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Catalyzing Sexual Communication, Activism and Acceptance

September 4, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

CatalystCon Long Beach 2012

The co-founder of the East Coast-based Momentum sex conference is bringing the party west! On September 14, Catalyst will kick off at the Hilton Long Beach for the weekend, bringing attendees a plethora of sex educators and speakers to energize, motivate and catalyze sexual communication, activism and acceptance. … Continue Reading

Sexual State of the Union Summit

August 17, 2012 Events No Comments

Good Vibes 2012 Sex Summit San Francisco

The San Francisco-based sex toy and education emporium Good Vibrations is holding a forum in San Francisco this fall to discuss the sexual state of the union. Their panelists and keynote speakers (which read like a Who’s Who of sex education, research, journalism and commentary) will examine the awkward relationship between sex and mainstream media, pop culture and national politics on October 27. Day-long intellectual intercourse will be followed by a cocktail party, and, well, who knows where that will lead? We can be sure a fair share of attendees will conceive a book or two during the proceedings. … Continue Reading

A $5 Ticket to the 1940s

February 25, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

Pinups for Vets

The non-profit Pinups for Vets is celebrating the 1940s tonight at the Colony, at 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, complete with pin-ups, swing and burlesque. … Continue Reading

Terry Richardson Comes to L.A.

February 22, 2012 Art, Culture, Events, Local No Comments

Terrywood

Terry Richardson. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s a famous photographer. A famous photographer who a year ago was dubbed by the press as a complete and utter creep. Of course, there are creeps and then there are creeps. Those artsy types, they can be pretty damn creepy and stay harmless. … Continue Reading

A Tour into the Tortured Heart of the Hollywood Dream Factory

February 17, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

Los Angeles Romance Ride

What has two wheels and an encyclopedic knowledge of Hollywood facts and filming locations? The folks at The Pleasure Chest. This Sunday, they’re arranging a bike ride around Hollywood to visit on the landmarks of real and fictional Tinsel Town romance. … Continue Reading

Karaoke with Porn Stars

February 14, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

Alex Chance

Your favorite thing: porn stars. Your greatest fear: karaoke. On the same night. We know what you’re thinking — this is madness. No, it’s tradition. Porn Star Karaoke has been a great way for your favorite porn dolls to relieve some stress and showcase their other talents since 2003. What makes tomorrow’s event different is that up-and-comer Alex Chance will be hosting the event at Burbank’s Sardo’s Grill and Lounge. … Continue Reading

A Party for the Singles

February 10, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

Jessie Lee anti-Valentine's Day party

Jessie Lee doesn’t like cutesy couples, so to counteract the mushy nonsense coming up this Valentine’s day, she’s teamed up with alt-porn emporium Burning Angels founder and long-time friend Joanna Angel to throw a wicked anti-Valentine’s party. … Continue Reading

Like the AVNs, but with Science Instead of Porn Stars

February 8, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

Like the AVNs but for science, not porn

Think of the AVNs. Now take out the porn stars and add a bunch of scientists. What do you get? The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s Western regional meeting, happening April 19 to 22nd at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. … Continue Reading

Your Daily Serving of Let Them Eat Cake

January 31, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

Kandy Masquerade 2012

Tired of real life? Leave your responsibilities behind and enjoy an extravagant evening of eye candy and self-indulgence at the Playboy Mansion’s Venetian-style Kandy Masquerade on Saturday, February 25. You won’t see any elaborate ball gowns here — if previous parties are any indication, the masks on guests’ faces probably cover more than their outfits do. Assuming they’re wearing any. As far as Playboy is concerned, body paint is the height of fashion.

The world hasn’t seen this brand of decadence since Marie Antoinette’s time. … Continue Reading

Deals! Pleasure Chest SATC2 25% Discount

June 15, 2010 Events No Comments

The Pleasure Chest is celebrating sex in our city by giving 25 percent off on in-store purchases to buyers who come with a Sex and the City 2 ticket stub.

What’s the connection? If you were a fan of the show, surely you recall that episode where Charlotte discovered the pleasures of the Rabbit. That store she got the vibrator was the Pleasure Chest. Of course, that was the store on 156 7th Avenue in New York. But, hey, 7733 Santa Monica Boulevard isn’t too shabby.

Offer ends on the first of July!

Via WeHo Daily.

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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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