacks, the images show several prostitutes lounging about playing cards, reclining amongst pillows, or having a drink.

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