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Jan 24 2014

A Downton Abbey Porn Parody? Heavens!

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We were deeply happy to discover that Down on Abby, the porn parody of everyone’s favorite soap opera set in an English manor house, is in the works. From Time:

The porn version of Julian Fellowes’ award winning drama is set at the illustrious estate of Bottomley Manor owned by * ahem * Lord and Lady Grabhem who live there with their stepdaughters Abby and Fanny and, naturally, a manservant called Master Bates.

What can we expect? Erotic silver-polishing? Vintage underclothes? Homoerotic tension in the trenches? There are so many possibilities.

Jan 10 2014

What Makes A Good Dick Pic?

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Wondering what to do this weekend? Why not get lost in a vortex of dick pics?

Critique My Dick Pic (NSFW) is a blog that fulfills an essential function: teaching dick pic takers what a good dick pic looks like. Its founder and resident dick pic critic, Madeleine Holden, remains body positive throughout, focusing on composition and thoughtfulness rather than the dicks themselves. In a recent article for The Hairpin, Holden answered the question on all of our minds: “what makes a good dick pic?” (All links NSFW.)

I’m often asked this, and I consistently repeat a few key tips: don’t send a log. Realize the power of your hands to transform a dick pic from ordinary to wettie-inducing. Pay attention to the background and setting of your picture, and understand how off-putting a visible pile of dirty laundry or extremely mundane collection of shower gels can be.

We recommend that you spend some time on her blog learning about the triumphs and failures of others, and then try creating a masterpiece of your own.

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.