“Anyone Can Be Sexy; It Is A Matter Of How A Person Feels About Himself Or Herself”

It was 28 years ago this month that the July issue of Playboy went on sale. One of the most notable features of this issue of the magazine was the pictorial of Ellen Stohl.

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The young woman who got the gig by sending in a letter:

My name is Ellen Stohl, I am a model/actress, who three years ago was injured in a tragic auto accident. At first, I had given up hope of pursuing my career, but after a few months and a lot of learning, I realized a wheelchair should not make a difference. Since that realization, I have been working twice as hard to achieve my career goals not only for myself but also to teach society that being disabled does not make a difference. The reason I choose Playboy for this endeavor is that sexuality is the hardest thing for disabled persons to hold onto. Not to say that they are not capable, but rather that society’s emphasis on perfection puts this definitive damper on self-esteem. Well, I believe it is time to show society the real story. Anyone can be sexy; it is a matter of how a person feels about himself or herself, and personally I feel great.

Her wish was granted and the July 1987 issue was the first in which a disabled woman appeared in a Playboy pictorial.

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At the time, this issue was known as “the uncomfortable issue.”

Associate editor Kate Nolan said, “On the surface, it’s a noble statement: People with disabilities still have their sexuality. But do you think we’d run pictures of someone who was really, seriously deformed? Of course we wouldn’t. This is a safe kind of exploitation. We’re saying, ‘We’ve got pictures of someone who is disabled. Buy our magazine and look at the pictures.’ But the woman looks ‘normal.’ So we’re protected, in a way. I really think we’re opening ourselves up to charges that we`re no better than Hustler. The idea sounded horrible to me when I first heard it, and I haven`t changed my mind.”

But the decision wasn’t up to Nolan; it was, despite the tone of later interviews which made it sound like Hefner was hip, up to Playboy’s editorial director Arthur Kretchmer. This was his stated reasoning:

“We all so easily dehumanize people,” Kretchmer said. “We categorize people because it’s easy. We categorize people in wheelchairs as ‘cripples,’ and we all get on with our lives and forget about them.”

“I may be naive, but I don’t see this as exploitation. The word ‘exploitation’ comes up in other contexts when people criticize Playboy, but in this case I think we’re on the side of the angels.

“I think we are honoring Ellen Stohl’s faith in us. We are allowing her to be whole–to be sexual–and I think it is a wonderful tribute to Playboy that we are the magazine to which she wrote.”

“I agree with Kate Nolan that this would all be different if Ellen Stohl was terribly disfigured. In that case, we would be putting on what would be called a freak show. We’re not doing that.”

Kretchmer may have seemed brave at the time, but if he was so against dehumanizing people why would he so blithely label others as “a freak show?”

In the end, Stohl’s photos were beautiful and their publication was a first step. But many more steps would need to be taken ~ still need to be taken ~ in order to show that anyone can be sexy.

Stohl did an interview with CBS in 2011, and she’s still on the mission ~ including posing nude. She also has a website, EllenStohlStory.

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Celebrating Memorial Day In A Thankful (& Arousing) Way

All photos by Michael Stokes. (The last one is of Alex Minsky & Shaholly Ayers; Ayers did not lose her arm in service, but other women have. And what the hell ~ it’s a hot photo!)

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Saucy Saturday: Retro Hetero Couple Edition

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On a quasi-related note (and not to ruin your Saucy Saturday with too much thinky stuff)…

I remember a discussion I had not long ago with a gentleman who was surprised that I had gone about a dozen adult (and sexually active) years before seeing an uncircumcised penis. He thought because I was in the US that I’d seen many of them ~ believing, in fact, that majority of American men do not have circumcised cocks. I was surprised at that notion. But here are some stats and info, should you be interested.

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Hot Flash Fiction Friday (Kinda): The New Pet

His girls had been begging him for a kitten for years now. So when Bob found this stray, he felt compelled to bring it home. Yeah, he knew that all the work that went into a pet would fall to him. But with this kitten, he just didn’t think he’d mind that at all.

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Inspired by animated GIFs found at Smoke + Mirrors.

Alpha the Robot Abducts Queen Zorine Of The Nudists

Not to become the sexy robot blog or anything, but who can pass up a photo ~ and a story ~ like this one from the 1935 San Diego Exposition?

A grand event thrown to help boost morale and the local economy during the Great Depression. Among the hundreds of exhibits, the ones best remembered are Alpha the Robot, a “mechanical man” created by Harry May representing the cutting edge of mid-30s robotic machine age modernist technology. At some point during the exhibition, Alpha wandered away from the Palace of Science and found himself at another exhibit, that of Queen Zorine and her harem of nudists who were frolicking about Balboa Park. This unique and delightfully strange picture shows Alpha “abducting” Queen Zorine.

Authentic vintage photo currently up for auction here; via.

Alpha the Robot Abducts Queen Zorine Of The Nudists

Bikini Bling

Seeing Pookie in her bikini gives me ideas… Probably not the same ideas as most people, but…

I do believe I am going to start putting rhinestone pins and brooches on my swimwear. Not because men need any extra bling to draw their attention to my bust, but because if someone stares too long I can turn my chest into a weapon by using the sunlight off the sparkling stones to blind them ~ temporarily, of course.

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Looking For Mad Men Fan Fic Porn? Tomorrow It’s Here!

Tomorrow morning (April 23, 2015) Erika Lust brings you a most awesome Mad Men fan fiction porn!

Here’s a sneak peek at Poppy Cox playing a girl obsessed with Joan Harris, and her very glam vintage sex hook-up with Alexei Jackson.

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Looks like someone is working so hard they have to eat at their desk. *wink* But it doesn’t look like the secretary minds at all ~ look at her hold onto that desk… Look at that orgasm face! What are you waiting for? Get over to Lust Cinema and join so you can be among the first to watch it!

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