Special Interest Groups

For many SM groups across the country, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are providing a way for members to meet other members who share a particular interest or passion. Types of SIGs include things such as bondage, spanking, temporary play piercing or D/s.

Currently, Janus has two Special Interest Groups - the The SF Bay Area Erotic Hypnosis Group and EXPOSURE, the Janus photography SIG.

The San Francisco Bay Area Erotic Hypnosis Group was founded in 2011 and is the SF Bay Area's sole hypnofetish organization. We became a Society of Janus SIG in 2014.

Erotic hypnosis includes a wide range of hot, sexy things we can do with trance and suggestion. This includes enhancing or transforming sensation, creating feelings of immobility or external body control, intensified emotions or experiences of D/s and role play, the creation of positive hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren't actually there), playing with memory, and creating powerful internal experiences.

We teach EH as a collaborative, improvisational process in which both hypnotist and hypnotee are active participants. Rapport and trust are the foundations of everything we do. Our group is dedicated to teaching erotic hypnosis skills for both hypnotists and subjects, and to providing opportunities for meeting new people, practice and play.

We hold regular meetings at 7:30pm on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic for us to discuss and explore. Our meetups are always beginner-friendly, with time for introductory questions at the beginning, and are a combination of discussions, demos, exercises, and socializing. Our group as a whole, and our members individually, also organize classes, events, and meetups at other times and locations in the Bay Area.

We are the folks behind the Western Erotic Hypnosis Unconference, which is held every fall.

EXPOSURE: SF Bay Area Photography Group a.k.a. SoJ_EXPOSURE was founded in 2014 and we host monthly photo shoots at various locations in the bay area. We are a group that welcomes photographers of all levels, from the casual enthusiast to the seasoned professional. All of our events are open to anyone who would like to come. Our “models” are individuals from the community who enjoy being photographed, though we welcome professional models as well.

It is important to mention that we have a system in place to protect the privacy of those who come to be photographed at our shoots. Photographers must obtain release forms (provided by us) from models indicating that the model agrees to allow the use of their images. We want to stress that it is NOT mandatory for models to share images taken at an EXPOSURE event. Release forms by the models are also signed to indicate the level of comfort and what type of images may be shared via photographer’s portfolio and Society of Janus social media use/publication.

The goal of EXPOSURE is to provide a safe space for individuals to come practice taking pictures and for models to add to their collection of kink and non-kink photos.