Cowboy Rope Bondage
Surviving homophobia and anti-LGBTQ legislation

Sat, Jul 16 at 1pm

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$30.00
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$40.00
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$55.00
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This workshop will start with an hour-long lecture on the historical context and origins of homoerotic cowboy rope bondage. We will discuss anti-LGBTQ+ laws and homophobic tendencies throughout Cowboy Country in the end of the 20th century/beginning of the 21st century primarily focusing on Texas and Wyoming. We will analyze the origins and development of the porn site guysinbondage.com circa 2003 and social media posts of one of the three founders @tie.me_tight who passed away in 2021. We will conclude with a discussion over sexual agency and homophobic coping mechanisms via the constructs of hypermasculinity and the perception of nonconsent/rape fantasy embedded in this subculture of the gay community and western rope bondage.   

Following the lecture will be a 30-minute practical demonstration of the technical skills found in cowboy rope bondage specifically cowboy chair bondage.  We will discuss stylistic and technical differences in western cowboy rope bondage vs Japanese rope bondage. For example, we will discuss preparing lengths/types of rope, starting/ending individual ties, creating independent isolated structures, and emphasizing incapability and disheveled imagery.  Finally, we will demonstrate technical bandana techniques used for gagging and blindfolding subjects.

The workshop will conclude with an hour and half of practical hands-on practice. There will be step-by-step follow-along instruction through the chair tie pattern followed by instruction for the bandana gagging/blindfolding.

Prerequisites: This class is fully inclusive and open to all genders and sexual orientations. The workshop is suitable for all skill levels of rope tying including new to rope bondage. The hands-on practical section will NOT be suitable for individual self-tying. However, individuals without a partner are still encouraged to participate in observations and conversations. 

What is needed for the hand-on practical section?

  • 33ft+ x3 hanks of rope

  • 25ft+ x7 hanks of rope 

  • 12ft+ x1 hank of rope 

  • 8 bandanas  (22in)

Some loaner rope will be available to borrow if you do not have these supplies.

 

  • No late entry will be allowed due to the intimate nature of this workshop. Doors will be locked at 10 minutes after the start time.
  • Water available. Please bring your own cup or bottle.
  • Open to all 18+
  • Attendance is limited to 40 people.
  • All sexes, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, relationship orientations, and religions welcome and celebrated.
  • Questions may be directed to: education@pan-eros.org
  • Scholarships available. 
  • Please let us know by email if you have any access needs or things that would aid in your learning.


About the Educator:

Shibari Shawn is a local gay shibari artist and rope bondage educator. He started working with rope bondage in 2016. He has taken rope workshops with Iowa Friction in Cedar Rapids, IA, Studio Friction in Denver, CO, VoxBody in Oakland, CA, and RopeBurn in San Francisco, CA. Shawn has participated in international shibari conferences including RopeCraft in Chicago, G.R.U.E in Wisconsin, Tethered to Wifi out of Rhode Island, and Meet The Master series with Hajime Kinoko by Avalon in Australia. In 2019, Shawn started teaching classes by organizing the Homer Shibari Dojo in Homer, Alaska. In November 2021, Shawn presented 2 rope bondage workshops at the CLAW21 conference in Los Angeles and participated in the Bound and Beautiful art installation. In Seattle, he organized a 6 class series with the Seattle Leather Service Corps and a 3 class series with the Seattle Men in Leather.  You can follow his work under the handle Bound To Be Knotty on social media. 


This event is presented by the Pan Eros Foundation. Please go to Pan-Eros.org for more information.

 

 

 


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