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SF D/s Discussion Group
         Monday April 15, 2013— 7:30-9:30
meets at the Center for Sex and Culture
generally meets on the third Monday of each month, from 7:30-9:30pm
doors open at 7:00pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm
 
Join us at the CSC (Center for Sex and Culture):
   1349 Mission Street
   San Francisco, CA 94103
   phone: (415) 902-2071
   email: info@sexandculture.org
   web: http://www.sexandculture.org
   Google Maps: http://bit.ly/ps4naD
for a directed discussion—held in a spirit of fellowship and mutual
respect, on matters pertaining to Mastery, slavery, Dominance and
submission, with an emphasis on our M/s and D/s lives—among persons of a variety of backgrounds, views, sensibilities, and philosophies.
 
The meeting is open to adults having a sincere, positive, personal
interest in M/s or D/s, and who agree to keep confidential, within their
own dynamic, what transpires at the meeting. All roles, gender
identifications, and orientations are welcome. Please RSVVEP(*) in the
week preceding the meeting to either of these addresses:
Eric Arkouda — EArkouda@mailworks.org
SF D/s Discussion Group mailing list at SFDsDG@yahoogroups.com
A $5-$10 donation to our host, the CSC, is requested.
 
* RSVVEP: Repondez si vous voudriez ecirctre preacutesente,
"respond if you’d like to attend", a statement of desire to attend.
Please send this in if there’s a 50% chance of your being able to
attend; for my gathering of rough numbers, and saying hello.
It is ok to redistribute this official description.
Home:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFDsDG
 
SF D/s Discussion Group
         Monday April 15, 2013— 7:30-9:30
meets at the Center for Sex and Culture
generally meets on the third Monday of each month, from 7:30-9:30pm
doors open at 7:00pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm
 
Join us at the CSC (Center for Sex and Culture):
   1349 Mission Street
   San Francisco, CA 94103
   phone: (415) 902-2071
   Google Maps: http://bit.ly/ps4naD
for a directed discussion—held in a spirit of fellowship and mutual
respect, on matters pertaining to Mastery, slavery, Dominance and
submission, with an emphasis on our M/s and D/s lives—among persons of a variety of backgrounds, views, sensibilities, and philosophies.
 
The meeting is open to adults having a sincere, positive, personal
interest in M/s or D/s, and who agree to keep confidential, within their
own dynamic, what transpires at the meeting. All roles, gender
identifications, and orientations are welcome. Please RSVVEP(*) in the
week preceding the meeting to either of these addresses:
Eric Arkouda — EArkouda@mailworks.org
SF D/s Discussion Group mailing list at SFDsDG@yahoogroups.com
A $5-$10 donation to our host, the CSC, is requested.
 
* RSVVEP: Repondez si vous voudriez ecirctre preacutesente,
"respond if you’d like to attend", a statement of desire to attend.
Please send this in if there’s a 50% chance of your being able to
attend; for my gathering of rough numbers, and saying hello.
It is ok to redistribute this official description.
 
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Kink Health Project Town Hall Meeting


“ Whip your doctor into shape!!! Expose yourself to your therapist!!!”

Thursday, August 8, 2013 · 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St., SF    @ map
 Free
Dress code: Anything goes

Are you tired of having to educate your physician about your Kink lifestyle?
Do you wish your therapist could really understand your relationship dynamic?
CALLING ALL KINKSTERS 18+
Make your voice heard at:
The KINK HEALTH Project TOWN HALL MEETING #1
Come voice your opinions about kink and healthcare:
Help us answer questions such as:
- What is it like to be kinky in the healthcare system?
- Have you had negative or positive experiences with healthcare providers?
- What are the most pressing health issues that kinksters deal with?
- What do clinicians and therapists need to know about you and your lifestyle or sexuality?
The Kink Health Project is a research study investigating the physical and mental healthcare needs of kinksters.
We need your input so we can train healthcare providers to deliver competent and compassionate care to ALL sexual minorities.
The Kink Health Project is a collaboration between The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA) and UCSF.
For more information: team@tashra.org
Your input is vital! We will see you there!
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SUMMER SCHOOL: A Kinky Play Party

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Saturday, 8/10 – 9:30pm-2am
At CSC, 1349 Mission
 
Summer is here, but we don’t care. Summer School is in session, are you attending? Calling all nerds, bad bois, teacher’s pets and sub(stitute) teachers, class is meeting for a special study time at the Center for Sex & Culture library. So grab your books, rulers, and rope for a very kinky play party brought to you by the smart-assiest Bay Area perverts. Wear your uniform, or break the dress code, this night is going to earn you some major extra credit.
 
Summer School welcomes students and teachers of all genders, sexualities, ages, abilities, bodies, preferences and play to come on by and show your school spirit. This party is in conjunction with Midori’s Rope Bondage Dojo® so if you are inclined, bring your ropes and grab an open rafter. Perhaps you’ll spot a student learning the ropes and gain a study buddy!
 
Proceeds from Summer School goes to the amazing work of the Center for Sex & Culture.
 
All attendees get a ruler brought to you by The Pleasure Chest (http://thepleasurechest.com/)
 
Featuring dungeon equipment from Edges
 
Tunes brought to you by A. Lowe
 
A special burlesque performance by Bunny Von Tail
 
Pre-Event Online tickets will be $18
At door ticket price will be $20
Student discount prices of $15 will be offered at the door! (Limit only to folks with current school IDs)
 
Volunteers and hall monitors are most appreciated for full comp. We need people to help with set up, clean up, DMing and door duty. Please email AviAnswers@gmail.com for volunteer info.
 
See you there, don’t be late.
 
Where: The Center for Sex & Culture. 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (between 9th and 10th Streets, on the corner of Grace Street.)
Please note that Mission St has parking restrictions so please follow all posted signs.
This event is strictly 18+, please bring your I.D.
 
About A. Lowe: A. Lowe is an Oakland based DJ/Producer. Genres include glitch hop, dubstep, bass music, breaks, pop, hip hop, IDM and whatever else moves the dance floor. Get updates and free downloads here:
 
About Bunny Von Tail: Bunny Von Tail was born and raised in San Francisco. Known everywhere as San Francisco’s own Jessica Rabbit thanks to her red hair and 2 big…. talents. A diva since day one, Bunny’s primary influences are musical theater and classic ballet and she truly believes all the world is her stage and she has to shake her Von Tail as much as possible. She made her debut in the world of Burlesque at the Hubba Hubba Revue next to Lee Presson. She mixes Victorian eccentricity and Gothic elegance with dazzling charm and pours it all into a flame-tressed dancing doll! Bubbly and eccentric with a flair for the dramatic, she can turn you on while she makes you laugh.
 
About Midori’s Rope Bondage Dojo®: A two-day intensive, unique hands-on learning experience. For more please visit ropedojo.com
 
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Society of Janus: Kinky Speed Dating: Male Tops/Female Bottoms (Ages 25 to 40)
January 26th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St. (between 9th and 10th), San Francisco
Cost:
All Janus members and reciprocal orgs: $10
Non-member Males: $25
Non-member Females: $15
Dress code: Whatever makes you feel good
The event will be limited to 15 men and 15 women so that you will chat with the gender and role that you are seeking. Participants will have 5 to 6 minutes to converse and then move on to the next person.
After the event, you will receive the Fetlife handle and/or email contact of the participants who expressed an interest in you and in whom you expressed an interest.
There will be a series of “conversation starter” questions provided to help get things started if you need them. Their use will be completely optional though, you’ll be free to chat about whatever.
This Program is a first in a series of speed dating events designed to help all genders/identities discover new dates. This event is focused on male tops/female bottoms, but future events will focus on other dynamics and identities (e.g. female tops/male bottoms, queer, TG, etc). In the future other age ranges will be provided as well.
If you have a suggestion for a specific program please send a message to programs (at) soj (dot) org and we will look into organizing it.
Prepaying
We now have the ability for you to purchase a ticket for this class online.
https://www.wepay.com/xagi7bb/events/kinky-speed-dating-ages-25-to-40
Please feel free to use the option that will appear, “This ticket is for someone else.” You can fill that out to print your Fetlife/Scene/Internet/Starbucks name on the ticket if you wish without affecting your purchase. You’ll need to add any initial in the last name field.
If you’re a Janus member, you will need to include your membership number on the question form. Please make sure to print out your ticket and bring it with you.
Note: Janus programs are generally open to all attendees 18 years of age and older who have a personal positive interest in BDSM. You do not need to be a member to attend.

Society of Janus: Kinky Speed Dating: Male Tops/Female Bottoms (Ages 25 to 40)

January 26th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St. (between 9th and 10th), San Francisco

Cost:

All Janus members and reciprocal orgs: $10

Non-member Males: $25

Non-member Females: $15

Dress code: Whatever makes you feel good

The event will be limited to 15 men and 15 women so that you will chat with the gender and role that you are seeking. Participants will have 5 to 6 minutes to converse and then move on to the next person.

After the event, you will receive the Fetlife handle and/or email contact of the participants who expressed an interest in you and in whom you expressed an interest.

There will be a series of “conversation starter” questions provided to help get things started if you need them. Their use will be completely optional though, you’ll be free to chat about whatever.

This Program is a first in a series of speed dating events designed to help all genders/identities discover new dates. This event is focused on male tops/female bottoms, but future events will focus on other dynamics and identities (e.g. female tops/male bottoms, queer, TG, etc). In the future other age ranges will be provided as well.

If you have a suggestion for a specific program please send a message to programs (at) soj (dot) org and we will look into organizing it.

Prepaying

We now have the ability for you to purchase a ticket for this class online.

https://www.wepay.com/xagi7bb/events/kinky-speed-dating-ages-25-to-40

Please feel free to use the option that will appear, “This ticket is for someone else.” You can fill that out to print your Fetlife/Scene/Internet/Starbucks name on the ticket if you wish without affecting your purchase. You’ll need to add any initial in the last name field.

If you’re a Janus member, you will need to include your membership number on the question form. Please make sure to print out your ticket and bring it with you.

Note: Janus programs are generally open to all attendees 18 years of age and older who have a personal positive interest in BDSM. You do not need to be a member to attend.

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Douchebag Deviants class and Playing Well With Others: Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams Bookparty
Sunday, November 11th, 5-7pm
$15.00 At The Door
Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Join Lee Harrington and Mollena as they hit Northern California on their EPIC International Whistle Stop Tour 2012! They’ll be autographing copies of their best-selling book “Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring & Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” as well as their respective Toybag guises, Lee’s books “Sacred Sexuality” and “Shibari You Can Use” and Mollena’s DVD from Kink Academy on Submission and Service! Get ‘em autographed, meet the authots and support  them in their quest to kink across America & Canada!
That will also be presenting one of their co-presented classes, created especially for the “Whistle Stop Tour:” DOUCHEBAG DEVIANTS! 
How do you handle the persistent douchebag whose behaviour seems unchecked? The high-profile douchebag that everyone seems reluctant to confront? What should your behaviour be in the face of flagrant douchebaggery, and most importantly, how do we handle our own inner douchebag when they rear their ugly, nozzled, head?
This class takes a look at the gamut of idiocy…both ours and others, and examines ways to turn an awkward situation towards positive outcome, or opportunity to educate. Bring your stories, and let’s hash this out! From the silly to the serious, we’ll take a look at how we can manage ourselves, our expectations, and our reactions to Douchebag Deviants.
More about Playing Well With Others: The essential guide to kink outside the bedroom:
Whether you’re a trembling novice or a jaded expert, there’s always something new to be discovered in the endlessly changing, complex and titillating world of kink. While there are plenty of other books out there that explain how to give a spanking or tie a half-hitch, Playing Well With Others is the first book that explains kink *culture* — the munches, parties, leather bars, conferences, workshops, fetish nights, exploratoriums and all the other gatherings of kinksters that turn BDSM and leather from a bedroom predilection to a lifestyle and a community. 
You’ll learn to:
• Examine your own motivations, needs, wants and desires
• Ease your way into established communities
• Understand etiquette in different adventurous sex communities
• Familiarize yourself with the many types of events available to you
• Care for your relationships as you explore new territory
• Negotiate for play and aftercare
• Go back to the “world at large” without ruffling feathers
• …and, of course, answer the all-important question: What do you wear?!
The team of Harrington and Williams offers 30-plus years of experience in diverse kink communities: top, bottom and switch; gay, bi and  straight; female, male and trans; white and POC. Both former titleholders and international educators, they are an unbeatable pair of “sexual sherpas” with an inimitable voice and a great deal of wisdom. 
Playing Well With Others is an unprecedented and essential guidebook for anyone who wants to explore or understand the “community” aspect of the kink lifestyle.

Douchebag Deviants class and Playing Well With Others: Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams Bookparty

Sunday, November 11th, 5-7pm

$15.00 At The Door

Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Join Lee Harrington and Mollena as they hit Northern California on their EPIC International Whistle Stop Tour 2012! They’ll be autographing copies of their best-selling book “Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring & Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” as well as their respective Toybag guises, Lee’s books “Sacred Sexuality” and “Shibari You Can Use” and Mollena’s DVD from Kink Academy on Submission and Service! Get ‘em autographed, meet the authots and support  them in their quest to kink across America & Canada!

That will also be presenting one of their co-presented classes, created especially for the “Whistle Stop Tour:” DOUCHEBAG DEVIANTS! 

How do you handle the persistent douchebag whose behaviour seems unchecked? The high-profile douchebag that everyone seems reluctant to confront? What should your behaviour be in the face of flagrant douchebaggery, and most importantly, how do we handle our own inner douchebag when they rear their ugly, nozzled, head?

This class takes a look at the gamut of idiocy…both ours and others, and examines ways to turn an awkward situation towards positive outcome, or opportunity to educate. Bring your stories, and let’s hash this out! From the silly to the serious, we’ll take a look at how we can manage ourselves, our expectations, and our reactions to Douchebag Deviants.

More about Playing Well With Others: The essential guide to kink outside the bedroom:

Whether you’re a trembling novice or a jaded expert, there’s always something new to be discovered in the endlessly changing, complex and titillating world of kink. While there are plenty of other books out there that explain how to give a spanking or tie a half-hitch, Playing Well With Others is the first book that explains kink *culture* — the munches, parties, leather bars, conferences, workshops, fetish nights, exploratoriums and all the other gatherings of kinksters that turn BDSM and leather from a bedroom predilection to a lifestyle and a community. 

You’ll learn to:

• Examine your own motivations, needs, wants and desires

• Ease your way into established communities

• Understand etiquette in different adventurous sex communities

• Familiarize yourself with the many types of events available to you

• Care for your relationships as you explore new territory

• Negotiate for play and aftercare

• Go back to the “world at large” without ruffling feathers

• …and, of course, answer the all-important question: What do you wear?!

The team of Harrington and Williams offers 30-plus years of experience in diverse kink communities: top, bottom and switch; gay, bi and  straight; female, male and trans; white and POC. Both former titleholders and international educators, they are an unbeatable pair of “sexual sherpas” with an inimitable voice and a great deal of wisdom. 

Playing Well With Others is an unprecedented and essential guidebook for anyone who wants to explore or understand the “community” aspect of the kink lifestyle.

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