Back on 11/11/14, I looked light-heartedly at naked calendars for charity, focusing (given my predilections) on calendars with naked hunky guys (carefully posed to avert X-rated images); I started with one called Hunks and Horses. Now I discover, on Facebook, that I have missed World Naked Gardening Day (which was on May 2nd this year) and, in a separate enterprise, the Perennial charity calendar of naked gardening guys,
Archive for the ‘Language and the body’ Category
This morning’s name was Conrad Ecklie. From Wikipedia:
Conrad Ecklie is a fictional character on the television series CSI played by Marc Vann. He was employed as Assistant Director of the crime lab of Clark County, Nevada until he was promoted first to Undersheriff in Season 10, then to Sheriff of Clark County in Season 13. In earlier seasons, he is a typical antagonist. As the series progresses, he gradually starts to become a good friend to the CSI team.
The illustration: today’s offering from the Daily Jocks people, with a poem.
The doomed hustler
Mid-February eruption of heat,
Everyone on the street, stripped
For the weather.
A near-naked vision, no
Shirt, no shoes, no
Underwear, just low-slung
Blue shorts: lounging expectantly
Under an awning, offering
A hustler’s name, no name,
Changed for each john. But
No johns come: he’s
Hombre sin hombre.
It started with an image passed on to me by Mike McKinley, of two young, lean buddies displaying their penises (at some sort of public event — it’s a puzzling picture): one small, the other about twice his size. The photo can be viewed on AZBlogX, here. That leads us to the topic of penis size, which has appeared on this blog before. And then to images of big vs. small things, which seem to function as metaphors in business literature (the virtues of big vs. small advertising agencies, for instance) and also to be a frequent pairing in literature for children (for whom body-size contrasts are personally significant).
In previous instalments: “The news for penises” of 9/14/11; and “More news for penises” of 4/23/13. And now another bundle of stories: on the first successful penis transplant; on the Banana Bunker, a container for a single banana; and on a fashion article featuring “groin gazing”, of erect penises under clothing.
Back on the 10th, I posted on a beautifully muscled and athletic male ballet dancer (and his dance belt). Now some follow-ups, starting with a couple of photos from Mike McKinley (balletomane and former Trock) — another ballet dancer, one with extraordinary musculature, and a male pas de deux (as a bonus, naked) — which led to Matthew Bourne and his paired male dancers.
(Mostly about the display of men’s bodies.)
Passed on by Mike McKinley, this ad for the company So Danca, specializing in “quality dancewear and dance shoes” and featuring Houston Ballet soloist Aaron Robison:
A hymn to the dancer’s muscularity and intense masculinity, accentuated by that dance belt.
That’s the name of a site devoted to criticism of photographs — of penises. “Critiquing your dick pics with love”, says the Critic (who I will refer to with generic they, since they view their sex as irrelevant to the enterprise). (There is some evidence that they are in New Zealand: they use the grading scheme from a high of A+ to a low of D- because that’s what’s used in New Zealand schools; certainly the lexical choices are British rather than American.)
People send photographs of penises in to the Critic, who then provides a thoughtful critique of the photography (not the penis), with a summary grade. There are two sample photos on AZBlogX, here: the mince photo and the duvet photo.
I don’t watch the Oscars shows, but you can’t avoid being exposed to information about them and images from them. So this shot of host Neil Patrick Harris (apparently in an allusion to the movie Birdman) from yesterday’s show came my way:
Shirtless, showing off his carefully tended body, and in snug briefs, showing off a nice but not extravagant package, in the fashion of underwear ads for many many years. This is the Neil Patrick Harris of, among other things, Doogie Howser, M.D.; How I Met Your Mother; and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.