It’s hard to describe a GRUE to someone who’s never been to one. But maybe it’s possible. Watch, and see if it gives you an idea: The GRUE Experience from Graydancer on Vimeo. Links mentioned in the video: The Madison GRUE The Baltimore GRUE RambleGRUE AusGRUE Email me!
It was a typical GRUE class topic: Shame as a Barrier to Enthusiastic Consent & How to Fix that Through Porn. Yeah, just look at that title: how many layers of intersection do you have there? Can you really see that being a class taught at a “regular” convention? Probably not, and I understand why; you[…]
From a commenter from Fetlife on my “How to (Almost) Not Go Broke as a Kink Presenter as a Kink Presenter “: Unfortunately, there is no magic money tree for kink conventions (or no one is sharing it), so organizers constantly have to (or at least should attempt to) balance accessibility, costs, and fair compensation. This creates a system[…]
Recently a friend who was considering running a GRUE wrote me apologizing because he’d decided not to do it after all. There was no apology necessary – the GRUE is about doing what you’re passionate about, after all, so obviously if you don’t want to do it, you shouldn’t. It made me realize that perhaps I should issue some warning labels of sorts for people who are considering a GRUE in their town.
It’s getting back to time to get your GRUE on in the Bay! For the second time in a year, I’ll be running my kinky unconference format Open Space in San Francisco November 1-3. The biggest message I want to get out is this: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ROPE. Apparently the top reason people don’t come[…]
I recently witnessed (and participated) in a takedown interrogation scene. Probably one of the most intense scenes I’ve witnessed with my own eyes. The Top in that scene solicited a brute squad to take down and immobilize a man and get him ready for the interrogation. I got to tie the legs (along with 8[…]
I just finished reading Harrison Owen’s book “Open Space Technology” in preparation for a facilitator’s training conference I’m going to in a week (want to help me get there? Donations happily accepted!). It’s a fun and easy read, and if you’ve been to a GrUE, you’ll find yourself nodding over and over again, saying “Yep,[…]
“Labels, and Why I Hate Them” was one of the classes Vesper suggested at the recent Madison Satyricon GrUE, and it seemed to coincide well with my own proposed class: “WHATCHAMACALLIT: Finding Different Words for What It Is We Do.” The discussion itself was very enjoyable, and probably could have gone on far longer than[…]