Although it's not often that the Wall Street Journal alerts us to convincing arguments for the existence of prostitution, that seems to be the case today. The Journal published findings  from a Duke University paper  done on sex workers in Kenya that concluded that many prostitutes found relief in hard times from their clients. Illnesses in the family, unexpected handicaps, and staggering funeral bills were all cited as instances in which sex workers fell back on the largesse of their regular clients for financial support.
Respectful relationships between sex workers and johns – yet another nail in the coffin for those that would ban the industry on the basis of worker exploitation.
The Art of 8 Limbs
Leave your bag of tools at home this time, kinky community. Disciple, local expert in kinky grappling and cell popping, will be teaching this class in utilizing one's own body as an implement in body impact play and striking. And just to make sure you're not inflicting pain on unsuspecting parties, part of the night will be devoted to stretching exercises you can perform before you put the techniques into play.
Thurs/17 8-10 p.m., $20
1277 Mission, SF
Exiles Mini Un-Conference
What's an un-conference? Well, it's unplanned, unpredictable, and undone when The Exiles, women's BDSM group are running it. Come with something to teach and you can sign up on a schedule grid. Come with something to learn and you'll do just that. After the impromptu workshops, the group is holding its officer elections, so a return to order is inevitable. Women-identifying folks only, please.
Fri/18 7:30-10:30 p.m., free
3543 18th St., SF
Kinky Salon Mardi Gras
This pansexual swinger's party will probably be the easiest place in town to give away your beads. Get frisky while Bombshell Betty, Fromagique, Dangerous Delilah, and more take turns onstage to burlesque and brass band your inhibitions away.
Sat/19 10 p.m.-late, $25-35 members only
Chaps Closing Party
You may have heard Chaps is closing.  To send you leather lusties into the next few weeks without a cruise bar at 1225 Folsom, the bar is holding this sayonara party. Chuck Slaton and Ron Morrison, owners of the original Chaps, will be on hand, so take that shot, bend over, and wave – it's been a heady three years.
Sat/19 9 p.m.-late, free
1225 Folsom, SF
“Ask Me, I'll Tell You: Men and Women Talk Out Loud About Sex and Aging”
How does down and dirty change when gravity comes to roost and you're staring down retirement? Good question, one that even those approaching that age don't rightly know how to answer. Joan Price gives this lecture on spicing up senior sex, lessons that you can also cull from her books, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty and Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex.
Tues/22 6-8 p.m., $25-30
1620 Polk, SF
Sex Work Shop Talk
Take a load off those stilettos for a chat with your peers – that's the mission of these semi (check the sexworkshoptalk.com website for the next date) weekly meet-ups for members of the sex trade just for industry types to connect on work-related topics. This week the get-together will also feature makeup tips for all genders, and a clothing/toy/makeup swap. Oh, and chocolate. There will be chocolate.
Tues/22 6:30 p.m., $3-10 suggested donation
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission, SF