Manly in Australia

(This posting ends up knee-deep in gay porn, so there will be references to men’s bodies and to mansex, though the X-rated visuals are off in my AZBlogX posting today “Manly Beach”. This material might not suit all readers.)

A Facebook exchange this morning:

Michael Newman [posting a photo on an antipodal vacation]: Notorious [venomous] funnel web spiders? — in Manly, New South Wales, Australia.

Arnold Zwicky: I long ago got used to the place-name Manly, but every so often I see it afresh and giggle.

Michael Newman: I couldn’t help thinking about it the whole time.

The history of the placename Manly is both straightforward and surprising. Manly and nearby Manly Beach then led me to the 1991 Kristen Bjorn gay porn flick Manly Beach (manly mansex among the manly lifesavers of Manly Beach) and to brief notes on facial expressions in gay porn.

Manly Beach NSW. From Wikipedia:

Manly Beach is a beach situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia in Manly, New South Wales. From north to south, the three main sections are Queenscliff, North Steyne, and South Steyne.

(#1) On Manly Beach

The beach was named by Capt. Arthur Philip for the indigenous people living there. Philip wrote [in 1788] that “[the indigenous people’s] confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.

Surprise! The manly of Manly Beach isn’t someone’s name, and it isn’t a mangling of some native name, or a misunderstanding of some other English expression (mainly, marinely, whatever), but is just ordinary English manly with its relatively routine etymology–

adj. manly: having or denoting those good qualities traditionally associated with men, such as courage and strength: looking manly and capable in his tennis whites. (NOAD)

Even more astonishingly, it’s manly applied to Australian aboriginals, people routinely viewed with contempt by the European settlers of Australia, as animals rather than human beings.

[Wikipedia again] Within walking distance of Manly Beach along the oceanway is Fairy Bower [beach] and Shelley Beach. There are shops, restaurants, night clubs, and bars in town.

Oh my, just a short walk from Manly Beach to Fairy Bower.A rapid and precipitous drop in butchness.

And yes, there’s a Manly as well as a Manly Beach. From Wikipedia:

(#2) Manly and Manly Beach within greater Sydney

Manly is a beach-side suburb of southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 17 kilometres (11 mi) north-east of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre of the local government area of Northern Beaches Council, in the Northern Beaches region.

Porn days on Manly Beach. The gay porn filmmaker Kristen Bjorn specializes in porn set in locales that are from a mainstream American viewpoint geographically or socially exotic  (Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Hungary, Australia, Montreal, Hispanic Manhattan). His Manly Beach is the third and last film in his Australian Trilogy, preceded by A Sailor in Sydney and Jackaroos: An Australian Outback Adventure. The film is a loose assortment of sex scenes involving beach lifesavers.

(#3) The DVD cover, with three pornstars doing various versions of come-hither cruising; Root Calahan’s coy approach, on the left, is especially notable (the pun on down under was probably inevitable)

A cropped still from scene 1 (full image in #2 on AZBlogX), with Sean Davis and Dex Brown in a swoon state:

(#4) Done in by beach sex

And a cropped still from scene 2 (full image in #3 on AZBlogX):

(#5) More come-hither cruising from Dex Brown, Root Calahan, and Ian Layman

(Overheated ad copy for these two scenes on AZBlogX.)

Given the facial expressions, the film could easily have been called Faggy Beach (and that wouldn’t be at all a bad thing). Not a lot of sturdy courage and power on display here, but then if you’re trolling for sex on the beach and not in need of lifesaving services, open willingness and frank desire are probably just what you’re looking for.

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