Sex show

A sex show is a form of live performance that features one or more performers engaging in some form of sexual activity on stage for the entertainment or sexual gratification of spectators. Performers are paid either by the spectators or by the organisers of the show.[1][2] A performance can include actual or simulated autoerotic acts or sexual activity with another performer. The performance can be in a theater style, or it can be in a peep show style. An increasingly popular form of sex show is a webcam performance in which the viewer is able to view and interact with webcam models in real time.

Sex shows are distinguished from entertainment such as striptease, pole dancing or lap dance, which do not involve sexual activity other than undressing and dancing nude or semi-nude. Sexual activity at sex shows is also distinguished from regular prostitution in that the performers usually engage in sex acts only with other performers and not with spectators or paying customers. Sex shows can overlap with other sectors of the sex industry. For example, a strip club may also offer live sex performances, and a prostitute may offer to perform sex acts with another prostitute for the gratification of a patron.

Femdom at Eros Pyramide
Live sex show at Eros Pyramide, Austria, 2009


In Havana, Cuba in the 1950s there were sex shows and live pornographic theaters such as the Shanghai Theater and the Tokyo Cabaret.[3] The English novelist Graham Greene, writing in his autobiography Ways of Escape, described: "the Shanghai Theatre where for one dollar and twenty-five cents one could see a nude cabaret of extreme obscenity with the bluest of blue films in the intervals".[4]

During the 1960s and 1970s the Laotian capital Vientiane was famous for sex shows at ping pong show bars during the Vietnam War.[5] Travel writer Paul Theroux described a bar in 1973 Vientiane thus: “Your eyes get accustomed to the dark and you see the waitress is naked. Without warning she jumps on the chair, pokes a cigarette into her vagina and lights it, puffing it by contracting her uterine lungs."[6] British journalist Christopher Robbins wrote that The White Rose, a famous Vientiane bar during the war, featured floor shows in which women used their vaginas to smoke cigarettes and fling ping pong balls.[7]

In the Reeperbahn, the red-light district of Hamburg, several sex theatres (Salambo, Regina, Colibri, Safari) were once located in the Große Freiheit ("Great Freedom") street. They showed live sex acts on stage, but by 2007 the Safari was the only live sex theatre left in Germany,[8] and that closed in 2013.[9]

In the red light district of De Wallen in Amsterdam there are three main venues for sex shows: a hostess bar called the Bananen Bar, and the Moulin Rouge and Casa Rosso theatres which feature on-stage sex acts and variations on the ping pong show. In Thailand, locations like Patpong in Bangkok, Walking Street, Pattaya, Bangla Road in Phuket and Ta Pae Gate in Chiang Mai have numerous venues hosting ping-pong shows.[10][11]


Sex shows are subject to varying laws such as licensing requirements and locations are subject to local zoning regulations.[12] Some jurisdictions regard a sex show as prostitution.[13] The content of a sex show may also be subject to national and local obscenity and other laws. Some areas allow striptease, but no sexual activity, others may allow only simulated sexual activity or autoerotic activity, while others allow anything that is legal in recorded pornography to be performed live. Generally, as of 2010, autoerotic activity is the most common legally-available kind of live sexual activity. In some cities and countries throughout the world, live sexual activity between multiple performers are legal. Webcam performances are largely unregulated.

See also


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  2. ^ "UK parliament hosts erotica event". 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  3. ^ Miller, John; Kenedi, Aaron (2003). Inside Cuba: The History, Culture, and Politics of an Outlaw Nation. Da Capo Press. p. 129. ISBN 9781569244845.
  4. ^ Kurlansky, Mark (2017). Havana: A Subtropical Delirium. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781632863935.
  5. ^ Hays, Jeffrey (2008). "Sex in Laos". Facts and Details. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  6. ^ Theroux, Paul (1975). The Great Railway Bazaar. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0141189147.
  7. ^ Robbins, Christopher (1978). Air America. ISBN 978-1908059017.
  8. ^ "Death of the Reeperbahn: Hamburg's streets of shame". The Independent. 21 March 2008.
  9. ^ Schaefer, Daniel (5 February 2014). "Kiezclub Safari schließt nach 50 Jahren seine Türen" [Neighborhood Club Safari Closes its Doors after 50 Years]. Hamburger Abendblatt (in German).
  10. ^ Sanders-McDonagh, Erin (2016). Women and Sex Tourism Landscapes. Taylor & Francis. p. 9–10. ISBN 9781317601159.
  11. ^ "Bangkok Nightlife 2018 (UPDATED!)". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  12. ^ E.g., in the United Kingdom, sex establishments require a Sex Establishment Licence Archived 2010-11-19 at the Wayback Machine from the City Council under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, and a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003.
  13. ^ Coffee shop girls face charges over sex shows February 08, 2010
Adult movie theater

An adult movie theatre is a euphemistic term for a movie theatre specifically designed for the exhibition of pornographic films.

Adult movie theatres show pornographic films primarily for either a respectively heterosexual or homosexual audience. For the patrons, rules are generally less strict regarding partial- or full-nudity and public masturbation or sex, and such behavior may be condoned explicitly or otherwise by the management. Such behavior may or may not be legal, and if not, may or may not be overlooked by local law enforcement. Certain theaters may also include a stripshow or sex show between films, or other sex industry services.

Before the VCR and, later, the Internet, a movie theatre or cinema house was often the only location where people could see hardcore erotic films. The spread of home videos has led to a drastic reduction in the number of adult theatres.


Adultcon is a pornographic film trade fair in the United States. The event takes place three times per year, usually with two conferences in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and one conference in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. The event was established in 2001.Adultcon hosted an Adultcon award ceremony in 2007. Although they announced a subsequent ceremony for 2008, it did not come to fruition.

In July 2011, Adultcon canceled its two shows in Los Angeles because the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted two competing pornography conferences around the same times of year.On May 19, 2016, Adultcon in Los Angeles reported an attendance of 10,000 fans.

Donkey show

A donkey show is an alleged type of live sex show in which a woman engages in bestiality with a donkey, which, according to urban legend and some works of fiction, were once performed in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, particularly in the mid-20th century.

There is no definitive evidence that such shows ever existed, but anecdotal accounts are frequent. Gustavo Arellano, in his ¡Ask a Mexican! column, argues that donkey shows are not real.As late as 2008, they have been mentioned as a reason to visit Tijuana, and naive tourists may seek them out.The "donkey show" myth has been portrayed in several American films, including Losin' It (1983), Bachelor Party (1984), The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005), Clerks II (2006), The Heartbreak Kid (2007), and Cake (2014).In the 1981 book New West, a Tijuana taxi driver offers tourists a ride to see a donkey show in the red light district.In Mark Winegardner's 2005 book The Godfather Returns, set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Fredo Corleone's wife Deanna Dunn insists on attending one: "on a whim, they'd headed to Mexico. When they'd gotten there, Deanna Dunn, insisted on going to see a donkey show. ... who thought that watching a donkey fuck a teenage Indian girl was a hoot."In 2005 the term is claimed to be used to describe a situation that has become a "complete mess".

Katie Morgan

Katie Morgan is an American pornographic actress, film actress, former radio talk-show host, podcast host and feature dancer.

List of television programs broadcast by Logo

Beginning in June 2005, Logo TV has been broadcasting programming of interest to the LGBT community. The network broadcasts a blend of original programming and syndicated fare previously broadcast on other networks. Logo offers content from a wide variety of genres, including drama, comedy, reality and documentary. It also airs theatrically released films which have been edited for time and content.

Male submission

Male submission or malesub is a situation in BDSM and other sexual activities in which the submissive partner is male. A woman who dominates a male submissive is referred to as a dominant, domme (feminine form of "dominant") or dominatrix. Sexual activity between a male submissive and a dominatrix is referred to as femdom.

Melancholia (2008 film)

Melancholia is a 2008 Philippine film directed by Lav Diaz. It won the Horizons prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.

Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage (born Michelle Lynn Shupack; September 20, 1968) is an American singer, television host, radio DJ, performer, television producer and media personality. She is most well known for being a member of the band Seduction and appearing as a judge on the American reality competition television series RuPaul's Drag Race since season 3 and on all seasons of the spin-off show RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. In 2019, the cast of Drag Race received their first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Competition Program for production of the eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Midwest Teen Sex Show

Midwest Teen Sex Show was a comedic, semi-educational video podcast featured monthly at their now defunct website with host Nikol Hasler, featuring comedian Britney Barber and produced and directed by Guy Clark.

Nikol Hasler

Nikol Hasler (born 15 March 1979) is an American internet content creator, producer, writer, and filmmaker known best for her work on Midwest Teen Sex Show, and her frank, direct, dark humor.

Nudity and sexuality

Human sexual arousal and expression is often confused with partial or complete lack of clothing, though each condition exists exclusive of the other.

Peep show

A peep show or peepshow is an exhibition of pictures, objects or people viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass. Though historically a peep show was a form of entertainment provided by wandering showmen, nowadays it more commonly refers to a presentation of a sex show or pornographic film which is viewed through a viewing slot. Historically the peep hole was intended to control the point of view to allow an illusion of depth perception, while showmen would later use it to charge for access to the view. For sex shows it also became a means to view material that would be objected to if freely displayed.

Ping pong show

A ping pong show is a form of stage entertainment that takes place in strip clubs. It is a type of sex show in which women use their pelvic muscles to either hold, eject, or blow objects from their vaginal cavity. Ping pong balls are the most iconic objects used. The show has been popular in Southeast Asia (particularly Bangkok, Thailand) for several decades, and is primarily performed for foreign tourists. The show is in many cases associated with sex tourism and human rights concerns have been raised regarding the performers.

Playboy TV

Playboy TV (originally The Playboy Channel) is an American, adults-only premium television network that is owned by MindGeek under license from Playboy Enterprises. Its programming focuses on premium adult programming, including motion pictures, first-run television series and specials. The channel is available internationally in countries such as Sweden, Australia, Canada, Japan, Latin America, New Zealand, Greece, Israel, Russia, Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and Norway.

Rendez-vous (1985 film)

Rendez-vous is a 1985 French erotic drama film directed by André Téchiné. The film stars Juliette Binoche, Lambert Wilson, Wadeck Stanczak and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Rendez-vous premiered at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best Director. The film had a total of 766,811 admissions in France.

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr., with whom Aronofsky wrote the screenplay.

The film depicts four characters affected by drug addiction. Their addictions cause them to become imprisoned in a world of delusion and reckless desperation. Once that delusional state is overtaken by reality, by the end of the film, they are left as hollow shells of their former selves. The film depicts how drug abuse can alter a person's physical and psychological state and mindset.

Requiem for a Dream was screened out of competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics upon its U.S. release. Burstyn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. The music for the movie was written by composer Clint Mansell.

Sex machine

A sex machine is a mechanical device used to simulate human sexual intercourse or other sexual activity.Devices can be penetrative or extractive. The term fucking machine is generally used to describe a penetrative machine which works by the transfer of rotational or reciprocating force from a motor to a directional motion on a shaft tipped by a dildo. A hand-held modified reciprocating saw device is sometimes called a fucksaw, a hand-held modified drill motor rotating device is sometimes called a drilldo, and a modified jigsaw is called a jillsaw. An extractive device works like a milking machine and can be attached to the penis, breast, or other body part.

Sunday Night Sex Show

The Sunday Night Sex Show was a live call-in Canadian television show which ran from 1996 to 2005. It aired on the W Network and was one of their most popular programs. Every week, callers would line up on the phone to talk to the host, Sue Johanson, about various topics from how to spice up one's sex life, to advice on how to select the right sex toy, to how to deal with various relationship issues.

For many years, reruns of the show ran on the Oxygen Network in the United States, but American viewers were frustrated that they couldn't call in during the live airing in Canada. Eventually, a U.S. version of the show, titled Talk Sex with Sue Johanson, was created.

Reasons for the Canadian cancellation were never given by either Johanson or the W Network. The U.S. show ended with the May 11, 2008 episode. Johanson was very emotional at the conclusion of the show and joined on stage by her supporting cast.

Before the television series aired, Johanson was host of a syndicated radio call-in show in Canada, which was initially titled Sex with Sue, and later became Sunday Night Sex Show. Johanson retained the latter title for her television series.

The Life and Death of a Porno Gang

The Life and Death of a Porno Gang (Serbian: Život i smrt porno bande) is a 2009 Serbian horror film following a group of travelling sex show performers and pornographic filmmakers who are lured into making snuff films.


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