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So there are many things that make a sex librarian’s job great. There are countless little things, besides reading Nina Hartley’s fan mail, meeting many a sex positive people, finding Howie Gordon’s (Listen to a new radio interview with him here @Progressive Radio Network) new book signed on my desk and ready for me to read. ALL THE SEX BOOKS—ALL THE TIME.
There is definitely one thing that I love a lot, and that is finding Carol Queen everywhere. It’s like Where’s Waldo to a certain degree. So let me share with you this recent find, as I was cataloging a lot of duplicates of kinky queer magazines (TO BE SOLD SOON__KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR THAT), I was flipping through BLACK SHEETS, and sure enough, there was Carol with some fabulous writing about being a sex slave to her Mistress cat Bracelet.
Also, The CSC LIBRARY is open today! Come by and say hello!
Love, Miss Ian
I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.
Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.
These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.
The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.
Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.
Treasures from the Center for Sex and Culture
Carol Queen & Robert Lawrence
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Mr S. Playspace, 385A Eighth Street
An evening with the co-founders and principals of San Francisco’s premier resource for all things sexual, the wondrous and underappreciated Center for Sex and Culture. Its mission: “to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum. From our San Francisco home we promote creativity, information and healthy sexual knowledge.”
Carol and Robert will talk about their own roles in the erotic evolution of San Francisco’s leather/kink/fetish culture, about the development of their partnership and the creation of the CSC. They’ll also be bringing, for your perusal and inspection, an assortment of erotic art, publications, toys, posters, items from the estate of Larry Townsend (of THE LEATHERMAN’S HANDBOOK), turn-of-the-century buttplugs, plus other obscure, rare, and significant finds.
[NOTE: We’ll need a few extra volunteers for this program, to assist in transporting and displaying the items Robert and Carol will be bringing us from the CSC. If you can help, please drop us a line at email@example.com]
DR. CAROL QUEEN is a writer and cultural sexologist with a Ph.D. in human sexuality. She is a noted essayist whose work has appeared in dozens of anthologies. Her essay collection, REAL LIVE NUDE GIRL: CHRONICLES OF SEX-POSITIVE CULTURE, was published in 1997 and reissued in 2002; it is read in university classes across America. Her erotic stories can be found in several BEST AMERICAN EROTICA volumes, among many other anthologies; her erotic novel, THE LEATHER DADDY AND THE FEMME, was published in 1998 and won a Firecracker Alternative Book Award the following year. A “director’s cut” edition with new material came out in 2003. Her first book, EXHIBITIONISM FOR THE SHY, published in 1995, explores issues of erotic self-esteem and enhancement and was reissued with new material in 2009.
She is co-editor of the anthologies BEST BISEXUAL EROTICA (volumes One and Two), SEX SPOKEN HERE, SWITCH HITTIERS, and POMOSEXUALS, which won a Lambda Literary Award in 1998. She’s also edited “Whipped!” and two volumes of 5-MINUTE EROTICA, short-short erotic fiction. She has appeared in several explicit educational videos, notably “Carol Queen’s Great Vibrations: An Explicit Consumer Tour of Vibrators” and “Bend Over Boyfriend: An Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Male Anal Pleasure.”
Queen serves as Executive Director of the Center for Sex and Culture and works as staff sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer at Good Vibrations, the women-founded sex toy and book store in San Francisco, where she has worked since 1990, and blogs for the Good Vibrations web magazine at www.goodvibes.com. She has addressed numerous scholarly and professional conferences, including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the International Condom Conference, the International Conference on Prostitution, and the International Conference on Pornography; she frequently addresses college as well as general and specialized audiences. In February 2009 she debated the question of promiscuity (“Virtue or vice?”) for the Oxford Union at Oxford University, England.
Carol is active on behalf of progressive sex education and sexual minority issues. She has been speaking publicly about non-mainstream sexualities, from lesbian to leather, for over 25 years. Her perspective in addressing sexual diversity incorporates personal experience, accurate sex information, and informed cultural commentary. For more information (including CV and bibliography) see her website: www.carolqueen.com.
DR. ROBERT MORGAN LAWRENCE, ED.D., has 35 years of non-profit experience in the field of human sexuality. He has a Doctorate of Education degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and holds an additional doctoral-level degree in healthcare which informs his sexological perspective. He has served as a sex-industry consultant, educator and academic author, and has lectured both nationally and internationally about human sexuality and health. He has been an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexology, the Chapter Secretary for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and a member of the San Francisco Coalition for Healthy Sex.
From 1979 Lawrence served in volunteer positions on the switchboard and training staff, and then as training coordinator, of San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI); he shared the latter position with Dr. Queen. In the early 1990s they left the organization to pursue their own projects, traveling and teaching together widely as they developed the Center for Sex & Culture.
Lawrence has covered many sexuality-related topics during many years of public speaking. He has been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Sonoma State, Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and the University of Chicago, and has appeared in places as far-flung as Amsterdam, London and (on a 1994 Ford Foundation direct grant) Beijing. Lawrence and Queen have produced safer-sex education events of many kinds, including the live Masturbate-a-Thon that has become a significant fundraising event for the Center for Sex & Culture. He has been active as a safer-sex educator since 1980.
Robert co-wrote the entry on “Bisexuality in the U.S.” for The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, edited by Robert Francoeur (Continuum, 1997). He has also published in the “Journal of Bisexuality” and has more recently written and published erotica. His work has been published in magazines and books and for many years he was regularly interviewed on radio and television programs worldwide. Limited mobility from a failed surgery has curtailed his activities with and for the CSC, though he continues to serve as its Board president.
Robert also makes collage art solo and with Carol, some of which has been shown at San Francisco galleries.
* * * * * * photo by Efrain John Gonzalez
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