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The art of the sex diary

For the past several years, writer Arianne Cohen has been collecting thousands of anonymous sex diaries from around the world. Her journey has culminated in a book, The Sex Diaries Project: What We’re Saying About What We’re Doing. These deeply personal diaries span the spectrum of sexuality, exploring both pleasure and heartache.

In an interview with Bitch, Cohen explains the allure of the website and how keeping a diary helps folks learn more about themselves:

People come . . . for voyeurism, and they stay for self-discovery. I think we all have a narrative (or three) in our head: “I’m super sexy and everyone wants to sleep with me” or “I’m going to be alone forever” or what have you. And what many diarists find is that when they read back over their first couple days of diarying, that narrative is very different from what they’re seeing.

The concept of the sex diary isn’t new — in fact, several famous people have kept scandalous diaries over the years. Andy Warhol, Catherine Millet, Marquis de Sade, Lewis Carroll, Toni Bentley, Anne Lister, Kurt Cobain, and Lord Byron have all partaken in the writing-down of sexual adventures.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of keeping a sex diary, you’re in luck! We’ve invited Arianne Cohen to run a 2-class workshop on sex diarying at the beginning of May, and all the proceeds go to Bitch Media! In the first class, Arianne will discuss what she’s learned about love and relationships, and she’ll lead diarying exercises. After keeping your own 7-day diary, you’ll come back for a second class to discuss your realizations about yourselves with the group.

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The Sex Diaries Project — A 2-part workshop series and fundraiser for Bitch Media

Wednesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 9th — 7:30pm — $50

What’s going on in your sexual and emotional life? How can you improve your relationship world? Come join Arianne Cohen, author of The Sex Diaries Project: What We’re Saying About What We’re Doing, for a full week of self-discovery and exploration in this participatory 2-class workshop.

In the first class, Arianne will discuss what she’s learned about love and relationships from over 3000 anonymous diarists, and she’ll lead diarying exercises to get you started on your own week-long diary. Over the next week, you’ll keep your own 7-day anonymous diary about your relationship, sexual and emotional life through a guided online diarying program, and discover how you’re really connecting and disconnecting with others. In the second class, you’ll discuss your realizations and discoveries about yourselves with the group. It’s better than therapy! Whether you’re single or coupled or poly, not to be missed!

This is a fundraising event, so all proceeds from this workshop will go to Bitch Media!

Arianne Cohen has collected thousands of sex diaries from around the globe, and is executive producing a television show based on the concept. Her work has appeared regularly in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Popular Science, Fast Company and many others. From 2007-2010, she was founding editor of a weekly online Diaries column at New York Magazine. She was “The Fix” columnist for The New York Times, and she is a contributing editor at Woman’s Day. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Martha Stewart Show, Tyra and The Early Show.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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