Welcome to Leather Journey Wednesday, April 01 2015 @ 06:19 PM MST
Welcome to Leather Journey. Leather Journey is chartered as a not for profit educational organization in the state of Minnesota.The purpose of this website is to provide opportunities for people to learn about the Leather Nation and the kink and fetish communities on both the local and the national levels. There will be hyperlinks to locations containing information relevant to our leather community.
LEATHER JOURNEY MISSION STATEMENT
Leather Journey is a community organization dedicated to preserving the traditions of the Leather Nation through education, events and forums. The principles which guide Leather Journey are brotherhood, trust, loyalty, acceptance and honouring those who lead the way.
Tradition has no expiration date.
We will not forget.
Feel free to make suggestions regarding what you would like to have included here.
This article was found on the internet however a search for a contact for the author yielded no results. Polly Peachum is the name of a chacater in the play "The Begger's Opera" and its follow on "The Threepenny Opera" so it is assumed that this is a nom de plumme for someone unknown. Anyone with information on the author please contact Sergeant Major@LeatherJourney.org. The article is posted here for its information value to the community. While it is thirteen years old it is still relevant today.
Exclusive: South Africa
joins leather nation Mister Marcus
by Mister Marcus
It was at the 2005 International Mr. Leather when it was first acknowledged that leather/bdsm was part of that nation's culture when Michael Egdes, a native of South Africa living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was chosen the winner. He was living and working as a real estate agent in Florida with two husbands and several Pomeranian dogs.
It was another one of those good IML years with Egdes. He did a fantastic job with the title (and gave some memorable speeches) and of course, it did not fall on deaf ears that he was from South Africa.
So what happened in Johannesburg on Friday, May 29 at the Station bar?
Now here’s an email that can set me off and running: “I have been active in real life BDSM since 2000. I started out as a top and after a while I became aware that the more control I had over a scene, the better I liked it. This love of control seeped into my relationships as well. I therefore felt comfortable calling myself a dominant. I feel very comfortable in my own skin being the dominant partner in my present relationship. [Meanwhile] my partner of the last four years has made the leap from submissive to slave. She sees herself as my slave. I cherish her and take care of her as my most valued possession. We got engaged in January and plan on having a formal collaring this summer. So at what point can I define myself as a Master rather than as a Dominant? What do you think are the differences between Dominant and Master?”
The following excerpt is from the book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti. Excerpted by arrangement with Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright (c) January 2009.
By Stacey May Fowles, Seal PressPosted on December 29, 2008, Printed on December 30, 2008http://www.alternet .org/story/ 113745/
This is being posted here for the information of this community. Even though twelve years old it has relevance today.
“Old Guard Avant-garde:
Getting Real About What is - and what isn’t the real thing.’”
Joseph Bean. Frontiers, October 4, 1996.
The fuss about the Old Guard of leather and the new forms leathersex has taken in recent years is not going to go away any time soon, I’m sure. Nor do I think there is much I could say that would settle many of the disagreements about what the Old Guard is or isn’t and how it relates to
the younger community and those who are newer to S&M. I took a run at explaining my point of view in “Leathersex: A Guide...,” and undertook a few related questions in “Leathersex Q&A,” but I doubt I’ve made any inroads there. So, rather than attempt a complete explanation of anything and rather than attempt to settle disputes, I’d like to just put a few thoughts in a familiar order, and leave others to determine whether I’ve given them anything useful.
Here then, in my hand, from the home office buried in my past and located
somewhere in Southern California are two Top 10 Lists, offered with apologies only to David Letterman.
I would like to share two transcripts with you. One, the West Wing transcript, was fantasy (of course) but gives some great responses to the Biblical challenge. The other is the transcript from the Jon Stewart show.
Part of the work we're doing at Woodhull is "movement messaging" -
restructuring the discourse around sex and sexuality. Part of that
work involves research - focus groups - to "test" messages. This isn't
a new technique. The "right" has perfected the technique over the
last twenty years and they have owned the debate - not just around
sexual freedom issues, but also taxes, the environment, spying and
even torture (no, not THAT kind!).
Let's try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)? Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon and the kings of Judah and Israel—all these fathers and heroes were polygamists. The New Testament model of marriage is hardly better. Jesus himself was single and preached an indifference to earthly attachments—especial ly family. The apostle Paul (also single) regarded marriage as an act of last resort for those unable to contain their animal lust. "It is better to marry than to burn with passion," says the apostle, in one of the most lukewarm endorsements of a treasured institution ever uttered. Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple—who likely woke up on their wedding day
harboring some optimistic and newfangled ideas about gender equality and romantic love—turn to the Bible as a how-to script?
Of course not, yet the religious opponents of gay marriage would have it be so.
November 26, 2008 - The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare is
declassifying sexual behaviors
as mental illnesses to avoid strengthening prejudice against the behaviors, the
Swedish news service
Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported last week. The diagnoses which will soon
disappear from the disease
registry include sadomasochism, fetishism, fetishistic transvestitism,
transvestitism, gender identity
disorder in youth, and multiple disorders of sexual preferences.
States Condemn Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
(New York, June 6, 2008) - The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, taking a crucial step to end the silence around violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the Americas, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on OAS member governments to ensure that the resolution is implemented in their countries, and to continue their support for sexual rights internationally.
The governing body of MAsT:International has published a mission statement and and statement of core values. These documents apply to all chapters of MAsT:International and have been endorsed and adopted by MAsT:Twin Cities
The entire text is posted here for the information of the community.
TIES (Tremendously Intense Erotic Situations) is an
organization for the Leather, B&D, D/S, S&M, and other kinky acronym
people in the Twin City area. We promote erotic play that is safe, sane, and
consensual. We are pansexual, pro-freedom, and pro-sex.
MSDB is a Minnesota-based organization for
people who are actively involved or seriously interested in BDSM lifestyles and
activities. MSDB provides social and educational activities and information to
its members and to the BDSM community at large.
A gay men's leather/levi club in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota, founded in 1972.One of the nation's oldest active gay men's Leather / Levi social
fraternities; dedicated to promoting a positive image of our lifestyle through various
social activities. As part of our mission, we work to encourage local, national
and international fellowship. We work to foster unity and diversity within the
MPX is an online discussion
forum for those persons in and around Minnesota who have an interest in the alternative
lifestyle community. This includes persons of any gender or orientation with interests
or experience in BDSM or other areas within the "leather lifestyle."