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Palin and Paliner

In Delaware, the Sarah model multiplies (but must never, ever masturbate): Well, maybe not coming. Why are human religious and political movements so often energized by sexual regulation? I’m asking a serious question. For example, what makes a young conservative woman in America … Continue reading

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Michael Drayton’s Sonnet 14: Prometheus Contrasted with a Hottie

Below is a sonnet that appears to be one of the earliest references to Prometheus in an English language poem. In The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s—which is a pretty encyclopedic reference—the poem is the first … Continue reading

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A Great Double Entendre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             . A color engraving, from 1814, with this exchange: ‘My sweet honey, I hope you are to be let with the Lodgins!’ ‘No, sir, I am to be let alone.’

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Is this code for something?

And I’m getting a “Where’s Waldo” vibe from this music video as well. 

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In heaven as it is on earth? Are religious mysticism and Hegel’s “aufgehoben” (transmutation) sublimated forms of masochism?

The 81-year-old sociologist Peter Berger thinks that they are. In his book on the sociology of religion, The Sacred Canopy  (1967), he wrote this of mysticism (64): The extent to which the mystical surrender may be called masochistic varies empirically, … Continue reading

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Yes, It’s the Beginning of a Real Wedding

Hey, Apollo! Who let Dionysus into this wedding ceremony early? Isn’t Dionysus supposed to slip in at the end—with the wet and lusty kiss?  And yes, the video has gone viral:

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We Can Fly, We Can Fly, We Can Fly!

At least in our dreams. At Slate today, Mason Currey recounts a “lucid dream” (a dream in which you are conscious of dreaming, and act on that consciousness) that he had: I’m walking up a path into the lobby of an … Continue reading

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Was Michael Jackson a Paedophile? British Millionaire Terry George, Now 42, Says the 21 Year Old Michael Jackson Regularly Used to Call His Home, When He was 13, and on at Least One Occasion Masturbated while George was on the Phone Line

The 21 year old Michael Jackson masturbating while his 13 year old “friend” was on the phone line? That’s the deeply disturbing claim made by a 42 year old British millionaire businessman, Terry George. The Britisher says he has long forgiven Jackson. Being … Continue reading

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Hung Like a Hobbit?

Above is an image of an Indonesian hobbit’s skeletal foot and tibia. Your tibia is your long shinbone just below your knee. According to a new paper in Nature, and reported on by the New York Times today, Indonesian hobbits had … Continue reading

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A New DVD Documentary: Gay Christians Talk about Their Struggles with Being Gay

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Mental Health Break: Viva Viagra with Naughty Nudie Graces!

I think that Camille Paglia would like this Lucas Cranach painting—with its sheeny, armored Apollonian males and naughty nudie graces. These two males have paused, dangerously, in the pagan wilderness, and like Mars, are about to be relieved of their clothes … Continue reading

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Contemplating His Pole

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“The Vampire” (A Poem by Santi Tafarella)

                    She calls it love at first sight,   so I’ll play with her cliche,   let it trip and tickle back to her   upon my tongue, tease her with … Continue reading

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The Female Breast—Defamiliarized

  Early in the 20th century, the Russian formalist, Victor Schklovskii, coined the term “defamiliarization” for designating one of the things that literature does (that is, it makes what is familiar unfamiliar ).  David Mikics, in his excellent reference, A New Handbook of Literary Terms … Continue reading

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What Women Want?

Hmm. Speculation at Salon.com today: Meana, a self-described feminist, argues that women’s lust is “narcissistic” and guided by “the wish to be the object of erotic admiration and sexual need.” Is there power in objectification if it’s not imposed from … Continue reading

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Shiny Happy Atheists in Tight Tees?

  I’m an agnostic, but this British bus ad campaign, supported by Richard Dawkins, strikes me as inane. Not because there is probably no God. I agree that God probably does not exist. It’s the ad campaign’s sunny tone that I … Continue reading

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Liberated Woman Come Home?: A Female Version of the Prodigal Son

I read the above as an anti-feminist video that maps the “geography of hell” and “otherness”—and concludes with a North American woman (Gale Garnett) making a choice between two paths. One path leads to “frustration” and “confusion”—and the other leads to “true love.” I … Continue reading

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A Farmer’s Wife and the Powerful Body of a Young Miller: Sexploitation of the Poor in a Marquis de Sade Short Story

At one level, the Marquis de Sade’s short story, “The Lady of the Manor of Longeville, or a Woman’s Revenge,” is a feminist tale, for it tells the story of a woman who outwits her husband by discovering and exposing his adulterous affair, … Continue reading

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What Would Freud Say About This Painting?

An Italian court painting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In this painting, do the wand held delicately erect, the dangling belt, and the placement and gestures of the hands reveal sexual sublimation?

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Hear That Buzzing?: SLATE Calls MILK “magic” and “a work of art”

Money quote: [W]ith Milk (Focus Features), the story of martyred gay rights activist Harvey Milk, Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black pull off something very close to magic. They make a film that’s both historically precise (allowing for … Continue reading

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