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

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

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, 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


Sexcess! Thanks, Smithies & non-Smithie-attendees, for helping make SEXtravaganza such a huge event this year. We appreciated stuffing the RCSG for our workshops and entertaining a 200-person crowd at the Careers in Sex panel (gallery below). Missed out? Miss it? Check out the gallery below for some fond panel memories.

Keep in touch for more information on next year’s SEXtravaganza.

SEXtravaganza is on! Yesterday we saw a hilarious show by UMASS’s Not Ready for Bedtime Players. Tonight PSE and Oh My! Sensuality shop are presenting an Oral Sex Workshop in the Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender at 4pm (poster shown below). Later tonight, Emily Nagoski will be presenting a lecture called Fat From Fiction in the Neilson Browsing Room at 7pm. See you there!

— be sure brush up on your oral skills tonight!