Good Vibrations has been a San Francisco favorite since 1977 for good reason: It's always helped us learn about sex and sexuality outside of that yucky shameful place so many people put it, and it keeps us from taking it all too seriously. A great example is the annual Indie Erotic Film Festival, where the Good Vibes staff screens films from around the world depicting all variations of hotness in seven minutes or fewer. Staff sexologist Carol Queen says the entries go way beyond amateur porn. “Instead of thinking of it as what your neighbors might do with a Handycam,” she says, “think of it as what they might do if they had sophisticated equipment and the ability to storyboard their sex lives.” And then there's the not-taking-it-all-too-seriously part. One of last year's entries was a sci-fi parody called The Filth Element. Another was a music video. Others depicted alternative takes on sexuality and relationships, including first-time same-sex encounters and a couple seeking a third person to join them. The main event is preceded by an over-the-top party — last year's hosts were Queen and Peaches Christ, and there was mariachi music and burlesque dancers — as well as several days of indie erotica.
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