November 1, 2010

Table Of Contents
1. Halloween Costume Decoder & Musings
2. November Classes/Events (SF, NYC, Baltimore, Chicago, Tokyo)
3. Rope Bondage Dojo: Registration opens Dec for Jan, SF Dojo
4.December Preview (San Francisco, Santa Cruz)
5. Project: Women's Words on Their Orgasms
6. My Weekly Columns, Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc.

1. HALLOWEEN COSTUME DECODER & MUSINGS

It's the Friday before Halloween, and strange creatures have invaded our towns. As the sun sets, and darkness envelop cities and villages alike, witches, vampires, zombies and Lady Gaga's rise to feed on brains and martinis.

Rooted in ancient celebration of life, magic and unseen mysteries, blending the Celtic, Roman, Christian and other European folkways, Halloween enjoyed a recent period of innocence as children's community-based festival. That is, until the poisoned and bladed apples turned up, created by real monsters living among us. Today, this masked fete's grown up, sexed up and gone international.

Growing up in Japan, I had only heard of Halloween and romanticized the exotic customs told to me by my American relatives. The masked and costumed spectacles sounded so fantastic - never mind that in Japan we had our own transformational festivals. Today, the dress up party aspect of Halloween has caught the imagination of adults in other countries, even those far from European traditions. Everyone shows up, longing for "Eyes Wide Shut" sexiness - but mostly finding 'Wicked' as done by 'the Simpsons'. (Imagine green as done by yellow on donuts.) As for the kids' trick-or-treating, that hasn't translated to other cultures so well. After all, in other countries, children going door to door begging for food in crowded urban apartment buildings would be either a) unimaginably impolite or b) a daily reality.

We flock at the opportunity of being something that we're not in our day-to-day lives. Ironically, we live in a time of near total identity fluidity in the digital realm. On line, we can be who ever or what ever we want to be. We delve deeper and deeper in the realm of constructed identities and go as far as to form communities based on our reinvented selves. I'm sure that the inventors of ARPANET didn't envision Second Life sex parties. We can anticipate future military technology of shape shifting will eventually be used for advanced dress-up sex parties. Ten inches can now be really ten inches.

We relish the masked parties and embrace the opportunity to unleash our alter egos upon the world. No need for deep psychoanalysis to see that we jump on this socially sanctioned occasion to show something of our own truths hidden under the daily masks of the role-play of responsible adulthood.

Wondering what your coworkers' costumes say about them? Here's a convenient costume decoder list for your amateur therapist pleasures...

Costume: Truth about them revealed:
Green Witch I feel misunderstood and resentful. Still.
French Maid I'm sexually frustrated
Super Hero 'Tighty whiteys are so boring!'
Dominatrix I'm sexually frustrated
Navi Warrior Super sex Smurf
Soldier I'm sexually frustrated
Giant Octopus Perverted sex fiend
Pirate I'm sexually frustrated
Lady Gaga I know you want to do me
Nurse / Doctor I'm sexually frustrated
Drag The shoes! The shoes! The shoes!
Vampire I'm sexually frustrated
Hooker I want to make an honest living
Zombie I'm sexually frustrated
Clown Sociopath

Have a fabulously spooky time

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS NOVEMBER: EVENTS (San Francisco, NYC, Baltimore, Chicago, Tokyo)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• Mon 11/1 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex" at Good Vibrations Polk St store

NEW YORK CITY, NY
Workshop at The Pleasure Chest 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014. Tel 212.242.2158
• Wed 11/3 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"

Workshop at Purple Passion
• Thurs 11/4 "Make 'em Blush, Make 'em Squirm: Erotic Humiliation Play"

Two classes at Coco De Mer 236 Elizabeth St (between E. Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012 Tel 212-966-9069 Salon tickets: call or book on line
• Tue 11/9 "Hands-on Japanese Rope Bondage"
• Wed 11/10 "Part 2 - Tricks to Please a Man. Male Erogenous Zones"

BALTIMORE MD
Two classes at Sugar Shop. 927 W. 36th St, Hampden, Baltimore MD. Tel: 410.467.2632

• Sun 11/7 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
• Mon 11/8 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"

CHICAGO, IL
• Sat 11/13 "Military & Interrogation Scenes" at Galleria Domain.
• Sun 11/14 "Hands-on Rope Body Harness" at Early To Bed Boutique 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. Tel: 773-271-1219

TOKYO, JAPAN
• Sat 11/20 Performing at the Japan Fetish Ball

• Sun 11/21 "Let's Learn Sex!" Special Class! Stay tuned for info in my Twitter, Facebook and online calendar entries.
RSVP: Kamadamonica@yahoo.co.jp
· Wed 11/24 "JoyStick Secrets"Class at Love Piece Club. Details soon!

• Other adventures and impromptu events and gatherings in the works! Details to be posted on my Twitter & Facebook pages.

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3. ROPE DOJO REGISRATION OPENS!

The next Rope Bondage Dojo® weekend intensive will be January 15-16, 2011 in San Francisco.

Online registration opens Wednesday December 1st, 2010, 8am, Pacific Time.

Info & Registration: www.RopeDojo.com

Space Limited: 30 students
Cost: $375 /singles, $650/pair

Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Must be able to tie your shoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be appropriately challenged.

Includes: 16+ hours of intensive training from four Dojo Cadres. Emphasis will be on balanced education focusing on "Heart-Mind-Hand" approach, covering rope skills, scene managements, psychology, history and more for both those who tie and those who are tied.

Included: Saturday night play party, lunches, afternoon snacks & other goodies

For more information see the curriculum and FAQ at www.RopeDojo.com

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4. PREVIEW: DECEMBER CLASSES / EVENTS (San Francisco, Santa Cruz,

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

• Tue 12/7 "Bedroom Body Moves: From Stripping to Seduction to Sex (and everything in between!)" at The Citadel.
• Sun 12/12, "Rope Dance: Passionate Dynamic Movements""
Door at 1:30pm. Class 2pm - 5pm. $30 for solo students, $50 for pairs at The Citadel.

SANTA CRUZ
• Wed 12/15 Class at Pure Pleasure boutique

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5. PROJECT: WOMEN'S WORDS ON THEIR ORGASMS

Women, would you consider being a part of a very special book project? I am turning to all the wonderful women out there for some frank and down-to-earth contributions. I am collecting women's first-person accounts of the detailed physical experience of orgasms. I'm really hoping that some of you can help me out with this. Feel free to pass it on to any women who might be interested.

Details - I am seeking first person descriptions from women about their orgasms.

  • Who: You are a woman, 18 years or older, who have experienced one or more variety of orgasms. (Transwomen! I want your unique perspectives too!)
  • What: Essay of clear and detailed description of your orgasm, from start to finish, focusing on the physical experience, expressed in your own words. When does it start? What's the hint of it? Where does it start? How does it move through your body? What sort of sensations? Imagine trying to illustrate your orgasm to a person who's never had it. This is not about what your partner is doing to you, what they are saying nor euphemistic description of romance or lust.
  • If you have more than one type of orgasm, each variety would be written in a separate essay piece.
  • How Long? As long as it takes for you to describe it. It may be a couple of paragraphs or couple of pages.
  • Credit line: How would you like your essay to be credited? You'll have one or two lines
  • Editing: At most I will edit for grammar, spelling and readability. I want to keep it as true to your original narrative and tone as possible.
  • Send to midori at fhp-inc dot com
  • Perma link for this project: Midori's Live Journal
  • Thank you!

    Midori

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    6. WEEKLY COLUMNS & THE DIGITAL BACK ALLEYS

    Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!

    Regular Articles:
    SexIs column

    Social Networking Sites:
    Twitter @PlanetMidori
    Personal Blog
    Sexuality Q&A
    Facebook
    FetLife Midori_SF ("Midori's Lounge" is my group there)
    Kink Q&A
    Facebook"MySpace" (although I'm rarely there)