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Cult of the Spankers: the X-rated artists who turned Times Square into smut central

Cult of the Spankers: the X-rated artists who turned Times Square into smut central | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
US authorities tried to ban them, but a gang of artists, models and writers made a living from dirty books sold under-the-counter in 1950s New York. Enter a world of Raw Dames and superheroes
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"A Strange Symphony Of Digital Escorts"

"A Strange Symphony Of Digital Escorts" | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Sex tech made the news again, this time it was MTV spouting off on the "evolution" of sex. I say "spouting off" because while columnist Tess Barker may be clever & know her tech, I'm not sure i...

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This Burlesque Movie by the 'Reefer Madness' Director Is Totally Nuts

This Burlesque Movie by the 'Reefer Madness' Director Is Totally Nuts | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
an abridgment of a 1938 exploitation film "Sex Madness" and a few words on the burlesque revival.

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The Odd History of the First Erotic Computer Game - The Atlantic

The Odd History of the First Erotic Computer Game - The Atlantic | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Released in 1981, Softporn was controversial, cheesy, and earnest to a fault. It also presaged today's ongoing debates about who computers and games are for.
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40 Years of Sex-Positive Messages in Hip-Hop Culture (Video)

40 Years of Sex-Positive Messages in Hip-Hop Culture (Video) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Here is my workshop on Sex Positive Messages in 40 Years of Hip-Hop Culture. It's highly interactive and I had a really fun time. It was standing room only, which was pretty awesome.
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How The Father Of Soviet Pornography Became A Crusader Against “Gay Propaganda”

How The Father Of Soviet Pornography Became A Crusader Against “Gay Propaganda” | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
“I was the father of the sexual revolution, and now I'm becoming the father of the sexual counterrevolution,” Vladimir Linderman told BuzzFeed News in the Latvian capital, Riga.
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60 years of women's masturbation [images] [science] [yay]

60 years of women's masturbation [images] [science] [yay] | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
I've been drawing graphs again. I'm finding it helpful, as a way to get deep inside an ocean of data. This time it's women's masturbation. See, the "master narrative" of women's masturbation has be...

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Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History

Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, the brave Dangerous Lilly started a conversation about the history of sex blogging. Not long after that, GlamKitty (GK) (who did participate in the adult side of BW as a member of The Unholy Trinity) began waxing nostalgic about Backwash.com in general. It was these two conversations (one digital, one real world) which prompted me to get involved in the Backwash Reunion and agreeing to run Dark Wry Toast as a resurrection, of sorts, of Adult Backwash.


While I (impatiently) waited for GK to make her post, so that I wouldn’t have to repeat too much, I thought about the reasons Adult Backwash deserves to be remembered.


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About a now-gone Internet site that did allow adult content on a sister site; lessons about online publishing.

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The Red Light and the Cloud

The Red Light and the Cloud | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
A history of the future of sex work

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Ethical sluts and “dirty whores”: Straight talk about sex work

Ethical sluts and “dirty whores”: Straight talk about sex work | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Has sex-positive feminism, despite its victories, forgotten that sex work is actually work, and often quite brutal?

 

...Despite the acceptance of “sluts,” the “prostitute” remains a deeply embedded symbolic marker between decency and disrespect. The “ethical slut” engages in sex of her or his own “free” will, while the “dirty whore” insists on getting paid for sex. Sex-positive feminists and other “sluts” believe there is nothing morally wrong with consensual sex between two (or more) people in private, or for adults, in a semi-public setting such as a sex club, dungeon or swingers’ retreat. But money changes everything.


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Would You Pose Without Clothes?

Would You Pose Without Clothes? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Alan Duncan of the nudist magazine Nude Living looks at what brings women to undress in front of the eyes of the public: is it exhibitionism, does it make them a whore, is it a sign of frigidity...or are they simply sexually healthy women? 

From the August 1963 issue of Nude Living


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A classic from a vintage men's mag.

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Servant of God, or Prostitute?

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The Devadasi, a centuries-old caste of sacred temple priestesses, struggles to have it's own renaissance. One woman leads the way...

 

The origins of the practice are often disputed, but historians agree that in India by the 10th century this caste of sacred temple servants enjoyed great wealth & property as signs of respect & clout.

 

Considered married to the Hindu deities, the Devadasi were talented dancers, singers & even viewed as political advisors. At the core of Devadasi faith is the belief all men are incarnations of the male deities & so in addition to performing sacred temple ceremonies, Devadasis offered sexual services. In the act of making love, a man & a Devadasi enact the sacred marriage of god & goddess which therefore allows them to become divine themselves.


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The Mandrake Society

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St. Louis is replete with history when it comes to its queer community. In the months prior to the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village—widely hailed as one of the catalysts for the modern LGBT rights movement—the seeds were already being sewn for The Gateway City’s first LGBT rights organization, The Mandrake Society.


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Tullia d’Aragona

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The existence of courtesans is a glaring refutation of neofeminist dogma about objectification, the eternal victimhood of whores, etc; the fact that the most celebrated, successful and highly-paid harlots of all time were often those who were educated and could match or surpass men in intellectual pursuits throws a huge spanner into the catechism that prostitution is a manifestation of male dominance over women, that our clients hate us, and so on.  Whenever possible, neofeminist historians deny that courtesans were prostitutes, pretend that accomplished women were not really courtesans, or describe them with circumlocutions like, “she chose to cohabit with several men who supported her financially.”  And when all else fails, they simply ignore them.  Fortunately neither male historians nor female ones with less parochial views feel the need to dissemble about such women, and among them Tullia d’Aragona is rightfully viewed as worthy of respect and study.


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The Best Thing About Those Vintage Madonna Nudes: The Bob Guccione Collection – Silent Porn Star

The Best Thing About Those Vintage Madonna Nudes: The Bob Guccione Collection – Silent Porn Star | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

By now, most of you may have heard about those nude photos of a young, 18 year old, Madonna taken by photographer Herman Kulkens.


These photos of Madonna, along with over 1000 other items, are part of the Bob Guccione Collection.

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For those who, like me, collect smut, a great piece on the Guccione Collection, the auction, and documentary (which airs on the 8th!) Does contain nudes, obviously; NWS.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:54 PM

For those who, like me, collect smut, a great piece on the Guccione Collection, the auction, and documentary (which airs on the 8th!) Does contain nudes, obviously; NWS.

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For those who, like me, collect smut, a great piece on the Guccione Collection, the auction, and documentary (which airs on the 8th!) Does contain nudes, obviously; NWS.

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Of Femdoms & Feminists: Part Two Of The Vintage Smut Writer Interview With Irv O. Neil

Of Femdoms & Feminists: Part Two Of The Vintage Smut Writer Interview With Irv O. Neil | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

You mentioned having a feminist girlfriend which made porn a no-no. Most of us know the history of feminism and pornography — which most people prefer to describe in terms of “feminists say porn bad”. There were actually various distinctions (between porn and erotica, and between feminist thinkers as well), but in your case, you had a feminist girlfriend who actually said porn was a no-no?


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The History of Burlesque

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"For too long these burlesque girls have been held down on the low rung of the entertainment ladder . . . but no more" declared Dixie Evans, the former Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque.

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The Erotics of Invisibility

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This is paper I wrote on lesbian visibility and eroticism for a class on Renaissance literature and history in 2011. It is very dense– but perhaps still enjoyable.

 

...What I argue is that this invisibility of female homosexuality is not merely a result of the historical distance from the period, but rather a consciously acknowledged component of the understanding of female same-sex erotic desire at the time. In “Sappho to Philaenis,” the secrecy and immaculateness of the title characters’ sexual activity operates as one of Donne’s central arguments for the superiority of a female-female sexual relationship.


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'Portrait of Jason': A raconteur gets his moment

'Portrait of Jason': A raconteur gets his moment | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

A newly restored print of the 1967 documentary comes to Chicago for a screening Wednesday at the Portage Theater (co-presented by the Northwest Chicago Film Society, Reeling and Black Cinema House).

 

Filmmaker Shirley Clarke (who shot the footage over 12 consecutive hours in the living room of her penthouse apartment in New York's Chelsea Hotel) has only one subject: Holliday himself, an otherwise anonymous raconteur who cannily subverts his outsider status — that of black gay man in the '60s who made his living as a houseboy (his term) — with a mirthful ability to spin a tale.


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If It’s Antique Is It Still Porn?

If It’s Antique Is It Still Porn? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

If you thought the matter of who makes art exploring the issue of abortion difficult, perhaps the following antique erotic artworks will be too upsetting. That’s your warning to leave.

 

For these works go beyond the issue of basic nudity in art, beyond even the matter of erotic art, to  explore sexuality along with religion and what appears to be the opulence of wealth.


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Defining the Historian: Women Who Write About Sex

Defining the Historian: Women Who Write About Sex | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

So to try and answer this question for myself I turned first to my books, and then to the brilliant community of historians I know on twitter. And we made a list. A list of women who have written about sex, throughout history, so that I can prove women have been doing this for just as long as men. Sexual knowledge is not the authority of just one gender, although history often likes to tell us differently.

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Guest speaker compares U.S. and European sexuality

Guest speaker compares U.S. and European sexuality | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Clark’s lecture focused on “Sex: Why is Europe Different?” She discussed the popular idea that Europeans are more open with their sexuality than Americans.

 

“Europeans tend to regard sex in a matter of fact way,” Clark said.

Many European couples live together, have children and only marry years later or “out of order” compared to Americans. The teenage birthrate is 15 to 19 percent compared to the United States’ 40.2 percent. Abortion rates are also lower in Europe than in America, Clark said.

 

Sex education must be taught in European schools and parents cannot pull their students out of the class. Schools provide condoms and birth control for students.

 

...Clark credited the welfare state and sexual liberation movements of Europe for the openness.

 

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Europe saw a backlash against the church and its strict rules regarding homosexuality and pre-marital sex. After World War II, consumer societies replaced the church’s role. Women and teenagers began working, giving them a new-found independence and the birth control pill was introduced in 1961. The church could no longer respond to the changing society and church attendance fell.

 

Better welfare was also introduced. The government gave allowances to families, childcare for single women and universal healthcare.

 

“I always wondered why Europe was more liberal with sex, but the welfare state explains that,” said senior history major Kyle Mathers.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 5, 2013 3:25 AM

Photo: Judy Lee Tomerlin; Playboy’s Playmate of the Month, June 1958; photographed by Edward Oppman.

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Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut

Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

I believe in the empowerment of aesthetic response. I believe it’s just as important — perhaps even more so –to do with porn and erotic materials than it is with Art.

 

Understanding your reactions, positive and negative, makes you a more self-aware human being. A wiser human being. To me, this is the intellectual version of an opposable thumb because it separates us from the simple wankers. And when it comes to our relationships, it is just as important to be able to articulate our reactions so that we can share them with our partners. Having struggled to do this for ourselves, we become aware just how difficult the process is and therefore we have greater understanding when our partners share their struggled-to-arrive-at reactions. Simply put, talking about turn-ons, turn-offs, and why we have them means not only increased intimacy, becoming better lovers, but we can then select erotica materials for mutual enjoyment.

 

In the case of this photo, and those like them, my negative feelings are deeper than the words “tacky” and “silly”. Deeper and more painful.


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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tomorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
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