BDSM 101: A Workshop by Mistress Justine Cross, a professional dominatrix, dungeon owner and media personality based in Los Angeles.

From claims about the ease with which you can grab women “by the pussy,” to the shockingly lax sentencing of Brock Turner, the perpetrator of the “Stanford rape case,” it is clear that rape culture is endemic to our culture and political climate. It has also been recognized as a crisis on our college campuses. As tactic of resistance, Mistress Justine will teach attendees how to use BDSM as a way of understanding the importance of negotiation and consent, especially within rape culture. To do so, she will provide an all-skill-level introduction to BDSM that focuses on safe, sane, consensual play and sexual exploration. However, the negotiation and consent skills she shares can be applied to all relationships, “kinky” or “vanilla.” This presentation will help us all find ways to explore and discuss desire, fetish, and sexual interests in an open manner, and to find partners who are down to play. There will also be a Q & A, during which attendees can pose kinky questions for the Mistress, learning about BDSM, sex, and sex work in general.