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Final PFA Ever- November Gathering

Posted in education, events, gender, Orgasm, safer sex, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch on October 31, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings all

Well, the time has come- as announced at the last gathering this November gathering of PFA will be the last – FOREVER.

It’s been a wonderful journey over the past 4 years- and I personally have deeply appreciated the support and loved watching the development of Melbourne’s signature sexuality education event for adults grow. Sadly – an event like this only runs on my steam and the good will of the monthly panelists and a select few behind the scenes who keep the wheels in motion. These people specifically have been Christian, Aaron & most recently Andrew our camera guy. Without them- PFA would have been a less well- lubed machine. Thank you for the fun, the tears, the perv-fest and the good times in the office J

Without a place to call home PFA would also have crumbled- so from our early beginning back at Madame Brussels– through to our incarnations at The Order, Miss Libertine & 24 Moons and most recently the final 2 years at LOOP – I say the deepest THANK YOU!

Thank you to all out ever loving sponsors – Bliss For Women–  Australia’s longest running erotica boutique for women, D.Vice Australia & Adult Matchmaker whose prizes each month made PFA an extra lucky dip for those who stayed till the end for prize drawing time. Your support and generosity is deeply appreciated.

And of course PFA would not have been anything without the speakers and panelists who generously gave their time and knowledge in the spirit of good will and meaningful adult education. Without adequate funding- such an event cannot pay ongoing staff or panelists- but the dedication of those who spoke each month highlights just how passionate Melburnians ( and many Australians) are about sex positive adult dialogue.

This event marks the end of an era in many ways – but also the beginning of a new era.

I personally intend to keep running all manner of events in different forms – so please join my individual mailing list to stay up to date with my movements – and any events that I am involved with. I am humbled, flattered inspired and tired.

Love Cyndi

xxx

November Gathering: Sex & Spirituality

A devotee and teacher of sacred feminine temple arts, Devashi Shakti has been guiding people in transformational healing for the last 18yrs. She is the Founder of Tigress Yoga, Somatic Sexologist, Tantric Bodyworker & Ceremony Guide. She deeply believes in sexual sovereignty for women and men. Her unusual path in life and her desire to set people free from what inhibits their full pleasure, is likely to continue for the rest of her days. http://www.tigressyoga.com

Shaney is a Tantra Sexuality Educator. She began her sacred sexuality journey after working for 9 years in the stripping industry and realised how many people were seeking more connection and nourishment within their intimate lives. Shaney has been working for the Australian school of Tantra for 4 years and has recently begun her own independent work with the launch of her website shaneymarie.com in August. Shaney works with people of all genders and sexual preferences, using contemporary Tantra methods to support people in owning their pleasure for self healing and to encourage sex positivity. Shaneys vision is to encourage people to explore their sexualities through erotic development not just because there is a problem, but because it is exciting, preventative and empowering to feel full of healthy sexual energy. Shaney provides holistic, sensual and supportive experiential teachings to encourage people to feel their divinity for overall wellbeing and spiritual contentment. http://shaneymarie.com/

Emma is a sexuality and relationships coach and educator. She is also a trained Tantra Teacher and Tantric Yoga Teacher. Having traveled the world studying and teaching these practices, she is now one of Australia’s leading experts in this field. Emma is a strong believer in the extraordinary and transformative effect this work can have in all areas of ones life. Her enthusiasm and passion shine through in her devotion to empower and serve others through these teachings. www.tantraislove.com

Deej supports clients to mobilize their capacities for growth, learning and change through embodied counselling, bodywork, meditation, sex coaching, and Tantric Practice. He holds qualifications in psychology, sociology, counselling, adult education, kahuna bodywork, somatic sex education and professional supervision. He has an MA in Somatic and Spiritual Psychology, and is currently working towards a PhD. Mentors he works closely with include Joseph Kramer, Kenneth Ray Stubbs, and Barnaby B Barratt.

Deej supports the development of body-based therapies in Australia through professional trainings for embodied counsellors and somatic sex educators, and professional supervision for therapists who work somatically. He is the President of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia, and co-director of the Institute of Somatic Sexology.

Deej welcomes people of all genders, sexualities, and relationship choices to work with him. www.sexcoaching.com.au

In Other News

In the absence of PFA – you absolutely need to know about these upcoming events on the calendar in Melbourne

Harlot Overdrive presents:
Porn For The Rest Of Us:
A Night With Courtney Trouble (TROUBLEFilms), Ms. Naughty (Bright Desire), Gala Vanting (Sensate Films) and Liandra Dahl.

“I think feminist porn is crucial” – Ellen Page, Actor.

We also think feminist porn is crucial, but what does that mean and how can we be ethical consumers of pornography? Harlot Overdrive is delighted to present this exciting panel featuring some of Australia’s best feminist pornographers, as well as queer porn icon and pioneer, Courtney Trouble (US). These incredible filmmakers and activists will discuss their experiences as feminists working in porn and what people can do to make more ethical decisions when buying and watching porn. There will also be the opportunity to ask the panel questions.

7pm, Thursday 7 November
303 Sydney Road, Brunswick
$45/$40
Tickets on sale Thursday 5 September 

Get Bucked Australia

DUDE MAGAZINE & DIRTY QUEER MAGAZINE PROUDLY PRESENT

This is something you do not want to miss! No matter how much or how little you know about BUCK ANGEL, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from the man himself.
Buck is an award winning filmmaker and groundbreaking pornographer. He pioneered as the first transsexual man to break into the mainstream adult entertainment industry and has been fearlessly smashing the boundaries there and elsewhere ever since.
When Buck isn’t traveling the world producing films, running workshops and being a powerful motivational speaker, he resides in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico as a loving Daddy to seven dogs!

 Come & Work with Cyndi

(you KNOW you want to)

                      Mentoring for Sexuality / Health Care Professionals

For those of us working in the sexuality realm – as  sex workers, therapists, educators, students or some other form of sexuality & wellness providers – we are often left with limited options for professional development, for mentoring, coaching or debriefing – especially if we are working independently and / or  not frequently part of a broader organisation.
Download info about Cyndi’s offerings to those interested in a career in Sexuality or click here

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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

 

August Gathering

Posted in anal, art, education, events, gender, kink / BDSM, piercing, safer sex, special interest on July 24, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

August Gathering: An Intro to Kink and BDSM. A Night for Beginners

Kink and BDSM have been in high profile in recent years, gaining notoriety for bridging the gap between the erotic components of the psyche and soul and for those yearning to try something that takes the physical to new heights. The prevalence of such practices are gaining ground with accessible supplies in every adult shop in the city, but some people are still wondering what the hell is this about, is it for me and where do I even start?

 

 
Tonight’s gathering of Pleasure Forum Australia brings together some of the most well regarded Kink educators in Australia whose businesses and professional lived have authorised them to speak with depth and passion about their particular knowledge area in the world of Kink and BDSM. Hosted by Cyndi Darnell , Pleasure Forum Australia is proud to bring these individuals together for a night of discussion and insight into one of the world’s most popular erotic paths.

Panelists

Mistress Electra A’more

Is a dedicated and passionate Dominatrix and Somatic Sex Bod & Fetish Educator.
Classified, as one of Australia’s senior professional Dominatrix’s with over 18 years of hands on experience Mistress Electra A’more is the owner of the spectacular Adelaide professional play space – The Fetish Palace. Traditionally trained, Electra classifies herself as the “Mistress of Sensation Play” Where she dances with your erotic shadows, to enhance your own pleasures through exploring the realms of pleasure &/or pain, with conscious touch, breath and stern guidance to reach a state of blissfulness in what ever scenario is put forth and negotiated.

Sado BJ is well regarded around the BDSM scene as an expert in bondage, flogging and impact play, and as a fetish performance artist. Through his career at Eagle Leather, he has become an advocate of the BDSM scene, particularly through educating. He has been a regular presenter at Eagle Leather’s classes, where his presentations have focussed on the education of fetish enthusiasts in everything they need to know. His enthusiasm and determination have culminated in his becoming the co-owner of Eagle Leather, an Australian icon.

Mz Mallice ( Mistressmallice on Fetlife) is a diverse producer with a portfolio of a wide range of events, shows, exhibitions and productions. She been producing events in Australia for over 13 years passionately creating the opportunity for local and international performers to do what they do best while incorporating her love for alternative art, photography and fashion.
She is currently in production of Oz Kink Fest which is in it’s 7th year and hosts premiere events such as Fetish ExpoHellfire Resurrection, workshops, skillshares and many social activities.In addition, she runs a monthly BDSM club called Provocation which provides a space for alternative lifestyle people to explore their kink or socialise in an accepting and fun environment.

Scott ( AKA Melbourne Rope Dojo) is one of the leading practitioners and teachers of Japanese rope tying, known as Shibari,  outside of Japan. He is one of only two accredited instructors in the Osada-Ryu shibari system, and travels yearly to Japan to continue his studies. Scott has led workshops in Shibari around Australia and in New Zealand, and has performed in both Australia and Japan. In 2011 he established the Melbourne Rope Dojo where he runs weekly classes in Shibari.

When: Tuesday August 13. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

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The Mechanics of Sex

Cyndi Darnell, creator, founder and host of Pleasure Forum Australia is running a bunch of events on the ‘how tos’ of sex for the curious and the enthusiastic. Topics range from  Female Ejaculation and the latest research on Female Orgasm, through to Anal Sex and How Dicks Work. There’s even a one day workshop for women scheduled in September. Check out the info on Cyndi’s Website or subscribe to her newsletter here.

May Gathering: Sex Workers and the Sex Industry

Posted in academia, education, events, gender, health, queer, safer sex, sex work on April 25, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

It feels like forever since I last wrote to you all, and I guess it was as we had a little lapse in our scheduling to coincide with the use of Loop bar for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. We are now back to our regular schedule, ( 2nd Tuesday of the month).

Our April Gathering Gender? Where? was a warm and intimate exploration of the notions of sex, sexuality and gender. Thanks to all of your support  we were able to raise $1160 for Kate Bornstein’s cancer treatment fund. We sent off the funds to her 3 days later and you can see her tweet to us here.

KB

Thank you Kate. We Love you! Huge thanks to all attendees and especially our panelists, door bitch Lauren and video dude extraordinaire Andy for all working FREE for the night to raise money for Kate!

May Gathering: Sex Workers and the Sex Industry

One of our most popular topics, the mysterious and sometimes misunderstood world of the sex industry and sex workers is hotly debated in the media and among feminists, academics and lay people. For the third year in a row, Pleasure Forum Australia brings together passionate members of the sex industry to explain through their own words and experiences how it is to be a sex worker; the good  the bad and the ugly. Poignant, intimate, challenging and powerful these four panelists will be discussing the sex industry as they see it and live it in an open and respectful public forum. Hosted by Cyndi Darnell this event will highlight and explore everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the life of a sex worker and more!

Panelists

Christian

Christian is no stranger to Pleasure Forum Australia.  A long time sex worker and advocate for his community, Christian is highly active in promoting the human rights of sex workers. Having worked for over 15 years including on the street, for an escort agency and now himself.  He loves sex workers; they are his friends and his community and he wants you to love them too. His latest projects include producing and presenting the Vixen hour and the Festival of Sex Work.
You can check out the Vixen Hour here http://joy.org.au/thevixenhour

Anise
Anise is a self-professed fierce high femme who celebrates queerness in all forms, body positivity, slut pride, Femme solidarity and polyamory. She is a career whore who takes a lot of pride in her work and has no intention to quit the industry any time soon. She is currently working on being staunch, and the politics of being “out”.
On the Vixen Hour, Anise discussed the questions, Is Sex Work Queer? You can isten to the podcast o that show: http://joy.org.au/thevixenhour/2013/03/is-sex-work-queer/

Riley
Riley Alexander is a Melbourne based sex worker, who started out 12yrs ago doing erotic massage, then a few years later got into full service, and 3yrs ago became a private independent worker, where she feels she can give of herself in a way she really loves. Whilst being in the industry for 12yrs, she is only just cutting her teeth on advocacy. Taking part in the Vixen Hour on Joy 94.9, talking about Sex work and Health, as well as also being instrumental in organising a fundraiser for a colleague to fight an anti-discrimination case. Raising $20,000 in 3wks, with the help of clients and colleagues.”
Hear Riley on the Vixen Hour, talking about sex work and health here http://joy.org.au/thevixenhour/2013/01/sex-work-health/

Anastasia
Anastasia has worked in the sex industry for over 18 years; in her career as a sex worker, including being Mistress and a submissive, full service and erotic massage, stripping and pornography. She is also an 18 year survivor of mental illness. On the Vixen Hour, she discussed the issues surrounding mental health and sex work. A member of the VIXEN Collective, the peer-based, non-profit organisation for sex workers in Victoria, she is helping put together the Festival of Sex Work, to be held 30 May to 3 June this year.
Anastasia will be on the Vixen Hour on Monday the 22nd of April.  Tune in via www.joy.org.au/listenlive 

When: Tuesday May 14. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

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In other news…………………….

PFA Host Cyndi Darnell is presenting a seminar on another highly misunderstood topic, Female Arousal Anatomy. Come along to this gentle, tantalising and informative  expose on the not so mysterious mysteries of female genitalia. Bookings required.

book now

Also……………………………….

From the FABULOUS team that brought you our Erotica gathering at Pleasure Forum Australia in July last year we are proud to support  Little Raven’s first eBook anthology of erotic fiction – Little Raven One.
 
A poet muses on housemates and soundproof walls. Mr Sweet Tooth gets treats in a cake shop. Two friends find passion in a club, a taxi and a pizzeria. A lonely zombie gets lucky in a post-apocalyptic world. The beast is let off its leash.
 
Featuring stories and poems by Aimee Nichols, Sara Dalle, J.McLaren, Ana Malcolm, Koraly Dimitriadis, Jack Voltaire, John Bartlett, T.J.Minogue, Stu Lynch, Van Roberts, Megan, Thomas Caldwell, Steve Smart, Mardi O’Connor and Randall Stephens.

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March Gathering

Posted in academia, education, events, open relationships / polyamory, relationships, safer sex on March 1, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings all,
March is upon us which means it’s Autumn. I don’t know about you but I found those endless hot weeks just a little too much and am looking forward to the cooler days. Days which can mean cuddles and gluhwein, cuddles of many kinds, not just with lovers, but also friends.
Speaking of cuddles & friends and friends with benefits, our March gathering is looking at one of the 21st century’s hottest sex & relationship topics: Polyamory.
There has been a lot of discussion of polyamory in the media of late. Some of it curious and much of it affirmative, but it’s also easy to make a lot of assumptions when it comes to what Polyamory is and isn’t. This evening of discussion and insight hosted by Cyndi Darnell will provide an intro into what Polyamory can look like and we’ll explore some of the common pitfalls and celebrations that can come with integrating (a) polyamorous relationship/s into your life.
Presenters:
Anne Hunter is a Facilitator and Relationships Educator and has been polyamorous for two decades. She is co-founder of PolyVic, Melbourne’s polyamorous community, and has been significantly involved in the development of the wider poly community in Australia. She has facilitated numerous workshops, focus groups and discussion groups on the topic in several forums around Australia for the last decade and is a co-author (with Maria) of a chapter on poly parenting in a recently-published LGBT parenting handbook for health practitioners.
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. Her primary areas of research and activism are cultural, gender, sexual and family diversity. Maria is also a Founding Member of AGMC Inc (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council). Her books include Someone You Know (Australia’s first AIDS biography); When Our Children Come Out: How to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Young People, and Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools (a recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, 2011). Her first novel, Love You Two was co‐winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award.
Robin Pearson is one of those people who should be rich, famous and universally adored, but isn’t. Robin’s core value is that every mature, competent human can decide who and how they love, and the role of society is to support that decision. Robin is Master of a beautiful slave, parent of three teenagers, trained in Information Management and Literature and has barely worked in various occupations including Catholic School Librarian, paint salesperson and sex worker. Robin is currently president of Poly Vic and enjoying a rural sabbatical.

Cassie Webb jumped in at the deep end of polyamory a year and a half ago with her first committed relationship. With the help of PolyVic discussions and socials she has maintained what little sanity she had to begin with. Most recently poly single and dating for the last six months, she is chasing the dream of an equal tribe set up rather than the primary/secondary model that is so common. Cassie’s part time retail position allows her space to better experience life and manage her depression.

When: Tuesday March 12
Time: 7pm for 7.30 start.
Where: LOOP Melbourne. 23 Meyers Place. CBD
Cost : $10

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February Gathering 2013

Posted in academia, education, entertainment, events, health, politics, safer sex, sex work on January 31, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings All

WELCOME to 2013. So we’re back………(from outer space…….♫♫♫)

And we’re looking forward to bringing you another year of PFA panels providing you with some of the most easily-digestible, informative and sex positive news and info in Australia all wrapped in a (school-night timed) night out!

Our panels for this year are already looking great with panels & presentations on a range of topics including (but not limited to) Polyamory, new Australian erotica, and even sex in the animal world, gender-fluidity and  Trans culture along with your favourites on local Australian pornography, Sex Workers and the Sex Industry, Tantra, Kink and (almost) everything you’ve ever wanted to know about orgasms, relationships and beyond.

PFA is created and hosted by Cyndi Darnell and aims to be an inclusive sex-positive space for folks of all genders and orientations to get the opportunity to discuss adult themed sex education and provide intros into worlds you may never have encountered before!

As usual we’re open to suggestions for topics and themes, so drop us an email (pleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com) with you ideas.

UPDATES

We have been warmly welcomed back to LOOP where we enjoy a warm and cosy atmosphere and delicious drinks & snacks provided by the oh-so-sexy staff, all in a wheelchair accessible and user-friendly venue. If you have concerns regarding accessibility please drop us an email.

AND for 2013 we will be gathering on the SECOND Tuesday of the month

( we had previously been the first ) but found we were clashing with too many other great Melbourne events, so we changed.

February Gathering: Are you a Sex Geek?

What is a sex geek you might ask? One definition is someone with a voracious desire to learn everything there is to know about sex and sexuality: from science, to folklore, to trivia, to nature.

The four members of this panel are all members of the group Sex Geekdom, a community for sex educators, researchers, and other folks who fall under the sex geek umbrella.

Louise, Gareth, Kate, and Alex each work in several different areas of sex by day, including HIV/STI prevention, sex education, abortion, sex blogging and sex toy retail. By night, you’ll find them geeking out over the latest sex research, or sharing new sex discoveries with other sex geeks over a beer.

Try your luck answering the panel’s Sex Geek quiz questions to win some sex themed prizes.
Bios:

Louise Bourchier:
Louise is a confirmed Sex Geek. She is a sex educator who teaches workshops on a variety of different topics related to sexual health, sexuality and sexual pleasure. She is also a sex toy peddler at D.VICE, the sex-positive sex toy shop in Richmond. A further claim to her Sex Geekiness is that she has recently completed her Master of Public Health specialising in Sexual Health.

 Gareth Durrant:
Gareth has spent more of his adult life in Taiwan than at home, where he learnt how to say double-ended dildo in Chinese (among other things) Since moving to Melbourne, Gareth has enjoyed working on the front line of sexual health education, family planning and HIV/STI prevention as the local team leader for YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS), a youth-driven non-profit and at an abortion clinic in East St Kilda.

Kate McCombs:
Kate is a sex educator, blogger, and speaker, specializing in sex-positive approaches to sexual health promotion. Originally from California, Kate moved to Australia to get her Masters in Public Health, which she finished in 2011. Currently, Kate facilitates sexual health workshops and works as a teaching/research assistant and guest lecturer for Melbourne Uni’s School of Population Health. She’s also the managing editor for mysexprofessor.com, a sex education blog, and is the founder of Sex Geekdom.

Alex Tanglao:
Alex found his way into sex geekdom-ness whilst studying Queer legal theory. It was through which, he fell in love with the nuances of sex, sexuality and gender, and the way they interact with the legal system. Alex’s love for sex geekiness also brought him to Melbourne, where he manages YEAH’s (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) national peer education program. He loves working with young people to champion locally-focused sexual health awareness, and to provide practical ways to make sex-positive choices.

When: Tuesday February 12

Time: 7.30pm

Where: LOOP bar. 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD

Cost: $10

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December Gathering 2012

Posted in anal, education, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, health, kink / BDSM, men, open relationships / polyamory, queer, relationships, safer sex, sex work, straight, swinging, women on November 26, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings Pleasure Lovers

Tuesday December 4th  2012marks our final gathering for 2012 where we have invited back our panelists from throughout the year to give us a summary of their best work to date and whatever else they may have to share with us.

Come an experience some of the highlights from 2012 (and  even a few from bygone years)  and of course the usual shenanigans and door prizes from our wonderful sponsors! See you there!

When: Tuesday December 4th 2012

Time: 7.30pm

Where: Loop Bar

Price: $10