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Culture, The Exhibitionist Art Awareness: AIDS Epidemic Posters on Display and in New Book

Art Awareness: AIDS Epidemic Posters on Display and in New Book

Its been more than 30 years since the first cases of HIV and AIDS were diagnosed and reported and in that time, public awareness has increased and so has the possibility of a cure. The stigma attached to individuals diagnosed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Taking a DIY Porn Class is Awkward, Amazing

Taking a DIY Porn Class is Awkward, Amazing

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a class in how to make my own porn, DIY-style, at the Armory -- that lust-laden, brick fortress of pornographic pleasure. But let's be clear. This was a crash course…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Femmepire Records: Genderfuck Girliedrag with Jolie O'Dell

Femmepire Records: Genderfuck Girliedrag with Jolie O'Dell

Femmepire Records is a series of interviews on femme identity. Click here for the elevator pitch and first interview.Here's Jolie O'Dell:In a few words, define femme. One who skews traditionally feminine in gender expression. If you don't have a definition, what…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Great Dickspectations: The 17th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest

Great Dickspectations: The 17th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest

Don't get us wrong, we love us some drag queens, but it's drag kings we've always been obsessed with -- the swagger, the bravado, the impeccably glued-on muttonchops. We wrote whole term papers on Boys R' Us, Mister Fister,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Urination, Groping, and Enlightenment: Live Reporting from the Skrillex Show

Urination, Groping, and Enlightenment: Live Reporting from the Skrillex Show

When it comes to San Francisco culture, there are a lot of different niches. This weekend if you were riding any form of public transportation near Golden Gate Park, you were probably packed in like sardines with people who are…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Shadow Play: BDSM and Conscious Sensuality Workshop

Shadow Play: BDSM and Conscious Sensuality Workshop

On Monday night, I took a class at Good Vibrations called "Shadow Play: BDSM and Conscious Sensuality" with Sabrina Morgan and Monique Darling. I started my journey into BDSM as a sub, because that was how I felt more comfortable,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nightmare Date No. 4: Forced to "Fake It" in a Way I'd Never Considered

Nightmare Date No. 4: Forced to "Fake It" in a Way I'd Never Considered

This is a date I've never talked about. Some dates are not so much bad as downright disturbing. This is one such date. It happened about seven years ago in San Luis Obispo, where I lived at the time. It…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Before 1868 Gay People Didn't Exist -- Nor Did Straight People; Hanne Blank Explains

Before 1868 Gay People Didn't Exist -- Nor Did Straight People; Hanne Blank Explains

Be careful what you assume, and be careful what you consider "normal." So sings the perpetual chorus here in über-diverse San Francisco. As it should be. But there's a big assumption a lot of us probably have overlooked. It involves…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Where's the <i>Best Sex Writing 2012</i>? Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright Educate Us

Where's the Best Sex Writing 2012? Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright Educate Us

Between them, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright have probably edited or written 100 books relating to sex, and they've contributed to almost as many publications or websites. (We started to count but stopped when we reached "a lot.") So…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Porn Producer and Performer Courtney Trouble Defies Body-Type Norms in Her Work

Porn Producer and Performer Courtney Trouble Defies Body-Type Norms in Her Work

I met Courtney Trouble in Las Vegas during the Adult Video News Awards. She was on a sex-positive panel discussing a number of queer-porn related topics. I knew she was up for some awards and I was curious about this…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Something for Everyone" Dresses Up Dark and Kinky With Shiny and Pretty in New Gallery

"Something for Everyone" Dresses Up Dark and Kinky With Shiny and Pretty in New Gallery

The area around Sixth and Market is changing. Known as one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the city, Central Market has seen a recent surge of new businesses moving in alongside old stalwarts. The neighborhood is peppered with indie…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sexual Meming Radicalizes Desire on the Internet

Sexual Meming Radicalizes Desire on the Internet

As Linsanity swept the sports world last month, my focus -- as a bit of a nerd -- was less on New York Knicks' point guard Jeremy Lin and more on his cultural impact, particularly on the Internet. I followed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Get Some Tale at Bawdy Storytelling's First 2012 Show

Get Some Tale at Bawdy Storytelling's First 2012 Show

Stories are powerful. No other medium has the ability to move, inspire, or change us quite like a well-crafted narrative. Never has this been more true than the world of sex, where fear, shame, and misinformation abound. This is all…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Puberty and Playboy

The Sweet Spot: Puberty and Playboy

We are…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Not Everyone Is Jumping on the Nude Pic Bandwagon

Not Everyone Is Jumping on the Nude Pic Bandwagon

This guy I'm casually seeing -- he doesn't even live in the same state -- asked me to send him a dirty picture via text. I was reluctant at first, but after some hemming and hawing, I sent him a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Hollywood Taps Good Vibrations' Antique Sex Toy Collection for <i>Hysteria</i>

Hollywood Taps Good Vibrations' Antique Sex Toy Collection for Hysteria

It's fun to remember sometimes (all the time?) just how different San Francisco is from the rest of the world, a fact that moviemakers unsurprisingly utilize when it suits a new project. This fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy star…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Sugar Mamas Explain How They Keep Their Younger Men in Style

The Sweet Spot: Sugar Mamas Explain How They Keep Their Younger Men in Style

In 1994 in New York City, I was accosted by a man who called himself "Howard the businessman." He told me that I deserved to be wined and dined and dressed in velvets and pearls. Sex, he claimed, was not…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "The Danger Point for Teen-Age Lovers": A "Picture Report" from a Lurid and Alarmist 1955 Magazine

"The Danger Point for Teen-Age Lovers": A "Picture Report" from a Lurid and Alarmist 1955 Magazine

Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from Golden State thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Picture Life, the Pocket-Size Magazine of People in Action Date: June, 1955 Publisher: Zenith Publishing, New York…
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Music, All Shook Down Sexually Frank: The Rebranding of a Childhood Favorite

Sexually Frank: The Rebranding of a Childhood Favorite

The sexualization of little girls' playthings is nothing new. Much ado was made of Dora the Explorer's makeover from regular looking kid to a lithe, feminized version. Even My Little Ponies have been made over to have smaller bodies, longer,…
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News, The Snitch Worst E-Card. Ever.: "So, you've been itching, burning, discharging ..."

Worst E-Card. Ever.: "So, you've been itching, burning, discharging ..."

Next time you’ve got the clap, don’t man up and tell her. Web site inSPOT.org has got you covered. Reuters reports on the brainchild of Oakland-based non-profit, Internet Sexuality Information Services. The site allows users to send anonymous e-cards…
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