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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

You’re Not The Only Person with An Awkward First Kiss Story

February 13, 2012 Culture, web No Comments

Models talk first kisses.

You’ve seen the angels on the runway. You’ve bought into the idea that they’re otherworldly creatures, condemned to live among mortals and impose impossible standards upon you in revenge. Prepare to get the upper hand … Continue Reading

Your Sexytime Playlist, Delivered

February 12, 2012 Culture, Lessons, Music 4 Comments

Music to have sex to

We are a species full of judgment. We judge one another on how we look, what we drive, where we work out, who we know, where we work, what OS we prefer – if it exists, we’ve judged it. And no judgment is as harsh as that which is attached to attempts at seduction. You can imagine our horror when we ran across an old post on Spike listing James Brown’s “Sex Machine” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” at numbers one and two on their Top 10 Best Songs to Have Sex To list. … Continue Reading

Mojave Vignette

February 10, 2012 Diary, Nikki No Comments

Mojave desert

Jake drove me into the desert to fuck me. I’m not sure why. I would have fucked him anywhere. But we were talking, and somehow it came up that I liked the desert. We had been flirting at school and at the bar for a few weeks. He had broken up with Miranda, this tiny Japanese girl with blue eyes and a meth habit.

I’d gone over to Jake’s apartment once. We played Nintendo and joked around a little bit. He didn’t try to kiss me or anything.

That night, it must have been after some party because I remember I was wearing a dress with stockings, he said “let’s go to the desert.” … 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

One of Those Things You Overhear Late at Night

February 9, 2012 lolz No Comments

Laser-guided teat finder

Last night, we overheard someone at the bar talking about a “laser-guided teat finder.” We became irrationally excited by the strides in technology that have enabled us to arrive at this point, this brilliant point of glittering pasties and laser-guided nipple-finders. What it would be used for, we had no clue. Nor did we particularly care. We wanted pictures. So we jumped on our phones, eager to discover this obvious zenith of mammary-related innovation. This is what we found. … Continue Reading

The Legal Issues Engendered by the L.A. Condom Ordinance

amateur hour

In a commentary on Forbes, Alexandre Padilla — an assistant professor of economics at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and a research fellow at Reason Foundation — details some of the legal problems that will arise as a result of Los Angeles’ new condom ordinance. … 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

The Weirdest Google Searches of 2011

February 8, 2012 Culture, Feature, web 2 Comments

Weirdest Google queries of 2011

We’ve never particularly cared much for site traffic. Sure, we care about your feedback in comments and e-mails, but we were never the sort of blog to give a hoot about “the numbers.” We’ve seen what gets big numbers: animated gifs featuring cats. We’ve no interest in cats, and given the number of people who follow us on social media to keep up with what we’re posting, neither do you.

We do, however, nevertheless have a dusty Google Analytics account, which we must confess became the source of great amusement over the weekend. … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Rules Prop 8 Unconstitutional

February 7, 2012 Culture, Freedom, News No Comments

Ninth Circuit rules Prop 8 unconstitutional

Today marks a small step forward for marriage rights. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today that California’s Proposition 8, the amendment banning same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. … 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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