July 11, 2014

Bookish Beasts 2014

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Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.

The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.

We have a great line up this year!

CCA (California College of the Arts) MFA Comics Dept, Justin Hall

Modern Times Book Store

Manic D Press

Last Gasp

Tara Avery

Tyler Cohen

Smuttywood

 Dorian Katz

Jon Macy

Shayna Why

Agent Agnes 

Ajuan Mance

Laurel Lee 

and of course the Center for Sex and Culture Library & Archive, with their amazing and ever growing zine collection.

CSC provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource.

Center for Sex and Culture 

1349 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

 

May 15, 2014

A message from Carol Queen, PhD- On GiveOUTDay

Join us on #GiveOUTDay May 15th, 2014! Spread the word!

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In 1994 my partner Robert and I (I’m author and sexologist Carol Queen, PhD) were visiting our friend Betty Dodson, sometimes known as “the Mother of Masturbation,” in her NY home. Why didn’t she bring her fabulous Bodysex workshop to the Bay Area? we asked. There wasn’t an appropriate venue there, she said. And then she said the words that begin the story of The Center for Sex & Culture: “You kids should start a place.”

Betty was right! Between us, we had connections in many sexuality-related communities. We both have doctorates in sexology; I worked at the legendary Good Vibrations and wrote for Spectatormagazine, which had evolved from the old Berkeley Barb; I wrote stories and essays for zines and anthologies too, and was working on my first book, Exhibitionism for the Shy; we traveled around the US teaching, speaking, and meeting people from many sexual worlds, and were ourselves comfortable participants in many of these; and we’d both been directors at SF Sex Info. Together, we could relate and identify with much of the range of sexuality.

It took over 5 years of talking up the idea, but at last an angel donor helped us get over the fence: We corresponded with the IRS, got our non-profit status, and began looking for a space. Interns and donated materials came our way even before we had a room to house them. When we did get a place, we invited every sexually interested person over 18 to be part of it: as member, performer, teacher, patron, life-long learner. Academics and journalists began to visit to use our library and inspect our collections. Librarians descended on us, helping us to organize the many books and journals we’d amassed. (We believe we now have the largest publicly-accessibly sex library in the country — maybe the world!)

We host sex ed classes, and also cultural events. I deeply feel that, in the absence of good sex ed in the US, many of us learn about sex and develop our attitudes about sexuality via culture, and we want to participate fully in that discussion. We also support culture-making: through writing classes for sex workers; our award-winning Erotic Reading Circle; burlesque and dance classes; and our annual Nude Aid artmaking day. We also support community-based organizations, from BDSM/leather, to sex worker support groups, to the unique safer sex strategies of the SF Jacks. Our collections include Buzz Bense’s HIV/AIDS poster collection (these hang in our gallery from November 2013 through January 2014), materials from Pat Califia and Larry Townsend, a full run ofOn Our Backs magazine, Scarlot Harlot’s searchable database of sex worker interviews, and so much more.

We are all-volunteer, a labor of love and community for everyone involved. The next wave of core staff — a new librarian, a gallerist, archivists, and each year’s group of interns — came to us because of the cultural impacts of our collections; they have made them increasingly organized and accessible, and are helping to turn CSC into a venue for erotic artists who have few other places to exhibit their work.

Our first publication was SAFE SEX BANG, a catalog of Buzz Bense’s aforementioned safer sex posters, in early 2014. We dream of publishing more books, thus helping more non-Bay Area people join the conversation. We also want to broadcast many of our events online, so we are even more a global community sex center than a local one. In the meantime, we hope you will visit us when you come to San Francisco! And thank you so very much for reading about our history and supporting us. EVERY donation helps us keep our doors open and take care of the materials our community has entrusted to us.

Here’s more information about a recent CSC story, collected by our friends at Horizons Foundation. Please read and share this article about what The Center means to two of our very favorite comrades and community members, Ingrid and Alexandria:https://www.facebook.com/centersexculture/posts/10154059497755276

Wishing you pleasure and all the sex information you need!

–Carol, Robert, Dina, Marlene, Dorian, Ian, Anissa, Gina, Ingrid, Alexandria, & the rest of your friends at the Center for Sex & Culture

April 8, 2014

The Little Sex Library that Could

BeTheChange_email_SMThe California Library Association is utilizing a crowdsource voting system, allowing CLA members to weigh in on what sessions will be offered at this years annual conference, November in Oakland. Crowdsource the Vote!

You can view sessions by conference track or tags, and you can also search by any of the text in the proposals (title, presenters, description).

The Center for Sex and Culture has submitted a proposal for this years conference, please consider voting for our session.

The best Little Sex Library that Could!

The Center for Sex & Culture (CSC), located in the heart of San Francisco, has a mission to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library and archive, and resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum. As a grassroots non-profit organization with a public library we constantly evaluate and discuss the most effective ways to reach current and potential new patrons, while maintaining our survival in an escalating economic climate. However, with sex being a tantalizing and taboo subject we are hindered from displaying and communicating many of our resources in print and digital media because of clear age restrictions, but also because of current public perception of sexuality as deviant, offensive, and shameful. Attempting to balance thoughtful outreach and promotion, to be advocates for change, to organize materials with no clear cataloging categories, to maintain the day to day operations, and to manage an all-volunteer/intern staff, forces us to constantly change and evolve. We explore change by not only being librarians, but by being artists, participants, community organizers and social activists. These labels help us stretch out of our potential boxes and creatively reach others. The CSC library has also found many ways to explore change by utilizing current technology trends, such as social media, cloud computing, and open source softwares to organize, promote and manage our library.

Presenter(s):

Anissa Malady, Librarian, Center for Sex and Culture
Ian Callaghan, Center for Sex & Culture
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April 2, 2014

JON MACY’S FEARFUL HUNTER : HELP PUBLISH QUEER COMICS!

Jon Macy is a Lambda Literary Graphic Novel Award Winner and needs our HELP!

Help a small press keep bringing queer comics to readers.
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Jon’s work is sweet and romantic, but it is also sexy when the sex adds to the story. I believe it’s important that LGBT characters are shown fully realized, and without self censorship.

Fearful Hunter by Jon Macy Graphic novel, 320 pages, black and white, color cover, hardback, for mature readers. Comes out in May 2014 from Northewest Press.

A young Druid on the eve of his initiation meets a troubled wolf and falls in love. The star crossed lovers don’t have a chance when lascivious Druid masters and savage elder gods threaten their fragile new relationship. Punk music, pick up trucks and psychedelic earth magic add an urban spin to this captivating queer Celtic fantasy world.

Support this project now!

Kickstarter

Fearful Hunter Hardcover

February 20, 2014

SFPL & SF City Guides Lunchtime InstaMeet

I am looking forward to SFPL’s first, of what I hope to many, InstaMeets! This one will be in connection with SF City Guides tour of the San Francisco’s Main Public Library with a focus on the buildings history and architecture.

Tuesday March 4th, at Noon. Meet other library and InstaGram lovers.

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December 16, 2013

Single Ladies Flash Mob San Francisco Public Library

This happened at work today, Single Ladies SFPL Style!

 

December 9, 2013

Patron Portraits: my most photographed

I have been going through my thousands of photos, and realize just how many shots I have of this SF library patron. He is my favorite, I call him Mediation Man.
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October 14, 2013

CSC’s Safer Sex Poster Exhibition Catalog

A note from the Center for Sex and Culture’s Gallery Curator, Dorian Katz.

I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595936600/cscs-safer-sex-poster-exhibition-catalog

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Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.

Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.

CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 7 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.

September 1, 2013

Send us Your Sick & Twisted presentation using Prezi

I wanted to share the presentation from today’s panel discussion at the 12th Annual SF Zine

FestThe Center for Sex & Culture presents “Send Us Your Sick & Twisted: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines at the CSC.” A panel discussion on the advocacy to preserve and present deviant zines at CSC while engaging the community. Presented by:  Anissa Malady, MLIS, Resident Librarian; Tess McCarthy, MLIS, Resident Archivist and, Ian Callahan, Community Cataloger.

The presentation was created using Prezi, which was confusing at first, but once I got into using it the possibilities of how it could be used became endless. It’s a great tool.

You can view the Prezi presentation here.

August 26, 2013

Panel Discussion: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines

The Center for Sex & Culture Library/Archive @ 12th Annual SF Zine Fest! Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm

The Center for Sex & Culture presents “Send Us Your Sick & Twisted: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines at the CSC.” A panel discussion on the advocacy to preserve and present deviant zines at CSC while engaging the community. Presented by:  Anissa Malady, MLIS, Resident Librarian; Tess McCarthy, MLIS, Resident Archivist and, Ian Callahan, Community Cataloger.

 The CSC Zineography project began when the Library/Archive crew uncovered a wealth of erotic, nasty (in a good way), subversive, sexual health, gender bending, queer, sex worker related zines, booklets and pamphlets. The artist in all of us fell in love with this collection and became instantly attached to getting this material cataloged and curated as a way to make them available to the community.

PornoPen4The growing amount of material in the zine collection required assistance in our cataloging efforts, which is when I recalled how material was being cataloged and culled for metadata at the San Francisco State University, American Poetry Archive (APA). As an intern at the APA I was able to take part in what they termed “community cataloging.” One student would be assigned one poet- they would research that poet, listen to the large amount of digital recordings from that particular poet that are part of the Poetry Archives holdings-  the student would take detailed cataloging notes that would then be turned into HTML metadata used in the APA’s growing digital archive.and became instantly attached to getting this material cataloged and curated as a way to make them available to the community.

This method of “community cataloging” led to richer detail and a higher wealth of metadata to create searchable records from. The better the metadata the greater the access. At CSC we applied this same methodology. The amazing volunteers, some with official library training and others who have become “accidental librarians,” have become amazing community catalogers and have created a valuable catalog with detailed information about each zine.

The hope for this project is inclusion in a larger community of Zine Libraries, by means of a union catalog (a combined library catalog describing the collections of a number of libraries). Currently we are working in a newly formed metadata schema called xZINECOREx- developed by Milo Miller, one of the co-founders of QZAP, the Queer Zine Archive Project and other Zine libraries. ZINECORE will allow for greater access by means of combined forces. Having Zine libraries use the same method or standards of cataloging is crucial to us all becoming part of a union catalog and creating greater access of information to a wider community of users.

To hear more about our Community Cataloging project join us this Saturday, August Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm at the 12th Annual SF Zine Fest!

To get involved in the community cataloging and the CSC Zine Project e-mail-   library@sexandculture.org

Also, if you have a website with links to zine libraries, please add ours:

The Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 |

CSC Library/Archive

CSC Zineography

Zine Catalog

Join us at the  12th Annual SF Zine Fest! The Bay Area’s Premiere Zine Festival

Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm

San Francisco County Fair Building

1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way

(in Golden Gate Park)

Free Admission!

SF Zine Fest on Facebook

@sfzinefest

Center for Sex & Culture

CSC Zineography

 and don’t forget the annual post-party at Mission Comics & Art.

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