Monday, February 28, 2011
If you watched the Oscars last night, you witnessed the Oscars first ever onstage "Fuck" as Melissa Leo used it while accepting her win for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Talk about trailblazing.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
This week's OMGFactsSEX stats:
* Vaginismus is when the PC muscles reflexively contract so it's painful or impossible to have sex, use a tampon or get a pap smear.
* Siderodromophilia: arousal from riding a train.
* The word “sadism” is a reference to the Marquis de Sade, who engaged in and wrote about sadistic sex acts.
* The word “masochism” is a reference to author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who had a well-known fetish for dominant women.
* Docking is when a man stretches his foreskin over the tip of another man’s penis.
* A law that gives life sentences for adultery is still on the books in Michigan.
* February 14th is considered the first day of the mating season of birds.
* The word “molest” comes from the Latin word for harass or annoy.
* Hyphephilia refers to people who are aroused by touching fabrics.
* There’s a penis hidden in the cover art for the Disney film “The Little Mermaid”.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Three nuns were talking. The first nun said, "I was cleaning in Father's room the other day and do you know what I found? A bunch of pornographic magazines." "What did you do?" the other nuns asked. "Well, of course I threw them in the trash." The second nun said, "Well, I can top that. I was in Father's room putting away the laundry and I found a bunch of condoms!" "Oh my!" gasped the other nuns. "What did you do?" they asked. "I poked holes in all of them!" she replied. The third nun fainted.
The whole joy of "Where's Waldo?" is the fact that he can't easily be found, lost in a world of busyness. The armpit of a man is arguably a busy area and has a lot of stuff going on biologically, but I'm not sure this is exactly a location Waldo wants to dwell. Why someone would want this permanently tatted on their body is a whole nother matter. Some people can't let childhood go? Some are in search of the one they never had? I'll leave those theories for the psychiatrists. I'm just gonna go with the idea that this dude is straight up ridiculous. Or was really, really drunk.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
There's really nothing subliminal about this one. This NO2ID ad depicting Tony Blair with a barcode as a mustache and obviously compairing him to Hitler--with its placement and blunt worded message--was a little too much for the UK. It was cited as offensive. And yeah it is. But it also keeps the tradition going of "The Hard Sell" ads being damn amusing and creative. I'm not sure if Big Brother deserves such a harsh comparison, but it sure in hell makes you at least think about it.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
We can enter this one into the Fuckery Files. As a disclaimer, I was more excited than anyone for the Egyptian people for standing up for what the believe in and gaining their independence. And I was also more than fascinated at Facebook's role in the matter, thinking it served as more than validation that Facebook is the most important invention of our time and that Mark Zuckerberg is most definitely deserving of Time's Person of the Year. So now that the praise is out the way, I can shout out a big "What the fuck?" A little girl a few years from now will be taunted and teased because her father decided it was cute to name her after the social network. The ironic part is, as she is being teased, her bratty harassers will say, "It's a free country, I can tease you if I wanna."
From CNN: "A man in Egypt has named his newborn daughter "Facebook" in honor of the role the social media network played in bringing about a revolution, according to a new report.
Gamal Ibrahim, a 20-something, gave his daughter the name "to express his joy at the achievements made by the January 25 youth," according to a report in Al-Ahram, one of Egypt's most popular newspapers.
Many young people used Facebook and other social media networks to organize the protests, which began January 25 and ultimately led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.
Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who organized a Facebook page on his own time, became a central figure of the revolution."
Sunday, February 20, 2011
This week's OMGFactsSEX stats:
* A woman with tithiolagnia can achieve arousal and orgasm from breastfeeding.
* Clitoridectomies were performed on American women as late as the early 20th century to prevent masturbation.
* One of the oldest cock rings dates back to the 13th century; it was made from the eyelashes of slain goats.
* Genuphallation is a sex act involving rubbing the penis on another person’s knees.
* Male deer and zebras have been observed masturbating by rubbing their penises on their stomachs.
* Someone with hybristophilia would be attracted to partners who have committed crimes like rape, murder, and armed robbery.
* The number of active swingers in the U.S. is 5 million.
* Doctors used to use leeches to treat gonorrhea.
* Gynecomastia is when a a man develops enlarged breasts.
* Ophidicism is when a woman inserts a snake into her vagina to receive pleasure as it tries to escape. Popularized in Ancient Rome.
* Sexologists find that men who marry nymphomaniacs suffer from physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and anxiety.
* An average married couple spends 610 hours having sex.
* An anoraptus is a rapist who particularly preys upon elderly women.
* Pompoir is a sexual technique in which both partners remain still and the woman uses her vaginal muscles to stimulate the penis.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A guy is driving out in the middle of nowhere, very lost. Finally he spots 2 houses so he goes up to the first house and looks in the door way. He sees an old lady yanking on her boobs and an old man jerking off. He is so freaked out that he goes to the next house and says "What's up with your neighbors?" and the owner of the house says "Oh that's the Robinson's, they're both deaf. She's telling him to go milk the cow and he's telling her to go fuck herself!"
I don't really think its necessary to have your foot wink at you, but to each his own. The foot happens to be one of the most painful places to get a tattoo so it is amusing that someone sacrificed the experience for this end product. I mean, it is kinda cute, but come on. And yes, the fact that the actual foot the tattoo lives on is unattractive may lend to its ridiculousness.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
One facet of great artwork is being able to convey a message without words. This ad by Russian Finance Magazine may have words, but even without knowing a bit of Russian, it's clear what is going on here: the US dollar is getting fucked by the Euro. Genius. Maybe a bit too genius for Russia though as the ad was banned for being "immoral."
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Cannabis sativa from Vienna Dioscurides, 512 A.D.
Shakespeare: To weed or not to weed, that is the question.
The less harmful gateway drug?
We've taken a look at some extremely harmful drugs for "Vice Pioneers," but what about the most popular and one considered least dangerous? Although opponents of marijuana use believe the drug is a starter addiction that leads to heavier drugs, there is also a widespread acceptance of the drug for recreational and medical use. With the strong pushes recently to get marijuana legalized and the undoubtedly common use of it, it seemed fitting to reveal some of its history.
From Wikipedia: "Cannabis, also known as marijuana (sometimes spelled "marihuana") among many other names, refers to any number of preparations of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug. The word marijuana comes from the Mexican Spanish marihuana. According to the United Nations, cannabis "is the most widely used illicit substance in the world."
The typical herbal form of cannabis consists of the flowers and subtending leaves and stalks of mature pistillate of female plants. The resinous form of the drug is known as hashish (or merely as 'hash').
The major psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis is Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly abbreviated as THC). Cannabis contains more than 400 different chemical compounds, including at least 66 other cannabinoids (cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), etc.) which can result in different effects from those of THC alone.
Cannabis use has been found to have occurred as long ago as the 3rd millennium BC. In modern times, the drug has been used for recreational, religious or spiritual, and medicinal purposes. The UN estimated that in 2004 about 4% of the world's adult population (162 million people) use cannabis annually, and about 0.6% (22.5 million) use it on a daily basis. The possession, use, or sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids became illegal in most parts of the world in the early 20th century. Since then, some countries have intensified the enforcement of cannabis prohibition, while others have reduced it.
The use of cannabis, at least as fiber, has been shown to go back at least 10,000 years in Taiwan. Má (Pinyin pronunciation), the Chinese expression for hemp, is a pictograph of two plants under a shelter.
Cannabis is indigenous to Central and South Asia. Evidence of the inhalation of cannabis smoke can be found in the 3rd millennium B.C], as indicated by charred cannabis seeds found in a ritual brazier at an ancient burial site in present day Romania. Cannabis is also known to have been used by the ancient Hindus and Nihang Sikhs of India and Nepal thousands of years ago. The herb was called ganjika in Sanskrit (गांजा/গাঁজা ganja in modern Indic languages). The ancient drug soma, mentioned in the Vedas, was sometimes associated with cannabis.
Cannabis was also known to the ancient Assyrians, who discovered its psychoactive properties through the Aryans. Using it in some religious ceremonies, they called it qunubu (meaning "way to produce smoke"), a probable origin of the modern word "cannabis". Cannabis was also introduced by the Aryans to the Scythians and Thracians/Dacians, whose shamans (the kapnobatai—"those who walk on smoke/clouds") burned cannabis flowers to induce a state of trance. Members of the cult of Dionysus, believed to have originated in Thrace (Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey), are also thought to have inhaled cannabis smoke. In 2003, a leather basket filled with cannabis leaf fragments and seeds was found next to a 2,500- to 2,800-year-old mummified shaman in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China.
Cannabis has an ancient history of ritual use and is found in pharmacological cults around the world. Hemp seeds discovered by archaeologists at Pazyryk suggest early ceremonial practices like eating by the Scythians occurred during the 5th to 2nd century B.C., confirming previous historical reports by Herodotus. One writer has claimed that cannabis was used as a religious sacrament by ancient Jews and early Christians due to the similarity between the Hebrew word "qannabbos" ("cannabis") and the Hebrew phrase "qené bósem" ("aromatic cane"). It was used by Muslims in various Sufi orders as early as the Mamluk period, for example by the Qalandars.
A study published in the South African Journal of Science showed that "pipes dug up from the garden of Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon contain traces of cannabis." The chemical analysis was carried out after researchers hypothesized that the "noted weed" mentioned in Sonnet 76 and the "journey in my head" from Sonnet 27 could be references to cannabis and the use thereof.
Cannabis was criminalized in various countries beginning in the early 20th century. It was outlawed in South Africa in 1911, in Jamaica (then a British colony) in 1913, and in the United Kingdom and New Zealand in the 1920s. Canada criminalized marijuana in the Opium and Drug Act of 1923, before any reports of use of the drug in Canada. In 1925 a compromise was made at an international conference in The Hague about the International Opium Convention that banned exportation of "Indian hemp" to countries that had prohibited its use, and requiring importing countries to issue certificates approving the importation and stating that the shipment was required "exclusively for medical or scientific purposes". It also required parties to "exercise an effective control of such a nature as to prevent the illicit international traffic in Indian hemp and especially in the resin".
In the United States the first restrictions for sale of cannabis came in 1906 (in District of Columbia). In 1937, the Marijuana Transfer Tax Act was passed, and prohibited the production of hemp in addition to marijuana. The reasons that hemp was also included in this law are disputed. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics agents reported that fields with hemp were also used as a source for marijuana dealers. Several scholars have claimed that the Act was passed in order to destroy the hemp industry, largely as an effort of businessmen Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family. With the invention of the decorticator, hemp became a very cheap substitute for the paper pulp that was used in the newspaper industry. Hearst felt that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America, had invested heavily in the DuPont's new synthetic fiber, nylon, and considered its success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, most countries have enacted laws against the cultivation, possession or transfer of cannabis. These laws have impacted adversely on the cannabis plant's cultivation for non-recreational purposes, but there are many regions where, under certain circumstances, handling of cannabis is legal or licensed. Many jurisdictions have lessened the penalties for possession of small quantities of cannabis, so that it is punished by confiscation and sometimes a fine, rather than imprisonment, focusing more on those who traffic the drug on the black market.
In some areas where cannabis use has been historically tolerated, some new restrictions have been put in place, such as the closing of cannabis coffee shops near the borders of the Netherlands, closing of coffee shops near secondary schools in the Netherlands and crackdowns on "Pusher Street" in Christiania, Copenhagen in 2004.
Some jurisdictions use free voluntary treatment programs and/or mandatory treatment programs for frequent known users. Simple possession can carry long prison terms in some countries, particularly in East Asia, where the sale of cannabis may lead to a sentence of life in prison or even execution. More recently however, many political parties, non-profit organizations and causes based on the legalization of medical cannabis and/or legalizing the plant entirely (with some restrictions) have emerged.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This week's OMGFactsSEX stats:
* Intercrural sex is when a man places his penis between his partner’s thighs for stimulation.
* Bidetonism is when women use the water spray from a bidet for masturbation.
* A sperm bank known as the “Nobel Sperm Bank” provided women with sperm from geniuses in an attempt to improve the human race.
* Only 3 Nobel Prize winners ever agreed to donate sperm to the Nobel Sperm Bank.
* 2-3 males in a thousand can practice autofellatio.
* Ecouteurism: nonconsensually eavesdropping on others having sex for your own arousal, the audio version of a Peeping Tom.
* A retrograde ejaculation is when the sperm is pushed into the bladder instead of out the urethra.
* People who suffer from erotomania have delusions that someone they don’t know, often a celebrity, is in love with them.
* As many as 40% of men over 65 suffer from some form of impotence or erectile dysfunction.
* Maieusiophilia is a fetish for pregnant women.
* The male gypsy moth can smell a female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
* Hierophilia is getting aroused by sacred objects. For example, masturbating in a church pew, or with a cross.
* According to the Journal of Sex Resarch: 15% of women have A cups, 44% are B-cup, 28% are C-cup, and 10% are D-cup.
* A 1989 survey found that the average U.S. couple has sex around once a week.
* A current poll found that U.S. couples have sex 2-3 times per week on average.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
The "Sexpot of the Week" is always picked based on what's going on in the news at the time. And sometimes the news points out women who inevitably have to be named a sexpot because they are too hot not to be. That is the case today with Scarlett Johansson as all the news outlets are reporting that she is dating Sean Penn. She has been in the news as of late anyway because of her divorce from "Sexiest Man Alive" Ryan Reynolds, but the media is always nudging for more. Johansson, at 26, has been acting since she was 10 years old and has had a solid career to date. She has been nominated for a few awards and, in my opinion, just needs that one really strong role to push her from typical pretty girl actress to serious actress. Undoubtedly, she is one of the most beautiful and sexiest people in Hollywood so giving her this title isn't so innovative. But it had to be done.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
A hunter kills a deer and brings it home. He decides to clean and serve the venison for supper. He knows his kids are fussy eaters, and won't eat it if they know what it is - so he does not tell them. His little boy keeps asking him, "What's for supper?" "You'll see", says his dad. They start eating supper and his daughter keeps asking what they're eating. "Ok," says her dad, "here's a hint, its what your mother sometimes calls me." "We're eating asshole!!"she screams.
The most disturbing part about this tattoo is not so much the fact this chick has "heartless" written across her lower abdomen, but the featured, shall we say, diamond in the rough. This has to be one of the most high maintenance tattoos of all time. Gotta keep that diamond polished at all times. No thanks. Oh yes, and this tattoo is in honor of Valentine's Day.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
An ongoing theme in "The Hard Sell" is the United Kingdom having their panties in a bunch. Apparently sex is not the only thing that the British can't deal with. Other natural acts like death is even a cause for uproar. This ad for the HBO series "Six Feet Under" was banned because it was "offensive, shocking and likely to cause undue distress." Who gets distressed over this? Maybe I'm missing the overall disgust for this ad, but banning seems a bit much for this one. Someone please get the Brits to adopt a freedom of speech mentality. Stat.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Walter Yeo: first know plastic surgery recipient
Sushruta: "Father of Surgery"
Vincenz Czerny: boob man
Altering one's appearance is easy these days. A few bucks and a dream is all that is needed to transform your entire look. The craze with plastic surgery keeps growing by the minute and it doesn't seem like it will be slowing down anytime soon. People want a new face/body and there's nothing they won't do to get it. Let's look at how this craze got its start.
Reconstructive surgery techniques were being carried out in India by 800 BC. Sushruta, the father of Indian surgery, made important contributions to the field of plastic and cataract surgery in 6th century BC. The medical works of both Sushruta and Charak originally in Sanskrit were translated into Arabic language during the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 AD. The Arabic translations made their way into Europe via intermediaries. In Italy the Branca family of Sicily and Gaspare Tagliacozzi (Bologna) became familiar with the techniques of Sushruta.
British physicians traveled to India to see rhinoplasties being performed by native methods. Reports on Indian rhinoplasty performed by a Kumhar vaidya were published in the Gentleman's Magazine by 1794. Joseph Constantine Carpue spent 20 years in India studying local plastic surgery methods. Carpue was able to perform the first major surgery in the Western world by 1815. Instruments described in the Sushruta Samhita were further modified in the Western world.
The ancient Egyptians and Romans also performed plastic cosmetic surgery. The Romans were able to perform simple techniques, such as repairing damaged ears from around the 1st century BC. For religious reasons, they did not dissect either human beings or animals, thus their knowledge was based in its entirety on the texts of their Greek predecessors. Notwithstanding, Aulus Cornelius Celsus left some surprisingly accurate anatomical descriptions, some of which — for instance, his studies on the genitalia and the skeleton — are of special interest to plastic surgery.
In 1465, Sabuncuoglu's book, description, and classification of hypospadias was more informative and up to date. Localization of urethral meatus was described in detail. Sabuncuoglu also detailed the description and classification of ambiguous genitalia. In mid-15th century Europe, Heinrich von Pfolspeundt described a process "to make a new nose for one who lacks it entirely, and the dogs have devoured it" by removing skin from the back of the arm and suturing it in place. However, because of the dangers associated with surgery in any form, especially that involving the head or face, it was not until the 19th and 20th centuries that such surgery became common.
Up until the techniques of anesthesia became established, surgeries involving healthy tissues involved great pain. Infection from surgery was reduced by the introduction of sterile techniques and disinfectants. The invention and use of antibiotics, beginning with sulfa drugs and penicillin, was another step in making elective surgery possible.
In 1792, Chopart performed operative procedure on a lip using a flap from the neck. In 1814, Joseph Carpue successfully performed operative procedure on a British military officer who had lost his nose to the toxic effects of mercury treatments. In 1818, German surgeon Carl Ferdinand von Graefe published his major work entitled Rhinoplastik. Von Graefe modified the Italian method using a free skin graft from the arm instead of the original delayed pedicle flap.
The first American plastic surgeon was John Peter Mettauer, who, in 1827, performed the first cleft palate operation with instruments that he designed himself. In 1845, Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach wrote a comprehensive text on rhinoplasty, entitled Operative Chirurgie, and introduced the concept of reoperation to improve the cosmetic appearance of the reconstructed nose.
In 1891, American otorhinolaryngologist John Roe presented an example of his work, a young woman on whom he reduced a dorsal nasal hump for cosmetic indications. In 1892, Robert Weir experimented unsuccessfully with xenografts (duck sternum) in the reconstruction of sunken noses. In 1896, James Israel, a urological surgeon from Germany, and in 1889 George Monks of the United States each described the successful use of heterogeneous free-bone grafting to reconstruct saddle nose defects. In 1898, Jacques Joseph, the German orthopaedic-trained surgeon, published his first account of reduction rhinoplasty. In 1928, Jacques Joseph published Nasenplastik und Sonstige Gesichtsplastik.
In World War I, a New Zealand otolaryngologist working in London, Harold Gillies, developed many of the techniques of modern plastic surgery in caring for soldiers suffering from disfiguring facial injuries. His work was expanded upon during World War II by his cousin and former student Archibald McIndoe, who pioneered treatments for RAF aircrew suffering from severe burns. McIndoe's radical, experimental treatments, led to the formation of the Guinea Pig Club. In 1946, Gillies carried out the first female-to-male sex reassignment surgery.
Plastic surgery, as a specialty, evolved remarkably during the 18th century in the United States. One of the founders of the specialty, Vilray Blair, was the first chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In one of his many areas of clinical expertise, Blair treated World War I soldiers with complex maxillofacial injuries, and his paper on "Reconstructive Surgery of the Face" set the standard for craniofacial reconstruction.
Aesthetic plastic surgery involves techniques intended for the "enhancement" of appearance through surgical and medical techniques, and is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance, restoring it, or enhancing it beyond the average level toward some aesthetic ideal.
In 2006, nearly 11 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States alone. The number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States has increased over 50 percent since the start of the century. Nearly 12 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2007, with the five most common surgeries being breast augmentation, liposuction, nasal surgery, eyelid surgery and abdominoplasty. The increased use of cosmetic procedures crosses racial and ethnic lines in the U.S., with increases seen among African-Americans and Hispanic Americans as well as Caucasian Americans. In Europe, the second largest market for cosmetic procedures, cosmetic surgery is a $2.2 billion business. Cosmetic surgery is now very common in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. In Asia, cosmetic surgery has become an accepted practice; currently most widely prevalent and normal in China where it is currently Asia's biggest comestic surgery market. Children undergoing cosmetic eye surgery can be seen in Japan and South Korea."
Monday, February 7, 2011
This week's OMGFactsSEX stats:
* Zelophilia is getting aroused by jealousy.
* There are stone carvings depicting vaginas that date back to as early as 35,000 years ago.
* By age 25, 95% of American females have had sex.
* Some fish have been known to engage in fellatio.
* Homilophilia isfeeling sexual arousal when listening to or giving public speeches.
* Female hyenas have an elongated clitoris that is nearly indistinguishable from the male’s penis.
* Flatuphilia is getting aroused from flatulence.
* The first Playboy magazine wasn’t dated because Hugh Hefner assumed he’d never publish another one.
* Throughout history about 10% of the population is believed to have been gay.
* 30% of men suffer from premature ejaculation.
* At age 70, 73% of men are still potent.
* Dolphins masturbate.
* Wyoming’s peak, the “Grand Teton” literally means “big tit”.
* “Vanilla” comes from the Latin word “vagina”.
* Autassassinophilia: being sexually aroused by the risk of being killed.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Talk about a MILF. There's probably no mother more fuckable than Halle Berry. Unfortunately, she is going through it right now with her getting nastier by the second custody battle with ex Gabriel Aubry. Up until now, she has been one of the few celebrities that has done a good job of staying out the tabloids. But the longer you're in the industry, the more likely you're gonna get caught in a bad life situation. Either way, she has done a lot of good. She's been acting for decades now which is a feat in itself. Oh yeah, and she won an Oscar for it. She has made a shitload of money with her endorsement deals. And somehow, at 44, she is still the most desired woman on the planet. A worthy resume no doubt.
Because we never seem to get tired of celebrities and their binges, more tidbits of information on Charlie Sheen's infamous hotel raid keep being leaked. This week, photos and video footage.
From Fox News: "Footage from the 36-hour drug and booze-fueled bender that landed Charlie Sheen in the hospital has been released.
A video released on TMZ shows an apparently inebriated Sheen doing a crazy dance with several women inside of a house.
But the most disturbing footage may be a photo of Sheen's face, which is sunken and sports a set of broken, gap-filled, gold-filled teeth.
A representative for Charlie Sheen confirmed to FOX411 that the troubled actor voluntarily entered an undisclosed rehabilitation center last Friday.
“He is most grateful to all who have expressed their concern,” Sheen’s rep, Stan Rosenfeld, told FOX411 in a statement. “Mr. Sheen asks that his privacy be respected at this time and that no additional informational will be provided.”"
Thursday, February 3, 2011
As a painless way to save money, a young couple arranged that every time they have sex the husband puts his pocket change into a china piggy bank on the bedside table. One night while being unusually athletic, he accidentally knocked the piggy bank onto the floor where it smashes.
To his surprise, among the masses of coins, there are handfuls of five and ten dollar bills. He asks his wife "What's up with all the bills?," to which she replies, "Well, not everyone is as cheap as you are."
To his surprise, among the masses of coins, there are handfuls of five and ten dollar bills. He asks his wife "What's up with all the bills?," to which she replies, "Well, not everyone is as cheap as you are."
There is an automatic amount of cool points lost as soon as it crosses someone's mind to get a tattoo of a superhero. But if you must, it's probably a good idea to get a cool version of it. If that can't be achieved, an accurate version is the next best thing. This Batman tattoo has managed to conquer neither. Not only is it overall ugly, but apparently he's been so busy fighting crime that he has had no grooming time and grew a full beard in all the hooplah.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Entertainment often gets a pass when it comes to banning because people have come to expect a little deviance from creative folks. But apparently this ad for the 2002 movie "The Rules of Attraction" hit too close to home when it released an ad of copulating teddy bears and other stuffed animals. It was banned and the movie went with different artwork for the film. But don't fret. I'm sure the animals lived happily ever after and engaged in many more acts of pleasure after censorship.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Fanny Hill: first novel form porn
Eugène Pirou's "Le Coucher de la Marie" : first porn film
Denmark: first country to legalize porn
Sometimes vice subjects are so obvious that it is easy to overlook them when you are looking to focus on one. It dawned on me that pornography has never been looked at for "Vice Pioneers" even though it is the most frowned upon, albeit successful business venture in America. Objections to the subject include feminism claims of objectifying women, religious claims of sin, and legal claims of what is allowed by law in the first place. Here's the history of the all so complicated art of fucking on film (and for other mediums):
The word derives from the Greek πορνογραφία (pornographia), which derives from the Greek words πόρνη (pornē, "prostitute" and pornea, "prostitution"), and γράφω (graphō, "I write or record," derived meaning "illustration," cf. "graph"), and the suffix -ία (-ia, meaning "state of," "property of," or "place of"), thus meaning "a written description or illustration of prostitutes or prostitution."
Depictions of a sexual nature are as old as civilization (and possibly older, in the form of venus figurines and rock art), but the concept of pornography as understood today did not exist until the Victorian era. Nineteenth century legislation outlawed the publication, retail and trafficking of certain writings and images, regarded as pornographic, and would order the destruction of shop and warehouse stock, meant for sale. However, the private possession of and viewing of (some forms of) pornography was not made an offence until recent times.
When large scale excavations of Pompeii were undertaken in the 1860s, much of the erotic art of the Romans came to light, shocking the Victorians who saw themselves as the intellectual heirs of the Roman Empire. They did not know what to do with the frank depictions of sexuality, and endeavored to hide them away from everyone but upper class scholars. The moveable objects were locked away in the Secret Museum in Naples and what could not be removed was covered and cordoned off as to not corrupt the sensibilities of women, children and the working class.
Fanny Hill is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel." It is an erotic novel by John Cleland first published in England in 1748. It is one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history. The authors were charged with "corrupting the King's subjects."
The world's first law criminalizing pornography was the United Kingdom Obscene Publications Act 1857 enacted at the urging of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. The Act, which applied to the United Kingdom and Ireland, made the sale of obscene material a statutory offence, giving the courts power to seize and destroy offending material. The Act did not apply to Scotland, where the common law continued to apply. However, the Act did not define "obscene", leaving this for the courts to determine. Prior to this Act, the publication of obscene material was treated as a common law misdemeanour and effectively prosecuting authors and publishers was difficult even in cases where the material was clearly intended as pornography.
The Victorian attitude that pornography was for a select few can be seen in the wording of the Hicklin test stemming from a court case in 1868 where it asks, "whether the tendency of the matter charged as obscenity is to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences." Despite the fact of their suppression, depictions of erotic imagery were common throughout history.
Pornographic film production commenced almost immediately after the invention of the motion picture in 1895. Two of the earliest pioneers were Eugène Pirou and Albert Kirchner. Kirchner directed the earliest surviving pornographic film for Pirou under the trade name "Léar". The 1896 film, Le Coucher de la Marie showed Louise Willy performing a striptease. Pirou's film inspired a genre of risqué French films showing women disrobing and other filmmakers realised profits could be made from such films.
Sexually explicit films were soon characterised as obscene and rendered illegal. Those that were produced were produced underground by amateurs starting in the 1940s. Processing the film by commercial means was risky as was their distribution. Distribution was strictly private.
Denmark was the first country to legalize pornography in 1969, which led to an explosion of commercially produced pornography. It continued to be banned in other countries, and had to be smuggled in, where it was sold "under the counter" or (sometimes) shown in "members only" cinema clubs.
Revenues of the adult industry in the United States is difficult to determine. In 1970, a Federal study estimated that the total retail value of hardcore pornography in the United States was no more than $10 million.
In 1998, Forrester Research published a report on the online "adult content" industry estimating $750 million to $1 billion in annual revenue. As an unsourced aside, the Forrester study speculated on an industry-wide aggregate figure of $8–10 billion, which was repeated out of context in many news stories, after being published in Eric Schlosser's book on the American underground economy. Studies in 2001 put the total (including video, pay-per-view, Internet and magazines) between $2.6 billion and $3.9 billion.
A significant amount of pornographic video is shot in the San Fernando Valley, which has been a pioneering region for producing adult films since the 1970s, and has since become home for various models, actors/actresses, production companies, and other assorted businesses involved in the production and distribution of pornography.
The pornography industry has been considered influential in deciding format wars in media, including being a factor in the VHS vs. Betamax format war (the videotape format war) and in the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD format war (the high-def format war)."