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We’ve opened the event on sexually transmitted infections (by Dept. of Public Health staff) to the public TOMORROW! It’s at 5pm, it’s free, and please come and pass it on to anyone who would be interested. And don’t forget the Eros Evolving conference in Piedmont next Saturday; the How to Lose Your Virginity film screening at CSC that night; a night with our friends at Kotango; Perverts Put Out, and way more! Please come see us. 

We’ve opened the event on sexually transmitted infections (by Dept. of Public Health staff) to the public TOMORROW! It’s at 5pm, it’s free, and please come and pass it on to anyone who would be interested. 

And don’t forget the Eros Evolving conference in Piedmont next Saturday; the How to Lose Your Virginity film screening at CSC that night; a night with our friends at Kotango; Perverts Put Out, and way more! Please come see us. 

Gloria Leonard Memorial Gathering

Thursday, 2/27, 7pm
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission btw. 9th and 10th Streets, San Francisco, CA 94103
Fans, porn colleagues, and the public all welcome — over 18 only, please

Remembering Gloria Leonard
Photo courtesy of Annie Sprinkle—Gloria is 2nd from left, next to Annie (far left); the other participants (L-R) are Veronica Vera, Veronica Hart, and Candida Royalle. The former members of porn star support group Club 90 reconvened for a panel at the Museum of Sex in New York City in June, 2012. 

Gloria Leonard’s email address was “whatagal.” So true! Her adorable, and wise smile was always close to the surface. Her passion, high energy, creativity, and playfulness made her a great adult entertainer, as well as a great (single) mother. A New Yorker through and through, Gloria could drop a quote by Lenny Bruce and George Carlin whenever needed, and in our wacky world of sex, it was needed often. She was one of the few Jewish women of porn’s “golden era,” besides myself. So, I was tickled when she told me she, along with her beloved daughter and granddaughter, would be bat mitzvah-ed.
Sex and the City didn’t have anything on our Club 90 porn star support group, which started way before the TV show. We met for over thirty years. The Kim Cattrall character could easily have been modeled on Gloria. Spicy, powerful, well dressed, sexy, and she shared her honest opinions even when it meant throwing a big kink in the works of a project or plan… often she was the Devil’s advocate. Part of her charm.
I’ll always remember Gloria Leonard courageously fighting for our freedoms. You could easily find her convincing someone to become a member of the ACLU. She would pull out her ACLU card to show that she herself was a lifelong member in good standing. Gloria organized a porn star contingent to march on Washington D.C. for “choice.” What a glorious trip that was. When Ms. Magazine’s cover story was a “round table discussion about pornography,” yet no one from porn was invited to sit at the table, Gloria organized a protest in front of the Ms. Mag office, and sent out a press release. She knew how to work the media. Gloria faced down litigious censors for decades. She debated the Women Against Pornography on the college campus circuit—and usually won. As the publisher of High Society magazine, she confronted many sex negative attitudes, while simultaneously bringing lots of erotic pleasure to many. She also was an excellent editor and always corrected our spelling and grammar. Classy Mrs. Leonard could have been a great politician, but then, she was, in her own way.
Gloria Leonard had a brilliant wit and sense of humor. She always made us laugh. When Gloria had debilitating back surgery and was in the hospital in full body traction, she mugged for my camera—pin-up style. She was one of the first porn stars to strut her stuff on the burlesque stage. Her show would always end with Q and A, and her A’s had everyone rolling in the aisles. To be at a restaurant table, or at a party, when close buddies, Al Goldstein and Gloria Leonard, were kvetching, sparing with their sharp wits, it was nothing short of side splitting and spectacular.
Our last in the flesh Club 90 meeting was in the summer of 2013 at Veronica Vera’s wedding and Glo looked stunningly beautiful, from head to toe. She was the elder of the five of us, yet she was healthy, so her death came as a big shock. I so hope she didn’t suffer from the stroke. I wish she could have stayed around a little longer to receive a big wave of love and appreciation from all the many people who loved her.
Club 90 shared much from our intimate lives; our ups and downs, our wounds and successes, our ins and outs—-most of which will remain confidential. However I will tell you that Gloria always followed her muse, was true to her Self, true to others, and lived with great integrity. The grand dame of porn was a grand friend, and a treasured soul sister. Thank you, Gloria Leonard.
—Annie Sprinkle

Gloria Leonard Memorial Gathering
Thursday, 2/27, 7pm
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission btw. 9th and 10th Streets, San Francisco, CA 94103
Fans, porn colleagues, and the public all welcome — over 18 only, please
Remembering Gloria Leonard
Photo courtesy of Annie Sprinkle—Gloria is 2nd from left, next to Annie (far left); the other participants (L-R) are Veronica Vera, Veronica Hart, and Candida Royalle. The former members of porn star support group Club 90 reconvened for a panel at the Museum of Sex in New York City in June, 2012. 
Gloria Leonard’s email address was “whatagal.” So true! Her adorable, and wise smile was always close to the surface. Her passion, high energy, creativity, and playfulness made her a great adult entertainer, as well as a great (single) mother. A New Yorker through and through, Gloria could drop a quote by Lenny Bruce and George Carlin whenever needed, and in our wacky world of sex, it was needed often. She was one of the few Jewish women of porn’s “golden era,” besides myself. So, I was tickled when she told me she, along with her beloved daughter and granddaughter, would be bat mitzvah-ed.
Sex and the City didn’t have anything on our Club 90 porn star support group, which started way before the TV show. We met for over thirty years. The Kim Cattrall character could easily have been modeled on Gloria. Spicy, powerful, well dressed, sexy, and she shared her honest opinions even when it meant throwing a big kink in the works of a project or plan… often she was the Devil’s advocate. Part of her charm.
I’ll always remember Gloria Leonard courageously fighting for our freedoms. You could easily find her convincing someone to become a member of the ACLU. She would pull out her ACLU card to show that she herself was a lifelong member in good standing. Gloria organized a porn star contingent to march on Washington D.C. for “choice.” What a glorious trip that was. When Ms. Magazine’s cover story was a “round table discussion about pornography,” yet no one from porn was invited to sit at the table, Gloria organized a protest in front of the Ms. Mag office, and sent out a press release. She knew how to work the media. Gloria faced down litigious censors for decades. She debated the Women Against Pornography on the college campus circuit—and usually won. As the publisher of High Society magazine, she confronted many sex negative attitudes, while simultaneously bringing lots of erotic pleasure to many. She also was an excellent editor and always corrected our spelling and grammar. Classy Mrs. Leonard could have been a great politician, but then, she was, in her own way.
Gloria Leonard had a brilliant wit and sense of humor. She always made us laugh. When Gloria had debilitating back surgery and was in the hospital in full body traction, she mugged for my camera—pin-up style. She was one of the first porn stars to strut her stuff on the burlesque stage. Her show would always end with Q and A, and her A’s had everyone rolling in the aisles. To be at a restaurant table, or at a party, when close buddies, Al Goldstein and Gloria Leonard, were kvetching, sparing with their sharp wits, it was nothing short of side splitting and spectacular.
Our last in the flesh Club 90 meeting was in the summer of 2013 at Veronica Vera’s wedding and Glo looked stunningly beautiful, from head to toe. She was the elder of the five of us, yet she was healthy, so her death came as a big shock. I so hope she didn’t suffer from the stroke. I wish she could have stayed around a little longer to receive a big wave of love and appreciation from all the many people who loved her.
Club 90 shared much from our intimate lives; our ups and downs, our wounds and successes, our ins and outs—-most of which will remain confidential. However I will tell you that Gloria always followed her muse, was true to her Self, true to others, and lived with great integrity. The grand dame of porn was a grand friend, and a treasured soul sister. Thank you, Gloria Leonard.
Annie Sprinkle

CSC is hosting a Shibari Film Festival!

Shibari Film Festival
hosted by Rope Dojo®           (URL link to: www.ropedojo.com
Proceeds benefit the Center for Sex & Culture 
When:   Saturday, March 1st, 2014.  3pm - 7pm
Where: Center for Sex & Culture
Cost:     $10 per person 
Come and enjoy an afternoon of rare Shibari videos from Japan! 
Bonus! Mystery Shibari Theater 3000 contest!
Dub & lip-synch the funniest dialogues they ought to have said! Win prizes! 
Popcorn & Sodas too! 
Midori is sharing videos she acquired from the venerable and much missed People’s Video in Japan Town of San Francisco. For decades, long before the internet, this little place was the secret treasure trove of rare Japanese movies, from cinephile classics, anime that never made it out of Japan, and of unusual, niche, and fetish adult videos never sourced in the US. You had to really know Japan town to locate the simple door and trudge up the stairs. There you met the owner, a quiet Japanese man, who is a true movie lover. The front room had all the kid’s movies, sward flicks and melodramas. He had a back-room where all the fetish and porn videos. First he had VHS and then DVDs. He had unlocked every film from the Japanese format so that we could watch it here in our US format machines. For so many years, this was the only reliable source of Japanese bondage imagery and resource for so many of us!
Sadly he closed the doors last year. The change in video rental really crushed his business. It seemed to break his heart in so many ways. When Midori last chatted with him, he was packing up to store to return to Japan to take care of his ailing mother. His clientele in the JAV (Japanese Adult Video) and his own tastes were mostly hetero sexual. This particular collection that Midori acquired reflects this.
Midori is a San Francisco based sexuality educator and founder of Rope Bondage Dojo® and ForteFemme Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive. She wrote the first English language book on shibari with “Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage” (link URL:  http://fhp-inc.stockroom.com/product1.aspx?product_id=892)   Find her classes and events at:www.fhp-inc.com
We’re hosting a terrific Psychology Tomorrow event with Nica Noelle and other great presenters—and DON’T MISS The Ghost of Richard Pacheco on 1/31: Howie Gordon’s long-awaited memoir is HERE! His son Bobby will be with him to celebrate the publication of Hindsight, Howie’s book, with selections from his show Debbie Does My Dad. It’s a fabulous book and it’s be a really special night. Pass it on!  
If you’re interested in Andy de Montigny’s special class on sex & ritual with Francesca Gentille, RSVP now! If the ladies don’t get enough pre-registrations, the class may not go forward. Also, please note that we listed an Open Relationships Discussion Group last time—that group has found a different meeting space so we won’t be offering it at this time.  
Next month is huge, including a visit from our good friend Lee Harrington—he’s offering a Valentine’s week class for *trans folk and their partners.  
In place of the C-Spot this month, there’s a special message from Annie Sprinkle. Scroll all the way down.  
Please share this newsletter with anyone you think would enjoy it. (I have added social sharing tags to this mailing in case you have friends/networks you want to tell about CSC goings-on.) Your friends can get on our e-list via our website,sexandculture.org. Join us on Twitter: @CentrSexCulture. Our main website is at http://www.sexandculture.org. Bookmark our Tumblr page at http://centersexculture.tumblr.com/ — you’ll find events info plus lots more sex-related stuff! We’re on Facebook too!   
And – did you know that you can rent CSC for your own gatherings?

We’re hosting a terrific Psychology Tomorrow event with Nica Noelle and other great presenters—and DON’T MISS The Ghost of Richard Pacheco on 1/31: Howie Gordon’s long-awaited memoir is HERE! His son Bobby will be with him to celebrate the publication of Hindsight, Howie’s book, with selections from his show Debbie Does My Dad. It’s a fabulous book and it’s be a really special night. Pass it on!  
If you’re interested in Andy de Montigny’s special class on sex & ritual with Francesca Gentille, RSVP now! If the ladies don’t get enough pre-registrations, the class may not go forward. Also, please note that we listed an Open Relationships Discussion Group last time—that group has found a different meeting space so we won’t be offering it at this time.  
Next month is huge, including a visit from our good friend Lee Harrington—he’s offering a Valentine’s week class for *trans folk and their partners.  
In place of the C-Spot this month, there’s a special message from Annie Sprinkle. Scroll all the way down.  
Please share this newsletter with anyone you think would enjoy it. (I have added social sharing tags to this mailing in case you have friends/networks you want to tell about CSC goings-on.) Your friends can get on our e-list via our website,sexandculture.org. Join us on Twitter: @CentrSexCulture. Our main website is at http://www.sexandculture.org. Bookmark our Tumblr page at http://centersexculture.tumblr.com/ — you’ll find events info plus lots more sex-related stuff! We’re on Facebook too!   
And – did you know that you can rent CSC for your own gatherings?

kateordie:

autostraddle:

Flawless Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric’s Invasive Questions

On Monday, transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Coxmade a…

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I love Laverne Cox. Love her.

kateordie:

autostraddle:

Flawless Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric’s Invasive Questions

On Monday, transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Coxmade a…

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I love Laverne Cox. Love her.

Source: autostraddle

I wanna talk about 'I love you/I know' ⇢

rhube:

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Right? ‘Cause everyone I know takes this (the first gif above, the one from Empire Strikes Back) as like a ‘LOL! Han is such a dick here and LOL!women so much more emotional than men’ - like this whole scene is about how he wouldn’t say I love you, and she would. Like, it…

YES!

Source: rhube

9 Types Of Sex To Reignite The Spark In Your Relationship ⇢

geekyasfuck:

I love how Kaylee is the one they treat like she’s innocent and then she says stuff like this all matter-of-factly. Best ever. <3

I’ll always love how sweetly Kaylee is open about her sexuality.  Makes it seem more like a good future to be heading towards. 

geekyasfuck:

I love how Kaylee is the one they treat like she’s innocent and then she says stuff like this all matter-of-factly. Best ever. <3

I’ll always love how sweetly Kaylee is open about her sexuality.  Makes it seem more like a good future to be heading towards. 

Source: geekyasfuck

Event Fast Facts:
Howie Gordon (Richard Pacheco) Hindsight bookparty
Friday, 1/31, 8pm
At the Center for Sex &amp; Culture
1349 Mission btw. 9th and 10th Streets, San Francisco

No charge: Donations to CSC accepted, but not required

Event Fast Facts:
Howie Gordon (Richard Pacheco) Hindsight bookparty
Friday, 1/31, 8pm
At the Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission btw. 9th and 10th Streets, San Francisco
No charge: Donations to CSC accepted, but not required

After 19 Months In Men's Prison, CeCe McDonald Released ⇢

pleatedjeans:

jim benton

pleatedjeans:

jim benton

Source: masculintimacy

sicosa:

It was my friend’s mom’s birthday yesterday. Both our moms are single parents and I started thinking about how strong they had to be for us. Then I started thinking about women of color in general. Being a PoC ain’t a walk in the park by itself, but add being a woman in a patriarchal society? Nahhh. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for women of color. AND THEN people have the nerve to call em out on being hard and growing a thick skin, telling them to smile and be happy n’ shit. Fuck outta here. Women that face all that bull and STILL manage to come out on top amaze me. 
These thoughts inspired this piece. A black Wonder Woman. 

sicosa:

It was my friend’s mom’s birthday yesterday. Both our moms are single parents and I started thinking about how strong they had to be for us. Then I started thinking about women of color in general. Being a PoC ain’t a walk in the park by itself, but add being a woman in a patriarchal society? Nahhh. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for women of color. AND THEN people have the nerve to call em out on being hard and growing a thick skin, telling them to smile and be happy n’ shit. Fuck outta here. Women that face all that bull and STILL manage to come out on top amaze me. 

These thoughts inspired this piece. A black Wonder Woman. 

Source: sicosa

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