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A Stripclub Movie To Rule Them All

August 23, 2010 Culture, Film No Comments

Our friend George Griffith has been slaving on From The Head, what could possibly be the indie flick of the year, about a bathroom attendant in a New York City stripclub based on Griffith’s own experiences in the mid-90s.

The film, an afternoon in the life of bathroom attendant Shoes, played by Griffith himself, features some 60 other characters, among whom, the Variety is reporting, are Scream‘s Matthew Lillard and The Big Lebowski‘s Jon Polito. … Continue Reading

The Carnal Carnival

August 20, 2010 Culture, geek, Research, web No Comments

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes if you dare! It’s real, it’s alive, it’s… your own body, its different parts, and the products from it!

That’s right, from the minds of the web’s most forward-thinking scientific bloggers comes The Carnal Carnival, a celebration of research centered around a different theme every month, beginning this month — with excrement.

Now, now, don’t be squeamish. It’s your body. It’s about time you took a moment to understand it a little bit better. Especially all those anal sex enthusiasts out there. As Tristan Taormino says, “shit happens.” Actually, we’re not sure that’s how she put it, but you know what we mean. … Continue Reading

Foursquare Foreplay

August 19, 2010 Culture, geek, web No Comments

Over at NakedCity LA, our editrix wrote a piece about how to use Foursquare to be a good liar and avoid other people (leave it to her to find a way to make social media anti-social).

She makes no secret of the fact that she thinks people who give away their location and get competitive over mayorship, a title with no merit, are patently insane, which is why we are quite gleeful to post the following excerpt from a recent The New York Times article. Seems our editrix missed a key function to the social network — how hot people get when they pit themselves against one another. … Continue Reading

The Real Doll Maker

August 18, 2010 Art, Culture No Comments

Meet Matt McMullen, the creator of the Real Doll, those wondrous masterpieces of workmanship that are part sex toy, part work of art. In this video from California is a Place, McMullen describes how the first doll came to be. … Continue Reading

Painting With Boobs

August 17, 2010 Art, Culture 1 Comment

Meet Kira Ayn Varszegi, a bodacious blonde who’s uses her DDs to paint abstracts.

That got your attention. Good. We here at Sex and the 405 are lovers of fine art and we’ll do whatever it takes to get you to pause long enough to consider the work of artists worth their salt. … Continue Reading

Obama Visits, Gridlock Ensues

August 16, 2010 Culture 2 Comments

It wouldn’t be L.A. if our politics didn’t come with a traffic report, right? Indeed. President Obama made his way through the City of Angels tonight, unleashing havoc and rage across our arteries, both vehicular and human. Witness one from our favorite MySpace exec, Sean Percival:

… Continue Reading

Erotic Obstructions

August 16, 2010 Culture, Philosophy 6 Comments

Studies in Desire, by Dawn Kaczmar

Although I touched on the idea briefly in my first article here at Sex and the 405, I’d like to expand more on the idea of obstruction as it relates to the erotic.

As mentioned, in some ways, obstruction is necessary for any erotic element to exist. Eros, by definition, logically requires a lack: the erotic is a desire for possession; if possession has already been established, there is nothing left to desire. “Possession”, in this sense, can refer to a lot of things, and not simply a jealous lover’s excessive grip on the beloved, but a desire to possess someone’s presence, attention, interest, or longing. It can simply mean that you desire to continue desiring them. … Continue Reading

Redneck in Furs

August 13, 2010 drinks, Noms 1 Comment

Our editrix gets some interesting fan mail. We’ve seen everything from dick shots to Starr Report-length poems, to family heirlooms and comic books. Every once in a while, though, someone sends in something worth sharing with the world and this is one of those times, thanks to @hustvedt. Introducing a cocktail for the summer:

Redneck in Furs

A small piece of peeled ginger
A few raspberries
.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz moonshine
Ice … Continue Reading

Summer Turn-Offs Survey

August 4, 2010 Culture, web No Comments

HerWay Survey

The makers of HerWay don’t like doing things the way everyone else does. The Los Angeles-based HerWay is, after all, a dating site that hands women complete control by denying men the ability to so much as search for profiles.

So it’s not surprising that when they surveyed their users they didn’t ask what people are into, but what turns them off the most. Results from the summer HerWay survey of singles’ turn-offs. Ready for the survey results? … Continue Reading

The Savage Girls

Devon Savage isn’t just in porn, he also enjoys being on the other side of the camera lens. He’s been in the business for six years, and now runs several of his own sites with his partner Ariella, herself an adult star. We asked him to give us some background and share some eye candy with us.

Savage Girls

“I was just kinda a hack at it, never thinking it would one day lead to running three websites and doing it for a living,” Savage told us laughing when we asked about how he got started. “I got into the porn business as talent and one thing led to another.” … Continue Reading

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Gamers Won’t Be Seduced, Will Stare At Random Cleav Instead

That Steam allows the objectification and sexualization of female characters in a variety of its games but refuses to accept a game about actually engaging with women in a more interactive fashion is astonishingly backward.

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

That the site doesn’t take measures to protect user content and has shown incompetence or negligence in regard to user privacy, all the while prohibiting victims from warning others about predatory behavior creates an environment where it is nearly impossible for members of the community to take care of themselves and one another. By enabling FetLife to continue espousing a code of silence, allowing the spinning self-created security issues as “attacks,” and not pointing out how disingenuous FetLife statements about safety are, we are allowing our community to become a breeding ground for exploitation.

Why You Should Vote No On Prop 35

Should people who benefit (parents, siblings, children, roommates!) from the earnings of “commercial sex acts” (any sexual conduct connected to the giving or receiving of something of value) be charged with human trafficking? Should someone who creates obscene material that is deemed “deviant” be charged as with human trafficking? Should someone who profits from obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should people transporting obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should a person who engages in sex with someone claiming to be above the age of consent or furnishing a fake ID to this effect be charged with human trafficking? What if I told you the sentences for that kind of conviction were eight, 14 or 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000, and life as a registered sex offender?

Pretty and Calls Herself a Geek? Attention Whore!

If you are a woman, you might be given a chance to prove yourself in this community. Since there is no standard definition of what a “geek” is and it will vary from one judge to the next anyway, chances of failing are high (cake and grief counseling will be available after the conclusion of the test!). If you somehow manage to succeed, you’ll be tested again and again by anyone who encounters you until you manage to establish yourself like, say, Felicia Day. But even then, you’ll be questioned. As a woman, your whole existence within the geek community will be nothing but a series of tests — if you’re lucky. If you aren’t lucky, you’ll be harassed and threatened and those within the culture will tacitly agree that you deserve it.

Cuddle Chemical? Moral Molecule? Not So Fast

Zak’s original field, it turns out, is economics, a far cry from the hearts and teddy bears we imagine when we consider his nickname. But after performing experiments on generosity, Zak stumbled on the importance of trust in interactions, which led him, rather inevitably, to research about oxytocin. Oxytocin, you might remember, is a hormone that has been linked previously to bonding — between mothers and children primarily, but also between partners. What Zak has done is take the research a step further, arguing in his recent book, The Moral Molecule, that oxytocin plays a role in determining whether we are good or evil.

How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

Let’s talk about the strippers. Whether they like to be half-naked or not, whether they enjoy turning you on or not, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re working. Whether you think that taking one’s clothes off for money is a great choice of career is really beside the point (is it a possibility for you to make $500 per hour at your job without a law degree? Just asking). These women are providing fantasy, yes, but that is their job. And as a patron of the establishment where they work, you need to treat them like you would anyone else who provides a service to you.

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Here you’ll find news about the latest research being conducted to figure out what drives desire, passion, and other sex habits; reviews of sex toys, porn and other sexy things; coverage of the latest sex-related news that have our mainstream media's panties up in a bunch; human interest pieces about sex and desire; interviews with people who love sex, or hate sex, or work in sex, or work to enable you to have better sex; opinion pieces that relate to sex and society; and the sex-related side of celebrity gossip. More...