Hello beautiful beings,
This weekend I had the honor of co-teaching “Turning It Around: Switching Places in the Bedroom” with Ms. Cenna at the Virtual Intimacy Retreat. Having 20+ passionate people open up about their nervousness around sharing their fantasies and desires, as well as their uncertainties around how to deliver those desires, was really beautiful. One of the things we talked about was what I call the “Hans Solo Effect,” where people who grew up during and after Star Wars saw a leading man approach a dominant woman and do some toxic and yet sexy behavior.
Hans comes before Leia and says, effectively, “you want me.” She says no, and he corners her, pressing again. Yes, you do. No, I don’t. Then he pushes her closer and kisses her, hard. She struggles, resists, and then swoons and kisses back.
Is it any wonder that we have women who expect men to read their mines and play hard to get, expecting men to “take them,” while men are set into a story where men are supposed to dominate and take what they want? This happens time and time again throughout our media, where depictions of consent is deeply problematic? It is a reflection of a tale that women should save themselves for marriage, while men should go out and sow their wild oats. Where women should be innocent, and men experienced. When women who explore sexually are hos, and men who do are studs.
I am loving seeing examples of consent being broken down in healthier ways in culture. Television series like Big Mouth and Daybreak are all showing teens exploring consent and these complex issues with a mix of fuck ups and grace alike, showing teens (and everyone else watching) that consent is important, that trust matters, that there are diverse tools for exploring consent.
What are you doing in your sexual encounters to establish consent, as well as share your fantasies?
If you have ever had your sexual consent violated (especially in the kink or polyamory communities), or have been the one who (consciously or on accident) violated someone’s consent, it can be a long road to healing and/or changing how we approach these issues in the future. Dossie Easton (co-author of The Ethical Slut) and her amazing team are now hosting quarterly cohorts doing healing for both sides of this issue – check out this amazing program here: https://navigating-consent.com
Over the next two weeks I am teaching or leading a *lot* of classes, discussion groups, hosting demos, and even being part of a Sacred Kink Q&A! This week, come join me at:
- Continued Discussions on Sex Magick
September 23, 2020 (1-2:30p Pacific, 3-4:30p Central, 4-5:30p Eastern)
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Meeting ID: 243 929 4154
There are so many topics concerning sex magic that it is impossible to cover them at one time. Thus, during Lee’s Wednesday discussion series class “Erotic Alchemy: An Introduction to Sex Magick and Sacred Sex” last month, we decided to schedule this spin-off conversation. Just one day after the Autumnal Equinox (Spring for our friends south of the equator), we will be discussing issues around astral sex, sex magic and chemical usage, and sexual connections with spirits, deities, and the dead. Whether you were with us for August’s discussion or not, join us for this unique conversation and knowledge/technique sharing.
- The Queerness of Magic, The Magic of Queerness
With Wicked Grounds
September 24, 2020 (6-8p Pacific, 8-10p Central, 9-11p Eastern)
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Do you usually take lead in life, your relationship, or the bedroom… but there are activities you like to receive or “bottom” to? Are you concerned that receiving them will make your partner think of you differently? Do you tend to follow or bottom, but want to provide delight for your partner and don’t know how? You are not alone! Through discussing our fears and sharing tips and tricks (and trying a few), we will discover ways to switch it up, have more confidence doing so, and acknowledge the vulnerability it takes to share these desires in the first place.
- Beyond Bowed Heads: Rituals for Dominance and Submission (and the World at Large)
Online – ++Cleveland Area Only++
With Academy of Fetish Arts
September 26, 2020 (2-4p Central, 3-5p Eastern)
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Rituals are a key part of any D/s relationship, whether acknowledged or otherwise. From casual kisses at the door to formal slave poses, ritual objects such as collars to slave contracts, the BDSM world is rife with concepts of ritual – but what is a ritual? What are the levels of ritualistic interaction we have between one another? Let’s look at our rituals in day to day life (including how to get out of work or parent space), sacred time, intense connection, erotic play, solidifying relationships, changes within relationships, and the taboo subject of the devastating loss of a relationship or its natural end. From terminology to developing codes of ethical interaction, this class covers a bevy of styles and types of interpersonal reactions that can help everyone in a relationship examine what they are already doing, and what they want to build together.
- Be Yourself or Something Else: An Introduction to Erotic Roleplaying
With Black Thorn
September 26, 2020 (5-7pPacific, 7-9p Central, 8-10p Eastern)
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So you’ve decided that it could be fun to do some roleplaying, but aren’t sure where to go with it? Let’s develop some skills together! Using classical evocation skills, we will work to pull upon our sensuality, anger, sadness, and other feelings on command. Evocation is an amazing tool for pulling out our own inner Daddy, pony, Goddess, or slave. We can then turn to the idea of invocation, to tap into personal, cultural, and universal archetypes as well as other concepts that we are drawn to. Just because it’s not inside you, doesn’t mean you can’t, through some simple exercises and brainstorming, learn how to “draw it down” and be yourself or be somebody else!
Next Sunday I will be part of a variety of programming at Folsom Street Fair. Usually Folsom is an event of 400,000 people that take over 13 square blocks of San Francisco for leather, kink, and a celebration of independent expression. From vendors to live music, demonstration booths to random occurrences, it is quite the spectacle… and this year they are taking it on line! Teaching “Crotch Ropes and Butt Bondage” for the Black Thorn Community Room, “Self-Bondage Chest and Body Harnesses” for the Twisted Windows Community Room, and appearing on a “Sacred Kink Q&A” in the Wicked Grounds Community Room. It is all donation-based, and hope to see y’all tune in from around the world!
I also have other classes and events coming up in the next few weeks that you may be interested in:
- Cardinal Catalysts – Online Worldwide (September 28, 2020): Co-leading “Naming the Shadows: Bullying, Abuse, and Other Harms in Metamour Relationships” with Sam Broderick, offered twice from 1p-3p EST (10a-Noon PST)and 9p-11p EST (6p-8p PST).
- Wicked Grounds – Online Worldwide (September 30, 2020): Teaching “Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional: Techniques for Erotic Pain Processing.”
- Wicked Grounds – Online Worldwide (October 6, 2020): Teaching “Open Hearts, Open Minds: Exploring ‘Alternative’ Relationship Structures.”
- Love Abilities – Online Worldwide (October 18, 2020): Appearing the Sunday of this 4-day Virtual Sexuality & Disability Festival on the BDSM and disabilities panel.
- Wicked Grounds – Online Worldwide (October 18, 2020): Teaching “Beyond Bowed Heads: Rituals for Dominance and Submission (and the World at Large).”
- … and more being announced all the time!
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Much love to you all and see you soon!
Yours in Passion and Soul,