Archive for the ‘Language and sexuality’ Category

Out gay male bands

April 16, 2017

(On way gay, outrageous, and confrontational male musicians, so plenty of sex talk. Use your judgment.)

On the 9th, from a poster in the LGBT district of Facebook:

I was listening to WFUV [in New York City] … at the gym this afternoon when they played a song from a band called PWR BTTM. Anyone heard of them before? Gay male bands are rare – I can only think of two: Pansy Division and Jinx Titanic – although I’m not an authority on the genre. They seem to have a following in larger cities as tickets are already sold out for their upcoming tour. Their site has a few of their songs.

And another poster extolled

Superfruit, which is made up the two gay members of Pentatonix, Scott and Mitch.

Both of these are bands of the minimum size: two members. And both, as well as Pansy Division and Jinx Titanic, tend to the outrageous and confrontational. I’m not an authority on the genre, either (but, yes, there have been other out gay male bands), so I’ll stick to these four: first, the duos, then the larger groups.

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Annals of normalization: on the Santa Claus watch

April 7, 2017

From HuffPo on the 4th, this advance announcement about a Christmas book, “Santa Claus Will Be A Gay Black Man In A New Children’s Book: He’ll also be married to a white man”, by Curtis M. Wong:

Get ready to see Santa Claus in a new (and refreshingly diverse) light this holiday season, courtesy of a forthcoming parody children’s book.

On March 28, publisher Harper Design announced plans to release Santa’s Husband, which re-casts Kris Kringle as a black man in an interracial, same-sex relationship. Slated for an October release, the book will follow Santa’s life in the North Pole, except in this version, he’ll have a white husband who fills in for him at shopping malls around the world.

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Felix d’Eon: on normalizing gay

February 17, 2017

On Wednesday, in “The news for penguins and, oh yes, penises” on this blog, image #5 has a “Love Rocket” image by the artist Felix d’Eon. Now on AZBlogX I’ve posted seven of d’Eon’s gay gay gay works. Here’s an eighth, which is penisless:

“The Little Death 4”, in a series showing men’s O-faces, their faces at the moment of ejaculation, of le petit mort.

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queer

July 22, 2016

Today’s Bizarro, on categories in the domain of sexuality and gender:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)

Some brief introductory words on homosexual, gay, and queer. Then on LGBTQ. And on to a recent NYT Magazine article on queer. Which leads, remarkably, to the Penrose triangle (of interest to scholars of both perception and art).

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Escorts, rentboys, male hustlers

May 9, 2016

(Only a bit about language, and given the topic, not for kids or the sexually modest.)

The subject of the 2009 book:

Escort: 40 Profiles with Photographs of Men Who Sell Sex (text by David Leddick and Heriberto Sanchez, photographs by David Vance)

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(cover model: Stefan Pinto)

Leddick has a significant career writing about male nudes and male photography, and Vance is a well-known male photographer (though almost always modest in his work, concealing genitals in one way or another, as in the cover photo).

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Shirtlifter

May 8, 2016

A series of gay comics by Steve MacIsaac, using the slang shirtlifter as its title. The cover of issue #4 (2011):

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The two burly characters are Matt (on the left) and Connor (on the right). This posting is moatly about them. (more…)

More on open secrecy

April 22, 2016

In a Morning Names posting today, I drifted onto Ivor Novello and his widely known (sometimes even celebratory) but still quite secret homosexuality, and the similar situation of other celebrities — until a significant number of public persons came out and demonstrated for gay rights and until legal sanctions on homosexuality were lifted (quite recently) in the West.

My posting elicited several Facebook comments about other public persons, from several eras. Selected and edited here.

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Xmosexual

March 5, 2016

This morning’s Steam Room Stories (videos set in a fictional men’s steamroom, frequented by really fit men of various sexualities talking about sex) looked at Gay Stereotyping, with three instances, together doing a pretty good job of covering the politics of gay sexuality in a few minutes while getting off three entertaining Xmosexual portmanteaus: in order, bromosexual, promosexual, normosexual. You can watch the episode here.

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Sex positions in action

March 3, 2016

On AZBlogX this morning, a piece about an ad for the porn flick Uncut & Raw, directed by William Higgins for Channel 1 Releasing, with a shot (#1) from the flick illustrating a particular position for anal intercourse, plus a re-run of a shot (#2) from the earlier flick Distraction, showing a complexly athletic three-way with another position for anal intercourse.

Comments there about some language of mansex: names of positions;  the metaphor in doggie or doggie-style; ride and mount as sexual metaphors; fuck sandwich (and meat in this act), 369, and spitroast+ (and pig in sexual spitroasting) as names of three-man sexual acts. (I note there that fuck sandwich is not in Sheidlower’s The F Word, also not in Green’s Dictionary of Slang.)

Then there’s William Higgins. From Wikipedia:

William Higgins (also “Wim Hof”) is a director of gay pornographic films. His first film, “Boys of Venice,” [Venice CA] was produced in 1979. He has since produced over 140 internationally distributed titles. His films have won several Grabby awards and he is in the GayVN Awards Hall of Fame. He is the founder of the film production company Catalina Video.

One of gay porn’s pioneers, William Higgins began making movies with a distinctive ‘”California look” in the 1970s and directed many of Catalina Video’s greatest hits for nearly two decades. With classic films like Pacific Coast Highway, The Young & the Hung, Sailor in the Wild, Class Reunion, Big Guns, These Bases Are Loaded, Brother Load, Beyond Hawaii, and French Lieutenant’s Boys.

Wikipedia doesn’t say when he was born, but he must be at least in his 60s (and probably in his 70s) now.

Briefly: gaysex, mansex

March 2, 2016

(Inspired by a note from a friend about Jane Ward’s Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men, which I’ve written about on this blog before.)

There are sexual encounters often described as “straight men having gay sex”, but the men themselves deny that there is anything gay about it (and they might be to some degree homo-haters, strongly condemnatory of gay men and their cultures): it’s just sex with other men — not involving desire for another man, but having psychological values of its own.

The acts in question are ones that are characteristic of sex between gay men: man fellating man, men taking part in anal intercourse – in street talk, cocksucking and ass-fucking between men. But here the acts are disengaged from same-sex desire, gay identity, and involvement in gay culture. (Note: not every man who experiences strong same-sex desire identifies as gay, and not every man who identifies as gay is involved in some gay subculture — but men who identify as straight but engage in man-man sex deny all of these things, starting with the desire.)

I used to refer to these acts as gay sex or gaysex (coming at these things from the viewpoint of a frankly gay man), but increasingly I’ve shifted to talking about the acts more neutrally, as man-man sex — or, in convenient shorthand, mansex.