Today is officially the start of SEXtravaganza 2013! We have an amazing lineup of workshops and lectures for you to attend and learn a lot about sex.

About our speakers:
Carol Queen is an American author, editor and sexologist, and a leading figure in the sex-positive feminism movement. Through her writing, videos and public speaking engagements, Queen’s practical advice and sense of enthusiasm for sex has reached tens of millions worldwide. The success of her book “Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture” is testament to the popularity of her message. Visit her website at www.carolqueen.com.

Mollena Williams is a NYC-born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. She is extremely proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010. Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics. She has written for and been interviewed by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Newsweek, among other publications.

Mollena’s been sober since 3-14-2007 and in December that same year, she founded “Safeword,” a 12-step based recovery group for all kinksters seeking recovery from addiction. Find her online at www.mollena.com.

Clarisse Thorn writes and speaks about sex, gender, new media, and communities. Her writing has appeared across the Internet in places like The Guardian, AlterNet, Feministe, Jezebel, Ms. Media, The Rumpus, and Time Out. She has delivered lectures across the USA, from museums to universities to SXSW-interactive. In 2010, Clarisse returned to the USA after working on HIV mitigation in southern Africa. She has also volunteered as an archivist, curator and fundraiser for that venerable S&M institution, the Leather Archives & Museum, and for the social justice site Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Clarisse’s first book is called Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser: Long Interviews With Hideous Men, and she has a collection of her best essays called The S&M Feminist. Find Clarisse’s blog at www.clarissethorn.com, or follow her on Twitter @ClarisseThorn.

Events for SEXtravaganza 2013:

Monday, April 1st
PSE will be tabling in the CC from 11-1 PM. Come stop by, get condoms and lube, and find out more about the upcoming events this week from some of our lovely members in person!

Tuesday, April 2nd
Carol Queen: Sex Positivity for Survivors
7 PM in Seelye 106

Wednesday, April 3rd
Mollena Williams: Minority Within a Minority – Being a POC in a BDSM Community
4 PM in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Thursday, April 4th
Mollena Williams: Strong Slaves, Bodacious Bottoms, and Ass-Kicking Submissives – Embracing Dichotomy
7 PM in Campus Center 003

Friday, April 5th
Clarisse Thorn: Leadership in the Bedroom – A Sexual Communication Workshop
7 PM in McConnell B05

If you're in the area this weekend (Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of March), you should swing by Franklin Patterson Hall at Hampshire College for the Five College Queer Gender & Sexuality Conference. It promises to be an awesome event packed with cool lectures, panels, and workshops, not to mention lots of cool student orgs!

Speaking of which, PSE will be tabling on Saturday, so keep an eye out for our smiling faces. We'll have our usual station with lots of condoms and lube set up.

Check out the Facebook event for more info! Hope to see you there!

Hey, folks!

We welcomed you back a few weeks ago with our first playlist of the new year, but now that PSE meetings are back in full swing this blog will be updated a little more frequently. A few things to look forward to now that spring semester is really underway:

  • More soundtracks for sex acts, put together by a different member of the org each week,
  • An updated list of presentations by our lovely members,
  • Info on awesome sex-related events in the Five Colleges (including our own Sextravaganza, coming up in April!),
  • The opportunity to join PSE this semester if you didn’t get a chance or didn’t have time in the fall!

We will be tabling at the Org Fair this Friday, February 15 in the Campus Center during lunch hours! Come say hi, pick up some condoms, and sign up for our mailing list.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. We will also be tabling at Smith’s performance of the Vagina Monologues, this Saturday, February 16th before and after the show.

Originally posted on Stuff Queer People Need To Know:

Photo: Bandanas folded up and laid out in rainbow order for the hanky code or flagging. Photo source: Google Images

Flagging, also know as the hanky code, is a way to signal to others what type of sex, kink or fetish someone is seeking. It’s an subtle way to express a potentially taboo or deviant desire publicly to those initiated to the code while going unnoticed by the normative culture. Flagging opens a platform for negotiating those desires by inviting potentially sexual attention. (And while flagging means being open to being propositioned and to being rejected, a flag is not be misconstrued as consent.)

Photo: A person wearing blue jeans with multiple bandana hankies in the pockets flagging all different colors. Photo source: Google Images.

In the gay cruising culture of the mid-20th century, men would wear their keys on their belt on the left to indicate if he was a top or dominate partner and on the right to indicate if he was a bottom or reciprocal partner, according to Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area, by Susan Stryker

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