We're just a couple of new-to-SF, sex-positive friends who want to start a book club in the Castro, preferably with cocktails.

"Sex positive" means approaching human sexuality with openness and an appreciation of pleasure, health, and expression. It's not restricted to a particular gender orientation, sexuality, or relationship structure—rather, a sex positive perspective involves a safe exploration of any of these topics. Read more on Wikipedia.

We want to build a group of men and women who read a variety of things with a sex-positive lens, and we like to think this could include fiction and non-fiction, classics and contemporary work, and any number of genres. We don't have a set list prescribed, but if any of these pique your interest, join us!

• The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault

• My Romantic Love Wars by Betty Dodson

Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence

• Anything That Loves by Charles Christensen

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

• Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan

• The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks

• Straight: The Surprisingly Short History Of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank

• The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History by Emma Rees


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  • February 19 · 7:00 PM

    "Adam" by Ariel Schrag

    10 Sex-positive Readers | 4.50

    When Adam Freedman -- a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California -- goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful... Learn more
  • January 15 · 7:00 PM

    'Fire Year' by Jason Friedman

    5 Sex-positive Readers | 4.00

    We have a winner! Our book for January is Fire Year by Jason Friedman Here is a short blurb from Amazon - Jason K. Friedman investigates art, sexuality, love, and... Learn more
  • November 13, 2014 · 7:00 PM

    "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller

    9 Sex-positive Readers | 4.50

    From Goodreads: Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its... Learn more
  • October 9, 2014 · 7:00 PM

    Movie Night: "Kinsey"

    9 Sex-positive Readers | 3.50

    During our last book club for "Masters of Sex," the idea of doing a movie night to watch "Kinsey," Masters & Johnson's important sexual research predecessor, came up.... Learn more
  • September 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM

    "Masters of Sex" by Thomas Mair

    13 Sex-positive Readers | 4.00

    Masters of Sex by Thomas Mair (nonfiction, pub. 2013, 434 pages) This critically acclaimed biography offers an unprecedented look at William Masters and Virginia Johnson... Learn more
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