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FEBRUARY 2017 / ISSUE 13
 
Hello,

Valentine's Day is this month and here at Pleasure Pie, we are full of pink and red and hearts! SO many hearts.

But Nicole, don't you see that our country is falling apart? Yes, and I am very concerned about that. I'm also hopeful because of how much I'm seeing people step up to resist Trump's power. I feel both of those things.

AND I also have a life-long love of Valentine's Day to indulge in, and I plan to soak up every drop of joy that I can get from that. Because self care.

If you need me, I'll be covering my life with pink and red doilies and heart-shaped bowls of sweets. And when I'm not doing that, I'll be brainstorming about how I can be most effective in protecting our human rights, and then making my best effort to do those things.

Sending you the support and joy you need to feel human while working hard to resist.

♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
Nicole Mazzeo

pleasurepie.org
LOCAL SEXUALITY-RELATED EVENTS
2/2: COMEDY: Naked Comedy Night
9:30 PM / Improv Boston / $12-15
Jokes and nude bodies! 18+

2/2-23: DANCE: Introduction to Burlesque
7:30 PM / Cambridge, MA / $25 per class
Learn the basics of burlesque dance, music selection, the art of costuming, and erotic dance as a form of self expression. Ages 16+

2/4: CAREER: Jumpstart Your Career in Sexuality
11 AM - 2 PM / The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in RI / $50
This workshop breaks down the different careers available today and higher education options for the sexuality field You’ll leave feeling refreshed and motivated to get started on your sexuality career path. 

2/4: POLY: Poly Lunch: Tasty, Accessible, and Friendly Conversation
12:30 - 3:30 PM / Margarita's in Medford, MA / $10 suggested donation
Share food and conversation at this lunch meet up for polyamorous people.

2/5: EROTICA: A Smut-Tea Time: A Workshop for Erotic Writers and Readers
12:30 - 1:30 PM / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
Write lust letters and love letters while drinking hot tea with the good people at Good Vibes!

2/8: PLAY: Furry Festivus Frolic
7 - 11:30 PM / Brighton / $35-60
A cozy sex party where people will be wearing soft and fuzzy clothes!

2/9: TOYS: Toys for Two (or Three or Four)
6:30 - 7:30 PM / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
Learn which sex toys are great for partner play, how best to introduce them, and how you can expand your erotic toolbox.

2/11: RIGHTS: Stand with Planned Parenthood
8:30 - 11:30 AM / Planned Parenthood in Boston / Free
This protest is a counter to a rally that has been planned in support of defunding Planned Parenthood.

2/11: ONLINE: Jumpstart Your Career in Sexuality
1 - 4 PM / Online / Free
This workshop breaks down the different careers available today and higher education options for the sexuality field You’ll leave feeling refreshed and motivated to get started on your sexuality career path.

2/11: WLW: Fast Flirting
8 - 10 PM / Machine (Boston) / $35
A flirtatious speed dating event for bisexual and lesbian women, followed by a fabulous dance party! 21+, Ticket sales end 2/9.

2/12: CREATE: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
2:30 - 5:30 PM / Allston / $8-10
A life drawing session featuring hot models with sexy costumes, sometimes genderbending antics, and prizes for good and bad art. 18+

2/14: HOOK UPS: American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex On Campus Book Talk
12 - 1:30 PM / Northeastern University / Free
Hear author Lisa Wade talk about how hookup culture works, and what it reveals about privilege, power, and the future of sexuality in the US. Free lunch! Attendees will mostly be students, but it's open to the public.

2/14: DATING: Dating While Progressive
6 - 8:30 PM / Lir on Boylston St. / $10 - 20
A fun and welcoming singles party for social justice-minded people who are single and/or available. Hosted by SoJust, a wonderfully diverse and friendly local activist organization. 18+ before 7 PM, 21+ after.

2/14: CRAFTS: Galentine's Day Craft Night!
7 - 8:30 PM / Newton Free Library in Newton, MA / Free
Make bath bombs with some gal pals this Valentine's Day! Treat yo' self!

2/15: CONNECT: Trans/Multi/Mediations
5:30 - 7:30 PM / MIT / Free
A roundtable talk featuring scholars and activists who focus on race, gender, and queer issues.

2/16: COMMUNITY: Sex Positive Boston Discussion
7:45 PM / The Meeting Point in JP / Free
Come have a friendly and thoughtful discussion about a sex-related topic at Pleasure Pie's monthly discussion group.

2/17-19: KINK: Fetish Fair Flea
Warwick, RI / $10-50
A huge gathering of kinksters from all over, featuring lots of sexuality and kink related workshops, vendors, and even a play party.

2/18: FEMINIST: After The March: Disrupting White Feminism
11 AM - 2 PM / Humanist Hub in Cambridge / $50 sliding scale
Learn about intersectionality and systemic racism in the fight for Women’s rights.

2/20: FEMME: Who Run the World? Learning to be a Femdom
6:30 - 7:30 PM / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
A workshop on how to tap into and express your own dominant desires. Geared toward feminine folks, but open to anyone.

2/23: RADIO: BostonTalks Happy Hour: Sex and Our City
7 - 9 PM / WGBH Boston / $11
Enjoy drinks while listening to (and sometimes joining in on) a conversation about what used to be downtown Boston’s adult entertainment district, and how the Puritans might not have been so pure after all.

2/23: MENSTRUAL: Hot Sex, Period.
6:30 - 7:30 PM / Good Vibrations in Brookline / Free
A workshop about having sex when you have your period! Learn about bodily changes, positioning, tips, tricks, clean up and more! 

2/24-26: LEARN: Sex on the Margins Conference
Boston University / $0-20
Explore how religion and science tend to use a binary model of talking about sex and gender, and how sociology may have a better way.

2/24: PERFORMANCE: Breaking Thru: A Celebration of Queer Black Women
7 - 10 PM / The Strand Theatre in Boston / Free
Spoken word, poetry, music, and more by local queer black female artists.

2/25: LGBTQ: LGBTQ Conference at Harvard
8 AM - 11 PM / Harvard University / $20-30
A conference about LGBTQ rights and activism in the face of the Trump administration.

2/27: CREATE: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
7 - 9 PM / Somerville / $8-10
A life drawing session featuring hot models with sexy costumes, sometimes genderbending antics, and prizes for good and bad art. 18+

SAVE THE DATE: Partners in Sex Education Conference on 3/25! Register now.
JOBS IN THE SEXUALITY FIELD!

Social Media Intern
@ Let's Be Clear

Consent Education Coordinator
@ Let's Be Clear

HIV Health Educator
@ East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Sexual Assault Program Manager
@ Health Imperatives

More jobs (and internships) here!
KINKY EVENTS
 
There are so many munches happening that they need their own calendar.
Find it 
here.
RECOMMENDED READING
 
Reaching Accross the Red/Blue Divide guide for how to have difficult political conversations with curiosity and empathy.
INTERESTING ARTICLES

7 Young People on Their Views on Gender
New York Times

Fifteen Comments Poly People Don't Want To Hear
Everyday Feminism

 
FREE PRINTABLE
Don't you want this poster in the windows of all of your local businesses? Print it here and pass it out.
LGBTQA EVENTS
 
There is a weekly newsletter of local LGBTQA events!
Find it 
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.

2/1: MUSLIM: Muslim Justice Teach-In
6 - 8 PM / University Lutheran Church in Cambridge / Free with RSVP
Learn about the proposed "Muslim registry," the Trump administration's criminalization of Muslims, policies that have harmed Muslims for years, and actions allies can take to challenge these threats.


2/6-28: RACE: Blackness Determined: Race, Representation & Male Identity
Bunker Hill Community College / Free
A photography exhibit that explores images of Black masculinity and social status historically.

2/9: EARTH: Decolonizing Environmentalism
6:30 - 8:30 PM / Jamaica Plain / $0-20
Scholars of Native and environmental history and Indigenous rights activists will offer their insights on how to decolonize environmental activism.

2/12: LOCAL: Valentine's Black Market
11 AM - 5 PM / Cambridge, MA / $1
An alternative local market featuring art, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, vintage clothing, accessories, books, as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings, and more!

2/19: RACISM: Identity and Intersectionality
2 - 4 PM / Medfield, MA / Free
This discussion aims to promote awareness of inequality, to build community, and to develop skills that address dismantling racism and oppression.

Also check out this great list of local activist events that someone compiled this week!
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