ALA News and Updates

Hi! We know we let ourselves fall off the map but we’re back and ready for a great semester. Get excited!

News and Updates:

Our library is now in Olin! They are separate from the main collection so contact Stephanie Atkins if you want access to the books. We’re adding more books, especially some more LGBTQIA/GSRM (whatever acronym you prefer) friendly novels related to kink and, hopefully, some requested erotica. If there is something you would like to see us add in the future please shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you.

We have events coming up!

  • General Body Meeting:

Come join us February 24th from 7:30-9:00pm in DUC 240 for pizza and drinks! This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the club and get involved in future ALA planning.

  • Intro to Kink Roundtable Discussion:

Come join us March 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm in DUC 239 for a kink related discussion with members of the local kink community. 

We’re hoping to have a workshop on Formal and Informal Negotiation on March 24th and we’ll also be involved in Sex Week (March 31- April 4).

Also, we’ll be trying to make our blog more interactive so we’ll be posting random Alternative Lifestyle related news, kink related fan-fiction and creative fiction found online, as well as book reviews of current kink related novels, etc.

Please feel free to send us links to anything you think would be a good addition to our blog and please feel free to reach out, ask us questions, send us event ideas and suggestions, or just say hi. We’re primarily a resource group so please let us know how we can make ourselves more accessible. We love to hear from all of you!




ALA Library

Hey Everyone!

The ALA library is being moved to Olin Library!

We are really excited about this opportunity to make these resources available to the WashU community!

While we are transferring the books they will be unavailable but an announcement will be made as soon as the move is complete.

-ALA Execs

ALA Presents Multiple Kink Workshops on Wednesday, February 8:

Leather History and Protocol (Interactive Discussion)
Time: 10AM-11AM and 11:30-12:30
Where did all the symbolism behind leather vests, caps and boots come from? How have they become part of a culture with military-strict protocol? Come find out the history, purpose, and modern practice of leather culture from a St. Louis local.

Shibari Rope Bondage Basics (Demo and Workshop)
Time: 1pm-2:30pm and 2:30pm-4pm
Learn how to restrain yourself or a partner with simple, safe, and secure tires from a local rope bondage guru. The first fifteen attendees can keep the rope.

Power Exchange and Play (Interactive Discussion)
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm and 4-5pm
For those new to BDSM and power exchange, how can we transfer authority to or from someone else to enhance an enjoyable experience.

Exploring Your Sexuality
Come talk with local experts and a Chicago-based professional dominatrix about how to improve your body image and explore your sexuality in a safe and fun way.


*We will try to post locations as soon as possible! We hope to see a lot of you there!

Trans* Awareness Week!

Trans* Awareness Week!

Instead of a workshop this week, we’re going to support Pride Alliance’s event Trans* Awareness Week.  We will be going to the Transgender Safe Space Training on Thursday at 6 PM in Umrath 140, but please go to whatever events work in your schedule!  See the Facebook page for full details of each of the events!

Apply to Leadershape!

Great news!  Leadershape is back at WashU!  This is an AWESOME program and I strongly encourage everyone to sign up if you haven’t already!  If you are a current ALA member and would like a recommendation, send an email to the group mailing list and I (Diana) will gladly recommend you!

Rope Bite Munch!

Hi everyone — you should really check this out:

(copied with permission  – FetLife account required to RSVP, but if you don’t have one, shoot an email in response to one of the weekly emails, and we’ll send you the info so you can come, too!)

Join us for the very first Rope Bite Saint Louis!

Do you love rope bondage? Just curious? Want to eat tasty food and talk with others who share your interests?

Join us for the very first Rope Bite St. Louis at Shameless Grounds! This is a pansexual social event centered around rope-based bondage, open to anyone over the age of 18. Rope Bite St. Louisis dedicated to promoting interest in and sharing knowledge about all aspects of rope bondage.

Rope Bite Saint Louis is a free munch. There is no cost to attend, but you are invited to avail yourself of the tasty menu of food and beverages at Shameless Grounds.

More than just another munch, Rope Bite Saint Louis is a workshop and discussion event too!

This month, the topic will be “Why rope?”. T0ne will also demo and teach the Somerville Bowline to those that are interested.

See the Event Page to RSVP!