The Beauty Of Scars

In her Ruined Boudoir, Secondhand Rose discusses the vulnerability that comes of survival. I don’t want to cut a excerpt from the piece; it’s too beautiful to cut up like that. So just go read it and learn about the beauty of scars and the strength of weaknesses which build intimacy.

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Image Credits: Shaholly Ayers & Alex Minsky; photograph by Michael Stokes.

Profanely Popular Hot Priests Calendar

The 2015 Orthodox Priests Calendar on sale now. Featuring nude and semi-nude homoerotic photographs of members of the Orthodox Church, this is one calendar that’s sure to hit hot touch points ~ raising ire and libidos.

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Not just about the pretty faces (and other parts), this year’s calendar (the third in the series) is called S.A.L.I.G.I.A. ((Superbia, Avaritia, Luxuria, Invidia, Gula, Ira, Acedia) and it pays tribute to social tolerance.

The story takes place on the right bank of the Moskva River south of Moscow, where some priests believe that same-sex unions are NOT a sign of the coming apocalypse, contrary to what Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill may claim. These priests set out, in a humorous way, to remind the world that homosexuality is NOT one of the 7 deadly sins and in fact that Jesus Christ never even referred to homosexuality as a sin!

Yet in the words of many in the Orthodox hierarchy, LGBT people have suddenly become the worst kind of sinners — an omen of the impending end of the world. What about wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony?

Three years after its creation, OC is still the only organized global effort against homophobia in the Orthodox region.

Hot Flash Fiction Friday: The Rain at Night

I love the rain at night.

The sky is so dark and slick looking. Just a little thunder and lightening. The big storm has passed and now the rain just soaks down from the sky.

I like the raindrops running down your bare skin. You’re so white in some places.

man-standing-in-rain-all-wet-shirt-wide-hd-wallpaperYour hair is plastered to your scalp and you are wet right through now. I bet you’re cold too.

“Pirouette boy!” I call out to you.

Putting your arms over your head you turn a circle around. I can see the mud squishing between your toes.

“On your tippy toes, like a ballerina!”

“Now hop a bit, put a bit of a skip into it!”. I laugh quietly. There is humiliation and then just plain meanness. You won’t like it if I’m laughing at you. But, there isn’t a lot sexy about a naked man hopping in the rain. The rain itself though…. I love the rain at night.

You’re cold, wet and I think your lips look on the blue side of pale. Another minute…. but not more than that.

I pull a hot towel out of the dryer and bring it with me out into the rain. I get a few photographs of the rain, the darkness and your wet skin. This is the turn on for me. Not your suffering, or your humiliation. Those are the things you want. I wanted the sensation of the rain, the sensuality of the drops running down your skin, through your hair and your breath in the night sky.

I’m quick, snap, click and a small adjustment of your pose for a last photo of your wet face up close.

I wrap you in the warm towel and lead you to the sliding glass door and the heat and light of the indoors.

I stay outside, by myself and play in the rain. I photograph the sky, up there far into the darkness. How far can the camera see? How many raindrops will be in the photo, captured in that blink of a lens?  I want to catch the rain on film before it’s all gone.

You come out, all dry and warm now. You’re wearing your rain coat this time and under it I know you will be dressed in your soft flannel workshirt and worn jeans. Your feet are in Wellingtons now, shiny with rain.

I love your smile as you wrap me up in a big hug and the worn, old quilt from our bed.

“Come inside now.” You say. Your voice is soft, almost a whisper for a man. It’s sexy and you’re warm and sexier now too. I don’t mind leaving the rain behind.

Image Credits: Via.

Naked Vintage Soldiers

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.

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Via.

How Do You See Disability? Is It Arousing?

When it comes to sex and disabilities, perhaps no one has stated it as beautifully & succinctly as Erika Lust:

[W]e victimize people with disabilities, but we especially do it when it comes to sex. We already deny women to be sexually self-determined and try to attach stereotypes of special needs for protection from others when it comes to topics like porn or prostitution. Imagine how much we do it with someone with a disability in the context of sex – not to mention the dimension of it when it comes to a woman with a disability. We do it to an extent where we construct negative asexualizing stereotypes. But we are not talking about asexual people. We are talking about an adult, a grown up person. Disability does not equal sexual disability – that’s a stereotype.

But, for the seeing anyway, a picture is worth a thousand words. So I give you the works of photographer Ashley Savage.

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Bodies Of Difference is an ongoing series of provocative photographs which, in the artist’s own words, documents “disability, sexuality and physical ‘otherness’.” Intimate, moving, and, yes, erotic works. It’s worth visiting his site to see them all.

Savage also has another series on body image & sexuality entitled Cancer Sucks; there’s an interview about that series here.