More spent husks

In my 12/31 posting “El Bruto commands” there appeared two of my collages on the theme Spent Husks (SH #1 “The Wages of Dissolution” in #2 there, SH #2 “The Lost Boys” in #3 there). The theme of the set is the folk-medical idea that ejaculation is using up, spending, a portion of a finite stock of the essence of masculinity, of male strength; in this view, a man has only some many shots in him, so that frequent masturbation and other sexual activity depletes the stock, eventually reducing a man prematurely to a spent husk, an impotent, desexed shell.

Couple this idea with the belief that gay men are extraordinarily profligate sexually, and you get the view that even young, vital-seeming gay men are just pretty, but rapidly degenerating, husks of humanity. Et in Arcadio ego.

From this spring the SH collages.

[Digression: “Save Our Previous Bodily Fluids”, a paranoid fantasy from Base Commander Jack D. Ripper (in Dr. Strangelove):

How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It’s incredibly obvious, isn’t it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That’s the way your hard-core Commie works. I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love… Yes, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I — I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women, er, women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake…but I do deny them my essence.

Well, in principle, men too, though JDR seems to have been irrevocably straight.]

(A subtheme in the collages is that of male prostitution, indicated by symbols of financial exchange in the collages: the idea is that stud hustlers (and other male sex workers) have even more sex than the rest of us, depleting both themselves and their johns.)

There are a dozen SH collages in all. SH #3 through #8:

(#3) In the food business

(#4) Boots on the ground

(#5) Your place or mine?

(#6) Jackpot for the boy

(#7) The old man in the mirror

(#8) Seized by an empty shell

SH #9 “The swimmers of youth” shows fellatio in progress and so is not suitable for this blog, Facebook, or Google+; if you are of age and want to view the collage, you can access  Spent Husk #9 here.

SH #10 through #12:

(#10) Pale image of the future

(#11) Deranged and destroyed by dick

(#12) Will work for food

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