The ‘dyke’ will be considered as a separate post on ‘identity’ but given a forthcoming conference on the subject, it seemed good timing to mention ‘SM Dykes’. A variance of the dyke – what we traditionally thought of as ‘a butch’ lesbian identity but which might also be thought of as assertive – or firm, the SM Dyke identity is therefore perhaps a natural extension, embracing sado-masochistic play. You can find out about a Manchester based group that offers a safe and supportive environment for SM Dykes here. The site also has an excellent resources section on further reading.
I’ve pasted in details of the forthcoming International Women’s SM Conference below. You can register/read full details at this link.
Friday 28th – Monday 31st May 2010
2 whole days of workshops, discussions and a chance to get together with other like-minded women and transguys. Oh, and buffet lunches and tea, coffee and soft drinks are also included. Plus, new this year, brunch on Monday before you head home!
Evening entertainment consists of an auction and cabaret on Friday, Lash for Lasses, Manchester’s regular women-and-transman-only SM and fetish night, on Saturday night and the main play party on Sunday.
The prices this year are as follows:
Auction (Friday evening) £4 (SM Dykes Manchester members price £3.50)
Workshops (1 day – Saturday or Sunday) £28 (£26 members)
Workshops (2 days) £51 (£46 members)
Lash for Lasses (Saturday evening) £5 (special conference price, no members discount)
Main play party (Sunday evening) £12 (£11 members)
Brunch (Monday) £15 (special conference price, no members discount)
Full conference package £67 (£62 members)
Full conference package + brunch £82 (£77 members)
If funds are a problem for you then contact us and we’ll see if we can work something out. Payment details will be sent with your confirmation email.
The workshop programme, including descriptions of the workshops and biographies of the presenters is now available.
SM Dykes Manchester would like to thank all those who have generously donated to the auction.
The conference is open to all women, regardless of sexuality, and to FtMs, intersexed and genderqueer people who feel that they still have links to the women’s community.