APEX Phoenix, AZ: “Yes” is not enough: Informed Consent in the scene

Informed consent was coined by the health care industry. Informed consent is the process by which the treating health care provider discloses appropriate information to a competent patient so that the patient may make a voluntary choice to accept or refuse treatment. It originates from the legal and ethical right the patient has to direct what happens to her body and from the ethical duty of the physician to involve the patient in her health care.

In honor of National Consent Month, we will discuss Informed Consent. No ethical person in BDSM wants to violate consent. However, in a culture where definitions are a moving target, and expectations are wildly varied, how do we get beyond “yes” to meaningful dialogue where such a solid concept as ‘informed consent’ exists?

What we will discuss:
• Informed Consent in Health Care and how it directly applies to our culture
• Consequences-While Malpractice isn’t a risk for most of us, our consequences are just as severe
• How to discover and discuss ‘reasonable risk’
• We will give you examples of some of the unhealthy things we do when discussing our scenes and relationships that we don’t even recognize

Employing the health care model, you can be in a position to say that you’ve told your partner everything they need to know, and done everything that you can to make sure everyone has provided informed consent.

If there is a subject that you are interested in seeing or teaching, please email Mondays@ArizonaPowerExchange.org.


$6.00 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for ALL Access Members.

This event is intended for adults over 18 years old, and may have adult content that may be offensive. Please do not attend this event if you are offended by adult subjects, nudity, and adult language.


Greensboro, NC: It stops here: student written play about sexual assault

GC Theatre: “It Stops Here,” 7:30 p.m.

GC Theatre presents “It Stops Here,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 3-5, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 5-6, in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building.

The 1-hour play, written and directed by senior Theatre Education major Michaela Richards, features vignettes concerning sexual assaults on college campuses today. Personal accounts, scenes, and a game show will be some of the techniques used to present information about this important topic. Humor will be interspersed throughout the piece.  Caution: this play contains information about sexual assault and violence that may be triggering to survivors.

Admission: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. All prices include sales tax. Reserve tickets beginning Aug. 24 by calling 336-272-7102, 5242, or emailing tickets@greensboro.edu.

David Schram, Jefferson Pilot Professor of Theatre and Founding Dean, School of the Arts
336-272-7102, ext. 5243

APEX Phoenix, AZ: Skills: Communication and Negotiation

The APEX 101 series is an introduction to specific skills. Come learn the basics of these skills. These classes are for beginners, those new to a particular kind of play, or someone wanting a ‘sampling’ of the possibilities and intended to make you comfortable with the general premise of the chosen fetish. Keep your eyes open for the APEX 202 class on your favorite subjects!

The APEX 101 series is designed to be a fun and interactive environment. You will get an overview of the evening, and then you can spend your time learning about the things you are interested in! This is an opportunity to ask questions, see up close how things work and in some cases even try those things!
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Lifestyle folks sometimes seem to speak another language. What works in the vanilla world is sometimes demonized in the the lifestyle. Before you know it someone thinks you are disrespectful or predatory when you were just trying to say “hello”. How do you approach people? How do you ask someone to play? How do you effectively negotiate when you don’t have years of experience? Learn some tools to help you navigate the lifestyle language to include: How to approach someone and introduce yourself, avoiding the landmines of negotiation, a working vocabulary of the BDSM alphabet soup, and other effective communication tools.

You will get to see some role played negotiations for some real-life models to help you with the vocabulary to communicate boundaries/limits/wants. You will also get some real-world information on the different ways a negotiation can be structured so you can choose the method most comfortable for you.


$6 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

Take a positive approach to consent!

National Consent Month embraces the freedom of expression that comes with informed consent.

Join us by holding your own event or workshop during the month of September that highlights the importance of consent. Let us know the date and we’ll put it on our calendar.

ConsentMonth.com offers ideas for your consent event:

Have a party and make the theme Consent. Use our black and white color scheme. Pass out consent ribbons or bracelets to attendees.

Hold a Kinky Game Night and play consent games.

Include information about informed Consent on your website or newsletter.

You can submit photos of your Consent Month celebration to our Consent Photo Contest! We’ll post the photos and award the winner top billing on our Consent Month website for the rest of the year. You’ll also be featured in an NCSF media campaign about Consent Month.

Consent Month is proudly sponsored by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the Arizona Power Exchange.

Thank you for celebrating Consent Month with us!

Taking A Positive Approach to Consent