Erective affinities

The Daily Jocks ad from yesterday, for a swimwear sale, with a caption of my own devising (below the fold). Not for kids or the sexually modest:


(Hat tip to Aric Olnes for the Scrabble word erective.)

Erective affinities

Mornings at 10,
Black cave on the
Beach, surreptitious
Sweaty flip-fucks —
Never lock eyes,
Never utter a word, just
Fuck-grunts, cause, y’know, it’s
Just sex, it don’t mean nothing

From OED2, adj. erective: ‘tending to erect or set upright’ [dictionary cites from 1611 and 1847]; a rare word, pressed into service above for sexual purposes, in the sense ‘leading to or exhibiting an erection of the penis’.

The Daily Jocks enthusiastic ad copy:

Summer is just around the corner (at least for the Northern Hemisphere) so we have curated a selection of this year’s best Swimwear to make sure you look your best whether you are laying by the pool or taking a dip in the ocean. Check out the hottest looks for this Summer!

And the source of the punning title, from Wikipedia:

 (#2) Opening section of English physician-chemist William Henry’s 1818 twelve-page chapter section Of Elective Affinity, a textbook overview of elective affinity

Elective Affinities (German: Die Wahlverwandtschaften), also translated under the title Kindred by Choice, is the third novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1809. The title is taken from a scientific term once used to describe the tendency of chemical species to combine with certain substances or species in preference to others.

And then Magritte picked up on the idea. From the site:


Elective Affinities was an oil canvas painting created by René Magritte in 1933. This impressive artwork was based on Johann Goethe’s human chemical theory. The concept behind this theory is that external forces have a great impact on the will.

The painting depicts the fact that a person’s ideas are hatched into a concrete world that is enclosed by external forces. In terms of thermodynamics, this 1933 surrealistic painting depicts the relation of free will and the concept of chemical affinity. This theory was introduced by Johann von Goethe, a German polymath. Elective Affinities by René Magritte captured the essence of this theory, which explained the rationale behind free will. Although we may feel free, there are always instances or forces that we cannot control. Hence, human beings may feel as though they are caged because of their inability to take full control of the circumstances that occur in their life. These facts of life are encapsulated in this oil on canvas painting by Magritte.

To return to the fuck-buddies in #1: we now can see that forces beyond their control erect their dicks and compel them to screw each other every day at 10. It’s a physical phenomenon.

One Response to “Erective affinities”

  1. Bob Richmond Says:

    So THAT’s what “Wahlverwandtschaften” means! I majored in German long years ago, and I never was quite sure.

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