Consent & Safewords

April 18, 2012 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Taboo Tabou - 2nd floor
854 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Taboo Tabou

Sexual consent seems simple. No means no, right? But what does consent look like in the context of various situations: on a date, with a significant other, with a spouse or during a BDSM scene? Is consent valid when given under the influence of alcohol or drugs? In real world situations the line between sexual consent and sexual coercion can easily become blurred.

In BDSM scenes, consent can be more difficult to define. Are safewords enough to determine and maintain consent? Can consent be revoked? Who is responsible for making sure consent is respected and everyone remains comfortable throughout the encounter? What are the advantages and pitfalls of BDSM contracts? How do you deal with a scene that goes wrong?

In this workshop we’ll define consent, examine common societal assumptions, discuss pre-negotiation techniques for vanilla and kink scenarios, learn how safewords work and look at the differences between kink and abuse. We’ll give you tools to help you set and respect sexual boundaries in any type of physical relationship. You’ll walk away with techniques for keeping consent sexy and with a fresh approach to creating safer, more satisfying sexual encounters.

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About the Instructors
Ken Melvoin-Berg is Chicago‘s premier pervert and resident sexstorian. His vast sexual knowledge and dirty mind come in very handy when he covers subjects such as: Japanese Rope Bondage, Electric toy play, Balloon Bondage, BDSM 101 and Networking for Kinky People. His personal passion for all things sex includes, but is not limited to: fetishes, swinging, pornography, fetish films, gangbangs, the History of Red Light Districts and sex, prostitution, dungeons and orgies. And did we mention sex?

He has been involved in various sex industries from modeling, porn, owning an S&M dungeon, campaigning for sex workers rights, organizing kinky social events, raising money for AIDS charities to teaching adult sex education/kink classes for the last two decades. In addition to giving tours and lecturing, he travels around the world teaching kink awareness to various private groups and continually develops new kink-friendly/sex positive classes. He is also responsible for the infamous Northwestern University Fucksaw incident when he was teaching his class Networking for Kinky People to the Human Sexuality class. No fucksaws were harmed during this event.

Sunny Megatron is a pleasure advocate, sex blogger, sexpert, adult sex educator and accidental superhero. Along with Ken, she is one of the infamous Northwestern Fucksaw Four and is the proud owner of that fucksaw heard around the world.

On any given weekend you can find Sunny hosting Red Light District Sex Tours and bachelorette parties for Weird Chicago Tours. She also teaches various sexuality workshops around the country including: Networking for Kinky People, BDSM 101, How to Give a World Class BlowJob, Exploring Non-Monogamy, ZAP! Electrical Play, The Female Orgasm, and Junk For Your Junk: Sex Toys 101.

Although Sunny covers various subjects, her specialties are the female orgasm and alternative sexuality— from LGBTQ topics to swinging, BDSM, nontraditional relationships, extreme toys, g-spot techniques and more. She particularly enjoys helping those curious about adding a little spice to their sex lives that aren’t sure where to begin.

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