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Mar 19 2014

Conner Habib on Porn & Hatred

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In an article on The Stranger today, gay porn star Conner Habib takes on the arguments that people who are anti-porn use to attack porn performers. You know the ones: disease, objectification, what about the children?, etc. He uses the essay, called, “What I Want to Know is Why You Hate Porn Stars,” to break each of these arguments down to its emotional components, dismissing bad science and addressing people’s feelings instead. Between each argument, he tells a short anecdote about his time with an ex boyfriend who loved him but hated that he worked in porn. The article is, frankly, gorgeous. We wish that we could send it to everyone who has ever said anything hateful about a porn performer, but we’re going to have to settle for quoting it here:

I’ll talk on your terms.

Here are your terms: Men are too enthusiastic about sex. They like it more than women do. They don’t know how to control it. They’re like stupid babies about it. And when they get that way, all horny, they turn other people into objects.

Objects. See, it’s hard for me to hear from you that we’re responsible for objectification—that we objectify each other and help our audiences objectify us. It’s hard to hear because aren’t you the same person who won’t listen to us when we tell you we enjoy it?

Aren’t you turning us into objects that support your ideas?

Okay, let’s just skip that part, I already went over it, and I don’t want to tire you out by repeating myself.

How about this: Aren’t we part object? Isn’t there a part of us made out of stuff? What’s so wrong with appreciating that aspect of ourselves? Why is that “dehumanizing”? I’m not sure why you think bodies are such an unimportant part of being alive.

Read the whole piece here. Please.

Mar 05 2014

Free Workshops This Month in L.A.

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hot sex dr jessHot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks with Dr. Jess
Wednesday, March 5th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Fulfill your lover’s wildest dreams with Hot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks for both women and men. From seduction moves and dirty talk to hot foreplay and sizzling “finishing moves,” Dr. Jess will share her favorite techniques from her best-selling book.

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 11th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

nina-hartleyBlow Jobs and Beyond with Nina Hartley
Wednesday, March 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Get ready to celebrate Steak and a BJ Day in style! Porn star and sex educator extraordinaire Nina Hartley will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. The class will cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Kinky Sex for Curious Couples with Mary
Tuesday, March 18th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn skills of communication and negotiation around BDSM with your partner and how it can be an intensely romantic journey between two (or more) people. Bondage, role play, sensation play – all of these things and more can be enjoyed within a loving relationship, whether monogamous or open. Our Sex Specialists will cover safety, tips, tricks, and how to choose quality implements. For beginners and seasoned players alike. Singles welcome too!

sarah-tG-Spotting 101 with Sarah
Wednesday, March 19th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure  Chest
Tuesday, March 25th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

buttocks of a womanButt Sex Basics with Kate and Koko
Wednesday, March 26th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal G-Spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Jan 31 2014

Porn 101

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Have you considered working in porn?  The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, a group that includes some of the best-known porn stars out there, has put out a video for prospective performers. In it, working performers cover everything from on-set etiquette to consent, to STIs, to income, to what you can expect from your agent. Even if you have no interest in working in the adult industry, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Dec 04 2013

Nina Hartley® in Chicago!

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Author, educator and porn sensation Nina Hartley® will be teaching three workshops at our Chicago store next week! You don’t want to miss them.

Threesomes and Then Some with Nina Hartley®
Tuesday December 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn threesome decorum with sexpert and lifestyle non-monogamist Nina Hartley®. Nina and her partner enjoy true love, commitment, and an active swinging sex life. Using her personal experience and professional expertise, she will guide you through negotiations with your partner around flirting, swinging, safety, creative sex play, and how to honor the relationship between primary partners.

 

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50 with Nina Hartley®
Wednesday, December 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 

Finding your Dominance with Nina Hartley®
Thursday December 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

So, you want to take on a dominant role with your sweetie, but you’re not sure how to start? Don’t worry! Sex educator and adult film superstar Nina Hartley® will help you feel comfortable and excited as you experiment with life on the top side! She’ll also show you some amazing (and simple!) tips and tricks to help you take the lead – and the leash – both in the bedroom and in the dungeon.

Nov 18 2013

Tristan Taormino on Feminist Porn

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We were honestly surprised to see that Cosmopolitan recently featured an interview with wildly prolific educator, author and pornographer Tristan Taormino, in which she answered questions about feminist porn. Normally, Cosmo’s sex writing is more “Ten Tricks to Please Your Man” and less “What role do you think mainstream porn plays in the sexualization of men?” but this interview really impressed us.

Says Taormino,

Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued.

We recommend that you check it out, both as a primer on feminist porn and for Taormino’s recommendations for the feminist porn novice, including The Crash Pad series and her own Rough Sex films.

Then, if you want to hear more from Tristan Taormino, watch her interviews on Sex is Back, our new storytelling campaign.

Nov 15 2013

Tonight: Remembering Carlos A Fundraiser for April Flores

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On October 22nd, photographer and filmmaker Carlos Batts passed away unexpectedly. Tonight, you can join the Los Angeles arts community in a fundraiser to help his wife, April Flores, with the financial costs associated with his death.

Antebellum Gallery is hosting a silent auction featuring donated works from major contemporary artists  like Coop, Matthew Bone and Shepard Fairey, photographers including Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Hoelck, Eric Kroll and Estevan Oriol, and adult film icons Buck Angel and Nina Hartley. April Flores has also donated works by Batts himself.

Antebellum Gallery
1643 N. Las Palmas
Hollywood, CA 90028

Friday, November 15, 2013
6 – 9 PM

If you cannot attend, please consider donating to the Carlos Batts Memorial Fund.

Nov 05 2013

Buck Angel, Sex Nerd Sandra & More! November Workshops in Los Angeles

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Looking for something to fill those long November nights? What better way than to pick up some sexy new skills?

buckangelSexing the Transman with Buck Angel
Monday, November 11th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Pioneering filmmaker Buck Angel gives an audio-visual tour of trans male sexuality, including video interviews with a variety of trans men and the people who love them. Buck is your guide to re-defining gender and enjoying the fluidity of sexuality and individual expression of identity. We’ll explore how to affirm and acknowledge individual gender and sexuality, the effects of testosterone on trans men and how to let go of social constructs in order to become more comfortable and self accepting.

Performance Anxiety : Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, November 12th @8-10pm 

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

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BDSM Basics with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, November 13th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Do you want to explore BDSM in the bedroom? Let Sex Nerd Sandra show you how to plan a kinky scene, from negotiation to aftercare. We’ll discuss safety and communication, how to choose quality implements, and the basics of bondage, roleplay and more. Open to beginners and seasoned players alike. Singles welcome!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Kate & Larkin
Wednesday, November 20th @ 8-10pm, FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

Oct 24 2013

Director Carlos Batts Passes Away

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We are sad to report that director and photographer Carlos Batts passed away on Tuesday night. Batt’s longtime collaboration with his wife April Flores produced several acclaimed adult films and, earlier this year, a book of photography called Fat Girl, for the release of which they were invited to speak at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Said Flores, “I think Carlos impacted people in a positive way by including all different body types, ethnicities and gender representation and really focusing on the art of each project and always staying true to his artistic vision.”

Batts’ obituary can be found on XBIZ.