Archive for January, 2016

Cruise Jogger

January 31, 2016

… the item of PUMP! underwear featured in this sale ad from Daily Jocks yesterday. With my caption:

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Cruising in his Jogger, Joe
Enjoyed feeling himself up in those
Hot pockets, which
Drove the boys wild

He got one for
His guy Kev, so they could
Cruise as a couple. They loved
Three-ways, and the
Boys all wanted it

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mariscada

January 31, 2016

The lunch special at Reposado (elegant Mexican in Palo Alto) on the 28th was billed as the seafood dish mariscada: some white rice in the middle of a plate, heaped with bits of seafood of many kinds (shrimp, mussels, lobster, and more) with some wonderful broth to keep it all from being too dry, enough to bring it close to being classifiable as a seafood stew, which is the label given to mariscada in many sources. Just fabulous. Here’s a version that’s clearly in stew territory:

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Toys for Twisted Boys

January 31, 2016

(On sex toys for gay men, with illustrations of the devices, but not on or in actual bodies, so the visuals are strictly speaking not X-rated. Also about the names for these devices, so  there’s some language stuff here. But there’s discussion of the way these devices are used in very plain language, so this posting is certainly not for kids or the sexually modest.)

A sale ad yesterday from C1R (mostly a company that makes and sells gay porn flicks, but they hawk other items for gay men as well), with the headers: “OxBalls Toy Sale! Get Dirty & Play Hard! Toys for Twisted Boys”:

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Queen for a King

January 30, 2016

Benita Bendon Campbell writes:

The dominant grocery chain in Denver – a subset of Kroger Foods – is called King Soopers. Their very popular market branch in the gayest neighborhood of our town is known (affectionately) as Queen Soopers. As you could have guessed.

Lovely. A few notes on Queen Soopers, then a re-play of some notes on queen as used by gay men.

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Raiding the thesaurus

January 30, 2016

Today’s Zippy explores several domains of English vocabulary:

rankled, perturbed, exasperated, plunged into despair

confused, confounded, disconcerted, baffled, placed in a quandary

From NOAD2‘s thesaurus:

upset, distressed, troubled, perturbed, dismayed, disturbed, unsettled, disconcerted, worried, bothered, anxious, agitated, flustered, ruffled, unnerved, shaken, unstrung, hurt, saddened, grieved

confused, bewildered, bemused, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, mystified, nonplussed, muddled, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, taken aback, disoriented, disconcerted, flummoxed, clueless, fazed, discombobulated

Freezing eggs?

January 30, 2016

A Charlie Hankin cartoon in the January 25th issue of the New Yorker:

Penguins, yes, but also an illustration of how much you need to know to appreciate a cartoon. In this case, you need to know about IVF and the option of freezing a woman’s eggs so as to perform the procedure at some time in the future. (This reduces the chances of successful IVF, but women can have reasons for saving eggs up for the future.)

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P.C. Vey

January 29, 2016

A cartoonist new to this blog, encountered in the New Yorker issue for the 25th, as the artist for the week’s cartoon caption contest:

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It caught my eye as a remarkable instance of Phallicity: The Wurst and also as a nice example of a visual convention of cartoons: the lines indicating movement, in this case the growth of the hotdog. The holder of the giant hotdog has presumably come to consult with someone who might help him. It’s not obvious who the man at the desk is, or where this office is.

Soon three contenders for captions will be published in the magazine, and then readers can vote for their favorite.

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Language and sexuality

January 29, 2016

Just arrived in the mail, the book

Language, Sexuality, and Power: Studies in Intersectional Sociolinguistics, ed. by Erez Levon & Ronald Beline Mendes. Oxford Univ. Press, 2016.

Interactions of sexuality, gender, social class, social status, race, ethnicity, nationality, rurality, context, and more in linguistic usage. An introduction by the editors, and ten chapters located in an admirable assortment of places around the globe: Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan, Denmark, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Hungary, smalltown California, Thailand, and Israel.

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aussieBum, Shearing the Rams, and Slim Dusty

January 29, 2016

On our last visit to Australia (in “Bruce Bruce Bruce” on the 27th), we started out in Aussie underwear (the Daily Jocks AUS line), moved through Monty Python and Bruce as a  stereotypically Aussie name (and in the U.S., as a stereotypically gay name) and on to Barry Humphries and two Australian characters he created, with notes on the Aussie celebration of working-class masculinity (amiable crudity, matiness) and disdain for effete Pommies (Brits). At the end, a promise:

For a later posting, on Aussie masculinity (and class): aussieBum underwear, Shearing the Rams by Tom Roberts, and Slim Dusty.

Now’s the time. Looking ahead: two images of Aussie men in their aussieBum swimwear and underwear, a surfer and a jackaroo:

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Three Thursday cartoons

January 28, 2016

From today’s feed: a Zits, a Rhymes With Orange, and another rich Zippy:

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