by Princess Kali
I remember scheduling the Sex Blogger Calendar Release Party Weekend for October 1st at the start of this year. It seemed like it was ages away, and as the months have gone by it still felt off in the distance of my calendar.
A few weeks ago, here at Fearless Press we geared up for the series of sexy events with our special coverage section, and then suddenly the time had come, to head to New York City and socialize with the who’s who of the sexuality world!
For us, the weekend festivities started with a video shoot for the Kink Academy website, a Thursday afternoon of bondage and education. Then, the evening progressed to an “Intimate Evening with Carol Queen” attended by special invitation only. Cocktails, conversations and a stimulating discussion about privacy issues surrounding blogging and talking about sexuality publicly made the event a particular pleasure to be at.
The absolutely amazing Carol Queen led the discussion which brought up such problems as “what does it mean to post your real identity verses using a pseudonym?” and “how can our families and loved ones be affected by our choice to blog/educate/ talk about sexuality experiences?” and so much more. It was an inspiring night and I was appreciative for the opportunity to talk with bloggers and other activists that I had met online, as well as ones that I wasn’t already familiar with.
Friday brought more Kink Academy video shoots and then the “big event”. At 6:30pm the festivities kicked off for the official release party, and the place was absolutely packed! There was so much networking, socializing and sexy fabulousness going on it got kind of hard to keep track (well, that plus I only had 3 hours of sleep from the night before!). Bloggers from all over the country had come in, as well as fan’s of bloggers, to enjoy the performances (including Nina Hartley!) and keep their fingers crossed to win something in the raffle. I ended up at the NJOY after-party (quite by accident, but I was ecstatic to find the pizza when I got there ;) where there was more networking and socializing before the night finally ended with the New York City bars full and my feet aching.
But that wasn’t all, Saturday was full of sexy kinky happenings too, including our very own Kink Academy Open House. A free afternoon filled with live demonstrations by our faculty members along with video clips projected on the wall and computer’s to explore the website. With fun games (including a banana blow job competition and fast-tie face off) that saw attendee’s going home with some amazing prizes like; an NJOY Purewand, a double ended dildo donated by Trinity Romance, a couple of bible purses and Scene Starter decks and more. Mini cupcakes finished the event off and everyone headed for some rest before hitting the last get together of the weekend.
Cinekink ‘Bite the Apple’ finished Saturday off, with a selection of erotic films featuring directors from New York City. I’ve known about this unique film festival forever but scheduling had always kept me from attending, so I was happy to finally be able to attend. Very provocative, moody and sensual films were shown to an audience that had an energy of winding down after an exhausting few days. It was a wonderful end to a weekend of events that totally lived up to the hype.
Didn’t get a chance to attend? Check out our Special Coverage page to see video clips, tweets, and a round-up of photo galleries and blog posts.