It took a long time for the clitoris to get appreciated, and you could argue that it still hasn’t gotten its proper due. While there’s a major market for Viagra, Cialis, and other drugs designed to make penises erect, scientists have a history of being kind of… skittish about studying the clitoris. Maybe most notoriously, Freud declared that orgasms resulting from stimulation of the clit were a sign of sexual immaturity.
In the late 1940s, Dr. Charles Goss made the clit disappear entirely from the illustrations in the 25th edition of Gray’s Anatomy, the classic medical text. Whether it was an error or Goss had some kind of puritanical agenda is unknown. But after 90 years of being accurately depicted in the most famous anatomy text ever, the clit vanished.
This weekend marks the beginning of one of our favorite annual events: The Transgender Erotica Awards. This is the eight time around, and every single time, it’s been a fabulous, sexy celebration of a porn genre that often gets overlooked — if not openly despised.
This year, they’re taking the show a little further than before, by kicking it off with TEACon, a one-afternoon conference at Stockroom Hall. From 1-5 PM tomorrow, fans will have the opportunity to meet, schmooze with, and get signed photos from their favorite stars, including Foxxy, Michelle Austin, Eddie Wood, and Soldier Boi. While getting ready for the festivities, we talked to Grooby Marketing Director Kristel Penn, who’s put an incredible amount of effort into making everything happen, about what’s going to happen at TEACon, and where the inspiration came from.
It’s hard not to be impressed — or even just overwhelmed — by the list of people that you’ve got lined up to appear at TEACon. Can you give me an overview of what you’re planning to happen with all these stars in one room?
We have so many great performers scheduled throughout the day and they’re all really excited to meet and interact with their fans. We’ll have a media wall for ample photo ops and many of our performers will be signing headshots and selling other merchandise. Behind the scenes we have a really talented videographer named Isabel Dresler interviewing the performers as well, so there will be lots going on all afternoon.
Suction-operated penis pumps are easily recognized by most people, but using pumps on breasts, nipples, vulvas, and other sensitive body parts shouldn’t be neglected or ignored. A little suction in the right place can be an extremely pleasurable experience no matter what your anatomy or gender, and a lot of imagination has gone into creating the tech to provide a whole slew of options.
On Saturday, Feb 27, Dr. Vixenne will come to Stockroom University to talk about a very popular — and very misunderstood — topic: Squirting. While ejaculation has typically been considered something that you can only do with a penis, people of all genders have been more and more interested in how to spray, squirt, or gush with a vagina. It can be a very beautiful, sexy thing, but also and extremely frustrating one because there are so many rumors, fetishes, and misconceptions surrounding squirting. As a prominent sexologist and educator, Dr. Vixenne will be helping Stockroom University students understand separate the myths from the facts. We asked her how to tell the difference between the two.
Female ejaculation has become increasingly popular, at least as something to aspire to or to try out. When somebody comes to a workshop like yours, what kind of myths do they bring with them, and what are the realities?
Some myths around squirting tend to be things like “Is it pee?” (It’s not.) There’s very little urea in “female” ejaculate, usually just what’s left in the urethra from the last time the person urinated. It’s actually very similar to “male” ejaculate, minus sperm, along with sugars.
Another misconception I hear a lot is along the lines of “Is it as explosive or dramatic as in adult films?” And certainly, there may be some people who are capable of ejaculating copious streams, but not everyone can, and remember — that’s movie magic with editing and whatnot. Sometimes, it simply a warm gush or trickle. Neither should be a value judgement. Both are awesome.
Mistress Melissa has been a highly active educator and community member in the BDSM community for over 23 years. Besides being an active volunteer in kink organizations across the country, she’s a professional dominant, a Santeria Spiritual Healer, and Energy Worker.
Energy play is a relatively obscure technique, even in BDSM communities. This weekend, Mistress Melissa will come to Stockroom University to talk about what it is, and how it can be used for intensely intimate and powerful scenes. We talked to her about some of the basics.
The Grammys always put on a great show, but between Lady Gaga’s salute to David Bowie and Kendrick Lamar’s prison-themed performance of “The Blacker the Berry,” there’s even more chatter going on than usual in social media. For us, the award that was most personally significant was Taylor Swift’s triple win: Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Album of the Year for 1989, and Best Video for “Bad Blood.”
Can massage be kinky? For many, the instinctive answer would be a derisive snort; as soon as you say “kink,” the images that first come to mind for most people look like the stage gear for a concert by The Cramps circa 1987: black leather catsuits, chains, collars, whips, and wickedly shiny pointy things. Say “massage,” on the other hand, and you’re more likely to call forth images of gently sensual touching, perhaps enhanced with the application of organic coconut oil on your partner’s skin and some smooth jazz playing in the background.
A quick browse through our site will show just how much we love the black-leather-and-chains style of kink. But at the same time, if we’ve learned nothing else after twenty-seven years of designing and selling BDSM gear, it’s this: anything can be kinky, no matter how vanilla it looks on the surface.
A lot of people know The Stockroom mainly for the stuff that we sell online. That’s not unfair; since one of our biggest claims to fame is that when Joel Tucker started the company in 1988, he broke new ground by taking his business online. The Stockroom was the first sex toy company on the Internet, and 28 years later, we’re still here.
But we do a lot of great stuff in the real world, too, and if you’re in the Los Angeles Area, this weekend is a great opportunity to come and see us doing our best work in the latex-and-leather-clad-flesh. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re having our first rummage sale of 2016 today and tomorrow.
Our rummage sales have become legendary among Los Angeles kinksters. When most people have a rummage sale, they bring out obsolete stereo and video equipment, old board games, and that ugly piece of china that some distant relative gave as a present three or four holidays ago. When we do it, it’s a prime opportunity to find some of the sexiest, most imaginative toys and BDSM gear around for amazing prices.
If you love latex and leather, this is the perfect time for you to come out and look at clothes from Syren and Stormy Leather that are in perfect shape and sexy as hell, but for some reason just didn’t find a home before now. And on these two days, the deals on that stuff and various toys and accessories will be so good that you’ll feel like you’re stealing them away.
There’s something for every kink, fetish, and sensual desire, so you’re sure to find something that will make this Valentine’s Day memorable.
So come down to the store between 11 AM and 7PM anytime this weekend. If you’ve never met our staff in person before, this is the perfect chance to introduce yourself.
[Note: We’ve been informed that the 101 and our nearby freeways may have closures due to construction over the weekend. Please check the traffic reports and use alternate routes.]
When: Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.
11 AM – 7 PM both days.
Where: Stockroom Hall: 2809 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd. Located next to our retail store.