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September Gathering: Australian Porn- A New Frontier.

Posted in academia, art, comedy, documentary, education, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, gender, politics, relationships, safer sex, special interest on August 28, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

September Gathering: Australian Porn- A New Frontier.

This gathering at PFA requires little introduction. One of our MOST popular forums EVER- Australian Pornography- A New Frontier brings together Australia’s most prominent pornographers for a profound, intelligent and thought provoking discussion on the nature of Australian porn, its impact and its educational value. Australian Porn is gaining notoriety globally and earning respect from some of the global greats with our Award winning panelsits sharing their passion and knowledge with the PFA audience. Edgy, smart and ethical- this panel will be hosted by Cyndi Darnell exploring and celebrating how Australian porn is changing erotic expression in a global community.

Panelists

Angela White has been performing in pornography for the past decade. She has starred in over 150 pornographic films and has been featured in more than 100 magazines including Penthouse, Hustler and Zoo. Angela also appeared in the Australian television comedy series “Pizza”. In 2010, Angela ran as a political candidate for the Australian Sex Party in the Victorian state election, in which she publicly fought for the rights of sex workers. Angela has a degree in Gender Studies (BA Hons) from the University of Melbourne. You can learn more about Angela White by visiting her official website: www.angelawhite.com.
Bourke Wills
Bourke is the director behind AdultVoyeur.com.au, Australia’s number one porn site. He comes from a mainstream film and tv production background and bought a number of professionals across to Adult with him. Adult Voyeur’s focus is on producing a style of pornography that displays the approach to sex and sexuality which is uniquely Australian. Aussies are well know across the world as sexy, sex positive, fun people, with an eager enjoyment of sex. It is this ideal Adult Voyeur is presenting to the rest to the world.

Ms Naughty
 has been creating and curating porn online since 2000 and she has run the porn for women subscription site ForTheGirls.com since 2003. Her latest project is BrightDesire.com, a sex positive feminist porn site that features all her filmed and written work. Since 2004 she has blogged about porn, feminism and censorship at MsNaughty.com/blog. Her erotic fiction has appeared in several editions of Best Women’s Erotica. Her film Connections: Real Couples, Joyful Sex won a Feminist Porn Award in 2013 and she has been nominated for her films three times previously. She has a chapter on porn for women in The Feminist Porn Book, edited by Tristan Taormino et al. Prior to her career in porn, she worked as a librarian and freelance journalist. She is married and lives in a small country town surrounded by fundamentalist Christians.
Anna Brownfield
RMIT Media Arts Graduate award winning feminist erotic filmmaker, Anna Brownfield, has gained extensive media attention for the originality of her work. Her films look at strong female characters, female gaze, sex, sexuality and domestic craft. Her work has screened at numerous festivals here and overseas including International Women’s Conference (Beijing), WOW Film Festival (Sydney). Her first feature film ‘ The Money Shot’ closed the 2005 Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) and won Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Male Lead
Her second feature, ‘The Band’ has screened at Cannes Film Market (France), opened the Berlin Porn Film Festival (German, 2009), has sold to numerous territories around the world and won “Hottest Feature” at the Feminist Porn Awards 2010 in Canada. “Making it Handmade!” is her first documentary, which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival 2010, Down Under Film Festival (Berlin, Germany) and had its TV premiere on ABC2 in 2011. Currently, she is making a film about feminist pornography around the world entitled “Doing it Her Way.”
Gala Vanting
Gala Vanting is an erotic imaginist based in Australia.  Erotic filmmaker, professional BDSM practitioner, educator, pleasure activist, and kinky queer feminist, Gala approaches all of her work with a sex-positive perspective and a focus on intimacy, connection, and the democratisation of sexy.  For more info on her and her work, please see www.msgalavanting.com and www.sensatefilms.com.

When: Tuesday September 10. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10- No Bookings required – But turn up early as this event is sure to be standing-room only. No guarantees for space or positions

In Other News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

We are still looking for expressions of interest from people to appear on our October Panel_ Tuesday Oct 8th  exploring Sexuality, Intimacy and Culture- How culture, sub-culture, race and other identities create erotic alliances and separations- living in Australia. Please email pleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com  Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate, comfortable speaking in public and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Sex, Fire and Freedom with Cyndi Darnell

Sunday September 8th – Bookings Essential – More info here
Sex, Fire and Freedom is a one day workshop for all women who wish to experience a profound exploration of sexuality away from the social and cultural restrictions that bind and restrict women’s stories of erotic pleasure. In this workshop you will:
  • Unpack your erotic story
  • Understand more of your sexual possibilities
  • Remember how sex works in your body, mind and heart
  • Journey into Fire and Desire
  • Exploring  your erotic charge(s)
  • Meeting and playing with Power
Also two seminars in September and October respectively Male Arousal Anatomy Female Arousal Anatomy BOOKINGS required for all events.

Community Announcement

Theaterotica is a new Melbourne-based theatre company with the mission to produce quality theatre that is sex positive, and inclusive. We are seeking erotic monologues, scenes and plays and would like to hear from experienced performers. We are looking for a wide range of works covering the full spectrum of sexuality and gender. Writers, please contact Theaterotica@hotmail.com with your monologue (up to 2000 words).  Deadline 16 September. Performers, please contact Theaterotica@hotmail.com with a headshot and performance CV.  Auditions early October.

Theaterotica. PO BOX 24317. Melbourne Vic 3001

 

June Gathering: Sexy Beasts

Posted in academia, documentary, education, entertainment, events, queer, relationships, special events, special interest, Uncategorized on May 28, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

June Gathering: Sexy Beasts

Any sexual practice someone doesn’t like gets denounced as “unnatural”. Yet a look at nature shows that sex can be as diverse as anything humans can devise. As the great biologist JBS Haldane said “The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” Whether it is transvestism, bondage or male-male sex as a survival strategy if you can think of it there is probably an animal species that does it.

Predominantly focusing on Australian native species, this event will introduce amusing, fascinating and brain-bending sexual practices of more than a dozen species of animals. Some may provide a shock of recognition, while others are almost beyond our imagining.There will also be some discussion on what conclusions we can, and cannot, draw about human sexuality.
Note this talk is *not* about bestiality, and even the most enthusiastic animal lover might find it hard to be turned on by some of the species discussed. Hosted by Pleasure Forum Australia’s founder and creator Cyndi Darnell, this will be a night at PFA unlike any other!

image:http://australian-animals.net/

Keynote Presenter: Stephen Luntz

Stephen Luntz is a staff writer at Australasian Science magazine and has been published on ABC online, Crikey and Australia Unlimited. He is the author of Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists (CSIRO Publishing 2011).
Although his background is in physics he now writes about all fields of current Australian research, and this has led him to learn more than he ever thought possible about how Australian species reproduce. He’s found these stories are more popular at parties than the latest developments in the use of Bose-Einstein Condensate, although he can tell you about that if you like as well.
Stephen is the electoral analyst (unpaid) for the Australian Greens Victoria, and a partner at Above Quota Elections, who run internal elections for non-profit organisations. He blogs at  forensicsfossilsfruitbats.wordpress.com

When: Tuesday June 11. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

In Other News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please email pleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share. Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Workshops for Lovers: Sex , Love & Intimacy

Cyndi Darnell, along with Dr Christopher Fox is offering a full weekend workshop in Melbourne for couples / partners wishing to deepen their connection and their intimate relationship.
Love, Sex and Intimacy is an intensive weekend workshop of 20 hours of couple’s therapy (non-residential) offered in Melbourne for couples wishing to deepen their connection and enhance their communication and intimacy. The outcome is to develop a more profoundly connected, intimate and erotic relationship with yourself and your partner. This workshop is for all couples regardless or orientation or gender.

The workshop will cover:

  • How to improve communication & identify blockages
  • Developing a greater sense of intimacy
  • Putting the spark back into a relationship
  • Learning to a fight a fair fight
  • How friction can be used as an erotic tool
  • How to energise sex
  • Exploring erotic possibilities

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Click here for more details

News and June Gathering

Posted in art, documentary, events, health, men, politics, queer, relationships, sex work, straight, women on May 7, 2011 by Brian

May Pleasure Salon Melbourne was the beginning of our Wintery series of presentations, featuring the expertise of the delightful Uma and her approach to Tantra and Expanded Erotic Consciousness. Big big thanks to Uma for coming all the way from Brisbane to share her knowledge and passion with us! We HEART you!

Our gatherings just seem to keep growing and growing, thanks to all of you. Be sure to join our mailing list for regular updates and info on our sex-positive gatherings in Melbourne.

THANKS MELBOURNE

Pleasure Salon Melbourne only exists with your energy and participation, so the Pleasure Salon Melbourne organisers are deeply grateful to each and every one of our attendees, WE LOVE YOU…… and the  fabulous support of our host venue 24 Moons, our provider of door prizes Bliss 4 Women and ALSO Foundation for our flyers.

NEW SPONSOR: NEW DOOR PRIZE

We are also thrilled to announce the support of  FECK, creator of Beautiful Agony, I Shot Myself and I Feel Myself for their generous contribution. Starting in June, FECK and Pleasure Salon Melbourne will be giving away one online membership each month to one lucky Pleasure Salon Melbourne attendee.

DO YOU WANT TO HELP PSM ?

Being a community based organisation, PSM is always appreciative of any sponsorship that can be provided to assist with maintaining PSM and the contributions we make to making Australia a brighter and more sex-positive place to live. Should you or your business like to be part of this, please email us.

pleasuresalonmelbourne@gmail.com

JUNE GATHERING

Sex work from a Sex worker’s Perspective

Hosted and Presented by Christian Vega

Overwhelmingly, dramatic performances, research articles and media portrayals make the most of the misery and desperation experienced by some people who do sex work. It’s unsurprisingly rare that these stories are told by actual sex workers. Instead, audiences are fed faceless images, caricatures that perpetuate stereotypes and stigma against sex workers and stymie the progress of our human rights.

In June, Pleasure Salon Melbourne would like to change that.   With the assistance of Zero One Zero, a community digital story telling collective, a group of sex workers were given the tools and skills to express themselves through the medium of film. Pleasure Salon Melbourne will be screening some of these short films:

Name: Lover & Fighter

About: Made with the intention to de-mystify political contradictions and celebrate sex work’s positive impact on my life to those around me i have difficulty explaining it to.

Name: Whore Pride

About My Film: It’s about the latest challenges I faced as I took sex work into 3 arenas many consider too taboo for it to go: Family, Politics and Relationships.

Name: You are Me

About My Film: My film brings to the fore the double life I feel I’ve had to live due to the stigma associated with sex work

A Q&A session with their makers will follow the screening of these films. 

Sex worker, Health Service Provider, Activist; Christian (aka: Tyson Quorren-Smith amongst other aliases) has been involved with sex work for the past 12 years.  Christian has worked in a number of health and community responses for sex workers and other socially excluded peoples. He currently works at RhED (Resourcing Health and Education in the Sex Industry), as the Health Education and Support Worker for Male and Trans* Sex Workers in Victoria and co-ordinates the Hustling 2 Health Program, a peer based,  after hours drop-in service for street sex workers. As a sex worker activist, Christian has taken on a number of roles.  He is a highly active member of Vixen, the Victorian Sex Industry Network, a social support group entirely constituted of sex workers who seek to provide a voice for Victorian sex workers. Christian is also the elected National Representative of Male Sex Workers by the Scarlet Alliance, the Australian sex worker association. Alongside this experience, Christian sex work career spans many contexts from street work to escort agency work to private work with special needs clients.  Highly versatile, either being the boy next door or the boy your mama warned you about, Christian has well-practiced skills in physical, intellectual and sensory satisfaction.

WHERE : 24 Moons. AC/DC Lane. (off Flinders Lane)

WHEN: Monday June 6th

TIME: DOORS 6PM. Speaker and Movies start at 7.30pm

$10