[Video] What Gay Guys Do with Partners When Straight People Ain’t Around

This rare, never before seen video documents the secret interactions of gay men that only take place when there are no straight people present.

We all have our way of expression. And that is what makes our world interesting.

 

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How Women Fell For Gay Porn

Porn for women has always had women’s sexuality – or perceived lack of it – as the punchline.

What turns women on, we are told, is men doing the ironing. Men taking the bins out. Men emptying the dishwasher. Maybe while shirtless.

Hilarious.

The truth is far more interesting. Because, while ‘lesbian porn’ has long done a roaring trade among straight men, it seems a growing number of women are turning to man-on-man action to get them going. Indeed, there’s an entire subculture of women who believe that, in the words of one online viewer, “there’s nothing better than watching two handsome guys f******.”

In a world where straight women from Judy Garland to the fictional Bridget Jones are painted as the gays’ best friend, it’s a little surprising.

“Most male/female porn focuses on the woman”, says erotica author, and fan of gay male porn, Kristi Hancock. This is less likely to appeal to straight women who, let’s face it, can get their fill of objectification elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Hancock is blunt about what caught her eye. “I like that the porn is penis-focused. That’s where the hot guys are.” She also admits that gay porn introduced her to “more creative sexual positions” and that she’s found it more useful in her sex life than advice aimed at straight women. “The techniques work.”

So widespread is the trend, that the porn industry itself is catching on.

“We call them porn mums,” says Jake Jaxson, founder and director of an indie gay adult film company. “They post comments, come to our events and connect with us on Twitter. It’s great.”

One of these ‘porn mums’ is 38-year-old Debbie, who runs fansite Foxygirls.

“I wasn’t ever a great watcher of porn and felt shocked at how bad most of the heterosexual porn was,” she tells me. “It all seemed so fake and the guys were generally unattractive.”

Then she stumbled across a man-on-man scene. “It was just so different to any other porn I had seen, with real, intense chemistry and models that were obviously having a good time.”

Women are finally exploring their sexuality

That ability to connect seems vital to the legion of women engaging with gay porn. Because they’re not just watching it. They’re writing it, talking about it – and even directing it.

“I love gay men,” says Pam Dore, the only female director in the gay adult industry. “They’re just so much fun. And the guys are really sexual, you get the realness of it the way you can’t with women.”

Dore, who has been directing porn for ten years and calls herself a feminist, identifies this new confidence in women’s porn-viewing habits as political. She compares it to 20th century advances, such as the pill. “Women have a right to explore their sexuality in the same way that men do,” she adds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porn may be more accessible than ever before, but women’s interested in dude-on-dude action is actually nothing new.

In 1985, author Joanna Russ argued in her essay ‘By Women For Women, With Love’ that erotic depictions of gay men let women enjoy sexual fantasies free of a patriarchal power imbalance, and without participating in a culture of sexually objectifying women.

Are we becoming the oppressors?

But, it’s important to consider whether we’re just turning the male gaze in on itself. Are women becoming the oppressor instead of the oppressed? Are we just fetishising another marginalised community? After all, men who enjoy girl-on-girl porn are sometimes seen as a bit sleazy. Is there really any difference when it comes to a woman watching two men?

Ben, a 31 year-old gay man, agrees. “It’s still objectification, people are still being exploited. Just because it’s women watching two men doesn’t make it feminist.”

But Andy Medhurst, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, disagrees. “There’s a long history of women being fascinated by aspects of gay male sexuality, ranging from speculating about which pop stars might be gay to the curious corners of slash fiction.

“Some gay men might find this problematic, but for me it’s all part of the flexibility and creativity of desire. It’s flattering, in a way, that others find gay sexual identities and practices so intriguing.”

Perhaps the appeal of gay male porn suggests a new, more diverse and independent, direction for the industry as a whole. Women are finally exploring what genuinely turns them on, rather than what they think, or have been told, is sexy.

Many of the women I spoke to for this feature, told me that the pleasure of watching gay porn was both voyeuristic and educational – as well as learning what turns them on, it teaches them about men’s sexual desires.

If straight porn wants to appeal to the majority of women, it might do well to look at the gay adult industry.

Kaite Welsh is a freelance journalist and author writing about gender, sexuality and feminism.

Taken from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/11051140/Why-women-watch-gay-porn-more-than-ever-before.html

Yes You Can Now Major In Comics Literature by Professor Jeremy Larance

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Professor Jeremy Larance writes;

Yes, you can now major in comic literature.

As an English professor at a relatively small public university in West Virginia, West Liberty University, I often try to find ways to sneak comics and graphic novels into my courses. For several years now, for example, I’ve used V for Vendetta as the culminating text in my British Literature course, because—let’s be honest—there just isn’t a better example of a modern-day Byronic Hero than Alan Moore’s V. Some scoffed, but my decision was ultimately validated by the fact that The Longman Anthology of British Literature now includes an excerpt from that graphic novel in its section of contemporary British fiction, just a few hundred pages after James Joyce’s Ulysses. I also recently taught a course titled “Tales of the Supermen,” where my students spent the first half of the semester studying classical representations of the superhero archetype in works such as Gilgamesh, Beowulf, The Odyssey, and Frankenstein. Then, in the second half the semester, students took what they (hopefully) learned and applied that knowledge to twentieth-century superheroes in comics and graphic novels, the idea being that cultures have always looked to heroes with superhuman abilities for inspiration, enlightenment, and, yes, entertainment.

And I am not alone. As luck would have it, or perhaps due simply to good taste, several other members of the English faculty at West Liberty University, all with different specialties, have been using comics and graphic novels to varying degrees in their own courses. Dr. Dominique Hoche, our resident Medievalist, uses contemporary comic theory to teach her students how to read medieval illustrations and art, and Dr. Waller Hastings (our Chair) specializes in children’s literature, an area of study that frequently lends itself to several forms of “picture books,” including comics. Overall, the response from our students was so overwhelmingly positive that the administration soon took notice and asked the English department to look into the feasibility of actually offering our students a major devoted to the study of comics as literature.

To that end, starting in the fall of 2013, the English program at West Liberty University will begin offering its students the first literature major in Graphic Narrative, a unique four-year degree for students interested in the study and analysis of comics as literature. Many art programs already offer comic-related degrees for students interested in the creation of comic art, but—up until now—only a few options existed for students interested more in the literary analysis of comics as opposed to the production of the art itself. English MA and PhD students at the University of Florida, for example, have the option of choosing a track of study referred to as “Comics and Visual Rhetoric.” And, just last fall, the English Department at the University of Oregon began offering a minor in what they call “Comics and Cartoon Studies,” an interdisciplinary program with course options in areas such as Art, Cinema, and Literature.

Obviously, there is no single, correct way to study “comics”; indeed, most academic programs cannot even seem to agree on what to call the medium in the first place. At WLU, the major will be in “Graphic Narrative,” an interdisciplinary approach to the study of comics that is, at its core, a degree in literature. Students will still be required to take the same core classes as other English majors (American literature, British literature, Shakespeare, etc.), as well as a selection of introductory courses in the visual arts in order to provide students with a grounded understanding of the significance of illustration and design. But the focus of the Graphic Narrative major will be “the study and creation of graphic novels and comics” through courses such as “Principles of Graphic Narrative” (comic theory), “The History of Sequential Art,” and “Writing for Comics,” as well as a variety of alternating special topics courses on subjects like “The Superhero,” “Graphic Non-Fiction,” “Underground Comix,” and “Manga.”

West Liberty University’s literature degree in Graphic Narrative is the first of its kind anywhere, and, trust me, we were just as surprised as anyone to discover that fact once we started looking around for models for our new program. However, although we are the first, we certainly do not believe that we will be the only comic-lit degree for long. If anything, as our department chair Dr. Hastings has pointed out, our Graphic Narrative major simply “reflects a growing interest nationally in this form of literature, both as a subject of academic study and as a field of creative endeavor. This major will prepare students for graduate work or employment as writers, editors, critics or other roles in the general publishing and comic book industry.” So now you have a little something extra to say the next time someone asks you what you can do with a degree in English.

Taken from: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/08/yes-you-can-now-major-in-comics-literature-by-professor-jeremy-larance/