Pleasure & Women’s Empowerment

Last month, I kicked off the December holidays with a trip to IDS for a workshop on Pleasure and Women’s Empowerment. From the get-go, I knew it was going to be a fun meeting. We started off with dinner and a conversation (as so many sexually pleasurable things do), where we got a chance to […]

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Live from the SSSS: Sexual Pleasure as a Positive Right

This week, I’m attending the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s annual meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Aside from being a beautiful place where the balmy ocean breezes are caressing my skin even as I type (and the sounds of Mexican karaoke are assailing my ears), it is home this week to a gathering […]

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Sexuality in Africa – deadline extended

If you’re like us, you may find that from time to time you’re running a little behind schedule. In case you were hoping to submit an abstract for the 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights – which has two abstract topic tracks relating to pleasure – you will be happy to know that […]

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Pleasure at IUSSP?

I have to apologize for the paucity of blog posts this week – I’ve been attending the IUSSP International Population Conference. While there is lots of talk of sex, and one might argue that, in fact, sex is one of the key factors influencing population (haha), the act of sex, desires, pleasures, and the like […]

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Turn ons and turn offs – anal sex and pregnancy

In the latest issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, a quarterly journal pubished by the Guttmacher Institute, there are two articles that focus on the role of pleasure and arousal in safer sex behaviors. One, “Women’s Experiences with Anal Sex: Motivations and Implications for STD Prevention,” found that women in the study often […]

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4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health & Rights – Call for Abstracts

The 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights will be held from February 8-12, 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find general information about the conference on their website, but what’s really great is that this year, positive sexuality is specifically mentioned in the conference objectives. The Call for Abstracts lists the following […]

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Desire, Pleasure, and Wellbeing – Call for Articles

Sexuality in Africa magazine has recently posted a call for articles for their Volume 6, Issue 1, which will focus on “Desire, Pleasure, and Wellbeing”. They write: Contributors to this volume are invited to examine the intersection between desire, pleasure and sexual right on the one hand, and sexual health and socio-cultural wellbeing on the […]

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Looking for a bit of pleasure in Bali?

Then don’t miss our sexy Satellite Session at ICAAP9 (The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific), featuring: • Sexing up safer sex, steamy (safer sex) film clips – Arushi Singh (The Pleasure Project) • Eroticizing safer sex in a devoutly Catholic country – Philippine sex columnist and radio host Anas (aka […]

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Workshop at Share-Net Meeting

On April 16, 2009, Wendy Knerr presented a Pleasure Project workshop to a Share-Net meeting in the Netherlands. Share-Net is the Dutch network of development organizations and individual consultants working in the field of sexual & reproductive health and rights, and HIV. Among those present were members of the Universal Access to the Female Condom […]

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Upcoming article in the journal “Development”

Look out for a new piece ‘Promoting Safer Sex Through Pleasure: Lessons from 15 countries’, due out in March. Read the flyer here.

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