The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, Nov 17. N.M. Silber is a USA Today Bestselling author, attorney, nerd girl, wine whisperer and all-around good egg. She has been a #1 Bestselling author in Romantic Comedy and in Humorous Erotica on Amazon and was voted an Amazon Reader’s Choice Best New Author for 2013. Silber writes books that have sex, banter and a little mystery in them. She will be reading from her third novel, Legal Briefs. https://nmsilber.wordpress.com
Prior to Readings – Adult Sex-Ed
Topic – Can erotic literature be too explicit: Subtle suggestion vs. vivid description.
Lead by N.M. Silber
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 return with the warm weather to 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 $12, discounted for students and seniors to $10. 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.
Hope to see you at the Erotic Literary Salon-Live tonight in Philadelphia. The room will be filled, Tuesday, Oct 20. Come early, doors open 6:30.
Read below – looks like a fun project – create one on a 3-D printer – free designs available or enter contest and design one yourself – get paid for having a wonderful time.
“Pinky The Vibrator – Our first traditional vibrator allows people to scale and print a vibe in the exact size they desire. Some people believe this is the reason that 3D printers will become popular. I agree. People with these devices will want to print all sorts of things and they will certainly want to avoid buying them in a store. Of course, yours doesn’t have to be pink, it will be whatever color filament that you use. Mine is pink.
As with all designs here at MakerLove.com the file is free, print as many as you want, scale it up, scale it down, use it any way you wish. You can even modify it and enter your new version into our design contest”. More vibrators and info here:
“Designers: If you heard a rumor about a 3-D design competition, it is true. MakerLove.com is hosting a contest for printable sex toys. You design them and if we like it, we’ll pay you for it. After we pay you, your design is then given away free here. So not only will you be paid to design cool things, but your item will be used by hundreds of adoring fans.
File type: .stl Product maximum size: 225 x145 x150 millimeters or 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 inches (The Makerbot Replicator prints this size objects)
Colors: One (for now)
Software you should use for the design: Anything that will export an .stl file.
Design Material: ABS Plastic
What We Want: We want enticing sex toys designs that will be pleasurable for our visitors to print out and use. We are particularly interested in designs that can be made to vibrate. This is how MakerLove.com will pay the bills, by selling bullet-style vibrators that people will insert into your design. Essentially, your design will be for a dildo and customers will be encourage to visit Vibrators.com to order the vibrator motor to turn it into a vibe. We have chosen one particular vibrator for this project. You will need to put a 18mm diameter by 60mm deep hole in your toy to accommodate the bullet.
Bullet Hole Dimensions: The bullet hole should round and 18mm in diameter and 60mm in depth.
Payment: Designs that we use and publish will be paid $75 per design. Designs without an accommodation for the bullet vibrator that we sell will be paid $35.
Multiple entries? Please submit as many as you like, we may not choose them all, but we are looking for a fairly large number of designs.”
Reminder, next Tuesday, October 20, The Erotic Literary Salon-Live in Philadelphia.
FREE Story – I met Sascha Illyvich (The Bad Boy of Romance) at an erotica conference several years ago, and ever since receive emails keeping me up to date with his writings. I shall now share one of his special offers. What follows is his email and link:
That’s right, free story!
I’ve mentioned before that the prequel to Saint in Sinner’s Eyes is actually included as a free bonus included your purchase of Slow Burn – A Sexy Spy Thriller!
Pulling a cigar from his case, he clipped the end, stepped out on the balcony overlooking the pool and reached into his pocket for the torch he carried. His fingers brushed over the data stick, reassuring him. He pulled out the torch, flipped it open and lit the end of his Tres Maduro. Drawing in a, Max blew a cloud of sweet smelling smoke into the air. A few minutes later, he heard rustling in the room and knew the girl had been out of the shower.
Turning around, he leaned against the door jam and partway into the room. “Looking for something?” He spoke before his eyes caught sight of the woman standing with her hands on her hips, dressed only in one of his white dress shirts. Midnight blue hair hung in ringlets damp against the material of his shirt. Purple eyes stared back at him, emphasizing the paleness of her skin. Soft, rounded cheeks looked a little swollen, like she had taken a beating or two while in that house. He couldn’t ignore the way his shirt hung off her, dwarfing her, but making her look sexy. Slender legs seemed to go on forever from the hem of his shirt.
He had to ignore it though. She was part of the job now, not a sexual creature to have fun with, though he swore he saw something akin to lust in those deep purple eyes.
“You’re staring. What?”
Max shook his head and blinked, taking another puff off the Tres before waving the thick cloud of smoke away. “You’ve not told me your name or what you were doing in that house.”
She sauntered over to the table where his laptop was, picked up the glass of scotch and downed it. Setting the glass down, she wiped her mouth with the back of her hand and Max couldn’t help but find the brash move a little attractive. “My name is Shayla let’s say, I acquire things—“
University of Texas students counter controversial campus gun law with dildo protest By Gabe Bergado
Students at University of Texas at Austin are hoping to keep guns off their campus with a good ol’ fashion dildo protest.
A Facebook event for Campus (DILDO) Carry has been organized to protest the campus carry bill that was recently signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The law will allow students with concealed carry permits to walk around public campuses with guns starting in August 2016. Participants in the protest are planning to strap dildos to their backpacks on Aug. 24, 2016, the first day of classes for the semester.
Jessica Jin, the organizer of the event, writes in the event’s description:
The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence. You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. Heaven forbid the penis.
In terms of the citation, Jin refers to a UT Austin rule that prohibits being in public with something deemed “obscene.”
Jin invites anybody to partake in the protest, from alumni to non-UT students, as well as people outside of Texas, in a show of sex-toy solidarity against the law. As of Sunday evening, there were already more than 2,000 people RSVP’d as attending. The event also has a hashtag, #CocksNotGlocks.
The Houston Chroniclepoints out that the event was created the same day as a shooting at Texas Southern University, which left one student dead and another wounded. Shootings in Oregon and Arizona added to the tally of deaths by gun on college campuses.
Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.
In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints on the walls, Mr. Jones nervously presented a radical suggestion: the magazine, a leader of the revolution that helped take sex in America from furtive to ubiquitous, should stop publishing images of naked women.
Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed. As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude.
Its executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. “That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”
For a generation of American men, reading Playboy was a cultural rite, an illicit thrill consumed by flashlight. Now every teenage boy has an Internet-connected phone instead. Pornographic magazines, even those as storied as Playboy, have lost their shock value, their commercial value and their cultural relevance.
Playboy’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000 now, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Many of the magazines that followed it have disappeared. Though detailed figures are not kept for adult magazines, many of those that remain exist in severely diminished form, available mostly in specialist stores. Penthouse, perhaps the most famous Playboy competitor, responded to the threat from digital pornography by turning even more explicit. It never recovered.
Previous efforts to revamp Playboy, as recently as three years ago, have never quite stuck. And those who have accused it of exploiting women are unlikely to be assuaged by a modest cover-up. But, according to its own research, Playboy’s logo is one of the most recognizable in the world, along with those of Apple and Nike. This time, as the magazine seeks to compete with younger outlets like Vice, Mr. Flanders said, it sought to answer a key question: “if you take nudity out, what’s left?”
It is difficult, in a media market that has been so fragmented by the web, to imagine the scope of Playboy’s influence at its peak. A judge once ruled that denying blind people a Braille version of it violated their First Amendment rights. It published stories by Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami among others, and its interviews have included Malcolm X, Vladimir Nabokov, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jimmy Carter, who admitted that he had lusted in his heart for women other than his wife. Madonna, Sharon Stone and Naomi Campbell posed for the magazine at the peak of their fame. Its best-selling issue, in November of 1972, sold more than seven million copies.
Even those who disliked it cared enough to pay attention — Gloria Steinem, the pioneering feminist, went undercover as a waitress, or Playboy Bunny, in one of Mr. Hefner’s spinoff clubs to write an exposé for Show Magazine in 1963.
When Mr. Hefner created the magazine, which featured Marilyn Monroe on its debut cover in 1953, he did so to please himself. “If you’re a man between the ages of 18 and 80, Playboy is meant for you,” he said in his first editor’s letter. “We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex …” He did not put a date on the cover of the first issue, in case Playboy did not make it to a second.
Mr. Hefner “just revolutionized the whole direction of how we live, of our lifestyles and the kind of sex you might have in America,” said Dian Hanson, author of a six-volume history of men’s magazines and an editor for Taschen. “But taking the nudity out of Playboy is going to leave what?”
The latest redesign, 62 years later, is more pragmatic. The magazine had already made some content safe for work, Mr. Flanders said, in order to be allowed on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, vital sources of web traffic.
In August of last year, its website dispensed with nudity. As a result, Playboy executives said, the average age of its reader dropped from 47 to just over 30, and its web traffic jumped to about 16 million from about four million unique users per month.
The magazine will adopt a cleaner, more modern style, said Mr. Jones, who as chief content officer also oversees its website. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.
Its sex columnist, Mr. Jones said, will be a “sex-positive female,” writing enthusiastically about sex. And Playboy will continue its tradition of investigative journalism, in-depth interviews and fiction. The target audience, Mr. Flanders said, is young men who live in cities. “The difference between us and Vice,” he said, “is that we’re going after the guy with a job.”
Some of the moves, like expanded coverage of liquor, are partly commercial, Mr. Flanders admitted; the magazine must please its core advertisers. And all the changes have been tested in focus groups with an eye toward attracting millennials — people between the ages of 18 and 30-something, highly coveted by publishers. The magazine will feature visual artists, with their work dotted through the pages, in part because research revealed that younger people are drawn to art.
The company now makes most of its money from licensing its ubiquitous brand and logo across the world — 40 percent of that business is in China even though the magazine is not available there — for bath products, fragrances, clothing, liquor and jewelry among other merchandise. Nudity in the magazine risks complaints from shoppers, and diminished distribution.
Playboy, which had gone public in 1971, was taken private again in 2011 by Mr. Hefner with Rizvi Traverse Management, an investment firm founded by Suhail Rizvi, a publicity-shy Silicon Valley investor, who has interests in Twitter, Square and Snapchat among others. The firm now owns over 60 percent. Mr. Hefner owns about 30 percent (some shares are held by Playboy management).
The magazine is profitable if money from licensed editions around the world is taken into account, Mr. Flanders said, but the United States edition loses about $3 million a year. He sees it, he said, as a marketing expense. “It is our Fifth Avenue storefront,” he said.
He and Mr. Jones feel that the magazine remains relevant, not least because the world has gradually adopted Mr. Hefner’s libertarian views on a variety of social issues. Asked whether Mr. Hefner’s views on women were the exception to that rule, Mr. Flanders responded that Mr. Hefner had “always celebrated the beauty of the female figure.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” Mr. Jones said of the decision to dispense with nudity, “12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do.”
The resounding answer is yes, and the Stinkhorn fungus is even shaped like a phallus. I don’t recall reading about this study in 2001, but since the recent FDA approval of drug for female sexual desire has received so much attention someone has done their homework. It went viral and Dvora a regular at the Salon posted on fb.
CAN AN ORGASM BE CAUSED BY THE SCENT OF A MUSHROOM? – THE STINKHORN MUSHROOM
Legend of the Mamalu o Wahine (Women’s Mushroom)
The Hawaiian Stinkhorn Mushroom
There is a legend, handed down through the generations from a source shrouded in the mists of time. Appearing mysteriously, in varying forms, in far flung regions of the globe, but particularly the South Pacific, telling a similar story various cultures speak of a mushroom with aphrodisiac effects on women.
In the Hawaiian Islands, the high islands of Polynesia, the islands of Samoa,Tahiti, Rarotonga, and the Marquesas.
They speak of a mushroom with peculiar properties; giving rise to tales of women who encounter this mushroom in the forest and fall into-ecstatic sexual fits of orgasmic proportion. Mamalo o Wahine, the mushroom that makes women go mad with desire!
Only when the gods are pleased will they bring
forth this magical plant, and only if a woman leads a good and
virtuous life will the gods reward her with this special treat just
for her pleasure. Or so the legend goes…
But, is there truth to this old time myth?
And how could this benefit the world in modern times?
(The very interesting Phallus shaped Hawaiian Stinkhorn)
In an effort to uncover the answers to these questions which occurred to me quite randomly, just as the folk lore itself seemed curiously to flit into my awareness most suddenly one blustery evening while searching for leads in my quest to unveil the mysterious properties of fungi, I ran across an article in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms describing a strange and wonderful practice in Hawaii: women gathering together to search for a particular mushroom. Upon finding it, they inhale the aroma; the scent of which causes pronounced sexual arousal, often orgasmic in nature!
The Following is an excerpt from the article:
(The Stinkhorn-Very Phallus in Shape)
According to a 2001 publication in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, the smell of the fresh fungus can trigger spontaneous orgasms in human females. In the trial involving 16 women, 6 had orgasms while smelling the fruit body, and the other ten, who
received smaller doses, experienced physiological changes such as increased heart rate. All of the 20 men tested considered the smell
disgusting. According to the authors, the results suggest that the hormone-like compounds present in the volatile portion of the gleba may have some similarity to human neurotransmitters released in females during sexual activity. The study used the species found in Hawaii, not
the variety cultivated in China. ”
———–  Holliday JC, Soule N. (2001). “Spontaneous female orgasms triggered by smell of a newly found tropical Dictyphora species”. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 3: 162–67. ISSN 1521-9437 http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,2e5fc0e3182d70db,6f3ed2921c9f3802.html
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