Speaking To Las Vegas in the Language of Las Vegas


‘Speaking To Las Vegas in the Language of Las Vegas’

Femina Potens is tickled pink to introduce you to the multi-dimensional world of Sex Workers. This July we bring you a stunning multimedia art installation that combines a performance, video and illustrated portraits of real Las Vegas Sex Workers by artist, Laurenn McCubbin. We are pleased to present her amazing, graphically-explicit one-woman show all month long! Considering the current flaccid economic climate, McCubbin illuminates the underground yet highly visible economic exchange that is Las Vegas sex work. The artist questions the relationship between the economy of Sin City and the illegal activities that give it its infamous status. McCubbin seizes the perfect moment to expose the backhanded and contradictory legalities of sex work through recreating “hooker cards,” in her own graphically bold visual style. The artist uses her personal history as a sex worker to affirm her message in a uniquely proactive and sex-positive manner.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Femina Potens event if we didn’t get your blood flowing! We invite you to the Opening Reception at 7pm, including a sizzling Artist Performance at 9pm on the evening of Saturday, July 3rd, 2010. Enjoy refreshments and libations during the opening reception as we tell the stories of these sex-positive individuals and their work. Come introduce yourself to a pioneer in the underground world of sex work. Join us all month long as we present you with an array of exciting workshops, performances and events.Show runs through July 31, 2010.

‘Speaking To Las Vegas in the Language of Las Vegas’
Artwork by Laurenn McCubbin
Visual Art Exhibit + Events
July 3-31, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday, July 3th, 7-10:30pm

Femina Potens Art Gallery
2199 Market St @ Sanchez
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours: Thurs-Sun, Noon-6:00pm


July 2, (Friday), Thin Line Between Art & Sex 8pm An evening of explicit art & sex performance for Femina Potens Members. Become a member today.

July 3, (Saturday), Artist Workshop “Thinking, Acting, & Producing Around Charged Subjects” 2pmLaurenn McCubbin and Audacia Ray host a in-depth discussion on working on projects dealing with the risqué. ($10-15) Buy your tickets now.

July 3, (Saturday), Opening Reception + Artist Performance 7- 10:30pm Celebrate with artist Laurenn McCubbin. Window installation by founder of the Precita Eyes Muralists, Susan Cervantes. (FREE)

July 17, (Saturday), Sizzle with Belle De Jour 8pm Award winning literature series. Author of ‘Secret Diary’ of a call girl Belle De Jour joins Femina Potens! ($10) Reserve your spot now.

July 18, (Sunday), Workshop with Belle De Jour 3pm Belle De Jour leads you through an exploration of identity and sex work through the written word and blogging! ($15-20) Reserve your spot today.

July 24, (Saturday), Open Eyes: Queer Film Night 8pm Film Screening of “Lorelei Lee”, “The Price of Pleasure,” “Virginie Despentes Mutantes: Feminisme PornoPunk,” & “HBO Real Sex 33: Stocks Down, Sex Up.” Panel discussion including Madison Young and other sf sex activist and luminaries. ($10) Purchase advance tickets here.

July 25, (Sunday), Sex Positive Sex Workshop with Carol Queen 6pm In a culture that’s so divided about sex work of any kind (It’s fascinating and kind of glamorous! It’s debased and degraded!), sex workers have the most real knowledge about our own lives. But many of us carry some of society’s obsessions to work with us. We often get self-esteem by comparing ourselves to other sex workers (I’m a dancer, not a whore! Well, at least I don’t fuck them! Those street girls are all druggies!) — and it can be hard to stay sex-positive when sex is, well, work. Join Carol Queen, author of Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, to explore what makes a sex-positive sex worker — and why you really want to be one if you’re going to be a sex worker at all. This session is appropriate for people of all genders who’ve worked or are thinking about working. ($10) Reserve your spot now.


Laurenn McCubbin is currently the Associate Director for the Burlesque Hall of Fame. In the past, she has been the Managing Editor for Shojo Beat magazine, the art director for Image Comics and the creative director for the award-winning Kitchen Sink magazine. Her sequential (comic book) work, with writers like Warren Ellis, Stephen Elliot and Joyce Carol Oates, have been published by Marvel, Image, Dark Horse & McSweeneys. Her illustration work has been featured everywhere from Boing Boing to The New York Times. Her graphic novel RENT GIRL (written by Michelle Tea) was optioned by Showtime to be turned into a television series. Currently, Laurenn is getting her MFA in Painting and Drawing from UNLV, and she has a new comic, MADAME XANADU (written by Matt Wagner), coming out from Vertigo/DC comics in July, 2010.

Audacia Ray is a media maker, sexuality rights activist, and former sex worker who is based in New York City. She works as the Program Officer for Online Communications and Campaigns at the International Women’s Health Coalition and consults on information and communications technologies for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects. As a co-founder of advocacy organization Sex Work Awareness, Audacia leads annual media training workshops for sex workers. She is the author of Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration, a former executive editor of $pread magazine, and has blogged at WakingVixen.com since 2004.

Belle De Jour is the pen name of Brooke Magnanti, a UK-based writer and science researcher. Author of ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’. Interests: whisky, taphonomy, PGP encryption.

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology, which she financed largely through sex work. It was almost like a lab course! She’s done explicit movies, worked at the Lusty Lady before some of you people were even born, and been a call girl. She is the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture (www.sexandculture.org), has authored (or edited) many books about sex (most recently the updated second edition of Exhibitionism for the Shy), and works as Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations.