Kink.com, Local BDSM Porn Company, May Leave S.F. Over Condom Requirements

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Mike Koozmin
The Armory, currently home to local porn company Kink.com, may be converted into an office building.

Local BDSM porn company Kink.com has faced growing pressure from the state legislature and regulatory agencies to use condoms on its shoots, and now, the company may confront a lawsuit from a performer who faced an HIV scare in the porn industry last year. A demand letter obtained by SF Weekly shows that an "aggrieved former employee" of Kink.com is seeking restitution for nearly 25 alleged violations of California Labor Code, including one pertaining to bloodborne pathogens.

The demand letter goes on to state that the former employee attended a shoot "wherein there was no exposure control plan, untested audience members participated, and other illegal acts and omissions occurred."

The letter also describes the porn industry's current database for STD testing, known as PASS, as a direct violation of California law. This database, the letter asserts, freely shares performers' legal names and personal medical information, including STD test results.

Kink spokesperson Mike Stabile says, "The letter is not only disingenuous, it's demonstrably false across the board, and we're absolutely fighting it."

As Kink.com faces legislative and regulatory pressure -- and a potential lawsuit -- it appears the company may pack up and leave San Francisco. Uptown Almanac reported that Kink.com, currently headquartered at the Armory in San Francisco's Mission district, had filed paperwork with the city's planning department to convert the building to office space.

The Armory, a historic building that housed the U.S. National Guard during the early 20th century, was purchased by Kink.com's founder and CEO Peter Acworth in 2006 for $14.5 million. But this is not the first time Acworth has proposed renovations to the Armory -- in 2007, he floated the idea of converting a portion of the building to condos, complete with webcams so voyeurs could watch the occupants online, and, more recently, he renovated the Armory's Drill Court for use as a community center.

However, the current proposal to convert the building to office space stems not from a desire to innovate the way porn is made, but rather to keep production the same.

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"Lasso of Truth" Explores Wonder Woman's Unconventional Origins

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Kevin Berne
Lauren English (The Girl) and John Riedlinger (The Guy) in Carson Kreitzer's Lasso of Truth.

Growing up in upstate New York, playwright Carson Kreitzer wasn't allowed to watch much TV, but her mom made an exception for Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, and Kreitzer loved seeing a strong, compassionate woman helping others rather than waiting to be rescued. While doing research on lie detectors for another play she was involved in, she found out that the man who had invented the precursor to that machine, psychologist William Moulton Marston, had also been the created her childhood heroine with her lasso of truth. She also learned about his unconventional lifestyle -- he had lived with both a wife and a research assistant, had children with both, and was interested in bondage. Suddenly Wonder Woman's bullet-deflecting cuffs, boots and bustier took on a whole different meaning.

Kreitzer was upset thinking that Wonder Woman was just another male sexual fantasy and started looking into Wonder Woman's creator and the women she was based on. That led her to write "Lasso of Truth," which is premiering at the Marin Theatre Company before going on to Georgia and Missouri.

In the play, we see the stories of the Inventor, the Wife and the Amazon (with the help of comic panels on the walls) as well as the contemporary story of the Girl, who wants the original Wonder Woman comic and the Guy, who works in a comic book store and owns that comic. Kreitzer talked to SF Weekly about the importance of heroes with kindness as well as power, unconventional views moving society forward, and how little boys as well as little girls needing strong women to look up to.


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GameLink's New Blog: The Naked Truth

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Can you handle the truth? The whole truth? The naked truth?

GameLink.com, an online pornographic website that specializes in putting out adult movies, sex toys, and live cams, is coming out with a new compendium to their website called GameLink's Naked Truth.

Naked Truth is a blog-styled news hub for the latest happenings in the industry complete with movie and toy reviews, exclusive features that dig deep into the nuances of adult entertainment, exclusive one-on-one interviews with the (porn) stars, and other goodies to get you excited.

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This American Whore Podcast Seeks to Demystify Sex Work through Stories

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Siouxsie Q

They say that stories are the best way to teach about the past, present and future. It's in the sharing that we grow to understand each other better with hopefully, respect and compassion. A new podcast in San Francisco, This American Whore, is attempting to use stories to educate people about sex work who are outside of the sex worker and kink communities. Siouxsie Q is the host and also a sex worker, ally, and advocate. The idea came to Q after listening to Kevin Smith's audio book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good, where he told his audience to speak up if you have something to say.

See also:

The Sweet Spot: Prostitution and Prop 35

Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Is More than Grief and Death

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BDSM 101: Figging, or You'll Never Look at Ginger the Same Way Again

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By Agnes Teesdale

I had titillating images of a prim Victorian gal when I first heard about figging, a now somewhat popular BDSM practice that involves ginger used as a buttplug. It's likely that the name evolved from the old practice of gingering ("to feague"): sticking some ginger up a horse's ass to make it hold up its tail. Popular legend claims that Victorians used this technique to punish unruly pupils, but it's probably just as likely that those endearing sex-freaks appreciated it for its kinkiness.

See also:

BDSM on a Budget: Sex Toys You Can Make at Home

The Sweet Spot: A Death in the Family Unveils Massive BDSM Archive

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Taken: The Secret World of Abduction Fantasies

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January Seraph

Many of us have had the vivid nightmare of being taken. Imagine a knife is placed to your throat, or a gun is pushed to your back, and you are told to go wherever your captor wants to take you. For most people, the thought of being abducted is truly terrifying. But for others, being kidnapped in a safe, controlled way is a turn on. January Seraph, a professional dominatrix and expert on abduction play, provides this service to would-be abductees.

See also:

Study: Porn Stars Have Higher Self-Esteem

For Sex Week, Yale University Has to Borrow Several San Franciscans

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Video of the Day: Fifty Shades of Gay

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On the surface, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby don't have much in common (aside from the promise of adventure!). But both are on the list of commonly challenged books -- that is, books that people have attempted to ban or withhold from the general public. Also high on the list are the Harry Potter series, for witchcraft and reverse muggle discrimination, we think; Judy Blume's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret; and pretty much every book you can think of that vaguely or explicitly alludes to sex.

See also:

50 Sheds of Grey -- not the kind of tool you imagine

S.F. Library's new privacy screens help you watch porn more discreetly

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2012 Folsom Street Fair Photos: The Safe-For-Work Edition!

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All photos by Gil Reigo Jr. for SF Weekly
Miss the Folsom Street Fair over the weekend but still have a hankering for leather and sexually wild BDSM action? Of course you do! Alas, you're at work, stuck at a cubicle with your boss's stare cutting right through you. Or perhaps its the IT guy -- who secretly hates everyone -- just waiting for you to slip up. Either way, enjoy these perfectly PG photos from  Folsom. If you're giving zero fucks about your boss or your IT guy, go on and enjoy the NSFW Folsom Street Fair slideshow.

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- 2012 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2011 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2010 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2009 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2008 Folsom Street Fair Photos


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Bondage Dominates the S.F. Erotic Art Exhibition 2

Categories: Art, BDSM
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S.M. Shifflett

Fit to be tied after a long week? Experience rope bondage opening night at San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition 2. Have you forgotten how to play? Rediscover your inner freaky child with Good Vibrations' adult toy demo Saturday. Copious activities are spread out over the three-day event, with over 400 pieces of art definitely NSFW. Sculptor cum curator Peter Keresztury of Erotic Art Events commingles the work of 25 artists, including photography from Eugene Frankel's traditional nudes to the holography of Ronnie Olson, and paintings from heavy metal cover artist Lorenzo Sperlonga to The Kinky Coloring Book's James Courtney.

See also

*Our coverage of the provocative ASKEW Film and Performance Festival

*Our interview with the porn performer who started the syphilis outbreak

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Video of the Day: Dance Choreographed to Erotica

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Liz Payne
Long before Fifty Shades of Grey made it kosher to read BDSM lit on BART, Anne Rice wrote her own best-selling erotica trilogy. Based on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, Rice's version of the story begins with Beauty awakened from her sleep by a sexual encounter and proceeds into three books' worth of explicit scenarios from there.

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