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X-ray pinup calendar
06.16.2010
02:27 am
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Super saucy x-ray pinup calendar by Japanese monitor company EIZO.
 
See more striking images over at copyranter:
What German physicians will be spanking their stethoscopes to this year.
 
(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.16.2010
02:27 am
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Booty shakin’ to garage rock: Crystal Stilts’ Sugar Baby
06.13.2010
09:44 pm
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Looks like Hula hoop girl has some competition.
 
Thanks, Marc Campbell!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.13.2010
09:44 pm
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Italian women unite to defend their priest lovers
05.28.2010
02:25 pm
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The sex lives of Catholic priests takes another controversial turn today with this story from Rome.  39 women who have engaged in longtime romantic relationships with priests have just penned an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI:

denouncing compulsory celibacy as a “torn up shroud.”  In the letter, the women describe the closeted lives they lead as companions to priests and ask the pope to consider that, perhaps, their men can only fulfill their priestly duties with their lives fulfilled by marriage.  “In order to become effective witnesses to the need for love, they need to embody it and experience it fully, in the way their nature demands it,” the letter said.  “Is it a sick nature?  A transgressing one?”

While the Vatican has declined comment, one of the letter’s authors, Stefania Salomone (above), is hardly afraid to voice her opinions.  The 42-year old, who’s been romantically involved with a priest on at least two occasions, points out that reconciling faith with sexuality wasn’t always so difficult, “most of the Apostles were married, and so were the presbyteroi, the elders who exercised priestly authority in the first Christian communities, as described in the Act of the Apostles and St. Paul’s letters.” 

To better help others like her, Salomone has launched a site for women romantically involved with priests.  The group letter to Pope Benedict was recently translated into (often moving) English.  You can read it in its entirety here, but it ends, stingingly, with the following quote from church critic, Eugen Drewermann:

The God that Jesus spoke about wants precisely what the Catholic Church today fears more than anything: free, happy and mature human life, which is not born of anguish, but of obedient trust and which is free from the limitations of the tyranny of a traditional theology that prefers to seek the truth of God in sacred scripture rather than in the sanctity of human life.

My Father, My Lover: Priests Struggle With Celibacy

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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05.28.2010
02:25 pm
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Twincest: Gay porn breaks on through to the other side
05.21.2010
06:36 pm
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I must say I certainly found this article to be a bit of a show stopper as I drank my morning coffee… Best sentence: “Our parents recognized what we actually do, and it was not good.” From Salon :

Based on their YouTube channel, Elijah and Milo Peters just seem like your average, slightly awkward Czech teenage twins. They enjoy role-playing games and steak. They like frolicking around on the beach in their elaborately patterned underwear and taunting each other while bodybuilding. (“Hey you lazy-ee boy! Put some weight on eet!”) But the Peters twins aren’t quite as innocent as their goofy grins and adorable accents suggest.

Over the past few months, they have become two of the most controversial performers to hit the gay porn world in a very long time. That’s because they’re willing to break a taboo that, even in an industry that thrives on extremes, is too extreme for many: twin incest (or, more succinctly, twincest). While the concept of twin performers is not new to the gay porn world, the Peters twins are notable both because of the extent of their popularity and the things they are willing to do with each other on camera. They French kiss; they perform oral sex on each other; they have anal sex; and most shockingly of all, they do it in a tender and romantic way.

“My brother is my boyfriend, and I am his boyfriend,” says one of the twins during a phone call from Prague (Elijah and Milo sound so much alike on the phone it is impossible to tell which one is speaking). “He is my lifeblood, and he is my only love.”

The twins’ astonishing lack of shame—and their willingness to do anything with each other on camera—has helped turn them into a gay porn phenomenon. Since they first began appearing on Czech porn studio Bel Ami’s website in 2009, the company’s traffic has doubled to 1.5 million users per month, and Milo and Elijah have become the subject of breathless coverage on adult blogging sites like Fleshbot and The Sword. They’ve even been flown from Prague to the United States for a whirlwind tour of Florida gay nightspots. But their surprising popularity raises some disturbing questions: Who are these twins? What keeps so many people watching them? And what, exactly, are viewers getting off on?

 

 
Read more: Gay porn’s most shocking taboo (Salon)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.21.2010
06:36 pm
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The hotshot: extra-small condoms for boys
05.17.2010
07:40 pm
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Questions: will they still be adequate in the making of projectiles?  And will using them allow you to be oh, maybe, please, just a little bit raptured?  From the New York Daily News:

Call it pint-sized protection for preteens.  A Switzerland-based company is manufacturing extra-small condoms for the 12- to 14-year-old set.  Dubbed the Hotshot, the prophylactic was developed in response to a study that indicated young teens were regularly engaging in unprotected sex.

“The result that shocked us concerned young boys who display apparently risky behaviour,” said Nancy Bodmer, who oversaw the research for the study at the Center for Development and Personality Psychology at Basel University in Switzerland.  “They have more of a tendency not to protect themselves,” she said, adding that because of their young age, they also do not know much about sexuality.  “They do not understand the consequences of what they are doing,” Bodmer said. “The results of this study suggest that early prevention makes sense.”

Several organizations, including family planning groups, campaigned for the production of the small condoms.  The Hotshot measures 1.7 inches in diameter (as opposed to 2 inches found with regular ones), and 7.4 inches in length.  According to the company, Lamprecht AG, it is only available in Switzerland.

(via Sociological Images)

 

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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05.17.2010
07:40 pm
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Skintight USA: For Superheroes and the men who love them
05.13.2010
04:55 pm
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This is recent New York Times article is awesome for so many reasons. I used to live a block away from the Stonewall Bar for a number of years and I never saw a single superhero walking in or out of the place. Then again, Clark Kent could have changed into his Superman duds after he was amongst his super friends?

Dim lighting. Rendezvous-friendly nooks. Muscled bartenders. Pulsating dance music. At first glance, it could be any Saturday night in any gay bar in New York.

But then you notice, off to one corner, Superman flirting with Green Lantern. And there, across the room, someone in the form-fitting outfit of Black Adam, Captain Marvel’s foe, determinedly working the floor. In fact, there seems to be an inordinate number of men here tonight who look as if they have all but jumped from the pages of a comic book. And in some way, they have.

This is Skin Tight U.S.A., the occasional costume-fetish party held at the Stonewall Inn in the West Village, which draws a regular group of men (and their admirers) who enjoy a special kind of dress-up. Some wear heroic outfits; some, wrestling gear. The crowd can range from 25 people on an average night to 250 on a spectacular one. The common thread is that the muscle-cuddling garb often leaves little to the imagination.

“I was always attracted to the superhero physique,” said Matthew Levine, 31, who helped found the party in 2005 with Andrew Owen, 44, and who was one of the few participants willing to be named. The two become friends as, respectively, the graphic designer and Webmaster for Hard Comixxx, a predecessor of Skin Tight, once held at the Eagle bar in Chelsea. Mr. Levine is a big fan of the X-Men (who have a handful of gay characters) and the Transformers (all of whom seem straight) and has been reading comics since he was 8. “As I got older,” he said, “I realized, ‘Oh, this is why I admire the Grecian ideal of manhood and musculature.’

Out of the Closet and Up Up and Away (New York Times)

Thank you Alexandra Le Tellier!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.13.2010
04:55 pm
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Pornies vs Piracy
04.30.2010
06:58 pm
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Anti-piracy public service announcement from a group of “all star” pornies, including “hedgehog” Ron Jeremy, a bunch of sluts I’ve never heard of and Sarah Palin porn-a-like, Lisa Ann (I’m no fan of Palin’s but this woman looks like Sarah Palin maybe after she’s been hit in the face with a shovel).

This PSA will have perhaps less of an effect even than anti-marijuana messages, which is to say next to none. How many horny guys dialing up LubeTube will have second thoughts about stealing their product after seeing this? I’d wager zero is the winning answer to that!

Thank you Marc Campbell!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.30.2010
06:58 pm
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Going undercover at a gay-to-straight conversion camp
04.29.2010
02:32 pm
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Author Ted Cox’s last gig saw him going undercover at a “furry” camp.  His next assignment brought him to Phoenix, Arizona, and “Journey into Manhood,” a Christian-backed weekend retreat designed to help gay men go straight.

In the guise of an SSA (same-sex attracted Christian man), Cox, who’s both straight and an atheist, experienced everything from the “Motorcycle” position, to having erections pressed into his back.

He also happened to witness a fellow retreater taking a baseball bat to a dummy of his own father and beating the shit out of it.  Cox’s motivations for going incognito were, to say the least, complicated:

First, I was raised in the Mormon church, which has taken the lead against equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.  It’s been ten years since I left Mormonism, and I feel a particular need to stand up against the church’s well-funded opposition to marriage equality.

Second, while the ex-gay movement has publicly declared that they can bring “freedom from homosexuality,” there’s no evidence that someone can change his or her orientation through these religiously motivated programs.  Rather than turning straight, the men and women that I met throughout this project dealt with a cycle of repression, backsliding into sin, then shame, guilt, and repentance.

Third, these programs are dangerous.  Ex-gay watchdog groups document the stories of men who, after years of failed attempts to become straight, resort to suicide.

As reads go, it’s long, but definitely worthwhile.  A short segment with Cox on Fox News follows below:

 
What Happened When I Went Undercover at a Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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04.29.2010
02:32 pm
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Orgasm, Inc., The Movie
04.28.2010
03:09 pm
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Back in 2001, filmmaker Liz Canner (Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, The World Bank and International Monetary Fund) took a job editing erotic videos for a pharmaceutical company.  Like most jobs probably involving pornography and drugs, it wasn’t at all what she thought it’d be cracked up to be:

Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD).  Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary.  Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits.  ORGASM INC. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire — and that ultimate moment: orgasm.

 
Orgasm, Inc. Official Website

(via Alternet)

 

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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04.28.2010
03:09 pm
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Tactile Minds: Pornography For The Blind
04.12.2010
11:36 pm
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Left image: SATANIC RAM.  A tactile picture of a naked voluptuous woman dressed as a Satanic ram.  She wears a long cardboard mask of spires, a beard and an inverted cross.  Her pubic hair forms a triangle between her legs.

Right image: POSING IN SNAKESKIN SHOES.  A tactile picture of a naked woman standing in snakeskin shoes.  She wears a plastic bag over her head, with paper cones for eyes.  This photograph was taken from a lower angle revealing a vagina shaved bare.

Just two of seventeen images for the visually impaired by Toronto artist Lisa Murphy.  Her book, Tactile Minds—part erotica, part objet d’art—was created after Murphy realized that the “blind have been left out in a culture saturated with sexual images.”

Pornographic Magazine For The Blind Launched

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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04.12.2010
11:36 pm
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