Photographer Michael Stokes collects vintage photography, including vintage photos of nude soldiers. Via Taschen he published the collection as My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare and it focuses on the special relationships between men. Not just at wartime. But a time when “men were men”, sex was between a man & a woman, and this was just men being boys and horsing around. The military did all it could to ensure such male bonding took place. Sure, there were probably some closeted gay guys there. But no one really worried their pretty little heads about that. (And they indeed did have pretty heads ~ of all sizes. For these were young men, great physical specimens in the prime of life; even if they were living in a wartime hell.) However, it is near impossible for us to look at these photos today and not see eroticism.
“Turn me over,” the cute nude girl says. ‘Cuz this vintage ashtray is for your hot butts and ashes. For sale here.
Sixties art house erotica was provocative, but was it a turn on?
Listen to Episode 104 of Slate’s The Gist: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Today on The Gist, we talk about Andy Warhol’s erotic films with McGill University professor Ara Osterweil, who explains how movies like Couch and Blow Job transformed American visual culture. Osterweil is the author…
Model Calamity Amelie mixes vintage style with some pretty ~ and I mean pretty ~ risque themes. Among the works in her modeling portfolio are these wickedly stunning photographs by Emmelie Aslin. I adore the sexy lingerie-clad brunette posing with her gun, surrounded by her stuffed and mounted trophies, and the homage to the playful BDSM fetish queen, Miss Bettie Page herself, is super fun. But I think I adore the Return Of The Tentacle Beast poster most for its utter unexpectedness. (Oh, come on now; who doesn’t secretly fantasize about tentacles now and then?) It’s not often I look at photos and say, “Oh, what a wonderful pair!” and don’t mean the breasts ~ *wink* ~ but this time I am referring to the pairing of model & photographer. Found via this post at Smoke & Mirrors.
A vintage (1968) advertisement from Western Electric for the “Picturephone” ~ and you just know this was used for erotic fun. All communication and entertainment technology has been used for sex.
Western Electric is crossing a telephone with a TV set.
What you’ll use is called, simply enough, a Picturephone set. Someday it will let you see who you are talking to, and let them see you.
The Picturephone set is just one of the communications of the future Western Electric is working on with Bell Telephone Laboratories. Western Electric builds regular phones and equipment for your Bell telephone company. But we also build for the future.
In this article about Christian sex questions, i.e. what the Bible says about sex, there is a list of “the ten things God forbids.” Number nine is all about “obscenity and coarse jokes” ~ or, as I like to call it, “humorous irony”.
In Ephesians 4:29, Paul says, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth.” The Greek word for unwholesome is very descriptive and literally mans “rotten” or “decaying.” In Ephesians 5:4, the Bible warns us to avoid “silly talk” or, as it is called in some versions, “coarse jesting.” We have all been around people who can see a sexual connotation in some innocent phrase and then begin to snicker or laugh. This is wrong. However, this does not rule out appropriate sexual humor in the privacy of marriage, but rather inappropriate sexual comments in a public setting.
Using the mouths of Greeks to clarify a word while disseminating The Word is just too funny! Especially when number three on the list of God’s forbidden things is homosexuality ~ and we all know the Greeks have a history in that department. (A far better history too, I might add.)
Of course, the fact that I find this funny ~ and am blogging it in public ~ is precisely the sort of obscene and course behavior these particular Christians are talking about. But then again, I’m pretty proud of finding the sexual connotations, innuendo, and even puns in the most innocent things… Especially when I can make others snicker or laugh. In public or private.
Guess I’m going to hell.
But then again, I believe in a God who loves sex. That god, I’m pretty sure, actually exists. I know I am lucky enough to say his name every time my legs are spread.
I’m pretty darn sure that god has a great sense of humor too.
I don’t know how much longer I can turn the trick. It isn’t enough to be soft. You’ve got to be soft – and attractive. And I – I’m fading now.
Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). It remains one of the greatest films of all time.
At first glance, this vintage (1956, if the development date is to be believed) photograph of a group of men in a hurried rush to put on their pants may make you think “Gay!” But, as Silent Porn Star reminds us, not all intimate photos of couples or groups of men are of gay men. Not even when you add in the old “post coital” cigs of the past dealio; everyone was smoking back then, and for no particular reason. Given the satin stripe down the leg of the trousers, I suspect the men are getting dressed in their tuxes for a wedding. (The man on the left, who has a very Don Draper quality, may be removing his less snazzy slacks.) But if you prefer to fantasize about this group of vintage beefcake gettin’ it on, or that there’s a naked lady laying in a bed who took the photo, or any other scenarios, don’t let me stop you!