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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

 

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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.

July Gathering: Erotica

Posted in comedy, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, gender, kink / BDSM, Orgasm, queer, relationships, special interest, tantra / spirituality / ritual, trans, Uncategorized on June 25, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Pleasure Forum Australia’s proud association with Melbourne publishers Little Raven brings you July’s gathering showcasing some of Australia’s best Erotica authors in a night of passion, intensity and absolute hilarity. Erotica has never been hotter, sexier or more hilarious! Hosted by Cyndi Darnell, this event will provide the antidote to your midwinter blues and inspire you to reach for a hot toddy or even a hot Teddy!

 Contributing Writers / Speakers

Little Raven publishers is a publisher of erotic fiction, established in 2011. In November last year Little Raven released the anthology of erotic fiction and host regular events and writing workshops.
  • Van Roberts, director of Little Raven publishing will be head-lining this event and available for discussion about submissions to future anthologies. We’ll find out what Van’s inspirations are and what Little Raven’s history is along with future directions for Little Raven’s vision.
  • KL Joy has been around the traps, in the traps and over the traps of BDSM for a number of years now. Having watched from the sidelines (an avid voyeur) and been a participant on both sides of the crop (and Switch!) she learned her stuff first hand and was never afraid to ‘go there’ in the name of research. Her first book Catalyst: Stories of Awakening was self published in 2009 but 2012 was the year it took off with a bang! Now published under US publisher Storm Moon Press, she has just released her second novel Desire: Stories of Secret Longing.
  • Dosh Luckwell is a sex poet and theatre maker. Over the past couple of years Dosh has created a spoken/word music album (Sex Poems), a debut one-man show (Mr Femme Fatale), a poetry/art installation (Sex Poetry Booth) and an outrageous theatre show set in a shop window (Iron Man). Dosh was awarded the title of WA Best Emerging Artist at the 2012 Fringe World awards for Mr Femme Fatale. Dosh has also received, to date, the Best Live Art award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe for his ability to relentlessly outpour on the spot ‘sex poetry’ at the Sex Poetry Booth. As a whole, Dosh’s practice actively connects poetry and erotica with music, theatre and installation.
  • Aimee Nichols is an erotica writer and co-founder of Va Va Boombah, Melbourne’s first plus-sized burlesque revue. Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volume 6First Timers: True Stories of Lesbian AwakeningSixteen of the BestGot a Minute? Sixty Second EroticaUltimate Lesbian Erotica 2006 and Best Lesbian Erotica 2001 and Little Raven One.
  • Randall Stephens combines humorous, direct and personal writing on travel, romance and masculine identity with an energetic delivery style to create a strong stage presence. Randall has toured around Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, and competed in poetry slams in New York and London, and been broadcast on RRR and 3CR in Melbourne.
  • Paige Elliot Phoenix is a musician, singer-songwriter, psychotherapist, transactivist, writer and public educator. Paige was in the final six for over 25s on The X Factor, he was the first out transsexual contestant to ever appear on the show.
  • Talia Eilon is a writer and editor; tonight she is reading a story by Ankur van der Woude.  (pronounced ‘wowde’)

When: Tuesday July 9. 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 emailpleasureforumaustralia@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.

Female Ejaculation,

Orgasm

and G Spot


When Cyndi isn’t running Pleasure Forum Australia she is planning and running seminars designed to facilitate greater agency among adults to kick start their sexual and erotic potential. The first in a series of four coming up between July and October 2013 is on Female Ejaculation, Orgasm and the G Spot. Everyone Welcome.
You will learn about;

  • different perspectives on female orgasm and ejaculation
  • what the G-spot is, how to find it and what to do after you’ve found it
  • what the clitoris is & how it provides pleasure
  •  how the vagina responds before, during and after stimulation
  •  why lubrication is a girl’s best friend
  •  labia and how to love them
  • techniques & tools help ejaculation happen
  • and of course what female ejaculation is, what it looks like and how to make it happen for you.

More information can be found here  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 
Check more about Cyndi’s upcoming seminars here.

Orgasms With Spirit: *latest from Barbara Carrellas

Barbara Carrellas, long term friend and supporter of Pleasure Forum Australia is teaching a brand new four-part online class in partnership with Hay House: “Orgasms with Spirit”, beginning 17 July. She’s bringing together the most popular segments from her in-person workshops. Discover the totality of possibilities of orgasm, learn to have a breath and energy orgasm (or “Think Off”, as seen on her TLC Strange Sex episode), deepen your connection to a partner with sacred sex, and practice sex magic. An added bonus is that you don’t have to be available to listen live. You can download the course and listen at your convenience. Early bird price in effect now!

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