Wednesday, 30 April 2014

May is National Masturbation Month

What? I don't remember that on my Hallmark calendar. Besides, isn't every month masturbation month? Rah, rah! Or is it raw, raw?

I'm sure you going to look at the title of this article and dismiss it as something silly or unimportant, but if you'll bear with me (bare with me?), I would like to tell the story of a screwed-up culture led by a Puritan tradition which vilifies any sex outside the confines of a monogamous marriage between a man and woman. Pleasure is a sin and sexual pleasure is a you're-going-to-burn-in-Hell-for-eternity sin. But let's not let put any undue pressure on children, and adults for that matter, about an integral part of the human experience.

Good Vibrations is a sex store in San Francisco founded in 1977 by sex therapist and educator Joani Blank. It was initially established with the goal of being a sex-positive and woman-centered alternative to the 'adult' bookstores of the time, Good Vibrations offered sex information and education, featured erotica and books about sexual health and pleasure, and pioneered the concept of the "sex-positive, clean, well-lighted place" to buy sex toys. (Wikipedia: Good Vibrations (sex shop): History)

Minnie Joycelyn Elders was the first African American and second woman to hold the position of Surgeon General of the United States, being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. (Wikipedia: Joycelyn Elders: Career and Tenure as U.S. Surgeon General) Like many of the surgeons general before her, she was an outspoken advocate of a variety of health-related causes. She argued for an exploration of the possibility of drug legalization and backed the distribution of contraceptives in schools.

In 1994, she was invited to speak at a United Nations conference on AIDS. She was asked whether it would be appropriate to promote masturbation as a means of preventing young people from engaging in riskier forms of sexual activity, and she replied, "I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught." This remark caused great controversy and resulted in Elders losing the support of the White House. ... Elders was fired by President Clinton as a result of the controversy in December 1994.

In 1995, California sex advocate Dr. Carol Queen with the assistance of Good Vibrations, held the first National Masturbation Day on May 7 while declaring May masturbation month.

Surveys indicate that 90 per cent of North American men and 65 per cent of women masturbate, Queen notes, "yet masturbation continues to be maligned in our culture, censored from our education and scorned as the sexual expression of those who can't get a date.

"So much so that when the American Surgeon-General Joycelyn Elders endorsed the teaching of masturbation in high school sex-ed classes six years ago, she was fired by the Clinton administration.

"We gave our heads a shake and said it's about time we fought back. That's when we founded National Masturbation Day." (Toronto Star, May 20/2001: NMD: A touchy subject by John Karastamatis)

Good Vibrations: May is Masturbation Month
[I apologise to Good Vibrations for quoting their entire web page in full without prior permission but this was just too good to pass by.]

Good Vibrations began celebrating National Masturbation Month in 1995. Earlier that year, then-Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders was fired for saying that masturbation should be discussed as part of young peoples' sex education. We were astounded. It was one of the most sensible things we'd ever heard a government official say -- and it cost Elders her job! We started National Masturbation Month to raise awareness, and because we wanted to highlight the importance of masturbation for nearly everyone: it's safe, it's healthy, it's free, it's pleasurable and it helps people get to know their bodies and their sexual responses. Of all the kinds of sex people can have, masturbation is the most universal and important, yet few people talk about it freely -- worse, many people still feel it is "second best" or problematic in some way. National Masturbation Month lets us emphasize how great it is: it's natural, common and fun! This year's theme is "D.I.Y." Do it yourself! Nobody does it better!

Why May?
Because "the merry, merry month of May" has long been seen as symbolizing sexual awakening. Also, because "May" and "masturbation" both start with "M" -- it's nice and alliterative.

Why talk about masturbation?
Because many people still feel guilty about it, or feel they do it too much, or feel it's a second-best substitute for "real" sex. We think it's important to bring it out into the open and let people feel better about what they're doing -- and, for those who may not be doing it, we want to encourage it! Masturbation is, for many, the cornerstone to a healthy and good sex life. It isn't second-best -- it can give you the information and awareness you need to enjoy the rest of your sex life. Self love rules!

Why Masturbate?
* Because masturbation is immensely pleasurable, invigorating, rejuvenating and fun.
* Because sexual pleasure is each person's birthright.
* Because masturbation is the ultimate safe sex.
* Because masturbation is a joyous expression of self love.
* Because masturbation offers numerous health benefits including menstrual cramp relief, stress reduction, endorphin release, stronger pelvic muscles, reduction of prostate gland infection for men and resistance to yeast infections for women.
* Because masturbation is an excellent cardiovascular workout.
* Because each person is their own best lover.
* Because masturbation with a partner can be educational and hot.
* Because masturbation increases sexual awareness.

For these and many other reasons we celebrate National Masturbation Month and affirm the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness and sexual pleasure!

History of the Masturbation Taboo
Almost everyone masturbates, but all too few of us are willing to admit to enjoying this simple pleasure -- mostly because of the taboo against masturbation in our society, which has its roots in historical misconceptions that have survived to the present day. Concerns about masturbation tend to fall into two general categories: that masturbation is dangerously wasteful or that it's immature. The notion that masturbation is wasteful springs from the widespread misconception that men have a finite allotment of sperm and that every ejaculation depletes precious semen, resulting in exhaustion and weakness. Although women don't produce semen, it was once believed that masturbation was similarly destructive and debilitating to them. The belief that masturbation is such a dangerous drain on energy that it can lead to enfeeblement, illness and ultimately insanity was so persistent in 18th, 19th and even 20th century Europe and America that treatments for preventing masturbation became something of an obsession.

Turn-of-the-century magazines featured advertisements for penile rings which were spiked on the inside so that if the wearer experienced an erection during the course of the night, he'd wake from the pain. Bondage belts, restraints, straitjackets, cauterizing irons and even clitoridectomy (the surgical excision of the clitoris) were all methods used to prevent young women from masturbating. American health reformers of the 19th century preached, as in these words from John Kellogg, that masturbation was "the vilest, the basest and the most degrading act that a human being can commit."

Although most men and women today are aware that masturbation isn't a "degrading act," many are still constrained by the notion that it's a selfish, immature activity or a second-rate substitute for partner sex. We live in a society in which sexual expression has always been legislated and restricted and the pursuit of pure pleasure is frequently condemned as selfish and childish. A lot of people who consider themselves free of sexual hang-ups have simply rewritten the equation "sex is only good if it involves procreation" to "sex is only good if it involves two loving people." The fact that masturbation is a pleasurable end in itself gets short shrift in mainstream sex manuals, which focus on masturbation as a useful tool in the building of a better sex life with one's partner. While it's certainly true that masturbation provides valuable information about your own and your partners' sexual responses, masturbation is much more than a means to the exalted end of better partner sex. Masturbation is our first sexual activity, a natural source of pleasure that's available to us throughout our lives, and a unique form of creative self-expression. Each time you masturbate, you're celebrating your sexuality and your innate capacity for pleasure, so give yourself a hand!

Masturbation Today
While giving yourself pleasure may seem as natural as taking a breath, masturbation is by no means a widely accepted form of sexual activity. Today, in many parts of the world (including the U.S.) children are punished if they are caught masturbating, which can affect their sexuality for the rest of their lives. Adults in cultures across the globe are presented with heterosexual marriage as the only acceptable form of sexual expression. Masturbation is not honored as an important form of safer sex, much less as a way a person can love herself, learn about himself, or exercise, as one wonderful Chinese euphemism puts it, "self-comfort."

Masturbation can be a radical act, and the culture that suppresses masturbation may suppress many other personal freedoms as well. While celebrating National Masturbation Month and doing your part to bring self love out of the closet, keep in mind that erotic freedom is essential to true well-being, everywhere.

Think About It
Sexual pleasure is each person's birthright. What? Really? Am I not supposed to be going to hell?

I'm saying that tongue in cheek but in all seriousness, since starting this blog and writing about various issues, I have been startled, no taken aback by the amount of misinformation and politicized B.S. being passed around as fact. We may pooh-pooh our ancestors for worshipping the sun as a god or some other superstitious nonsense; however I clearly see that we are no better off today with our extraordinary ignorance of the world and our adamant and misguided belief in our own misinterpretation of religious ideas.

The other end of the spectrum: the American Life League
The American Life League (ALL) is one of the largest pro-life organizations in the United States. Not only are they anti-abortion, they espouse a policy of abstinence until marriage and I mean abstinence from all sex. In my blog Planned Parenthood: addicting children to sex!!!, I describe in chilling detail how ALL is going after our bodies, trying to stop funding to Planned Parenthood, trying to stop all abortions, trying to stop sex education, and trying to stop contraception. In a jaw-dropping promotional video, ALL compares Planned Parenthood to your neighbourhood drug pusher attempting to get kids hooked on sex using masturbation as their "gateway drug". It is a stunning display of a puritanical mentality that would have all of us hiding shamefully in the closet.

Just imagine what would happen if Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann or even the president of ALL, Judie Brown, somehow came to power. We would all be knocked back to the Dark Ages. We would be burning people at the stake, using blood-letting as a home remedy and putting chastity belts on girls. Am I exaggerating? Planned Parenthood gone. Legal abortions gone. Sex Education gone. Free condoms gone. Sex gone. It would truly be George Orwell's 1984 with its dystopian double speak and mind control. Your dalliances would be secretive, shameful, and under risk of discovery. ... No wait, that's right now!

Do we need sex education?
In my blog Sex Ed: Betty Dodson: educator, author, pro-sex feminist, I refer to a letter where the writer makes this startling admission: "I am 27 years old, never had an orgasm. I'm married 5 years with 2 kids."

In my postings Cindy Gallop: Make Love Not Porn and Book Review: Make Love Not Porn by Cindy Gallop, this self-professed New York cougar talks about her experiences of dating younger men whose sole source of sex education has been pornography. While some would immediately jump to the hasty conclusion that porn is bad, Ms. Gallop points out that the issue is not porn at all. "We all do it, yet we don't talk about it. Most parents are too embarrassed to teach their children about sex and talk to them about the issues surrounding it. ... Most countries around the world have not formalized and integrated sex education into the educational system and curriculum. ... hardcore porn has become, be default, the sex education of today."

How to teach kids about sex
One woman blogger is involved in her church with her son in a program about sex education which involved the handing out of condoms. Another woman blogger has had frank discussions not just about sex but relationships with her sons and has said she will allow sex under her roof so she has some control over the matter and that's better that them sneaking around. Those are two examples of the zillions of families out there trying to figure what to say to their kids... or hoping the whole issue will magically disappear.

The following reference web sites and authors who deal with sex education and covering, tying this to the month of May, masturbation.

my blog: Sex Ed: Scarleteen
This web site is an independent source of information about sex which was founded in 1998 by Heather Corinna. Presenting a "sex positive" resource with the tag line "Sex Ed for the Real World", this amazing site speaks frankly of every possible topic connected to sex and relationships. Staffed by Heather and a group of volunteers, the site is apparently viewed by tens of thousands of readers each day, as the site says, between the ages of 15 and 25.

my blog: Sex Ed: Sue Johanson
For those of you would are unfamiliar with the name, Ms. Johanson is a veritable institution in Canada and the United States in the area of sex education. Her informed, fact based approach to discussing the "final frontier" has garnered her accolades from many corners. She received Canada's highest honour in 2001, the Order of Canada.

Sue Johanson, born 1930, is a registered nurse, Canadian writer, speaker and sex educator. Her first real foray into media was a 14 year stint on the radio station Q107 in Toronto between 1984 and 1998. The Sunday Night Sex Show was dedicated to advice on sex and from 1985 onwards, a parallel show existed on the community access channel of Rogers cable. It became a national show on the Women's Television Network and was picked up by Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network in 2002. [sigh] Unfortunately, Sue retired from weekly broadcasting in 2008. Fortunately, her materials live on via the Internet and she does continue to lecture.

[I have a link to a video of Ms. Johanson, age 79, demonstrating with a dildo how to put a condom on using just your mouth.]

my blog: Sex Ed: Violet Blue
Ms. Blue is an author, blogger, sex educator and sex columnist. She has contributed to a number of publications over the years in various formats: a weekly sex column for the San Francisco Chronicle, podcasts, a video blog as well as a regular blog and a feature about porn for woman in the magazine O, The Oprah Magazine. She has written 11 books on various sex topics; edited 9 anthologies of erotica and a half a dozen audio books plus writes for, edits and manages several web sites. However she does work outside the area of sex itself by contributing tech articles for ZDNet and both writes for and edits her own tech blog called techyum. Forbes named her one of The Web Celeb 25 in 2007. A busy woman indeed.

my blog: Sex Ed: Dr. Laura Berman
Laura Berman is an American sex educator and therapist. She has made appearances in various media including The Today Show and Oprah Winfrey and also stars in a reality TV series called Sexual Healing on Showtime. With her sister, Jennifer Berman MD, she has co-authored a book called "FOR WOMEN ONLY: A Revolutionary Guide for Reclaiming your Sex Life". She heads The Berman Center in Chicago, "a specialized health center focused on women's and couples' sexual health".

In my other blogs about Sex Ed, I discovered that Sue Johanson recommends sex toys; Scarleteen discusses them and Violet Blue is pro-sex toy. Dr. Laura Berman is no exception. Her web site talks about how to select the best one and she has partnered with a company Pleasure Me Now to offer various toys to the public.

Some funny stuff: Slang Terms for Masturbation
We, and that is the collective we, have both an active imagination when it comes to euphemisms and metaphors coupled with an amusing sense of humour. Considering that of the sexes comes with different equipment, some expressions vary. We all know "jacking off" for guys but have you heard "jilling off" for the gals?

Men have "polishing the stick" while women have "buffing the box". "Getting in touch with yourself" and "being your own best friend" seem to be applicable to both sexes.

DirtySlang.Com: Male Masturbation Slang Terms

A big date with Rosy Palms
A date with Mrs. Palmer and her 5 slut daughters
Abusing the usual suspect
Shaking the hand of the self-employed

DirtySlang.Com: Female Masturbation Slang Terms

A Night in With the Girls
Hiking Through the Grand Canyon
Visiting the Magic Kingdom
Waking the Butterfly

My all time favourite for the ladies still has me guffawing out loud at my computer desk: Tiptoe Through the Two Lips

Final Word
A month dedicated to self-love because sexual pleasure is each person's birthright. On the other hand (no joke intended), the American Life League and those associated with the far-right would have us abstain and hide this part of our being. I've said it before; I'll say it again: we are a confused society. We are ignorant and inexperienced and as a consequence guilt-ridden by a traditional puritanical streak dating back centuries. The Dark Ages indeed.

Prohibition failed to stop the use of alcohol. Abstinence does not stop people from having sex. Instead of trying to sweep the issue under the rug, we need to face it head-on. Minnie Joycelyn Elders, Surgeon General of the United States, may have been fired by President Bill Clinton for political reasons, but she will be vindicated in the long run as her ideas about sex education must prevail if we are to have a better society. You can run but you can't hide. After all, you can't hide from your own sexuality; you always have it with you.



References

I have written a number of articles on sex, pornography, women's issues, and politics. Consult the Site Map to browse my literary meanderings.

EmpowerHer - Apr 30/2010
May is National Masturbation Month By Stacy Lloyd
May 1 marks the first day of Nation Masturbation Month. If you didn't know this, you’re not alone. The annual observance is not high profile.

Wikipedia: National Masturbation Day
National Masturbation Day (NMD) is an annual event celebrated on a day in May to protect the right to masturbate. The first National Masturbation Day was observed in 1995. Till 2001, NMD was celebrated on May 7, but in 2005 NMD was celebrated on May 28. Alongside NMD, the month of May is celebrated as the National Masturbation Month.

Wikipedia: Good Vibrations (sex shop)
Good Vibrations is a San Francisco-based corporation associated with the sex industry. It operates six retail stores (five in in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one in Brookline, MA); a mail-order business; an e-commerce website; a wholesale arm; and an erotic-video production company, Good Releasing.
...
A notable part of the store was the display of antique vibrators, which were initially developed as a treatment for "female hysteria". This became a tourist draw known as "the antique vibrator museum", which was listed by Frommer's in the category "Best Free Things to Do in San Francisco".

Wikipedia: Joycelyn Elders
Minnie Joycelyn Elders (born Minnie Lee Jones on August 13, 1933) is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on controversial issues such as drug legalization and distributing contraception in schools. She was fired mid-term in December 1994 amidst controversy.

Wikipedia: Masturbate-a-thon
The Masturbate-a-thon is an event in which participants masturbate in order to raise money for charity and increase the public awareness and dispel the shame and taboos that exist about this form of sexual activity. During the past six years, the Masturbate-a-thon has raised over $25,000 for women’s health initiatives and HIV prevention, education and treatment organizations, and has contributed to debates about safer sex and alternative safe methods of sexual expression. The event awards several honors for those who raise the most money as well as for multiple orgasms and endurance.

Wikipedia: Masturbation
Masturbation refers to the sexual stimulation of a person's genitals, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation can be performed manually, by use of objects or tools, or by some combination of these methods. Masturbation is a common form of autoeroticism, providing sexual pleasure or orgasm in the absence of a partner. The act, when performed with a partner, is called mutual masturbation and is sometimes used as an alternative to sexual intercourse.

Wiktionary: Onanism
1. ejaculating outside the vagina during intercourse; (the performing of) coitus interruptus
2. masturbation

Etymology
From the biblical name Onan: In the Book of Genesis, Onan, son of Judah, in fulfillment of the laws of levirate marriage was to impregnate his brother Er's widow, Tamar, in order to raise offspring from the union in his brother's name. In order to avoid raising descendants for his late brother, however, Onan spilled his semen on the ground when he went in to his brother's wife, so that he would not give offspring to his brother. (Genesis 38:9). Thus the word Onanism was coined, meaning ejaculating outside the vagina, or masturbation (because this also spills semen, rather than using it for procreation).

Wikipedia: Onan
Onan is a minor biblical person in the Book of Genesis Chapter 38, who was the second son of Judah. Like his older brother, Er, Onan died prematurely by Yahweh's will for being wicked.

Biblical account
After Onan's brother Er died, his father Judah told him to fulfill his duty as a brother-in-law to Tamar, by giving her offspring. Centuries later, in the days of Moses, this practice was formulated into a law of a Levirate marriage, where the brother of the deceased would provide offspring to the childless widow to preserve the family line.

However, when Onan had sex with Tamar, he disregarded this principle when he withdrew before climax and "spilled his seed (or semen) on the ground", since any child born would not legally be considered his heir. This he did several times, disregarding the principle of a Levirate union, and was accordingly sentenced to death by Yahweh for this wickedness. (Genesis 38:8-10)

Criticism
A number of scholars maintain that the story does not refer to masturbation, but to coitus interruptus, and that the Bible does not claim that masturbation would be sinful.

The Boston Phoenix - May 27/2009
The original DIY, observed: Celebrating the safest of sex
We all know that masturbation is totally normal and healthy, but did you know that it's so ordinary that we start doing it before we even come out of the womb? True story! In Mary Roach's Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (Norton, 2008), she tells readers about in-utero masturbation, apparently observed in a sonogram image by an Israeli doctor who in 1987 sent a letter to the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine that was accompanied by pictures of a seven-month-old fetus "grasping his penis in a fashion resembling masturbation movements." Whoa.

Wikipedia: The Contest
"The Contest" is the 51st episode of the NBC sitcom, Seinfeld. The 11th episode of the fourth season, it aired on November 18, 1992. In the episode, George Costanza tells Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer that his mother caught him unaware while he was masturbating. The conversation results in George, Jerry, Elaine and Kramer entering into a contest to determine who can go for the longest period of time without masturbating.

The episode was controversial when broadcast because NBC thought that masturbation was not a topic suitable for prime time television. As a result, the word "masturbation" is never used in the episode. Instead, the subject is described using a series of euphemisms, while the meaning of the subject is still made clear to the audience. The writer of the episode, Larry David, won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series for his work on the episode. One euphemism used in the episode is "master of my domain", said by a character when still in the contest. It has become a catchphrase in popular culture, although it is not always used in reference to masturbation.

Uploaded by ishapiro1 on Jun 24, 2010
YouTube: 3D fetal ultrasound - amazing things fetuses do in the womb - Dr. I. Shapiro
"Life in 3D" -- Real-time 3D ultrasound ("4D") video showing what fetuses do in the womb: smiling, yawning, urinating, masturbating, kicking their co-twin and much more... The video clip was presented in The Second Philadelphia Prenatal Diagnosis Update Conference (organized by Drexel University College of Medicine, June 4, 2010) at the end of Dr. Shapiro's lecture on "3D ultrasound - gimmick or breakthrough?" The lecture was aimed to demonstrate the significant medical benefit of 3D ultrasound, but though this is the purpose of the examination, some amusement makes no harm. - Ultrasound and video editing -- Dr. Israel Shapiro, Haifa, Israel

Published on Mar 10, 2012 by PatriotReview
Clinton's Surgeon-General says Masturbation should be taught in school [Dec 1994]
Fmr US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders on Masturbation [NBC News - Dec 9th, 1994]



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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Little Violet: Don't Stop



Make it ooze with the unthinkable
Don't stop till you come first

Life so unpredictable
Take control of what you're worth

Wasting time's forgivable
But nobody wants to grow old

It's time for the original
to come and break the mold

take it easy
Just one step at a time
and baby you'll be fine

Take a leap, don't hold back
Get yourself back on track
Keep on moving, don't stop
Don't stop, don't stop

Let your senses guide you
Shake it up, inspire you
Do anything you want to
but don't stop, don't stop

Remember how you made it here
A game of truth of dare

You rolled the dice with confidence
Now the fortune we can share

Our finish line is drawing near
Just keep your eyes on the prize

A muted style is calling you
I don't try it on the side

take it easy
Just one step at a time
and baby you'll be fine

Take a leap, don't hold back
Get yourself back on track
Keep on moving, don't stop
Don't stop, don't stop

Let your senses guide you
Shake it up, inspire you
Do anything you want to
but don't stop, don't stop

A crowd of hungry animals are eager to sneak in
If you can find that leap of faith
Than let the games begin

Awaken to a paradise
I'll smile at your every command
Remember to take the good advise
And avoid the sinking sand

take it easy
Just one step at a time
and baby you'll be fine

Take a leap, don't hold back
Get yourself on track
Keep on moving, don't stop
Don't stop, don't stop

Let your senses guide you
Shake it up, inspire you
Do anything you want to
but don't stop, don't stop

Take a leap, don't hold back
Get yourself on track
Keep on moving, don't stop
Don't stop, don't stop

Let your senses guide you
Shake it up, inspire you
Do anything you want to
but don't stop, don't stop


References

Published on Sep 4, 2012 by Cuckoo Leeds

Twitter: Little Violet @_Littleviolet

Facebook: Little Violet

YouTube channel: Little Violet

Cuckoo Leeds: Little Violet
Little Violet is the new Electro Swing sensation that’s been making waves in the scene that’s to support from Gramaphonedzie and Nick Hollywood. Her first release was remixed by Odjbox, DJ Incontrol and Mr.Edwardz and her follow up is sounding hot hot hot!

TGA Magazine - Nov 8/2012
Introducing Little Violet by Rosie Hanley
We would like to introduce you to the latest electro-swing sensation, Little Violet. Her debut single, ‘Don’t Stop’ is out on Cuckoo Records, 12 November 2012 and it’s already causing a stir, as is her infectious personality and vocal delivery. We caught up with the retro-voxed chanteuse to find out exactly who Little Violet is and what she’s all about.

Published on Oct 7, 2012 by Little Violet
YouTube: Shut Up - Little Violet
After the success of Little Violet's You Tube debut with 'Don't Stop'.

Published on Mar 31, 2014 by Little Violet
YouTube: Little Violet - Charleston Boogie
Live footage of Little Violet from The Georgian Theatre, Stockton.

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Pricasso: Seminal Performance Art

Tim Patch, commonly known by his professional stage name Pricasso, is an Australian artist who is known for using his penis, scrotum and buttocks to paint portraits, landscapes and female nudes... Patch chose the name of "Pricasso" – a portmanteau of prick (a slang term for penis) and Picasso. (Wikipedia)

Sorry, I was mistaken before. Now I can say I've seen it all. As Monty Python would say, "And now for something completely different."

Performance art is, by its very definition, a performance. It may engage us. It may bore us. But however you judge its artistic merits or its entertainment value, it at least made you look.

"There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
-Oscar Wilde

Mr. Patch, as his story goes, was inspired to try his, ahem, hand at this in 2005 after seeing Puppetry of the Penis, a theatre show of naked men contorting their privates into various positions with comic narration. Hey, if the gals get The Vagina Monologues, wasn't it inevitable the guys would do something?

Pricasso said that portrait work is the most challenging type of painting, so he set himself a goal of painting an accurate-looking portrait within 20 minutes. Due to normal paint containing lime, which erodes the skin, Pricasso makes his own water-based paints. Before he begins painting he also covers his penis and buttocks in Vaseline in order to work for several hours without causing irritation to his skin. (Wikipedia)

video NSFW: So, how exactly does he do it?
I thought you would never ask. And voilà, I found the following video which graphically, explicitly, unequivocally, shows you precisely how a man uses his genitalia to stir up a controversy... I mean, paint.



Sexpo
Mr. Patch's nom de plume is reportedly a regular attraction at Sexpo, the world's largest adult show. You can come out and have your portrait done and watch the artist in action.





But is it art?
Okay, ignoring the how, what does anybody think of the what? Just what are the final results?





Final Word
There is certainly a novelty factor, no doubt about it. The art seems to be adequate. If you don't have the opportunity to meet Mr. Patch in person, I see from his web site that you can order your portrait for $274 USD. You apparently get a video of the master at work.

When Ordering Please Specifie G, PG, or 18+R for the rating of the Video
(G) Tasteful shots as you would see on TV no penis shots
(PG) Showing the process of penis painting with close up flassid [sic] penis and bum shots from all angles
(18+R) Same as (PG) but about a third of it painted with the penis Erect, to shock your friends


By all means, 18+R. I want the whole enchilada. I want to brag how Mr. Patch found working on my painting to be stimulating. (or fill in your own joke here)

I'm sure your average Joe or Josephine will be dismissive. This is ridiculous. This is stupid. But I do have to admire performance artists as they put themselves out there and leave themselves totally open to ridicule. Now you may say they deserve it, but they do come up with original ideas. And who knows what people may think in a hundred years? Remember Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans?

[In 2010 the 6-foot-high painting] “Big Campbell’s Soup Can With Can Opener (Vegetable),” sold at Christie’s International for $23.8 million. (Bloomberg)

Who knows where Mr. Patch may end up in the eyes of art lovers? I wouldn't be surprised if his namesake Pablo would not only approve, but wonder why he didn't think of the technique himself.


References

Wikipedia: Pricasso
Nicholas Chare, in an article titled "Sexing the Canvas", has linked Pricasso's work with statements by classic modern painters who referred to the activity of painting as a "seminal" or "spermatic" activity with sexual connotations.

official web site: Pricasso Performance Artist

Google image search: Pricasso

Google video search: Pricasso


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Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Pussycat Dolls: I Don't Need A Man



I see you looking at me
Like I got something that's for you
And the way that you stare
Don't you dare
'Cause I'm not about to
Just give it all up to you
'Cause there are some things I won't do
And I'm not afraid to tell you
I don't ever want to leave you confused

The more you try
The less I buy it
And I don't have to think it through
You know if I'm into you

I don't need a man to make it happen
I get off being free
I don't need a man to make me feel good
I get off doing my thing
I don't need a ring around my finger
To make me feel complete
So let me break it down
I can get off when you ain't around
Oh!

You know I got my own life
And I bought everything that's in it
So if you want to be with me
It ain't all about the bling you bringing
I want a love that's for real
And without that, no deal
And baby I don't need a hand
If it only wants to grab one thing

The more you try
The less I buy it
And I don't have to think it through
You know if I'm feeling you

I don't need a man to make it happen
I get off being free
I don't need a man to make me feel good
I get off doing my thing
I don't need a ring around my finger
To make me feel complete
So let me break it down
I can get off when you ain't around
Oh!

Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
[Repeat 4X]

I don't need a
I don't need a man, I don't
I don't need a man
I'll get me through
'Cause I know I'm fine
I feel brand new

I don't need a
I don't need a man, I don't
I don't need a man
I'll make it through
'Cause I know I'm fine
Without you!

I don't need a man to make it happen
I get off being free
I don't need a man to make me feel good
I get off doing my thing
I don't need a ring around my finger
To make me feel complete
So let me break it down
I can get off when you ain't around
Oh!

I don't need a man (I'm over you)
I don't need a man (I'm over you)
I don't need a man
(I'm without you)
(I'm over you)

I don't need a man
I don't need a man
I don't need a man

Oh!


References

Uploaded on Dec 19, 2009 by ThePussycatDollsVEVO

Wikipedia: I Don't Need a Man
"I Don't Need a Man" is a song recorded by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls from their debut studio album, PCD (2005). The song was written by Nicole Scherzinger, Rich Harrison, Kara DioGuardi and Vanessa Brown while it was produced by Harrison with additional production by Ron Fair. Cosmopolitan listed the song at number 2 on the magazine's "Best Breakup Songs".

Wikipedia: PCD (album)
PCD is the self-titled debut studio album by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls, released on September 13, 2005 by A&M Records and Interscope Records.

Wikipedia: The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls were an American pop girl group and dance ensemble, founded in Los Angeles, California, by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe. After attracting media attention, Antin negotiated a record deal with Interscope Records in 2003 turning the group into a music franchise [then] transformed into a global image and commercial brand.
...
The Dolls brand diversified into merchandise, reality television programs, a Las Vegas act, product endorsements, spin-off recording groups (Girlicious, Paradiso Girls, G.R.L.) and other ventures. In 2009, Billboard ranked the Pussycat Dolls as the 80th most successful musical act of the 2000s. The group has sold 50 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time


The group broke up in 2010.

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Milo Moiré: Giving Birth to Performance Art



Published on Apr 12, 2014 by MiloMoire
The "PlopEgg" Painting Performance #1 (Art Cologne 2014)
A Milo Moiré Performance @ The Opening of Art Cologne (Text by Elaine Abrams)

An upright standing nude on a loft... One with ink and acrylic fueled egg... A preserved canvas...

What the spectators are about to expect, is the compressed birth of a piece of art.
Slowly the egg leaves the natal canal of the artist and smashes on the canvas, red colour flows out. The next egg contains another colour and so bit by bit, accompanied only by loud "Plops", an abstract art work originates -- archaically, uncontrollably and intuitively. At the end of this almost meditative art birth performance the stained canvas is folded up, smoothed and unfolded to a symmetrically reflected picture, astonishingly coloured and full of strong because universal symbolism.



Performance Art
Years ago, I ran across an art book about Christo, a performance artist famous for wrapping things like entire buildings. His most notable works include the wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995 and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris in 1984 plus the 24-mile (39 km)-long Running Fence in California in 1976. I admit that at first, I didn't get it. Why do something only to dismantle it shortly thereafter? I didn't understand the idea behind performance art. The objective is not to make something which will last, the objective is the doing. The art, if you will, is in the process of creating, constructing, of doing what you're doing.

Saying that, I add that I don't get Jackson Pollack. Yes, I'm an art dunderhead. Then again, it looks like he had a good time throwing stuff at the canvas. In researching this, I discovered artist Millie Brown ingests coloured soy milk and regurgitates it to create paintings. Ms. Brown has come to the public eye after appearing in a live video where she, ahem, throws up on the dress of pop singer Lady Gaga. We all have our 15 minutes.

I was at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival held on September 13, 1969. During the performance of the Plastic Ono Band, Yoko was on stage under a blanket screaming into a microphone. Yes, screaming. She was doing performance art while we the audience wanted to hear John Lennon. I still remember the chant which started in the crowd, "ONO! Oh yes!"

It all makes for a good story. "I was there when..." But would I want to be the first of my block to own a painting created through the "natal canal"? Call me old fashioned; I was expecting a number two brush. Nevertheless, Monday morning around the water cooler, I can tell everybody I saw it with my own eyes.

Other (unusual) Art

my blog: Ellen Jong: The body as performance art - July 28/2011
In 2006, she published her first monograph, "Pees On Earth", a collection of self-portraits taken while urinating in public. In 2010, she published "Getting To Know My Husband’s Cock", a collection of pictures of her husband but not limited to that one body part.


Photo: Peter Palm
References

Wikipedia: Milo Moiré (translated from French)
Milo Moiré is an artist Swiss . Performer , she often uses her own nakedness. Born in Switzerland, Slovak and Spanish origin, Milo Moiré lives and works in Düsseldorf , Germany.

Wikipedia: Milo Moiré (original entry in French)

official web site: Milo Moiré

Facebook: Milo Moire

Twitter: Milo Moire @MiloMoire

The Script System (2013)
Performance video where Milo Moiré walks naked in the tram Düsseldorf , with names written in black clothes on his body.

Always the same way to work, day after day...it is early in the morning...FAR TOO EARLY for performance art!
The semi-automatized operating according to an internalised script...enter, pass through, punch the ticket, sit down...
Disturbed by a completely naked woman, right in the middle of it, dressed in words... What will happen? Astonishingly...
NOT THAT MUCH!










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Friday, 25 April 2014

A Conference Call in Real Life



Published on Jan 22, 2014 by Tripp and Tyler
Created by Tripp and Tyler
Produced by Green Tricycle Studios



References

official web site: Tripp and Tyler
Tripp and Tyler are a sketch comedy duo most known for their hilarious and viral YouTube videos. They started creating their original material in 2006, and since they’ve amassed over 30 MILLION YouTube views and over 100,000 subscribers.

Each year Tripp and Tyler host live events for over 250,000 people where they perform original sketches, interact with the audience, and interview notable personalities. For the last year, they’ve been hosting their own live variety show in Atlanta. Every show has sold out, and people are wanting more.

Facebook: Tripp and Tyler
Guaranteed to make you laugh or not laugh, at least twice...guaranteed.

Twitter: Tripp and Tyler @trippandtyler

YouTube channel: Tripp and Tyler

Google video search: Tripp and Tyler

2014-04-25

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Killing Time



Produced by Scofield Editorial, Inc.
What happens when the boss leaves for a while?


References

Uploaded on Jul 8, 2010 by zeorge497

Scofield Editorial, Inc.
Video production company based at Indianapolis, Indiana, and offering video production, duplication, post production services with AVID and Discreet Logic

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations



Produced by Scofield Editorial, Inc.
The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

The challenge
Budgets are shrinking, clients expect more for their dollar. We get that. Not only do we have our own experience, we hear stories from our clients and our vendors. So, armed with a camera and our tongues planted firmly in-cheek, we set out to have a little fun with an issue that can sometimes be a bit delicate.

The solution
We pitched ideas around the lunch table, told stories of our own, recounted stories that had been told to us, and came up with three characters that we felt could bring some humor to issue. And so, on a lazy Saturday, we got together and got to work.

Recognition and results
2 million (and counting) YouTube hits. Addy awards at the local, regional, and national level. And hundreds of comments, e-mails, phone calls, handshakes. We struck a universal truth, and people from all walks of life, doctors to tow-truck drivers all said, “This happens to me too!”




References

Uploaded on May 22, 2009 by zeorge497

Scofield Editorial, Inc.
Video production company based at Indianapolis, Indiana, and offering video production, duplication, post production services with AVID and Discreet Logic

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2014-04-23

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Jackie Loeb: Unhappy




It might seem crazy what I'm 'bout to say
My first world problems gettin' in my way
Went to pilates and forgot my mat
Ran out of bottled water and now I'm drinkin' tap

Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you feel like the world's about to end
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you've only got twenty Facebook friends
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you can't get almond milk in your latte
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you don't like the atmosphere at Met Café.

Couldn't find quinoa on the supermarket shelf
My housekeeper's sick I had to clean myself
Went for a walk and I had no wi-fi
I couldn't send a tweet thought I was gunna die.

Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you can't afford gluten free bread
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you're still sleepin' on the futon bed
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you have to fly economy
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you're still usin' an iPhone three

[spoken]

Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you don't know how to park your SUV
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if a wheel is broken on your trolly
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if your botox and your fillers have gone slightly wrong
Cuz I'm unhappy
Clap along if you're done with clapping to this song.


References

Published on Apr 19, 2014 by Jackie Loeb

UnHappy. The Offical Music Video. Written and Performed by Comedian, Singer and Actor - Jackie Loeb.

IMDb: Jackie Loeb
Jackie Loeb is an actress and writer, known for Full Frontal (1993), Girls at Beach with Mum (2003) and Cracker Night (2007).

official web site: Jackie Loeb
Jackie Loeb has worked extensively as a stand - up comedian, actor, vocalist, musician, voice over artist and writer. Since 1992, Jackie has delighted audiences with her highly original brand of comedy across Australia and internationally. 2012 has already been a huge year for Jackie. With a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and The MO Award for ‘Excellence in Live Performance’ under her belt, Jackie has been busy with Stand- Up shows across Los Angeles and Australia and the development of a new web series.

YouTube channel: Jackie Loeb

Facebook: Jackie Loeb
Nominated for this year’s prestigious Hollywood Fringe Festival Award for ‘Best Comedy Show’ and winner of the ‘MO Achievement of Excellence Award in Live Comedy’, Jackie Loeb has maintained her reputation as one of today’s most hilarious and multi talented Stand-Up Comedians while simultaneously distinguishing herself as Actor, Vocalist, Musician, Voice Over Artist and Writer.

Twitter: Jackie Loeb @jackieloeb
Comedian, Former Plus Size Model, Asbestos Remover, Sugar and Carb addict. Very Nice Person. I promise, you won't find nicer or you'll give me your money back!

2014-04-22

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Do No Disturb (and I mean, do NOT disturb)




Do not disturb. {It's disturbing enough}

































2014-04-21

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