Archive for the ‘Gender and sexuality’ Category

Discourse referents in hypothetical worlds

August 26, 2016

The datum here comes from a posting on Facebook with an affecting plea from a young Australian man about same-sex marriage:

The set-up: I don’t have a boyfriend right now, with the indefinite NP a boyfriend, in the scope of negation, so we would ordinarily expect the NP not to establish a discourse referent that later anaphoric expressions could link to. But Hutson goes on with anaphoric he: but one day I would like to ask him to marry me. Definitely a WTF anaphoric reference.


Sylvia Sleigh’s male art

August 26, 2016

A follow-up to the last, bonus, section of my posting on Michael Heizer and Lynda Benglis, a section about Sylvia Sleigh and her gaze-reversal paintings:

Around 1970, from feminist principles, she painted a series of works reversing stereotypical artistic themes by featuring nude men in poses that were traditionally associated with women, like the reclining Venus or odalisque.

I’ve now collected images of five of these paintings in a posting on AZBlogX — not only witty, but also sexually arousing and meant to be. The images of the men are all stylized, but only a bit; they are also portraits of their subjects.


Two impressively eccentric artists

August 26, 2016

… in the current (August 29th) issue of the New Yorker: earth artist Michael Heizer (the subject of a profile by Dana Goodyear) and sculptor and painter Lynda Benglis, one of the arists in a current show “The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men”. There will also be a bonus on artist Sylvia Sleigh.

(Mostly about art rather than language — plus another bulletin in the News for Penises series.)


Pink motels, Cadillacs, etc. etc.

August 19, 2016

Today’s Zippy takes us into the land of pink motels, pink fairies, and pink Cadillacs, which then takes us of course into the Forest of Pudendiana and sexual symbolism. There will be innocent drinks, plants, and animals, but mostly this is a world drenched in sex, gender, and sexuality.


We are in scenic Cherokee NC, home of a Pink Motel, with a fairy as its mascot — blue-winged in the cartoon, but pink-winged in older versions of the actual neon sign.

Symbolism I. Both fairies and the color pink have come to be symbols of femininity, and by extension, faggotry. But also, both of them, are symbols of kitsch: fairies and pink stuff are “cute”. Presumably the Pink Motel in Cherokee was designed not to bring in women or gay men, but to project a strong general senses of cuteness, like Tinkerbell and Hello Kitty run amok.


Photo sets

August 17, 2016

Another unearthing — of photo sets (or photosets) from two male photography studios in the 1990s: Colt Studio (American, the work of Jim French / Rip Colt) and Marco Studio (Brazilian). Details on the studios in an AZBlogX posting “Colt and Marco”, along with samples of the photography: four shots of three models from Colt, three shots from Marco, plus a more recent Marco shot of pornstar Rafael Alencar.

All of this is X-rated, all of it is created for the sexual pleasure of a gay male audience, and all of it is carefully, artfully composed photography (in the case of the Colt photos, of high quality). That is, these are artworks and also works serving a non-artistic function — like drawings or paintings meant to excite laughter or to advance social or political criticism, like scientific illustrations, like photograpy (including fashion photography) meant to advertise or market products, like visual art or music mean to praise a deity and excite devotion in followers.

In the case of male art (including male photography), there is a range of work according to intention: artworks with purely aesthetic aims, whose makers choose to take the male body as their subject; artworks depicting male subjects with a homoerotic eye; artworks frankly intended to arouse sexual desire. From an aesthetic point of view, all can be done well, or routinely, or shabbily and awkwardly. Just like, say, hymns.


News for penises: dick pic advice from Eric André

August 16, 2016

(Obviously a racy topic, but, I think, no more than that.)

From Kim Darnell, a link to a 8/11 GQ piece about Eric André giving no-nonsense advice to guys about taking dick pics of themselves (you can watch the great video here). Eric at the lectern:


Key message: show your whole body; show your face. Man up. Who the hell — especially, what woman — wants to look at amateur photography of a disembodied cock?


Falcon trading cards: the faces

August 15, 2016

(Entertaining news for penises, from the past. Entertaining, but not for kids or the sexually modest.)

More unearthing: a set of pornstar trading cards from Falcon Studios in 1994. On one side, the faces. For each man, his face, name, and stats — this being a particularly hot and heavy neighorhood of Gayland, the stats are all about cocks and nothing else — plus a breezy writeup and some filmography. On the other side, the bodies, featuring, yes, those hard cocks. The face sides for nine pornstars are in an array below; the body sides are in a corresponding array on AZBlogX.


Dress for success

August 15, 2016

Another item unearthed today: a collage of sorts (well, an altered poster) from 1998, amended by Chris Ambidge in 2000:

It’s all about clothing and displaying the body.


Gross and flying penguins, Barsotti and flying squirrels

August 15, 2016

Unearthed in today’s clearing out of material piled up in a cabinet, two New Yorker cartoons: a Sam Gross (published in the 9/4/95 issue) in which a penguin achieves flight, a Charles Barsotti (published in the 8/12/96 issue) in which squirrels question whether they are in fact flying squirrels (there are tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels, and questioning squirrels — TGFQ):



If you try harder, you might succeed; and if you give it a try, you might discover your identity.


News for penises: the Orgy logo

August 14, 2016

(Warning: mature sexual themes.)

Putting DVD discs into binders (and discarding the boxes), to reduce my DVD collection to something spatially manageable, has brought me back to a classic gay porn film, Christopher Rage’s Orgy (1982), notable for, among other things, its all-penis logo (plus scenes of men having sex, in every configuration from solo, with a soundtrack, to 9 in a pile):

4 letters, 6 dicks: in Gayland, it’s all dicks, all the time. The flick has 9 pornstars, one dick per man, though I suspect that if Christopher Rage had been able to find fully functional multi-dicked men, he would have cast as many as he could get. Rage reveled in cocks.)



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