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Review: The Friend Zone

March 16, 2012 porn, Reviews 2 Comments

New Sensations' The Friend Zone

Gina is everything Kevin wants in a woman. She’s funny, sweet, sexy and she doesn’t have qualms about being silly around him. They have more fun together than they do with anyone else, and keep a perfect balance in the pristine little house they share. There’s just one hitch: Gina and Kevin are best friends and roommates, not boyfriend and girlfriend. … Continue Reading

Review: Portrait of a Call Girl

January 24, 2012 Culture, Film, porn, Reviews No Comments

Portrait of a Call Girl

Best director, best actress, best feature — these are the awards the porn feature Portrait of a Call Girl scored at the AVNs last week. We got curious, so we decided to take a look at how the legal aspect of the sex industry understood its marginalized twin. … Continue Reading

Review: Private Lessons

March 25, 2011 porn, Reviews No Comments

The web has a ton of porn review sites, but most of them are run by porn aficionados that have a certain set of expectations for their porn that are largely beyond our own.

The flick Private Lessons, for instance, got much lower marks around the web than we would have given it because critics thought the star Jessica Drake isn’t doing the sort of down and dirty stuff she used to do before she joined Wicked Pictures, a studio that places a high emphasis on writing, plot, and set design. We would never fault a porn studio for that. In fact, Wicked is one of our choice faves just for that reason. … Continue Reading

Review: Lolita

December 26, 2010 porn, Reviews No Comments

Lupe Fuentes as Lolita

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.

So begins Vladimir Nabokov’s classic study of the brutal tyranny of obsession between the narrator Humbert Humbert and the 12-year-old nymphet. But this is no parody of the controversial work. Nor is there even a nod to the original beyond, perhaps, some pop culture references and those infamous heart-shaped glasses. … Continue Reading

Review: Sex and the City XXX Parody

November 1, 2010 porn, Reviews No Comments

Like Sex and the City (but with sex)

Our editrix was a huge fan of Candace Bushnell’s original column and also enjoyed the show while it ran, despite the fact it bore very little resemblance to the column (by far a darker and more cynical thing, and one that audiences would have detested on sight, even though the pilot made a valiant attempt at it).

Having absolutely zero expectations that the parody would resemble either of the two — or even the two movies that followed — we sat down to watch and were remarkably surprised at how well-written the screenplay by Bensen Herst and Lee Roy Myers was. Myers has proven himself a master of the “sitcum” and it shows: his directing bears a striking resemblance to the original Sex and the City show. … Continue Reading

How Players Do It

June 15, 2010 Reviews No Comments

Last month, we did a write-up about a piece on co-ed sex from h-spot, a site that’s actually so in line with our mission and vision here at Sex and the 405, that we’d go as far as to call them a college-aged, sibling blog (our editrix jokes that, much like her kid sister, h-spot is more presentable and business-minded). … Continue Reading

Three Summer Must-Haves for Women

June 8, 2010 Reviews No Comments

Everything we know about looking good, we owe to Meg O’Brien. Meg launched her blog Meg’s Makeup in 2005 without any real training. Her goal? That women wouldn’t wander cosmetic counters alone. Today, she has over 10,000 subscribers to her killer product review mailing list.

Over drinks in WeHo, it occurred to us to ask about some private essentials — and because we’re not greedy, we now bring her knowledge to you. Just in time for summer, here are three products you absolutely cannot do without: … 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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