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Culture, The Exhibitionist New Bohemia: S.F.'s Kinkiest New Year’s

New Bohemia: S.F.'s Kinkiest New Year’s

A fire casts a warm glow on an ornate rug. Relaxed couples mill about, enjoying deviled eggs, beef satay, and cocktails. A woman with star-shaped pasties is bound in ropes, smiling, and hanging from the ceiling. A black-haired beauty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New Bohemia Returns to the Armory for S.F.'s Kinkiest New Year's Eve

New Bohemia Returns to the Armory for S.F.'s Kinkiest New Year's Eve

It’s nearly 2015. There's an upside-down Christmas tree at the top of the stairs, which are lined with extravagant oil paintings of naked men and women — well, naked except for leather restraints, that is. In the parlor, the crowd…
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News, The Snitch Kink.com Severs Ties With James Deen, Porn Star  Accused of Sexual Assault

Kink.com Severs Ties With James Deen, Porn Star Accused of Sexual Assault

UPDATE: San Francisco-based BDSM pornography studio Kink.com is severing all ties with James Deen, the popular porn star accused of sexual assault by several female porn performers in the past few days. Here's Kink's statement: For the Kink.com community,…
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News, The Snitch Kink.com 'Absolutely Opposed' to Strict Safety Regulations Proposed for CA Porn Performers (Updated)

Kink.com 'Absolutely Opposed' to Strict Safety Regulations Proposed for CA Porn Performers (Updated)

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has proposed strict new health and safety standards for porn production after five years of study and debate, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The draft regulations, embedded below, are intended to protect…
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Culture, Art

Controversial Pride Talking Points: Enrage and Entertain Your Friends!

Prison of Politics The Armory, headquarters of local BDSM porn company Kink.com, drew ire from activists when it announced it was hosting a prison-themed party for Pride. Offended parties cited high incarceration rates of LGBT people and the elevated instances…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Kink in the Armory Not surprised by what was discovered at Kink.com: So a company that specializes in videos depicting the degradation of women is degrading its workers. Shocker . SFNative Blowing Smoke Concertgoers a…
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News, The Snitch Kinky Clarity: <i>SF Weekly </i> Discusses Elaborate E-mail Fraud and Blacklisting

Kinky Clarity: SF Weekly Discusses Elaborate E-mail Fraud and Blacklisting

Yesterday, Peter Acworth, the founder and CEO of Kink.com, released a response to my story ("Gag Order") about the complexities of model treatment inside his ethical porn business. But the response wasn't initially sent to me; rather, it went to other Bay…
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News, Feature Gag Order: Sex Workers Allege Mistreatment at Kink.com

Gag Order: Sex Workers Allege Mistreatment at Kink.com

Photograph by Gil Riego Jr. Model: Neon Lolita. Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman. When news broke last week that Peter Acworth, the founder and CEO of local porn company Kink.com, had been arrested for cocaine possession, many were surprised…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kink.com Co-Stars with James Franco in <em>About Cherry</em>

Kink.com Co-Stars with James Franco in About Cherry

There is no shortage of films about sex work. Hollywood has always loved to toy with the forbidden allure of women and men who make money having sex in person or on video. But whether playing sex work as comedy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kink.com's All-Girl Gang Bang Birthday Shoot (NSFW)

Kink.com's All-Girl Gang Bang Birthday Shoot (NSFW)

Aside from the milestone birthdays, (16, 21, and 30) the cake + inebriation formula that usually accompanies the joyous occasion of our birth starts to feel a little tame after a while. What if you could take your birthday back…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Queen of Clown Porn," Hollie Stevens, has Passed Away

"Queen of Clown Porn," Hollie Stevens, has Passed Away

With great sadness, I report the death of Hollie Stevens: From her obituary:…
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SF Weekly Letters

A Higher Power Deflecting questions for no good reason: My goodness, the politicians in San Francisco are just so blatant about their corruption . Not even a plausible denial made up to spin…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Is Porn Darling Kink.com Ripping Off Its Webcam Girls?

Is Porn Darling Kink.com Ripping Off Its Webcam Girls?

For connoisseurs of BDSM porn, San Francisco's Kink.com has built up a reputation that makes them the sadomasochistic equivalent of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Fans of the company's sites look to them not only for high-quality porn that caters…
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Dining, SFoodie Mijita May Head East, Chef Pop-Ups, More Burgers, and Kink.com's New Bar

Mijita May Head East, Chef Pop-Ups, More Burgers, and Kink.com's New Bar

The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. If opening a Mexican restaurant, head east. Inside Scoop reports, via Bloomberg News, that chef Traci Des Jardins is looking at New York,…
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Dining, SFoodie French Food in North Beach, Kink.com's Bar, and a Replacement for Skip's Tavern

French Food in North Beach, Kink.com's Bar, and a Replacement for Skip's Tavern

The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. After the cardboard box announcement, then learning of the world-traveling French couple behind it, the restaurant has arrived. Inside Scoop reports that Le…
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News, The Snitch Starved Budget Kills Subsidies for Cartoon Museum, School That Trains Pornographers

Starved Budget Kills Subsidies for Cartoon Museum, School That Trains Pornographers

Barbara Garcia, the tough-talking deputy director of the city's Department of Children, Youth, and their Families, was quoted in Friday's Chronicle saying it's no more Ms. Nice Gal for San Francisco nonprofits who don't produce a good bang for their taxpayer…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Bondage-Porn Actress to Join Relief Effort in Haiti

S.F. Bondage-Porn Actress to Join Relief Effort in Haiti

An interesting e-mail arrived in our inbox over the weekend from Stefanos and Chey, the self-described "Purveyors of Perversion" who are mainstays of San Francisco's BDSM and fetish-sex scene. Apparently one of their comrades in arms, Kink.com model Maggie Mayhem,…
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SF Weekly Letters

Best Of Readers' Comments Roundup In last week's Best of San Francisco 2009, SF Weekly picked what we think are some of the best things about our fair city. Readers made their choices, too. Some responses: Best Unpretentious Yoga Studio:…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Public Tour of a Porn Studio

If you think the old Armory at 14th and Mission streets — that giant brick fortress built in the 1910s to look like a re-created Moorish castle (why not?) — is imposing from the outside, check out its insides. Once…
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News, Matt Smith

Outside the bedroom, BDSM practitioners can't take punishment

An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed a quote to writer Violet Blue. The words should have been attributed to a performer Blue quoted in her column. SF Weekly regrets the error. America's invincible army of omnipotent Gordon Gekkos…
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