Sandra Fluke's in town! As are the pro-life crazies! Your week in sexy events

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40 years ago, a historic ruling gave us control over our own reproductive health. This week, a female state representative in New Mexico proposed banning abortions after rape to preserve police evidence. Shiver. Feel like a protest?

You're in luck because this weekend, various groups all claiming to represent the best in women's interests will be marking Roe vs. Wade's historic judgement. But wait, will you attend the pro-choice carnival, the pro-choice flash mob, the anti-choice rally and march, or the pro-choice, anti-porn counter-demonstration? They are all happening this Saturday morning and early afternoon in Justin Herman Plaza. (Rebecca Bowe broke this story on our site over at the Politics blog, BTW.) We suggest being there, at least to watch the drama unfold. Happily, at least for the moment, choice is alive and well when it comes to weekend activism! 

Here's the breakdown: 

Women, Life, and Liberty rally and celebration

Cuteness personified. This family-friendly gathering organized by 25 Bay Area women's and reproductive rights groups will feature balloon artists, face-painting -- and an address by Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University grad student who stared woman-hating Republican assholes in their beady eyes and emerged victorious, with the President on her side and a nation of newly-galvanized feminists sharpening their talons on her behalf. Rose Aguilar of KALW Radio will emcee. Come out, show up for your rights.  

Sat/26, 10am-noon, free. Justin Herman Plaza, SF. www.oursilverribbon.org

Her Rising Flash Mob

Of course there's a flash mob -- Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, director of Oakland's Dancing Without Borders told Bowe that she expects 400-500 dancers for the event, part of a worldwide call for women to speak out against violence against them on this particular day. Practices are already over, but the mass of bodies in motion should be a gorgeous sight, one that will steel you for the next item on our list... 

Sat/26, 11:30am, free. Justin Herman Plaza, SF. www.herrising.org

Walk For Life rally and march/Stop Patriarchy counter protest

Shiver. For the ninth year, San Francisco pro-lifers are organizing so that busloads of social conservatives from all over the West Coast and Mid-West will be converging on San Francisco. This from the Walk For Life website: "We are thrilled and honored to be able to announce that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States will be attending the Walk for Life West Coast on January 26 and reading a message from Pope Benedict XVI!"

Bay area group Stop Patriarchy is organizing a counter-protest, but big-ass asterisk on that one because that group, which does fight against attacks on abortion rights, includes the existence of pornography in its definition of the war on women and we are obvs not down with that characterization. Porn and reproductive agency for all! 

Sat/26, rally 12:30-1:30pm, walk 1:30pm, free. Justin Herman Plaza, SF. www.walkforlifewc.com 

And yes! There are other, sexier sex events happening this week too! 

Kinky Speed Dating 

Sponsored by the all-knowledgable BDSM education group Society of Janus, this session still has space for female bottoms who are looking to pair up with a male top (it's part of an SOJ series that focuses on different genders and orientations during different sessions.) You'll have the opportunity to meet 15 potential playmates, and receive the FetLife handle of those who are interested in you at the end of the speed rounds of sexy chit-chat. Conversation starters will be provided for those not well-versed in pervy small talk. 

Sat/26, 3-5pm, $10-15. Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, SF. www.sexandculture.org

"Pleasure Yoga For Women" workshop/Naked Yoga at Eros

It's all about the breathe -- during yoga, obviously, but perhaps proper respiration is the key to healthy sensuality as well? The concept is explored at this one-off seminar for women, meant to promote sexual confidence and the ability to recognize what turns you on and fulfills you for real. Men folk, we don't mean to leave you all tense and unflexible on this one: males of all sexual orientations are invited every Tuesday to Castro sex club Eros for naked yoga class -- the class isn't supposed to be a place to cruise, but rather a place for the menfolk to connect on another level of sexual health. 

Workshop: Sun/27, 2-6pm, $65. Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, SF. www.sexandculture.org. Naked Yoga For Men: every Tuesday, 6pm, suggested donation. Eros, 2051 Castro, SF. www.erossf.com

Dirty Talk and Roleplay with Chloe Camilla

I just went to see the drag production of Sex and the City currently playing at Rebel. In it, the voluptous Lady Bear presents a Miranda that is momentarily bewildered by a lover who demands she talk dirty in bed. After chatting it over with the girls she gives it a go. Lo and behold! Miranda finds that sensual verbosity is a huge turn-on, and that she's really good at it. You just have to take the plunge, which is exactly what the pervy-adorable Chloe Camilla will be aiding and abetting at her Kink.com workshop next week. Look, discuss with Carrie over lunch and give it a go. 

Jan. 31, 7:30pm, $35. SF Armory, 1800 Mission, SF. tickets.armorystudios.com

Comments

If you call them "pro-life," then what does that make me? pro-death. No!! I am pro-choice b/c I am pro-life. I know that if abortion is made illegal or inaccessible, then women will take things into their own hands and attempt back alley abortions resulting in MORE women dying.

if you want to prevent abortion - fund comprehensive sex ed, fund free and confidential access to birth control, fund programs that empower women to say NO and programs to FIGHT/PREVENT rape.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12:10 am

The Band of feminists (most likely don't call themselves feminists b/c the younger generation doesn't like to be labelled and everyone is equal but they support women's equality which is what a feminist is) is GROWING

revived by attacks on birth control, led by new leaders like Sandra Fluke and Tiffany Shlain.

and most feminists are PRO-sex. We have our birth control. We know how to prevent STDs. We enjoy sex. When you are worried about STDs and pregnancy, sex is not so fun.

There will be feet stamping but that will be a beautiful dance with one billion rising, celebrating women.

Screech? there will be singing. there will be speeches about rising, standing up, being counted.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12:15 am

Needed: A new generation of men and women who are not going to accept the enslavement and degradation of women in any form, anywhere around the world.

If a woman cannot choose for herself when and if she can have children, she has no more rights than a slave. Abortion is now more stigmatized, more difficult to provide and more difficult to access. To force a woman to carry a child she doesn't want is tantamount to rape, as it is control and ownership over a woman's body. This is why you see so many politicians who are anti abortion also making pro rape comments. . But we can turn this tide and a big part of that HAS to be visually countering-protesting the anti abortion movement and saying boldly " Abortion On Demand And Without Apology."

Why would people who are against the enslavement and degradation of women opposed to pornography? Because this is a different side of the same coin, pornography treats women as things, thing to be used and fucked and is a visual and sexualized celebration of violence against women. If you can't imagine sex, w/out porn you are f*Cked.

To participate in confronting the anti's, it is not a requirement that you agree with the organization position on pornography. If you are someone who cares about the lives of millions of girls and women, are outraged at the ways women are being denied their humanity, there is a place for you. We need to be able to have principle dialogue about pornography, about sex, about what the problem is and what the solution is while standing shoulder to shoulder in our fight for a different future.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

Nobody anticipated that post Roe v. Wade, that our opponents would organize every Sunday morning with a tax subsidy.

That became apparent in the 1990s and is clear now.

It will take organizing on Sunday AND Saturday for pro-choice people to begin to turn back the tide.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 25, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

None. There is no possibility of abortion rights being reversed in this state. Anyone who says there is is trying to raise money off a non-existent "threat." Last year California EXPANDED access to abortion by allowing non-physicians to carry out certain types of abortions. Abortion is readily available to women in almost every part of California. It's just not an issue here.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 25, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

It was not an issue in mid America until Janet Reno declined to stop the wave of terror and now abortion is not available to women in 2/3 of US counties.

Eternal vigilance is required, but the nonprofits also try to raise money to keep them employed at not being eternally vigilant as well.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 25, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

That is a puzzling post.

For the AG to get involved wouldn't there have to be some interstate antics by some individuals or groups?

I remember the fringe left saying there was some organized doctor attacks and whatnot but it all really seemed to be some individual pro-lifers who went off the hook.

If some dude goes nuts and shoots a doc thats a local police thing, the FBI can provide some support. I don't recall any "Randall Terry made me do it confessions.

By the way, have not heard much from that asshole Randall Terry in some time.

Also keep in mind, if the AG starts going all cointelpro on the right its OK?

Posted by matlock on Jan. 26, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

These are a few of my favorite things...There were websites that targeted providers by name and provided names and addresses.

There was plenty of federal peg for Reno to hang her hat on but the feds sat by while a coordinated violent campaign of intimidation drove providers out of business.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 26, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

They probably exist still in some form.

The free speech angle there is it is not OK to say "I am going to kill you," it is not OK to say "I want to see you dead."

Also there was no connection between the web pages, just some lonely crazy losers.

I remember this whole debate and I don't think you have much there constitutionally for Reno to act.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 26, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

Magical world where the fed is not responsible for stopping domestic terrorism? Ruby Ridge? Waco? Hello?

Posted by marcos on Jan. 26, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

I meant to say

The free speech angle there is it is not OK to say "I am going to kill you," it is OK to say "I want to see you dead."

anyways.

Ruby Ridge? Waco? and both were fiasco's.

Putting up a web page saying I wish someone was dead is free speech, there also doesn't seem to be any conspiracy, just some lone nuts.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 26, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

While Roe v. Wade still stands, state and local governments are eroding abortion rights.

I thought the purpose of today's rally was to counter the anti-abortion march. But at 12, there was no announcement onstage about a counter march and the event at Justin Herman Plaza was over. A small but committed group marched to Powell and Market to counter the much larger anti-abortion group, whose philosophy stems from an irrational belief in a death cult based on mythology. Creepy.

Posted by Eddie on Jan. 26, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

“If you’re trapped in the dream of the Other, you’re fucked.” — Gilles Deleuze

Posted by marcos on Jan. 30, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

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