Over the years, the people that she met at small festivals, like the Earthdance Global Peace Party, often raved about the mother of all transformational festivals: Burning Man. Every summer at the end of August, tens of thousands of people from all over the world make the journey to the week-long festival. For many, attending Burning Man is a definitional personal experience, part of their identity. It is wise to attend your first Burn with veterans. But for all the advice she received about what to expect and how to prepare, one subject did not come up: Protecting yourself from sexual assault. The final eight-mile stretch to Burning Man takes two hours as thousands of cars and RVs crawl toward the main gate.
Aly's partner, Dan, 34, set builder in Los Angeles, California:
If there is a flat or partly secluded surface at Burning Man, someone will inevitably end up squirming on it with a partner of their choice. While not everybody goes to Burning Man expecting to have a ton of sex, sex is available, shameless, and no-strings-attached. In between all the high ideals of personal responsibility and reliance is the reality of a lot of people in booty shorts and nipple pasties, many of whom have decidedly open relationship arrangements. Photo: Mindaugas Danys. I actually met an ex-boyfriend at the Great Canadian Beaver Eating Contest, a now-defunct event that promoted competitive cunnilingus.
Aly, 26, a production assistant in Los Angeles, California:
Maybe we could actually get featured article status at that point, too. It would nice to have a fully FA-quality article in any case, regardless of whether it is eventually picked. At this point my inclination is to leave the Links section as it currently stands, pending this future rewrite. I think that I could get to it eventually, when I finish my current projects. I do still think we need to police additions to the section to keep it from overwhelming the article itself. Also, while we're brainstorming -- one thing the recent links controversy reminded me is that the treatment of theme camps on this article and in wikipedia in general is lacking. I think eventually this article should spawn a full fledged Theme camps article. Kit , 16 October UTC. I think we should start Category:Burning Man to cover all of these related pages.
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