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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.

Oct 22 2013

Game of Bones: It’s Porn Parody Time!

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On Friday, WoodRocket.com will start releasing episodes of their new porn parody, Game of Bones: Winter is Cumming. We assume that fans can expect to see about as much sex as in the original series.

Recently, io9 featured some very thorough coverage of Game of Bones. (Fear not – it’s safe for work.) Click through for an interview with director Lee Roy Myers, a picture of fan favorite James Deen in a wig so silly that you’ll want to swallow whatever you’re drinking before you look at it, and a trailer featuring a throne made of dildos.

Oct 03 2013

Highlights from Gloryhole

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Did you have as much fun at Gloryhole as we did? Relive the night with these awesome articles and pictures!

L.A. Weekly captured some fabulous footage.

Xbiz thinks that we still look good at 42! Pictures here.

The writer from Vice didn’t have much fun, but the photos are fantastic.

You all struck some fierce poses in the Polite in Public photo booth.

If you want more, we’ve got more:

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Sep 27 2013

Thanks for Joining Us for Gloryhole!

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Our annual Gloryhole party was a resounding success! A huge thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our anniversary!

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Our parking lot has never looked so pretty.

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The people were pretty too!

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The Polite in Public photo booth was dreamy. Jiz Lee and Ela Darling thought so, anyway!

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The folks from Sweet Beats were getting everyone dancing, including the fabulous roving performers…

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…like the mischevious stilt walkers.

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The ladies on the pole made us question gravity for minute.

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Nina Hartley® (and many others) rode a giant vibrating rubber duck.

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Sex geeks were out in force!  Seen here: Ashley Manta, The Redhead Bedhead and Lady Cheeky. Ashley is sporting rope bondage by Midori. (There’s still time to register for Hands-On Rope Bondage and Aural Sex with Midori in West Hollywood this weekend. Don’t miss your chance!)

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We premiered our Sex is Back video campaign!

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The gloryhole featured electro clown sex…

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…lion/tamer sex…

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…and much more!

We hope that you’ll join us again next year!

Sep 26 2013

Porn Stars, Present & Future at Gloryhole: Nina Hartley®, Eddie Wood, & Betty Beaucoup

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Are you on the fence about whether to come to Gloryhole tonight? What if we reminded you that Nina Hartley® will be there?

For the last sneak peek before the party, we’re profiling the inimitable Nina Hartley® alongside two up-and-comers who will also be gracing the gloryhole this evening.

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Twenty-eight years into her career as a public advocate for sexual self-awareness, sanity and literacy, Nina Hartley® is just hitting her stride.  An exhibitionist with a cause, she created a persona that was wholly new at its inception in 1983 but is now part of the broader cultural lexicon: “feminist porn star.”

Through the 650-plus video and film titles she has made, her two decades of dance tours and her thousands of personal appearances, she has become the most enduringly popular star in the history of the medium. Having been awarded virtually every honor her industry can bestow, Ms. Hartley takes her greatest satisfaction from a diverse fan base that cuts across demographics of age, race and gender.

Still in high demand as an on-screen talent in X-rated features, Ms. Hartley also co-produces her own line of instructional videos, Nina Hartley’s Guides, the market-leader in adult sex-education-video programming, currently in its thirty-eighth installment. She lectures on campuses across the country and has contributed extensively to anthologies regarding sex and feminism.

Ms. Hartley is the author of Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex.

Earlier in the evening, Eddie Wood and Betty Beaucoup will be taking over the gloryhole with a performance that promises to be as adorable as their names and even hotter than their pictures. (Lucky you!)

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Eddie Wood made his pornographic debut in Buck Angel’s AVN-nominated and Feminist Porn Award winner, Sexing the Transman (Vol. 1).  He likes squirting, spanking, and mommy-boy play. He is also half of queer/trans/leftist alternative rap duo, Umpire Brolesque.

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Whether it’s tits, ass, or mouth, sexy triple threat Betty Beaucoup has a lot to offer. Queer, fat, and femme, Ms. Beaucoup truly puts the “galore” in g…lory hole!  She likes gender play, sucking cock, and being a (dirty) toy-slut.

You can find Nina Hartley®, Eddie Wood & Betty Beaucoup in the gloryhole tonight!

To RSVP, email gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

Sep 25 2013

Ready for Tomorrow Night? Reid Mihalko & AfroDisiac at Gloryhole

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We’re proud to have enticed the best performers out there to join us for Gloryhole tomorrow night. For example, sex expert Reid Mihalko and the ever-versatile AfroDisiac will each have a scene in the gloryhole itself.

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Sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko of www.ReidAboutSex.com helps adults create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor and knowledge.

Reid’s workshops and college lectures have been attended by close to 40,000 men and women. He has appeared in media such as Oprah’s Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Dr. Phil’s The Doctors on CBS, Bravo’s Miss Advised, Fox News, in Newsweek, Seventeen, GQ, The Washington Post, and in thirteen countries and at least seven languages.

Also, he is using a condom as a pocket square. Delightful.

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Who is AfroDisiac? She describes herself best: “Queen & King! Negress Unicorn, Comedian, Actress, Chef, Underwear Model, Designer, Bending, Fluid!”

As a performer she has been featured in Hella Brown by Feelmore510 Productions, Crash Pad, and  Public School by Cherry.JuiceBoxxx Productions.

You can find both Reid Mihalko and AfroDisiac in the gloryhole on the night of the party.

To RSVP, email gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

Sep 20 2013

Triple Threats: Jiz Lee & Allison Moon at Gloryhole

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The next two folks that we’re profiling in the lead-up to Gloryhole are triple threats: authors and educators as well as performers. They’ll be joining forces at the event!

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Jiz Lee is a genderqueer adult performer straddling genders and porn genres, with over 200 projects from indie and mainstream, American and International porn houses under their belt. In 2010, Jiz was awarded Feminist Porn Award’s Boundary Breaker, a defining moment within their exploits in adult. Throughout the years, Jiz has their fingers in a lot of good places: they moonlight behind the scenes at Shine Louise Houston’s Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.comPinkLabel.tv), and run the erotic philanthropic Karma Pervs.

It was through pornography that Jiz began writing as a contributor in various web and print publications, from Jezebel.com to the recent academic sensation: The Feminist Porn Book!

Jiz hopes to bring authenticity and diversity to sex in porn, and to help culture more understanding and open-mindedness around sexuality in general. Walking that talk, Jiz is currently taking on their most challenging project to date: coming out to their family about P-R-0-N. The result is a powerful conversation, channeled into their forthcoming anthology: How to Come Out Like a Porn Star: Adult Industry Essays on Family Matters. Ever fascinated by the radical potential of sex, love, and art, Jiz runs a personal blog about sex work as a medium for social activism at JizLee.com.

Allison Moon

Allison Moon is the author the Tales of the Pack series about lesbian werewolves and the upcoming sex-ed roadtrip book Girl Sex 101, which is Kickstarting now. In addition to writing Allison is a sex educator who has taught workshops on topics of lesbian sex, strap-on sex, pegging, gender, polyamory, and more across the US and Canada. Find her at Girlsex101.com.

You can find Jiz and Allison in the gloryhole on the night of the event.

To RSVP, email gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.