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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Underwater Beauty


Elegant, refined, beautiful ... and underwater! Image source: Water Bondage.com.

Another underwater image struck my Art Bondage radar today. The young woman pictured here is strikingly beautiful, in a refined and elegant way. Her expression is knowing, almost haunting. Her hair floats above her in a cloud, her brown eyes are beautifully made up, her lips as well, despite the fact that she is under water. Frankly the image looks more like something you'd see in a jewelry ad than in porn.


Elegant, refined, beautiful, underwater, naked and in chains ... it's porn! Image source: Water Bondage.com.

To be exact, an image for Water Bondage, a kink that just does not register at all on my kinkometer. It doesn't freak me out, I've enjoyed swimming since I was a kid, but there's nothing about it that makes me get sprung. Probably related to breath play, another kink that does nothing for me and is also dangerous. But for those who like it, I guess it's great stuff, so long as you don't go all Seth Mazzaglio. The unusually high number of images of women grinning happily during the sessions on Water Bondage shoots indicates to me that it's probably fun.


Kinda reminds me of this bit of art, which is pretty good for something not underwater. Image source: Vermeer's "Girl With A Pearl Earring."

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tumblr Badmouthing and Hiding Its Adult Sites, And There's A Great Gorean Image Site On Tumblr


One of many, many great images that look very much like a Gorean sex slave to be found on the Gorean Life tumblr. Image source: Met-art.com.

The corporate types who run Tumblr have started badmouthing and hiding from search engines the huge number of adult sites that have been established on Tumblr, as the Eros Blog has pointed out. I've never been all that crazy about Tumblr blogs because they're so fricking bad about tracking down the original artist/photographer that created the images that they use. But there's no doubt that tumblr is a VERY efficient way to load up a lot of great art, especially those archive pages.

I'm particularly fond of the Gorean Life tumblr blog. The guy who runs it has a great eye for Gorean imagery, as I've noted before, and the main reason for this post is that link so that Tumblr's fucking asshole ways will be in vain. Check it out if you have not already, bookmark it if you haven't already, because fucking Tumblr is not about to help you find it if you lose it.

And finally, I'm kind of amazed at ALL the images of slavegirls on the Gorean Life blog that show that whoever created the images shares my view of what slavegirls should look like: hot, naked, sexy, beautifully made up and so forth, and wearing lots of barbaric jewelry and ornamentation. What many of them DON'T seem to get is that they should also be wearing bondage gear: collars, cuffs and shackles.

Now I'm sure many of these image creators and their fans might argue: slavegirls don't go around all the time in shackles and collars (nipple rings and pussy rings work too!). True enough, but the problem with no bondage gear is that you've got nothing to distinguish between a free woman having sexy time and a slavegirl having sexy time. The point of a slavegirl is that she is in bondage, she can be tied up or chained up at any moment by her owner. That's what gives her that very sexy dom/sub edge. And since your image of the slavegirl is the only reference the audience has for the slavegirl, MAKE HER LOOK LIKE A FRICKING SLAVEGIRL WHY DONCHA? If she's not actually tied or chained to something or someone, have her AT LEAST wearing the fricking gear that will make it possible to SEE that they're SLAVEGIRLS! The collars, cuffs and shackles can be made of precious metals that are encrusted with jewels or wrought with intricate designs, but dammit, make them thick and heavy enough and with at least one inset ring that can be used to bind them securely, so they'll look like slavegirls.

Still and all, the beautifully adorned naked slaves on the Gorean Life blog are a wonderful thing in and of themselves. I've not seen a lot of photos that really do the hot slavegirl thing justice in the past, but it appears that a lot of photographers and artists are catching on, and the Gorean Life blog is finding them a lot more successfully than I ever did.

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Review of Anjanette by Candace Smith


Cover of Anjanette by Candace Smith

Candace Smith's "Anjanette" has one of the more riveting opening sequences in erotic fiction. In the near future, various young women are selected by the government to participate in a mysterious project on graduating from high school. The girls are never seen again after reporting for duty at the project. So there has arisen a tradition in which, after graduating, the girls go to a club and have a good time drinking and eating, before opening the envelopes which tell them their fate.

Anjanette is one of the unlucky girls who is selected for the project. She reports to the government building and is never seen from again.

It turns out that the project is a dirty deal between the government and aliens. The aliens give the government enormous diamond-like objects called “nelam” which are used to power their spaceships (and which are not all that rare or uncommon to the aliens) and in return they get the Earth girls, which they then sell on various other planets, somehow making a hefty profit in this trade.

Anjanette's fate is to be sold to the ruler of a planet where she is to be part of the prize in a brutal lottery in which the strongest men on the planet compete to see who will be the "lucky' one chosen to work in the government nelam mines for a number of (years? months? -- hard to say, time is very slippery in this story, along with much else). After serving their time in the mines, which reduces them to little more than beasts, the miners compete in one on one death matches in the arena, with the sole survivor getting a prize, a hut, a plot of land to grow things on, and a woman. And Anjanette is the woman in this instance.

(Why not just use a native woman instead of buying an expensive Earth girl? There's an explanation given, but it doesn't make much sense.)

Anjanette turns out to be a feisty and smart woman who is able to gentle down Raiz, the beast man she is given to, and they wind up having a happy and loving relationship, although Anjanette is often tied to the bed when they make love, though the bondage is only explicitly dealt with in one scene. (Why? I'm not sure. The dynamic of the story is definitely femdom/malesub, though Anjanette and Raiz's relationship feels very vanilla, despite the tying up.) I had hoped for more bondage, and since the aliens were larger than earth size (Raiz, for example, is a male of average height there, standing 6'7") and Anjanette was just 5'2" a little sexual dimorphism too, and that was dealt with in one scene where Anjanette had to REALLY work to fit Raiz's giant cock inside her, but that was about it except for Anjanette occasionally getting all warm in the genitals over how large and hunky Raiz was.

Meanwhile, back in interstellar space, the authorities who are (alien angels, kinda?) are sniffing out the rogue slave trading operation with the help of some (alien demons, kinda?) The story is further complicated by the fact that the planets are in different Realms (which are kinda dimensions?). I won't give away an plot spoilers, even though the plot is so badly constructed that it would be silly to read the book because of it.

My main complaint with the book is that the author seemingly threw plot elements in at random, like the angels/demons and the Realms/planets and the time distortion without really explaining how they work. In science fiction and to a much lesser extent, fantasy, it's important to let the reader know the rules that govern how the futuristic/supernatural elements work, and Smith does none of that. So you get the feeling that the plot was worked out during a drunken spitballing session, scrawled on the back of a few cocktail napkins with felt-tip pens, then dutifully written up by someone sober who didn't care if it made sense or not. Sort of like the plot of the movie Prometheus.

And frankly, mixing science fiction and religious elements together almost never works. Science fiction is by its very nature concerned with sticking to the real world, and the supernatural just doesn't work with it unless things are VERY carefully worked out, and that definitely didn't happen in "Anjanette."

That said, the story comes alive when Raiz and Anjanette gets together, mainly because Anjanette is so well characterized – she's a feisty, determined woman who stands up for herself (and Raiz, who is not the sharpest tool in the shed). The conflict between Anjanette and the native woman who wishes to claim Raiz is deftly handled, as is the relationship between Anjanette and her high school friends in the opening scenes set on Earth. Smith can definitely write good characters, despite her weaknesses with the plot.

If Smith has written any stories based on present day Earth, I would definitely check them out, IF there had been a lot of sexy dominance and bondage in "Anjanette." As I said, there is one bondage scene, others implied, but the sexual relationship felt very vanilla in tone. It felt like someone writing about bondage who didn't have any taste for it and very little feel for how it worked. That combined with the plot, not my cuppa.


Now HERE'S some dominance and submission and dimorphism. Nice! Image source: Sex and Submission.com.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Maggie Mayhem Said A Mouthful


"Assimilation is something I’ve been thinking about for a few years and I had a lot of unquestioned white, cis, and class privi ... mmmmfgh!" Image source: TheTrainingofO.com.

So, I was reading an interesting piece by sex worker activist Maggie Mayhem, previously referenced here as a bad-mouther of Kink.com. But in the case of the piece I was reading, I was agreeing with what she said. She was talking about the way the San Francisco Pride parade, once a hallmark of social activism and countercultural change, had been co-opted by corporate sponsors now that they had sniffed out the cultural change that makes gays politically acceptable.

Specifically, she was disappointed in the Pride parade leadership renouncing the selection of Bradley Manning as the Grand Marshall of this year's event (apparently Manning self-identifies as female). The leadership not only rejected the selection of Manning but also saw fit to make a hateful and inaccurate statement about it, saying: "even the hint of support for actions which placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform — and countless others, military and civilian alike — will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco Pride."

Fact is, there's no evidence whatsoever that Manning's revelations put anyone in harm's way, just that they embarrassed our government because they revealed stuff that the government should not have been doing in the first place (like the double tap drone strikes which target first responders to the drone strikes and are by every standard of international law, war crimes).

Mayhem is mad at the organizers because the rejection of Manning as Grand Marshall reveals to her what a bunch of sellouts the Pride parade leadership has become, issuing a carefully worded statement designed to let the corporate bigwigs who shelled out the big bucks for the event know that they would NEVER offend them in any way. My objections are somewhat different, I feel that the Democrats use gay issues to distract their middle class base from the fact that they are being looted wholesale by the One Percent, just as Republicans use gay issues to distract THEIR middle class base from the fact that they are being looted wholesale by the One Percent.

Because of course, both parties work for the One Percent who write those huge checks for their SuperPACS that enrich their campaign coffers and their personal bank accounts. THAT'S the important thing to them, not the social issues which are just nice distractions for all the looting they are doing. Gay, straight, liberal, conservative, progressive, we're ALL being robbed blind.

So Maggie and I agree about the Pride parade being a sellout, though I doubt she considers the entire gay liberation movement a distraction.

But here's the thing that she wrote that set my teeth on edge:
Assimilation is something I’ve been thinking about for a few years and I had a lot of unquestioned white, cis, and class privilege I never considered in my early analysis of pride.

I've seen something a lot like this in the blogs of other white, middle class feminists and sex workers, it's almost a standard disclaimer nowadays. And it just reeks of academia and privilege, you can tell that the author has been to all the right conferences and attended all the right classes to know that this is the very thing to say to excuse herself for being white, upper middle class and privileged as all hell. It also probably covers being female and pretty enough to work in porn films. It just STINKS of privilege and upper middle class bullshittiness. There's sort of an unwritten, unacknowledged and in Mayhem's case, I think unintended, "You fucking peasant" at the end of that phrase.

Well I'm not interested in your damn excuses, woman. I know you're an upper middle class white woman just from the way you write. Speaking as a reprobate lower middle class white male beneficiary of the patriarchy, possessor of the Male Gaze, straight, married, dominant and all-round unredeemably masculine person, I could give a shit about all that. I care about what you think, what you say. Save the disclaimers for the academics who eat that shit up. It's annoying as hell.


Here's your unquestioned white, cis and class privilege, Maggie. Enjoy! Image of Maggie Mayhem in bondage found at: Hogtied.com.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Recrimination


"You said "oh, let's travel coach, it'll save ever so much money and the only difference between first class and coach is you get more peanuts during the flight!" Image source: sexandsubmission.com.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fifty Shades More Popular than the Koran and Causing Fire Depts Extra Work


"I keep telling you, we're not having an actual fire here!" Image source: WaterBondage.com.

Fifty Shades of Grey news has been nothing but crap for months, frankly. Almost all casting speculation and obvious loser novels being called "The Next Fifty Shades of Grey." But two amusing tidbits have come down the pike this week.

A) Fifty Shades of Grey is more popular than the Koran among prisoners at Gitmo. I think the reason is obvious: the men locked in that prison indefinitely, many of whom have been found innocent of all charges, have reasonably decided there is no God and so, what do you need the Koran for? Might as well just sit around and masturbate and "Fifty Shades of Grey" is the best they can get from the US military. (Hint: scan the back shelves of the library for Gor novels, fellas.)

B) In England, a fire chief observed that there have been a lot more calls for people to be uncuffed and otherwise freed of bondage gear in the last year or so and speculated that it might be the result of so many people reading Fifty Shades of Grey. For some reason, this caught fire around the world and I found reports of it on all sorts of sites. So I went with the story that had the raunchiest illustration among the more mainstream sites ... Daily Star, you win this one. (Sadly, it's not all that raunchy an illustration.)