11 Apr 2014

Confessions of an online serial dater: It begins again

…living in San Francisco.” When he said “Let’s go to The Armory,” the first things that popped into my mind were BDSM tours, porn filming and possibly rape. Apparently across the street from the porn castle on 14th and Mission is a related bar, so I was a bit relieved. I obviously still tucked my pink taser and brass knuckle keychain into my Chanel bag, just to be safe. I walk in at about 7:30 PM and see Ginger sitting at the uncrowded bar. He did…

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31 Oct 2012

"Kink!" workshop demonstrates safety within BDSM community

…me—all whom are in polyamorous relationships with each other—educated a group of students about the practice of BDSM, which stands for bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism. “Often people don’t like any of these things, and that’s OK, that’s great,” Mint said. In a presentation, three “Kink!” participants covered topics of consent, fetishes, myths, media, role playing, toys and a brief history all surrounding t…

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24 Sep 2012

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Folsom Street Fair unleashes San Francisco's wild side

…ething came over me and I couldn’t resist the bondage,” Moretti said. Vanilla is a term used by the BDSM community, meaning those who are not into BDSM. “Once you find something that sparks your interest, you get really into it. It doesn’t have to be about sex,” Moretti said. Referring to his friend, Moretti said, “I mean, look at this guy, he looks innocent and sweet and honestly. He’s a nerd who plays W…

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22 Sep 2012

The Ins & Outs: Virgin's guide to Folsom Street Fair

…dies, eager submissives and more than 250 vendors and exhibits displaying all that the Bay Area has to offer in BDSM. But don’t strap on your ball gag just yet — there’s much to learn before heading to your first Folsom Street Fair. The fair, which will grace San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood with its presence Sept. 23, spans 13 city blocks between 7th and 12th streets and seven hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Estimated attendance…

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09 Apr 2012

The Ins and Outs: Risks and rewards of breath control play

…u’re doing actual breath control there is no technique that will take this risk away,” she said. Jay Wiseman, a BDSM expert, who has written extensively about the topic, is known in the kink community for being much more cautionary when it comes to breath control play. “I do believe, based on studying these activities extensively, that they have a very questionable risk/benefit ratio and that they are both far more unpredictable and far more dang…

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12 Mar 2012

The Ins And Outs: Losing your sex club virginity

…. San Francisco has lots of them including Power Exchange, a pansexual venue where anything goes; SF Citadel, a BDSM club currently changing venues; and Mission Control, which features themed play parties. Sex clubs are designed for people to engage in sexual activities, either with a partner or a stranger, in the safety of a closed building. No cops, no legal problems. Unfortunately, going to a sex club for the first time can be a bit intimidati…

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13 Dec 2011

Trust a dominating force in BDSM relationships

Trust is the foundation of any relationship, especially one that involve whips, handcuffs and choking. BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. It is a type of erotic play for two consenting people who enjoy either dominating or being dominated. Maria Duong, a freshman at SF State, was introduced to this kind of kinky sex by the first boyfriend she ever had sex with when he surprised her with a…

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08 Mar 2011

VIDEO: Madamn Burnz host 'Really Raw as flux', an aerial acrobatic and raw food show

…ne of the raw food snacks offered before the show. People and performers mingled for the first hour amongst the BDSM oil paintings that hung in the gallery while drinking kombucha. This is the third installment of Madamn Burnz’s monthly Raw as Flux shows. She and her students have been rehearsing their most recent performance for the past month. Raw as Flux @ The Jellyfish Gallery 1286 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA 94103 info@jellyfishgal…

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