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Tristan Taormino at Pleasure Salon Melbourne. April 2012

Posted in anal, art, education, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, kink / BDSM, open relationships / polyamory, politics, queer, relationships, special events, straight, women on March 8, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Pleasure Salon Melbourne and Cyndi Darnell  (creator and founder of PSM) are thrilled to present

 Tristan Taormino ( USA)

for two nights in Melbourne 

Both events require PRE PURCHASE. See links below for access to our tickets through Trybooking.com.au

Tickets can be bought for each event separately or come to both events for a discount

Both venues wheelchair friendly. PLEASE email for further details about this

Wednesday April 11. 2012 

Public Seminar

303 Sydney Road ( formerly The Beach)

Brunswick

7.30 pm

Tristan Taormino will take you on her personal journey from activist undergraduate to law school reject to struggling writer to author, Village Voice columnist, On Our Backs editor, sex educator, and adult film director. She’ll reveal the pleasures and pitfalls of a career that revolves around sex.

Hear about her first foray into porn on and off camera, what led her to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions, and become an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment, one of the largest adult companies. She will share her definition of feminist porn, what she hopes to accomplish with her films, and the challenges she faces in the adult industry and in her professional career as a sex educator. She’ll dish all the juicy details of her adventures along the way with swingers, strippers, dominatrixes, drag kings, porn stars, and even Howard Stern.

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, sex educator, speaker, and filmmaker. She is the author of seven books: Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, The Anal Sex Position Guide, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion, Down and Dirty Sex Secrets, and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women.

She is the editor of 23 anthologies including Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica and was the founding editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning series Best Lesbian Erotica. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of the magazine On Our Backs. For nine and a half years, she wrote a bi-weekly column in The Village Voice. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment.

Tristan has taught hundreds of classes (on everything from negotiating relationships to female orgasms) at conferences, community events, and retail stores and she frequently lectures at top colleges and universities. Tristan has been featured in over 200 publications and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

She runs three websites: www.puckerup.com, www.tristantaormino.com, and www.openingup.net

AND

THE EVENT “”MAKING OPEN RELATIONSHIPS WORK ” IS NOW SOLD OUT

The following night:

Making Open Relationships Work

A workshop with Tristan Taormino 

Thursday April 12. 2012

Level 10 / 225 Bourke St Melbourne

7.00pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Do open relationships really work? How do people create nontraditional partnerships that are loving and lasting? Tristan Taormino, relationship expert and author of Opening Up, shares some of the key principles that can help your open relationship(s) succeed.

She’ll discuss common issues and problems-from “new relationship energy” and time management to jealousy and agreement violations-and ways to address and resolve them. Tristan will offer tips on communication, negotiation, and boundary setting, as well as how to cope with change. Learn how to get to the root of jealous feelings and transform them by embracing the concept of ‘compersion’.

Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran to the world beyond monogamy, come discover strategies to help you nurture and grow your open relationship(s).

 

 

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New Venue, New Days and February Gathering

Posted in art, erotica / porn, events, health, men, politics, sex work, straight, women on February 6, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings all ……..and Happy New Year

Pleasure Salon Melbourne is back for 2012 with a fabulous variety of sex-positive, sexual  health, pleasure  and  adult information  evenings . Our nights still feature  Australia’s  best sex educators and activists to bring you some of the most up to date and progressive sexuality information available, all in a friendly and welcoming environment.

As you know we have been looking for a new home for some time now, and have finally found one  at the gorgeous

LOOP bar

23 Meyers Place

Melbourne CBD  (Off Bourke St,  close to Parliament Station.)

We are thrilled to announce this venue is WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE and has CAR PARKING  close by.

Next week our

 FEBRUARY GATHERING

from 6.30pm will be on

 MONDAY  FEB 13

$10

Forum starts at 7.30 pm

February Pleasure Salon Melbourne celebrates sex-positive erotic films, feminism and pornography

February PSM will be trialling a new PANEL format where our guests will be able to engage in dialogue with Cyndi and the audience to explore and detail their experiences as performers and producers of pornographic adult movies.

Our Feb line up includes the gorgeous and articulate Gala  known for her pioneering work with FECK,  stunning feminist pornster Liandra Dahl  an independent feminist pornographer and blogger who has recently worked with one of the world’s most well known sex educators ( Betty) Dodson and Ross,  alongside award winning  Australian production company, Adult Voyeur’s very own  Bourke Wills.

Gala

Gala is a mutli-purpose sex-positive sex worker who entered the industry through the pornhole.  Her career in alternative smutmaking started at a Melbourne-based company Feck ( one of Pleasure Salon Melbourne’s sponsors),  and her work appears on its sites  ishotmyself.com, beautifulagony.com, ifeelmyself.com, and sonicerotica.com.  more recently she has appeared on liandradahl.com, and she is currently preparing to launch a blog journalling her experiences in various facets of the industry.’

Liandra Dahl

Liandra has worked in the alternative pornography industry for 9 years. She first began work with the Australian adult websites run by Feck, ishotmyself.com  and beautifulagony.com as a contributor and then as the hostess of their masturbation site ifeelmyself.com between 2003 to 2007. She has also worked with acclaimed European female adult film producers Erika Lust and Jennifer Lyon Bell as a performer. She currently runs her own pansexual independent reality sex site LiandraDahl.com where she performs, produces, films, edits and codes for the whole project and website.

Bourke Wills

Bourke Wills started making high quality, uniquely Australian porn a long time ago as Adult Voyuer. Our first trial shoot was August 2008 and was either a dismal failure or incredibly steep learning curve, depending on which way you look at these things.

We continued shooting,  and learning until we felt we had a sufficient backlog of material. We launched the first version of our site in 2010 to a very good reception and relaunched in in 2011 the same year we  won the Eros Shine Award for the “Best Australian Adult Website”.

Adult Voyeur continues to grow  largely due to the fascination the rest of the world has with Australia and Australian’s eager to see Australian content. We are Australia’s only high production value, top shelf,  adult film company and are dedicated to showcasing beautiful Australians having great sex in gorgeous Australian locations. We feel Australian porn as a whole is unique, it is women and couple friendly, empowering,  sex positive porn.

In other news……………………………

Starting in March,  we will be meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month which means our March Salon will be on TUESDAY March 6th, and we will be continuing with TUESDAY gatherings for the rest of 2012 unless we have a special event.

We understand that may mean some of you won’t be able to attend, whilst for others it means a break from the weekend crazies and a day to recover before heading out again. Running such an event we try our best to keep everyone happy, but in the end decisions have to be made, and we hope this change causes as little disappointment and inconvenience as possible

LOOP bar have offered us the residency for the duration of 2012 and we look forward to sampling their fabulous food and drink selection and taking advantage of the fabulous tech set up in addition to the warm embrace of Pleasure Salon Melbourne’s values of open and honest discussion around the importance of pleasure and good sex.

We look forward to seeing you all again.

New Venue and November Gathering

Posted in art, events, health, kink / BDSM, men, queer, straight, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch, trans, women on October 30, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Well, It’s been a long time coming, but we’re back to see out the rest of 2011 with a bang.

Our next gathering will be Monday November 7th at our brand new home

Tony Starr’s Kitten Club,

Level 2 / 267 Little Collins St. (CBD)

 (Look for the lime green door.)

Since previous host venue 24 Moons shut its doors, we have been looking for a new home to host us, and the good people at Tony Starr’s
Kitten Club have kindly offered their premises to us. Fabulous food, full menu and cocktails, we are thrilled and honoured to have access to this wonderful new space. Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.  We are still open to suggestions for a new home, so please send us your ideas for places that

  • serve food and liquor
  • have a space for us
  • have stages, mics, projectors etc.
  • are wheelchair accessible
  • and in the CBD

NOVEMBER GATHERING

As you may have been following, we are revamping PSM’s format starting with our November gathering. November brings you 2 special
presenters and a flurry of shenanigans prepared by Cyndi and Christian for your delight. Door prizes a plenty and more interaction for you all.

Summer time start is now 6.30 pm for a 7.15 first presenter.

PRESENTERS;

Jessi Lewis

Melbourne performance artist Jessi Lewis joins us for a presentation like no other.

Exploring what it means to be only 22 and HIV positive, in a world where the death of face to face flirtation is imminent after the rise of Grindr, & what this new technology means for his generation while weaving this in through his own personal story of performance, gay beats, paying rent and moving to Melbourne at age 18.

Having performed Australia wide, Jessi is thrilled to bring us excerpts from his dance pieces, and engage in a Q & A with our audience at PSM.

Melbourne Rope Dojo

Our feedback has told us that you have all been VERY keen to know more about rope play and we have found you one of Australia’s best rope
instructors; Melbourne Rope Dojo!

The head instructor at the Melbourne Rope Dojo is Scott, one of the most experienced practitioners of Shibari outside of Japan. Scott started studying Shibari in 2004, which lead him to visit Japan starting in 2009 to continue his studies. He has been to Japan three times now to study under his Sensei, Osada Steve, and one of Osada Steve’s teachers, Yukimura Haruki-Sensei.

Whilst experienced in all aspects of Shibari, Scott has a particular love of newaza, or the intimate and connected tying typically performed on the floor. For Scott, the connection that can be achieved through rope is unique and forms the heart of Shibari. There is therefore an emphasis at the Dojo of learning how to obtain this connection.

Scott will be providing a demonstration of his work, along with a full suspension demonstration and a history of Shibari (Japanese
Rope Work).

Where:

 Tony Starr’s Kitten Club

Level 2/ 267 Little Collins St CBD

When:

 Monday November 7th

Doors:  6: 30 pm for a 7:15 start.

 Full bar and meals available

Cost $10

News and June Gathering

Posted in art, documentary, events, health, men, politics, queer, relationships, sex work, straight, women on May 7, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

May Pleasure Salon Melbourne was the beginning of our Wintery series of presentations, featuring the expertise of the delightful Uma and her approach to Tantra and Expanded Erotic Consciousness. Big big thanks to Uma for coming all the way from Brisbane to share her knowledge and passion with us! We HEART you!

Our gatherings just seem to keep growing and growing, thanks to all of you. Be sure to join our mailing list for regular updates and info on our sex-positive gatherings in Melbourne.

THANKS MELBOURNE

Pleasure Salon Melbourne only exists with your energy and participation, so the Pleasure Salon Melbourne organisers are deeply grateful to each and every one of our attendees, WE LOVE YOU…… and the  fabulous support of our host venue 24 Moons, our provider of door prizes Bliss 4 Women and ALSO Foundation for our flyers.

NEW SPONSOR: NEW DOOR PRIZE

We are also thrilled to announce the support of  FECK, creator of Beautiful Agony, I Shot Myself and I Feel Myself for their generous contribution. Starting in June, FECK and Pleasure Salon Melbourne will be giving away one online membership each month to one lucky Pleasure Salon Melbourne attendee.

DO YOU WANT TO HELP PSM ?

Being a community based organisation, PSM is always appreciative of any sponsorship that can be provided to assist with maintaining PSM and the contributions we make to making Australia a brighter and more sex-positive place to live. Should you or your business like to be part of this, please email us.

pleasuresalonmelbourne@gmail.com

JUNE GATHERING

Sex work from a Sex worker’s Perspective

Hosted and Presented by Christian Vega

Overwhelmingly, dramatic performances, research articles and media portrayals make the most of the misery and desperation experienced by some people who do sex work. It’s unsurprisingly rare that these stories are told by actual sex workers. Instead, audiences are fed faceless images, caricatures that perpetuate stereotypes and stigma against sex workers and stymie the progress of our human rights.

In June, Pleasure Salon Melbourne would like to change that.   With the assistance of Zero One Zero, a community digital story telling collective, a group of sex workers were given the tools and skills to express themselves through the medium of film. Pleasure Salon Melbourne will be screening some of these short films:

Name: Lover & Fighter

About: Made with the intention to de-mystify political contradictions and celebrate sex work’s positive impact on my life to those around me i have difficulty explaining it to.

Name: Whore Pride

About My Film: It’s about the latest challenges I faced as I took sex work into 3 arenas many consider too taboo for it to go: Family, Politics and Relationships.

Name: You are Me

About My Film: My film brings to the fore the double life I feel I’ve had to live due to the stigma associated with sex work

A Q&A session with their makers will follow the screening of these films. 

Sex worker, Health Service Provider, Activist; Christian (aka: Tyson Quorren-Smith amongst other aliases) has been involved with sex work for the past 12 years.  Christian has worked in a number of health and community responses for sex workers and other socially excluded peoples. He currently works at RhED (Resourcing Health and Education in the Sex Industry), as the Health Education and Support Worker for Male and Trans* Sex Workers in Victoria and co-ordinates the Hustling 2 Health Program, a peer based,  after hours drop-in service for street sex workers. As a sex worker activist, Christian has taken on a number of roles.  He is a highly active member of Vixen, the Victorian Sex Industry Network, a social support group entirely constituted of sex workers who seek to provide a voice for Victorian sex workers. Christian is also the elected National Representative of Male Sex Workers by the Scarlet Alliance, the Australian sex worker association. Alongside this experience, Christian sex work career spans many contexts from street work to escort agency work to private work with special needs clients.  Highly versatile, either being the boy next door or the boy your mama warned you about, Christian has well-practiced skills in physical, intellectual and sensory satisfaction.

WHERE : 24 Moons. AC/DC Lane. (off Flinders Lane)

WHEN: Monday June 6th

TIME: DOORS 6PM. Speaker and Movies start at 7.30pm

$10

December Gathering

Posted in art, burlesque, erotica / porn, events on November 24, 2010 by Pleasure Forum Australia

 

Pleasure Salon Melbourne is proud to present the final gathering for the year:

Melbourne’s best kept naughty little secret, Burlesque Bar, comes out to play this December as some of its resident femmes fatale spill their secrets for a festive Pleasure Salon that is not to be missed! Join the house madam, Madame Natalia, resident starlet and ‘Cirque de Femmes’ Foxtrot India, and business director Lauren ‘Liquor Lollipop’ for a bare all look at the Art of Tease, it’s evolution through the ages, it’s application in the modern day and the ins and outs (pun intended) of managing, hosting and entertaining within a venue dedicated solely to sensual titillation and fun. There’ll be song, dance…burlesque…and of course some in depth discussions that peek right up the skirt of the sexual and sensual revolution taking the world by storm. Come and play…we dare you…

This end of year wrap up is going to be HUGE!

Be sure to get there early to get a comfy spot, get a drink and dinner if you’re inclined!

!!!!! Saucy door prizes for 2 lucky entrants ( courtesy of the ladies at Burlesque Bar)!!!!!!

Monday December 6th

6pm-10pm

Speakers start at 7.30

Miss Libertine

34 Franklin Street

Melbourne

$10

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November Gathering

Posted in art, body modification, events, health, kink / BDSM, piercing on October 27, 2010 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings Pleasure Lovers,

 November PSM takes you into a world of  the erotic and the adorned with Bella and paulus from Melbourne’s The Piercing Urge.

Bella has been around in the scene since the early nineties, and a professional Piercer and Educator with The Piercing Urge since then too. Piercing for sexual play is a favourite specialty of hers, having helped 100’s of folks explore this often fun, and useful add on to their bag of tricks.

 She has been invited to speak on radio, T.V, and in person both here in Melbourne and around Australia. She has taken an active part in the recent developments surrounding Victorian age of consent piercing legislation, Health Department Skin Penetration regulations, and the continued fight for high piercing standards.

 Her involvement in the kink scene in Melbourne sees her attending many of the public events, being involved in the production of OzKinkFest in 2009, and living a BDSM lifestyle 24/7 with her Leather boy paulus.

 Bella has presented a range of skillshares for Adrenachrome including Sharps for Sensation, Temporary Piercing for Play, and the Rough Body Play skillshare. Melbourne Leather Pride also saw her present an interesting workshop on the uses for piercing in bondage and chastity.

 Training body-piercers now consumes most of her working life. She created and runs The Piercing Urge Training Center which reflects her fun style and passion for safe body piercing activities. Current developments will soon see her making this information available online in order to extend the availability of 20 years worth of piercing expertise.

 Bella can provide a unique view that incorporates Kink, sex – and piercing.

There are many different ways piercing can be incorporated into a BDSM lifestyle choice – however there are also many ways it can go wrong too. Extreme pleasure coupled with extreme “unintended” pain is never a good thing.

 She can speak openly about the sexual advantages of genital piercings, has many funny stories accumulated over the years, and is passionate about educating people on the joys of piercing related play.

 Male – and female – chastity, additional stimulation, safe sex issues, and all the facts about these types of piercings, encourage getting educated to make informed decisions a valuable activity.

 Sex, play and metal – what a wonderful combo!!!

Join us for Bella and paulus’ amazing presentation on:

Monday November 8th

Pleasure Salon Melbourne

Miss Libertine: 34 Franklin St.

6pm-10 pm

Speaker starts around 7.15pm

$10

October Gathering

Posted in art, erotica / porn, events on September 16, 2010 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Pleasure Salon Melbourne heats up for Spring and proudly announces our speaker, local film maker Anna Brownfield.

Pornography, Women and Sex.

Melbourne filmmaker Anna Brownfield, takes timeout of her busy schedule to talk Porn.

“When my new wave erotic film, The Band was invited to open the 4th Berlin Porn Film Festival, I was surprised that women made over 40% of the films screening. While, pornography has used women to sell their product, the production of it has been traditionally seen as a male dominated industry that creates images for a male audience. As pioneering film maker Candida Royalle said,  

 ( If it’s an industry) “based on women but our sexuality (has been) ignored, why has there been an increase in women choosing to make explicit films?”    

 This talk will explore this question, and how female filmmakers are reclaiming the genre through the work of filmmakers Candida Royalle, Petra Joy, Shine Louise Huston and Ovidie.

Since graduating from RMIT Media Arts with honours, award winning feminist erotic filmmaker, Anna Brownfield, has gained extensive media attention for the originality of her work. Coming from an experimental and art film background, she has progressed towards narrative film while retaining a unique and highly arresting style.

Her work has screened at numerous festivals here and overseas including International Women’s Conference (Beijing) and WOW Film Festival (Sydney).

Her first feature film The Money Shot’ closed the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) and won Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Male Lead (available on DVD through Accent Underground). 

Her second feature, ‘The Band’ has screened at Cannes Film Market (France), opened the Berlin Porn Film Festival (German, 2009), has sold to numerous territories around the world and recently won “Hottest Feature” at the Feminist Porn Awards in Canada.

“Making it Handmade!” is her first documentary, which premiered at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival.

Join us for Anna’s fascinating presentation at:

 Pleasure Salon Melbourne

 Monday October 4th

Miss Libertine

34 Franklin St

6pm-10pm

Speaker starts around 7pm

$10