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Sep 20 2013

Pete Holmes, Eric Andre & More! Performance Anxiety September 24th

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performance anxiety flyerSeptember 24th

Join us on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Enjoy Rob Gleeson on coming out of the closet.

Jul 01 2013

Prostates, Pegging, Bondage & MoreJuly in Chicago

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Hey Chicago. How was your Pride? Did you party as hard as we did? Rest up and join us in July for free classes on safer sex, bondage and G-Spotting. We’re also hosting  guest educators Dr. Charlie Glickman and Aislinn Emirzian with back to back workshops on prostates and pegging. Read on for our complete schedule in July and beyond.

charlie_aislinnThe Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure with Dr. Charlie Glickman & Aislinn Emirzian
Wednesday, July 10th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Curious about prostate play? We’ll discuss the common concerns that prevent people from exploring it (and how to overcome them), tips for easy and pleasurable anal penetration, prostate massage, choosing the best toys, pegging, and much more. Whether you’re just starting out or you already enjoy prostate play, come learn some new ways to make sex even better.

Pegging 101 with Dr. Charlie Glickman and Aislinn Emirzian
Thursday, July 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

“Pegging” (women using strap-on dildos with men) has become very popular, but it’s much more fun when you have the info to make it easy. We’ll discuss the different options for dildos and harnesses, how to pick the right lubricant, positions for prostate stimulation, ways to include hand jobs, roleplay and much more. You’ll learn everything you need to make pegging your new favorite way to play!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, July 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

sloane cigarSafe is Sexy with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, July 17th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Regardless of how much sex you have, what kind, and with whom, there are many ways to be super sexy while still playing safe. Learn how to negotiate for the safer sex you want. Discover the perfect toys and barriers for sharing the fun. Explore how to keep yourself physically and emotionally happy as you play the field. We’ll share all and bare all. Bring your questions and your ideas to this event, held in conjunction with the PORAE professionals retreat.

 

Basic Bondage & Sensation Play with Antoinette
Wednesday, July 24th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Learn the essentials of bedroom bondage and sensation play. Our kink connoisseurs will show you the ropes, including how to communicate and negotiate for what you want. You’ll discover quick and easy bondage techniques and how to use blindfolds, feathers, massage candles and other items to play with your partner’s sensations. People of all experience levels and orientations welcome.

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Ash
Wednesday, July 31st @ 8-10 PM 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!

Coming up…

8/7- Butt Sex Basics with Antoinette

8/12- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest

8/14- Down & Dirty with Antoinette

8/19- Warm Cheeks, Warm Heart with Janet Hardy

8/28- Advanced Anal Play with Sarah Sloane

9/4- The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane

9/11- Tantra Techniques with Antoinette

9/16- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest

9/18- The Ultimate O for Her with Ash

9/25- Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

10/4- The 3rd Annual Art of Sex Show

May 08 2013

Dildology

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laboratoryEver wonder if that “phthalate-free dildo” you purchased is really phthalate-free? Or if that silicone vibrator you’ve got your eye on is 100% silicone?  Meet Dildology, a new nonprofit organization founded by 3 folks with a passion for sex toys and a healthy skepticism about manufacturers’ claims. As sex toy reviewer and Dildology co-founder Dangerous Lilly explains:

I’m not the first person in this industry who has wished for access to a lab to test for material purity, phthalates, etc. I’m just the first sex toy reviewer who actually said “I’m doing this, NOW”.

Dildology is collecting adult toys from a variety of manufacturers and sending them to an accredited lab to verify what materials they’re made from. They’ve already kicked things off with a test of Jimmyjane’s Hello Touchand found that it’s 100% silicone as advertised.

To read their mission statement and donate money or toys to Dildology, check out their website.

Apr 22 2013

Adult Film Industry Organizes Against Proposed State Law Mandating Condoms in Porn

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unclesamLast November, Los Angeles voters approved Measure B, a law requiring condoms for all porn shoots in LA County. While that law faces appeal, there’s a new challenge to California’s adult film industry. Assembly Bill 332 would enforce a statewide requirement for condoms on all adult film sets.

Our friends at the Free Speech Coalition argue that, if passed, AB 332 would drive the industry out of California. There’s some evidence for this. Since the passage of Measure B, applications for porn film permits in Los Angeles have plummeted, with productions moving to nearby Ventura County. In LA, “only two permits have been issued for pornographic filming so far this year, far off pace for an industry that typically gets about 500 permits annually.”

Aside from the economic impact of a ban, the FSC emphasizes that the adult industry already has effective protocols to protect performers.

“Between April of 2006 and December of 2012 there have been 46,283 new cases of HIV reported in the state of California.  During that same time period only two performers contracted HIV—off set—in their personal lives.  No transmission of HIV has occurred on an adult set since 2004 nationwide.”

They also point out that the bill interferes with a pending lawsuit filed by Vivid Entertainment, challenging the constitutionality of Measure B. Rather than pass yet another law making it harder for the adult industry, the state should wait to see what happens with the suit against Measure B.

The FSC is encouraging friends of the adult film industry to contact members of the Assembly State Labor Committee by phone, fax or email, asking them to oppose AB332 when it comes up for up a vote this Wednesday. The call to action, along with suggested talking points and contact information for the committee members can be found here.

 

Apr 17 2013

Do Men Fake Orgasm?

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Men fake orgasms too. Or at least that’s one of the claims of a new book by Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, a professor of urology at Harvard Medical School. Salon has a fascinating interview with Dr. Morgentaler, the author of Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex. The discussion touches on everything from changing gender roles to erectile dysfunction, but it’s the claim about men faking orgasm that has drawn the most attention. He cites examples from his own practice and mentions an online survey in which 31% of men claim to have faked it, at some point in their lives.

“It turns out the reasons men fake it are actually pretty similar to the reasons that women fake it. In their minds — and we can argue whether or not it’s productive thing to do — but in their minds, it’s actually a form of kindness. They’re kind of letting the other person know that they’ve done a good job.

Fair enough, but you might be wondering how men fake it. On that point, Morgentaler is quiet, suggesting you buy his book. Our friend Reid Mihalko has some thoughts on this topic in the video below.

So we’d like to ask our male readers. Have you ever faked it? If so, why? And how? Feel free to tell us in the comments below.

 

Apr 11 2013

Racism in the Porn Industry

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Is the porn industry racist? That’s the headline of this interesting article in The Root, which talks to porn legend Lexington Steele on the challenges faced by black porn performers. One of the biggest issues is that many white female performers will not do scenes with black men. These biases exist in spite of the enormous popularity of interracial porn. Steele explains:

 “It’s definitely something that exists, and I think it’s something that’s built within the fabric of the industry, because if you look at the individuals that are in positions of authority over some of the white females, the ones governing them are the ones implementing this practice of no interracial.”

The article goes on to discuss other problems encountered by people of color in the industry. Black women are typically paid less than white women, a claim backed up by porn star Misty Stone. To read more, click on over to The Root.

Mar 14 2013

Amsterdam’s Oldest Twin Sex Workers Retire

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Louise and Martine Fokkens, twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam for over 50 years, have retired. The pair were the subject of a documentary released last year called Meet the Fokkens and are currently working on a book. This brief article in the Daily Mail hardly does their storied careers justice, but the Fokkens have some interesting observations about how the sex trade has changed in Amsterdam since legalization.

Louise will continue to see one kinky older client. “‘I couldn’t give him up. He’s been coming to me for so long it’s like going to church on a Sunday,” she said.

Mar 06 2013

Kurt Braunohler, TJ Miller, Dan Levy & MorePerformance Anxiety- March 12th

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Join us on Tuesday, March 12th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Kurt Braunohler, TJ Miller, Dan Levy, Tommy Johnagin, Aparna Nancherla, Jared Logan, Kara Klenk and Rob O’ Reilly.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Kurt Braunohler on having quiet orgasms.