POC & BDSM: WTF?
While some kinksters embrace their Leather lifestyle with ease and nary a look back, others of us face difficult paths towards the leather lifestyle that are fraught with many pitfalls. One's religious, cultural and racial heritage can add myriad layers and nuances to the process. Though some may view the Leather Community as a Utopian, Egalitarian enclave, it actually is a microcosm, full of all of the twists, turns, fears and hopes that haunt and inspire the rest of the world.
In this discussion, we will unpack some of the issues facing People of Color as their numbers grow within the public BDSM / Leather & Kink "Communities." Stereotyping? Exotification? Racism? Classism? "Not in our Community!" you say? Think again. Mollena will share her own experiences in coming to terms with being a black female with submissive and slave tendencies, and still reconciling those feelings with feelings of isolation, guilt, desire, loss and an intense need to be true to her path. EVERYONE is encouraged to attend; those POC who are already involved in kink are welcome to share their experiences! Those who have hesitated to wade in the waters of kinkiness are invited to ask ALL THE QUESTIONS and network with like minded folks!
Ticket Cost: $15
Mollena is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, Kink, Leather and BDSM Educator, Storyteller, fat Fetish Model and Activist. She has won awards for her writing as well as her contributions to the BDSM and Leather community as a presenter. She is proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010. Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Alternative Lifestyle events, to students at colleges and universities and to educational groups across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics. She has written for and been interviewed notably by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Newsweek, among other publications.
She is the author of the "Toybag Guide: Taboo Play." Mollena co-authored with Lee Harrington, "Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities" which is fast becoming the "go-to guide" for those curious about Alternative Lifestyles. Their book won the National Leather Association's 2012 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award. Three of her essays were finalists for the NLA's 2012 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article award: "Stop, Drop and Role! Erotic Role Playing" and "Digging in the Dirt The Lure of Taboo Role Play" appeared in "The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role-Play & The Erotic Edge edited by Tristan Taormino. Her essay "On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself" is the 2012 winner, and it originally appeared on her blog, The Perverted Negress. This makes her the winner of that award for two years in a row, as her essay "Tables Briefly Turned" won the NLA-I's 2011 Cynthia Slater Award.
Her essays appear in 3 anthologies curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel: "BDSM and Race Play" appears in "Best Sex Writing 2010," "Kiss my Boots" is featured in "The Lust Chronicles" and "Breath" is in the latest, in "Serving Him: Sexy Stories of Submission." Her challenging essay on "race play" is featured in"Spirit of Desire: Personal Journeys in Sacred Kink" edited by Lee Harrington.
You can listen to her podcast "Conversations with The Perverted Negress," find her blogging at The Perverted Negress (www.mollena.com), on Twitter as @Mollena and keep track of upcoming performances and appearances on her Travel Calendar.
Feelmore Adult Gallery (View)
1703 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|