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Center for Sex and Culture

San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture may be most famous for its annual Masturbate-a-Thon, but it also has an inspiring range of year-round workshops and events, including informational classes about BDSM, writing circles that provide nonjudgmental feedback to erotic writers, and the "Naked Girls Reading" series, which recently featured a Dr. Seuss night. Another characteristic event: Bobby Gordon's one-man play Debbie Does My Dad, which included an appearance by the playwright's porn-star father. The center thrives on a quintessentially San Franciscan mix of art, politics, and sheer enthusiasm. The Masturbate-a-Thon was founded in protest of the 1994 firing of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she suggested it might be a good idea to teach masturbation to children as a safe form of sexuality. The festivities include an masturbation endurance competition: the record, set in 2009 by Masanobu Sato from Japan, is 9 hours and 58 minutes.

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