By C.J. Asher, Sex and Adult Entertainment Blogger


Gentlemen’s Club Review: Obsessions (Manchester, UK)

img_5968Obsessions (Manchester, UK)
2B Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 161 238 9019

The Low Down

I’ve seen a few wacky things during my time reviewing gentlemen’s clubs: the occasional drunken patron, absurdly over-hustling dancers, even a guy who brought in his service dog (which I called B.S. on; I think he just didn’t want to leave his dog in the car during the hot summer months). Walking in on a bunch of guys drinking, partying and with t-shirts with “Police” on the back of them was certainly at the top of my list. That is, until I realized that they were all part of a stag (bachelor) party! Yes, that’s the kind of crowd that Obsessions draws… one that’s looking for a fun time in a festive atmosphere. I arrived at the club at around 11:00pm on a Saturday evening during my recent visit to Manchester for Sexhibition, and rated the club on a scale of one to five stars, with five being the best possible score. Oh, and as this is an “international version” of my gentlemen’s club reviews, I’m using the British Pound symbol “£” for all prices, so be sure to check currency conversion rates before you go.

Location & Facilities – 3.5 Stars
Obsessions is located in the Deansgate Locks section of Manchester, within walking distance of the Deansgate train station, the Manchester Central Convention Complex and the shops and restaurants that line Deansgate. This one-floor club has a relatively spacious – yet very red & dark – interior with one pole, lots of couches, predominantly hip-hop music and a nightclub vibe yet seemingly frequented by locals.

Staff – 4 Stars
I didn’t interact with much of the staff during my visit; however, everyone was friendly and courteous, including the cute bartender Olivia who took care of my drinks.

Food & Drink – 3.5 Stars
The club doesn’t serve food, as is common with all of the Manchester gentlemen’s clubs that I visited; however, I did find a well-stocked bar. I enjoyed an £8.50 Malibu & pineapple, which was slightly cheaper than competing gentlemen’s clubs in the area.

img_5969Dancers – 3 Stars
I enjoyed the fact that the dancers at the bikini bar were multi-ethnic – something of a common theme amongst UK gentlemen’s clubs – although the one major turn-off was that they were also very aggressive hustlers, despite there being an abundance of customers during my visit. I did enjoy the company of both Lauren from Leeds and Katie, from the Dominican Republic, during my visit.

Value – 4.5 Stars
I found the prices at Obsessions to be comparable to, if not better, than competing clubs in the area. Cover was £10, while couch dances are available at 3 minutes for £20 and go up to 60 minutes for £240.

Website & Social Media – 3 Stars offers all of the basics you’ll need to plan out your visit as well as some additional benefits, such as free (with prebooking) party admission and information on the club’s pole dancing classes. The major downsides are that the club’s website doesn’t offer links to social media and their “gallery” is basically a grouping of stock images of topless women that don’t really emphasize the club or its offerings.

In Brief…
Obsessions makes for a solid locals club with a fun atmosphere and friendly staff; highly recommended if you’re looking for a fun night out in Manchester with a group of your friends.


RedTube Breaks Down The Most Popular Halloween & Costume Searches By State

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The biggest holiday for those who love to dress up, Halloween night is the one night of the year where everyone wants to stand out and have the most creative costumes.  Speaking of creative and costumes, RedTube sheds a bright light on what could be your stand out costume, based on what state you live in.  This year, for those who want to find new inspiration for their costume, RedTube has found each state’s favorite!

From Nurses in California, to Spiderman in Montana, to Elves in Oklahoma, Vampires in Michigan, and Snow White from Hawaii to New York, you can see the wide variety the United States has when deciding on what to wear on Halloween.

New Jersey finds itself alone in what was discovered as a “costume orgy.” Go figure.

In addition to the site’s abundance of holiday cheer, RedTube has expanded its free, high-quality HD videos to include an engaging and informative blog with company news, sex advice, hardcore photo galleries and a social media platform that boasts a thriving community of over three million registered users.

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GLAAD releases tenth edition of media reference guide, industry standard for reporting on LGBTQ people and issues

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World’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization affirms commitment to queer-identified people, updates mission and style guide to be more inclusive

NEW YORK, NY – GLAAD, the world’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released the tenth edition of its Media Reference Guide, the industry standard style guide for reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and the issues that affect their lives.

For more than two decades, the GLAAD Media Reference Guide has provided journalists with the essential information they need to report fairly and accurately on the LGBTQ community. The GLAAD Media Reference Guide has also informed the style guides of leading news organizations including The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others.

The newly released tenth edition of the guide includes an updated terminology section and, for the first time, encourages journalists and other media content creators to adopt the use of ‘LGBTQ’ as the preferred acronym to most inclusively describe the community. The tenth edition of the GLAAD Media Reference Guide is available here:

GLAAD today also renewed its commitment to working on behalf of queer-identified people, updating its mission to include “queer” in the organization’s work to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. GLAAD’s powerful media programs will continue to share stories from the LGBTQ community that lead national dialogue, build understanding, and drive acceptance forward.

“The GLAAD Media Reference Guide is the industry standard for fair and accurate reporting on the LGBTQ community, and informs the style guides of the world’s leading news organizations,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “This latest edition reflects the increasingly diverse ways LGBTQ people, especially young people, talk about their identities.”

Additional updates to the GLAAD Media Reference Guide include an updated glossary of terms that includes “Asexual,” “Aromantic,” and “Intersex”; an updated transgender terminology section; and updated In Focus sections for reporting on the bisexual community, nondiscrimination laws, religion and faith, and HIV & AIDS.

Sex & Adult Entertainment Calendar – Oct 26 to Nov 8, 2016

woman clicks on virtual keyboard. touch screen. the concept of sex toys. schedule an intimate life. gag buttonCheck out our weekly Sex & Adult Entertainment Calendar to find out when the hottest feature entertainers will be appearing as well as what other sex and adult entertainment-themed events are happening around the country… and the world! If you know of any upcoming events that should be added to this list, please leave a comment below.

Gentlemen’s Club Events & Feature Entertainers
Kendra Sunderland – Blush (Pittsburgh, PA), Tue, Oct 25 to Sat, Oct 29
Raven Bay – Cheerleaders (Philadelphia, PA), Thu, Oct 27 to Sat, Oct 29
Angels & Devils Halloween Party – Vivid Live (Houston, TX), Fri, Oct 28 to Sat, Oct 29
Joanna Angel & Ophelia Rain – Sapphire (New York, NY), Fri, Oct 28
Alexis Texas – Sapphire (New York, NY), Sat, Oct 29
Bambu Jessica – The Fox (Bath, PA), Sat, Oct 29
Lexi Belle – Hollywood (Southington, CT), Sat, Oct 29
Missy Martinez – Silk Exotic (Madison, WI), Thu, Nov 3 and Sat, Nov 5
Kenna James – Fantasies (Baltimore, MD), Tue, Nov 8 to Thu, Nov 10

2016 Annual LGBT Confex – Mexico City, Mexico, Wed, Oct 26 to Thu, Oct 27
Lez Stand Up: Lesbian Bed Death – The Siren Theater (Portland, OR), Thu, Oct 27
Glitz & Glam – Lips (San Diego, CA), Sat, Oct 29
LGBT Elder Summit – Dorance H. Hamilton Building (Philadelphia, PA), Thu, Nov 3

BDSM, Fetish & Kink
Leather Fiesta – Sheraton Airport Hotel (Albuquerque, NM), Fri, Oct 28 to Sun, Oct 30
Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball – Las Vegas, NV, Sat, Oct 29
Mr. International Rubber – Chicago, IL, Fri, Nov 4 to Sun, Nov 6
Villains Ball – The Secret Lair of Villainy (Philadelphia, PA), Sat, Nov 5

Rock N’ Roll Debauchery – 42 West (New York, NY), Thu, Oct 27
Black Diamond Burlesque – Cock & Bull Farmhouse (Sarasota, FL), Sat, Oct 29 to Sun, Oct 30
GORLESQUE! – The Lazarus Experience (Los Angeles, CA), Sun, Oct 30
Seattle Burlesque Games – Re-Bar (Seattle, WA), Fri, Nov 4 to Sat, Nov 5

Seminars & Educational Events
Energetic Sex – Pleasure Chest (Illinois City, IL), Wed, Oct 26
Kink for Couples – Please (Brooklyn, NY), Fri, Oct 28
Oh-Oh-Oral for Amateur Admirers – Kink Shoppe (Philadelphia, PA), Sat, Oct 29
Making Dirty Movies for Fun and Profit – Sexploratorium (Philadelphia, PA), Sat, Oct 29

Expos, Conventions & Other Gatherings
Porn Film Festival – Berlin, Germany, Wed, Oct 26 to Sun, Oct 30
7th Annual Family Matters Conference – University of The Sciences (Philadelphia, PA), Sat, Oct 29
EXXXOTICA Edison 2016 – NJ Convention & Exposition Center (Edison, NJ), Fri, Nov 4 to Sun, Nov 6
Inked Awards – Hilton Garden Inn (Edison, NJ), Sat, Nov 5
Women’s Event – Capitale (New York, NY), Sat, Nov 5

On The Horizon…
BurlyCon – Hilton (Seattle, WA), Thu, Nov 10 to Sun, Nov 13
Diabolique Ball – Voyeur Nightclub (Philadelphia, PA), Sat, Nov 19
XBIZ 2017 – Andaz Hotel (Los Angeles, CA), Mon, Jan 9 to Fri, Jan 13
AVN Show – Hard Rock Hotel (Las Vegas, NV), Wed, Jan 18 to Sat, Jan 21

Please confirm dates and appearances prior to attendance. reposts event information from other websites and is not responsible for errors, omissions and/or any incorrect information or changes in event details by clubs, entertainers, promoters or other sources of event information.

Winter Edition of XBIZ Retreat Returns to Andaz Hotel

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LOS ANGELES, CA XBIZ Retail Retreat, the most exclusive B2B event for adult retail industry leaders, returns to the stylish Andaz Hotel on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip Jan. 9-13, to host another edition of the highly anticipated biannual gathering.

As part of the XBIZ 2017 series of events, the all-inclusive, invite-only Retreat allows top vendors of adult goods to engage in private one-on-one meetings with qualified buyers from leading nationwide distributors and retailers. XBIZ Retreat attendees also have a host of additional opportunities to talk business over meals, seminars and special events.

The premier, luxury B2B event has been lauded as the most stimulating, intimate and valuable business event, listing a “who’s who” of the industry’s most revered movers and shakers that gather to hammer out deals and connect with colleagues and newcomers.

The upcoming winter edition of the XBIZ Retreat is slated to once again reach maximum capacity by offering participants an unmatched opportunity to present their products and services to interested buyers. Now in its fourth year, the XBIZ Retreat has consistently grown with each edition and continuously draws acclaim from participants

“Having attended every XBIZ event that XBIZ has ever held, including every Retreat, I have to say XBIZ outdid themselves,” Castle Megastore CEO Mark Franks said. “XBIZ Retreat has the most qualified vendors that I’ve seen at an event within the last 10 years. There were a lot of fresh faces. The XBIZ Retreat is a great event that has set the standard for industry events.”

“This is the show that we’ve done consistently since launching in the U.S.,” Exsens’ Krystal Medeiros said. “It seems like every year the show just gets bigger and bigger. The fact that it’s increasingly attracting more buyers shows what a good event it is. I attribute a lot of our success to XBIZ. ”

“It’s always a great event,” Devil’s Films Steve Volponi said. “I’m seeing buyers that I typically don’t see at other events anymore are here now. It’s a great turnout of fresh faces.”

“The XBIZ Retreat is fantastic,” East Coast News Executive Vice President Brian Herbstman said. “The accommodations are great, the meetings have went very well and the entertainment is top notch. Although I attended 34 meetings in two days, I still felt like I was on vacation!”

“It’s an amazing show,” XR Brands’ Lynda Mort said. “It’s like we multiply our business with our one-on-one meetings and then spending the evening together. Rebecca [Weinberg] and I split up at the evening events and do double the business. It’s a great opportunity to bond and reconnect.”

“We love the relaxed atmosphere of this show,” Pound International’s Dana Puerto said. “It’s a great opportunity to say thank you to our customers. This is truly the only way to do a show. We get so much accomplished here.”

“The XBIZ Retreat is a great opportunity to connect with customers,” Pipedream Products’ Chris Armstrong said. “The intimate setting and one-on-one meetings allow you to really make a connection compared to other trade shows.”

“The XBIZ Retreat and the ‘speed dating’ format with 30 minute meetings is an excellent way to become informed, educated and sold on new and interesting adult products from both new and existing vendors,” Craton Entertainment’s Chaz Craton said. “The one-on-one quality time with the vendors present an excellent opportunity to focus on business without distraction and the 30-minute time frame created a sense of urgency that got us right to the point without boring presentations. And the vendors who participated come well prepared.

“The social networking and meeting new people in the industry — both fellow retailers and vendors — is invaluable. In one short meeting with a retailer, I got a new billboard design for my store that I would not have thought of without that interaction. Thanks to all the XBIZ staff for putting on a wonderful show!”

“I think this event offers an excellent opportunity to cultivate relationships,” Fleshlight’s Amanda Purcell said. “Everyone is so nice!”

Dame Products’ Alex Fine said, “This event is great. I’m new to the space so to be able to meet so many people is very valuable to me.”

“I love this event,” Paradise Marketing’s Michelle Liss said. “The one-on-one meetings allow me to get more done with no interruptions. It’s a great opportunity to have honest conversations with people.”

“This show had perfect timing for us to come promote all of our new stuff,” Pulse Distribution’s Joshua St. John said. “We have a lot of over-the-phone contact but face time is priceless.”

“Crave Channel Manager Jack Morocco said, “This atmosphere allows you to create personal relationships. The face time really makes them more human.”

Pulse Distribution’s Rob Plarski said that the XBIZ Retreat offers “the efficiency of getting to see our customers and companies from all over the country while meeting new customers.”

“This event was one of the most efficient, productive and well-organized to date,” Kaytel Media President Alain Elmaleh said. “First-class organization all the way! I will definitely attend the next ones, we would recommend to anyone who is still hesitant to participate, as a buyer as much as a vendor!”

The XBIZ 2017 show is set to run Jan. 9-13, with the perennially popular event once again completely taking over Hollywood’s stylish Andaz Hotel, where it will deliver an expanded program over four days, culminating on Thurs., Jan. 12, with the adult industry’s biggest night, the 2017 XBIZ Awards show.

Vivid Virtual Launches Today with Deput of “The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience”

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Vivid Entertainment, the world’s most acclaimed adult film company, will launch its virtual reality site today, October 24.

To mark the debut of the new service Vivid will introduce The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience, which will enable fans to feel an unprecedented intimate connection with one of the most celebrated pop culture figures of the era.
“The early reactions to the pre-launch version of have been fantastic,” said Michael H. Klein, President of Broadcasting & Internet for Vivid. “ offers exclusive new adult content shot specifically for VR viewing as well as completely re-imagined ways to enjoy our most popular movies and other content.”

Klein noted that fans will be able to access the site with all VR methods, including Oculus (Rift headsets), Samsung (Gear VR), Google Cardboard or any other VR equipment they have.

Vivid has been working closely on the new site with 3XStudios, a leading VR development company. Adam Block, co-founder and CEO of 3XStudios, said, “We knew that Vivid was the ideal brand for us to partner with. Their over 30 year legacy of offering the industry’s most award winning and highly sought after videos really aligns with our capabilities in the VR space. We share the same passion for producing industry leading and top quality content. It’s the perfect match for us.”

Daniel DiLallo, VR Director at 3XStudios and Mode VR says, the Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience will delight fans. “Just imagine having your favorite star climb out of your TV screen and join you in our immersive new 360-3D world. It truly is the ultimate adult fantasy!” DiLallo noted.

3XStudios describes itself as home to “developer nerds at heart.” Its founders have both served in lead roles for Activision and Sony development studios with history working on such titles as Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Transformers, Spiderman and many others. Its cinematographers and producers have won multiple awards in the gaming and film industries.

DISCLAIMER:  The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience incorporates footage from the all-time best selling sex tape Kim Kardashian Superstar. Kim Kardashian does not appear in any new footage.

About Vivid: Founded in 1984, Vivid Entertainment is known as the leading source for quality erotic film entertainment. It achieves wide brand-name awareness through its films, innovative marketing and licensing programs for products ranging from condoms to vodka and apparel to gentlemen’s clubs. Vivid’s movies are seen online, in DVD, VOD and on VividTV worldwide. Its Vivid-Celeb imprint made “celebrity sex tape” a household term and helped launch the Kardashian phenomenon in the process. Vivid is the most awarded studio in the history of the industry. Vivid’s 24/7 radio channel is available on and on SiriusXM. For more on Vivid visit or

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C.J. Asher Interviews Paul Reutershan, National Sales Manager for Kama Sutra

profile-meTaken from the name of the 4th century Indian text on lovemaking, Kama Sutra has been providing quality intimacy enhancement oils, lubricants and other products for nearly fifty years now. I met National Sales Manager Paul Reutershan at the 2016 ANME show, and am happy to have him here to tell us a little more about Kama Sutra’s award-winning product line.

C.J. Asher – First of all, thanks for this interview! Tell us a little about yourself, Paul

Paul Reutershan – I am fifty, I was born in Washington, D.C., I went to Frostburg State University located in western Maryland and studied Business Administration. I am married and have two daughters, Emma and Sophia.

C.J. Asher – What is your title and role with Kama Sutra?

Paul Reutershan – I am the National Sales Manager for the adult market in the USA, and my role is to handle our distribution partners and direct retail chains. I facilitate sales by providing product knowledge and trainings to our customers, and I also look for new opportunities.

C.J. Asher – Tell me about Kama Sutra and the products you sell.

Paul Reutershan – Kama Sutra was started in 1969 with our original Oil of Love. We are truly a lifestyle company that has built a reputation on providing quality body products that are all made in the USA. Our best selling products are our Massage Oils, Oils of Love, Massage Candles, and Honey Dust.

made-in-americaC.J. Asher – What first made you decide to work in the adult novelty industry?

Paul Reutershan – I got into the business back in 1998 by chance. A friend of a friend knew the owner of some adult stores. I had spent seven years working in specialty retail with Warner Brothers Studio Stores, and was looking to venture out into other areas. I ran two stores and our web fulfillment operation for three years before leaving to work for a distributor.

C.J. Asher – How has working in your industry impacted your personal and professional life?  Do family and friends know what you do and are they supportive of it?

Paul Reutershan – I really have had no issues, and I feel it’s been 90% positive. Sure, there have been people who at first may be apprehensive, but once I get the opportunity to explain the industry to them, the guard drops and they start to ask lots of questions. All my friends and family know what I do, and they all want samples (laughs).

C.J. Asher – What’s the most stressful part of your job?

Paul Reutershan – Making sure customers continue to buy our products. Retail is very fluid and more competitive than ever. I make sure to stay in constant contact with our customers to make sure sales are happening. There is no yesterday when you are in sales, only today and the future.

C.J. Asher – What’s your best-selling product, and what makes it so popular?

Paul Reutershan – Our Coconut Pineapple Oil Of Love has really shown tremendous growth. It’s done well because it really tastes true to the flavor, and the benefit that it warms on contact with the skin and gets even warmer when you gently blow or kiss the product.

ool-coupleC.J. Asher – Who is your typical client base?

Paul Reutershan – Our current demographic are women and couples in the thirty to seveny year old range. We are working on some new things to broaden our appeal to a younger audience.

C.J. Asher – How do you feel that novelty items help couples to enhance their sexual activity and their relationships?

Paul Reutershan – We all need to spice things up. Whether it’s going to dinner, vacationing, or trying a massage oil, it’s all about bringing something new and fresh to your relationship. Kama Sutra is a great way to introduce adult products due to the approachability and quality.

C.J. Asher – Where can customers go to purchase your products?

Paul Reutershan – Most adult brick and mortar and web retailers carry our full line.

C.J. Asher – What’s the hottest trend in adult novelty products right now?

Paul Reutershan – Customers are so much more knowledgeable these days. Materials and ingredients need to be body safe. Rechargeable products continue to be on the rise, taking over the traditional battery operated devices.

C.J. Asher – What sets your company apart from other companies in the adult novelty market?

Paul Reutershan – We have been in the game for forty six years, and Kama Sutra is a “Coca Cola-brand,’ in the industry due to our longevity and consistent quality. Our products are all made in the USA, which is very important to consumers.

booth-pictureC.J. Asher – What are your favorite industry-related events?

Paul Reutershan – ANME and XBIZ have been great for us. I have also found distributor open houses and events provide fantastic face time with a variety of clients I may not be able to travel to see regularly.

C.J. Asher – What new and exciting products do you have coming out in the near future?

Paul Reutershan – I wish I can say more, but I took an oath of secrecy. We will have some really big surprises launching at ANME.

C.J. Asher – Tell me some of the compliments you’ve received from your customers.

Paul Reutershan – In general, most of my customers say that they appreciate my attention to detail and respectful follow up. I know how busy people are running their businesses, so I make a sale on the schedule they give me, not by being pushy or desperate. I love the sales people who do it that way, as it makes my life easier and more productive (laughs).

C.J. Asher – What nominations and awards have you received?

Paul Reutershan – We won Sensual Bath and Body Product of the Year from XBIZ in January for our Lover’s Travel Kit.

C.J. Asher – What social media sites can your customers follow you at?

Paul Reutershan – Customers can check us out at

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