May 02, 2007 12:10am
7th Annual Masturbate-a-Thon
by: Company Press Release
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) -- The Center for sex and Culture, the only publicly available, non-profit sex education center in the United States, is proud to announce the Seventh Annual Masturbate-a-Thon, Saturday, May 26th in San Francisco, in honor of National Masturbation Month.
Founded in 2000, the star-studded Masturbate-a-Thon is like a walk-a-thon but a lot more fun. Through individual sponsorships, participants generate revenue in this live group event for every minute they masturbate or for each orgasm claimed. Funds raised will go to supporting the Center of sex and Culture's efforts to promote a sex-positive cultural change and reality.
In the last ten years, human sexuality and sexual education has been marginalized or all but been eliminated from public and private school, as well as university curriculum, and replaced with failed abstinence and faith-based alternative teachings that have resulted in record increases in teenage pregnancy and abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases, including VD, Herpes and AIDS. The Center of sex and Culture's mission is to provide non-judgmental, sex-positive education and support to diverse populations by means of classes, workshops, social gatherings, cultural events, and practical skills-building events; to maintain and house these events and supporting materials and functions; to maintain a publicly-accessible library and archives; to staff and support this learning environment.
National Masturbation Month was founded in 1995 by San Francisco's Good Vibrations, a national retailer of sexual aids and adult novelty items, in the wake of then-Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders' firing for stating that masturbation "Is perhaps something that should be taught" when discussing young people's safe sex options. Elders' statement was both practical and supported by sex-positive sex educators everywhere. The folks at Good Vibrations realized that the conservative factors that booted Elders from office were making sex less safe and fun by making masturbation seem shameful. National Masturbation Month seeks to raise awareness and dispel the shame and myths associated with the most common and natural of sexual activities. The Masturbate-a-Thon became the centerpiece of National Masturbation Month when it was added to Good Vibrations' slate of activities in 2001.
Since it's first year, Masturbate-a-Thons have raised over $25,000.00 from over 1,700 pledged participants from six different countries. Trophies were awarded to stand-out participants and in 2006 participants for Longest Time Spent Masturbating (Male: 8.5 hours and Female: 6.5 hours), and Most Orgasms (Male: 6 and Female: 49). For 2007, a new record category has been established: Greatest Ejaculation Distance. Internationally recognized, the news about past Masturbate-a-Thons reached audiences in Spain, Ireland, Austria, Britain, Germany, China, South Africa, France, Brazil, Ireland, Australia, and India and in 2006, the best-traveled competitor, and winner of the "Longest Distance Come to Come" award, came from Hong Kong. In 2007, planners expect participants to come from as far away as Australia. Who participates in a live Masturbate-a-Thon? Not surprisingly, representatives from various sexual communities attend to come for a cause; the Center for sex & Culture is arranging this year's co-sponsorships among gay men's clubs, erotic producers, adult entertainers, and other sexual adventurers. Confirmed celebrity appearances, thus far, for the 2007 Masturbate-a-Thon include adult industry legend and Mistress of Ceremonies Nina Hartley, Genesis Magazine sex Star Hunt winner Tassy Pink, award-winning lyricist, playwright and performer Tom Orr, adult performer and proprietor of Endorphin High School of BDSM Robert Black, and Raging Stallion adult performer Michael Starr. The Masturbate-a-Thon is hosted and sponsored by GoodVibrations.com, with website design and live webcast on RedHandedPorn.com. The Masturbate-a-Thon will take place at the Porn Palace, 415 Jessie Street, in San Francisco, and Kink.com is the live webcast connectivity sponsor.
Separate areas of the Masturbate-a-Thon site spaces will be set aside for both mixed and single-gender groups. Only part of the room will be set aside for the webcast cameras, so less exhibitionistic attendees can participate somewhat more privately. This year the event will feature a news commentary desk, commercials by and for masturbators, an opera singer, and themed masturbation stages and sets for men and women. In addition to the music, there will also be a video area where spectators can catch the action as it unfolds on the live video stream.
Pledge sheets and detailed co-sponsorship and fund remittance instructions are available at www.Masturbate-a-Thon.com
The Center for Sex & Culture is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to positive sex-education for adults and was declared "Best Emerging sex Nonprofit" in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay issue in June 2004. The Center for sex & Culture, open by appointment and for events, is a largely-volunteer organization that subsists on donations from the public, including donations of books, art, videos, archival materials, etc. The visitor, donation and mailing address is 2215-R Market Street, #455, San Francisco, CA 94114. Telephone: (415) 255-1155. Website donations can be made at www.sexandculture.org
Founded in 1977 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in business, Good Vibrations is a diverse, woman-focused retailer providing access to sex-positive products and accurate sex information through clean and comfortable stores, catalog, and web site in order to enhance their customers' sex lives and to promote healthy attitudes about sex. For more info, please visit www.goodvibes.com for a store location near you or to order online.
… What: 2007 Live Masturbate-a-Thon fundraiser
… Sponsored by: The Center for sex & Culture, www.sexandculture.org
… When: Saturday, May 26, 2007, 2 pm - midnight
… Where: The Porn Palace, 415 Jessie, San Francisco, California, 94103 - www.pornpalace.com
… More info: www.masturbate-a-thon.com
… Press contact: Press@masturbate-a-thon.com ; (415) 255-1155