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Culture, The Exhibitionist When It Comes to Health Care, Are Porn Stars Getting Screwed?

When It Comes to Health Care, Are Porn Stars Getting Screwed?

By Bethany St. James No matter how you look at it, sex is a risky business. It's also been the subject of innumerable political debates in a veritable cornucopia of topics. In recent months, the use of condoms in porn…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Opinions Clash on the Surprisingly not-Simple Topic of Bicycle Helmets

Opinions Clash on the Surprisingly not-Simple Topic of Bicycle Helmets

When it comes to polarizing social issues, the choice of whether to wear a helmet while biking is midrange. It's below legalizing same-sex marriage, but above, say, the battle to digitize the nation's medical records. In the behelmeted corner, we've…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Hey, Occupy SF! We've Located the 1% for You

Hey, Occupy SF! We've Located the 1% for You

We'll preface this with a big dose of "We're just sayin'," but we learned today about an event happening Friday called the 1% Singles Ball. Yes, they mean that 1%. "Meet wealthy singles at Nob Hill's most luxurious hotel," says…
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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 Communists! Drive-In Movies! The Seven Female Erotic Zones! Estus Pirkle Saves Us

Communists! Drive-In Movies! The Seven Female Erotic Zones! Estus Pirkle Saves Us

While the previously discussed Blood Freak is the high point of turkey-themed ultraviolent Christian Scare Film, there are other, non-turkey-themed ultraviolent Christan Scare Films to consider, and none is more considerable than 1971's If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recover a Stolen Bicycle? Maybe -- If You Do It Right

Recover a Stolen Bicycle? Maybe -- If You Do It Right

Whether through web-based tracking or old-timey brute force, stealing a bike still seems easy. Far easier than getting the damn thing back. All you bike-theft victims, disregard the recent case of a Washington, D.C., man spotting his stolen ride on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Remembering Brandy Martell, the Transgender Woman Killed in Oakland

Remembering Brandy Martell, the Transgender Woman Killed in Oakland

I am a woman of Hispanic descent. My parents came here from Colombia and Cuba. Throughout my life, I never really faced discrimination as a Hispanic. I've faced more adversity for being female. During the 2008 election, I picketed against…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Weight of the Nation</i> Serves Up More Fat-Shaming

Weight of the Nation Serves Up More Fat-Shaming

Today our nation relapses into what might be our worst case of fat fearmongering yet. The current source of our infection with pseudoscientific sensationalism is something called Weight of the Nation, a highly contagious conference/book/series/website onslaught backed by the U.S.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Game of Thrones</i> Awards: Cersei Lannister Might Be Human After All

Game of Thrones Awards: Cersei Lannister Might Be Human After All

When I was 17, my then-boyfriend's little brother threatened to kill me. The family's apartment was small, so his brother's desktop computer sat directly beside the television. From where I usually sat on the couch, I could see everything…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sell a Work of Art, Create a Scandal: The Ongoing Battle Over "Deaccessioning"

Sell a Work of Art, Create a Scandal: The Ongoing Battle Over "Deaccessioning"

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Next Thursday (May 17), moneyed admirers of American artist Edward Hopper can…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lay the Smackdown on Overzealous Facebook Self-Promoters

Lay the Smackdown on Overzealous Facebook Self-Promoters

As a blogger, I understand the importance of building an audience through inexperienced means. However, I'm becoming so irritated by bloggers who spam Facebook groups every time they write a new blog post. I'm part of a dozen or…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bicycles Don't Have to Be Deadly to Pedestrians

Bicycles Don't Have to Be Deadly to Pedestrians

Welcome to The Spokesman, our weekly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Are Public Libraries "Permanently F***ed?" Maybe Not

Are Public Libraries "Permanently F***ed?" Maybe Not

Jessa Crispin arrived at the 2012 Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia in March with high expectations. And by high, we mean abysmal.   "Secure in the knowledge that libraries are now permanently fucked," wrote the editor-in-Chief of the popular…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ashton Kutcher, I Have Something Else for Your Mouth

Ashton Kutcher, I Have Something Else for Your Mouth

I remember the first time I saw Brent Weinbach on stage. He was a new (at least to me) comedian. And it was at the Punch Line in San Francisco. It was a Sunday night, and I was supposed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Ads That Mock Domestic Violence Go Way Past Grotesque

The Sweet Spot: Ads That Mock Domestic Violence Go Way Past Grotesque

So reads a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sex and Romance in the New World: Nightmare Date No. 2

Sex and Romance in the New World: Nightmare Date No. 2

Is this the face of someone you'd mess with?Facebook can be big brother, let's just be honest about that. How many people do you know who have been fired, fought with a partner, or gotten into trouble of some kind…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Lusty Lady Dancer Dishes Tips for Peepshow Patrons

A Lusty Lady Dancer Dishes Tips for Peepshow Patrons

Sandy Bottoms has been a performer at San Francisco's Lusty Lady for two and a half years. She identifies as a polyamorous queer femme, and she also dabbles in porn and independent escorting as well as history and activism. She…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Cyclists: If We Don't Communicate Well With Others, We Don't Deserve Respect

S.F. Cyclists: If We Don't Communicate Well With Others, We Don't Deserve Respect

Welcome to The Spokesman, our weekly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sex and Romance in the New World: Four Nightmare Dates

Sex and Romance in the New World: Four Nightmare Dates

Let me tell you my story so that others might avoid similar unpleasantness.It's funny. I never used to date as much as I seem to now. I don't like dating; nothing about it suits me. I generally believe that people…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco's 10 Best Public Sculptures

San Francisco's 10 Best Public Sculptures

At its best, public sculpture is stirring and inspiring. At its worst, it's an assault on the senses -- a visual blight that prompts passers-by to avoid eye contact or (in extreme cases) attack the art with invective, graffiti, or…
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