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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: World's Proudest Ho Mama

    Whore Next Door: World's Proudest Ho Mama

    I shouldn't have worn heels. I hobbled my way down a steep staircase toward the backyard, where a sizable crowd of hideous scenesters sat smoking and sipping on PBRs and bottles of tequila they'd brought from home. But before I…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Butt Plugs and Con Law

    Whore Next Door: Butt Plugs and Con Law

    A giant penis, at least 10 feet tall, greeted me as I walked into the crisp relief of the air-conditioned hotel ballroom. It loomed like an ogre guarding a cave of treasures. Each year, the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo hosts…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Queen to Queen

    Whore Next Door: Queen to Queen

    Our eyes met across a crowded hallway, my hand raised high in the air and wielding a leather paddle with with the word "slut" emblazoned on it in silver studs. With a stranger bent over in front of me, I,…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: A Streetwalker Named Desiree

    Whore Next Door: A Streetwalker Named Desiree

    Chants of "Sex worker rights are human rights!" and "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" echoed through the French Quarter on Wednesday night. Hundreds of sex workers had taken to Bourbon Street to protest the…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door The Whore Next Door: Food Dom

    The Whore Next Door: Food Dom

    "Just a scoop of creamed potatoes, a slice of butter ... four peas," James Spader's cautiously sadistic voice instructs a mousey Maggie Gyllenhaal over the phone as she prepares for dinner with her family. "And all the ice cream you…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Expand Your Ho-Cabulary

    Whore Next Door: Expand Your Ho-Cabulary

    Slut. Whore. Ho. I remember going to my first Golden State Warriors game back in 2009 with my girlfriend at the time. Before we could even make it to halftime, she grabbed my phone from me in a jealous rage,…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Game of Whores

    Whore Next Door: Game of Whores

    Two years ago, my boyfriend Sam and I started podcasting about Game of Thrones, which concluded its sixth season this past Sunday. It took me a moment to warm to the World of Ice and Fire when the series first…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door The Whore Next Door: Pride After Orlando

    The Whore Next Door: Pride After Orlando

    I held my friend Juliette close, frozen in the middle of my bright backyard, huddled over my iPhone, as we watched the coverage of the Orlando shooting. I will always remember where I was, too horrified to speak, when I…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door The Whore Next Door: The Dangerous Doxxing Trojan Horse

    The Whore Next Door: The Dangerous Doxxing Trojan Horse

    Wearing a condom every time you have sex is "easier said than done," retired porn performer Sofia Delgado told Fox News as she rubbed her pregnant belly while standing inside the California State Capitol last Wednesday. Delgado is HIV-positive. After…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Darling, I’m Home

    Whore Next Door: Darling, I’m Home

    The air was already muggy at 9 a.m. when my blue-soled, Betsey Johnson lace pumps hit the sidewalk. I was in Miami for an adult industry trade show, and fellow colleagues teased me for doing the "walk of shame," as…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Hot Role Play and Boiling Blood

    Whore Next Door: Hot Role Play and Boiling Blood

    I stretched my stocking-covered legs on the big wooden desk in front of me and leaned back in my leather chair, letting thick white cigarette smoke coil lazily out of my mouth and into the hazy office set. I'm not…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: From <i>Superbad</i> to Worse

    Whore Next Door: From Superbad to Worse

    "What's it like having a gun?"a young Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse, as McLovin, asks the cringe-inducing cops played by screenwriter Seth Rogen and Saturday Night Live veteran Bill Hader. "It's like having two dicks, if one of them could kill someone,"…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Prisoners' Dilemma

    Whore Next Door: Prisoners' Dilemma

    Although California is known as a liberal haven, it is also a state with a serious incarceration problem. In 2009, federal courts mandated that the Golden State reduce its prison population, which was the highest in the nation at the…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Running Up That Hill

    Whore Next Door: Running Up That Hill

    Last week, I took my first trip to Sacramento to lobby at the state capitol. It was a grueling day of tense meetings and hushed strategic conversations about how to save the world — just like I dreamed it would…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Capitol Records

    Whore Next Door: Capitol Records

    The first time I worked in an office was for Allstate Insurance as a glorified receptionist. I hated the stuffy work environment, the soft-rock radio, and especially the fact that my boss wouldn't allow me to put a photo of…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: The Crime of Real Pleasure

    Whore Next Door: The Crime of Real Pleasure

    Last weekend, as I sat sipping mimosas with a dozen or so fellow sex workers, someone raised their voice above the friendly din of chitchat with breaking news. A sex worker in South Carolina had just been arrested on 21…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: The Jesus and Mary Kink

    Whore Next Door: The Jesus and Mary Kink

    I was never forced to go to church or to read the Bible — and I feel like I missed out. From the research I've done, Catholics make great lovers. Perhaps the built-up guilt and shame — combined with years…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Dita Von Teese Tricks of Glamour

    Whore Next Door: Dita Von Teese Tricks of Glamour

    The last decades of the 20th century were a rough time for women with curves. The aerobics and dieting trends of the '80s passed the baton to the heroin-chic waifs of the '90s — and chubby adolescents like me gave…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Methods of Production

    Whore Next Door: Methods of Production

    "When I say 'Wu,' you say 'Tang,'" Method Man bellowed into the microphone. The crowd of lanyard-clad conference attendees obeyed. To the left of the poolside stage, hired go-go dancers in sponsored merchandise twerked against the speakers, where the most…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: The Zoo Story

    Whore Next Door: The Zoo Story

    Decades ago, there must have been some kind of backdoor agreement between Hollywood and American law enforcement vowing to portray police officers only as heroes (or, at worst, comic relief). But now that racialized police violence is getting some much-deserved…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Live Free or Die Tryin'

    Whore Next Door: Live Free or Die Tryin'

    "You know, Hillary Clinton stays here when she's in town," the hotel bartender told me as he poured my third glass of Sancerre just moments before last call at 9 p.m. Concord, N.H., doesn't do late-night. I had flown across…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: When You're Good to Mama

    Whore Next Door: When You're Good to Mama

    "For the next scene, the director says she wants you in something frumpy," the photographer said, holding up a calf-length, floral skirt that appeared to be several sizes too large for me. I had packed my suitcase full of the…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door The Whore Next Door: Harry Potter and the Virtual Finger Blaster

    The Whore Next Door: Harry Potter and the Virtual Finger Blaster

    "Orbiting," "signaling," and "accenting" sound like the names of charms taught in Professor Flitwick's class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but Emma Watson — the actress who brought the wizarding world's most beloved feminist icon, Hermione Granger, to…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Catfish Hunter

    Whore Next Door: Catfish Hunter

    "Good Evening. How are you doing? How was your weekend?" The message hit my OkCupid inbox around 10 p.m. last Sunday, as I was brushing my teeth before bed. It was bland, not the sort of thing that would usually…
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    Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: America Comes Around

    Whore Next Door: America Comes Around

    Although I attended labor rights demonstrations with my parents as a youngster, I truly began my own career in activism as a founding member of my high school's first Gay-Straight Alliance. I served two terms as president and championed the…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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