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Culture, The Whore Next Door The Daddy Issue: A Real-Life <i>50 Shades</i>

The Daddy Issue: A Real-Life 50 Shades

"I want to believe that we are all a little more heroic than we are flawed, that the honorable role of 'Daddy' does exist. ... Some people have prayer; they believe in God or a higher power. I believe in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fishes and Father Figures

Fishes and Father Figures

The ASKEW Film and Performance Festival is a look at some of the best and most groundbreaking work from the Bay Area's "fringe" artists. It's produced by the crew at the Femina Potens art gallery, which believes in "creating…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Love, Sex, Porn, and Family: Femina Potens' ASKEW Film and Performance Festival

Love, Sex, Porn, and Family: Femina Potens' ASKEW Film and Performance Festival

San Francisco has a long reputation -- sometimes deserved, sometimes not -- of being the place to come to if you want to do all the things that mom, dad, and your teachers told you not to. The right wing…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Ex-Porn Star Sasha Grey Reads to Little Kids -- <i>So What</i>?

The Sweet Spot: Ex-Porn Star Sasha Grey Reads to Little Kids -- So What?

We must protect our children from sex! Or so most modern thinking goes. Interestingly, this idea of children's inherent sexual innocence is fairly recent. In fact, the Victorians created it. On the course blog for English 271: Psychoanalysis and Literature…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 'Artgasm': An Explosion of Female Sexuality -- and Motherhood -- in Art

'Artgasm': An Explosion of Female Sexuality -- and Motherhood -- in Art

Breastmilk and porn? For many, this combination may seem strange or possibly highly offensive. But for Femina Potens, it's just another day at the gallery. Founder Madison Young will hand out ice cream made from her own breastmilk -- a…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Night of a Thousand Knots

The Night of a Thousand Knots

In the heart of the Castro, those “living outside the female-male gender binary” have a scorching hotspot to call their own. Lickerish artworks cling to the walls; libidinous writers, actors, porn stars, sex workers, and performance artists mingle within; and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pow! Blam!

Pow! Blam!

Aside from Wonder Woman and the Black Panther, comic-book superheroes tend to be pretty homogenous, demographically speaking. You've got your Bat-, Spider-, Super-, and Iron men, for starters. But at "Sizzle! Superheroes & Queer Literary Legends," a super team of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Calling All Wenches

Calling All Wenches

Blurring the line between legitimate cinema and pornography, Ali Joone's Pirates 2: Stagnetti's Revenge has a trailer that could fool you: It doesn't show any sex. If it weren't for the one blonde who can't act, you might think it…
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Calendar, Night&Day New Kid on the Block

New Kid on the Block

When Tina Butcher and Madison Young started Femina Potens in 2001 in a cramped garage in the Upper Haight, they tapped into San Francisco's energetic lesbian and transgendered arts scene. Six years later, having outgrown both the garage and a…
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