Belle of the Rope

One of the most popular and well-loved instructors in our Passion 101 Sex Education program is an amazing rope artist named Belle. Students and staff alike love working with Belle for her interactive educational methods and rope rigging skills. Belle teaches 1-2 classes each month at Sexploratorium in addition to working full time and attending rope and bdsm events locally and nationally. We caught up with Belle at a rare moment of respite to get the inside scoop on this amazing presenter and all around cool person!

Who are you? What makes you a unique educator? What is your profession/lifestyle background? I’m Belle-. I’m primarily a rigger publicly but privately, I’m mostly submissive. The thing that makes me unique as an educator is that I have a background in formal education. I’ve studied not only rope and how to tie but also how to teach. This allows me to really give unique classes. I also have the unique combination of being a rope bottom, rope top, and someone who self ties. I have studied rope from all of these perspectives and it gives me unique insight into how rope works.

How did you first become introduced to and interested in rope? Were there any setbacks/ problems in your practice that affect how you teach? I was introduced to rope by my first kink partner. He tied me and I was instantly in love. I have developed over the past 5 years from that experience into the person that I am today. I have had a decent number of setbacks. One of the hardest things to deal with is my lack of desire for pain. Rope tends to hurt and as a bottom, not enjoying pain can make enjoying rope a very difficult thing to do. I also have gone through phases of trying to use styles of tying that just aren’t suited to me. This has affected how I teach because I have experienced many of the problems that people run in to and can help guide them around these issues.

How and why did you end up teaching rope? I started out teaching rope when my partner and I, along with two friends started a Rope Bite chapter in our hometown. There was a serious lack of quality rope education and places to practice, experiment, and share new ideas. We decided to start filling this void and found that we loved doing it. I have been presenting as a rigger for nearly two years now.
How many times hove you presented these classes before? Feedback? Testimonials? The series that I’m currently presenting is a new set of classes for me. I change up lessons and classes extremely frequently in order to fine tune what I’m teaching to the population of people that I’m teaching. As such, it is rare that I teach the same class more than once or twice before it gets an overhaul.

Who is your primary audience? Anyone that has a serious interest in learning to use rope in their lives. The current series that I’m doing is designed for people that wish to learn to use rope as more than a tool in the bedroom and more as a tool for creating an experience on it own. That said, all of the information in the classes is applicable to many different types of play.

Which are your preferred teaching methods and/ or techniques? Rope is a kinesthetic activity, as such, I try to teach as many of my classes as hands-on classes as I can possibly do. However, I never mind people sitting back and watching if they feel that they can learn better that way.

Belle is in the final three chapters of an 8 part monthly series at Sexploratorium that is tailored to prepare students for suspension bondage. She also regularly teaches on other rope topics every few weeks such as the upcoming Rope 101 Class on Thursday, July 24. To hire Belle for private instruction, or to see a full schedule of upcoming classes, visit www.passion101classes.com

The Fantasy Art of Artemis Elena

Sexploratorium is showcasing the work of local artist Artemis Elena on the walls this month. On Friday July 17th from 5-9pm, Artemis will be hosting a reception with additional affordable prints for sale, refreshments and live conversation.

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We chatted with Artemis about her work and her life for the Sexploratorium Blog. Here is what she had to say.

What inspires you artistically? 
The human form, especially the female form, is my greatest inspiration. Sometimes I’ll be speaking to someone and I’ll start noticing the way different light sources are hitting them, and it’ll make it hard for me to concentrate on the conversation without daydreaming about committing the sight to paper.
As far as other artists go- Alphonse Mucha, the grandfather of the Art Nouveau movement is my biggest idol. My erotica pieces also owe a debt of gratitude to classic American pin-up artists, with Vargas and Gil Elvgren having the greatest influence in that category.
What inspires you sexually? 
Power exchange and rope bondage are the two big ones for me-
Especially shibari rope bondage, which I consider to be beautiful beyond words.
I discovered my interest in BDSM shortly after hitting puberty. I figured out pretty quickly that kissing my girlfriend felt way better if she was on top of me, pinning me down while she did it. We started experimenting with simple tie-downs and took turns being in charge. To this day, I delight in both sides of the D/s coin and place myself mentally in the role of both sub and Domme when creating an image that depicts bondage.
How does this inspiration manifest itself in your work? 
My sexual awakening was something that occurred secretly, but even so, I had the courage to accept myself and my interests. Many of the people I’ve met along my journey haven’t had that advantage and some of them have spent years suppressing their desires out of shame or denial. I find it hugely satisfying whenever I’m able to help someone learn to accept themselves and to find safe ways to indulge their fantasies.
I get a similar rush whenever I complete a new commission, since I’m helping my client bring their fantasies to life in a way that they cannot accomplish on their own. Making dreams come true, even dark ones, can be such a lovely thing. I’m thankful to be able to devote my artistic talents to that purpose.
How are your sexuality and your art related? 
It’s all about connections.
Art is a way for me to understand the world, to create a window that looks out onto a concept or a memory and to let others look through the window with me. Sex can be a means of understanding oneself and delighting in the joys of the flesh, but if done right, sex can be so much more than that. It’s a way of connecting with your partner(s) on a chemical and emotional level that is unlike any other tool we have at our disposal.
How does the work you do now compare with the work you did five years ago? 
My erotica pieces are more well informed now than they were in the beginning, which definitely makes a difference. And my technical skill has improved greatly over the years as well, which it makes it possible for me to tackle more complicated anatomical situations that I ever could have pulled off successfully when I first started out.
My artistic development over time will be something viewers can see for themselves at this show, since there are pieces on display from as far back as 2009 (Hedonism) and as recently as last January (Wonder Woman & Hawkgirl).
Around 2011, I started working with a client who had an interest in superheroine-themed “Damsel in Distress” pieces. He’s a gentle person who isn’t comfortable with causing any actual distress, so these commissions became a way for him to have an outlet for those desires. The D.I.D. pieces have changed noticeably over time, with the earliest one having a far heavier emphasis on distress than they do now.
I’m not super comfortable with depicting non-consentual activities in my artwork, even as part of a fantasy, so I found ways to give my client what he’s looking for without having to ignore own feelings. The damsels in my more recent D.I.D. pieces are still being roughly dominated in circumstances that were likely not of their own choosing, but their expressions have changed. I try to put a certain spark in their eyes that captures that “I don’t want to like this, but I do and I want more” moment that comes with humiliation.
Where do you see your work taking you in five years? 
I’ve been starting to refocus my attention on art projects that hold a personal interest for me, rather than simply taking on private commissions for the paycheck. I’ve been getting better at saying no to projects that don’t excite me. So, I expect the coming years to bring with them an influx of new artwork centered on my own personal kinks. I’ve always enjoyed drawing erotica and I expect the future to contain more Artemis Elena pieces, perhaps with a heavier emphasis on shibari rope bondage.
Also, I’ve noticed that although I take great pleasure in dominating men (or people who tend towards the masculine end of the spectrum), it’s a topic that I haven’t ever explored in my artwork. I may consider expanding into this new direction in the future.
How do you define erotic art? 
Any image that is created for the purpose of arousing one’s primal drives or to breathe life into a sexual fantasy, while simultaneously celebrating the natural sensuality of the human body. An image that depicts more than the purely physical act of sex or foreplay, but contains something of the emotional and spiritual in it as well.
What are the most prominent erotic elements in your art? 
The inherent power of feminine sexuality, both in Dominance and in submission, as well as the natural beauty of the female form (regardless of body type).
My interest in the concept of the primal Goddess may have worked it’s way into my art as well. I’m drawn to Goddess figures who are both creator and destroyer, so more Shiva than Gaia. Duality has been a long-time fascination of mine, especially when expressed through art, and I relish the occasions when I get to explore it in my work.I know for a fact it’s why I enjoy drawing the character Poison Ivy so much. She’s equal parts earth mother and enemy to humankind. Her sexual power is palpable in a way that her equally sexualized counterparts (Catwoman and Harley Quinn) just can’t match.
What are the erotic messages in your current collection? 
Sex and power are inseparable.
Tell us about each piece in the show: 

Kneel was created using reference photos taken in the aftermath of my first suspension experience. I was sky high on endorphins and feeling completely immersed in sub space. I wanted to immortalize that moment, so I used the photographs from that evening and to create a piece of art nouveau inspired iconography which celebrates the ecstasy of giving oneself over completely.

 Handling Lex’s Light Work was the first in my Damsel in Distress series, originally a commission completed for a client-turned-friend who loves seeing beautiful women in nylons and bondage. In this image, Superman’s two lady loves (Lana Lang and Lois Lane) have been kidnapped by Lex Luthor. However, Lex is a busy guy and snatching up two svelte women is hardly something deserving of his time. He’s delegated the task to his assistant Mercy, who is menacing the frightened beauties and man-handling them for fun while she waits for more instructions from the boss.
Midsummer Night’s Dream was my contribution to a Shakespeare inspired anthology. It is, quite simply, Midsummer Night’s Dream as seen through the lens of a steamy romance novel. In the final version, I’d digitally patched it onto a book cover and titled the tale “Legend of The Ass Man”, which makes me giggle every time I think about it.
The image depicts the unlucky actor Bottom, being attended to by the handmaidens of Queen Titania after his head was transformed into that of an ass by the faerie Puck. After changing Bottom’s form, Puck also put a spell on the Queen to make her fall in love with the strange donkey-man hybrid. Titania appointed a group of faeries to attend to his every wish and after he’d been doted upon (and assumably fluffed), she took him into her bower and slept with him herself.
Karnilla’s Captive was the  second in my Damsel in Distress series, this image is set inside the dungeon of Karnilla, Queen of Nornheim. She’s holding Lady Sif captive and has stripped the proud Asgardian warrior of her armor and weapons, which lay discarded in a heap on the floor. Sif is helpless against the sexual advances of the Queen and resisting her own desires towards the noble woman, but as one of Karnilla’s fingers slide slowly into her, she whimpers and gives in to the sensation. She fights to keep her balance as her knees grow weak.
The Kiss is actually about the moment of anticipation before a kiss. Ivy deals in desire all the time, so she knows the drill, but sweet Harley is putting her trust in her friend. In this moment, Ivy is considering what comes after the kiss. She’s thinking about how far she’s willing to take this. Harley isn’t thinking about anything past the here and now. She’s just excited to be getting some attention for a change.
As a side note- I absolutely love this pairing. Their personalities compliment each other incredibly well. I am SO happy that it’s finally canon in the Batman universe.
The prompt I’d received for Phoenix Rising was to create a nude portrait of Jean Grey as The Phoenix at the peak of her power. And, for added challenge, the client wanted her pubic hair to be shaped like a firebird. I decided that I’d burn away the majority of her clothing and I did my best to make the pubic sculpting as natural and believable as possible. After that, it was simply a matter of conveying the power and strength of will inside that character. Beautiful and terrible as a thunderstorm.
 
Wonder Woman and Hawk Girl captures a moment towards the beginning of an encounter between Wonder Woman, princess of the Amazons, and that winged aerial warrior, Hawkgirl. They’ve been kissing for more than a few moments now and the heat between them is starting to build, their hands starting to wander. They’re both warriors and extremely strong willed, so I didn’t have any specific power dynamic in mind when I started this. I like that they both have dominant body language going on, but I think that Hawkgirl has a very slight upperhand. She’s at a moment where she seems to be growing hungrier for more contact, while Wonder Woman is just about to start melting against her.
 
Diana in Distress is most recent addition to my Damsel in Distress series, this image depicts Wonder Woman at the mercy of her age old nemesis, Circe. I knew I wanted to tie Wonder Woman up with her own lasso in this piece, so it gave me a good excuse to work a lovely shibari chest harness into the design. I also threw in a little extra foot bondage for my client, because hey, why not?
I love that Diana is tied up with the lasso of truth, while Circe covers her mouth. It drives home the point (both to the viewer and to Wonder Woman herself) that Circe doesn’t care one bit about what Diana might have to say- She’s not interested in a confession. Circe’s posture is both commanding and somehow intimate. She’s interested in using Diana’s vulnerable state to her advantage and Diana’s eyes contain surrender instead of rebellion at the idea.
Hedonism depicts a scene from bacchanal. The followers of Dionysus are already half-intoxicated. They’re whispering secrets to a new initiate, tempting her and teasing her and drawing her into the same wine fueled trance as the rest of them.
 
Babylon the Great mother of whores and abominations of the earth, is a character I’ve been fascinated by since High School. She appears in the Book of Revelations, riding in on a seven-headed beast and getting drunk off the blood of saints, but I always thought she got dealt a bad hand.
If you believe in the omnipotence of God and the literal truth of the Bible (which is especially inadvisable where the Book of Revelations is concerned, since it’s all metaphor), then Babylon was cast into that role by God himself. She isn’t a human being, with free will and the ability to choose sin. She was born into it, like a fish to water. So it struck me as incredibly unfair that everyone should revile her name when it really wasn’t any fault of hers that she was evil.
I realize now that my childhood fascination with this character was my way of working through certain anxieties I had towards my sexual identity. I was a bisexual Catholic teenager with a sex drive that outpaced almost every boyfriend I’d ever had, trying to come to terms with the patriarchal social conditioning and slut shaming of society in general, and the everything-shaming of Catholicism in particular.
I was worried about being a nymphomaniac, simply because I had a sex drive, and girls weren’t supposed to feel that way. I was frustrated that God would command me to think only chaste thoughts, but then construct me in such a fashion where that was absolutely impossible to achieve. I was angry about being set up for failure and afraid that there was something inherently wrong with me.
And then came was Babylon- She was clearly a metaphor for Rome, but she was also a queen and a powerful, explicitly sexual woman in a book that has precious few of those. I considered Babylon amoral. She was not actively evil in the way that a tornado cannot be evil. She just was. A primal force of hedonism that could not be contained. I connected with her on a personal level in a way I didn’t consciously understand until I started writing this.

VibeRite gets the Vibe Right

Vibe rite massagerThe VibeRite cordless massager from KinkLab is a great addition to anybody’s toybox, and I would recommend it especially for folks who have tried a few vibrators before and are looking to step it up with something more powerful.

Modeled after the classic Magic Wand (formerly known as Hitachi), the VibeRite employs both the familiar shape and power of the Magic Wand, but steps it up with a 7-speed control dial, a silicone head, and a rechargeable cordless design.

Less expensive and more versatile than the plug-in Magic Wand, the Vibe-Rite gets it right!

I’m a big fan of the control dial on the VibeRite, I think that’s the one feature that really makes this wand special for me. I owned a Magic Wand before getting the VibeRite and prefer to use the VibeRite because I have much more control over the power. Unlike the Magic Wand that has just high and low settings, the VibeRite wand lets you switch between 7 different speeds at the twist of a dial. This means you can start out super low at the first speed and gradually increase up to the highest speed when you’re ready for it; the highest speed on the VibeRite is almost comparable to the “low” setting on the Magic Wand.

I found that with the Magic Wand, starting out on “low” is often too jarring for me and tends to result in a “shock” to my bits that leaves me numb and frustrated. The VibeRite, however, lets me start out low and work up to a higher speed when I need it which almost always leads to orgasm for me. The VibeRite is lighter than the Magic Wand which makes it much more comfortable to use for longer amounts of time. The head is silicone, which means its non-porous and easy to clean and more hygienic if you are sharing it between partners.

The head of the VibeRite is the exact same shape and size as the Magic Wand so any insertable attachment for the Magic Wand will also work with the Vibe Rite, making it a versatile toy for g-spot or prostate play as well. The rechargeable cordless design is super convenient, and eliminates the Magic Wand’s awkward cord tangle when you’re getting busy. Since it can operate cordless, it’s also great for travel.

Overall, the VibeRite offers versatility in terms of use and function, but with a slight sacrifice in terms of power. For me, I don’t miss the extra power that the Magic Wand offers, especially because I never needed it anyway.

New Testing Center in the Neighborhood for National HIV Testing Day

TODAY is National HIV testing awareness day! 
Did you know that as many as 20% of people with HIV have no idea that they are infected and are therefore not getting treated?
GET TESTED. Confidential testing has never been easier or more discreet than ticked safely inside Philadelphia’s biggest and best thrift store- right around the corner from Sexploratorium!
We are proud to help  spread the word of  the official grand opening our  of a new HIV testing center in the neighborhood right inside the walls of our former neighbors, Philly AIDS Thrift!
This testing site was built with money raised at last year’s Diabolique Ball. We will be celebrating at this summer’s Libertine Ball  where nominations for this year’s charity recipients will be accepted.
 We interviewed the woman behind the project, Kristina Kallas for the inside scoop on how today’s newly unveiled project came about… 

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How did the Philly AIDS Thrift Testing center idea come about?
We started the organization just about 10 years ago and originally located around the corner on Bainbridge Street in a space that was a LOT smaller! Four years ago we moved into our current location and we were amazed by the amount of space. We had hoped we could use it to do even more to impact the community and the thought of doing testing inside was something we had thought about early on. But very quickly the space was filled with donations! Over the last couple of years we’ve expanded within the building, taking on more space and finally the time was right. We picked a spot that was underutilized on our second floor.
How long did it take to plan for the center?
It was nearly a year ago that we made the final decision on the space. Shortly after that our funding to create the site was secured through the awesome support of the Diabolique Foundation in November. In January 2015 we started meeting with the partner organizations to develop a plan on how to make this thing work and here we are 5 months later ready to roll! The actual building of the site was created by our awesome PT staffer Tom Phoenix, and it took him less than a month to create and build the 300 square foot waiting room and testing room.
What about the site makes you most excited?
The hope in putting an HIV testing site, smack dab in the middle of a retail space, is that we can help normalize HIV Testing. Let’s break the stigmas about getting tested…make it natural, comfortable. Some folks have fears of going somewhere that has a clinical environment, some folks…getting tested isn’t even on their radar. We want to put it on their radar, we want to give them another option, we want them to think about their health and we want them to feel safe while doing it. If someone tests positive, we want to be able to provide them with linkages to care immediately so they can live a healthy life!
How does one get tested at the store:
Right now testing happens on weekends: the 1st and 3rd Saturdays & Sundays and the 2nd and 4th Fridays and Saturdays. All between the hours of 12-4pm. You don’t need an appointment, simply walk in. The site is located on our second floor on the furniture side. The test is FREE and it takes less than 15 minutes for your results, in some cases just a few minutes. The waiting room reflects the thrift store, decorated with cool finds within our shop, it puts you at ease.
Who is doing the testing?
We are currently partnering with 5 wonderful organizations: GALAEI, BEBASHI, Action AIDS, Mazzoni Center and Philadelphia FIGHT. The councilors who provide the testing are trained professionals and they’re also warm and friendly!
Anything else you’d like to mention?
Yes, we are creating a team of outreach volunteers to roam the streets on the weekends and spread the word about the site and HIV Testing! You can also help us by spreading the news to everyone you know. Information is Power!
 You can always check our website for more info or updates: PhillyAIDSthrift.com 
Just a reminder (because we are so proud of having helped make this project happen): This testing site was built with money raised at last year’s Diabolique Ball. We will be celebrating at this summer’s Libertine Ball  where nominations for this year’s charity recipients will be accepted.

Spring into this month’s Passion 101 Classes

This month’s Passion 101 Classes offer a buffet of flavors for folks with different tastes and dietary preferences: Basic sexual technique, brain-pleasure, intense sensation, spiritual sex, dressed-up dalliances, athletic sex, rope restraint, connective sex and even HOT firey massage!

Our Passion 101 sexuality workshops are open to all genders and orientations unless noted. Workshops usually cost $20 in advance (online) or $30 the day of the workshop (in-store). Skill shares and discussion groups are sliding scale, but advance tickets must still be ordered because space is limited & student minimums are required to confirm presenters or hosts. For a full listing of upcoming classes and events, visit Passion101Classes.com

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Only for the Sexy
Sex is natural and fun, so why not treat your spring fever with a few fantastic workshops that train you to perfect your superpowers in the bedroom?

On Friday night April 17 learn anatomy, techniques and tricks for giving great head Fellatio 101 with Bitey Switch. On Friday April 10 accessorize your playtime with Dress for Sexcess with Kali Morgan  a workshop on how to use clothing items as tools for better mind and body sex. Queer women will enjoy this month’s audience-specific Tantra for Lesbians with Anita DeFrancesco workshop on Friday April 24 where women can learn to better connect with themselves and with partners. We are excited to welcome a world-famous sex coach to our store for a special Monday night workshop on April 26 Rough Sex for Nice Folks with Reid Mihalko  where live demos and interactive exercises will help you flex your muscles in the bedroom for orgasmic championship results! Finally, on Thursday night April 30 we will plunge into Maypole season with Buckle Up, Buttercup Strap-on Sex with Tahnee where you will learn to use and enjoy strap-on toys and harnesses for pleasurable partner play!

Hot sensation play
Fire play is widely popular in the kink scene, but has dramatic, therapeutic and pleasurable potential that can be enjoyed by anybody once safety precautions and techniques are practiced. On Sunday April 26, from 12:30-7:30pm Sexploratorium presents a three-part practicum where students will witness and experience the magic of muscle warming flaming pleasure during the Fireplay Intensive with Echo’s Fire

Curious about Kinky Play?
Kink
is a term often used as a nickname for eroticized bondage, discipline and related sadomasochistic or power exchange activities. Historically these activities were thought of as improper and even insane but thanks to modern educational efforts all types of people are incorporating elements of this type of play into healthy, pleasure-focused relationships. This month, Sexploratorium offers a tasty dose of kinky educational opportunities.
Are you thirsty for ways to spice up your sex life? Check out Kink it up a Notch with Samantha Turnpike on Friday April 3 you can learn what BDSM actually stands for, what negotiating a play scene entails, basic kink terminology, communication skills and safety tips, toys and implements to and how to play with others in a safe, sane, and consensual way. Once you have reviewed the basics of BDSM, sign up the following Sunday afternoon April 12 at 3pm for Create Your First BDSM Scene with Wise Protectora guided approach to planning, communicating, connecting and finalizing a successful session that incorporates any of these ingredients: Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism or Masochism. The afternoon workshop is followed by an evening follow-up at 6pm: Connections: Putting Emotion Into Play with Wise Protector where students will learn about how to infuse emotional connection into BDSM play.
If rope restraint is your first love, don’t miss Takate Kote (TK): Part 3 of 8 Part Rigging Series with Belle on Thursday April 9 featuring practice drills of a Japanese bondage knot that is the foundation for functional and even more beautiful restraint techniques you will learn next month! Follow up with more rigging practice at the Rope Bite Skill Share the following Thursday April 16- an affordable and less formal practice and skill sharing session!

100 Shades of Fantasy: A Sexy V-Day Sex Toy Guide for Couples and Singles!

Are you partying or pairing up or flying solo this Valentine’s?

Sexploratorium has the gifts you need to make this V-Day extra special. Here are our top recommendations for couples or singles or anybody- of all genders and orientations:

Play in private or Public with Lelo Lyla II
Whether you are heading out to dinner and a movie, going dancing or privately performing at home, this remote-controlled egg from Lelo puts the fun back in your playtime. The generous range of the remote signal is sure to add an element of surprise wherever you may go! The unique remote can either increase or decrease the speed of the vibrating egg based on motion-sensing technology. This toy is rechargeable and waterproof and is designed to last a lifetime!

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Body connect: Spareparts Underwear/Lingerie Harnesses
Would you like to explore new connections that speak to your style and cater to your needs? Harnesses can connect people with pleasure providing tools in ways that leave the hands available to explore! Some designs even allow solo players to saddle up with a chair or solid object.
SpareParts HardWear makes three types of couture underwear/lingerie style harnesses that are great for all bodies and orientations! All styles feature comfortable yet durable construction, a stretchy O-ring that can accommodate a variety of toys, and are designed to fit a wide range of bodies, from size XS – 3X. Styles range from the more masculine/gender neutral Tomboi brief harness, to the ultra-sexy femme-style Bella and Sasha. All harnesses are strategically equipped with pockets for mini vibrators as well…
The Tomboi brief is a more minimalist harness, designed to just be slipped on like underwear so you are ready to go– though you will find added features like the internal packing strap handy when you need extra support . The Sasha and Bella lingerie harnesses, on the other hand, are styled to impress. These harnesses come with garter straps that you can attach to your favorite thigh-highs to complete a feminine fantasy look.
These underwear style harnesses are particularly great for transgender-identified folks; the Tomboi is great for soft packing as well as playing for transmasculine folks, and the Sasha and Bella provide enough support to help with tucking for transfeminine folks!

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Come hither with the Mona Wave
Looking for quality time that beckons for more? Lelo‘s newest innovation is a serious upgrade on some well-loved classics. While this may look and feel like the classic Mona, this vibe re-creates the “come hither” motion that stimulates the G-spot with every movement. This toy is rechargeable, making it a great eco-friendly option, and is 100% waterproof so you can take your fun in the tub or shower. The Mona Wave, like all Lelo toys, is backed by a 10 year quality guarantee so you and this toy will be together longer than most Hollywood marriages!

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Fleshlight LaunchPad and V-Stroker
Looking for a way to enjoy a solo rocket flight this Valentine’s? Let Fleshlight’s tech-friendly accessories are sure to please, turning your Fleshlight into a unique virtual sex toy. The Launch Pad iPad-compatible accessory turns your iPad into the ultimate sexy accessory. Clip the Launch Pad onto your Fleshlight and enjoy all your iPad has to offer, including erotic clips, stories, or use FaceTime for some intimate video chatting with a long-distance partner.
The V-Stroker from Fleshlight is their newest accessory, combining your Fleshlight with an erotic video clip store. When attached to the bottom of your Fleshlight, the V-Stroker records the speed of your strokes and adapts the video from the V-Stroker clip store to create an interactive experience.

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We-Vibe Pleasure Mates
Ready for a relationship with multiple possibilities and dimensions? Meet your Pleasure Mates! We’ve loved the Tango from WeVibe for a long time, and now we can love it even more! We-Vibe rolled out the Pleasure Mates collection a few months ago and these attachments take the powerful Tango to a whole new level. The Glow G-Spot attachment turns the Tango into an insertable toy that applies powerful vibrations directly to the G-spot. The Dusk Anal plug attachment is a beginner-friendly plug designed to please all bodies. Don’t have a We-Vibe Tango already? You can purchase the complete kit with a Tango and both attachments, for $150- a seriously great deal for any body!

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February Events & Passion 101 Classes at Sexploratorium

We have a big party this weekend celebrating the 19th anniversary of our company. Plus we have a great roster of upcoming classes this month!

Friday Feburary 6, 7-10pm Passion 101 Teach-in& Sexploratorium In-store demos!

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As part of our 19th Anniversary celebration you are invited to join Sexploratorium staff and educators for in-store massage, rope and electricity demos plus FREE mini-classes with our February & March presenters from 7-10pm!
Refreshements will be served!

UPCOMING FEBRUARY CLASSES

Sexploratorium’s Passion 101 sexuality workshops are open to all genders and orientations unless noted. Workshops usually cost $20 in advance (online), or $30 the day of the workshop (in-store). Skill shares and discussion groups are sliding scale, but advance tickets must still be ordered because space is limited & student minimums are required to confirm presenters. Click HERE for full schedule and tickets.

Thursday February 12th, 7-9 pm
Rope 101: Tying and Untying with Belle-
Every second Thursday, Belle- takes you through an eight class series designed to teach the beginning rigger fundamentals of using rope as the main tool in a scene while preparing to successfully learn suspension. Each ticket is sold separately with a different topic each month but you are encouraged to take all in sequence.

Friday February 13th 7-9 pm Sensual Massage 101  with Gin Temoshawsky 
Learn fun and effective ways to ease, tease, and please through hands to body touch. Discover tricks and techniques that will feel amazing to your partner yet won’t wear you down or hurt your own hands and arms. Find out why oils and lotions are so different and when each is more useful than the other. Most of all, have fun, love, and touch enthusiastically!

Saturday February 14, 5-7pm Kink it up a Notch: BDSM Basics  with Samantha Turnpike Curious about how to kink things up in the bedroom…or elsewhere? What BDSM  stands for? What negotiating a  scene entails? Learn basic terminology, communication and negotiation skills, toys and implements to use while playing in safe, sane, and consensual way

Thursday, February 19th Rope Bite Skill Share
Novice and experienced ropers meet to snack (potluck style) and swap/ practice rope skills and techniques.

Friday February 20th, 7-9pm Intimate Exchanges with Kali Morgan
Have you or your partner fantasized about dominance and submission but never quite understood the how’s and why’s? Experience what it is like to become the submissive adorer or dominant caretaker of a partner to enhance sexual play using writing exercises, guided visualization, and other techniques. “Hands on” practice includes silk scarf bondage, low-temperature candle play and more!

Looking for informal discussion?
MONTHLY MUNCHES & BRUNCHES @Redwood Bistro 340 South St.
(Free parking after 5PM Wednesdays)

Sun Feb 1, 12-2pm Fem Dom Brunch  w/ Goddess Thain
Wed Feb 4, 5-7pm Dress to Thrill & Win!

50 Shades of Red! w/ MissTrussed!
Wed Feb 11, 5-7pm Geeks,Kinks,
Culture
w/ Mistress Zeneca
Sun Feb 15 , 12-2 Pro Dom Brunch w/ Goddess

Wed Feb 18, Kinky Queers w/ Lascivious Jane