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The Pleasure Project is a little bit excited to announce that there is  a new pleasure publication out, and (ah hum) we have written a chapter in his exciting book that highlight the importance of pleasure’.  Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure’ published by Zed and edited by the formidable trio of Cornwall, Jolly and Hawkins…. . We give our  new view of harm reduction and the possibilities of good safe sex in porn and some of the wonderful people who do just that. We quote a few brilliant dirty writers who always do it safe to show how much the safer sex world has to learn about pleasure from the pleasure world.

The book is filled with pleasure propogandists talking good sense such as Jo Doezema who busts some myths about sex workers and pleasure, such as ….they never getting it at work or that sex work is  ‘easy money’. Jo talks aboutthe evidence that sex workers experiences of pleasure can be linked to their amount of control at work and how sex workers as ‘pleasure professionals’ have a huge amount of skills to teach non sex workers about pleasure, something we could not agree more with at Pleasure Towers as the best good safe sex skills can always be traced back to a sex worker. Alice Welbourne does her own myth busting about pleasure after an HIV diagnosis and Lorna Couldrick and Alex Cowan highlight the assumptions that people with disability are often seen an non sexual.

There are also a few fantastic chapters about sex education as it is and as it should be in Nigeria, Malawi , Uganda and Turkey. As Xiaopeu He wonderfully sims it up by ending  her chapter.

‘these exciting stories, erotic desires and colourful lives..and the boundary breaking good humour with which they are shared motivate……the collective struggle for rights to pleasure’

Hear Hear

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imgorgeous_145Last 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 meet all of the different participants who’d come from around the world. We got into some serious conversations pretty quickly… “Do you want sexual pleasure all of the time?”, “Is BDSM an internalization of social norms?”… let’s just say I knew it wasn’t going to be a boring workshop.

Over the course of the three days, we heard many perspectives on sexuality, pleasure, empowerment, women, gender, and more. And yet, even with diverse participants coming from different areas of work, backgrounds, countries, and professions, we still found an impressive amount of common ground.

Here are some of the biggest points for me:

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