Sex SF

"HIV Is Not a Crime"

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It's World AIDS Day -- and AIDS itself is still with us, of course. But did you know that just being HIV+ and having sex is a crime in many parts of the country? That people with HIV can be classified as sex offenders for life if they don't disclose their status? This short film, directed by Sean Strub and edited by former SFer Leo Herrera, explains:

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Live Shots: Red Hots Burlesque at El Rio

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The holidays are in full force, so it's time to start getting that warm fuzzy feeling, and how better to start getting heated up than by seeing some Red Hots Burlesque?

I stopped by one of the two shows the troupe puts on at El Rio every week (Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.), and girl – they've got you (un)covered when it comes to all that is sexy, steamy, and silly!Read more »

Hot sexy events: November 10-15

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The mayoral elections are over. San Francisco politicos have long since rolled out of rumpled election night beds, kissed their partners for the first time in months, and tossed those worn-down precinct-walkers out for something a little more comfortable. Now our eyes turn to the presidential election, which despite Ed Lee's mustache is decidedly less sexy (blame it on the overexposure, c'mon Republican ladies and gentlemen can you leave nothing to our imagination?) 

And now Herman Cain's lawyers are telling sexual harassment victims to “think twice” before coming forward to accuse their inspirational speaker-cum-client? Sound like they need to attend the first sex-positive get-together on our list... read on. Read more »

Author Christopher Ryan and the socio-evolutionary reasons for non-monogamy

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Love your partner and love to fool around with other people? Author Christopher Ryan says that’s perfectly natural. A psychologist and historian who insists that human beings are not cut out for sexual monogamy, Ryan's hitting SF next week (Wed/9-Thu/10) to talk about the evolutionary reasons for why that's so. Read more »

Hot sexy events: November 2-8

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It's easy to see how photographer Michael Rosen gets people to take their clothes off. He listens, he's mild-mannered, and he makes great art of the occasion – what more could you want in a voyeur? Rosen has been taking erotic photos since 1977, images of all genders, all sexualities, all the slutty, falling-apart-at-the seams of human sexuality. His new show opens on Fri/4.

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Hot sexy events: October 27-November 1

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Friday evening of the Folsom Street Fair saw a throng gathered in a second-story SoMa apartment for an art opening. The space was owned by a one Mark I. Chester, a man who counts as one of the city's many hubs of sex culture. Chester tends towards the art side of rough sex -- regularily hosting drawing sessions where men pose in various states of disarray -- a harness here, a dog mask there, and not much else. But tonight, the crowd was more diverse. It was there to witness the opening of "Fear No Art," the sex and power exhibition that you watch close its doors on Sun/30 this week. Read more »

Period piece: The San Francisco prostitute march of 1917

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One morning in January 1917, 300 prostitutes marched into the church of their biggest detractor, Reverend Paul J. Smith. They were ready to show the anti-vice crusader what they were made of. The women were organizing in the face of what had become a decades-long dwindling of their rights, spearheaded by the reverend himself.

The world’s oldest profession flourished in brothels all over the city during the Gold Rush, thanks to all those lonely 49ers. But sex work has never been uncontroversial -- and the local practice quickly accumulated its own critics.

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Relax and open up (your mind) for International Fisting Day -- NSFW

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When queer porn stars Courtney Trouble and Jiz Lee noticed that fisting scenes were being consistently edited out of conventional pornography, they knew something had to be done. Enter International Fisting Day, which will be born with an ecstatic shout this Fri/21. The actor-activists hit upon the idea of the day to expose the joys of fisting and mobilize bloggers, porn lovers, and supporters everywhere to share the good word about a good fist. We recently conducted an interview with Courtney Trouble via email. She was a-tingle awaiting her new holiday, set to coincide with Live Sex Show, the movie she shot at this year's Masturbate-a-thon at the Center for Sex and Culture (yes, it includes fisting galore). She says that sex-positivity is all about celebrating consensual sex that makes people happy. Fisting does just that -- so why do we still consider it obscene?

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Get on the bus: St. James Infirmary's new sex worker PSAs are

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St. James Infirmary has been providing free, non-judgmental medical and social services for sex workers since 1999. This week, it’ll take the next step. The clinic is putting ads up in Muni buses throughout the city this month meant to educate and inspire Muni riders throughout the city.  

But the campaign, entitled “Someone you know is a sex worker,” won’t be seen on a billboard near you. The ads, which feature actual sex workers, were rejected outright by both Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor before transit ad company Titan 360 agreed to the bus campaign. Read more »

Hot sexy events: October 12-18

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What does the future look like for our alternative sexuality community? While the political system borders on redundancy and no one cares about it anymore, perhaps now's the time to turn our focus inward. Two projects are in the works to look at the interior world of queers – and they both could use a hand from you. Read more »