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Shawna Potter, lead singer of War On Women, has been a musician for over twenty years—and has been sexually harassed, discriminated against, or made to feel unsafe for just as long. Recently, she’s been training venues of all kinds to be safer spaces for people who experience harassment.
This pamphlet is her DIY guide for any music, art, or community space looking to make the world a better place. It’s a detailed and radical call for our communities (not just the survivors) to take power back from harassers and abusers without involving police or other authorities.
Shawna Potter is a musician, activist, educator, and writer. She fronts the political hardcore punk band War On Women and is the founder of Hollaback! Baltimore. Shawna trains venues for the Safer Spaces Campaign, which she also co-founded. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her partner and a porch cat that visits when the weather’s nice.
“Every time someone wants me to prove sexism in the scene exists I am not going to tell them about having beer spat in my face while I’m singing or about men screaming ‘shut up’ while I’m talking between songs. I’m gonna hand them this book and say ‘No more horror stories, here are some solutions.'” —Kathleen Hanna, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin
“Never underestimate the tenacity and creativity of Shawna Potter. Here’s her badly needed how-to book for people who don’t feel they have much power to tap into, nurture, and use … then help others to do the same. Make a public space safe, without retreating from reality’s trigger warnings into a walled off fantasy cocoon.” —Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys and Alternative Tentacles Records
“Shawna Potter’s work represents the best of punk and DIY values—an insistence that we don’t need to wait for politicians or anyone else to act. We can lead by example.” —Will Potter, author and TED Senior Fellow
“Punk made a promise of a freer, fairer, safer, and saner world, but never fulfilled it. Shawna Potter has written a field manual for how, inch by inch and scene by scene, we get there.” —Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast
“Making Spaces Safer has so many clear tactics for making shows more inclusive and welcoming, and, as a side effect, more fun for everyone. Whether you book bands, tend bar, want to look out for the wellbeing of your fellow music fans, or own the whole damn club. Great tips that will help you make your space rule.” —Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz
The extremely popular Come As You Are — Emily Nagoski’s master class in the science of sex — now has a helpful workbook companion to help guide you into the best sex life ever!
Both books can be read and used independently of one another, but reading both together will offer you an insightful, dynamic crash course in your own personal pleasure.
The Bestselling Guide for Gay Men
by Dr. Charles Silverstein
Invaluable as a sex guide, a resource on building self-esteem, and a trusted aid for coming out of the closet, The Joy of Gay Sex covers the ins and outs of gay life alphabetically from “anus” to “wrestling.”
Confronting one of our last and most deeply rooted taboos—masturbation—noted sex expert and pro-sex feminist Betty Dodson, Ph.D., takes the shame out of self-love by creating a straightforward and appealing guidebook that reveals masturbation as a satisfying, vital form of sexual expression.
New from Faith G. Harper, Ph.D, author of UnF*ck Your Brain, comes UnF*ck Your Intimacy: Using Science for Better Relationships, Sex, and Dating.
Use this book to help you explore your relationships and sexuality, with yourself and with others. With science and humor, Dr. Faith demystifies topics such as consent, shame, kink, orientation, and trauma recovery.
For more tools, try the UnF*ck Your Intimacy Workbook.
Learn the ropes of erotic bondage with this discreet knot-tying guide featuring a playful ribbon-tie closure. Follow the convenient step-by-step illustrations and discover how to restrain your partner simply and safely.
You’ll also learn how to fashion a suggestive rope corset, a crop for spanking, and other bedroom tricks that will have you bound for adventure!
How can we heal from trauma? How can we support the survivors in our lives? How can we build relationships in an ethical way? This book may not offer all the answers, but it opens up discussions and offers a good place to start.
Learning Good Consent is a collection of multiple works by multiple authors on the topic of support for survivors of trauma, collected and edited by Cindy Crabb.
The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability is the first complete sex guide for people who live with disabilities, pain, illness, or chronic conditions.
Useful for absolutely everyone, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation, the book addresses a wide range of disabilities — from chronic fatigue, back pain, and asthma to spinal cord injury, hearing and visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, and more. Expertly written by a medical doctor, a sex educator, and a disability activist, The Ultimate Guide provides readers with encouragement, support, and all the information they need to create a sex life that works for them.
The authors cover all aspects of sex and disability, including building a positive sexual self-image; positions to minimize stress and maximize pleasure; dealing with fatigue or pain during sex; finding partners and talking with partners about sex and disability; adapting sex toys; and more.
If you can tie your shoelaces, you can create an erotic masterpiece!
This is a compendium of sensible, sensational advice about how to tie up your sweetie, or get tied up yourself. Simple and easy-to-follow, with no complex knots and plenty of illustrations to guide you on your way to bound bliss.
Sexing Yourself: Masturbation for Your Pleasure Zine from Faith G. Harper perfectly combines humor and science to talk about self pleasure.