I've been informed that there is an art installation being installed at the English bohemian seaside town of Brighton that will change my life – “the lives of all women, forever”! It's a wall of 400 plaster cast lady's genitals, entitled “The Great Wall of Vagina.”
Included in the nine meter wall installation (which will debut at the Brighton Fringe Festival, according to Juxtapoz) are the pussies of transgendered folks, recent mothers, family members, before and after shots of a woman who underwent labiaplasty. It seeks to represent the genitalia gamut, defy the cult of normalcy that's been drummed into us by the perfect pussies of mainstream pornography.
It is a phenomenal work -- it took five years to cast the participants and then cast their body parts – and I applaud anything that brings feminine sexuality into the public mindframe. I want to like this project, I do! And yet, and yet...
A one Jamie McCartney was the brave soul to undertake the project, which explains but does not excuse his lack of anatomical knowledge (the casts rarely show their subjects' vaginas, but rather their labias, "vaginal vestibule," and clitoris).
Anatomy lesson, for those inclined.
And change the lives of women? That's what his website says about the piece, and though I think the “Wall” is a neat idea, if we're digressing with the over-Barbification of women's sexuality, we need to think about who exactly that message needs to be addressed to. If nothing else, every woman has her own vagina to look at – the same cannot be said of men.
And before I escort you onto the weekly sex events, let me beat my fist once more against the Wall. 400 vaginas, all makes and models, all bald as a cueball. In the interest of education, can Mr. McCartney please post a plaque next to his pussies that says “not pictured: pubic hair”?
“100 Ways to Play: A Catalog of Kink”
“A plethora of perversity.” “It still seems scary, but now in a good way.” “Like drinking from a fire hose. I attended, twice.” God bless participant surveys at sex events. The Citadel hosts this buffet of BDSM every once in awhile so that newbies can sample a taste of all sorts of sex play (fetish, impact, medical, and psychological are all represented) and old hands can get out of that metal-studded rut they may have found their dungeon-time stuck in.
Thurs/5 7-10:30 p.m., $15-25
1277 Mission, SF
Lube Wrestling Party
We're taking “bump and grind” to the next level here. Because not only will the lovelies from Red Hots Burlesque be shimmy-shaking all over El Rio's stage – getting down on the floor will be some sweaty, shiny girls hammerlocking and elbow dropping (maybe?) all over the damn place. Well, hopefully in the designated lube wrestling area, unless you like a little slick in your seven and seven.
Thurs/5 9 p.m., $10-15 sliding scale
3158 Mission, SF
Essence: On Fire
Calling all Sagittari, Leos, and Aries(es?): Mission Control's sacred sexuality party turns the dial to fire for this month's celebration of the life force-giving powers of Eros. New Age? In fact, Essence features a temple of innocence, temple of deep Eros, and chamber of dark arts. So leave your cynical friend at home – this is not their sex party.
Sat/7 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $25-35 members only
Get your master's in the filthy arts
Do you faun behind your drink at our city's dirty storytelling nights, yearning to be among the foul-mouthed floozies onstage? Bawdy Storytelling's grande dame Dixie De La Tour recognizes your needs, and to help out her less filthily verbose community members, is offering this three week course in staged dirty storytelling. Participants receive a diploma, a coursebook, and a video of themselves regailing classmates to study and share (perhaps with some special someones?)
Sun/8, May 15, and May 22 2-6 p.m., $250 for three class series
The Jellyfish Gallery
1286 Folsom, SF
The San Francisco Men's Spanking Party
Now don't get this party wrong, this isn't a play party for the hardcore leathermen. No no, this is more for the frisky fella interested in a little “fraternity hazing” or a scene where daddy spanks his bad boy into submission (um, leathermen: don a polo and flip-flops or maybe a tie?). Traipse on down to this safe environment to explore your yen for a little punishment (given or received) in your life.
Sun/8 1-6 p.m., $20
220 Jones, SF
“Give Spanks: Spanking for Sexual Pleasure”
So our story on Mistress Minax's toy box piqued your pleasure points – but now you're not quite sure how to make that first step down the BDSM dungeon stairs? Your wish is Good Vibes' command – Minax will be lending a strong, swift hand to the sex toy company's spanking workshop. A clothed demo will accompany this class, as well as tips on how to coax an unsure partner into the pleasure of pain.
Tues/10 6-8 p.m., $20-25
1620 Polk, SF