Archive for the ‘Language of sex’ Category

Two New Yorker cartoons

October 9, 2015

Two recent cartoons: a Zach Kanin on the male body in cartoons (in the 9/28 issue), a Liam Francis Walsh on social media (in the 10/5 issue):




Mark Mason, Matt Bauer, and Gay Porn Minus Gay Sex

September 23, 2015

(Much about gay porn, so there’s plenty about the male body and man-man sex, in very plain language, but (just barely) without the visuals. Use your judgment. There are also a few linguistic notes.)

It starts with postcards that Max Meredith Vasilatos has been sending me, including a couple with photographs by Matt Bauer (who was new to me): shots of gay pornstars that are clearly gay porn, and intended to be, but are also male art of some interest. Mark Mason in particular.

To come: material on Mason; then on Bauer and some subjects of his other than Mason; then a digression on what is almost surely a different  photographer named Matt Bauer. Mark Mason then led me to a vein of humor/criticism that I hadn’t realized existed: Gay Porn Minus Gay Sex, intended as a critique of bad gay porn: when you don’t have the visuals (the meat in the sandwich, as it were), you’re forced to attend to the acting and so will begin to appreciate the deficiences of the acting. (In particular, “Tales From Two Cities” Minus Gay Sex”; Mason appears in the cast of the original “Tales From Two Cities” of 1999.)


Go for the nuts!

September 8, 2015

From Ned Deily on Facebook, a photo of the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game for small children, which invited jokey comments playing on nuts ‘testicles’. And from there to other expressions for the testicles: play ball!


Three morning names

September 7, 2015

(Some sexual topics to come.)

They’ve been piling up while other things happen. But here’s the recent crop: Futhark, eructation, sex sling. Definitely a mixed bag.


Tearooms and their features

August 12, 2015

On AZBlogX today, a piece “Tearoom time”, with almost nothing that can be pictured here, beyond the cover of this recent book by Jane Ward:

Not Gay thrusts deep into a world where straight guy-on-guy action is not a myth but a reality: there’s fraternity and military hazing rituals, where new recruits are made to grab each other’s penises and stick fingers up their fellow members’ anuses; online personal ads, where straight men seek other straight men to masturbate with; and, last but not least, the long and clandestine history of straight men frequenting public restrooms for sexual encounters with other men.

My XBlog posting is about those public restrooms, called tearoomsT-rooms, or t-rooms by those who use them, especially as depicted in two pieces of classic gay porn — one part of Huge 1 (1983) and one of The Bigger the Better (1984) — and featuring glory hole sex, subpartition sex (“sticking it under”), other sex in tearooms, and various forms of group sex involving gay men. Amply illustrated.

Not for kids, the sexually modest, or the easily offended.

AZBlogX: offers of the body

July 6, 2015

On my X Blog, an illustrated piece on gay men offering their bodies for anal intercourse — mostly as bottoms, but sometimes as tops. Thoroughly X-rated.

Initialisms, raunchy and not

July 2, 2015

An image posted by actor/director Chris Pratt on his Facebook page:


The initialistic abbreviation BJ stands for Beijing here, but of course blowjob will come first to many people’s minds — even though then the t-shirt should go

I ♥︎

And there are more possibilities; it’s in the nature of abbreviations to be multiply ambiguoua.


Briefly: a catamitic misreading

July 2, 2015

Another “out of the corner of the eye” misreading, from the front page of the NYT yesterday (July 1st). What I thought I saw was the teaser head

A Love Tested by Catamites

As I tried to imagine how the story went, I focused more carefully on the page, and saw the head

A Love Tested by Calamities

And then I wondered about the history of catamite.


Happy Ending

June 26, 2015

(On the language of sex — but with a fair amount of sex, so this posting might not be to everyone’s taste.)

“Happy Ending” was the header on this e-mail from the Daily Jocks people yesterday, announcing the last hours of their big sale; the caption below is mine.


He got him off, then he
Kissed him off.


Wrapped for June

June 16, 2015

(Warning: about gay porn, with frank discussion of men’s bodies and man-man sex; the X-rated images are on AZBlogX, but a couple of the ones here skirt the line. In any case, not for the kiddies or the sexually modest.)

On my X Blog, in “Wrapping themselves in the rainbow flag”, a Gay Pride sale at Channel 1 Releasing (well, an excuse to advertise four of their most recent releases). For whatever reason, all four of the images there have the men as receptors rather than insertors — as phallophages in a general sense, two per os and two per ano.

The actors: in #1 (from Daddy Issues), Kyle Kash as a Boy (admittedly, hairy and muscular, but definitely a Boy) in a Daddy-Boy scene; in #2 (from “Chokin’ on Cock”), Joe Parker in an absurd multi-suck scene (three at a time!); in #3 (from “Folsom Flesh”), Joe Steele, in a harness and a sling, getting porked by a leather dude; and in #4 (from “My New Step Brother”), Austin Jordan fellating in the family.

I’m interested, in general, in how pornstars are presented in these movies, how their fantasy relationships are framed (everything from raw, context-less sex to bonding for love), how the encounters are structured, and how language is used in these encounters. You can get only a bit of this from still shots, and it’s gotten harder than it used to be to get information about the actors and the films; the field is crowded with low-grade professional porn and enormous amounts of amateur porn.

Here I’ll focus on Kyle Kash, who leads off the ad and is in fact wrapped in a rainbow flag for the season (the rest merely have rainbow PRIDE! insignia on the images).

In the AZBlogX shot, Kash is displaying his muscular hairy ass (plus some dangling testicles), glancing back over his shoulder at the viewer, in a shot that screams BOTTOM. And indeed, though he’s a relative newcomer to the porn flick world, he’s been around the bottom block a whole lot of times already: in Daddy Issues, with Scotty Rage — in a cropped photo:


Taking Dmitri Kane in a different sexual position (mounted on him), in Before a Shower (also cropped):


(With open-mouthed ecstatic pleasure in both shots.)

And bottoming for at least the following men in other films: Brenner Bolton, Trenton Ducati, John Foster, Kip Ryker.

Then there’s his rentboy in L.A. site, which features his ass in the first photo of the set and emphasizes its virtues in the text:


Very open-minded and non-judgmental guy here looking to fulfill your fantasies and take you on an adventure. I have a tight, muscular, defined body (workout 7x a week), a large 7.5″ cock and an amazing ass.

I’m available for dinners, companionship, events, etc. I’m very chill, discreet, sweet, and caring. I will treat you like the amazing person that you are. I know how to have a great time and would love for you to join me.

(It’s all about the dinner conversation.)

On the other three actors, very briefly. Three different types:

Joe Parker: billed as gay-for-pay, mostly a top – lean and ruggedly masculine

Colin Steele: raunchy, leather muscle pig, into barebacking, and usually a top

Jordan Austin: framed as a young straight boy who discovers gay sex together with his new stepbrother

Something for everybody at Pride Time.


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