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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 Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

The big thing you need to know about the monthly series Writers with Drinks is this: Arrive super early, maybe even an hour before, for your chance at a stool or a booth. The Make Out Room is a pretty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Clown-Porn Pioneer Battles Aggressive Cancer

Clown-Porn Pioneer Battles Aggressive Cancer

Hollie Stevens is a performer at heart. With her blonde hair and amazing body, she's hard to miss. Stevens performed in the adult industry. In addition to mainstream porn, she did a lot of clown porn -- which is just…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Casino-Style Strip-Club Glamor Comes to S.F. in the Penthouse Club

Casino-Style Strip-Club Glamor Comes to S.F. in the Penthouse Club

Las Vegas has arrived in San Francisco via a 19-foot stripper pole. The Penthouse Club has its grand opening last night. The crew went all out with this event. Everything was perfect inside, including the people working there. By the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Barbie Brought Me to Orgasm -- Literally

The Sweet Spot: Barbie Brought Me to Orgasm -- Literally

The Barbie doll. Standing at 11.5 inches and made of plastic, this diminutive doll-woman created in 1959 has caused quite a fuss. Girls all over the world still clamor to possess their own, adult women might wax nostalgic when presented…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Wicked Grounds Coffee House Reopens: <br>S.F. Regains a BDSM Community Hub

Wicked Grounds Coffee House Reopens:
S.F. Regains a BDSM Community Hub

Last October, I wrote the eulogy here on The Exhibitionist for Wicked Grounds, the kink-oriented coffee house that had, in just a little more than two years, become one of the most beloved gathering places for San Francisco's alt-sex community.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Beauty Is <i>Something</i>, But It's Far From Everything

The Sweet Spot: Beauty Is Something, But It's Far From Everything

"We've been attracted to each other for a long time," said the naked man next to me. Hmm. Me, not so much. I had not been physically attracted to him in the slightest. But even the bedroom requires tact…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Attend the 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo From the Perverse Comfort of Your Computer

Attend the 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo From the Perverse Comfort of Your Computer

For the first time, the world's largest and most notorious porn conference is going virtual. AVN Media Network has announced that its 2012 Adult Entertainment Expo, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Jan. 20-21,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: I Am the Other Woman

The Sweet Spot: I Am the Other Woman

I was 16 when I became, accidentally, the Other Woman for the first time. Rusty, the head of the punk pirate house, asked me to help make a tape for his girlfriend's birthday. Inadvertently, I leaned up against the bed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Christopher Ryan Debunks Theory That Humans Are 'Hard-Wired' for Monogamy

Christopher Ryan Debunks Theory That Humans Are 'Hard-Wired' for Monogamy

The "standard scientific narrative" about human romantic and sexual relationships goes like this: Men are obsessed with sex and determined to control their mates' sexuality to ensure they continue their own lineage. Women engage in sex with men only to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Michael Rosen Captures the Human Behind the Fetish in "Contact Sheet Sexual Portraits"

Michael Rosen Captures the Human Behind the Fetish in "Contact Sheet Sexual Portraits"

You have to go to only a few exhibits of fetish photography or flip through a few collections to figure out that most of it is basically Playboy for art snobs. And if that weren't bad enough, the majority of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Annie Sprinkle Talks About Halloween, Hookers, and Reviving an S.F. Tradition

Annie Sprinkle Talks About Halloween, Hookers, and Reviving an S.F. Tradition

Annie Sprinkle has made a life of exposing herself -- literally and figuratively -- for three decades. She is a filmmaker, performer, writer, activist, porn actress, and former prostitute. Most recently, Sprinkle and her wife, Beth Stephens, are behind a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Monogamy as "Biological Imperative"? Think Again

The Sweet Spot: Monogamy as "Biological Imperative"? Think Again

"Boys fix things. Girls need things fixed." So wrote New Yorker satirist Whitney Darrow in a children's book in 1970. Many would scoff at that statement, but the idea that supports it is still alive and well in the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F.'s First Sex Workers Led a Different Gold Rush: <i>Madams of the Barbary Coast</i>

S.F.'s First Sex Workers Led a Different Gold Rush: Madams of the Barbary Coast

Part of San Francisco's charm is its vibrant history of colorful characters. The city has survived multiple earthquakes in addition to cultural and political upheavals. From the beginning, our enticing Baghdad by the Bay has attracted free spirits and entrepreneurs,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Loses a BDSM Community Hub with the Closing of Wicked Grounds Coffeehouse

S.F. Loses a BDSM Community Hub with the Closing of Wicked Grounds Coffeehouse

@WickedGrounds is closed today. We are very sorry for any inconvenience. That tweet went out two Wednesdays ago. It was at once cryptic and unsurprising. On the one hand, it might just mean what it said: Wicked Grounds was closed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Fleet Week Makes S.F. Frisky

The Sweet Spot: Fleet Week Makes S.F. Frisky

Who can resist the charms of a young man in uniform who is ready to roar due to being cooped up for months and calls you Ma'am? Not I. And I am not alone. Fleet Week exploded on the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Folsom Street Fair 2011: A Perfect Day for Leather

Folsom Street Fair 2011: A Perfect Day for Leather

In recent years, nature's running joke at the Folsom Street Fair has been to make it either blindingly sunny and unbearably hot or the first cold and rainy day of the fall -- neither one good for lots of exposed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Could the Clitoris Go Extinct?

The Sweet Spot: Could the Clitoris Go Extinct?

Female hyenas, chimpanzees, baleen whales, and humans all have one. And what do they have? Why, it's that little bump that seems to exist for pleasure and pleasure alone -- the clitoris. There is a long-held belief that the primary…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Public Nudity: It's Different in New York City (Sort of)

Public Nudity: It's Different in New York City (Sort of)

Being naked in public is a crime, right? Well, not always (unless you're in Berkeley). Which is to say, sometimes it can be a crime (if you're in San Francisco), but you probably won't get arrested. Then again, sometimes it…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Shine Louise Houston: What if Hitchcock, Jarmusch, and Metzger Made Porn Films?

Shine Louise Houston: What if Hitchcock, Jarmusch, and Metzger Made Porn Films?

Porn has changed a lot since the so-called "Golden Age" of the 1970s and '80s. For one thing, it's a much less public undertaking. Once upon a time, watching a dirty film involved sitting in a theater with an audience.…
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