What is Progressive Erotica? Happy + Sexy:
mission, vision and outlook
ProgressiveErotica dot com is a website dedicated to exploring sexuality that is Healthy, New, and Beautiful. PE dot com challenges our community to create erotica according to shared ideals of equality and mutual respect that is free from domination, submission or use of power and authority over others. Our articles are aiming to facilitate examples of progressive erotica and discussions about the lifestyle choices related to it.
We are a community site, and all of our erotica and articles are contributed by the community and facilitated and curated by a small, dedicated, and friendly staff. We are artists and thinkers, and you are invited to explore and contribute.
What's the difference between Erotica and Articles?
Erotica is artistic, stimulating and sexy. Our community is looking for high quality erotic content that represents our mission and outlook. We are looking for original erotic content that is (for example) frisky, egalitarian, respectful, hospitable, helpful, savory, tasteful, compelling, liberating, hopeful, healthy, new, beautiful, empowered, ideal, and of course, Happy + Sexy.
Articles are about erotica, relate to it, or explore issues surrounding erotica, but they are not actually erotic. We want to recognize that all fruit comes from a seed. Please be sure to document where your seeds came from. This will help others who want to learn more about the topic, its history and context.
Discussions occur in the comments of the articles.
We want PE dot com to be safe, good-humored and egalitarian for all participants. As we explore, some guidelines to remember are:
Radical Inclusion - everyone is included.
- Consider using gender neutral pronouns (including partner references).
- Make your language accessible. Explain concepts, slang or lingo, and provide links to sources for more information.
- All languages are welcome and all levels of English proficiency are welcome. That said, take time to write as well as you can.
- Recognize that it is difficult for people to be open and honest about sexuality and the issues surrounding it, and that all communication is brave.
- Consider your audience may have a trauma background and communicate with care and concern.
- Only include detailed, graphic or explicitly violent material if it is necessary to communicate your point.
Respect Personal Boundaries - interaction and participation is voluntary and is predicated on asking and giving permission.
- Use pseudonyms rather than anyone's name or identifiable information.
- Address what's said instead of the person saying it.
Be Aware of Your Voice - be thoughtful and respectful.
- Part of being a thoughtful and good communicator in the written form is making a habit to re-read your text and attend to: grammatical or typographical errors, thoughts that begin and still need an ending, opportunities to document where your information came from through links or a list of sources.
- Re-read your post, look for negatives, and challenge yourself to consider how to express yourself in a positive, constructive way. This is especially true if you find yourself feeling angry, hurt or offended. We are here to build, construct and create.
Contributing your work, publication guidelines:
Our community is looking for high quality contributions that represent our mission and outlook; material that exemplifies living Happy + Sexy, or stimulates discussion and articulates opinions about the lifestyle issues surrounding living Happy + Sexy. All work should follow the general Participation Guidelines.
The Editorial Process
To determine if your creative content is appropriate for the site, our Editors will discuss and vote on content requesting permission to publish. You will hear back from us that your content is either Permitted, Not Permitted or that it's a "Sticky One."
- Permitted content meets the mission and culture of the site.
- Sticky Ones are requests for publication that may not adequately meet our Permission Guidelines yet.
- Not Permitted refers to a piece that significantly fails to meet the mission and culture.
If your material is Permitted, you will receive an email with a link to your published piece. If it is Sticky, you will be approached with editorial suggestions or requests to better meet the mission or guidelines. Your material will then return to the Draft state for you to edit and re-permit. If your material significantly fails to meet the mission and guidelines, it is marked as Not Permitted and you will not be able to edit it. You are giving us an irrevocable non-exclusive license, which means you own the work and can do with it as you please, including giving PE dot com permission to post the content on our site. Please see our Terms of Service Content section for the full Creator agreement.
A note about explicit content
Artists who are permitting graphic content (still or moving images) that contains explicit content are required to comply with USC Title 18 §2257 Record Keeping Requirements to ensure that all assisting or performing humans are adults. See the Sexually Explicit Conduct Questionnaire for help determining if these laws apply to you.
A note about model releases
We strongly recommend having all models sign a model release form. Here is our example Progressive Model Release Form, which you are free to use.
A note about documentation and sources
PE dot com is intended to be a platform for conversing, sharing, educating, exploring and learning. Even when expressing personal opinion or experiences, whether you are praising or criticizing, documentation of how and why you arrived at your conclusion or question is important and requested.
- Documenting your seeds shows respect for the sources you learned from.
- Documentation shows respect for your audience's attention, time and energy.
- Documentation creates credibility, and PE dot com gives preference to credible posts when featuring content.
A source can be a work you refer to, the author of the work, or the place the work appeared. For instance, a source could be an Article X, written by Person Y, which you found in Magazine Z. Finding and referencing your sources will help you fact-check and ensure a higher level of accuracy. This is called verifiability and promotes authenticity.
A source can be included as text in your piece, or you can link to the source. Certainly, if you quote someone, you should be able to provide a source for it.
- If you use a link, provide the most direct and obvious link you can that concerns the point you are making. Considering how often links get broken or go dead, it's good to cite the title as text so that someone could still search for it. Ex. "I read this book" becomes "I read Chalice and the Blade"
- If you are typing in the information, try to include as much detail as you can including the name of the source, its location, date, etc. You can include this info as a footnote to preserve continuity in your piece. Ex. Chalice and the Blade, By Riane Eisler
Joining our staff:
We are looking for active members who have a strong interest in Progressive Erotica dot com to help shape the community. An "active member" is someone who has published articles or erotica, or participated extensively in discussions through comments. Their posts exemplify the mission and the Participation Guidelines.
Facilitators, helping to manage the tone of the article comments and discussions
Facilitators help people follow the Participation Guidelines by providing guidance, direction and supervision. Facilitators have displayed characteristics of maturity and good humor. Facilitators have opinions and can articulate them in a positive, constructive way. In practice, you will post helpful comments to difficult posts that help the commenter find a positive way of expressing themselves. This is an editorial role, helping members rewrite, reword or rephrase their posts to maintain a safe, good-humored and egalitarian space for everyone.
Editors, thoughtfully evaluating content using the Publication Guidelines
Editors display enthusiasm and passion for art and equality. Editors have displayed characteristics of maturity and good humor. They have opinions and can articulate them in a positive, constructive way. Erotica Editors are comfortable with material from any end of the Spice Continuum, including explicit material. Editors rate material as Permitted, Sticky Ones, Not Permitted. This is an editorial role where suggestions and requests for changes will be sent to the Creator for review and (hopefully) re-permission.
The Editorial Process
When a new piece of content is marked Permission Requested by a Creator, then all Editors receive an email with a link to the content. You will View & Vote as soon as possible to log your initial reaction to the piece. Once you've voted, you'll be able to see all the other votes and commentary logged so far and join the discussion. At the end of one week, if all the Editors agree the piece is Permitted, the Creator is notified immediately with a link to their published erotica. If there are any remaining Sticky votes, then managing staff will assemble the discussion into viable suggestions for improvement for the Creator and return their material to a Draft state for a chance to edit and re-permit the piece. A piece marked Not Permitted can no longer be edited by the Creator. The voting process, including your vote and commentary, will only be visible to other Erotica Editors.
The Application Process
When you apply to be a Facilitator or Editor, your application is reviewed by the managing staff. You will hear back from us that your application is either Accepted, Not Permitted or that it's a "Sticky One." A Sticky One simply means we have further questions and clarifications. You can expect a response within seven days from Permission Requested.
We have gone to great lengths to foster a culture of dialogue and constructive communication. If a member is not amenable to those strategies they can be removed. Staff reserves the right to inactivate the role privileges and responsibilities of a Facilitator or Editor for behavior that is contradictory to the mission and culture of Progressive Erotica dot com.
Any member can inactivate their account or role at any time.