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Feeling the pull

By NICK SCHROEDER  |  October 30, 2014

Comprised of members whose identies span the spectrum of gender and sexuality, one of MESH’s most exciting capacities is its ability to leverage radical ideas of inclusivity into traditional spaces.

“It’s not normative; it’s not binary; it’s not heteronormative; it’s not classist; it’s not steeped in money or success models,” Arbor says. But their mission of inclusivity is aided by having a presence in above-ground, public places of culture—by definition out of the margins.

And isn’t that where the topic of sex is being pushed? Most of the supposed liberation our culture celebrates around sex comes from online, televised, or tech media, where its audience typcially consumes it alone. It’s little wonder why the simple act of showing up, of listening, and of being in the same room with people, is a large part of MESH’s goal.

“We’ve been living in these structures that say no no no, you need to all stay segregated, because that’s how you get power. People need space where they can learn and grow.” Arbor laughs. “Isn’t that what everybody needs?”

Armed with a backbone of queer and critical theory, expect the events themselves to be fun and simple. And, maybe once you settle in and get comfortable, pretty hot too. 

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