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It’s Like Magic Mushrooms, Only More Graphic Sexually (Vintage German Porn)

Usually, I don’t find there to be a language barrier in porn. But…

Well, just watch this:

Via Herzog, which claims to be “the one and only original source for the famous Heidi Porn movies from the 70s and 80s.”

The Scottish Mc Fizz has left the building! He searches for a special kind of herb that will help him out of his misery. As soon as the little village finds out the villagers turn out to be very keen to promote this plant and it’s healthy effects!

Whether this herb is like those mushrooms I did in the 1980s, or it’s a fabled male potency thing, the sex is on. German Fly, perhaps?

I am fascinated.

Discovered via.

PS Interestingly, if you do a Google image search for this image, you get World Cup images.

magic potent mushroom herbs for sex

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Amis Amiss?

New York Magazine recently provided a little graphic based on data about the sleeping patterns of “geniuses” (The data came from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Currey.) We’re supposed to be shocked by how much creative types sleep — but I’m completely tossed by seeing Kingsley Amis on the list! Then again, I only know him from what I’d call “pulp novels”; That Uncertain Feeling (aka Only Two Can Play), which I liked very much, and I Like It Here, which I liked not-so-much.

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In EROS Magazine, July 1980

CR/LF of Sex Is AS Red-Blooded Thing wrote this for Peek-A-Boob, then when he revamped the site a few years ago, this post somehow was cut. I’m pleased to republish it as a guest post here because I think it’s quite insightful. (If you would like to guest here, contact me.)

eros july 1980EROS magazine shows it’s genes, hearkening towards 1970s Penthouse style, and adequately fits the “men’s lifestyle porn” of that period. The articles are few and short, easy to read — while the photos are edgy and much more titillating than a Playboy ‘centerfold’ style of photo galleries.

This issue, July 1980, is barely one hundred pages long, with quite a few being pictures.

Advertisements do dominate many pages; nearly all are for other adult products, probably due to the smaller size & scope of the magazine. Many of the ads even bring a blush to my face, despite having been hardened by the so-called rampant sexuality they say we’re exposed to today. The acts described — golden showers, hot ‘lessies’, group come, sucking cheerleaders — rival the nastiest keywords in today’s adult websites. One indicator of age reveals itself in the adult films: there’s not a video tape among them. All movies are described as 8mm — either standard or Super8 — and many of the sellers offer free ‘viewers’ with purchase.

1980s bondage film ad

There are very few color ads, and most are plain black-and-white ads that might be seen in the backs of most magazines…although the items sold here are significantly different than anything you’d find in Popular Mechanics.

vintage sex doll ad

The magazine starts with four or five pages of ‘sexy news,’ a few pictures of body paint, some product recommendations, in a column called “Foreplay”. The “Letters” section is about what you’d expect: thanks for good photos, “real” stories of sexual exploits, and funny stories. Near the end is a feature called “Beaver Patrol,” publishing nude photos of readers along with a description of their favorite sex acts. The common theme between the three is the sexist attitude towards women. A news article about sex in the military labels the women as ‘nymphos,’ one of the letters describes a woman being forced into being a sex-slave for her infidelity, and the reader photo descriptions are distinctively lewd…but who’s complaining? That’s what these magazines are for, right? If Stuff magazine would show more tits, it’d be a comparable magazine in terms of sexualizing women with a faint haze of misogyny around the edges.

The articles are actually much better written than the ‘shorts’. The first is an interview with a male escort, describing how he does his work, and how he deals with the perils of male prostitution. The article doesn’t reveal anything new about the high-priced escort industry, but the male point of view is refreshing. A nice change from the misogynistic tone of the arousing news is an article on women in the military, written by April Blackwood. The three-page opinion piece is surprisingly positive towards women soldiers, both as a large component of the military and in combat duties. The final piece is an expose on the “killer drug” of the period: Angel Dust, or PCP. While the article does do a good job of explaining the dangers and affects of PCP, it delves into explicit erotic ramblings about sexual scenes caused by PCP use, which are neither effective nor arousing…which may be the point.

eros 80s death dust

Surprisingly thorough is a review of the pornographic film “Education of the Baroness,” showing such depth as to describe a very loose and specious connection to Harold Pinter’s work The Servant. Owing it’s description to the appreciation of porno chic in the seventies, the writer, Rex Underwood, gives the film a complete working over, from complimenting the acting abilities of the performers and describing food inserted into a woman’s cunt, all in the same sentence.

The magazine has a number of erotica pieces of varying length. The first, a regular column called “Kinky Street,” is a short, barely two pages, voyeurism erotica piece. The end indicates it was reader-submitted, and asks for people with ‘bizarre freaky sexual’ experiences should write their stories and send them in. This is followed by an article of compiled sexual fantasies, each being only a few paragraphs long, from both men and women. Wet Satin, by Sylvia Francis, is a story about a young man with a panty fetish, ranging from being turned on by his mother’s panties as a child, through the undergarments of his sexual conquests, to wearing panties himself. An interesting read, it dwells significantly on kinky sex (during period, oral sex in public, BDSM, and his fascination with his mother), but it moves quickly and isn’t difficult to read.

There are six different photo spreads; four of individual women posing, one of a man and a woman, and a pseudo-lesbian set. The first, titled “11″ (Bo Derek, meet your competition, according to the table of contents, alluding to the movie 10), is five poolside photos of a short-haired blonde, who also appears on the back cover.

vintage eros magazine

“Cherry Bomb” is nine photos of a brown-haired woman posing with Fourth Of July themed cake and balloons, and in lingerie on a bed. “Poster Pet Jane” is Eros’ version of the centerfold, appearing at the middle of the magazine so a two-page photo could be removed and posted on a wall. Her eight photos are credited to “RDR Productions”.

The last solo spread is of a long-haired woman in the desert, called “Bake Off”. Her photos are credited to Leverett Bradley. Around half of the photos are accompanied by witty comments, ranging from “Now that’s what I call America the Beautiful” for a Cherry Bomb photo to a complete limerick:

A sex-starved young waitress from Frisco,
Whose cookie was not a Nabisco,
Would warm up her oven
With fingertip lovin’,
And then she’d start cookin’ with Crisco.

cherry bomb eros magazine 1980

The man-on-woman sexual scenes are par for the non-XXX magazines, showing nothing but a limp penis and a number of suggestive poses. Nothing remarkable. The lesbians, however, are far less lesbian than just missing the penis altogether.

vintage interracial lesbians in eros magazine

If all lesbians were made so by a lack of available penises, the world might be a much different place. No, the magazine and the photos are clearly for the benefit of horny men, as the unintentionally humorous captions demonstrate. It starts with the cut-and-dried statement, “I wish you were a man,” continuing with “I wish I had low slung balls for you to suck on,” and ending with “I wish I could screw you till you begged me to stop.” Finding out that your friend wishes she had a huge black cock to fuck your little blonde cunt with might be disturbing to most women, but, again, giving men the opportunity to project their own image onto either woman is what sold the photos, not the burgeoning lesbian market.

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Unfortunately, none of the models — except the centerfold “Jane” — are credited, possibly because they were purchased from photographers rather than photographed by staff. In fact, the magazine’s masthead lists no photographers, save an ‘art director’. None of the authors show up in the masthead as regular employees, and given their alias-sounding names it’s likely that they were independent writers whose works were purchased for the magazine.

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Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

The following is a guest post from Stephanie Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, blogger, and amateur photographer. She lives in Denver, CO, with her husband Nate, and their two dogs, Henry and Howie. (If you would like to guest here, contact me.)

As much as some people would hate to admit it, porn has had a lot of influence on society. As a multi-billion dollar industry, it has obvious effects the economy, but perhaps second to that is how it impacts relationships and the expectations of both sex, and how we look. The most talked about change that the porn industry has had on our appearance is the presence of pubic hair. Once acceptable to let the area be in its natural state, porn has been directly linked to what we acknowledge as the new norm.

Adam & Eve has been in the industry for over 40 years and seen these changes firsthand. Throughout that time, adult images and movies have gone from almost-always featuring women relatively unkept below the waist, to it being a niche category in the porn industry. Porn stars in their 40s and 50s who specialize in “older women” fantasies have even conformed to the hairless trend as well.

Young woman removing beautiful pink pantiesThe shift is slightly surprising. The Daily Mail explained the starting age of the average porn star is 22 and has remained stagnant for the last 40 years. So it would stand to reason that today’s older porn stars were not required to, or encouraged to, be hairless at the time they were starting out. While it would make the most sense that they would be the more likely stars to sport a natural bush, porn isn’t exactly an industry for logic. Instead, the two aren’t at all linked. The older porn stars are usually completely waxed, while younger stars tend to be featured in the niche hair films.

Although mostly everyone is privy to the obvious flaws in porn logic, it’s amusing that we still apply it to everyday life. As the Daily Beast points out, the increased pressure on women to be meticulously smooth can be traced back to the boom of internet porn. The oddity however, is that even though a lot of men are also completely hairless in porn, there is less of push by women for the average man to be the same.

It brings to mind the question that why, if it has become almost a requirement among men that women be smooth from the neck down, is it still acceptable for a man to have full downstairs beard? Alright, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, as manscaping has become more popular, but still, it’s not to the extent of that which women are pushed to do.

The answer could be as simple as saying that women, in comparison to men, are more self-conscience, and thus more likely to try and conform to what they believe attracts a sexual partner. Or it could stem from the theory that Science Daily examined, stating that porn is demeaning towards women, and encourages sexist attitudes among (some) men.

Personally, I think many women are just doing what they prefer. Some feel as though little or no hair at all just feels cleaner. Regardless if there’s a double standard on who has to shave what and where, I say, as long as you keep it maintained, do what you like, what makes you feel sexy, and what you feel comfortable with.

As far as the push for manscaping, I think a lot of women would agree that a little hair on a man is what makes them, well, manly. Now that’s not to say that they should be pouring Miracle Grow on their downstairs bits. I’d say most women appreciate a clean runway as much as men, so the same advice goes for guy—keep it clean and trimmed, gents! Just like you, and all us who don’t have a wooly mammoth fetish, we’d also appreciate not feeling like we’re flossing during oral sex.

Whoever thought that something like pubic hair could cause such a debate on sexism? The whole ordeal can sometimes make you long for the simple days when women being hairless downstairs was only thought of as a joke in racist-fueled comics. If nothing else, we’d all certainly save a lot on razor blades.

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Nude Marilyn Monroe By Eve Arnold

Up for auction, an original Marilyn Monroe photograph by legendary photographer Eve Arnold. This was a publicity still, taken at Paramount, to promote The Misfits (perhaps my favorite Monroe film, and one of my favorite films in general).

The seller accurately describes Monroe as “looking seductive, emotionally haunted, and eager to please all at the same time–the very combination that made her such a successful actress, and immortal icon of Hollywood.”

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vintage eve arnold magnum stamp on back of marilyn photo

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Crazy About Nudes & Driftwood

In The Seven Year Itch (1955), Marilyn Monroe’s character is simply titled “The Girl”. That’s because this story is supposed to be about the man Richard Sherman (played by Tom Ewell), his marriage, and his virtuous (if comedic) fidelity, imaginative fantasies, and silly male jealousy. However, for most people, that film is all about the iconic image of Marilyn in that white dress, standing over a subway grate as her dress blows-up around her legs. But that’s not what I think about when I think of The Seven Year Itch.

No, I already knew all of that, the plot, the posters, the marital problems the iconic pose caused for Monroe, etc., all before I ever saw the film. Instead, what I think of was a discovery made during that film.

Every time I think about The Seven Year Itch, I am reminded of this scene in which, Monroe, The Girl, discusses her risque art photos:

I posed for this picture and when it was published in U.S. Camera, they got all upset… It was one of these ‘artistic’ pictures… it was on the beach with some driftwood. It got Honorable Mention… It was called Textures, because you could see three different kinds of texture: the driftwood, the sand, and me.

Of course, this film being made made in 1955 meant that the artistic picture wasn’t even a nude. When it is finally revealed, this is what we see:

seven year itch monroe driftwood textures art photo

Anyway, the reason this quote stood out for me, and continues to be recalled, is that I’d often seen photos of nude women with driftwood.

vintage driftwood nude by Pierre Zoetterman

I can’t recall my age at the time I first saw this Monroe film. I know I was young… Perhaps my late teens? But already I had seen enough of these artistic nudes — enough to make me feel bored and possibly a little annoyed by them. And so by the time I saw the film, the “textures explanation” seemed to answer at least one unasked question.

However, time has now passed and I am no longer satisfied with that answer.

In fact, when I watched the film again this past weekend, my annoyance returned, stronger than ever.

I’m no art critic, but for me the juxtaposition of a nude young woman — and it is almost always a nude and young woman — with driftwood on the beach has little to do with textures.

A Mermaid Riding Driftwood 1968

Grains of sand aside, both the nude female form and the beached driftwood are smooth, and even warm, to the touch.

Instead, there are greater contrasts at play here: One subject is fresh, fertile, and desirable; the other is dead, lifeless, and left behind. These photos are all about vitality, or the perception of it. It’s about shelf-life and perishability. And that obviously strikes a nerve more than ever now as I deal with the emotional and physical delights of menopause and move (as my tarot cards warned me) into my new role as crone. And that’s a role not very valued in our culture.

A Windblown Curve on a Piece of Driftwood 1968

I’m not saying I am offended by the photographs themselves, the photographers who take them, the people who buy them, or anyone involved in the commerce or trade of them. But I am offended by the cultural values implicit in the works. It would be crazy for me not to be.

Image credits: Screen cap of Monroe as The Girl in her Textures photo in The Seven Year Itch via Everything We Do, We Do For You, Marilyn; other black & white photos of the nude female form with driftwood by Pierre Zoetterman.

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This Week’s Sex History Line-Up

Miss Universe semi-finalists for 1968Not a lot of time again this week. However, I did manage to do some scanning, so I hope to be posting soon. Meanwhile, busy yourself with what I’ve been reading.

At Eros, tabloid news of ye olde strip searches and some wife-spanking history.

At Red-Blooded Thing, we’re delighted to meet the whipped cream girl.

At Time, we are allowed to enter Casa Susanna, a 1950s Transvestite Hideaway.

Gracie alerted me to news that they are doing a Backwash Reunion website — and yes, that includes the “red side” of Adult Backwash. Here’s a bit of history on the site & it’s place in sex blogging history. (I had a profile on the social network site; anyone else?)

Image credits: Miss Universe semi-finalists for 1968; via.

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When Risque Meant Sexist

Risque vintage comic and cartoon illustrations, mostly from Humorama magazine, for sale at Koch Comic Art. Found via.

SEXY GIRL TRAPPED IN OFFICE - HUMORAMA

SEXY HOOKER IN BAR - HUMORAMA ART

SEXY SECRETARY FILES HER BRIEFS - HUMORAMA JOKE ART

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What Silent Porn Star Has Been Reading This Past Week

Apparently Peter Tupper (aka ptupper72) didn’t stop blogging, writing, or researching; he just moved his site. You can now find him at The History of BDSM, where he has an interesting post about 1930s bondage.

In Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work, Gracie hits the nail on the head regarding porn & its history:

Like I said before, feminists and others who struggle for equality, would be wise to look at issues of pay inequality, poverty, and other issues of economic divisions in terms of assessing the prevalence of “male porn.” Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community can all see how less money means not only less access, but less ability to create demand in the market place. …

Forget that we women make what, 70 cents to the male dollar, leaving us very little disposable income, we are not allowed such services. When women buy a book like 50 Shades, it becomes national headlines, so you can only imagine what would happen if women sought adult entertainment outside the safe confines of the bachelorette party making a visit to see the traveling Chippendales tour. And even then, we’re supposed to laugh and giggle at ourselves, lest we be labeled a Peg Bundy, or worse, risk real life things like the custody of our children. When men use sex services, they can continue to have their lives, their children, their jobs, hold political office, etc. Men will be men, right? But women ~ oh, hell no! Women must be women, non-paid guardians of home and hearth, and only as monogamously sexual as their male partners want them to be. Scarlet letters, remember?

And because one day, this digital age of sex bloggin will be charmingly vintage… Dangerous Lilly started the conversation on sex blogging history; Bacchus at Eros is keeping the conversation alive.

Image credits: A stripper at a Tokyo striptease show on a lighted walkway 1957; via, via. (Both worthy of spending some time at!)

vintage Tokyo striptease show 1957

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“She Loses Her Clothes As She Glows In The Dark”

Throughout the 1940s, at least, these ads for risque neckties for men filled magazines — including mainstream magazines published for America’s clean-cut youth, such as Hit Parader. In fact, in one issue of Hit Parader alone I found multiple ads for these glow in the dark strip-tease ties. (Note: the girls only strip down to their bra and panties.) As for where America’s youth could wear such ties…

vintage kay art shop glow strip-tease necktie ad

vintage glow in the dark strip tease neck tie ad

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