Reclaiming Our Pleasure as the Antidote to Slut Shaming

This Sunday, Nekole Shapiro and Allena Gabosch invite you to tackle the complex topics of slut shaming, pleasure, and discontinuing the cycle of shame over the course of two facilitated discussions. Curious? Check out the story of how this pair of workshops came to be on Nekole’s blog.

Please be prepared to share thoughts and ask questions. Confidentiality and consent are honored at all points through the day. These two discussions need a minimum number of participants to run. Please either purchase your ticket online before Saturday morning, or email us to reserve your ticket to purchase at the door when you arrive.

Part 1: 10am-noon
Examining How Slut Shaming Decreases Our Pleasure

shame-healingHow do you define slut? How do others define slut? Are you one? Do others think you are? Who gets to decide? How does that shame impact you and how do you recover your pleasure in the face of it? All this and more with Nekole Shapiro and Allena Gabosch.

Lunch Break: Noon-1pm
Space will be open for attendees to eat their own food.

Part 2: 1pm-3pm
Raising Kids Without Sexual Shame Facilitated Discussion

Imagine a world without sexual shame. Imagine a world accepting of all types of families. Imagine a world where children talk to their parents about the changes in their bodies and their sexual desires instead of looking to media for their sex education. If you are interested in making this world a reality, you won’t want to miss: Raising Kids Without Sexual Shame.

We believe that life is a projection of our own inner state.  How could we possibly facilitate something for others if we ourselves do not possess it?  We also believe in the power of peer support.  So, Nekole and Allena Gabosch have structured this powerful discussion in a way that allows us to heal ourselves and with each other as we search for new ways to address sexuality and reproduction with our children.  If you are searching for a new way to address sexuality and reproduction with the coming generations and know or are willing to investigate the possibility that your own healing is the key to this change, you will NOT want to miss this discussion!

Nekole’s & Allena’s discussions are open, supportive, deep and fun.

Purchase your tickets now!

Advance: $20 (each part) or $35 (both parts)
At the door: $25 (each part) or $40 (both parts)

Sexploration’s Kinky Laboratory

Sexploration is a full day event. After taking a break for dinner, attendees are invited back for the evening’s festivities. Take Off, a party where you can try out your new skills, in the Main space from 8pm-2am. Dress up, bring your sexy and kinky toys for a good time.

The Annex and Raw Spaces open at 8pm with an Ask The SexPert panel to cover all the questions that came up during and after the day’s classes. At 9pm, the Kinky Laboratory begins with mini tutorials on a number of topics. Each mini-tutorial is between 5 and 15 minutes of information tailored to you.  Our SexPerts will be on hand until 11pm to share their expertise. After 11pm, the spaces will be open for practicing and fun!

Kinky Laboratory Tutorials

Objectification Lab with Miss Amy Red
AmyRed-Hood-HandMiss Amy Red is, or sometimes identifies as: facilitator, instigator, service-oriented, polyamorous, active bottom, treasured property, rope partner, and occasional top. She serves her local community as the Maitre’d of Seattle’s Libertine Social Club, a high-protocol service event, where she trains and provides guidance for house staff. Amy is passionate about powerful education and empowered relationships. She’s had the good fortune to share those passions at conferences across North America. Class topics include service, training, objectification, and power exchange taught largely from a bottom’s perspective.

HarmonFlogging with Russell Harmon
Russell Harmon has been teaching popular kink-related classes since 1999. He runs Lovingly Handmade Pornography, a successful effort to prove that intensity and fun aren’t mutually exclusive in SM porn. The class he’s currently most proud of is co-teaching ‘When Things Go Wrong’. He was involved in the creation of the Wet Spot in Seattle, and rides a motorcycle year-round in the Pacific Northwest, proving that he really is masochistic as well as sadistic.

Eve-DAS_1958.JPGCaning with Eve
Eve is a nurturing sadistic dominant top who enjoys playing with emotions, power, and bodies in a variety of ways and depths. She also identifies as slutty and poly, and finds bdsm and sex to be separately fulfilling. While they certainly can overlap, each brings its own joy and variety to life.

Naj-red-smallSurgical Staples with Najalaise
Najalaise is maniacal but decent. Naj joined the organized BDSM community in 2005, but was exploring kink and introducing others to play piercing, figging, sounding, fisting, and more for years before that. More recently, Najalaise has had the pleasure of presenting at Paradise Unbound, Seattle’s Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, and conferences across the country. They have also taken a turn behind the scenes, including working on the organizing committee for the 2013 Kink LINCS Leadership Symposium, serving as Programming Director for Paradise Unbound 2014, and planning parties and panel discussions at on an ongoing basis. Naj is gleeful about learning and trying new things, both as a top and as a bottom, and is invested in creating spaces that foster knowledge and creativity by making it okay to screw up in public.

Daniel-hatBondage Devices with Daniel
Daniel McGlothlen is CSPC’s treasurer, a host of Fist Bump (CSPC People’s Choice Party of the Year, 2015), a former host of CockCircus, a co-founder of the No Safeword Writer’s Group, the official caterer of four of the first five Seattle Erotic Arts Festivals (SEAF), a 2012 SEAF visual arts juror, a 2016 SEAF Arts Walk docent, current SEAF Event Finance Director, an occasional bondage performer and sex educator, a co-founder of the lamentably defunct NW Bondage Club, the rigger and photographer at VisibleRestraint.Com and a father and grandfather.  Daniel collects art and cats with his husband Craig deep in the heart of Rainier Valley.

Tracy-IMG_0107Vacuum Bed with Mike and Tracy
Tracy has been exploring kink in the Seattle community since 2009, and is frequently amazed by the wealth of knowledge and adventures to be had in the local scene.  She is a switch who wants to do all the things, with a special love for rough body play and bondage in all it’s forms.

Mike
Mike (aka SinisterBrain) is a bondage enthusiast with a deep passion for all binding implements, topping, bottoming, and self-bondage.  As a switch he loves to experience as well as discuss all aspects of kink and bondage.

 

Rough Body Play with She Hulk

Electrical Excitement with Temptr

We’re Moving!

As you may or may not know, the 1600 block on the east side of 15th Avenue West is up for redevelopment. This block houses both the Center for Sex Positive Culture and Foundation Sex Positive Culture, the parent organization for Seattle Erotic Art Festival. As sister organizations, with a shared mission, we are more effective when we are sharing a space. We are pleased to work together in finding a new home.

Two weeks ago, the CSPC and FSPC came to an agreement with the new owners of our buildings to move out early. Our agreement includes a new move-out date of September 15, 2016 and a settlement to each organization for accepting the early termination of our lease.

While this does mean we will be moving sooner than we had planned, the settlement will help us act quickly when we find a building in the fast-paced Seattle commercial real estate market. This gives us a head start and allows us to move forward confidently while we continue to raise funds for building out a new space. We have looked at several buildings so far, including one that was promising but not quite right. New spaces are constantly becoming available, and we hope to be able to announce a good fit very soon.

Thank you to everyone who took either of the two building surveys. Sharing your thoughts informed our Joint Building Search Committee in prioritizing the criteria important to our communities. We are looking for a building, or collection of adjoining buildings, that are zoned industrial general or industrial commercial. We are focusing on industrial zoning to avoid residences, schools, and churches. Our ideal size range is 10K-16K sq ft. Accessibility and safety are primary concerns. Per the results of our member surveys, we will be looking for a building with good parking, on public transit lines, and that can support multiple events simultaneously.

You are invited to hear more about our building search at a joint Town Hall Meeting on July 23, 2016, 10am-11am, in the CSPC Annex located at 1608 15th Ave. W. Seattle, 98119. A second Town Hall meeting  will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7-9pm, in the CSPC Annex. This is a special edition of the Big Idea Meeting.

This is an exciting time and we will be looking to you for help. Volunteering time and donating money are the best ways you can help us right now. Please look at your calendars and your bank books to determine how you are able to contribute during this transition.

Monetary donations can can be made online, in person, over the phone, or mailed. For more information about making a donation, Jeanette can be reached at (206) 270-9746 and Sophia can be reached at (206) 229-2185.

Donating to either the CSPC’s or FSCP’s general moving fund makes sure that both organization can transition smoothly into a new home. This fund will cover all associated costs of this transition, including but not limited to: tenant improvements; moving & storage expenses; special event rentals.

To donate to the CSPC, please go here.

To donate to the FSPC and request a tax-deductible receipt, please go here.

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The first two pre-move work parties are scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016 starting at 11am (right after the Town Hall) and Monday, August 1, 2016 starting 6pm-8pm. Food will be provided for volunteers at each work party.

We are excited at the opportunity this transition affords us. We look forward to working with you to create our future!

Your directors,

Jeanette Aprato and Sophia Iannicelli