Show Yr Body Love!

Though Love Your Body Day is officially Wednesday the 17th of October this year, Brown celebrated their LYBD today, organized by Students for Choice! SHEEC had a table, along with other Brown and community organizations (Brown Health Education, SHAG, the Queer Alliance, the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Feminists at Brown, Psychological Services, Planned Parenthood, RI NOW, Comprehensive Allyship Network, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, and Sojourner House).

In order to participate in Love Your Body Day/Domestic Violence Awareness Month and raise funds for Sojourner House, a local advocacy and resource center for domestic violence, we’re going to have Love Your Body Photo Shoots.  We’ll offer sessions of about 10-15 minutes, where we essentially take pics of favorite body parts.  We’ll have people pick their favorite body part(s), draw a heart (we’ll have different color body paints, markers, and glitter), we take pics, then have them printed.  The pics will be matte BW and the heart will stay in color.  We’re going to print the pics, which will be relatively inexpensive.  If possible, we’ll also have some sort of exhibit in a physical space. If not, then we’ll definitely display them online.
Here are the prices:
5×7 1/$4 or 3/$10
8×10 1/$6
For more information, email brownsheec@gmail.com!

Dirty Talk: A Sexy Spring Weekend Kickoff

April 18th @ 7PM – 9PM in Barus and Holley, Room 166

(182 Hope Street, between Waterman and George Streets)

Cosponsored by the Queer Alliance.

You can also check the FB event here!

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Kick off your weekend with DIRTY TALK – a sexual communication and consent workshop with Ben Privot of The Consensual Project! While YOU and YOU ALONE are the leading expert on your own desire, this presentation will help provide you with the tools to address questions such as:

  • What IS dirty talk?
  • What makes you feel dirty?
  • How can you improve the quality of your sexual experiences?
  • How and what do you want to communicate when you feel dirty?
  • How do you overcome the intimidation of sharing yours desires with others?
  • Are you a Narrator or a Director during sexual play?

Verbal (and non-verbal!) communication during sex can significantly improve the quality of sexual experiences. “Dirty Talk” enables us to not only take control of our own desires and share them with our partners, but it also ultimately helps to create a space where all partners feel comfortable with one another.

Come immerse yourself in a sex-positive environment and learn why consensual hooking up is hotter hooking up. Learn how to best express yourself to your partners and hookups, and how to use open communication to discover common ground with those you’re into.

Oh, and did we mention SEX TOYS?

SHEEC will be raffling all of the awesome sex toys that left over from Sex Week! Everyone who attends Dirty Talk will get 1 free raffle ticket, and the first 20 people will each get an additional free ticket! 

We will also have additional tickets for sale if you want to improve your chances to win, and Ben will be giving away free toys throughout the night as well!

Spoon Me, Fork Me: An Evening of Sensual Pleasures


(photo by Ben Fink, in The New InterCourses book)

Come to a delicious evening of sensual pleasures!

(PLEASE RSVP to brownsheec@gmail.com, though drop-ins are welcome. We just want to know how many people approx. plan on attending!)

Learn how to please lovers in bed with a workshop by Megan Andelloux focusing on the art of oral sex (a combination of Fabulous Fellatio and Female Sexual Pleasure), then partake in a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres (based on traditional aphrodisiacs) and chocolate fondue to stimulate your palate. We’ll have a raffle and finish off the evening with a foreign film that beautifully synthesizes the magical qualities of sex, food, and sensuality (Like Water for Chocolate). Certainly an evening not to miss!

**OVERALL SCHEDULE**

8-10: workshop with Megan Andelloux **during which we’ll hand out the raffle tickets!**
10-11: raffle, food-tasting, and other magical wonders
11-1: Like Water for Chocolate movie screening

**WE’RE RAFFLING OFF**

**WE’RE SERVING**

Libations:

  • raspberry iced-tea
  • lemon iced water

Seductive Starters:

  • mini beef wellington with demi glace sauce
  • asparagus wrapped prosciutto and boursin
  • 5 spice duck on sweet potato cakes
  • onion tart
  • 3 mushroom pizza
  • fig, honey and goat cheese

Delectable Desserts:

  • chocolate fondue station
  • strawberries, bananas, pineapple, pretzels, marshmallows
  • sugar cookies and biscotti

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

This event is a collaboration between SHEEC, the Brown Epicurean Society, and the Gender and Sexuality Studies DUG. We also want to thank Fascinations (www.funlove.com) for donating The New Intercourses, Kama Sutra Closet for donating the Oysters & Chocolate book, and Intimate Organics for donating their body products.

We’ll have condoms available at the event, as usual. This time, the variety will include Sir Richard’s condoms–a new, innovative condom company and brand with a commitment to social justice.

Peg-Ass-Us

Peg-Ass-Us

  • March 15th @ 7:30 PM @ Rites & Reasons Theatre (155 Angell St.)
  • A hilariously penetrating look at queer sex for straight folks, complete with sing-a-longs, how-to’s, romance, puppets and soul-baring striptease. John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit have crafted perhaps the silliest, most heartfelt romantic comedy about anal sex imaginable. Build in their passionate lover’s quarrels that unearth the messy entanglements of desire, fear, the need for acceptance, the hope for a sexual revolution – and the duo bumbles to a climax where everyone gets off. Be forewarned–there will be some nudity at this event!

KinkForAll Providence 2

Ah, I remember the notorious KinkForAll [Providence] that began a slew of attacks on SHEEC, Sex Week, our presenters, and our Chair last year…attacks that continued this year (and keep cropping up at lovely times)…

Well, we’re having one again in the name of education, the right to free speech, and SEXUAL FREEDOM. It promises to be even better than the first, so don’t miss it.

KinkforAll Providence 2

  • March 19th @ Smith-Buonanno Hall, 1st and 2nd floors (95 Cushing St.)
  • KinkForAll Providence 2 is a full day of discussions and presentations centered on the intersection between sexuality and the rest of life, created by you, the event participants. Oh yeah, and it’s totally free. Take this opportunity to come listen in and/or present on topics you are passionate about! Please sign up on the wiki and read up about it. (There’s also the FB event)

Talking to Your Doctor About S-E-X! (March 9th)

March 9th @ 12pm @ Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Lounge (26 Benevolent St.)

Scared of the OBGYN? Don’t know what to expect from a prostate exam? Have NO CLUE what a visit to the doctor entails when it comes to sexual functioning? Join Justine Shuey, trained sexuality educator and board-certified sexologist, to learn how to be a better advocate for your own personal sexual health.

An educated patient is a healthy patient, especially because most doctors receive less than one week of sex-ed as part of their professional training regimen. It’s up to YOU to advocate for your health!

In this workshop, learn what to expect, and what questions to ask your doctor whether you are going in for a regular checkup or whether you have specific concerns about your sexual health. See instruments used in sexual health assessments and learn how they work. Learn to be more involved with your doctor and your overall medical well-being. We will also discuss kink aware professionals and how to find them.

Condom Carnival (Feb. 16th)

A celebration of Condom Week ’11! (Feb 14 – Feb 21)

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 16 · 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Near Faunce/Campus Center

We’ll have games, condom flowers, free lube + condoms, and button-making!

*Lube-tasting station*
We’ll have an assortment of lube in pump bottles or little packets for people to taste! We’ll also have free lube samples you can take home, as well as info sheets about the types of lube available out there!

*Condom station with “Cockboard” *
A display of a variety of condoms so you can check them out before taking them home. Free condoms galore, as well as info sheets on the types of condoms available out there.

*Safer Sex Superhero Station* courtesy of SHAG & Health Ed
Condom Man and Friends materials including coloring pages and button making! Copies of the Little Brown Book will also be available.

*”Food For Thought” game station*
2 or 3 people at a time have a set number of fruits and veggies to cover up with condoms. The person who covers them all in the least amount of time OR who covers the MOST in a given amount of time wins!

A larger version of this will happen for Sex Week (March 13-19th), so be on the lookout for that!

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Events with Sarah Dopp: Let’s talk about gender, labels, community, and the web!

“Labels Don’t Explain Me: How to talk about gender and sexuality with the ones who don’t understand”
Feb 15 @ Sarah Doyle Women’s Center lounge (26 Benevolent St.) @ 12pm

Gender and sexuality can be tricky topics with big messy-beautiful ranges of possibility. When the standard labels don’t describe who we are, how do we help the people around us understand? Heck, even when our labels ARE considered standard, how do we talk more deeply about them? How do we describe ourselves to friends and lovers? To classmates and coworkers? What about to our employers? Our parents?

In this discussion workshop with Sarah Dopp (creator of many amazing things, including Genderfork.com), we’ll discuss how to approach these subjects tactfully, with respect for our relationships and respect for ourselves.

Beauty in Ambiguity: Gender, Community and the Internet
Feb 16 @ MacMillan 115 (167 Thayer St.) @ 7pm

Curious about what it takes to rally online communities, especially when it comes to gender & sexuality? Want to learn more about harnessing the power of the internet and finding beauty in the spaces that defy and transform boundaries? Then don’t miss this talk with Sarah Dopp (sarahdopp.com)–tech professional & activist.

Sarah’s the founder of Genderfork.com, a supportive community for the expression of identities across the gender spectrum. She’s also addicted to rallying communities on the internet and trying to change the world. In this talk, she will speak about her adventures in online community organizing, how she taps the magic of the Internet, and what she’s learned about non-traditional gender along the way.

These events brought to you by SHEEC and the Brown Queer Alliance (via QCC).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sexuality educators set the record straight: “Talking about sexuality does not increase sexually transmitted infections” despite what non-experts report.

For Immediate Release
Sexuality educators set the record straight: “Talking about sexuality does not increase sexually transmitted infections” despite what non-experts report.

Contact: 
Megan Andelloux
HiOhMegan@gmail.com
401-345-8685

Contact: Aida Manduley
Aida_manduley@brown.edu
787-233-0025

In yet another attempt to shut down access to quality sex education, South-Eastern New England conservative advocates hit the sex panic button in a multi-state, email and phone campaign to colleges all over New England last week.

On February 3rd and 4th , certified sexuality educator and sexologist Megan Andelloux (AASECT, ACS) received word that numerous colleges and university faculty received a document stating that colleges who brought sex educators such as Ms. Andelloux onto their campuses were linked to the increasing rate of transmission of HIV in RI. Furthermore, among other misleading “facts” that were “cited,” the author of this bulletin claimed that Brown University was facing an HIV crisis, which is false.

Citizens Against Trafficking, the face behind the fear-mongering, spammed numerous local institutions from a University of Rhode Island account with its latest malicious missive that targeted specific individuals as well as Brown University. The author of the letter, Margaret Brooks, an Economics Professor at Bridgewater State, suggested that colleges and universities that host sexuality speakers, including those who are professionally accredited, are partly to blame for the four new cases of HIV which have been diagnosed amongst RI college students this year.

Ms. Andelloux states: “My heart goes out to those students who have recently tested positive for HIV. However, there is no evidence of any link between campus presentations on sexual issues and the spike in HIV cases. Rather, I would suggest that this demonstrates a need for more high-quality sex education to college students.“ It is unclear why people at URI or Citizens Against Trafficking, a coalition to combat all forms of human trafficking, is attempting to stop adults from accessing sexual information from qualified, trained educators. What is certain however, is that this Professor of Economics miscalculated her suggestion that a correlation exists between increased HIV rates in Rhode Island and the type of sex education these speakers provided at Brown University: one that emphasized accurate information, risk-reduction, pleasure, and health.

Barrier methods have been shown by the CDC to reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). Research has shown that when individuals have access to medically accurate information, are aware of sexual risk reduction methods, and have access to learn about sexual health, the number of infections and transmission of STIs decreases, pain during sex decreases, and condom use increases. The CAT circulated bulletin is blatantly misleading about many issues, and often omits information that is crucial to understanding the full picture of sex education at Brown and in Rhode Island.

When individuals who do not hold any background in sexuality education speak out in opposition because of their fear or prejudice, society becomes rooted in outdated beliefs and pseudo-science that do injustice to people everywhere. Furthermore, when those individuals personally and publicly attack those devoted to providing sex education with false and misinformed accusations, it not only hurts those who are defamed, but also the community at large.

We ask for an immediate retraction of the vilifying and inaccurate statements made by Ms. Margaret Brooks and Citizens Against Trafficking in their latest newsletter. We also ask that esteemed local universities such as URI and Bridgewater State continue to hold their employees to ethical standards of normal scientific inquiry and require that their faculty hold some modicum of expertise in a field of education before raising the public level of panic over it.

Megan Andelloux is available to answer any questions the press, Margaret Brooks, University of Rhode Island or Citizens Against Trafficking holds. Aida Manduley, the Chair of Brown University’s Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council and Brown University’s is available to discuss the upcoming Sex Week and sexuality workshops held at Brown University.

Signed,
Megan Andelloux
Shanna Katz
Reid Mihalko
Aida Manduley

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Events: Got Jealousy? + 50 Ways to Leave Your Sucky Lover

BOTH EVENTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Got Jealousy?

Monday, February 7 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Macmillan Hall, Room 115
167 Thayer St. / Providence, RI

A workshop/lecture about jealousy–that topic that so many experience, but so few talk about productively. Want to learn how to deal with jealousy, be it your own or someone else’s? Don’t miss this workshop!

When the Green-Eyed Monster rises from our emotional depths, we usually find ourselves powerless to stop its many arms from tearing our relationship-world apart. Well, not anymore! Join sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com for this crash-course on how you can kick jealousy in the gut before it kicks you!

In this unique workshop/lecture, you will learn…
– Where your jealousy (or another’s) comes from
– How to distinguish Envy, Possessiveness, Anger, Depression, and the four other arms of the “octopus” of Jealousy
– Valuable tools for dealing with each arm of the octopus, especially when it’s your partner who is being attacked!
– Tools for mitigating your “jealousy triggers”
– What the corresponding qualities are for each arm of jealousy and how to use them them to bring down the beast
– To dramatically decrease your feelings of dread and anxiety around jealousy, and lessen Jealousy’s grip on those you care about
– Ways to communicate to your loved ones how they can make your world a less jealous one
– Boundary and negotiation skills for improving your relationships no matter what emotions you’re experiencing!

If you’d given up on dealing with jealousy or resigned yourself to a life of powerlessness, please join us for what is sure to be an insightful and extremely useful journey into the uncharted seas of being empowered around Jealousy!

Tuesday, February 8 @ 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Salomon Hall, Room 202
Main Green, between Waterman St. and George St.

Is your friend dating someone totally wrong for them? Are you in a co-dependent relationship and want out? Is someone in your life on-and-off-and-on-and-complicated…again with a partner? Are you having tons of issues with your lover and don’t know what to do about it?

This workshop is for everyone who is, has been, or will be in relationships (and their friends!): you don’t want to miss this.

Fact of life is: BREAKUPS HAPPEN.
And sometimes not soon enough.
So check this out, and say no to spending V-Day with a douchebag!

In this workshop, join Reid Mihalko as we talk about:
1) How do you know if you’re in a bad relationship
2) How do you know it’s not salvageable and you should leave it
3) How to get out with class
4) How not to get sucked back in
5) How do deal with grief and move on in a healthy manner
6) How to support your friends who are in bad relationships

Who is Reid Mihalko?

Reid Mihalko (Brown class of ‘91.5) of www.ReidAboutSex.com helps adults create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives, no matter what their self-expression of those happen to be. Aside from being a facilitator and sex-educator, Reid has been a writer and producer on a number of films and television projects about sex and relationships, and appears regularly in the media.