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You may or may not have noticed that you haven't gotten this newsletter for a couple of months. That's because I've been taking a break from all of my Pleasure Pie projects to reflect and do some self care.

Since our last issue, I've gotten one email from someone saying they missed the newsletter, and another email from someone saying that they got a job that they heard about in our job listing section! It is so nice to be missed, and to know that this publication has been useful!

Glad to be back,
Nicole Mazzeo
Pleasure Pie Creator
1/31: FEMME: Crafternoon: Another Cozy Winter Edition
2pm / Somerville, MA / Free
A crafting free-for-all! Craft materials provided, or bring your own project.

2/3: BI: Bisexual Social and Support Group (BLiSS)
7pm / Boston Living Center / Free
Discuss a topic related to attraction and sexuality in a supportive mixed-gender environment.

2/3: QUEER: Join the Boston Dyke March!
7pm / NARAL Pro-Choice Boston / Free
Join the planning committee for the Dyke March, an alt-Pride event that gives space and voice to those often overshadowed both in society and in the queer community. All genders welcome.

2/4: GAY: Black Gay Men: The Business of HIV & the Politics of Health
5pm / Tufts University / Free
This talk takes a critical look at major pharmaceutical companies who claim to do social research on groups they sell drugs to.

2/5: EROTIC: Turn On Boston
7:30pm / Boston OM Center in Cambridge / $10
Authentically connect with strangers through erotic communication games. Don't be late.

2/5: COMEDY: One Night Stand Improv
11pm / Improv Boston in Cambridge / $12
Improv scenes featuring two improvisers who've never played with each other before will explore the vulnerable and awkward experience that sleeping with someone for the first time can be.

2/6: CAREER: Jumpstart Your Career in Sexuality
1-4pm / Pawtucket, RI / $50
Learn what careers are available, higher education options, and certification in this refreshing workshop at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.

2/7: FEMME: Book Club: "Land of Love and Drowning"
11am / Somerville, MA / Free
Join the legendarily-friendly book club for queer femmes to discuss Tiphanie Yanique's magical new novel. You don't have to read the book.

2/8-10: DRAG: Drag Miserables
7:30pm / Club Cafe in Boston / $15
A Sing-A-Long, drag version of your favorite French drama!

2/9: BI: Bisexual and Bi-Curious Men's Group
7pm / Fenway Health in Boston / Free
A monthly discussion group for men who are bisexual or think they might be.

2/10: FEMINIST: Feminisms Unbound: New Terms in Feminist Studies
5:30 / MIT in Cambridge / Free
A panel discussion that seeks to find better words to use when we talk about race, gender, and sexuality.

2/10: IDENTITY: Beyond Binaries: Identity & Sexuality workshop
7pm / Tufts University / Free
How do we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences? This fun and interactive program will explore different experiences of identity, the complexities of attraction, and more.

2/10: STRIP: Chippendales Break the Rules
7:30pm / House of Blues Boston / $20
Join Metrowest Boston Polyamory Group to have cocktails and watch sexy men take their clothes off! People of all genders are encouraged to come.

2/11: KINK: Dominate Your Valentine: How to Make Your Man Submit
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
Interested in playing with power dynamics with your partner? This class is for people of all genders anywhere along the domination-submission spectrum.

2/11: BURLESQUE: Lucky 13 Amateur Burlesque Competition
7:30pm / Club Cafe Boston / $10 in advance, $15 at the door
A burlesque competition with contestants who've been performing for less than 1 year, including many first-timers!

2/11: SHOW: The Sextacular Show: Sexual Healing
9:30pm / Improv Boston in Cambridge / $12 in advance, $15 at the door
This month's celebration of diverse sexual expression features naked comedy, a participatory sexual healing exercise, genital puppets, and more!

2/12: STORYTELLING: Sticky Stories III: Sexual Confessions & Awkward Adventures
9pm / AS220 in Providence / $10-$20 sliding scale
A comedic community story-telling event featuring stories about wet dreams, awkward crushes, coming out, menstruation disasters, and more!

2/12-14: KINK: NELA's Fetish Fair Fleamarket
Warwick, RI / $15-$50, see website
An epic annual weekend gathering of kinky vendors, classes, performances, and a play party! Put on by the New England Leather Alliance.

2/13: QUEER: Love Machine for LGBT Women & Dance Party with DJ Gay Jim
7:30pm / Machine in Boston / $10-$20
Speed dating, pool, air hockey, pole dancers, and dance party. Benefits the Boston Dyke March.

2/13: QUEER: Queer Women Dance Night Out: Light Her Fire
7:30pm / Winchester, MA / $15 online until 2/11, $18 at the door, free for Feb. babies
A dance party that also has salsa and two-step lessons. Dress up in whatever you never have the excuse to wear otherwise!

2/13: STORYTELLING: Night Moves
11pm / Improv Boston in Cambridge / $12
From sex-positive hilarity to the most intimate of disasters. True sex stories, real funny.

2/14: ART: Dr. Sketchy's Boston's featuring Belle Gunz
2:30-5:30pm / Great Scott in Allston / $8 to draw, $10 to hang
Dr. Sketchy is the life drawing session you dreamed of in your deviously creative art school head. This month Dr. Sketchy's turns 9, and it's Valentine's Day!

2/14: DATING: Dating While Progressive
6-8:30pm / Lir in Boston / $10-$20 sliding scale
A fun and welcoming singles party where you can meet people of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations who value social justice and have room for more love in their lives.

2/16: BODIES: GIRLGASM! with Emily Nagoski
8-10pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / $20 in advance, $25 at the door
This talk will bust myths about women’s sexual functioning and health, and explore what this means for sexual communication, risk taking, and satisfaction.

2/18: ROUGH: Hit Me Baby One More Time: Crops, Paddles, Floggers and Impact Play for the Formerly Vanilla
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
Ooh! The thrill of the first spank with the crop or paddle! Find out what you need to know for fun, safe, and sexy impact play.

2/18: SEX WORK: February Book Club: "Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks"
7-9pm / Cambridge / Free
Discuss this raw, funny and honest collection of essays on sex work with other bookish kinksters. RSVP by 2/17.

2/19: RIGHTS: Seizing the Means of Reproduction Conference
9:45am-6:15pm / Providence, RI / Free
A conference on reproductive justice.

2/19: SKILLS: AMAZING U: Adult Playtime
7-9pm / Providence, RI / $20
A workshop to help participants approach sex in a playful manner. Led by the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.

2/20: CAREER: Jumpstart Your Career in Sexuality
11am-1pm / Online / $50
Learn what careers are available, higher education options, and certification in this informative online workshop put on by The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.

2/21: SAFETY: Women Only - Abduction Defense Seminar
2:30pm / Allston, MA / $30, free for members
A 3 hour class where participants learn self defense, as well as how to use vocal commands and situational awareness.

2/21: BURLESQUE: Sassy, Classy, & Brassy: Burlesque for Beginners
6-8pm / The Armory in Somerville / $30 until 2/1, $35 after 2/1
Learn the art of the striptease from the ladies of Rogue Burlesque! For anyone who identifies as a woman.

2/22: RIGHTS: Men For Choice
6-8pm / Carrie Nation Cocktail Club in Boston / $35
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts will be presenting their 2016 Men for Choice Award to Mayor Martin J. Walsh in recognition of the steps he's taken to protect abortion and birth rights.

2/22: RELATIONSHIPS: Long Distance Lovin'
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
Learn hot new ways to have sex from a distance, keep each other excited, and build anticipation, including Bluetooth compatible vibes and saucy letters.

2/27: DIVERSITY: Brandeis University Diversity Conference
9am-6pm / Brandeis University in Waltham / $23
Critically engage with issues around diversity, race, gender, background, etc. at Brandeis's first-ever, student-created Diversity Conference.

2/28: QUEER: Leap Year Celebration and Art Gallery Opening
1-4pm / The Meeting Point in JP / Free
It's the queerest day of the year! This hair-themed celebration of all things queer and arty is co-hosted by The Meeting Point and Pleasure Pie.

Communications Manager
@ Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

@ Hispanic Black Gay Coalition

STD Prevention Manager
@ Fenway Health

Bilingual Volunteer Coordinator
@ The Network/La Red

@ NARAL Pro-Choice MA

Therapist w/ Trauma Experience
@ Brandeis University

Emergency Shelter Guest Advocate
@ Domestic Violence Ended

Media Relations Manager
@ Planned Parenthood

More jobs here!
There are so many munches happening that they need their own calendar. Find it here.

Shame isn't all bad.

"Shame exists at one end of a continuum of emotions that also contains guilt, remorse and other less intense feelings."

-Charlie Glickman's Sex, Shame and Letting Go of “Should”
Talks Full of Weird Facts About Sex playlist
Do you remember those awesomely affirming sex-positive illustrations that were circulating the internet a while ago? They became an amazing book!
at the 2016 Sex Educators Networking and Community Building Conference!
Apply here by 2/1.
I made them and you'll love them!
Find them here.
Plan B Zine is looking for submissions of art, creative writing, etc. on personal experiences with emergency contraception. Submit by 2/14.
Find an LGBTQ prisoner pen-pal with Black and Pink!
Info here.
Or do you want to? Check out Pleasure Pie's new resource pages for some really helpful stuff!

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.

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.

2/3: POC: POC Practice
6:30pm / Makeshift Boston / $5-$10 sliding scale
An hour long vinyasa yoga class for all levels, with a dope playlist. For people of color.

2/18: POC: Collateral Reading + Salon : poems, performances, and conversations
6:30pm / Makeshift Boston / Free
A night of poetry, performances, and conversations centering on police brutality and other issues affecting women of color. The theme is "Black Girl Magic."

2/19: INTERSECTIONAL: Narratives From the Black Muslim Experience
7pm / Northeastern University / Free
This panel discussion will explore the intersectionality of being Muslim and Black in America, as well as what it means to be anti-racist vs. non-racist. RSVP required.

2/20: CREATIVE: Write to Change the World
10am-5pm / Simmons College / $325-$425, see website
This playful, results-oriented, day-long core seminar helps participants build their skills in effectively writing about social justice topics.

2/20: POC: Anansi's Trading Post
12-7pm / Makeshift Boston / Free
A pop up shop featuring the eclectic artwork, wares, oddities, and magical creations of Boston's most entrepreneurial creatives of color.

2/21: POC: Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks
1pm / Hibernian Hall in Roxbury / $20, $10 for seniors/students
This play about Rosa Parks' life dispels common misconceptions, and instead portrays her as a complex person who had to find reconciliation within herself in order to become an effective activist.
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