Two Great At The Center for Sex & Culture!

These came through my in-box today and they look like fun!

THIS WEEK: Carol Queen invites you to two special Sex Research and Sex Education events.

Women, Digital Media and Porn Tastes in Japan, Hong Kong and the USA
Katrien Jacobs: Women and Porn Research Workshop
Wednesday, July 11,7:00 PM
At the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349Mission, San Francisco
No charge to attend! All women over 18 are welcome

RESEARCH PROJECT: In this project we will investigate women’s use of digital media and cultivation of pornographic tastes  in three culturally different environments—Hong Kong,Japanand theUSA. By doing a cross-cultural analysis of tastes and agencies within contemporary media cultures, it will be a pioneering study to respond to government regulations about Internet sex culture. It will be our aim to analyze the gendered behaviors of (young) adults to see how they reflect cultural differences and distinctive histories of media culture or eroticism. The research project is funded by a grant fromChineseUniversityofHong Kong.

WORKSHOP: We will showcase and analyze a cross-section of genres and erotica products. We are interested in hosting a unique platform for women to share reactions and tastes in relation to their local cultural identities and their immersion in transnational products. We will screen and discuss a variety of hardcore and softcore genres from different cultures such as Japanese AV, American porn, lesbian and dyke porn, feminist porn, Fengyue movies, and so on.

RECRUITMENT: We are looking for women to join one of our workshops about women and pornographic tastes: young adults and older women from various ethnic backgrounds, straight and queer, bi or lesbian women, transgendered women, This 2-hour workshop will be recorded but your name and identity will not be revealed to anybody.

BIO: Katrien Jacobs is a scholar, artists and activist who works as associate professor in cultural studies at theChineseUniversityofHong Kong. Her work investigates the role of digital networks in people’s experiences with the body, art, and sexuality. She has lectured and published widely on pornography, censorship and media activism . She is also working on long-term research projects in visual anthropology that detail the impact of Japanese animation on South East Asian youth cultures and social networks. She is the author of three books about Internet culture, art and sexuality. Her forthcoming People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet has been widely commented on in the mass media. Her work can be found at www.libidot.org/blog We are looking for women to join one of our workshops: students, young adults and older women, ethnic minority groups, straight and queer or lesbians, transgendered women, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Anatomy of Pleasure Intensive with Drs. Robert Lawrence and Carol Queen 
Saturdays, July 14, 21, and 28,10am-2pm
Pay what you can! Suggested cost is $40 per session, but Robert especially wants sex educators to have this information. No one turned away for lack of funds.
At the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission St., San Francisco

Want to know more about the senses? Who doesn’t? Find new combinations to make you and yours hotter and learn the body’s many sensory secrets. Join us for a thoroughly eye-opening tour of the body with way more area covered than just that enticing spot between your legs (though we will delve in there as well). Learn how nearly any sense can be a source of erotic inspiration! This is especially relevant for those kinky sorts who already think of the entire body as their canvas. 

Dr. Robert Lawrence has been lecturing about human anatomy and sexuality since 1980, and his knowledge has provided a proven, fact-based foundation for other writers and instructors in the fetish and SM community to build upon. Have you ever been told to take an aspirin or an antihistamine prior to being spanked? Dr. Lawrence first made the suggestion in 1980 (he still has his SFSI SM lecture notes). Have you ever heard of humans being shaped inside like a donut? How about proprioception and bondage? How many senses can you describe and play with individually? He can demonstrate at least 15 specific senses and can break them into more than 20 depending on how you split (or stroke) the hair. Dr. Carol Queen has been working with Robert since 1989, the year before she began working at Good Vibrations. No matter your level of familiarity and comfort with the topic, this lecture is a must-experience for anyone committed to developing their sensual and sexual responsiveness. Demonstrations of reflex, dermatomes, sensory specificity and adaption will show you what you have been missing — and help you better understand arousal, BDSM enthusiasm, and orgasm!

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR SEX EDUCATORS — especially self-taught ones or those who have never had a formal anatomy class!

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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