Tristan Taormino Opens Up About Polyamory

Tristan Taormino - Opening Up Workshop at Stockroom, Nov. 15

As one of the most prominent sex educators on the scene today, Tristan Taormino wears many hats: Any bookstore with an even halfway decent sexuality section is sure to include several of the books that she’s written or edited, such as The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women or 50 Shades of Kink: An Introduction to BDSM. She’s been even more prolific as the producer and director of educational adult videos like The Expert Guide to Pegging.

Taormino’s work has addressed people of all genders and orientations, from vanilla to kinky. But she’s been especially important in expanding the possibilities for non-monogamous relationships. Before polyamory was something commonly discussed on mainstream sites like Slate or Newsweek, her 2008 book Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships served as a guide for people looking for alternatives to monogamy. Seven years later, it’s still one of the most-cited books by veterans and newcomers to polyamory.

This Saturday (November 15), Tristan Taormino will come to Stockroom Hall for an intensive four-hour workshop on how to create and sustain open relationships. We had a conversation with her about the workshop, the ethics of poly relationships, and how polyamory has changed since she wrote Opening Up.

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Skin Diamond on Kitty Play, Latex, and Sexy Halloween Costumes

We can hardly say this too many times: At The Stockroom we love Halloween. Not only is it a great excuse to embrace your inner wickedness, but it’s perhaps the best night of the year to go all out and get dressed up in a costume. We spend all year coming up with fantastic costume ideas, so Halloween is kind of like our big night.

Adult model and performer Skin Diamond has displayed some of The Stockroom and Syren Latex’s best costume ideas at Exxxotica and other events, much to our delight and that of her audience.  This Halloween, she’ll be debuting a brand new routine while showing off some of Syren’s finest finery at Bar Sinister’s 7th Annual Ghostly Halloween Ball. The ball is a sexy and spooky shindig which will be hosted by Skin and our own Head Mistress, Hudsy Hawn, and features performances by Bella Bathory, Wry, and Sunny Megatron and Ken Melvoin-Berg. To get a preview, we talked briefly to Skin about her love of kitty play, latex clothing, and dressing up for Halloween. 

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The Boulet Brothers Are All About Making Halloween a Time of “Wild Abandon.” Syren Latex is Proud to Help.

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When asked to describe the atmosphere of Boulet Brothers events, Dracmorda Boulet has a simple but evocative answer: “Wild abandon,” he says. “People just go crazy and have a good time.”

Halloween in particular is a holiday that encourages and feeds on “wild abandon,” and for Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet, it’s an opportunity to indulge their gifts for fabulous decadence even more than usual. This October 31 marks the fifteenth time that they’ll be putting on Miss Kitty’s Annual Hollywood Halloween Ball, hosted by horror writer Clive Barker.

  “The Halloween show’s going to be insane,” Dracmorda says. “It’s our biggest party of the year. We take an adult nightclub and mix it with Knott’s Berry Farm. So there’s like trick-or-treat booths and people jumping out and grabbing you all over the club, but we also have super slutty go-go dancers — both guys and girls. It’s just crazy. It’s like a haunted house nightclub.” Continue reading…

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Halloween For Grown-Ups: Using Masks, Hoods, and Blindfolds for Kink Play

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One of the reasons that National Kink Month and Halloween are so appropriately matched is that they are both great excuses to get dressed up. Not just in the sense of getting out the formal wear that you’d use to impress your family or employers, but taking on a whole new persona, the kind that’s not acceptable in everyday society, but may be much, much more exciting to you and your partner. Getting the right mask is an vital part of dressing up for kink or Halloween (or both). When we step outside (or further inside) ourselves, we can be more present and aware of what is happening to us and within us. Physical and emotional arousal can both be more intense when there are fewer distractions taking us out of what we’re feeling.

The masks and other costume gear that we sell at Stockroom go far beyond the kind that you’ll find at your local drugstore or Halloween pop-up store, so we want to give you a few tips on what’s available, how to take care of them, and a few ideas on how to incorporate masks into play.

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Kinky Sex vs. Abuse: Why One Isn’t the Same as the Other

 

national-kink-monthOctober brings a lot of things with it: Besides Halloween and candy, it’s both National Kink Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In some ways, the two couldn’t be more different: Kink is a form of mutual pleasure, while abuse is a way of non-consensually controlling and harming another person.

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Unfortunately, one of the greatest myths about kink is that it is inherently abuse. While it’s true that sometimes kinky relationships become abusive just like any other, there is a very distinct difference between kink and abuse. We thought that this would be an excellent time to talk about that difference, and how to help yourself or others when that line is crossed.

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Stoya In The New JT Signature Collection

The lovely Stoya dropped by our Silverlake boutique where we outfitted her in some luxurious handmade leather pieces from the JT Signature Collection.

Each piece in the JT Signature Collection is designed and assembled in our Los Angeles workshop from garment leather and gold-plated hardware personally selected and approved by The Stockroom’s founder and president, Joel Tucker.

Stoya wears the JT Signature collection wrist restraints, thigh restraints, ankle restraints, collar and leash in Bordeaux and gold.

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Stockroom University Special Event – “Master of O” with Ernest Greene and Nina Hartley

Join us this Friday night, September 12, for An Evening with The Master of O featuring a reading, Q&A, and book signing with author Ernest Greene and his wife and muse, Nina Hartley!

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Be sure to be a part of this exciting night with us!

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Easter Contest! Win a Custom One-of-a-Kind Bunny Hood!

Stockroom 2013 Easter Egg Contest

If there’s one thing we love about Easter it’s the thought of a giant bunny sneaking into our homes in the wee hours of the morning and leaving you delicious sweets and treats crammed in secret places! We honor this tradition of fun and furry home invasion with our own annual Stockroom Easter Egg Hunt.

Enter for a chance to win a custom original Bunny Hoods, available in your choice of Pink with Blue eyes or Black and Red Patent Leather (detailed hood photos below the rules), and our bonus contest for a chance to win a $250 Gift Certificate!

Easter Egg Contest Rules (you must follow ALL of these steps to win):
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1. Find ALL 3 eggs. The three hidden eggs are all identical and they all look exactly like the egg on right. They are hidden on different product pages on the Stockroom website, and you must find all three to win. And no, the image on this page doesn’t count!

2. Email contest@stockroom.com with the LINKS to ALL 3 pages on which you found the eggs. Subject line of the email must read: “Easter Egg Contest Entry.” Please include your full name, email address, date of birth (for age verification), and preferred contact method so that we can actually TELL you that you’ve won.

3. All entries must be received by 11:59PM Pacific Time on Sunday March 31, 2013.

No purchase necessary. Limit one entry per household. Contest is only open to residents of the continental United States, ages 18 and over. All entries must adhere to the above stated guidelines to be entered in the drawing. Winners will be notified of results by April 5, 2013.

Don’t fret if you don’t win. EVERYONE who successfully finds all three eggs and emails us the link will win SOMETHING… so the search is worth it!

Feeling lazy but still want to win? Here are more ways to earn entries into our other drawing for a $250 Gift Certificate! This is a separate drawing from our Easter Egg Hunt Contest – you may enter both contests or just one, your chances of winning are up to you!

Multiple ways to enter:
Grand Prize: $250 Gift Certificate

1. Like us on Facebook – Stockroom OR MaleStockroom (1 entry)

2. Follow us on Twitter – @stockroom_com OR @malestockroom (1 entry)

3. Follow us on Pinterest – The Stockroom (1 entry)

4. Follow us on Google+ – Stockroom.com (1 entry)

5. Tweet our contest on Twitter – “Enter to win a $250 gift certificate or Bunny Hood from @Stockroom_com! Contest Rules here: http://ow.ly/jgwZD #contest” (1 entry)

6. Update your blog with a post about our contest (must include links to this contest page) (2 entries)

7. Sign up for our newsletter (1 entry)

Entry Rules:

1. You may post and update your status/blog as many times as you like, but each type of entry will only be counted once. If you are already a Facebook fan, Twitter, Pinterest or G+ follower and/or newsletter subscriber, just let us know (see Entry Rule #2), it will still count as an entry.

2. You MUST send an email to contest@stockroom.com including the following information: which tasks you completed, and usernames and/or links and/or email (for newsletter sign up) for each so that we can verify. Please include your full name, email address, date of birth (for age verification), and preferred contact method as well.

3. All entries must be received by 11:59PM Pacific Time on Sunday March 31, 2013.

4. No purchase necessary. Limit one entry per household. Contest is only open to residents of the continental United States, ages 18 and over. Employees of Stockroom, Inc. are not eligible for prizes. All entries must adhere to the above stated guidelines to be entered in the drawing. Winners will be notified of results by April 05, 2013.

And remember, everyone who enters our drawings is a winner! Each person that enters either contest will get a prize (only 1 entrance prize per household, regardless of entering just one or both drawings, however you will still be eligible to win both grand prizes).

Here’s a look at the Easter Egg Hunt Grand Prize! One of these custom one-of-a-kind leather bunny hoods could be yours! Click images for a closer look at the goods:

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Pink Bunny Hood Back Pink Bunny Hood Front
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Hunter the Pup and His Custom Puppy Suit

A fantastic customer of ours contacted us recently to create for him a custom puppy suit and both client and designer couldn’t be happier with the results! We were so happy in fact, that we put together a little photo shoot to show off the final product! Enjoy these shots of Hunter the Pup’s adventures in his brand new puppy suit!

The inspiration for this design is based off the classic cartoon character Scooby-Doo and is constructed of brown suede, with leather detail work and motocross-inspired stitching and padding on the knees and elbows.

Stockroom and Syren regularly work closely with clients to create custom designs. If you have an idea that you’d like to see come to life, we’d love to be part of it! You can contact us at info@stockroom.com

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Stockroom Sponsors The One Year Anniversary of Black Unicorn

We’re pleased to be a part of LA’s most decadent dress up pansexual fetish fashion fantasy ball – Black Unicorn! They’re celebrating their one year anniversary and you’re invited to get down and dirty!

Located at the famous Dragonfly club in Hollywood, this tantalizing event held March 15th 2013 will include some the hottest names in the scene, along with music, film, male and female go-go dancers, a kinky playroom and more surprises than you can shake a stick at! Plus, we’re providing prizes for a special contest giveaway!

Fabulous and fantastical dress code encouraged, but not required. Early birds will be rewarded with discounted cover and drink specials!

This night-to-remember is not to be missed!

 

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