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Call for nominations: NLA-I Writing Awards

Posted in Activism, BDSM, Feminist Sex, Gender Issues, Politics and Sex, porn, Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by girlonpiano

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
(Columbus, OH) — NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing for books, articles, novels, and short fiction first published between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2011. Winners will be announced on April 17 at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during Spring Iniquity XX (April 15-17, 2011) in Houston, TX and mark the National Leather Association’s 25th anniversary. The five award categories are:

Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)
Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)
Novel (Pauline Reage Award)
Short Fiction (John Preston Award)
Anthology (Samois Award)

Nominations for the Cynthia Slater Award (non-fiction article) may have appeared in print or online publications (which should indicate a specific date of publication). Eligibility for all other awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, and anthology) requires print publication. If you or someone you know has published a book, article, or story dealing with any aspect of SM, leather, fetish, or kink sexuality please consider nominating it for one of the above awards. Authors and publishers are encouraged to nominate themselves by submitting copies of their work. Nominated works should foster education and promote awareness and a positive image of the leather/SM/fetish community. They should entertain and educate, while building awareness and tolerance of the community and showcasing the talents of its members. There are no submission fees, but the judges will require either three print copies of the nominated work or a digital copy (PDF). Nominations may be sent to the committee chair, Steve Vakesh, at: stevevakesh@gmail.com.

NLA-I has convened an award jury of nine readers, whose number include noted erotic writers and leading community activists. The judges are rotated regularly and their names withheld until after judging is complete to prevent lobbying by nominees. Last year they reviewed more than 100 submissions.

Now in their fourth year, the NLA-I’s writing awards have received widespread appreciation and support. A “leather first,” they have become the preeminent awards for SM, leather, and fetish writing. Past winners include Gloria Brame, Jack Fritscher, Lee “Bridgett” Harrington, Anneke Jacob, Jeff Mann, Jack Rinella, david stein, Cecilia Tan, Claire Thompson, and Alyson Tyler. NLA-I President Vince Andrews hopes that these awards will “continue to recognize, celebrate, and inspire the best in SM, leather, and fetish writing as the NLA celebrates its 25th anniversary.”

To good for bad puns

Posted in Activism, Feminist Sex, Videos with tags , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Chase

I was briefly tempted to make a  “Ho, ho, ho…” joke here, but no ounce of seasonal punage should distract from this awesome subject matter. I’ve watched it twice already and absorbed something new each time.

If You’re a Meat and Potatoes Type…

Posted in Feminist Sex, porn, Shopping with tags , , on July 12, 2010 by paigetsindfw

… then sometimes you miss out on the finer things. And that’s fine, because to each their own. But could you really say you were “living” if all you had was processed junk? What goes for food goes for porn too.

I can't help but think, when I see this woman, about how Chile's does the "guiltless grill" options with fewer calories and low fat. Non-exploitative, sex positive, feminist porn for all? Yes, fucking please!

Reported in Sexis, is this interview with Erika Lust, porn maker and, now, author of “Good Porn: A Woman’s Guide”

She talks about creating affirmative places for all genders, arousing every part of person, not just their genitals, and making work that “scratches the itch” while enriching the global discourse of sex. She asks her self the radical question, what kind of porn do I want my daughter to see, knowing full well she’ll see some in our culture no matter what? Porn that makes her ashamed and scared, or porn that helps her feel free and powerful?

What the hell else could I say to get you all to go out and get this book and every film she’s ever made immediately? Free body shots with every purchase?!

Free stuff. Sexy free stuff.

Posted in BDSM, Feminist Sex, porn, Shopping with tags , , , , on June 17, 2010 by girlonpiano

Kind of a random picture, but breasts are always a good choice! And no, they aren't Lilly's

To celebrate her 2 year blogiversary, my calendar sister Dangerous Lilly is giving away some awesome free stuff.  MauiKink, Good Vibrations, Kink Academy, and a few others are sponsoring this, so you’re not gonna want to miss it. There’s several ways to enter, so go check it out and get your SEXY on!!  FREE STUFFFFFFF

Sex & Candy (Adventures in Porn)

Posted in Feminist Sex, porn, Stuff to do with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Chase

One day, after I had finished a marginally gratifying workout and was on my way to some well earned kentucky fried chicken, I suddenly found myself drawn into a odd, intoxicating place. It was a crawl-on-your-hands-and-knees-through-sprinkles kind of ride that took me all the way through the sticky underbelly of a future where sugar has been outlawed, a place where flavorful femmes and blow pop bois will do anything to get their next stick fix…

The place in question is called Sugar High Gitter City (2001), the second film directed by Shar Rednour and Jackie Strano of S.I.R. productions. Their other titles include Hard Love & How to Fuck in High Heels (2000), which coincidentally just made it up to the top of my “must see” list.

Needless to say I saw many strange, exhilarating things along my journey…

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May 30th: A Day of Coming Together

Posted in Feminist Sex, porn, Stuff to do with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Chase

Got big plans for the second to last day in May? Perhaps hitting up Shibaricon or IML? No? Me neither. Instead, I’ll be having a good old fashioned jerk session… along with thousands of my closest personal perverted friends.

Why? Because May 30th is Good Vibration’s annual Masturbate-a-thon!

If the image above doesn’t get you itching to participate, I don’t know what will…

Wait! Yes I do- The event, held at San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture, will be hosted by Good Vibration’s resident Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen and the lovely and talented Nina Hartley (hey, aren’t they both on the board of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation?) Special guests will include notorious squirter Jiz Lee (hey, didn’t Jiz just win the “Boundary Breaker” award at this year’s Feminist Porn Awards?) AND there will be a trophy! A “Longest Time Masturbating” Trophy. Apparently the record is slightly less than ten hours… surely someone can beat that (off)

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“U” is for Utah, Uterus, and Un-fucking-believable

Posted in Feminist Sex, Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , on March 13, 2010 by paigetsindfw

It’s starting to look like we need to hold a contest for most repressive and ignorant state in the union. Sure, I know Texas wouldn’t fare too well (or maybe perform fabulously depending on how you rate this), with some of the things we get up to in an average week. Just read about our new history and social studies standards.

But in any competition for biggest, self righteous cocksucker, and I say that with all due respect to my fellow cocksuckers, Utah is a shoe-in for at least one award.

Don't be fooled. The map says it's part of the United States of America, but this maladjusted tetris block of territory is barren of just about anything worthy of the union. Ok, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is hot stuff, but if it's a choice between them and being able to make decisions about one's own body, anyone who goes with the first is welcome to this little slice of American Taliban.

State legislators have now approved a law that makes it criminal to have a miscarriage. It sounds ridiculous; a law that penalizes women for what must already be one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives?

And it is ridiculous. Further, it’s a sensationalist mischaracterization of the law. Wait, wait, don’t kick me out of the feminist club; this is a complicated one and it needs some explaining.

The law specifically targets women who have a miscarriage by an “intentional or knowing act”. Originally it had the word “reckless” in there too, but the language was removed to get the governor’s John Hancock on it. So what on earth does that mean? Abortion is effectively banned in Utah?

Not quite. See there’s this case, shocking to many people of Utah, wherein a young woman paid someone $150 to beat her up and provoke a miscarriage. Apparently, her boyfriend was none too happy about the unwanted pregnancy and she was desperate. So state representative Carl Wimmer was inspired to craft this bill. Under it, decisions like the one this girl made would be punishable by a MINIMUM of 15 years in prison because she would now be charged with murder.

Wimmer makes no bones at all about his aims. He says his work is explicitly aimed at tearing down Roe vs. Wade. He gives many of the standard, weaselly answers when pressed on the matter. He says his beef is a states’ rights matter, that once he succeeds in bringing down Roe vs. Wade that women can just go somewhere else if they want, he sees no conflict between supporting the death penalty and opposing abortion, and he has no interest or plan for providing prenatal care and education or postpartum resources for young mothers. There are plenty of volunteer groups to help, he says, it’s not government’s job. It is government’s job though to make the decision for her, of course.

He’s a member of a national legislator’s association which exchanges plans for bills and describes his work as a model for other states to follow. Don’t pretend it’ll end here.

I thought about offering a series of hypothetical arguments that would expose the fallacies and hypocrisies of this. But a few things stop me. One, let’s be realistic; I’m preaching to the choir here. Two, if I have to explain why this is deranged to anyone because they genuinely don’t get it, it’ll break my heart. Three, I’m just plain tired. So damn tired of all this.

I’m going to go look for some good news now. I don’t know about you, but I need a heap of it if I’m going to keep hope alive and find the will to fight.

Whipsmart

Posted in BDSM, Feminist Sex, Shopping with tags , on March 8, 2010 by paigetsindfw

A short one for once. Can you believe it?

I have deep reservations and criticisms about this work and would love to corner the author sometime for a long talk and caffeine fueled debate over 21st century sex work, but I’ll spare both you and her.

Available now at Amazon and pretty much anywhere books aren't being burned

The writer, a Sarah Lawrence grad and teacher up at SUNY Purchase, spent four years as a professional dominatrix while working on her undergraduate degree. This book tells the story. I may not dig everything here and cringe a little during her interviews (through no fault of the writer’s own, I should add), but I am 100% percent behind people in stigmatized work, especially sex work, getting their stories out there. I applaud her and hope that’ll be echoed by stampedes of folk going to buy her book. Find out all about Melissa Febos here. Buy the book here.

History Lesson: Unbridled Lust

Posted in Crazy/Funny, Feminist Sex, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , , on March 1, 2010 by finickymuse

Rumor has it that Catherine the Great, Empress of All the Russias enjoyed sexual liaisons with the studs in her stables, and we’re not talking about the human studs. It has been suggested that she enjoyed it so much that she was crushed to death by a horse when attendants lost their grip on ropes supporting a horse that was being lowered  for sexual purposes. It seems that this rumor is untrue but Catherine did enjoy an incredibly liberated sexual life for a woman of her time.  Catherine’s own mother-in-law is thought to have procured lovers for the Empress. Read more

Did you fill out the Sexual Freedom Survey?

Posted in Activism, Feminist Sex, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, Medical, News, Politics and Sex, porn, Religion, Sex Ed, Stuff to do with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by girlonpiano

If not, YOU BETTER, or SiP will hunt you down and take away your sexy license.

Take the survey now!!!!

Let’s start the New Year off in a proactive way, by adding your voice to the Sexual Freedom Report!

This questionnaire will be the foundation for the first report on the State of Sexual Freedom in America today.  If you already responded to the questionnaire, and many of you have, thank you!  If not, we would really value your opinions!

As I shared with you in the first email, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation plans to publish regular reports on the sexual freedom movement, designed to help identify the social changes taking place, or that must take place for progress to be made, on the diverse issues on which we work. We are particularly interested in recognizing opportunities for already-established sexual freedom issue groups to work together.

We would like to know what you think are the most pressing sexual freedom issues this country is facing and so we are asking for a bit of your time and a lot of your knowledge and expertise.

We will treat your responses as confidential, unless you specifically give us permission to share your comments.  To protect the confidentiality of our participants, we will download the responses each day and they will be taken completely offline.  With that assurance, we are also asking that you provide your contact information on the survey.

I do hope that you’ll take some time right now to respond to the questionnaire.  What you think really does matter to us and to this project.

Please click here or at the link below to begin the survey.

Thanks for your time and your participation!

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Ricci Levy, Executive Director

PS:  Please make sure to give us an email address in the questionnaire so that we can email you a copy of the completed report immediately prior to its public release.