Archive for the ‘Language of sex’ Category

tail in the air

October 25, 2016

(Some vernacular sex talk along the way, so some judgment might be called for.)

It started with Dave Hause on ADS-L reporting this item from the seekingalpha site  (with the crucial bit boldfaced below):

The next wave of media consolidation will surely be on investors’ minds today following AT&T’s weekend agreement to buy Time Warner. Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA), Scripps Networks (NYSE:SNI), AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX), Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and CBS already had their tails in the air on Friday afternoon as merger talk between AT&T and Time Warner heated up.

Hause reflected:

I may be off but I would interpret “tails in the air” as cat body language, “sexually receptive.” Maybe less suggestively as “seeking a dominant partner.”

There are actually two figurative interpretations here: one alluding to cat body language (in which an upraised tail communicates contentment and confidence) and one alluding to sexual receptivity signals in mammals (in which females raise their tails — and, often, back up to males — to communicate readiness for coitus).

Meanwhile, figurative (both metaphorical and metonymic) senses of tail — ‘penis’, ‘vagina’, ‘buttocks’, ‘anus’ — impinge on both of these figurative uses of raise (one’s) tail and similar idiomatic expressions, like put/have (one’s) tail (up) in the air.


Last of the Collageuins

October 23, 2016

A final pair of penguin collage postings on AZBlogX: 8 from larger originals, here; 9 from smaller ones, here. Brief comments on the individual collages there.

Most are gay XXX-rated, but some are merely homoerotic. Several I still find funny (though they were created five or more years ago), and some are touching in other ways. For instance, #1 in the second set, which I can reproduce here because it’s genitals-free (but sexily shirtless):


Another Spanish lesson

October 21, 2016

Left out of my AZBlogX posting of the 19th, “Spanish lessons”, was this item (#11 in the set), decidedly homoerotic but not actually X-rated:

A Daddy-Boy scene, illustrating el papá.


Workin’ Blue at the Car Wash

October 17, 2016

Clay Colwell on Facebook today:

I just saw a guy holding a sign saying “HAND JOBS $10”. He was outside a car wash, so I’m sure it was for hand-wash service, but ya never know.

We’ve visited the world of deliberately provocative hand job before, on 3/22/16 in “Annals of dubious commercial names”, referring to a spa named Hand Job (referring to manicures) on Castro St. in San Francisco. But the expression is widespread at car washes to refer provocatively to hand-washing. In both cases playing on vulgar slang hand job ‘masurbation of a man’.


Zippy goes out to catch a bite

October 15, 2016

… in two recent strips, first at Dippin’ Donuts and then at the Sugar Shack. Looks like sweet tooth days for our Pinhead. Both strips are strewed with allusions of all kinds, of course.




Briefly noted: ribbed, for her pleasure

October 9, 2016

Decidedly phallic funerary memorials have been common since ancient (probably prehistoric) times — presumably, representing aspirations to ascend in death to a new plane of being — but occasionally you come across a funereal erection that seems just remarkably phallic, like this gigantic memorial from Nisky Hill Cemetery in Bethlehem PA:

Hat tip to Ned Deily. And to Frank McQuarry for the tag in the title.

As for that tag: ribbed, studded, and other textured condoms are widely advertised as providing more pleasure for women.  Anecdotal reports suggest that some women get no pleasure from them (even finding them irritant), and some get considerable pleasure from them, while men strongly prefer no condoms or extra-thin ones.


October 7, 2016

(About gay porn, but without explicit images — these are in an AZBlogX posting — or even detailed discussion of man-man sex, but men’s bodies and sex between men are certainly topics of this posting, so it’s not for children or the sexually modest.)

Yes, a racy portmanteau, of bareback (referring to condomless sex) and Dracula (the legendary vampire), naming a gay porn flick from the Michael Lucas studio in which the legend of Count Dracula is re-worked with cum instead of blood as the life essence. (On the name, compare the 1972 American blaxploitation horror film Blacula.) Front and back covers of the DVD (featuring man-man sex and heavy eye shadow) on AZBlogX.


Bare bear poets in their youth

September 22, 2016

In a full-page ad (p. 11) in the 9/26/16 New York Review of Books (for a photography exhibition at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco), celebrated fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon’s photo of poets Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg, naked and in a hairy phase, in New York on December 30, 1963. The ad is reproduced in AZBlogX rather than here, because Avedon chose to include Orlovsky’s (flaccid) penis in the photo. (Ok in a gigantic ad in an intellectual magazine, not ok in WordPress, Facebook, or Google+, where a minor might come across it.)

The photo is often reproduced with Orlovsky’s dick cropped out (ouch), but I won’t do that here, because I think that misrepresents Avedon’s intentions, which were to portray a pair of lovers. Without the dick, what we’ve got is two bearded hippie buddies hangin’ out together. The dick is a sign of sexual connection — by no means the two men’s only connection (they were together for over 40 years, until Ginsberg died), but still an important point.


Ianto Jones

August 7, 2016

The name of a major character in the British science fiction tv series Torchwood, interesting here because of his name; his Welshness, reflected in his name; the particular brand of sexuality he exhibited in his passionate relationship with the lead character in the show, Captain Jack Harkness; and the port city of Cardiff, the capital of Wales and the background for all this.

Photo gallery first: Ianto Jones on the job for the Torchwood Institute:


Then Ianto (left)and Jack (right) locked in their first kiss:


And Gareth David-Lloyd, the actor who played Ianto, looking cute:


(John Barrowman, who played Jack Harkness, goes happily shirtless all the time, and has been featured in that state on this blog, but Gareth David-Lloyd seems to have scrupulously kept his shirt on in front of cameras.)


The dildo days of summer

August 2, 2016

(Let the title be a warning: not at all for kids or the sexually modest.)

The illustrations, beginning with an ad for a Channel 1 Releasing sale on pornstar dildos, are in an AZBlogX posting “The forest of dildos” (an apt description of #1 in that posting). The dildos in #1 are high-fidelity replicas of the cocks of particular pornstars, reproduced in loving detail (though the balls look pretty much generic to me, but then their function is mostly as a backstop), right down to realistic skin tones — a significant advance on earlier cock-shaped sex toys, which typically came only in two colors, pink and black, neither of them particularly lifelike. The guys in #1 are in fact so realistic they are probably not safe for WordPress (or Facebook or Google+).

#2 on AZBlogX has a set of fairly realistic traditional (anonymous) dildos in four skin tones, black and three food-oriented hues (coffee, caramel, vanilla).

#3 there has four “posable” dildos, highly stylized dicks, in extravagant colors — almost as far as you can get from (#1). (Not all the way, since the toys in #3 have stylized dickheads.)