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9/15 Monday Night Kink

Posted by novoscene on September 13, 2008

For most of us Monday nights aren’t particularly eventful-borderline kinda suck-and we crave something that’ll snap us out of the first day back to work blues.  Well, if your nights have become a couchfest of fast food, presidential coverage and early bedtimes then my friends, this Monday will be different. And for most of us nothing says different quite like mingling, munching popcorn and watching a cast of hotties sexin’ it up on a 50 foot high screen.  Take a break from the ordinary and Step Behind the Red Door.

Step Behind the Red Door is a night of erotic films screening at the Parkway this Monday.  The event’s producer Nenna, an Oakland based artist, filmmaker and sex education activist says she hopes to open up a dialogue not just about sex, but specifically the sexual imagery surrounding people of color.  The latest in a series of events, the films-the full length “Aphrodite Superstar” and a teaser for “Kink” a documentary on people of color in the world of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadomasochism)-show a side of the kink community Nenna says often gets distorted beyond the point of reality.  Porn, not realistic?  Who knew?

“I’m trying to bring what’s really going on with urban black communities and people of color to a wider audience” she said during a recent interview.

It’s not often that sex comes with an explicit social agenda, but taking into account current STD statistics and longstanding sexual stigmas, Nenna says this is exactly what the industry, and the local community, need to move forward.  “It’s interesting how these films are not the normal soft core porn that you would see.  They do some different things.”

While not shy on skin, both films are modest when it comes to sexual stereotyping.  Aphrodite Superstar offers a feminist’s take on the music industry, referencing bell hooks and Gloria Stein in between money shots, while interviewees in Kink discuss issues of objectification and prejudice as candidly as they do flogging and rope bondage.

Herself an experienced player, Nenna says she grew tired of  “traveling to San Francisco for events and hopes to make Oakland a destination for kink.”  In addition to the films, she recently curated a show of erotic photography at an Oakland art space and is planning a tour of San Francisco sex clubs, where Oakland residents will be invited to explore the spaces, ask questions and become more comfortable with the usually secretive kink community.

Asked what she wants to achieve with the Monday night screenings and “Kink 101” style events, her answer is direct as a swat on the backside-“I want people to watch more porn.”

Step Behind the Red Door takes place Monday Sept. 15 at the Parkway Theater.  All ticket sales are in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/43579.  Email paypa@sbcglobal.net for more info.-kwan

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