August 1, 2009

1. Sex-toy Personality Profiling

2. Forte Femme Weekend: Women's Dominance Intensive in SF
3. August classes/events (Seattle, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Chicago)
4. Preview September classes/events (Santa Clara, Edmonton, Columbus OH, San Francisco, Minneapolis, London UK)
5. On Twitter now, and Other On-line Haunts: Twitter, FetLife, Yahoo, Tribe, FaceBook etc.

1. SEX-TOY PERSONALITY PROFILING

What do your choices in sex toy purchases say about you?

I just read a fanciful article about the beer choice analysis of the White House "beer summit."

a cold one at the white house

It's so true that our beverage choices express a ton about our character. Just ask any coffee snob, beer aficionado or vinophile. Vacuum percolated single estate sustainable coffee or Folgers? A bottle of Krug Clos du Mesnil or a California bubbly? Craft beer or Bud?
Perhaps you could go as far as to say that one's life philosophy is reflected in that simple liquid you hold in your cup, glass or mug, and how you imbibe it. This is a common enough tableside discussion where ever friends of discerning (fussy) palates gather.

So I think it's about time that we drag our sex toys out of the closet and subject them to the same connoisseur jousting. Presenting at so many high-end pleasure boutiques, I'm privy to debates on the merits and flaws of toys among shopkeepers as well as consumers. When it comes down to it, though, these discussions say more about one's priorities in life.

It used to be that there weren't many choices, even if you wanted them. You slinked into some sleazy shop and bought something that you hoped would give you some amusement before it fell apart. Well, those days are long gone and we've got choices up to our ears.

Today your sex toy decisions go beyond price or battery vs. plug-in - it's going to reflect your worldly concerns. You're likely to take in the same considerations as you would in buying a car or making home improvements. Do you care about the economy, labor practices, identity politics, personal health and fitness, aesthetics, or the environment?

All these decision factors just for a vibrator? Really?
Really.
You may not know it but your sex toys speak volumes about you.

When you pull out a silicone dildo, or a jelly vinyl dildo, what impression are you making with your lover?
Here are the signals you just might be sending... Think of this as my version of the sex toy profiling for lovers.

Silicone toys: "Our health matters. I'm not about to expose you to icky, cancer-causing Phthalates", "Quality snob"

German made silicone dildo: "I crave well-engineered everything", "Form and function rules", "The Global economy is the new market place", "I get off on reading the phone-book sized user manual in 15 different EU languages."

American indie company silicone dildos: "Think globally, shag locally", "There's more to US manufacturing than Detroit", "OMG, I can't even imagine what's in those Chinese made items. Remember the pet food contamination?", "I can't afford the exchange rate. Have you seen the US dollar drop?"

Glass dildoes: "Objet d'Art = schwing", "A deep-seated hidden desire for danger"

Sustainable wood dongs: "Love the warmth and softness of things natural!", "It's all about sustainable harvest, baby!", "Make me one with Mother Earth", "X-rated tree-hugger"Silicone toys: "Our health matters. I'm not about to expose you to icky, cancer-causing Phthalates", "Quality snob"

Hand-crank vibes: "Alternative energy rocks", "I'm Amish"

USB charged, iPod compatible vibes: Glamour geek and gadget whore, "I worship at the temple of Mac", "I love my orgasm breaks between Tweets"

Solar charged vibes: "I'm outdoorsy", "Global warming? No problem!" "I'm a crazy survivalist - Lets do it in a yurt."

Jelly vinyl dong made in China: "Clueless, insensitive, cheap bastard"

And the list goes on...
Send me your entry to add to the Sex-Toy Personality Profiler! I can't wait to see them.

Wishing you peace and pleasure.

Midori

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2. FORTE FEMME: WOMEN'S SENSUAL DOMINANCE INTENSIVE

Forte Femme returns to San Francisco!
This very special immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.

SAN FRANCISCO Forte Femme
When: Fri 8/14 through Sun 8/16 (Fri, 7pm - 10pm, Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 9am - 6pm)
Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.
Cost: $650/per person.
Register: Advanced registration required. Go to www.FHP-inc.com

Weekend Detail:

Join Midori for this special women's weekend intensive of instruction and fun! The class is limited to 10 women to ensure the highest quality tutelage. Experience a most unique, in-depth program on how to bring the joys of sensual power play to your relationship.

Expanding on Midori's ever-popular class "The Art of Feminine Dominance," you'll be fully tutored through a series of personalized instruction, practice, discussions and demonstrations. Midori believes in a compassionate approach of education focusing on "Head-Heart-and-Hands", to go beyond merely focusing on the technique or formulaic scripts.

Find your authentic inner femme power! Through exploration of safe and effective techniques with emphasis on connections with your partner, fortified with individual attention and guidance, you'll learn the full scope of creating an amazing experience for you and your partner.

During this immersion retreat, you'll learn creative negotiation, scene setting, special equipment, play techniques including flogging, various bondage types and more. You will also explore emotional and psychological issues of loving SM in a healthy relationship.

If you have a partner, they are encouraged to join in the Lab segment on Sunday afternoon.

Included: Workbook, morning coffee & nosh, lunch, afternoon snacks, fun goodies, plus optional guided field trip into San Francisco.

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3. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS AUGUST: (Santa Cruz, LA, Berkeley, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Rafael, Victoria Canada, Seattle)

SEATTLE

• 8/1 - 8/2 Rope Bondage Dojo, Stage 1, Weekend Intensive. Preregistration required. RopeDojo.com.

• Sun 8/2 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Babeland, Class sells out fast, so register early. Tel. 206.328.2914.

SANTA CRUZ, CA

• Wed 8/5 "Hands-on Rope Body Harnesses" at Pure Pleasure Boutique. 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

SAN FRANCISCO

• Sat 8/8 "Playing with the Family Jewels: CBT!" at Mr. S Leathers, 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. tel: (415) 863-7764

• Tue 8/11 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Steamy, Easy Sex Bondage" at Good Vibrations, on Polk St. 620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street) San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 345-040

• 8/14 - 16 Forte Femme: Women's Sensual Dominance Weekend Intensive. (See info in above paragraph) Info & registration at: fhp-inc.com/classes.

• Sat 8/21 Performance art piece at Femina Potens Gallery for the "Art of Restraint" evening soiree. It's one of my infamous art-pranks. Info: Femina Potens Tickets

MILWAUKEE

• Sun 8/23 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at the Tool Shed shop. 2427 N. Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Tel. 414-906-5304

• Sat 8/29 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at the Tool Shed shop. 2427 N. Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Tel. 414-906-5304

CHICAGO

• Mon 8/24 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at The Pleasure Chest, 3436 North Lincoln Avenue. Tel: 773.525.7151

• Tue 8/25 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at The Pleasure Chest, 3436 North Lincoln Avenue. Tel: 773.525.7151

• Wed 8/26 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at The Pleasure Chest, 3436 North Lincoln Avenue. Tel: 773.525.7151

• Thr 8/27 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" at Early To Bed. 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. on Chicago's north side, right off Lake Shore Drive at the Foster exit Tel: 773-271-1219 or toll free at 866-585-2BED (2233).

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4. PREVIEW: SEPTEMBER CLASSES / EVENTS (Santa Clara, Edmonton, Columbus OH, San Francisco, Minneapolis, London UK)

SANTA CLARA, CA

• Wed 9/2 "Flogging: Hands-on Skill Improvement" at at The Edges.

EDMONTON, CANADA

Sat 9/5 Two classes for C.O.P.E..
· "Eroticizing Pain"

· "Rope Dance: Dynamic Passionate Movements"


Sun 9/6 Two classes for The Traveling Tickle Trunk. · "Eroticizing Pain"

• "Rope Dance: Dynamic Passionate Movements"

COLUMBUS, OH

· 9/11 - 9/12 Two classes for Central Ohio Perversion Excursion event.



SAN FRANCISCO

· 9/4 - 9/27 Solo art exhibition at at Femina Potens Gallery.


· Sat 9/19 talk and show reception for Femina Potens Gallery.


· Mon 9/20 Author's meet & greet at the new kink themed coffee shop, Wicked Grounds.


• Tue 9/22 "Beyond Twisted: Kink Outside the Box" at the Citadel.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Series of classes for Smitten Kitten Boutique
· Thr 9/24 "JoyStick Secrets: How To Thrill a Man"

· Fri 9/25 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"

• Sat 9/26 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her"

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5. TWITTER AND OTHER DIGITAL GHETTOS I LURK ABOUT IN

I admit it. I'm an addict now. You'll find me on Twitter as @PlanetMidori Connect up with me there! Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
Fet Life Midori_SF
My Space
Tribe


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