A major, massive shout-out to the local activists who finally convinced SFPD to get rid of their draconian, awful policy of using condoms found on suspects as proof of intent to do sex work. The last thing we needed was our community's most vunerable sex workers being afraid to carry protection -- not to mention having the plain old slutty among us leaving rubbers at home for fear of police harassment.
Police Chief Greg Suhr has pledged that condoms will no longer be mentioned in police reports and that officers will no longer photograph condoms found on the person of people they pick up under suspicion of illegal sex work. Yay! Read all about it in this piece by the Bay Area Reporter. Onto the week in sex events.
March for Mission safety
This is hardly sexy, but it does have a lot to do with our right to feel free and safe in our streets and certainly affects the sex-positive community, so we're putting it in here. We're sure you'll understand. After yet another woman was sexually assaulted in the Mission District on Jan. 6, community members have decided enough's enough. Link up Friday afternoon with your neighbors to bring attention to the issue, and call for increased vigilance so that no one else has to feel unsafe in their own neighborhood. The march will head out from the 16th Street BART station, walk west on 16th Street to Valencia Street, then up Valencia to 24th Street and back down to 16th in a big, night-taking-back square.
Fri/11, 4-6pm, free. Meet at Mission and 16th St., SF. Facebook event
Sexual Outsiders book launch
There's been a welcome uptick in guides to BDSM lifestyle penned by members of the kink community. We profiled Mollena Williams and Lee Harrington's book Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities last year, and now two experts in kink-positive psychotherapy are releasing their own manual on the subject. Sex therapist David Ortmann and Cal State research psychologist Richard Sprott celebrate Sexual Outsiders today with a reading.
Sat/12, 2:30-6:30pm, free. Paul Mahder Gallery, 3378 Sacramento, SF. www.sexualoutsiders.com
Anal Play with Rain DeGrey
A quick scan of BDSM porn starlet Rain DeGrey's blog is all you need to know that this is a woman who likes to share her experience as a kinky person, and open up horizons so that others can fufill their desires for themselves. As such, we are happy to recommend DeGrey's class at Kink.com's Armory this Saturday. The Armory's class schedule has exploded in size over the past year -- which is to say that if you're looking for instruction in rough love, you can find it in the porn palace several times a week. The thrill of learning in the same cavernous building the website uses to shoot many of its offerings will not be lost on you, we're sure.
Sat/12, 2:30pm, $35. SF Armory, 1800 Mission, SF. tickets.armorystudios.com
Bawdy Storytelling Slam
Contestants in pursuit of the Dirtiest Storyteller in San Francisco crown will take the Bawdy stage tonight -- and you, perv, are welcome to be one of them. Have you longed to air your X-rated anecdotes on stage? Arrive early to Cafe Royale to take part in the slam -- you'll have five minutes to speak your piece, and be judged on storytelling, sexy theme relevance (tonight's is "Jackpot!"), and adherence to time limit.
Of course, if voyeurism is more your thing, you can just treat this as a regular old Bawdy and come to drink and eavesdrop on exciting Bay Area tales of torrid.
Tue/15, sign-up at 7:30pm, competition at 8pm, $10. Cafe Royale, 800 Post, SF. www.bawdystorytelling.com
"Pegging Demystified" with Dr. Charles Glickman
Catch Good Vibes sexologist Glickman while you still can before he leaves the company to focus on teaching prostate sex workshops across the country. It makes sense, he literally wrote the book on it -- The Ultimate Guide for Prostate Pleasure hits shelves later this month (check out its launch party at Good Vibes Valencia Street on Jan. 31.) The fact that this tutorial, which focuses on dildo-harness selection and pegging technique, is free-of-charge, should be enough reason to go say hey and learn some prostate tips before Glickman flies the coop.
Thu/17, 6:30-7:30pm, free. Oakland Good Vibrations, 3219 Lakeshore, Oakl. www.goodvibes.com
Still don't have a 2013 calendar? Want a bunch of vag on your wall?
... Well you're in luck. Not only does Australian gent Philip Werner have copies of his black-and-white photography calendar left, but he also successfully crowd-funded is accepting pre-orders for his coffeetable book. Werner photographed women's genitals, and paired the images with their thoughts on their vag, body acceptance, and societal expectations. We got a copy sent to the office and think it would make a great conversation starter in your apartment's foyer.