The Book Club in Shoreditch is launching a new monthly cultural event series in a bid to educate millennials in everything that school Sex Ed missed out (i.e. most of the fun stuff!).
Jenna Mason, Arts and Culture Events programmer for The Book Club said:
‘It's been years since our generation had “the talk”. And even for those of us lucky enough to have had more than the cursory video or mechanical (and fairly awkward) biology lesson, so much is and was ignored, excluded or just not Show-And-Tell appropriate.’
‘In Sex Ed for Grown Ups, we’ll be covering subjects like pleasure positivity, LGBTQIA* issues, sex work, masculinity and BDSM - all presented by scientists, artists, historians and educators through talks, workshops, film and performance. Your sex life will thank you!’
Kissing, Cuddling, and Pegging Oh My: What millennial men get up to on a Friday night?
Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017, 7.15-11pm
From bromances to pegging, in this provocative talk sociologist Professor Eric Anderson will introduce his ‘Inclusive Masculinity Theory’ and explain how and why masculinities are softening among young men. Whereas homosexuality was highly stigmatized in the 1980s, decreasing homophobia has made bisexuality more visible and socially legitimate today. And happily, research shows that most of today's young men understand that sexuality is complicated. Being less concerned about being thought gay among peers, this culture allows young men to show feminized masculinities and to be considerably less rigid in their approach to heterosexuality – whether that’s kissing and cuddling other males, enjoying their own anal sexual experiences or having stronger emotional relationships with their dude friends.
BDSM for Beginners
Date: Monday 13th March 2017, 7pm- 8.30pm
Curious about the world of BDSM but don’t quite know where to start? Join award winning professional Dominant, performance artist and sex educator Master Dominic for this introductory workshop in kink, and gain confidence in the BDSM essentials. Topics will include consent and negotiation, roles, types of play, equipment and more. Bring your questions, a notebook and an open mind! Fully clothed, open and inclusive. And have no fear - there will be no audience participation! All welcome, suitable for singles and couples/thruples+
Pleasure Positivity with Ladies Come First
Date: Tuesday 16 May 7:30pm – 9pm
With just a third of women experiencing orgasm during sex, it’s time to break the pleasure taboo and create more egalitarian sexual connections!
Sophie Holloway from Ladies Come First is here to fill the pleasure gap in sex education, particularly from a female perspective. In this talk, find out how a lack of information, deep rooted gender inequality and society’s shame around expressive female sexuality is standing between women and their pleasure, and unlock the tools to counteract this. Knowledge is Queen, so come and learn some basic principles and tricks to understand and increase pleasure. Through Sophie’s Guide to the Female Orgasm and some special take-home activities (cunnilingus and colouring-in, anyone?), find out what could happen if we brought female pleasure out of the shadows…