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The Vision:

nancy peachIt seems like we've been waging a struggle for tolerance as long as we can remember. Sexual orientation and identity is as fluid and diverse as what each of us finds fun and interesting. As residents of the Bay Area, we are uniquely blessed to live and love in a culture far more accepting than most . But even here, there is no escape from judgment, from bias and from discrimination, from ourselves and from others. Just as SF Pride was founded with the goal of embracing all forms of peaceful diversity and expression in the context of sexual orientation, Masquerotica seeks to foster those same broader forms of peaceful diversity and expression in the context of ART & IMAGINATION. In our view, sex and imagination are intrinsically connected.

Who we are is proving to be far more fluid than we previously were told.

As the luminous Anais Nin wrote in the 1940's.. "Intellectual, imaginative, romantic, emotional. This is what gives sex its surprising textures, its subtle transformations, its aphrodisiac elements. You are shrinking your world of sensations. You are withering it, starving it, draining its blood."

So, what are we to draw from expanding our dreams of self? The disparity between who we feel ourselves to be and what society tells us we "should" be is an inevitably anxiety-producing dilemma - because in large measure, society's judgments and our own judgments are equally illusory. Liberation from both levels of judgment involves reimagining ourselves not as any one thing - but rather as a multitude of things.. a multitude of selves.. a masquerade of selves if you will.. all of which brings us back to Masquerotica.

Masquerotica is here to take back  Halloween from the bleak forces that would discourage our self-exploration, and so restore to SF an annual happening that is purely artful, open and community-oriented; where everyone participates and is there to add to the ambiance, and to the surprise and energy of the experience. Halloween in the streets in recent years, became unmanageable and unsafe. Masquerotica and its core team of event producers, artists and designers are committed to the creation of "dynamic and expansive" shared spaces, prepared and attended by the best, most active, generous, and creative of our collective communities.  We know somewhere among your masquerade of selves is one who will love and be transformed by this daring, sexy and loving experiment. Come join the fun!!!

What does it mean to be ‘Sex Positive’?
Sex is fun, healthy and pleasurable, and should be explored without shame or fear. Sex positivity might be defined as "an attitude towards human sexuality that regards all consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation. " Core components of this attitude are:

  • Celebrating personal freedom: There is no moral distinction necessary between consensual forms of sexual behavior.
  • Sexual exploration: Trying out new things is fun and healthy!
    Sexual Health and Education: Supporting the spread of information about sexual options, risks and protecting yourself.
  • Consent: If everyone is a YES, then anything is possible.

Prepare to Surrender to the Next-Level of Sex Positive Celebration!

All Orientations of Positive Expression are Welcome!

21 + / Costumes Passionately Encouraged!

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