Feb 272014


Washington DC-area Sex Conference Promises “Exceptional Conversations,” Hosts CSC Benefit Evening



Two extraordinary organizations that promote sex education and lively, sophisticated discussions about sex and culture will join forces next month to entertain, inform, and raise funds. CatalystCon, North America’s most unique sexuality conference, welcomes San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture to the East Coast and hosts a benefit evening of performance and more on behalf of the West Coast nonprofit. This event is open to the public (18+), not only attendees of the conference.

The CSC benefit, “Center for Sex & Culture: Traveling,” launches the conference on March 13th. Featuring performances from renowned sex educator Ducky DooLittle and CSC founder Dr. Carol Queen and hosted by CSC co-founder Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence, the event also offers an opportunity for attendees to peruse or purchase Safe Sex Bang, CSC’s first publication–a full-color catalog of the Center’s recent show of HIV/AIDS safer sex posters from the ’80s and beyond. More detail about SSB below.

Carol Queen will present an excerpt of her solo performance, “Peep Show,” about her time working as a “real live nude girl” at San Francisco’s notorious Lusty Lady theater. In it, she brings her audience backstage and into the “talk booth” of the historic peep show, which closed last year after several years as a union house and later as a worker-owned cooperative. Meet her co-workers and customers in this special, surprising, intimate and funny tour. Carol is the author of Exhibitionism for the ShyReal Live Nude Girl, and The Leather Daddy and the Femme; she has edited many other books about sex and eroticism.

Ducky Doolittle will perform her own peep show tales; while Carol held down the fort in San Francisco, at the tender age of 19 Ducky was having adventures at Show Follies on the other side of the continent. Her insights about the thousands of men she saw there–and the way the other peep show girls helped her learn the ropes and grow up–will amaze the civilians and make other former sex workers nod in recognition. Ducky is the author of Sex With The Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered and is currently the Education Coordinator for the New York Academy of Sex Education. She is also the Education Coordinator for adult retailer Tantus Inc.


What: Center for Sex & Culture: Traveling at CatalystCon — a benefit for CSC

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8pm

Where: CrystalCity Hilton – Commonwealth Ballroom

How much: Suggested $10-50 donation; no one turned away for lack of funds


Founded by sexologists Carol Queen and Robert Morgan Lawrence in 2000, the Best of the Bay- winning nonprofit Center for Sex & Culture houses a library, gallery, and archive, and hosts sex education and cultural events. Its mission is to provide judgment-free education and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health.  CSC is on Facebook and tweets at @CentrSexCulture; director Carol Queen tweets at @CarolQueen.


The exhibition catalog for SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters marks the Center for Sex & Culture’s first publishing venture. Bense collected and produced safe/r sex posters aimed at members of the queer community since the mid-1980s. On December 1, 2011 –to mark the occasion of annual World AIDS Day– Bense donated to CSC his collection of 150+ unique posters. Circulated at a moment when the queer community experienced the initial ravages brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes diverse LGBT communities and safe/r sex activism.

SAFE SEX BANG showcases images spanning from 1982 into the 2000s, from San Francisco to New York City and internationally from Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. Highlights of the exhibition and catalog include the “Play Fair!” brochure produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 1982, considered “the first queer positive, safer-sex pamphlet;” six bus shelter posters produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and STOP AIDS Project that demand attention through their large-scale format; four powerful posters from the Brothers Network, a San Francisco based organization aimed at empowering and educating gay and transgender members of the African-American community; and five seductively colorful posters designed by the Australian artist David McDiarmid, examples of which are included in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. The double entendre of the SAFE SEX BANG exhibition title speaks to the means through which many of the posters impart their message of prevention: as sex-positive images of queer sexuality that have both an advertising immediacy and an informative sense of impact.

The catalog is 9 X 12 inches of full color pages with 50 illustrations, including text contributions from Dr. Carol Queen, Alex Fialho, Buzz Bense and Dorian Katz. Cost is $20.

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