What a Beautiful Life: The Fulfillment of Failure

February 14, 2018 4:30 pm Can you imagine things going right on the first try? It would be fantastically … boring! Just picture sitting down to center clay on the pottery wheel. Your hands wrap around the mud. Your foot hits the pedal. And within seconds, the job is done. Instead of clay flying out […] More
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5 Fascinating Facts About Love

With Valentine’s Day upon us, many folks have love on the brain—so let’s
talk about the science of love! In the video below, I’ve compiled five of
the most fascinating things researchers have found by studying loving
relationships. Enjoy!
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NCSF is Coming to Atlanta for our 21st Anniversary Celebration!

Annual Coalition Partner Meeting

Friday March 9th 10 am – 6pm

Atlanta GA

@ Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport, 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA

The NCSF Annual Coalition Partner Meeting is for representatives of the Coalition Partners and the NCSF Board and Staff members to come together to discuss the year-end reports on NCSF projects and programs, and to set goals for the coming year. The NCSF Board members are elected at the annual meeting, and the budget and financials are approved.

The NCSF Annual CP Meeting is open to all members of NCSF and its member organizations. The Annual CP Meeting will also be available via video conferencing. Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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to receive the details.

NCSF will be participating in events throughout the weekend in Atlanta:

Rope Bite at 1763 – Celebrate NCSF’s 21st Birthday!

http://www.1763.net/Atlanta_Bound.html

“Rope Bite @Nite” is a rope-centric event held the second Saturday of each month at 1763 from 8-2pm. The evening starts out with a class and demo focused on rope education and then evolves into the Decadence play party. NCSF Board Members and staff will bring a birthday cake to celebrate our 21st anniversary with Rope Bite members!

LLC, the Leadership Conference – Workshops and an Award!

www.leatherleadership.org

NCSF is proud to be receiving the “Leadership in Action” Award at LLC which is designed to recognize the people who have contributed their skills, time and effort into sharing with and being supportive of our community. NCSF Board Members and Staff will be attending and participating in the Leadership Conference with 3 workshops planned. For those who want to attend LLC, go here to register and get a discounted hotel room rate:

Atlanta Poly – Consent Counts with NCSF!

https://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Polyamory/events/244565128/

https://www.facebook.com/events/125748568217619/

https://fetlife.com/events/620502

This is a chance for the polyamory community in Atlanta to get together and discuss our experiences in a roundtable discussion. It is also an opportunity for newcomers to learn all about polyamory. March’s topic of discussion will be Consent Counts with a representative from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. There will also be a bonus opportunity to discuss how to find a kink/poly-aware mental health professional with our very own Nickie Fuentes (facilitator of the Lilburn support group and Atlanta Poly sponsor).

For those who are interested in running for the Board of NCSF or volunteering, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Where can a Black polyamorous woman feel safe to look for love?

The Daily Dot

For polyamorous communities to become more accepting, organizers need to look to the inclusivity and discussions created on these blogs. They need to create groups and meetups without the idea of what the polyamorous community “should” or “is expected” to look like. The idea that polyamory is a “white thing” has been ingrained in our culture for so long that group creators, intentionally or not, might not think about what rules and word choices make people of color feel ostracized.

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Meet The Dominatrix Who Requires The Men Who Hire Her To Read Black Feminist Theory

Huffington Post

Eventually, I realized, wow, I’m emotionally invested in my clients. They’re getting this safe space. The ways that patriarchy impacts men, they can’t really be submissive in a lot of contexts. They come to me looking for a safe space to explore the parts of them that may not be seen as masculine, or they might have a lot of shame around. They may not have opportunities to be their full selves in a lot of ways, including sexually, because of those societal constraints.

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Reviewers are happy to be free of the film franchise based on E.L. James' novels.

Hollywood Reporter

Ana’s newfound playfulness is thanks, in part, to Johnson. Critics across the board agreed that the lead actress’ performance is the film’s only redeemable quality. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone writes that the action-packed plot “does give Johnson — a clever actress who deserves much better — a reprieve from getting trussed up naked and pawed by her costar.” The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee praises Johnson for remaining “a compelling presence, trying her darnedest with lifeless words, but, again, she’s stranded by the energy-sucking vortex of nothingness that is Jamie Dornan. He’s better than this (as he has shown with menace in The Fall) but he knows it and his boredom is lazily apparent throughout.”

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What Is BDSM? A Sex Expert Reveals Exactly What It Means

Elite Daily

“[Ask yourself questions like] What are the goals of each of you in this BDSM relationship. Is it 24/7? Is it habitual? Are you both aware and respecting of your boundaries and intentions? Have you communicated your needs before and after play or scenes?” advises Jean. “There are many things to think about before you dive head first into a power dynamic relationship. The control — or lack of control — can be intoxicating, though it comes with much responsibility.”

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More Children Are Born–But Not Conceived–On Valentine’s Day

Most people would probably assume that Valentine’s Day is linked to an
increase in pregnancies. I mean, given the nature of this holiday and the
emphasis on celebrating sex and romance, that would only make intuitive
sense, right? Surprisingly, however, it’s not supported by the data. If it
were, the birth rate would increase nine months later, but it doesn’t—in
fact, we actually see one of the lowest birth rates in November.

By contrast, what we do see on Valentine’s Day is a consistent spike in
births. In other words, the evidence doesn’t point to more babies being
conceived on Valentine’s Day, but it does point to more babies being born
on it.
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Joanna Angel: Night Shift, Burning Angel & Staying Punk AF – American Sex Podcast Ep 28

Joanna Angel talks with Sunny & Ken about her first book–a choose your own adventure style erotica novel Called Night Shift: A Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy, the universal need for raunchy dirty stranger sex, the Burning Angel origin (hilarious & amazing), & how to keep your punk rock heart strong while running a successful […]

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Popular Polyamory: A Berkeley Psychologist Seeks to Bring the Non-Monogamous Into the Fold

Cal Alumni – UC Berkeley

Now, Schechinger is leading an effort to get the American Psychological Association to create a task force on CNM relationships as part of the APA’s Division 44 (also known as the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues). Division 44’s mission is to study “sexual minorities and individuals” so their particular psychological needs can be addressed.

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