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Passion 101 Spring Semester @Sexploratorium

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Thursday, April 6th @ 7-9PM
Wet Their Whistle: Oral Sex for Anybody
Presented by: Kitfruitylipsten & Kali Morgan
Learn to flex your mouth muscles on, in, and around any body for pleasurable reactions regardless of gender, size, or experience level in this fun interactive workshop!…[Read More]

 

 

Friday, April 14th @ 7-9PM
The Beginnings of D/s
Play
Presented by: Miss Mackenzee

Do you identify as a Dominant but are unsure of how to effectively carry out that role? This class is designed to help you navigate the beginning of your path in a D/s dynamic…[Read More]

Saturday, April 15th @ 7-9PM striptease
How to Perform a Sexy Striptease

Presented by: Miss Mackenzee
No matter what your age, body type, or gender identity is, come learn how to strip down for your partner(s). This class is designed to help make you feel comfortable in your skin and out of your clothes…[Read More]

 Thursday, April 27th @ 6:30-8:30PM
Intimate Exchanges

Presented by: Kali Morgan
A workshop on the psychology of power exchange for couples (or pairs of people comfortable “going there” into Dominant or submissive headspaces with each other. Using writing exercises, guided visualization, and other techniques, everyone in this class will experience what it is like to become the submissive adorer or dominant caretaker of their partner to enhance sexual play…[Read More]

piercingFriday, April 28th @ 7-9PM
Creativity with Sharps: Needles, Staples, and Scalpels: Oh My!
Presented by: Miss Mackenzee

Learn ways to turn your bottom into a lovely piece of artwork. You’ll also learn some exciting ways to torture your bottom using needle predicament bondage and creating endorphin rushes that will send your bottom to further reaches of floaty space!…[Read More]

 

Friday, May 5th @ 7-9PM
Being a Dom 101: Training for New Doms

Presented by: Miss Mackenzee
Miss Mackenzee has been a lifestyle Dominant for many years and has had countless play partners and currently has a live-in submissive. She will help to cover some of the questions people have when first navigating their role as Dominant…[Read More]


Friday, May 12th @ 7-9PM
Zap! The Wonders of Electro-Play: Pain and Pleasure

Presented by: Miss Mackenzee
There are many different ways to incorporate electro into your play. Within this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to make the experience pleasurable or torturous depending on how you want it to go…[Read More]

Friday, May 13th @ 7-9PM  rope
Channeling the Energy: Tantra and Rope

Presented by: Miss Mackenzee
Rope has a captivating and intoxicating energy of itself. This workshop is designed for igniting the spark of erotic desire between you and your lover and combining it with that energy of rope…[Read More]

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April Community Events at Sexploratorium


Sunday April 9, 5-7PM AB/DL Hangout with Tybee Tybee creates a little’s playspace, with dress-up, coloring, and snacks!

Sunday April 16, noon-2PM Kinky Poly Brunch with Miss Trussed Potluck style brunch potluckmeetup to meet and hang out with local kinky and polyamorous folks! Get the best of both worlds.

 

 

Tuesday, April 18th, 6-7:30PM Coloring With Kitten: Sex Toys!ojoy
Presented by: Kitten

Admission to this class = a donation to Planned Parenthood and snack or drink to share! This month’s featured coloring book is Oh Joy Sex Toy Sexuality themed coloring pages, colored pencils, crayons, and markers will be provided. The goal is to provide a welcoming space to relax, enjoy the company of friends, and have open, honest conversations about the sexuality issues that affect us on a daily basis. This month’s topic is Sex Toys!…[Read More] 

ecg_heartWed April 19 Wellness Provders Mixer and Show & Tell: Vaginal Orgasmic Difficulty
Do you provide clients with health and wellness advice? Sexploratorium wants to get to know you and recommend your services to our customers! Also, we want you to know what pruducts we what pleasure products we offer that can benefit people specific health challenges. Each month has a different topic! [Read More]

12 Days of XXX-Mas!

It’s the naughtiest time of year! Once again, SEXPLORATORIUM will be giving away 1 free gift to 1 lucky *customer each day for the 12 days leading up to XXX-MAS!

*Purchase required

 

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Starting Saturday December 13th,  the 12th customer will win a free gift (choose from either general sexuality or BDSM item)!

On Sunday the 14th, the 11th customer will win a free gift. Monday the 15th, the 10th customer will win and so on until the first purchase on XXX-Mas Eve!

The sooner you come in, the more prizes you’ll have to choose from!

Stop  into SEXPLORATORIUM to see if it’s your lucky day!

 

Midori is teaching at Sexploratorium!

Midori is coming to Philadelphia for a weekend of entertainment and education. She will be entertaining as  the headlining performer for Philadelphia’s charity fetish masquerade, Diabolique Ball on November 21 and then will be sharing her decades of BDSM and fetish expertise to select Passion 101 students at Sexploratorium (and in a nearby gymnasium). For complete details and to order advance/discount tickets, please visit our Passion 101 Classes’ Website

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man 

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You with Midori

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Flogging: Amazing Hands on Training

Sunday, November 23, 4:00PM
Rope Control and Dominance

Midori is a world renowned educator and author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage Greenery Press, 2001, Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink: Educational, Sensual, And Entertaining Essays Daedalus Publishing, 2005, The Toybag Guide to Foot and Shoe Worship Greenery Press, 2005 and Master Han’s Daughter: Tales from Depraved NeoTokyo Circlet Press, 2006 all available for sale at Sexploratorium. For complete details about her Philadelphia appearance-  and to order advance/discount tickets, please visit our Passion 101 Classes’ Website

October Passion 101 Classes

For complete details and to order advance/discount tickets, please visit our Passion 101 Classes’ Website

Lit CandleSaturday, October 4th at 7:00 pm

Light My Fire: Erotic Wax and Fire Play with Kali Morgan

Fire things up in the bedroom and in life with a few safety tips and that will ignite ecstatic sensations in you or your partner. Flame has the power to mesmerize and sensitize and will add drama and excitement to any erotic play. In this workshop, you will learn how to gauge and control wax and flame, how to set yourself and your partner on fire without undue risk, how to build fire wands, and more.

Friday, October 10th at 7:00 pm

Dress for Sexcess with Kali Morgan

A couples’ workshop exploring ways to use clothes for “naughtier than naked” sex play. Fantasy fashion maneuvers to keep you hot during work, lunch/ dinner dates or in the bedroom! Men and women will try on crotchless panties, bustless bras, sexy thongs, non-piercing body jewelry, garters and stockings, etc, as well as participate in other fun activities such as panty swapping.

Carmen EroticaSaturday, October 11th at 3:00 pm

Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey: The Pleasure of Writing Erotica with Olivia Glass

If you’ve read erotica—or even a sexy scene in a novel—you know the charge that can come from the written word. But how do you find the inspiration for erotic writing—and what can you do to set it apart from everything else that’s already out there? You’ll learn how to write orgasms and pen dirty talk while avoiding common pitfalls. Whether you want a naughty story to share with your partner, or you have goals of publication, this class will jump-start your juices, creative and otherwise.

Andre IISunday, October 26th at 2:00 pm

Flirting 101: Dropping the Hint, Not the Ball! with Andre Shakti

Sadly, in today’s “how-to” age, there are more contradictory and harmful myths about flirting floating around out there than there is practical advice. “Don’t fuck on the first date!” “Play hard to get!” “Don’t talk about past relationships!” “Wear something flattering, but not too conservative or revealing!” Hardly ever do the instructions given account for diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship style, let alone personal preference! Join performer, educator, and professional flirt Andre Shakti as she identifies the self-imposed “roadblocks” that make flirting difficult and works with your individual personality style to maximize your success without losing sight of who you are and what you REALLY want!

Andre ISunday, October 26th at 6:00 pm

Fisting & Manual Sex with Andre Shakti

Discover why one hand is better than none, and two hands are better than one! Manual sex aficionado Andre Shakti is ready to knuckle up and show you how to experiment safely with the best sex toys we come equipped with: our fingers! In this beginner/intermediate class we’ll cover internal and external anatomy, negotiation and communication, as well as a multitude of variations and techniques for vaginal fisting, G-spotting, and fingering. You’ll never look at hands the same way again!

A Dash Of Spice!: Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift Guide

Today’s the Day! Maybe you’re getting the final touches on your romantic night together…or maybe stocking up for an extended weekend escapade? We’ve got the goods to make your Valentine’s surprise a whole lot steamier!

 

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Get entangled in one another (even more than you already are!) by delving into the beautiful world of rope bondage! The seemingly complex and intricate ties seen in photos may leave you daunted, but learning the basics of binding your lover are easily learned! Intrigued but no idea where to start?  PASSION 101 Classes presents our most requested class, Erotic Rope Bondage 101 with Veronica Bound this weekend! Learn the basics of rope bondage in a relaxed and engaging setting and be prepared to rope it all together! Not sure which rope to bring to class? Our 32’ pre-cut Cotton Bondage Rope offers a soft feel with the excellent ability to hold those ties once you’ve got them down! Looking for a guidebook to help expand your repertoire? Chanta Rose’s Bondage for Sex ramps it up a bit by providing easy-to-learn ties for application in preparation for your sexiest of times!

Wanna step outside of the box in selecting a vibrator? The Luv It dual action vibe is quite unlike other “rabbit-style” vibes available! This smooth phthalate-free silicone number features an external tickler shape designed for gentle brushes or applied pressure and a penetration shaft with strategically placed textured twists. But the true bonus of this toy is the amazing range of vibration and rotation! The Luv It boasts both 4 vibration and rotation speeds AND 5 pulsation/rotation variations! The new push-button design allows for the ultimate in customization of sensation, as both vibe and rotation functions are independent of one another. The Luv It is a definite upgrade from others in its league!

Looking to put a cherry on top of your dinner plans? The Astrea Vibrating Panty is a delicious surprise waiting to happen! This sexy lace number comes in a variety of sizes designed for the comfort of the wearer as well as visual appeal, while providing a pouch in the seat for the discreet remote-controlled vibe! The remote is designed for discretion as well, being perfectly pocket size and featuring simple On-Off sliding switch. Slide these on and hand the controls to your partner…and watch your exhibitionist fantasies take flight!

Trying to top last year’s gift? Maybe putting the cap on this year’s? Nothing says “one-up” like the Gee Whiz and Gee Whizzard by Vixen Creations! These wand vibe attachments are hand poured using premium silicone in fun marbled jewel tones are the perfect accompaniment to your Magic Wand! The Gee Whiz features a smooth curved shaft perfectly angled for G-spot (or P-spot) stimulation, while the Gee Whizzard adds textured nubs for clitoral/labial sensations and ridges along the angled shaft for additional stimulation during penetration. Pop one of these on your Wand and head on one wild ride!

 

Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women

I don’t usually seek out pornography, but I absolutely love erotic fiction. It’s people’s fantasies, what they have taken the time to conjure up in their heads and write down for others to enjoy. Some of it may be from actual experience, but most of the time it’s people’s imaginations at work. I’m a very imaginative person, and would rather create the images in my head than see it happening in front of me. Lust is a prime example of how we, the reader, can have our imagination run rampant.

At first glance, Lust seemed like it was going to be a bit of a bore, but then I read the first story and immediately had to keep reading. The way all of these ladies write is impeccable and every one of the short tales hits you right to the core, making your insides go outright mushy. The 17 stories fit the title of this little enticing novel to the T, and some even make you want to reenact them.

The one thing that I noticed about all of the tales is that the women depicted in the pages are the ones calling all the shots. Even in the stories where they’re being dominated. The book is titled: “Erotic Fantasies for Women,” and they are definitely for women. The ladies are in charge in these stories. The authors make sure the reader knows that women are the ones who should come first…literally.

I love it when women write erotic fiction because they actually take the time to think of a plot, develop characters, and devise a back-story of some kind. I enjoy reading novels and prefer to read a little about who is going to be having lusty sex rather than just reading lusty sex. I’m not a fan of smut porn, and Lust is certainly not that. There are a few stories in this book that border on smut, but they’re so full of ardor that, from a woman’s perspective, they could never be filthy. There’s romance and possibility and passion and heat, so much that I actually had to put this novel down while I was riding the subway.

I also love that the stories have plots that could actually happen. The few porn videos that I have seen could have never turned me on the same way these lusty writings did because the scenes were acted poorly and the plot was utterly boring. But the plots depicted in this book (my favorite being an IT guy who gets caught up in lust with a new coworker) are things that could actually happen in real life. Illustrating plots that actually make sense, and that are full of vehemence, is what keeps this book interesting and one that is very difficult to put down.

The best thing about this book, though, is the language. The stories are written so eloquently and intelligently. It’s not quite romantic language, but it definitely makes you think about how you could perceive it as pornography. The way these women write is certainly enticing, where after each page you have to know what happens next. It’s nowhere near crude, and makes this book very easy to read, which, as I stated earlier, makes it difficult to put down.

The only thing that turned me off in the slightest, because of personal aversion, was all the exhibitionism. But if you enjoy steamy sex in public, then Lust is right up your alley. Other than that, I can honestly say that this book was a fantastic read, and I will be recommending it to everyone and anyone who is looking for steamy, sexy erotic fiction.

Audra Phillips

“Ultimately” Complex and Cognizant: A Review of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability!

Unpacking and introducing the multifaceted complexities of sexualities in one book – as The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability (published by Cleis Press) sets out to do – is an ambitious undertaking. If I were asked before reading Ultimate  if it were even possible to compose a comprehensive guide to sexuality and disability, my response would have taken a skeptical tone. However, Miriam Kaufman, M.D., Cory Silverberg, and Fran Odette have written an incredible primer on sex and disability that touches on masturbation, oral and anal sex, communication, S/M, sexual health, and even sexual violence relating to disabled bodies. It also addresses sexual education in an accessible, honest, and quite moving style. All three authors of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability come at this project from different positions and collaborate on an effective and additionally affective guide to sexuality and disability.

At one point, I was brought to tears by the way in which they address the reality of healing from, understanding, and interpreting chronic forms of pain through sexual play and performance. Since the book ranges in topics, as reflected in the three authors different positions in fields of sex education, this book covers everything from yoga to anatomy to BDSM to sexual assault. If there is something you have ever had a question about relating to intersections of sexuality, gender, bodies, and disability, this book probably at the very least touches on it, if not goes into depth and examines the topic. The book destabilizes myths surrounding sexualities as well as those surrounding disabilities, and offers sex positive advice, as well as perspectives and exercises for readers at the end of each chapter. Various snippets of personal narratives and experiences representing the chapters are woven and interspersed throughout each one. The resources in chapter 14 are referred to multiple times throughout the book and present a comprehensive guide of contacts, organizations, and various other resources relating to all of the topics they address throughout the book.

I started reading this book on a flight to Oakland a couple weeks ago and was unable to leave off. I would open it up and read on the train, in the park, at a cafe, on break from work, and wherever I happened to wander into. In closing, though an “ultimate” guide to sexuality might sound a little too ambitious for anyone to complete, this book comes as close to achieving it as I can imagine.