Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Calling UK sex-"poxes"...

New activist venture....

The Pleasure Salon is being created to build community, allowing sex-positive activists to cross-pollinate. We are inviting organisers, activists, pioneers and the movers and groovers of the BDSM, swinger, alternative gender, LGBT, sex-activist, nudist, sex-magic, polyamory, Pagan, radical faerie, tantra, dark odyssey, sex-blogger, porn, pervert and sex-worker communities. Through networking and learning about each other, The Pleasure Salon hopes to act as a sex-positive think tank and eventually create a sex-positive world. It is a place for the open exchange of ideas and sensual expression.

Pleasure Salons will take place on the second Wednesday in each month, starting in March 2008. They will be in Amora, the Erotic Museum 13 Coventry Street just next to Piccadilly Circus from 7pm to 9pm.

Each month will have a speaker - one of us who has something exciting to share, or an expert to advise us on how to lobby, influence the media, politicians, and society. The talk will just be for 20 minutes with ten minutes for questions and then a short news update. After that it will be networking. There is a bar and we will charge a nominal £2 to cover costs.

The Pleasure Salon is replacing the Sexual Freedom Conference and will hopefully continue to improve on it, both in enjoyment and effectiveness.

Suzanne Noble has attended the Pleasure Salons in New York and testifies that they are most empowering, and we start one in London with their blessing.

Suzanne, Tuppy, Cat


Well, I'm excited!

7 comments:

EthylBenzene said...

That sounds really great. I wish I lived in a larger urban area with more going on ~envy.~ Just be careful you don't catch Teh Sex Pox!

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Lia said...

I've been meaning to ask this for some time. How do I become an activist? I live in the UK and these meetings sound great, but I don't want to be a timewasting newbie at a gathering for more experienced activists.

Any thoughts?

verte said...

Lia:

I guess I'd start by asking what kind of activism you want to get involved in! I'm currently most involved in campaigning against the legislation concerning 'extreme' porn (and I must get Penny to write an update here...) which is discriminatory of the BDSM community, and various others. Until a (hopefully amended) version of the Criminal Justice Bill is passed, that's our main concern.

How did I get activist on SM issues? Mainly by just being an opinionated loudmouth on gender related BDSM issues online and at munches, etc. I got asked to represent an activist group at a feminist event and have been involved ever since. I won't really know anyone at these meetings either, but it's the kind of collective I've always dreamed would exist. The BDSM community, in the UK, anyway, is pretty heterocentric, and most of the activists I work with are men over the age of 50. I'm thinking this might be a tad different! Drop me a line and say hello!

Lia said...

I'd love to drop you a line, but there's no email address on your blog. *sob*

And yes, extreme porn sounds good to me :)

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