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MARCH 2016 / ISSUE 8
 
Hi everyone!
 
There are so many interesting-looking things going on this month, because it's Spring and who doesn't like to go to events in the Springtime?!

Also, I just want to point your attention to the Masturbation Zine call for submissions -- I'm making this new zine, and I would love to have it shaped by your experiences and your personality.

Thanks!
Nicole Mazzeo

pleasurepie.org
3/3-4: GENDER: Ways with Words Conference
Various times / Harvard University / Free
Explore how gender and language affect each other. Includes a discussion on moving beyond binary distinctions.

3/5: LGBTQ: LGBTQ Conference
8am / Harvard University / $0-30
This year's theme "Beyond Marriage Equality: Rainbows at the Crossroads." Speakers and panelists will consists of LGBTQ voices which often go unheard.

3/5: QUEER: Break the Chains & Resisdance Queer Dance Party
6pm / Make Shift Boston / $10-20 sliding scale
Dance to music by queers, for queers, and with queers while supporting a good cause.

3/6: QUEER: Nunch! The Nun Brunch
11am / Club Cafe in Boston / $35
Play bingo, eat brunch, and be entertained at this fundraiser and community grant giving ceremony hosted by the Boston Sisters for Perpetual Indulgence.

3/6: BURLESQUE: Split Tease: Flexibility Training for Burlesque
5pm / Somerville Armory / $15
A flexibility training class for people of all genders and all levels of experience and flexibility.

3/6: FEMINIST: Intersectional Feminist Book Club
6pm / Keshet in JP / Free
Discuss the book “Feminist, Queer, Crip," which imagines a different future for disability and disabled bodies. Hosted by Keshet, an LGTBQ Jewish organization.

3/8: FEMINIST: Virgie Tovar
6:30pm / Brown University / Free?
Author, activist, and fat discrimination expert Virgie Tovar will be speaking on intersectional feminism and fat activism.

3/10: WOMEN: A Current Affair: Women Sexual Health and Relationships
5:30pm / Hibernian Hall in Boston / Free
Come for dinner, stay for the guest speakers an Q&A on sexual health. There will also be optional HIV testing.

3/10: QUEER: Black.\womyn. : Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent
6pm / Fenway Health in Boston / Free
A documentary in which dozens of lesbians of African descent discuss coming out, sexuality and religion, love and relationships, patriarchy, visibility in media, balancing gender/race/sexuality, and more. Free snacks and discussion.

3/10: TOYS: Harnessing the Hardware: Strap-On Sex for Beginners
8pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / $20 in advance, $25 at door
Learn about pegging, BJs, skillful strokes, and more in this introductory strap-on workshop.

3/10: PERFORMANCE: The Sextacular Show
9:30pm / ImprovBoston in Cambridge / $12 online, $15 at door
This month's Sextacular Show features bawdy storytellers, side-splitting comedy, and spine tingling poets.

3/11: POETRY: Sister Outsider Poetry
7pm / Marran Theater in Cambridge / Free
This poetry duo celebrates "otherness" while calling into account the ways that marginalized communities are minimized and erased in our society.

3/12: BODIES: Heavenly Bodies Saint Patrick's Day Party
9pm / Billerica, MA / $15-20
Wear green to get a discount to this body positive St. Patty's Day dance party.

3/14: VAGINAS: Everything You Should Know About the G-Spot and Clitoris
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
Learn how to find the G-spot and what to do with it once you've found it at this free workshop. Plus some info on vulva ejaculation and anatomy.

3/14: HEALTH: Safer Sex QueerTable
6:30pm / Boston / Cost of food
A night of dinner, discussion, and Q&A about safety in queer & kinky sex.

3/15: FEMINIST: Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism Film Screening
6pm / Simmons College / Free
This documentary is about pro-sex feminism, a movement that seeks to redefine how we understand pornography and its role in media. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.

3/17: FEMINIST: Regarding Susan Sontag Film Screening
7pm / MIT / Free
Watch this documentary about the queer feminist icon while eating free pizza. Followed by a Q&A with the director.

3/17: TRANS: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
7:30pm / Apple Cinemas in Cambridge / $9.75
This movie tells the story of a transgender punk-rocker from Germany who tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

3/18: ART: "Post-Gay" Art Exhibit Reception
7pm / Distillery Gallery in Boston / Free
While homosexuality is becoming more widely accepted, where does that leave more marginalized queer identities? This community art show will explore this question and more.

3/20: BDSM: Bound in Boston Con
10am-5:30pm / Norwood, MA / $40
Meet hundreds of kinky people, and take classes on bondage, massage, stiletto, seduction, and more at this annual conference. Saturday tickets are sold out.

3/20: POC: HUES Fest
2pm-midnight / Zumix in East Boston / $6-17
A music and spoken word festival that showcases the diverse talents of wimmin of color, especially those who identify as LBTQIAP+. Culminates with a dance party.

3/21: BIRTH: Introduction to Womb Health Seminar
5pm / Codman Square Library in Boston / Free
Learn about womb health, fertility, and much more from a full spectrum doula.

3/22: TRANS: Dress for Success: What to Wear to Look and Feel Your Best
6pm / Fenway Health in Boston / Free
Learn various ways to do hair, apply makeup, tie a bow tie/necktie, and dress to impress that fit your gender expression. Plus, there will be a clothing swap!

3/22: POC: Community Forum on Intersectionality
6:30pm / Blackstone Community Center in Boston / Free
This forum will focus on challenges faced by trans* people of color in our community.

3/22: ROUGH: Rough Sex for Nice Folks
8pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / $20 in advance, $25 at door
Learn about wrestling, hair-pulling, opportune body positioning, and more in this humorous and informative all-gender workshop.

3/24: ASSAULT:  An Open Secret Film Screening
7pm / Emerson College / Free
This documentary is about 5 child actors who were sexually abused, and how the entertainment industry doesn't protect children as well as schools do. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including the film's producer.

3/24: KINK: Book Club: "Henry and June"
7pm / Cambridge, MA / Free
Meet other bookish kinksters while discussing Anaïs Nin's diary of her sexual awakening.

3/24: CUDDLE: Speed Flirting & Cuddle Party
7:45pm / Watertown, MA / $35 in advance, $40 at door
Get cozy and intimate with this non-sexual 3 hour workshop featuring communication exercises and PJs.

3/24-25: BURLESQUE: Rhinestones & Rubber Chickens
7:30pm / Club Cafe Boston / $14 in advance, $20 at door
A sexy, saucy, silly revue featuring your favorite comedy stripteasers with a healthy dash of bump 'n' grind.

3/25-27: VULNERABILITY: Fearless Relating Weekend Intensive
Various times / Watertown, MA / $297-397
Build your skills of communication, boundaries, and vulnerability in a non-judgmental environment.

3/26: EROTICA: Sexy Saturday: Authors Read From Best Lesbian Erotica
2pm / Pawtucket, RI / $10 suggested donation
Four fantastic authors read their own lesbian erotica! Plus, it's at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, which is a great place to poke around.

3/26: KINK: Tickle New England Munch & Play Party
4pm / Braintree, MA / $10 plus cost of food
Get your tickle on! Hang out and meet people at Chili's, and then head over to a nearby hotel for an intimate tickle play party.

3/26: LGBTQ: Boston Community Catalyst Awards Dinner
6pm / China Pearl Restaurant in Boston / $35-$60, see website
Join the Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance for their award ceremony, dinner, and dancing.

3/27: WRITING: A Smut-Tea Time: A Workshop for Erotic Writers and Readers
11am / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
Discuss popular erotica and get a chance to write, share and edit within a supportive open-minded group of other writers. Hot tea provided.

3/30: TRAFFICKING: The Price of Sex Film Screening
6pm / Boston College / Free
This documentary exposes the shadowy world of sex trafficking in Europe and the Middle East.

3/30: KINK: Story Writing + Critique: Subvert a Trope
7pm / RSVP for location / Free
Build up a common trope, and then subvert it. Submit your 1,000+ word story by 3/28 to get constructive feedback from other kinky writers.

3/30: ACTIVIST: Emerging Sex Positive Activist Workshop
8pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / $20 in advance, $25 at door
Join me, Nicole Mazzeo, to brainstorm how you can use your skills to help create a more sexually accepting world! Plus, you get a free copy of my newest zine.


4/1: GAY: Oriented Film Screening
7pm / MIT / Free
This documentary follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv.

 
RECOMMENDED PERUSING
THE TENTH ZINE
"Black, gay, & unbothered."
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
Writing, art, etc. that relates to the question, "How do you masturbate?"
Submit by 4/30.
JOBS IN THE SEXUALITY FIELD!

Director, Sexual Violence Prevention Unit
@ MA DPH

Sales Associate
@ Good Vibes

Transgender Health Coordinator
@ AIDS Action

Bilingual Survivor Mentor
@ My Life, My Choice

Domestic Violence Advocate
@ HAWC

HIV+ Peer Mentor
@ Boston Medical

More jobs here!
KINKY EVENTS
There are so many munches happening that they need their own calendar. Find it here.
IF YOU NEED A LAUGH
Read this Sexytimes Cafe menu from The Pervocracy.
STORYTELLERS!
Delivered: Birth Story Slam is looking for storytellers to tell stories related to pregnancy, miscarriage, and birth for their upcoming story slam. Apply here.
RECOMMENDED READING
Check out the new memoir Born on the Edge of Race and Gender by Willy Wilkinson, an Asian American trans man and activist. It touches on race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, parenthood, and activism.
EROTICA WRITERS!
Submit a piece of erotica focused on characters living and loving while STI-positive. Proceeds benefit a great cause! More info here.
RECOMMENDED ARTICLE
 
When Asian Emasculation Meets Misogyny

"The portrayal of Asian men as sexually inept punchlines" ... "For me, it remains a personal trope that requires constant unlearning, lest creeping doubts begin to resurface to cloud the way I see myself and my role in romantic and sexual relationships."
TRANS SONG TIME
A weekly singing class for transfolk in Cambridge. More info here.
FREE & LOCAL RESOURCES

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center offers free counseling for survivors of sexual assault.

The Network / La Red provides support for people experiencing relationship abuse.

Planned Parenthood's Sexual  Health Counseling & Referral hotline is 877-686- 5772, option #3.

Fenway Health offers free walk-in STI testing on Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm.

The Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund helps people with alternative sexual lifestyles.

 
OTHER AWESOME EVENTS!

These are local events that aren't specifically related to sex or sexuality, but they look so great, we couldn't NOT recommend them to you.

3/5: POC: Minority Business Expo
12-5pm / Dorchester, MA / Free

3/6: SWAP: All Gender Clothing Swap
2pm / Jamaica Plain, MA / Free
Bring clothes, take clothes home, in all sizes and styles.

3/8: RELIGION: They Call Me a Muslim Film Screening
5pm / Lesley University / Free
This documentary shows how Muslim women struggle for the right to control their own bodies, even in secular countries.

3/12: WOMEN: Not a Barbie Career and Empowerment Conference 
8:30am-5pm / Workbar Cambridge / $60
A conference that aims to provide guidance and build community among women and trans* professionals who are uninspired by “lean in” thinking.

A few more events here.
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