is sex for your brain -
If you're a porn-connoisseur, you've probably seen the TheraCane pop up in some unusual places. Maybe you've wondered how/where they found this weirdly semi-erotic knobby looking stick in the first place.
I did not actually KNOW this was used in porn because it was my much beloved massage therapist Nadine who gave it to me as a gift last year, advising that whenever I had a bad knot and couldn't see her, I should try this handy device. It was only after I showed it to Will that I discovered that hedonists have perverted it to their orgasmic purposes. Oh, the humanity.
The other morning I woke up in so much pain from either a pinched nerve or muscle spasm in my shoulder that I was dreading the day. It's an occupational hazard: athletes pull let muscles and writers strain their neck and shoulder muscles. My usual self-healing rituals for neck/shoulder pain involve naproxen sodium, heating pad, stretching, and rest; or, when it's really bad, a muscle-relaxer the doc gave me. But it was so bad, I craved instant relief and grabbed the theracane, planning to take pills once the immediate pain was gone. To my surprise, I was totally pain-free 15 minutes later. Plus it never came back. No pills necessary. I've used this nifty tool many times, and it's always helped, but this was like a miracle cure.
So in a burst of consumer optimism, I'd like to pass along the recommendation Nadine gave me to anyone who's driven crazy by muscle cramps or spasms. The TheraCane is designed so you can give yourself an amazing foot massage as easily and effortlessly as a deep-tissue rub to your back. Amazon reviewers all agree this is an astonishingly good investment in self-healing.
And if you can find ways to use it for perverse amusements...BONUS!
and answers five questions about the BDSM community. Read it on Race Bannon's blog.
(For those who don't know Race, he is one of the stars in the leather heavens and the brilliant innovator behind some of the BDSM Scene's most-respected institutions: founder and former publisher of Daedalus Publishing; co-founder (with Guy Baldwin) of the Kink Aware Professionals (KAP) resource, now hosted by the NCSF.) Find out more about Race and his hugely important contributions to the world of BDSM .)
A while back, an artist contacted me, using the name Steve Martin. Neither of us were entirely sure why he suddenly had that impulse but I am so grateful he yielded to it. Though I still do not know his true identity, I did recognize his phenomenal talent. We've occasionally corresponded since then, and he generously sent me a CD of hundreds of the most astonishing images I've ever seen. To some, it will look like the furry art they've seen on various furry sites (possibly because he is a king in their universe and has published work under a wide range of pseudonyms since the 1980s.) To me, it looks like R. Crumb dropped purple owsley and went to work for Disney, where he was further corrupted by an anarachist leather cult. Spectacular!!
See what you think of the work by this most unusual artist, who asks only to be listed here as "A Tortured artist in Orange County, CA."
Find out more about Steve Martin on Wiki
Visit him at Mauvette.Net
Send fanmail and queries about purchasing his art to Steve Martin.
Big thanks to Ricky Carralero for sharing some of his fabulous pin-up creations. Yum!
From a review of the artist by SQP Publishing, Germany.
"Ricky Carralero's erotic portraits are so hot they almost glow! Like a Varga for the new millennium, Carralero's pin-up girls are pure spice with just a hint of sweet! Best known for his work on the mega-selling 'Double Impact' line of comics and merchandise, Ricky Carralero's extraordinary ability to illustrate the ultimate in fantasy females is putting him on the fast-track of absolute fan favourites! Born in Cuba in 1969, his family finally made it to the States in the mid-Eighties, and Ricky drank in all the images of mindless sex and violence his new country had to offer - and gave back so much more!
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I guess today wouldn't be complete without linking to at least one morally edifying object lesson on the perils and pitfalls of being a male porn star. In this clip from 800 Fantasy Lane, starring Jamie Gillis and Lisa DeLeeuw , you will observe the helpless Mr. Gillis being objectified and treated as a mere vehicle for the depraved pleasures of a cold-hearted vixen. Do not be fooled by her beauty: Satan sent her! See how she woman-handles him, forcing his pants open, exposing his big beefy bundle of manhood as if it was an object, a bag of flesh, a mere toy for her amusement. See how she lunges at him, teeth first: is that not the gaping mouth of hell itself? You have only to watch him writhe in the throes of what I and all moral people can only assume is agony and shame to know there's something wrong here (other than the fact that she's there instead of me, I mean). This is nothing more than a man-hating, sexist misanthropic act of violence against an innocent male victim. Or do you think that just because he has a massive cock, he DESERVES to be molested like this, you sexist pig? I blame the Matriarchy!
Click if you love blowjobs. But for goodness sake, make sure no kids, spouses, bosses or family pets are in the room.
Thanks to Steve Otero for sharing the link.
Finally, I looked high and low for vidclips and finally settled on these three wondrous ones found found on youtube (where the Gillis collection is tragically small).
Classic comedy scene from Misty Beethoven.
and some serious SM mojo from "The Seduction of Lyn Carter"
Now, what happens when you combine existential angst and an enema fetish? A cinematic classic called "Waterpowered," featuring perhaps the best porn line ever delivered: "you can't just stick a tube up their asses and hope for the best."
You can send fanmail to Mr. Gillis by visiting his site, jamiegillis.com.
Just realized I've got so much material, I need to divide today's Gillis tribute into three parts. Part II of my all-day love-gush for Mr. Gillis is devoted to movie posters and stills. One problem I quickly discovered while researching him: when male porn stars star in movies with women, the women are usually the focus of the cover art. Which made it a bit challenging to find ones with clear shots of Jamie Gillis.
What's a nice Jewish boy/Columbia University graduate/porn superstar to do? Smile about it, I guess.
Here are a handful of movie posters where you can clearly see Gillis, beginning with the widely acclaimed porn classic, Misty Beethoven. I believe the first was original to the movie's first release.
This one was issued after the film had won critical accolades.
I really don't know what to say about a man who I find so overwhelmingly sexy that I got tongue-tied every time I tried to write this. With nearly 500 movies to his credit, and the kind of notoriety that other men could only dream of possessing, actor Jamie Gillis is, simply put, the man for whom the term "sex god" was invented. His astonishing (and, at the beginning, accidental) career in adult movies has allowed Mr. Gillis to lead a sex life that would've made Casanova green with envy.
I've read so much about Gillis in the past week (purely clinical interest of course) that now I'm thoroughly confused as to who he really is or what he's really like. I suspect that's just how he likes it. His official site, jamiegillis.com contains nothing more than an email address and recent photo. My sense was that most everyone who knows him personally seems to like him a lot. Most everyone who knows him slightly seems a little frightened of him. Most everyone -- love him or hate him, know him or not -- seems kind of shocked by him.
I guess the thing that is most shocking about Jamie Gillis to most people is, quite simply, that he does it ALL. Really. I mean *ALL*. He is perhaps the single most versatile, polymorphously perverse male adult actor. He has starred in every manner of vanilla sex movie, using his supremely beautiful and naturally, pre-ED drug, ever-hard cock to give God only knows how many bouncing starlets the rides of their lives. He has starred in SM classics, where his intense, dark, sometimes sociopathic sexual sadism is so vivid, raw, and real it makes you shiver. Watch him in some other SM movies, though, and he is groveling, craven, so degraded you are sure he could never imagine him ever saying anything but "yes, Mistress." He was as convincing -- and as hardcore -- in the gay movies he made, making people believe he had "turned gay." He really freaked people out with his enema and scat movies. He appears to enthusiastically enjoy every sexual variation known to mankind; and, seriously, I wouldn't be surprised to find out he invented some new ones. Mainly, he comes across as a smart, handsome man who was lucky enough to have the talent, ambition and sexual stamina to earn a living by having sex with infinite numbers of insanely gorgeous and sensual women.
Endlessly creative, endlessly sexual and endlessly hard, Gillis is also endlessly talented as an actor, something I think his critics often miss. More than that, he is a totally utterly sexually uninhibited professional (i.e., classically trained) actor. Jamie Gillis is nakedness personified on screen. I think Stanislavski would approve of him but his critics get lost in the details and their own political agendas: if they disapprove of the sexuality depicted, they disapprove of Gillis. Which, from my point of view, is bizarre. After all, it's Gillis' ability to throw himself fully into his roles that's made audiences believe that his porno films are autobiographical. To me, that's a form of acting genius.
There are two more reasons I am completely mad for Jamie Gillis. First, because porn may be a man's world behind the scenes, but it's all-girl on-screen. You can count on one hand the number of het male porn stars who are really famous: Jamie is one of them. Second, I love him because he is so huge a part of our BDSM history, and truly one of the men who changed the course of sexual mores in America. He was not alone in this, of course, nor was he ever a political figure. I somehow doubt he ever saw himself as a sexual activist and yet I consider him a key figure in the 20th century's sexual revolution. His movies, his complete embrace of pan/omnisexuality, his openly SM lifestyle with former girlfriend, Serena, his free spirit and his passions...the sum of his work has shaped the sexual world we all play in now.
Rather than continue gushing for the rest of my life about him, here are some of the best places to find out more about this object of my cinematic lust.
Read The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs McNeil, to find out more about the hot Gillis/Serena SM affair and the lives of the porn stars who changed American sexual attitudes.
Listen to Jamie Gillis in an Interview with Johnny Dare
Check out the interview Mr. Gillis gave to Susie Bright
Get some interesting background on his life and porn filmography on Penetrating Insights
Oh no! He retired from porn in 2007! Cindy Adams had the scoop
You can also check the Jamie Gillis listings on Wikipedia or IMDB, but I found their summaries kind of weak. How DOES one Wiki a porn legend?
Perhaps my favorite found link was this one on MovieFone, which failed to provide the details on a film Gillis starred in, titled "Whore."
To which I say...Only if his name is Jamie Gillis.
In part II, I'll run some video clips and a bunch of vintage images from Mr. Gillis' filmography.
"I've been unfaithful to my wife," he said in a bombshell news conference in which the 49-year-old governor ruminated aloud with remarkable frankness on God's law, moral absolutes and following one's heart. He said he spent the last five days "crying in Argentina."
Sounds like a very hot weekend. Via Enza Nbl at NorthBound Leather.
Make sure your itinerary is up to date for this weekend.
Take a pencil and mark in your calendar the following
-Friday June 26, 2009>>>>Must go to Northbound Leather’s Meet and Greet @ 5:00 til when ever they kick me out! Nibbles and drinks and great company….!!! While I’m there go to the Midori Rope Bondage Seminar 7:00 to 8:30.
-Saturday off to Kinky Pride at Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant in The Distillery. Noon to 3AM. To sun myself on the patio and play inside. Hmmm latex is going to be really warm.
-Sunday June 27th, 2009 “The Pride Parade” Make my way to Yonge Street and celebrate our Pride in the world’s greatest city Toronto.
Ahhhh note to self “TAKE MY VITAMINS and GET LOTS OF REST”
Cant’ wait to see you. HAPPY PRIDE
If you need more details:
Thanks to t. for sharing this link. Seems these machines are only available in Europe. You know, that continent where adults act more grown-up about sex? Anyone see a dedicated sex-toy machine in the US or Canada yet?
Completely stocked (Vibrating Rod Ring, Finger Bob Vibe, Pocket Rocket, Heaven Beads, Secret Lippy Vibrator)
Refill stock included
Rechargable batteries and charger
Not surprising yet pretty disturbing. Seems kind of sick...and yet apparently, it's kind of normal. Reminds me why I mistrust normalcy. Harsh. This almost makes me want to go out and adopt ugly babies and raise them into the beautiful individuals they could be if they were only loved for themselves, as they were made.
Moms might want to hang on to those Mother's Day cards they got last month. There may not be much more familial goodwill forthcoming — at least not after kids get wind of a new study released by Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital and published in the online journal PloS One. Turns out that your mother's feelings for you may not be the unconditional things you always assumed. It's possible, researchers say, that the prettier you were when you were born, the more she loved you.
It's never been a secret that beautiful people get more breaks than everyone else, nor that the bias may start in the nursery. An oft cited — and deeply disturbing — Israeli study once showed that 70% of abused or abandoned children had at least one apparent flaw in their appearance, which otherwise had no impact on their health or educability.
Saw this personal ad on AfterEllen.com.
Anyone interested in starting a Bible study group???
....I don't really like going to Bible study where I know if people knew my sexuality they would ask me to leave or try to condemn me....at the same time I don't like the all too rainbow friendly groups that all they want to speak about is homosexual issues.
I am just trying to find a welcoming environment where I can be myself, and really discuss the word with other inquisitive Christians. I don't know if this is possible, but if you are interested please let me know.
What do you think about the ad? (BTW, it's listed between "any closet muslim lesbians" and "Atheism." Perfect.)
Which, of course, is why the spread of STDs and unwanted pregnancies continue to plague our society as much as if we still lived in the age of magick weasel balls.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Supporters of comprehensive sex education in Cleveland city schools say a new study has validated the program's effectiveness.
Since late 2006, the school district has used a graduated sex education program from kindergarten through 12th grade. The program begins by teaching children about their bodies and inappropriate touching and ends in later years with discussions about relationships and sexually transmitted diseases....
A study by Philliber Research Associates found that children who participated in the program displayed more knowledge and better attitudes toward safe sex practices than children who didn't participate.
Just love these funky old B-feature film posters and their tag lines.
Best understood by adults...but probably mostly watched by teens at drive-ins.
This one is a bit disturbing: did a raft of doll-size women just drop from her womb?
Now just hold on one minute, there, son. A good dominatrix can out-strike a stinkin' snake woman any day. Yeah.
Um. Why is the blonde showing off her pudenda to the one getting tormented? Is this a prison or a lesbian dungeon party?
Fascinating film review on my buddy Sue Katz's blog.
There is a long tradition of male dancers putting on their tutus and toe shoes and dancing as swans in gender-bending Swan Lake ballets. Johnny Weir is famous for having put the male swan into ice-skating.
The Brooklyn sex mansion that just so happens to be the setting of the majority of the book's orgy scenes is aptly called the "Janus Club". What the New York Times doesn't mention is that Janus, the Roman god of doorways who had two faces peering in opposite directions, has always been an important symbol to those involved in BDSM. San Francisco's own not-for-profit organization promoting safe consensual BDSM is called the Society of Janus, and chose the name because "Janus has two faces, which we interpreted as the duality of SM (one's dominant and submissive sides)." Janus Magazine, an old British magazine devoted to softcore spanking, also takes on the name. There is, in Vanderbilt's novel, a special usage for a "smooth-backed Mason Pearson hairbrush purchased at Harrods," that has little to do with brushing actual hair.
Ms. Vanderbilt also acknowledges that her work is inherently autobiographical, and states, "I think that all the very graphic sex is true of self-exploration and true of fantasy. I think it’s poetic.” I started reading excerpts of her novel on the Harper Collin's website, and an arbitrary scroll to page 16 revealed this:
I will be carrying only a single match, but that match will find its way to your body's middle, where even as you sleep you are thinking of me while I make my honey. It is as if that match were a bee that needs to suck your cock so much it could find it, hidden though it is, in the world's largest city. And, having lighted the way, the bee will fly away, the match extinguished, and I will begin, softly at first so that you can sleep a few more minutes, the long, slow, delicious process of licking your cock, and since I must have your honey milk even more than the bee, I will struggle to stay quiet though my pussy will be throbbing drumlike: I will eat you at first around the rim of your cock in undulating circular patterns. I take it in my mouth and give it a special kiss. Master, I whisper as you surrender to our ecstasy.
Obsession may be one of the classiest books about BDSM ever published. Ms. Vanderbilt is, after all, an heiress. In this novel, you won't encounter any vinyl clad jezebels in lucite heels. According to the NYT, in lieu of the usual BDSM fare, the author presents us with "young ladies in Fortuny tea gowns, without underwear" who are blind-folded with "masks of dove and marabou feathers".
Cracked.com runs some of the funniest lists with some of the strangest facts. Check out their bit on History's 10 Most Terrifying Contraceptives:
The three most terrifying things in the world are werewolves, clowns and unplanned pregnancy. Humanity has known this since time began and as such has endeavored to make sure the last one of these would happen as infrequently as possible.
When you combined extreme motivation, human ingenuity and the fact that most people are stupid, you wound up with contraception methods that will blow your mind. Or at least leave you feeling a little weird down there.
In the Dark Ages in Europe, things were dark for a reason, not the least of which was that, with the lights on, a typical man might wonder why his girlfriend had weasel balls strapped to her leg.
The reason is obvious to anyone with a degree in Magickery or Weasel Ballogy, as any magician at the time would tell you that the weasel balls would prevent pregnancy.
Found this pre-1920s Spanish postcard on eBay listed as "enema humor." Glad the vendor spelled it out for me because I didn't immediately make the connection between vintage tire inflators and vintage enema cans.
Made me curious enough to surf around for images of enema cans, and came across this MOST interesting style of old-fashioned sit-on-it enema technology for the do-it-yourselfer.
Though I'm fluent in French, I know I'm missing something here in this fabulous old postcard. I assume the woman represents La France (though she doesn't usually have a breast hanging out of her uniform). Anyone familiar with late 19th/early 20th c. French military propaganda want to fill me in on what this card is spoofing?