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FALL 2014 / FIRST ISSUE EVER
Welcome to the first issue of Boston's Sex Positive Newsletter!

I came up with the idea for a sex positive newsletter when I started promoting my Pleasure Pie work online and a bunch of local sex positive people started coming out of the woodwork. I thought to myself, "These people are awesome and they're doing awesome things! I've spent years being passionate about sex positivity and I'm just finding out about them now?" I also had the urge to introduce all of the great sex positive people I was meeting to one another. My thought process: "Should I have a sex positive (platonic) matchmaking party? There are probably way more sex positive people nearby that I still don't know! How can I encourage local sex positive people to meet each other and find out about all the cool stuff one another is doing?"

I came up with two ideas:

1. Make a newsletter of all the cool sex positive events, projects, and work going on in the area so that people who are interested can participate.

2. Start a sex positive meet up group that will meet once every few months, and have it be open to the public so all of the great people I don't know yet can show up and share what they're up to.

As you can see, the newsletter is now a reality! If you're interested in the meet up group, please take this brief survey. Thanks!

Have a sex positive day!

-Nicole Mazzeo of Pleasure Pie
Sex Positive Events


October

10/5: BODY POSITIVE: Good to the Last Swap: Body Positive Clothing Swap
12pm-3pm / The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, RI / $10 w/ clothes, $20 w/o
Get a whole new wardrobe, eat vulva cupcakes, and win cool prizes, all while supporting an awesome sex positive non-profit!

10/5: KINK: Body Acceptance Munch
6pm-9:00pm / Tavern in the Square in Cambridge's Central Square / cost of food and/or drink
Meet body positive people who are interested in kink.

10/5: FEMINIST: Feminist Potluck
12:30pm / The Windsor Republic in Cambridge / free, bring a dish
Talk about how to talk about gender equality when people don’t know much about it.

10/7: CONSENT/ASSAULT: Public Art, Public Policy: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Title IX and the Clery Act
5:30pm / 240 Dockser Hall at Northeastern University / free
A panel discussion on collaborating to prevent rape on college campuses, featuring art activist superstar Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.

10/8: SEX ED: Everything You Need to Know About the G-Spot and the Clitoris
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / free
Learn how to find and please the G-spot, and “maximize your orgasmic palate.”

10/11: CAREER: Careers in Sexuality Workshop
11am-2:30pm / The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in RI / $50
Find out how to turn your interest in sexuality education into a job!

10/11: COMMUNITY: Boston Zine Fest Day 1
1pm-8pm / Washington St. Art Center in Somerville / free
This is a day of workshops, readings, and DIY community. There is a Feminism & Independent Media workshop at 1pm, and I'll be reading my zine, Choose Your Own Consensual Adventure, around 6:30pm.

10/11: KINK: Boston’s Young & Kinky Munch
6pm-9:30pm / Prudential food court in Boston / free
Meet people who are interested in kink. Ages 18-35.

10/12: SEXY/ARTY: Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School Burlesque Life Drawing Class
2:30pm-5:30pm / Great Scott in Allston / $8-$10
Draw sexy people, drink beer, and win prizes.

10/12: ZINES: Boston Zine Fest Day 2
12pm-6pm / Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville / free
Check out all sorts of independently made zines (mini books), including Pleasure Pie's sex positive zines, illustrations, and other creations.

10/15: INTERSECTIONAL: Navigating Internalized Racism in LGBTQ Communities of Color
6:30pm / 485 Columbus Ave. Boston / free
Hispanic Black Gay Coalition’s monthly community circle explores how to identify racism and create solidarity. Allies welcome.

10/15: RELATIONSHIPS: Long Distance Lovin’
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / free
Learn about fostering excitement and intimacy, and utilizing many forms of communication for sexy time.

10/16: DRAG: Drag Bingo Halloween Costume Party
7pm / The Riviera in Cranston, RI / $20
Drag queens, surprise guests, musical interludes. Dress up and decorate your table! Your $20 goes to AIDS Care Ocean State.

10/17: FEMME: The Femme Show
8pm / The YMCA in Cambridge / $12 advance, $15 door
"Queer art for queer people." The show includes dance, drag, poetry, performance art, and burlesque.

10/18: FEMME: The Femme Show
8pm / The YMCA in Cambridge / $12 advance, $15 door
"Queer art for queer people." The show includes dance, drag, poetry, performance art, and burlesque. After party with MadFemmePride at TITS in Central Square.

10/19: KINK: Real True Kink or Real True You?
2:45pm / Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline / $10 for non-members
Have you ever felt like you weren’t kinky enough? Ever been told that real kinksters don’t switch, play lightly, or laugh during scenes? Come talk about how to make sure your kink is serving you. Open to all women, including anyone who is transsexual/transgender/intersex women who live their daily lives as women, and all female-born transgender/genderqueer persons age 21+. Presented by Mob New England.

10/21: TRANS: Safer Sex, Dysphoria, and the Trans Body / Part 2: Opening up to Others
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / free
Safer sex, kink, and consent for transfolk. Trans-identified people only.

10/22: TOYS: Harness Your Pleasure: Strap-On Sex for All
6:30pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / free
Choose the best gear for you, and learn the best techniques for using it!

10/28: SEX ED: Fabulous Fellatio
8pm-10pm / Good Vibrations in Brookline / $20 advance, $25 door
Your new sex positive idol Oh Megan! will teach you the art of the blow job. All genders welcome, but don’t wear a skirt (for convenience sake).
 

November

11/5: CAREER: Adaptive Pleasure
11am-3pm / The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, RI / $50
Do you work with people who have mobility concerns? Learn how to support expressions of sexuality for the people you work with.

11/16: WORKSHOP: Hands-Free Orgasms with Kim Airs
2:45pm / Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline / $10 for non-members
Access your orgasmic energy. Open to all women, including transsexual/transgender/intersex women, and all female-born transgender/genderqueer persons age 21+. Presented by Mob New England.

11/19: CAREER: Understanding Pelvic Pain
11am-2:30pm / The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, RI / $90
Do you work with people who have pelvic pain? Learn how to support the people you work with in finding safe and comfortable ways to express their sexuality.

11/21: DIY: Make Your Own Sex-Positive Zine with teasecraft / featuring Pleasure Pie!
7:30pm / Artisan's Asylum in Somerville / $3-$5
Publish your sex positive ideas in a zine! Materials will be provided.

BOSTON SEX POSITIVE MEET UP GROUP
If I start one, will you come? Please take a brief survey.
MY FAVORITE SEX POSITIVE CONCEPT OF THE MOMENT:
Sex is a part of life, not an alternate dimension.

Cliff Pervocracy says it better in his blog post Not So Different.
Elly Kalfus shows it better in her new zine, I Like My Sex Like I Like My...
MALE FEMINISM GROUP
Share personal experiences and insights related to gender, sex, and culture in a cozy, safe(r) space with people of all identities. Thursdays, 7:30pm at the Democracy Center in Cambridge. Check out their blog.
WEEKEND GETAWAY IDEA
The FUNLAND exhibit at the Museum of Sex in NYC has 5 "carnival attractions," including the boob moon bounce.
LOCAL BODY POSITIVE BLOGGER
"Normative values about bodies, relationships, and lifestyles are dumb."
-Sarah Goshman of Single, Fat, & Happy.
COOL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Counsel people by phone at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's crisis hotline. Info here.
FUN CORNER
What's your sexual personality? Take the quiz here.
GOOD READ
Learn how to make your own relationship rules and ignore cultural norms with Sarah Mirk's Sex From Scratch.
FREE SEX POSITIVE SERVICES

EDUCATION: It Pays offers free comprehensive sex ed workshops for any organizations that work with teens.

ASSAULT: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center offers free counseling if you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault.

HEALTH: Planned Parenthood has a Sexual Health Counseling & Referral hotline at 877-686-5772, option #3.

STI TESTING: Fenway Health offers free walk-in STI testing on Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm.
This newsletter was created by Pleasure Pie.
To submit announcements for the next newsletter, or to let me know of anything I missed in this one, email Nicole at thepleasurepie@gmail.com.
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