You're in luck because this weekend, various groups all claiming to represent the best in women's interests will be marking Roe vs. Wade's historic judgement. But wait, will you attend the pro-choice carnival, the pro-choice flash mob, the anti-choice rally and march, or the pro-choice, anti-porn counter-demonstration? They are all happening this Saturday morning and early afternoon in Justin Herman Plaza. (Rebecca Bowe broke this story on our site over at the Politics blog, BTW.) We suggest being there, at least to watch the drama unfold. Happily, at least for the moment, choice is alive and well when it comes to weekend activism! Read more »
Is it safe to say at this point that James Franco is our kind of freak? The king of hyphens (indie-mainstream-actor-author-producer-director-etc.) is in the midst of various voyages into SF BDSM culture. Shall we count the ways?
1. The trailer for Franco's documentary on Kink.com, helpfully titled kink, came out yesterday. It features bound musclemen and bos-say female directors. Read more »
A major, massive shout-out to the local activists who finally convinced SFPD to get rid of their draconian, awful policy of using condoms found on suspects as proof of intent to do sex work. The last thing we needed was our community's most vunerable sex workers being afraid to carry protection -- not to mention having the plain old slutty among us leaving rubbers at home for fear of police harassment.Read more »
We were beyond impressed when we we heard about Cal sex columnist Nadia Cho's rocket to Internet notoriety via her account of pre-Thanksgiving, calorie-killing library sex that through the vagaries of virality somehow begat an animated version by a Taiwanese news station (where is this link!?!) SFist reports that the UC Berkeley librarian was less than stoked at the prospect of cleaning up ejacula Read more »
Before we get to the week in Bay Area sex events, here is something you will want to be aware of: the ingenious ad campaign perpetuated by Baltimore activists from Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, who riffed off of questionable underwear design from Victoria's Secret. In doing so [as Baltimore Fishbowl reports], the group ended up giving the company irrefutable proof that yes, their clientele cares about consent when in comes to sex.
Yesterday morning I dug up my Obama mix, the CD that I made at this time four years ago when I was a wide-eyed political organizer and played for my team of adroit, grandmotherly union member-canvassers. Gah, my dislike for Will.i.am is well-known but this song gets me every time. Which is why I found myself on Election Day 2012 wearing a Moveon.org Obama T-shirt I donated $5 for, all abuzz with Obamastalgia. It's like a drug, this resurgance of a younger, less jaded president -- even if it's only for the time it takes for all that confetti maelstrom to settle to the stage.
If similar feelings of Oval Office lust have got you all hot and bothered (or just immensely bothered, in the case of some of the California races BOO LA'S PROP BBOO PROP 35), here's a week full of sex events to help you blow off some steam, SF style.
It was Saturday before Folsom Street Fair 2012, and I found myself standing in Kink.com's recently-opened Armory Club, sipping on a well-crafted cocktail and waiting for people to arrive in the bar's private backroom area. Read more »
What to do when Halloween rolls around, but you're already slutty 365 days a year? Up the ante with one of this week's sex events, because you're more than just an awkwardly-gender-coded bag of crap from Spirit.
Kink.com is getting its star turn in the mainstream media – everyone's favorite historic-building-cum-porn-palace served as the shooting locaiton for the movie that Stephen Elliott and Kink star Lorelei Lee penned, Cherry (trailer here). The flick, which makes its San Francisco debut at the SF International Film Festival (April 24, 27, 28) stars James Franco and Heather Graham, who plays a female director at a porn company.
It isn't Kink in the movie, exactly -- it's not a BDSM company, for one. And I met up with Lee at Thieves Tavern this week and she told me that despite the vocation of Cherry's protagonist, she didn't consider it a movie based in sex-positive activism. Read more »