4th of July displays

(Much about men’s bodies and mansex, in street language, so not for kids or the sexually modest; also about military displays for Independence Day, but that comes after the raunchy stuff — Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral.)

So we have the 4th of July as a celebration of commercial mansex (every holday is a sales opportunity): selling premium men’s underwear by hawking men’s bodies; and offering gay porn sales, usually with a holiday-themed image (naked bodies wrapped in the flag are a conventional presentation, but there are many other possibilities). From this year’s rich crop of ads, I’ve chosen one of each type: a holiday ad for DJX homowear in the Trough line; and an ad for the political-satire gayporn film Cauke for President from TitanMen.

The raw material. The DJX Trough line: jockstrap and socks, in the colors of the holiday, framing desirable, fuckable, male buttocks:

(#1) Jockstrap waistband in blue, straps in white, plus socks in red; American flag as backdrop

The jocks and socks are the products on sale; the model’s attractive body, especially his ass, is the hook.

(#2) The hunky, homophobic, and clandestinely uberqueer Senator Mike Cauke (played by Matthew Bosch), with his patriotic tie pointing to his pubes and the big fat cock just out of our view

#1 The patriotic man moons of July. From my 5/24/19 posting “The ballet of Mango Meshman”, with some Daily Jocks ad copy from the time:

Get party ready with the DJX Trough Collection. Exclusive to DailyJocks this party look will make you stand out from the crowd with matching Harness, Jockstrap, Shorts & Socks.

Yes, color-coordinated fetishwear. From that posting:

The trough in the ad will suggest pigs feeding, and gay sexual excess.

The Trough line comes in a variety of colors, including red, blue, and white (plus black, khaki, and some neon colors as well).

Well, the American flag is reproduced accurately in the background of #1, but the assemblage of homowear on the model (blue waistband, white straps, red socks) is not in fact American red, white, and blue, but French blue, white, and red (color stripes being read left to right or top to bottom), as in the Tricolor:

(#3) The colors of the 14th of July (Bastille Day, la Fête nationale in France), not the 4th of July (Independence Day in the USA)

From Wikipedia on that holiday:

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In French, it is formally called la Fête nationale(… “The National Celebration”) and commonly and legally le 14 juillet (… “the 14th of July”).

The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

This will become politically relevant later, after we leave Gayland. To anticipate the big point: the French national day is the anniversary of a physical revolt against the government (actual fighting broke out in the storming of the Bastille), while the American national day is the anniversary of a document of separation from the government, a political revolt (actual fighting had broken out over a year earlier, in Massachusetts, not Pennsylvania).

But before we get to that, a lot more mansex, now utterly explicit (not just implicit in the flaunting of male buttocks).

#2 Fucked for freedom. The premise of the porn flick Cauke for President (released in November 2016) is, as they say, ripped from the headlines, in the story of former Congressman Aaron Schock. In the Titan summary:

When it comes to sealing a man’s vote, nothing can persuade him more than a nice hard cock in the mouth and ass. All guys yearn for the pleasure of hard meat, and this meat is gonna get your vote guaranteed!!

Directed by Jasun Mark, Cauke for President tells the story of a hunky and homophobic U.S. Senator who bears a striking physical resemblance to former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock. While he’s running for President, his clandestine sexual hook-up spirals into a tale of political intrigue and sex. It stars Matthew Bosch in his gay porn debut as the Senator. He is joined by Dallas Steele as his Chief of Staff/lover, and David Benjamin as the ruthless Campaign Manager willing to do anything to get the Senator elected.

The Senator uses Manhunt.net to find a hot hook-up in the form of hunky Nick Prescott, who secretly records their sex romp to expose the Senator. The Senator’s loyal staff does everything they can to protect the him from the release of the sex tape. But in the end the video goes viral on Pornhub.com, ending the campaign and destroying the Senator’s career. Or does it? Will the former Senator finally come out and become an advocate for the gay community that he once voted against? Will he have a Governor McGreevey moment and declare that he is a proud gay American? See Cauke for President!”

Tons of mansex, including  the scene in which Nick Prescott (as the Manhunt trick) fucks Matthew Bosch. Illustrations in an AZBlogX posting today, “Matthew Bosch for President”, with the following images:

#1 The Cauke for President cover (#2 above)

#2 Triptych of Prescott and Bosch in that flick: Prescott scissor-fucking a smiling Bosch; Prescott full-frontal display, Bosch full-frontal display

#3 Bosch being fucked (reverse cowboy) by Dirk Caber in Titan’s Package (Bosch is versatile, but he’s an especially enthusiastic bottom, a pleasure to watch)

#4 Bosch doggie-fucking Liam Knox in Titan’s Boom (just to show you that he can top, too)

Bosch’s porn persona is amiable (and he’s charming in interviews) — sometimes ecstatic while being fucked, as in the cropped image below from Package, but often smiling in pleasure, as in the cropped image below from Cauke for President:

(#4) Bosch ecstatic while riding Caber’s cock

(#5) Bosch smiling while taking Prescott up his ass

Then the real-life story of Aaron Schock, from Wikipedia:

Aaron Jon Schock (born May 28, 1981) is a former American politician who was Republican U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district from 2009 until 2015. The district is based in Peoria and includes part of Springfield. He was the first member of the U.S. Congress born in the 1980s; when he took his seat in 2009 he was the youngest member of Congress.

… Schock resigned from Congress in March 2015 amid a scandal involving his use of public and campaign funds.

… In 2009, Schock appeared on The Colbert Report, during which the host, Stephen Colbert – making fun of [press] reports  – “grilled” Schock about his “six-pack abs”. Schock went on to appear on the cover of the June 2011 issue of Men’s Health, which one commentator decried as evidence of “a narcissism that never rests”.

… Since 2004, media outlets have questioned Schock’s sexual orientation in relation to his voting record. In interviews with Details and OutQ, Schock said that he was not gay.

In January 2014, journalist Itay Hod [wrote] a post on his personal Facebook page accusing a Republican congressman from Illinois of voting against gay rights, while showering with his male roommate and visiting gay bars. The New York Times stated that the post “might be described as the world’s most obvious blind item”, and media outlets considered the post to be an outing of Schock.

In April 2019, Schock attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with several gay men, and appeared on a video allegedly showing Schock kissing and fondling one of the men. In June 2019, a video was released showing Schock tipping a male go-go dancer at a gay bar in Zona Rosa, Mexico City. Schock’s actions drew condemnation from gay rights activists due to his past political stances and votes on gay issues.

Side notes: Schock and Bosch. For comparison: p.r. photographs for the two men, then torso-hunk shots for them both.

(#6a) Schock in a campaign p.r shot

(#6b) Bosch p.r. shot for TitanMen

(#7a) Pecs and abs: see my 1/7/14 posting “Congressional abs”, about Aaron Schock in Men’s Health

(#7b) Pecs and abs: see my 4/14/19 posting “The taXXXman will come for you”, with this cover for theTaxxx DVD (2017), featuring Matthew Bosch (on the left)

Side note: the name Mike Cauke. At first I didn’t get it, then I saw Cauke as an imperfect pun on cock, then I realized the name was no doubt chosen by someone with the cot-caught (LOT-THOUGHT, or low-back) merger (widespread in American English), in which the distinction between cock and caulk is neutralized, in favor of the vowel in cock — so that Mike Cauke is pronounced like my cock. (There is a Page on this blog on the merger.)

4th of July displays in the real Washington DC. This year, instead of just the usual national fireworks display in DC, the United States was treated, for the first time ever, to a display of military might on the mall in Washington, with tanks, armed men marching on parade, military flyovers, and an address by the would-be tyrant Helmet Grabpussy. A performance modeled on the Bastille Day military parade in Paris described above.

As I explained above, a military parade makes sense for Bastille Day, which commemorates acts of physical revolt against the government. But the American Independence Day commemorates a political revolt — one of ideas, not force.

The onset of the physical revolt was celebrated in verse in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn”:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

From Wikipedia:

The phrase [the shot heard round the world] comes from the opening stanza of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” (1837) and refers to the first shot of the American Revolution at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, where the first British soldiers fell in the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

This event is celebrated as a holiday in Massachusetts: Patriots Day, the 3rd Monday in April.

In July of the following year came the political act, embodied in a remarkable document that is at once a recital of grievances against the tyrant George III (then king of Great Britain); a severing of political ties with Great Britain; an initiation of a union of the 13 American colonies; and a grounding of these actions in principles of universal human rights (not mere parochial grievance or desire for power). The Wikipedia account, where the very best part comes at the end:

The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration announced that the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain would regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule. With the Declaration, these new states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America. The declaration was signed by representatives from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The Lee Resolution for independence was passed on July 2 with no opposing votes. … The Declaration was a formal explanation of why Congress had voted to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War.

… The Declaration justified the independence of the United States by listing 27 colonial grievances against King George III and by asserting certain natural and legal rights, including a right of revolution. Its original purpose was to announce independence, and references to the text of the Declaration were few in the following years. Abraham Lincoln made it the centerpiece of his policies and his rhetoric, as in the Gettysburg Address of 1863. Since then, it has become a well-known statement on human rights, particularly its second sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language”, containing “the most potent and consequential words in American history”. The passage came to represent a moral standard to which the United States should strive. This view was notably promoted by Lincoln, who considered the Declaration to be the foundation of his political philosophy and argued that it is a statement of principles through which the United States Constitution should be interpreted.

A passionate statement of one of the guiding principles of Enlightement thought: individual liberty. From Wikipedia:

The Enlightenment included a range of ideas centered on reason as the primary source of knowledge and advanced ideals such as liberty, progress, toleration, fraternity, constitutional government and separation of church and state. In France, the central doctrines of the Enlightenment philosophers were individual liberty and religious tolerance, in opposition to an absolute monarchy and the fixed dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church. The Enlightenment was marked by an emphasis on the scientific method and reductionism, along with increased questioning of religious orthodoxy

The emphasis on individual liberty led the Founders in general to be acutely aware of the dangers of homegrown despotism (which might simply replace the tyranny of the colonial power). It’s hard to imagine them countenancing anything like this year’s spectacle on the mall.

Appendix: the Committee of Five. It always pleases me to read the roster of the rivalrous and disputatious crew who framed the Declaration, under Jefferson’s guidance. Especially to note that, by design, there was not a single military man among them. From Wikipedia:

the committee: John Adams, representative of Massachusetts, who became the second U.S. President; Thomas Jefferson, representative of Virginia, who became the third U.S. President; Benjamin Franklin, representative of Pennsylvania, known as one of the most famous of the Founding Fathers and the first U.S. Minister to France; Roger Sherman, representative of Connecticut, the only person to sign all four of the U.S. state papers (the Continental Association, the Declaration, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution); Robert Livingston, representative of New York, who later negotiated the Louisiana Purchase as the Minister to France

But they were all practiced at negotiation: as lawyers, politicians, diplomats.

2 Responses to “4th of July displays”

  1. Gadi Says:

    I have some (familial?) connection to Itay Hod, whom you mention above. I can’t remember what it is, though, and it’s going to drive me nuts.

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