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SEX ISSUE: Latex ballers, leather mamas, retro porn posters, erotic art, sex-positive parenting -- our local sex turn-ons in 2012

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The film follows its eponymous character from the boonies, riding the T&A train all the way to San Francisco where she finds fame and fortune in the fetish porn industry. About Cherry is definitely not about Kink — the film doesn't anywhere near the level of roughness the actual website contains. But similarly to the company, the movie doesn't reinforce the popular notion of the porn industry as a place where young men and women come to be used up, tore up, and thrown out like a pair of scarlet fishnets. Its characters wind up there intentionally — and not to ruin the ending for you, but you won't leave the theater despairing for their souls and safety. Porn that doesn't ruin lives? Bizarre, right.

Strangely enough, there's only a single evening of screenings planned for San Franciscans looking to see what Cherry's deal is. Stephen Elliott will be fielding questions after the early screening on Fri/21, and he'll be joined by Lorelei for the 9:30pm show.

Fri/21, 7 and 9:30pm, $8.50-11. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF. www.castrotheatre.com

 

SEX-POSITIVE PARENTING

How many of us actually had a positive experience learning about sex from our parents? Don't you wish that classes existed to teach moms and dads how to communicate effectively about being GGG? Happily, in the Bay Area they do.

"It's almost a cliché to say that families come in all shapes and sizes, but they really do." Such were sex educator-mom Airial Clark's words of wisdom to Kelly Lovemonster in a Guardian interview back in August. Clark was getting ready for her weekend of workshops at the Center for Sex and Culture, two days of lessons for parents who are queer, polygamous, or otherwise interested in teaching kids about sex in a way that goes beyond the dry basics taught in sex-ed at school.

One of Clark's most important teachings is that talk of the birds and bees shouldn't be about what the parent thinks is important to know about sex — it's about giving kids the tools they need to navigate being human, at the time when it's useful to them.

"A sex-positive child is safe, protected, and knows about consent and boundaries," Clark said. "They have access to accurate and age-appropriate information about reproductive biology as well as the emotional and social realities of sexuality." Check her website for upcoming workshops and classes, and get that much closer to an honest and positive relationship with your happy little munchkin.

www.thesexpositiveparent.com

 

SANDY "MAMA" REINHARDT

For the past 20 years, Mama has been one of the lynchpins of the leather community in the Bay Area. Always resplendent in her trademark leather corset, riding crop, and Jaeger shot, she tirelessly hosts fundraisers and community-building events year-round that culminate in the annual Leather Walk, in which dozens of sponsored leather folk raise the giant leather flag in the Castro and march with great fanfare to SoMa. The Leather Walk, started by Mama in 1992, always happens the Sunday before Folsom Street Fair — this year it raised more than $17,000 for the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, of which Mama was a founding member. (We're kind of still hungover from the after party.)

Oh, and did we mention she turned 70 this year?

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