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Sexuality and Consent


Respect: Sex and sexuality may be difficult topics for some to discuss in a public forum. While this is a private, closed-door event and participants are asked not to share details of this conversation, please keep in mind the content of our discussion. We ask that all participants be sensitive and compassionate to the variety of experiences that may be in the room.

"I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better." - Frida Kahlo

How can we make consent sexy for those who still don't get it? Are there ways to ask and give your "hell yes!" to potential and current partners that would make the moment more enjoyable for all? Why is it that women are seen as passive or shy in discussions about our likes and dislikes--or worse, assumed to enjoy or reject things based on media stereotypes? Where did we learn to wait to be asked who we are and what we like rather than proclaiming our desires and no-fly zones proudly? Is it time for us, as women, to (re)claim our sexuality along a more fluid spectrum and learn how to communicate what we really crave?

BEHOLD.HER is honored to host Simone Jacobson, a woman of many hats* with a strong passion for empowering women in arts, culture, and Asian American advancement. Thanks to Farrah Skeiky from Dim Sum Media we'll be sitting down for a private evening at Cotton & Reed sharing a noodle meal sponsored by Toli Moli! Grab your seat and take a journey with us and new lady friends. Our topic for the evening is based on the insecurities and shyness of discussing sexuality and what it means to own up to the things we like, not the things we should do. We're all about vulnerability and honesty during these events, and though we understand that topics may be uncomfortable, know that you're in a safe space to share.

We'll begin the evening with a small cocktail hour with drinks crafted by Cotton & Reed's female bartender Erin Vanek. Then we'll proceed to sit down with our meals and open the discussion with introductions. We'll dive into the topic at hand shortly after. The discussion will then lead into a one-on-one portrait session with photographer Leah Beilhart, where she'll conduct a short interview and take your portrait as part of the ongoing series. 

10% of ticket proceeds will go to Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP). They have provided services to survivors of domestic violence in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. It is an organization that was founded by survivors and continues to be survivor-led and driven. Their mission is to address, prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. Please use this link to make a larger contribution to this amazing organization! DVRP.ORG

Earlier Event: June 11
01: Brunch of Ladies
Later Event: July 13
Defying Expectations