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Masturbate-a-Thon turns 10! Celebrate sexuality, education, and self-pleasure with CSC and friends

From the press release from The Center for Sex & Culture, one of my favorite organizations, comes information about one of the most exciting adult sex education events of the year:

TCenter for Sex and Culture logohe Center for Sex & Culture, originator of the live Masturbate-a-Thon, will hold its 10th annual fundraising and consciousness-raising event showcasing solo sexuality on May 30, 2010 at its 1519 Mission Street suites. Hosting the event and anchoring its live online webcast will be CSC co-founder and executive director Carol Queen, Ph.D. She will be joined by various celebrity hosts, including icon Nina Hartley (, Feminist Porn Awards Winner Courtney Trouble ( and gender queer pornstar Jiz Lee (

Doors will open at 10 AM for competitors seeking to best the current world time record (currently 9 hours and 58 minutes for males and 7 hours and 6 minutes for females), and the door time for non-competing masturbators is 2 PM. Audience may arrive after 4 PM for the public viewing – voyeur seating ticket price is $25.00.

The event is expected to last until approximately 11 PM and will be web cast live (to viewers over 18 only) from 4 to 9 PM on Event site historically receives a significant spike of interest and web traffic just before and on the day of the Masturbate-a-Thon. In 2009, between 30,000-60,000 people watched the web cast for all or part of its duration. The official Masturbate-a-Thon has participated in movies and television programs all over the globe.

Businesses, organizations and other entities can sponsor and/or send representatives to the Masturbate-a-Thon. The event also encourages competitive public team challenges in which one organization or business fields a team to challenge another: to date, the most notable challenge has been between a fire department and an ambulance company in Canada.


What: The Live San Francisco Masturbate-a-Thon

Sponsored by

When: Sunday, May 30, 2010. Doors open for competitors at 10 AM; for regular participants 2 PM; voyeur seating 4 PM. Event lasts until approximately 11 PM.

Where: 1519 Mission (near 11th), San Francisco

How much: All pledge sheets from sponsors are accepted, however we will also accept $40.00 or more as self-pledges from attendees without sponsors. Voyeur seating is $25.00.

Online access available at or

Benefits: The Center for Sex & Culture's administrative functions and programming.

For more information on volunteering, donating or participating please contact 415-255- 1155 or Press inquiries please contact

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Come for a good cause!

This Sunday, May 25, is the annual masturbate-a-thon. Learn about masturbation as safe sex and help raise money for Center for Sex and Culture.

Watch this video of Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence discussing the masturbate-a-thon and you will learn that National Masturbation Month (of which the 'thon is a central event) was founded by the sex educators at Good Vibrations in protest of the firing of Dr. Jocelyn Elders, who was Surgeon General for a short time during Bill Clinton's first administration. You may recall she was fired after suggesting that teaching young people about masturbation would help prevent STIs, unwanted pregnancies, and improve sexual health, and delay the start of sexual intercourse.

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Silent Auction - admission to couples party at La Domaine Esemar

Carol Queen asked me to let our readers know about this. I'm more than happy to do so. Not only does it sound like an interesting party in an interesting place, but I simply can't imagine saying no to Carol!


We have a silent auction item from a recent Center for Sex & Culture event that we are throwing open for e-list bidding: an admission to the couple's party to La Domaine Esemar in upstate New York, which just seemed too remote for Bay Areans to bid on. If you'd like to bid, just send us an email at with "auction bid" in the subject line; minimum bid is $20. Bids will close on April 20. You'll be able to send us a check, or pay with Visa, MasterCard, or discover if you're the high bidder. We'll put the winner in touch with Master R so you can schedule your attendance with him.

Pleasure as Spiritual Practice

Most spiritual traditions -- both Eastern and Western -- take a dim view of pleasure. In Tantra, however, pleasure can be used as a tool for spiritual growth. Consciousness is the key to transforming mundane pleasure into something more profound. In this workshop, we will explore both the theory and practice of bringing consciousness to pleasurable experience and help you begin exploring your pleasure more fully and intentionally.


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Audacia Ray and Violet Blue on Sex and Technology

Audacia Ray and Violet Blue discuss sex, tech and mutual awesomeness at an event sponsored by the Center for Sex and Culture.
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Masturbate-a-thon (Center for Sex and Culture)

Event link: CSC's Masturbate-a-thon

From the web site:

Why Masturbate? Why Masturbate-a-thon?
Despite great strides in sex-positive education, masturbation for many remains a taboo subject. We believe:

* Masturbation is the safest sex.

* More masturbation means more sexual self-awareness.

* Masturbation with a partner can be educational and hot.

The Center For Sex & Culture is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to sexual freedom and safety, offering classes and workshops that continue to promote a sex-positive reality. Come for this good cause. Wank for the greater good. Jill-off in pride and support. Help keep sex education safe, accurate and fun.

Interested? Click here for more info.

Where Does The Money Go?
All proceeds support the The Center For Sex & Culture.

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