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The Sex Issue 

Wednesday, Sep 23 2015
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Eighty-eight years ago, Mae West was thrown in jail for acting in a Broadway play called Sex. Seventy-seven years later, the FCC fined CBS $550,000 after Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's nipple during the Super Bowl halftime show. Not long after that, a San Francisco supervisor named Wiener led the charge to ban public nudity. Apart from guns, it seems that nothing polarizes America quite like the specter of a human body performing a sexual act.

There was never a time when morality wasn't considered to be in decline, yet there was never a time when people stopped having sex. On the eve of the Folsom Street Fair — the world's biggest celebration of alternative sexual expression, pervs and slaves and baby strollers and all — SF Weekly's Sex Issue explores some obscure corners of the sexual realm, from beautifully rendered pornography to sonic dildos. Whether you believe sex to be solely for reproductive purposes, or whether you lament the loss of the dense thickets in Golden Gate Park, we should probably all be having more of it. Hopefully, after reading this issue, you find yourself doing so.


Photos Capture Four Decades of San Francisco Kink
By Jeremy Lybarger

Trans Mission Statement: The Girls of AsiaSF
By Peter Lawrence Kane

Joy Stick: The Tarnished Dreams of Teledildonics' Inventor
By Julia Carrie Wong

Finnish Fetish: Why Tom of Finland Endures
By Peter Lawrence Kane

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Peter Lawrence Kane

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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