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NCSF & LAM Present…

legal gavel medium (300x200)The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Leather Archives & Museum proudly present:
“BDSM? Erotic Play? What Are the Legal Risks?”

 

Where: Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

When: Saturday, October 19th from 2:30-5 p.m.
followed by a
wine and cheese reception for the benefit of LA&M and NCSF from 5-7 p.m.

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Job Opportunities at Good Vibrations

gvLogo_4-1-13Job Opportunities at Good Vibrations

Why work for Good Vibrations?

Our employees love working at Good Vibrations, voting us as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area in the San Francisco Business Times. We have a strong work ethic, a casual, yet dynamic work environment, and the opportunity to positively transform our society’s attitudes about sex. Good Vibrations values diversity, including all manifestations of gender and sexual orientation in the fulfillment of our sex-positive mission.

Interested applicants, for any of the positions listed below, please email resume@goodvibes.com and indicate if you are applying for Full Time
or Part Time and which location.

Good Vibrations seeking exceptional Sales Associates & Assistant Manager for Good Vibrations store (Palo Alto)

Good Vibrations is the industry leader for over 3 decades providing quality adult products and non-judgmental sex-positive education to enhance our customers’ lives.

We are looking for very friendly, extremely outgoing, motivated, high energy sales associates with a proven track record in retail sales and a passion for exemplary customer service for our newest store in Palo Alto opening soon!

Our ideal candidates will be reliable, dependable, confident in their up-selling and cross-selling skills.

They should have recent experience accurately performing retail processes such as cash handling, processing credit card transactions, communicating offers, promotions, loyalty programs, returns policy, opening/closing registers, re-stock the store and perform daily cleaning tasks in a team oriented retail environment.

Candidates with strong communication skills and non-judgmental comfort with sexuality are essential.

Interested applicants with weekend and evening availability are most desired.

We are looking to fill Full Time and Part Time Sales Associate positions for our new Palo Alto store. We are also seeking to fill an Assistant Manager position.

The rate of pay for our Sales Associate & Assistant Manager is $12.25 – $15.00 per hour Depending on Experience.

Bilingual Spanish/English a plus

Please provide your schedule availability when applying. Applicants MUST BE AVAILABLE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS

The store hours listed may vary.

DAYS OF THE WEEK HOURS NEEDED:
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

EXAMPLE OF YOUR AVAILABILITY: 10AM-10:30PM

To apply send us your cover letter, resume and answers to the below questions in the body of the email reply, as a PDF or an MS Word attachment. Please include “PALO ALTO” & position you are applying for in the subject line.

** Resumes submitted without answers to the questions below will not be considered. **

  1. Describe in detail your retail experience and what things you enjoy about working in a retail environment?
  2. What types of Point of Sale (POS) register and computer skills do you have? Please describe how you have performed these in your retail experience.
  3. Please tell us about your customer service philosophy.
  4. We deal in a subject that is highly charged for many people. Have you had any training or experience working and communicating with people non-judgmentally about human sexuality and anatomy? For example, college courses, seminars, workshops? Please describe.
  5. What would you like us to know about your retail skills and work style? What do you consider to be your strengths and what are your challenges working in a retail environment?
  6. When you first read or heard about this job, what did you find most appealing?

Deadline: Open Until Filled.

Due to the large volume of interest we receive, we are unable to answer questions regarding applications.

Good Vibrations seeking exceptional Sales Associates (SF Stores)

Good Vibrations is the industry leader for over 3 decades providing quality adult products and non-judgmental sex-positive education to enhance our customers’ lives.

We are looking for very friendly, extremely outgoing, motivated, high energy sales associates with a proven track record in retail sales and a passion for exemplary customer service.

Our ideal candidates will be reliable, dependable, confident in their up-selling and cross-selling skills.

They should have recent experience accurately performing retail processes such as cash handling, processing credit card transactions, communicating offers, promotions, loyalty programs, returns policy, opening/closing registers, re-stock the store and perform daily cleaning tasks in a team oriented retail environment.

Candidates with strong communication skills and non-judgmental comfort with sexuality are essential.

Interested applicants with weekend and evening availability are most desired.

We are looking to fill Full Time and Part Time positions at our San Francisco Stores.

Our training wage is $12.00 per hour. Wage will increase to $12.25 per hour upon successful completion of the introductory period (90 days).

Bilingual Spanish/English a plus

Please provide your schedule availability when applying. Applicants MUST BE AVAILABLE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS

The store hours listed may vary.

DAYS OF THE WEEK HOURS NEEDED:
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

EXAMPLE OF YOUR AVAILABILITY: 10AM-10:30PM

To apply send us your cover letter, resume and answers to the below questions in the body of the email reply, as a PDF or an MS Word attachment.

** Resumes submitted without answers to the questions below will not be considered. **

  1. Describe in detail your retail experience and what things you enjoy about working in a retail environment?
  2. What types of Point of Sale (POS) register and computer skills do you have? Please describe how you have performed these in your retail experience.
  3. Please tell us about your customer service philosophy.
  4. We deal in a subject that is highly charged for many people. Have you had any training or experience working and communicating with people non-judgmentally about human sexuality and anatomy? For example, college courses, seminars, workshops? Please describe.
  5. What would you like us to know about your retail skills and work style? What do you consider to be your strengths and what are your challenges working in a retail environment?
  6. When you first read or heard about this job, what did you find most appealing?

Deadline: Open Until Filled.

Due to the large volume of interest we receive, we are unable to answer questions regarding applications.

Good Vibrations seeking exceptional Sales Associates (Brookline, MA)

Good Vibrations is the industry leader for over 3 decades providing quality adult products and non-judgmental sex-positive education to enhance our customers’ lives.

We are looking for very friendly, extremely outgoing, motivated, high energy sales associates with a proven track record in retail sales and a passion for exemplary customer service.

Our ideal candidates will be reliable, dependable, confident in their up-selling and cross-selling skills.

They should have recent experience accurately performing retail processes such as cash handling, processing credit card transactions, communicating offers, promotions, loyalty programs, returns policy, opening/closing registers, re-stock the store and perform daily cleaning tasks in a team oriented retail environment.

Candidates with strong communication skills and non-judgmental comfort with sexuality are essential.

Interested applicants with weekend and evening availability are most desired.

We are looking to fill Full Time and Part Time positions at our San Francisco Stores.

Our training wage is $12.00 per hour. Wage will increase to $12.25 per hour upon successful completion of the introductory period (90 days).

Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus.

Please provide your schedule availability when applying. Applicants MUST BE AVAILABLE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS.

The store hours listed may vary.

DAYS OF THE WEEK HOURS NEEDED:
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

EXAMPLE OF YOUR AVAILABILITY: 3:00 PM – 10:30 PM

To apply send us your cover letter, resume and answers to the below questions in the body of the email reply, as a PDF or an MS Word attachment, with BROOKLINE in the subject line.

** Resumes submitted without answers to the questions below will not be considered. **

  1. Describe in detail your retail experience and what things you enjoy about working in a retail environment?
  2. What types of Point of Sale (POS) register and computer skills do you have? Please describe how you have performed these in your retail experience.
  3. Please tell us about your customer service philosophy.
  4. We deal in a subject that is highly charged for many people. Have you had any training or experience working and communicating with people non-judgmentally about human sexuality and anatomy? For example, college courses, seminars, workshops? Please describe.
  5. What would you like us to know about your retail skills and work style? What do you consider to be your strengths and what are your challenges working in a retail environment?
  6. When you first read or heard about this job, what did you find most appealing?

Deadline: Open Until Filled.

Due to the large volume of interest we receive, we are unable to answer questions regarding applications.

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Jaiya – “How do you keep your workshops engaging & dynamic?”

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Announcing www.ISISNetwork.org

ISIS Network
September 19, 2013
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I joyously announce the launch of the ISIS Network, an international collaboration of sexuality professionals dedicated to integrating sexuality, spirituality, and more.
www.ISISNetwork.org
Remarkably, we are all committed to promoting each others’ work as well as our own.
Explore the site to find trainings, retreats, and a broad network.
  • Trainings – to help you expand your practice of sex therapy
  • Retreats – to help you explore your personal issues
  • A Network – connect with experienced ISIS practitioners all over the US and beyond
There are 19 of us so far, and more in training.
  • Explore our lineup of Upcoming Events – it’s impressive and varied.
  • Find out how you can become an ISIS Practitioner
  • Join our lists of ISIS colleagues who have supported ISIS over the years – attending events, promoting ISIS work, offering technical support, and on and on.
Download free information about how you can immediately use the ISIS approach – for yourself and with your clients.
See the books that describe the ISIS approach and (sorry!) wait to read the blogs that are to come.  We have wonderful articles and even poetry in the works, but they’re not on the site yet, so keep on coming back!
“Temple Goddess,” a beautiful documentary on goddess history and the divine feminine, created by Robert Dunlap, ISIS board member and starring ISIS practitioner Linda Savage.
The ISIS Network, along with our website, is still a work in progress.  Write to me if you would like to become an ISIS colleague or if you want to explore what it would take for you to become an ISIS practitioner.
I invite you to explore our new website, download our freebies, write with your comments and questions, and expand our ISIS Circle now!

-Gina (for the ISIS Network)

Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT

Cambridge, MA
Gina@GinaOgden.com

www.ISISNetwork.org
www.ExpandingSexTherapy.com
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2014 Transcending Boundaries – Proposal Deadline Extended

transboundWe are thrilled to announce that the 2014 Transcending Boundaries Conference is now accepting proposals for presentations! The theme this year is Inclusion in Action. TBC strives to be inclusive to people representing all aspects of the gender, sexuality and relationship spectrum and we’re thrilled to be highlighting that this year.

Transcending Boundaries, Inc. was founded in 2001 to provide education, activism, and support for persons whose sexuality, gender, sex, or relationship style do not fit within conventional categories. The organization serves our ever-evolving communities, including bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, intersex, polyamorous, and kinky persons, as well as allies and those who prefer not to use labels.

This year’s conference will include a variety of programming formats ranging from traditional informational lectures to panels to workshops to discussion groups to performances and everything in between. Whether you’re an experienced presenter or interested in leading a group for the first time, we’d love to consider your proposal.

Time slots for presentations range from 50 to 75 minutes. The 2014 Transcending Boundaries Conference will take place April 4-6 of 2014 at the Hartford Sheraton at Bradley Airport.  The deadline for submission is September October 15, 2013, but please don’t wait till the last minute! Presentations will be accepted on a rolling basis, meaning if we see something we like, we’ll put it in the schedule and programming space MAY fill before the deadline!

We are especially interested in presentations that address one (or more) of the following themes:

  • Activism
  • Relationships, Families and Parenting
  • Spirituality and Religion
  • Interactions with Professionals and Health Care Issues
  • Writing/Creative Arts
  • Identity and Community
  • Any presentation which has relevance to multiple sub-populations within our community
You can view our past program offerings at our Chronicle page.

To submit a Workshop Proposal, please fill out our Presenter Proposal form.

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The pain that is vulvodynia

VulvodyniaVulvodynia is pain of the vulvar area which is currently described by the  International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease as “discomfort, most often described as burning pain, occurring in the absence of relevant visible findings or a specific, clinically identifiable, neurologic disorder”.  Meaning, in layman’s terms:  there doesn’t seem to be a specific reason found for it occurring.  Research is ongoing and there are several theories developing, but so far no single or even regular grouping of causes have been identified.

The number of females who experience vulvodynia, depending on the study, has ranged generally from 5-19%.

While it is most often a burning pain, it can also be throbbing, itching, pain during intercourse, irritation or rawness, stinging, and other painful sensations.

Vulvar pain can be localized or at various points.  It can cause entering the vagina or even touching the vulva to range from uncomfortable to unbearable.

Vulvodynia can be short term or chronic.

Due to no known, set origin treatment methods are also widely varied and hit-or-miss in effectiveness.  Some involve physical therapy, psychiatric care and therapy, medication for pain and topical anesthetics, anti-depressants and anti-convulsants to address potential nerve pain, local injections of various medications, dietary changes, clothing and soap changes, hormonal treatments, and more.

Given these facts it’s easy to see how this can interfere with many females’ sexual lives and for some even daily non-sexual activities.

It can be not only physically painful but also emotionally distressing for both the female effected and for any partner(s).

I can speak on vulvodynia’s effects to an extent personally.

At first, there was rare and minor discomfort during sex and nothing that was enough to cause concern.  It was the type of thing one associates with being positioned just wrong or perhaps not well enough lubricated that time.

Then it became slowly more common and intense during any insertions into my vagina… eventually the sensation was that of being burned by acid when anything even slightly entered me.  It stopped any type of sexual encounter of that type between my partner and I and I decided it was necessary to pursue help from a gynecologist.

I was given pelvic examinations a couple of times, by two different doctors, which were excruciating. As each time no irritation or unusual discharge could be found and the STD testing they did each time came out negative, I was told to come back in a few months if I still had pain.  They couldn’t see anything wrong with me, so I was brushed aside so to speak.

On my third visit to the gynecologist, the second one pelvic exam doctor, I had expected more testing or another pelvic.  I was told frankly and directly at a sit-down office meeting that they did not know what was wrong with me and they couldn’t do anything for me.  He then got up to end the appointment.  I stayed seated.

Through pure stubborness on my part he eventually offered to sent me to both a psychiatrist to try and find out if my pain was caused by a mental health issue and to another gynecologist that specialized in vaginal pain.

The psychiatrist referral never came through, but the gynecological one did.  I was given a pain-mapping procedure where the doctor uses a swab and touches various areas of the vulva and vagina to find where exactly the pain is occurring.  Mine was not deeply internal so he chose not to subject me to an internal ultrasound due to the extreme pain any insertions caused.  I was put on an anti-depressant used for nerve pain and assigned a course of 5 weeks of daily lidocaine application, with the plan for physical therapy to be started.  However, I had to move states shortly after and could not follow with this gynecologist further.  He assured me that at that point I would have his files to continue forward with care at my new doctor.

The trip to that specialist helped to such an extent I cannot say emotionally.  With no diagnosis and essentially no treatment prior to him I was at a loss as to why I was experiencing such intense pain, concerned it may be something along the lines of cancer potentially, and I was frustrated with my body and my sexual limitations with my partner.  But now, finally, I had a name for what was wrong, vulvodynia, and a doctor who was completely honest about the facts concerning it but had begun a course of treatment.

Given the word, I was able to better Google.  I found other females experiencing the same and similar pains; I found sites filled with information.  I was no longer completely blind as to what was going on with me.  Still concerned, still morbid worries, but no longer at a complete loss and alone.

Moving states and file-transfer issues have started my treatment from square one again, but thankfully with another gynecologist who is motivated to help me find a cure if possible.  A doctor who has sent me for an external ultrasound to rule out more possible causes and who has expressed full willingness to refer me to a specialist again if the basics he wants to cover don’t find anything.

Thankfully, my ultrasound has come back just fine.

But it has now been twenty-one months, a year and nine, that a part of my body has been only a source of pain with no explanation as to cause, no set and reliable course of treatment known, and has hindered my private and partnered sexual life.  It is frustrating.  It is scary.  It is something awkward to explain to new potential lovers… “No, I can’t have anything involving my vagina. Yes because of pain. No, I don’t know why. Yes, I promise it is not due to infection as I’ve been repeatedly tested”.

If you are female and experience unexplained vulvar pain or are involved with one who does, know you are not alone.  Push for testing to rule out what can be.  Don’t let yourself be set aside medically.  Seek out support groups and information in hard copy and online.

Try to be understanding and accepting of yourself or your partner.  Patience is hard, especially when it comes to such an important part of one’s identity, physical functioning, relationship interactions and how or if the cause will be resolved.

It has a name, many of us experience it, and help can be pursued.  Again, you’re not alone.