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The Center for Sex Positive Culture (commonly known as the Wet Spot or CSPC) is a non-profit, membership-based organization located in Seattle, Washington. The Wet Spot organizes events and provides space for several different sex-positive subcultures, notably BDSM, swinging, and polyamory groups. It caters to both heterosexual and LGBT people. The Center is a 501(c)(7) recreational club; its sister organization, the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture is a 501(c)(3) charitable/educational organization.[1][2]

The organization held its first event, a fundraiser, in March 1999.[3]

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The Wet Spot

The CSPC's primary location is known as the Wet Spot. It is a nondescript 4,400-square-foot (410 m2) building in Seattle's Interbay district. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has attended an orientation class and agrees to the organization's rules of conduct. There is also an annual membership fee. Volunteers organize and run most events. One of the few employees is executive director Allena Gabosch, who is frequently referred to by the members as "Mom".

The space includes a library including a wide variety of books on sexuality and kink, as well as several flavors of pornography.

Activities

Specific regular events include:

  • BDSM socials and pansexual BDSM play parties every Saturday.
  • The Grind, a dance night featuring gothic and darkwave music as well as BDSM and sexual activities every Thursday.
  • WERK Lounge, focused on socializing, dance, and other sex positive activity, held monthly on the fourth Friday.
  • Monthly homosexual focused men only nights and women only nights on Fridays.
  • Monthly massage nights on Sundays.
  • Monthly bondage parties on Sundays.
  • Monthly Polyamory potluck on Sundays. There is also a play party following the potluck.
  • Various discussion groups, classes, and workshops.

The same physical space is used in various configurations for different events. Some have only tables and chairs, other prominently feature dungeon equipment with an adjoining social area, plus private spaces for those who wish to avoid voyeurs.

Annual events organized by the CSPC include:

History

The Wet Spot was founded in 1999 as the Seattle Sex Positive Community Center. Socially speaking, it is an outgrowth of Allena Gabosch's Beyond the Edge Cafe, which hosted BDSM related events. Several regulars of the cafe started discussing getting a dedicated space for their activities. One famously quoted "It would be great if we could get 200 members". In fact the idea became more popular than they envisioned - in its first year The Wet Spot registered about 2,000 members. In Sept 2007, they reached 10,000 registered members, although not all of them are current members. In 2007 the organization also changed its name to the Center for Sex Positive Culture and opened a second, "annex" building.

In November 2008 the Center for Sex Positive Culture was scrutinized in a KOMO-TV report regarding the Center's non-profit status,[4] and the sexual activities which occur there. The story was criticized by Dan Savage[5] and others for inaccuracies, and was later pulled from the station's website[6].

References

  1. ^ About the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, Center for Sex Positive Culture. Accessed online 1 January 2008.
  2. ^ Dominic Holden, Beat Off, The Stranger, November 25, 2008. Accessed online 1 January 2008.
  3. ^ Allena Gabosch, We've come a long way, Director's blog on official site, July 19, 2007. Accessed online 15 October 2007.
  4. ^ http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2008/11/17/maybe_it_wouldn_t_be_a_proble
  5. ^ http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2008/11/18/dan_lewis_needs_to_apologize_t
  6. ^ http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=787697

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The Center for Sex Positive Culture or CSPC (and formerly known as The Wet Spot)[1] is a non-profit, membership-based organization located in Seattle, Washington. It organizes events and provides space for several different sex-positive subcultures, notably BDSM, swinging, and polyamory groups. It caters to both heterosexual and LGBT people. The Center is a 501(c)(7) recreational club; its sister organization, the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture is a 501(c)(3) charitable/educational organization.[2][3]

The organization held its first event, a fundraiser, in March 1999.[4]

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Membership and activities

The CSPC's primary location was known as and is still sometimes referred to as The Wet Spot. It is a nondescript 4,400-square-foot (410 m2) building in Seattle's Interbay district. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has attended an orientation class and agrees to the organization's rules of conduct. There is also an annual membership fee. Volunteers organize and run most events. One of the few employees is executive director Allena Gabosch, who is frequently referred to by the members as "Mom."[citation needed]

The space includes a library including a wide variety of books on sexuality and kink, as well as several flavors of pornography.

Specific regular events include:

  • BDSM socials and pansexual BDSM play parties every Saturday.
  • The Grind, a dance night featuring gothic and darkwave music as well as BDSM and sexual activities every Thursday.
  • WERK Lounge, focused on socializing, dance, and other sex positive activity, held monthly on the fourth Friday.
  • Monthly homosexual focused men only nights and women only nights on Fridays.
  • Monthly massage nights on Sundays.
  • Monthly bondage parties on Sundays.
  • Monthly Polyamory potluck on Sundays. There is also a play party following the potluck.
  • Various discussion groups, classes, and workshops.

The same physical space is used in various configurations for different events. Some have only tables and chairs, other prominently feature dungeon equipment with an adjoining social area, plus private spaces for those who wish to avoid voyeurs.

Annual events organized by the CSPC include:

History

Founded in 1999 as the Seattle Sex Positive Community Center, it later became known as The Wet Spot. Socially speaking, it is an outgrowth of Allena Gabosch's Beyond the Edge Cafe, which hosted BDSM related events. Several regulars of the cafe started discussing getting a dedicated space for their activities. One famously quoted "It would be great if we could get 200 members."[citation needed] In fact the idea became more popular than they envisioned; in its first year The Wet Spot registered about 2,000 members. In September 2007, they reached 10,000 registered members, although not all of them are current members. In 2007 the organization also changed its name to the Center for Sex Positive Culture[1] and opened a second, "annex" building.

In November 2008 the Center for Sex Positive Culture was scrutinized in a KOMO-TV report regarding the Center's non-profit status,[5] and the sexual activities which occur there. The story was criticized by Dan Savage[6] and others for inaccuracies, and was later pulled from the station's website[7].

References

  1. ^ a b Gabosch, Allena (2008-02-26). "A Sex Positive Renaissance". http://www.sexpositiveculture.org/blog/zblogentry.2008-02-26.0976756799. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "About the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture". Center for Sex Positive Culture. http://www.sexpositiveculture.org/pages/foundation. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ Holden, Dominic (2008-11-25). "Beat Off". The Stranger. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/beat-off/Content?oid=787697. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  4. ^ Allena Gabosch, We've come a long way, Director's blog on official site, July 19, 2007. Accessed online 15 October 2007.
  5. ^ http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2008/11/17/maybe_it_wouldn_t_be_a_proble
  6. ^ http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2008/11/18/dan_lewis_needs_to_apologize_t
  7. ^ http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=787697

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