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I Am Charlie, Uncomfortably: The Price of Free Discourse

by Remittance Girl

To hold a pen is to be at war.”  Voltaire

In the wake of the murder of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo Magazine offices, there has been shock, mourning and much passionate debate. It is sad that it takes the assassination of a group of French satirical cartoonists to prompt a serious discussion of what constitutes freedom of expression and where the limits of cultural offense might be located.

The most difficult part of defending freedom of expression is that it requires that you take a stand with people whose ideas are offensive to you. Much Charlie Hebdo’s satire took aim at the hypocrisy, intransigence and parsimony of the religious groups that make up French society. I, and many people, found the cartoons produced by Charlie Hebdo offensive; they were often racist, homophobic, sexist and concertedly insulting to Muslims, Jews, and Catholics, using exaggerated visual stereotypes to get their point across. I can’t defend the content or the artistic merit of much of Charlie Hebdo’s work, but many people would equally refuse to defend the content or the artistic merit of what I write.

That’s the thing about freedom of expression: the worth of any particular act of expression is always going to be subjective, but the freedom to express it is not.

If you’re puzzled as to why so many French people have taken to the streets – read more:

http://remittancegirl.com/staging/discussions/i-am-charlie-uncomfortably-the-price-of-free-discourse/

 

 

DTF: Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour and Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance

Added Kama Sutra image to get your attention and because I wanted to get you thinking about pornography. Is this sculpture pornographic or does it lose this status because it is an antique. If antique, does that mean the Hustler magazines and the like are now not considered by some to be pornographic because they are over 50 years old? What is pornography and how is it definied. Do we even know it when we see it?

Weekend of Events

DTF: Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour

Today, Jan 9, Friday
at 10:30pm – 11:30pm

 

Bring a date you want to impress, bring friends you want to entertain, or just bring your buddy, Jack Daniels (cause this jawn is BYOB) to Philly’s best sex ed/comedy/game show! This month features guests R. Eric Thomasand Alex J. Gross!What is DTF? A real, actual sexuality educator (Dr. Timaree) and a real, actual comedian (Darryl Charles) discuss current events and topics pertaining to sexuality, gender, porn, love, and relationships with cool guests and then play sexified versions of your favorite games. This is a popular show you don’t want to miss! Every 2nd Friday of the month!

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Erotic Temple in Khajuraho. Madhya Pradesh, India

Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance

 

  • January 11, Sunday
    at 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • L’etage

    624 S 6th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
$10, Advance Tickets http://bpt.me/1133474New York’s sexiest storytelling show is now monthly in Philadelphia!

Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance brings together storytellers, comedians, sex educators and others to share true tales from their own experiences of sex, desire and romance. With stories as diverse as the people telling them, Bare! opens doors to bedrooms, back seats and dungeons to tell what your mama left out about the birds, bees and in-betweens.

Hosted by Jefferson

Mike Fenn

Vickie Fernandez

Ben Fidler

Rachel Fogletto

Bitey Switch

. . . featured storytellers!

. . . and you! Put your name in the hat for a chance to bare all on the Bare! stage.

Jefferson is the curator and host of Bare!, regularly in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. A sex educator and writer, Jefferson keeps a pseudonymous blog, One Life, Take Two, that details his life as a parent and pervert. He is a storyteller frequently seen on stages around New York and elsewhere, including The Moth, where he is a StorySlam winner. He is also host of Foreplay! A Sexy Storytelling Open Mic, biweekly in New York.

Ben Fidler has been hitting clubs in the Philadelphia comedy scene since 2007. His high energy comedy is based on his unique look at life experiences and individuals he interacts with. Since starting comedy he founded the Puck Live Open Mic in Doylestown, PA, won the 2014 South Jersey Comedy Competition and featured on Podcasts such as Mental Poison, Breaking Badichek and Super Crappy Funtime. Ben has also been a finalist in the March Madness Comedy Competition and featured in shows all over the northeast. In 2009 Ben and some friends started LawnBoys Comedy, a sketch, standup and improv comedy troupe. Though his first passion will always be comedy, Ben is also a writer, storyteller and illustrator.

Bitey Switch is a professional switch and sex educator. She has been in the kink scene for three years . . . and has been slutting it up even longer than that! Throughout her various sexcapades, Bitey has adopted a fuck-and-tell policy that will have you at the edge of your seat. Follow Bitey on Twitter @biteytheswitch for her thoughts on whoring and pictures of dogs. To book an appointment, check out Bitey’s professional website, http://www.ameliareynolds.com/

Email and mailing list barestories@gmail.com

Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance occurs regularly in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Try your hand at sexy storytelling at Foreplay! A Sexy Storytelling Open Mic, biweekly in New York at The Delancey.

Seattle Erotic Art Festival-Call For All Entries: January 1-31

Happy Healthy Joy Filled New Year to all.

SEAF – Seattle Erotic Art Festival:

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Call for Art Opens January 1, Noon

The 2015 Seattle Erotic Art Festival Call for Art is ready to open!
www.CallForEntry.org is the new portal where we are collecting submissions.
Set up a free artist profile now and flesh out your portfolio. You can read this tutorial on using the CallForEntry.org system and follow the image guidelines carefully.
NOTE: Each submission must be accompanied by an image. (Sorry, Literary Artist’s, this means you have to upload an image, too. Don’t worry, we made this placeholder image, in the proper dimensions, just for you.)
Dates and times:
  • Call for art opens at Noon on January 1st, 2015.
  • Early bird discount available January 1st- 7th
  • Call for art closes January 31st, 2015 at 11pm PST
Fees and discounts:
  • $32 for Visual Art, Literary Art, and Installations.
  • Use the code “EarlyBird” for $10 off your submission fee if you submit by January 7th, 11pm.
  • Free for Artists residing outside of North America
  • Free for Film and Performance entries.
  • Payment for fees is to be made via Visa/Mastercard on CallForEntry.org.
  • Discount codes will be available on January 1st for Artists residing outside of North America, film and performance entries. Please email info@seattleerotic.org for codes.
More details on SeattleErotic.org.
Photo by Matt freedman.
Help spread the word!

Do you know an artist who you think should be in the Festival?
Forward this email, share on Facebook or send them to Call for Entrypage. Read about who is eligible, fees, and deadlines on our website. Remember, only artists who are 18 years old, please.
Artist Info Session – Jan. 10, 1pm

All local artists interested in learning about the submission process for the 2015 Festival are invited to attend a free informative session
on Saturday January 10th from 1pm-3pm in the FSPC Studio, located at 1608 15th Ave. W. Building B, Seattle 98119.
Sophia, our Festival Director, and a few curators will be on hand to share information and answer all your questions. View the Call for Art at CallforEntry.org.

Photo by Michael Henry.

FSPC Raffle

Support the Festival by  purchasing a $5 raffle ticket and get a chance to win some amazing prizes that are actually experiences, such as curating the art showcase for Seduction 2015!
Tickets are on sale though January 4th and the drawing will be held on January 5th. Winners must be 18 years or older. No need to be present to win.
Photo by Matt freedman.

A Black Tie Affair – March 14

Mark your calendar for our return to the lovely Steve Jensen Studio for this year’s Art Activist party.
Join us for an evening of entertainment, a silent art auction, delectable nibbles, cocktails, and mingling with Seattle’s sultriest crowd. Tickets go on sale in January.
All 2014 Art Activist Society members attend for free.
Photo by Alison Douglas.
Be an Art Activist
The Festival may not be until April, but our Art Activist Society members receive perks to Foundation and Festival events year round!
Your next exclusive Art Activist event is a brain-storming cocktail party on January 23.
Advocates, Activists and Champions receive free tickets to A Black Tie Affair in March, as well as the Festival!
About the Festival
Seattle Erotic Art Festival encourages the creation, enjoyment, and purchase of erotic art—sparking conversations to ignite personal and cultural evolutions.
The Festival is the flagship program of the nonprofit Foundation for Sex Positive Culture.
To learn more, visit our website SeattleErotic.org or write us.

Submit Your Art at CallforEntry.org NOW!

Deadlines

Call for Art opens at noon on January 1, 2015

Early bird discount available January 1 – 7 (discount code will be published by January 1. Check back here for details.)

Call for Art closes at 11:00 PM, January 31, 2015

 

Fees, General Guidelines

$32 for visual, installation, literary, and store artists

$22 after early bird discount

No fee for video/short film or performing artists

No fee to apply if you are an artist living outside of North America

Payment of a fee covers all works submitted for a category, up to the maximum allowed. For example, paying the fee for visual art allows you to submit up to 6 artworks, and paying the fee for literary art allows you to submit up to 6 literary works.

Payment for fees is to be made via Visa/Mastercard on CallForEntry.org.

Festival Store Fees

If you have paid a fee to submit visual, literary, and/or installation art, then the Store Curator will review your works and contact you if your works are accepted into the Store. Store submission fees are waived for artists who reside outside North America. For all other instances, the fee for Store submissions is $32.

We will be using CallForEntry.org to collect submissions. We encourage artists to set up a free artist profile and familiarize themselves with the website. All the information for the call will be updated on the website and the CallForEntry.org by January 1st.

Submission Limits and Formatting Rules

Visual Art: up to six (6) pieces may be submitted of any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists, and painters are particularly encouraged to apply. Images must be included with all submissions.
Short Film: up to six (6) short films or videos may be submitted. Each submission may be up to 30 minutes in length. All video submissions must include a URL where Festival jurors can download the full film/video; no direct uploads to the Festival site will be permitted.
Installation Art: up to three (3) interactive installation proposals may be submitted. Proposals must be in PDF format; images may also be included. Proposals are introductory descriptions of your piece in as much detail as possible. Installations can be submitted as ideas, and need not be completed work at the time of submission. Some grant funding is available for installation ideas. Attachments and photos concerning an installation should be emailed to installation@seattleerotic.org.
Literary Art: up to six (6) literary pieces may be submitted — poems (up to 2 pages single-spaced), short stories (up to 1500 words, 7 pages double-spaced) and one-act plays or scripts (up to 15 pages including scene setup). PDF is the only accepted file format for literary submissions.
Performance Art: up to three (3) interactive performance proposals may be submitted. Performers 18 years old or older may submit for consideration for roaming and interactive performances, staged performance, and experimental interactive projects. Images must be included with all submissions.
Store Art: all artists 18 years old or older may submit items such as books, jewelry, cards, collectibles, etc. for consideration by the Festival Store. Artists may submit up to 6 items or groups of items to the Store, in quantities from 1 to 50 per item. Store Curator will contact accepted artists about the possibility of choosing more works for the Store than submitted.

Review image guidelines as stated on CallForEntry.org before uploading any images in your portfolio.

BE SURE TO HAVE ALL OF YOUR INFORMATION ENTERED COMPLETELY AND CORRECTLY IN THE SYSTEM AT THE TIME YOU PAY YOUR SUBMISSION FEE, AS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR ENTRY ONCE YOU FINALIZE YOUR SUBMISSION.

General Guidelines

• Artists do not need to attend the Festival to be accepted
• Artists who reside outside North America, and invited artists, do not pay a submission fee
• Artists may submit for as many Calls for Art as they wish, but note that each Call for Art has distinct requirements and may have additional submission fees
• Artists may submit work only of their own creation
• Art previously exhibited at the Festival will not be considered for the exhibition but may be considered for the Festival Store
• Only electronic entries submitted via our online entry system will be accepted. Paper, email, CD, and all other forms of entry will be discarded for any call except Short Film/Video. Do not under any circumstances send original art as your Visual, Installation, and Store entries; you will be automatically disqualified from entry and your art will not be returned
• Images must be submitted in JPEG format. Please see CallforEntry.org media guidelines for specifications.
• Any image with a watermark that obscures the image or identifies the artist will be rejected
• Unfinished art or “works in progress” will not be considered by the jury (with the exception of installation art and performance proposals)
• Incomplete or incorrect entries will not be considered after the close of a Call for Art
• Submissions may be edited up until their Call for Art closes
• After the jury review, accepted artists may make updates to details about their works via our Artist Liaison
• Our system accepts only one image per submission. You may upload a a detail photo as an attachment for 3D or installation art submissions
• Substitutions are not allowed; the art submitted must be exactly the same as any accepted, delivered art
• Artists must provide a price for each submitted piece
• Artists may use a pseudonym or professional name; legal name will be kept confidential. Please be clear during the submission process about which name is to be used publicly. The “Professional Names” you have given us will be publicly viewable in the Exhibition and in related promotions
• Submission fees are non-refundable
• Tickets and passes are non-transferable
• All artists and any models depicted in art must be 18 years old or older as of March 22, 2015
• All accepted artists who use models in photographs will be required to submit a Models Age Certification form. The completed form must be delivered with the art. The Festival will keep this information on file to comply with United States Code, Title 18, Section 2257
• For all accepted, invited, and Store art sold during or as a direct result of the Festival, the Festival receives a 40% commission fee
• The Festival reserves the right to refuse to hang any piece of art delivered

Reverend Dr. Beverly Dale Talks Kink – FREE Video

Please watch this short video by Rev Bev, last month’s featured presenter at the Erotic Literary Salon. It will become very clear why you missed a most enlightening evening. http://www.beverlydale.org  http://www.incarnationinstitute.org

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Rev Bev Receives Community Service Award at

Diabolique Ball – fundraiser.