I recently heard rather a lot of disquiet about rising prices at San Francisco’s (porn) sex shops. This relates to the price of using ‘buddy booths’ or video booths’. The small rooms showing porn, sometimes with gloryholes, sometimes filthy, occasionally the effective day-centre of some homeless guy and occasionally the scene of orgasmic delight. Such is the external vision of SF, that some might assume there would be some community orgasm programme, but in a very American fashion, there is a private sector option. Treasure Island Media (TIM) is currently offering the first of a new series of community ‘coupons’. TIM have stated that: ‘as part of our commitment to supporting our local and global sex culture, we have arranged special deal with business around the country. We will be introducing one new T.I.M. deal per week.’
You can download/print the first voucher here. It’s for Folsom Gulch, one of the SF venues with apparently a recent price increase. There’s no website for them but they can be found at 947 Folsom St. The venue has previously been used for TIMs ‘Suck Dick, Save the World’ event last year (linked to their DVD series of the same name)(pictured right) and has also featured as the scene for a bareback film. Bareback sex is also reported to take place there. Of course, the voucher scheme provides ‘value added’ from the porn company – you don’t have to buy anything to download the voucher – and also could increase footfall at Folsom Gulch. Win win no? Of course, there is then the question of the men who will want to go there – Folsom Gulch can hardly complain if a traditionally more oral based venue becomes increasingly the scene of fucking – and bareback fucks at that. As such, it could present a commercial challenge to Mack Folsom prison – a sex club – which is an established bareback venue (although its website obviously emphasises safe sex).
It will be interesting to see what venues/deals TIM now goes for. It will also be interested if this will have any impact on the SF commercial sex scene. Ant recent visitors care to share their experiences of any impact?