Your Questions! Sex Positive Boston February Discussion When: Thursday, February 16th, 7:45 pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, MA Cost: Free, optional donation For this month's discussion, we tried something new! We asked attendees to submit any question you have around human sexuality -- anything from "Where is a good place to buy a vibrator?" to "Why are some people into ____?" Then participants had a chance to vote on which of the questions they were most interested in discussing, and we discussed the most popular questions.
Black Market When: Sunday, February 12th, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Where: Elks Lodge in Cambridge, MA Cost: $1 Pleasure Pie tabled at this alternative flea market with zines, stickers, pins, and fair trade vegan dark chocolate genital pops! Other vendors featured handmade artwork, prints, patches, records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, macrame; vintage clothing, accessories, books, as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings, and more!
Sexual Health Lobby Day 2017 When: Tuesday, January 31st, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm Where: The Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA Cost: Free Pleasure Pie will be tabling at the Sexual Health Fair portion of this event! We will be giving out FREE zines, stickers, and more! Sexual Health Lobby Day is an annual opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials and advocate for access to sexual and reproductive health care. The event consisted of a sexual health fair and activist speakers in the morning, followed by a workshop on how to lobby. Then participates met directly with state legislators to advocate for sexual health care and education.
Owning Your Identity & Sexuality: Sex Positive Boston January Discussion When: Thursday, January 19th, 7:45 pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, MA Cost: Free, optional donation This month's topic was owning your sexuality and identity. How do you express your ownership of your identities / pleasure / sexuality / body? How can owning your identities be a form of resistance? What might that look like?
Sexual Assumptions: Sex Positive Boston December Discussion When: Thursday, December 15th, 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, MA Cost: Free, optional donation This month's discussion was about sexual assumptions. We delved into questions like: What kinds of assumptions do you think people make about your sexuality in general, and also based on defining characteristics about you (i.e. your age, race, marital status, parenting status, ability status, body type, sexual orientation, gender identity, whether you've experienced sexual assault in the past, etc.)? Do you push back on those assumptions at all? Also, what assumptions do you notice yourself making about others' sexualities? What is your truest sexuality like, as opposed to the way people might expect it to be?
Remember and Restore: Celebrating our Loved Ones & Our Strengths When: Saturday, November 19, 5:00pm - 8:00pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, MA Cost: Free Pleasure Pie and The Meeting Point joined forces to host a celebration of Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience. It was an event to honor, revel, and love all of the spectacular beings in our community through art, performance, discussion, and snacks! We gathered for community, connection and solidarity – we are a powerful people and we are in this together.
Get Political: Sex Positive Boston November Discussion When: Thursday, November 17th, 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, MA Cost: Free, optional donation This month's topic was getting political. We asked: So, Donald Trump is our next president. What can we do? How can we protect our rights to have an abortion, get health insurance that covers birth control, teach comprehensive sex education, etc.? What can we do to prevent the rise of hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims, Middle Easterners, other people of color, LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, etc.? Do you have experience trying to make an impact on politics and government policies/laws? Are you new to political activism and want to brainstorm ways you can contribute? Let's brainstorm together and support one another!
REVOLT Play: Zine Making Workshop When: Thursday, November 10th, performance at 7:30pm, zine-making workshop afterward Where: Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts Cost: $15 students age 25 and under, $33 seniors 65+, $38 general public. A play about gender, sex, and so much more. Following the play, Pleasure Pie led a zine making workshop. Zine prompts included: "SEXXX: How does your gender affect your experiences of sex?" "Oh god, oh god, Turmp is our next president: What are your feelings and reactions to the election results? Self care ideas?" "He will not define us! Ideas for resistance during Trump's presidency" "Bodies: How do you feel about your body? How does your gender affect this?" and ""Work work work work work: How does your gender affect your experiences of work?"
DIY: Cloth Pads Workshop When: Sunday, November 6th, 11:30am - 12:30pm Where: Good Vibrations feminist sex toy shop in Brookline, MA Cost: $6 in advance, $10 at the door. In this hands-on workshop, participants learned a super easy way to take soft, repurposed fabric and create practical, easy to use cloth menstrual pads. After each use, all you have to do is throw them in the washing machine, and they're ready to go! Everyone went home with their very own reusable fabric menstrual pad, AND a copy of our Sustainable Alternatives for Pads & Tampons zine!
REVOLT Play: Smashing the Patriarchy Panel When: Thursday, November 3rd, performance at 7:30pm, panel discussion afterward Where: Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts Cost: $15 students age 25 and under, $33 seniors 65+, $38 general public. A play about gender, sex, and so much more. There were moments that are so, so relatable, and others that are bizarrely surreal. Nicole's favorite part was the conversation a M/F couple have about how the words he uses to describe having sex with her give the impression that he's not seeing her as an active participant. That wording sounds dry, but it's actually so good!! Nicole participated in a panel discussion on the themes of REVOLT – A little #MasculinitySo Fragile, some #EffYourBeautyStandards, and a whole lot of #SmashThePatriarchy. Other panelists included: Linda Luz-Alterman from Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Day Marcucci of Boston Feminists for Liberation, and Professor Erika Williams from Emerson College.
Sex Positive Boston October Discussion: Dating When: Thursday, October 20, 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, MA Cost: Free, optional donation This month's discussion topic was dating! We discussed questions like: Do you like dating? Dislike dating? Have you tried online dating? Do you date casually, or have committed relationships, or both? Do you identify as polyamorous, monogamous, or somewhere in between (or something else)?
Emerging Sex Positive Activist Workshop When: Thursday, October 13 Where: Good Vibrations feminist sex toy shop in Brookline, MA Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door What kind of activist are you? This workshop is an interactive guide to figuring out how you can use your passion for sexual freedom to create real change. You are most effective when you're doing what you love, so let's figure out how you can take what you love doing (maybe it's writing, researching, starting conversations, making art, nurturing the people around you, or anything else you might be good at) and use it to create a more sexually accepting culture! All participants received a free copy of our Sexual Freedom Activism Field Guide zine.
The Future of Your Sexuality: Sex Positive Boston September Discussion When: Thursday, September 15, 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain Cost: Free / Optional donation This month's topic was the future of your sexuality! We talked about where we would like to see our relationships to sexuality grow and develop in the coming months and years. What are some intentions we want to set for ourselves? How do we feel about setting intentions, versus being satisfied with where we are now? We also wrote letters to our future selves, which Nicole will mail out at some point in the next year.
New Zineland Zine Fest (tabling) When: Sunday, August 21, 12pm-6pm Where: YMCA in Cambridge, MA Cost: Free A festival of people selling and trading their zines! There was a Pleasure Pie table with lots of sexuality related zines, stickers, and other awesome merch. There were also tons of artists and writers slinging their self-published works from comics to artzines to fanzine to books. Plus, there were free zine making workshops all day upstairs, along with talks, workshops, and skillshares with some of New England's finest creators.
Sexual Fantasies: Sex Positive Boston August Discussion When: Thursday, August 18, 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain Cost: Free / Optional donation This discussion explored the topic of sexual fantasies. We delved into questions like, Do you have sexual fantasies? If so, who is in them? People you know? Celebrities? Imaginary people? Vague people? Do you think you should get someone's consent before fantasizing about them? We approached this from a nonjudgmental angle where everyone was encouraged to share their differing beliefs and perspectives.
Positive Change Brainstorm Sesh: Sex Positive Boston July Discussion When: Thursday, July 21, 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain Cost: Free / Optional donation This month's discussion group was a brainstorming session about what we all can do (individually and/or collectively) in response to Orlando, killings by and of police, and racism and oppression in general. We used this discussion to think creatively about how we can contribute to positive change in light of these dark circumstances. There is no one right answer, and we are not here to tell you what approach is right for you. We also talked about how each of us was feeling about the recent tragic events, and how self care and boundaries can play into how we choose to engage with these issues.
Sex Positive Boston June Discussion When: Thursday, June 16th at 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain Cost: Free / Optional donation This month's topic was the excitement of new sex partners. We explored questions including: Do you like to find new people to be sexual with often? If so, how do you make sure that no one gets (emotionally) hurt in short term flings? If you are more monogamous, how do you keep up exciting sexual energy with your partner?
Sex Positive Boston May Discussion When: Thursday, May 26th at 7:45pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain Cost: Free / Optional donation In our May discussion, we talked about sex drives. Questions included: Do you tend to have a high sex drive, low sex drive, or somewhere in the middle? Is your sex drive ever different than what would be most convenient for you? Have you ever had a different sex drive than a partner? Have you ever tried to alter your sex drive to be more or less active? Any tips, techniques, fails, or stories about that? How do you navigate communicating about wanting to have sex when you're not sure if your partner is in the mood?
Sex Positive Boston April Discussion When: Thursday, April 14, 7:45 pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain Cost: Free / Optional donation In our April discussion, we explored the following questions: What insecurities do you have around sex? How do your insecurities affect how you express yourself sexually? This can be what you do and don't do sexually, what you seek out, how your sexual interactions play out, how you talk about sex, etc. What do you do to work with / overcome your sexual insecurities?
Emerging Sex Positive Activist Workshop When: Wednesday, March 30, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Where: Good Vibrations in Brookline, MA Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door What kind of activist are you? This workshop was an interactive guide to figuring out how you can use your passion for sexual freedom to create real change. You are most effective when you're doing what you love, so we talked about how each of us can take what we love doing (maybe it's writing, researching, starting conversations, making art, nurturing people, or anything else you might be good at) and use it to create a more sexually accepting culture!
Sex Positive Boston March Discussion When: Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain This edition of Sex Positive Boston was a space to air out any social justice or sex-positive frameworks / messages / ways of doing things that have rubbed you the wrong way or left you feeling confused. We had a chance to explore our thoughts and feelings about the things that came up for us, and heard the perspectives of other people in the group. At times we disagreed with each other, and that is OKAY! It was interesting to hear how different people (who likely share similar values about sexual freedom) had very different experiences with and reactions to certain concepts.
Leap Year Celebration and HAIR: The Art Show When: Sunday, February 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Where: The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, MA It's the queerest time of the year! In exaltation of the longest shortest month, gathered with the intention to connect, network, snack, see/make art, and play with people from the local community. There was a good & bad hair experiences ceremony, a DIY felt body craft making station, a zine making station, eyebrow glittering, a selfie stick-style photo booth with fun wigs an props, a raffle with prizes like massages and private yoga sessions, and a hair-themed art show! This interactive celebration of all things queer, hairy, and arty took place at The Meeting Point, a social justice-based healing center in JP that is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms.
Healthy Boundaries or Oppressive Restrictions? Sex Positive Boston January Discussion When: Wednesday, January 6, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA Have you ever been in a situation where you were asked to change your sexual behavior to make someone else (for instance, a partner) more comfortable? Or have you ever asked someone to change their behavior because of your own boundaries? In these types of situations, how do you figure out whether these are healthy boundaries, or oppressive restrictions? And if you are trying to embrace your sexuality and grow into feeling a sense of sexual freedom, how does adhering to someone else's boundaries play into that? We explored these questions and more at the January meeting of Sex Positive Boston.
Embracing Your Sexuality Workshop When: Monday, December 7, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Where: Good Vibrations in Brookline, MA Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Why is sex awkward to talk about? What does it mean to be “normal” in regard to sex, and is it worth striving toward? How can you learn to love your sexual personality? In this participatory discussion-based workshop, we talked about the ways in which our culture pressures us to fit our sexuality into a box, and what we can do to overcome that pressure by accepting and cultivating own unique sexual personalities. There was a focus on moving beyond fear, shame, and embarrassment toward openness, confidence, and an attitude of self-love.
Sack of Porn: Sex Positive Boston December Discussion When: Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA What do you think of the way race is portrayed in porn? What does it mean to have a racial preference? A racial fetish? How can we talk about this stuff while celebrating diverse sexual expression? This edition of Sex Positive Boston was a collaboration between Pleasure Pie, Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group, and The Sextacular Show.
Consent Is Sexy Make Out Party When: Sunday, November 29, 7:00 pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA We started the night with a thoughtful discussion about consent, exploring questions like: What are some ways you can ask for consent without it being awkward? How can you say yes? How can you say no? How can you react when someone says no to you? Then we had some time to practice what we had talked about by respectfully asking someone to kiss.
Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship When: Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Where: Harvard University Nicole was a panelist on the “Let's Have 'The Talk'” panel, which focused on ways to effectively and creatively combat stigma and deliver sexual health resources and information to those in need of them.
The Sextacular Show: Droppin' Knowledge When: Thursday, November 12, 9:30 pm Where: Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA Over the past year and a half, Pleasure Pie has joined forces with organizers from Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group and The Sextacular Show to create discussions on sex and race. In the November edition of The Sextacular Show, we shared our reflections on this collaboration, and the importance of collaboration in general, with the always-lovely-and-supportive Sextacular audience. We bubbled over with the enthusiasm of four full-hearted community organizers who were geeking out onstage, while drinking Prosecco and eating French cookies. Nicole would like the record to show that she ate the most cookies. Video here!
Sex Letter Writing at Harvard Sex Week When: Thursday, November 12, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Where: Harvard University, Sever 206 Nicole led this workshop for members of the Harvard community to write letters to their younger selves about what they wish they knew about sex, bodies, relationships, gender, etc. back then. Participants explored their current relationship to sex and sexuality in a creative, reflective way. There was also free Thai food and sex toys!
Emerging Sex Positive Activist Workshop When: Thursday, November 5, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Where: Good Vibrations in Brookline, MA Are you interested in getting more involved in sex-positive activism? Nicole led this discussion on activism and creating sex-positive communities. We explored how you can find ways to help create a more sex-positive culture using your skills and interests, whether they include writing, researching, starting conversations, making art, nurturing the people around you, or anything else you might be good at.
Your Sexual Expression: Sex Positive Boston November Discussion When: Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA Do you find it easy/natural to express your sexual side, or is it a challenge? What does your sexual expression look like? If there was no possibility of judgment, what might your most authentic sexual expression look like? We explored these questions and more at the November meeting of Sex Positive Boston.
The Femme Show When: Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17, 7:30pm Where:The YMCA in Cambridge, MA "Queer art for queer people." Queer and subversive femininity celebrated in the form of a fun variety show! Plus a Pleasure Pie merch table.
Boston Zine Fest When: Saturday, October 10, 12pm-6pm Where:Make Shift Boston Nicole read her sex letter from Sex Letters Volume One in the zine reading. There were also tons of awesome zines by lots of creative people.
DJs at the Dem Part 1 Feat. Sol Nova & DJ Silly Syl When: Friday, October 9, 7:30pm-1am Where:The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA Pleasure Pie tabled at this anti-oppressive, community cultivating electronic music show featuring funky electro beats and local musicians.
Sex and Shame: Sex Positive Boston October Discussion When: Tuesday, October 6, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA A thoughtful discussion on sex and shame. We discussed questions including: Have you ever felt ashamed of your sexual feelings / lack of sexual feelings, sexual orientation, sexual expression, etc.? If so, what was that experience like for you? What do you do to navigate this shame?
Sex Letter Writing Party! When: Sunday, September 20, 11am-1pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge A party where we all got together to write Sex Letters! What's a Sex Letter, you ask? It's a letter you write to your teenage self saying everything you wish you knew about sex as a teenager. At the end of the party, we had an open mic where people were able to read their letters aloud, which was really powerful (you all are amazing)!
An Affair to Remember features a Pleasure Pie Art Plate When: Saturday, September 19, 6pm-9pm Where: Providence, RI The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health celebrated its 5th birthday with an elegant evening of art, food, cocktails, and entertainment. Nicole made an art plate inspired by a quote by Joycelyn Elders, which was featured in the "A Place at the Table" art installation.
Sex Positive Boston September Discussion: Sex and Love When: Sunday, September 13, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA A thoughtful discussion on sex and love. We explored questions including: Do you find that having sex with someone feels like an expression of love? Does it deepen the love you have for someone? How does it feel to have sex with someone you don't love?
Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit When: August 13-16 Where: Alexandria, Virginia Nicole led a Sex Positive Zine Making workshop where participants made all sorts of amazing creations! There were also loads of other awesome workshops, performances, and sex geeks. See photos and a recap here.
Amorous Revolt When: July 31 - August 2, 2015 Where: Near Baltimore Nicole joined forces with the fabulous Chris Connolly of The Sextacular Show to bring you two sex positive workshops: Putting the Sex(y) Back in Sexually Transmitting Infections AND Communicating for Better Relationships. See workshop descriptions here.
Sex and Race: Sex Positive Boston July Discussion When: Tuesday, July 7, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA A discussion of sex and race, and sex positivity and anti-racism! We went around the room saying sex negative things that we've found ourselves thinking recently, and then went around again saying racist things we've found ourselves thinking recently. Then we reflected on what it felt like to hear other people's sex negative and racist thoughts. This discussion was extra special because it was co-organized by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racist Group and The Sextacular Show!
Body Positive Undies Party / Pleasure Pie Pie Party! When: Thursday, June 11, 7:30pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA This was the first event of Pleasure Pie's new Experiential Growth Series where we take discussions one step further by actually engaging in the things we're talking about, during the conversation! In this case, engaging consisted of allowing your body to be seen while talking about your relationship to your body.
Sex and Judgment: Sex Positive Boston June Discussion When: Tuesday, June 2, 7:15pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA A thoughtful discussion of sex and judgment. We reflected on our experiences of feeling judged for sexual things we've done (or not done), and our experiences of judging others.
Sticky Stories: Sexual Confessions & Awkward Adventures When: Saturday, May 2, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA A night of hilarious, embarrassing, and all-too-relatable stories of sexual escapades and misadventures. Put on by the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, aka Pleasure Pie's way cooler big sister that we're always trying to be like (except we're not actually related). Nicole told the dramatic true story of her first love. There was also a Pleasure Pie merch table, and a one-of-a-kind Pleasure Pie raffle prize.
The Sextacular Show When: Thursday, April 30, 9:30pm Where: Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA A dazzling variety show where performers celebrate their unique sexual personalities onstage, for your entertainment! Following the show, Nicole facilitated a discussion on how to create a more sex positive society. There was also a Pleasure Pie table with lots of great zines and merch.
Black Market (art / record / flea / artisan market) When: Sunday, April 26, 11am-5pm Where: The Cambridge Community Center in Cambridge, MA Pleasure Pie will tabled with zines and other great merch along with 75+ other vendors at this alternative stuff market. Stuff for sale ranged from secondhand to handmade, including artwork, zines, records, body care, baked goods, books, patches, pins, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelry, tea, astrology readings, and more!
Sex Positive Boston April Discussion When: Tuesday, April 14, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA This month's discussion centered around telling our life stories, in pairs, with an emphasis on sexuality.
Super Sex Trivia Night at Emerson When: March 19, 7pm Where: Emerson College Pleasure Pie, The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, and Emerson Peace and Social Justice joined forces to bring a rousing game of sex trivia to Emerson College!
Feminist Zinefest NYC When: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12pm-6pm Where: Barnard College, 3009 Broadway St, NYC Pleasure Pie tabled and read from Choose Your Own Consensual Adventure in a Pleasure/Discomfort themed set of readings.
Zine Machine Fest When: Friday, February 20, 2015, 3pm-10pm Where: Durham Armory, Durham, NC A festival of anti-corporate, autonomous, alternative printed matter in the heart of the Dirty South, featuring a Pleasure Pie table.
Sex Positive Boston February Discussion When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7pm Where: The Lucy Parsons Center in Jamaica Plain, MA A thoughtful, reflective discussion about sex positivity, facilitated by Naveh Halperin.
Sticky Stories When: Saturday, February 13, 2015, 7pm Where: AS220's Black Box Theatre, Providence, RI A night of people sharing their real-life embarrassing stories about sex-related mishaps. Put on by the amazing Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health of Rhode Island. Pleasure Pie tabled with sex positive Valentines!
Hump Day Sex Trivia & Zine Reading When: Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7pm Where: Velvet Lips Headquarters, 1464 Athens Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA Nicole led a rousing game of sex trivia, and an interactive reading from her zine Choose Your Own Consensual Adventure.
Sex Positive Boston January Meeting When: Monday, January 12, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA We talked about how sex in porn, movies, books, and music have influenced each of our relationships to sex.
Sex Positive Boston December Meeting When: Monday, December 8, 2014, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA This month's meeting focused on how we deal with it when we're uncomfortable with or even disturbed by something that someone else finds sexy.
Sex Positive Boston First Meeting When: Monday, November 10, 7pm Where: The Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA A thoughtful discussion on sex positive topics and a show-and-tell of sex positive projects.
Boston’s Emerging Feminist Scholars and Activists Expo When: Saturday, November 8, 12:30-4:30 Where: Lesley University, Brattle Campus A mini-conference for feminist student activists in Boston. Featuring a workshop by Hollaback! Boston and, of course, a Pleasure Pie table.
The Femme Show When:Friday & Saturday, October 17 & 18, 2014, 7:30pm Where:The YMCA in Cambridge, MA "Queer art for queer people." Queer and subversive femininity celebrated in the form of a fun variety show! Featuring a Pleasure Pie merch table.
Boston Zine Fest (tabling) When: Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12pm-6pm Where: Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA Pleasure Pie tabled with zines and other publications.
Boston Zine Fest (zine readings) When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 6pm-8pm Where: Washington Street Art, 321 Washington Street, Somerville, MA Nicole read from her Choose Your Own Consensual Adventure zine with the help of a wonderful volunteer.
Smut Night When: September 13, 2014, 7:00pm Where: AS220 in Providence, RI Nicole performed an adaptation of Choose Your Own Consensual Adventure onstage. The audience got to decide how she would initiate sex with her partner (her beloved real-life partner, Eric Supil), and how she would react when he was hesitant. It was a lot of fun! You can read more about it here.
New England Zine Fest When: August 16, 2014, 12pm-6pm Where: The YMCA in Cambridge, MA This was Pleasure Pie’s big debut! You can read Nicole's ecstatic reflections here.