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Another Sex History Link Round-Up From Silent Porn Star

1) A Queer History of Computing: “an effort to question the assumption that the technical and the sexual are so easily divided.” Jacob Gaboury is working on this concept as a series:

Over the coming weeks I will be constructing a queer history as told through the figures of five men, each of whom is connected by a thread that runs from the early philosophy of mathematics, through the foundation of the Gay Liberation Front, and to contemporary debates over the life and legacy of Alan Turing. However the goal of this project is not biographical; it is not my hope to simply identify existing queer figures in the history of computing as an inclusive gesture, as a way of queering history by simply demonstrating that, as in all parts of life, queer people were there. Instead I hope to suggest that queerness is itself inherent within computational logic, and that this queerness becomes visible when we investigate those cleavages that partition the lives of these men into distinct technical and sexual spheres of existence.

So keep an eye on Gaboury’s works for more.

2) Mr. Pink’s shares just how we might get a biopic — a real feature film — based on the life and work of Vanessa Del Rio, provided we kick-in for funding.

3) In Antique Tobacco Trading Cards: Sex In Advertising, Or Sexist Collectors? at Collectors Quest, Deanna Dahlsad (also of Kitsch Slapped and other sites) offers reasons why ye olde sexism may all be in our modern minds.

None of this precludes a primal male reaction to the sight of a beautiful woman; lascivious or not, men will be, well, men. And too often women are too quick to call them on it. However, to see all advertisements, tobacco or otherwise, at this time or now, as purely sexual is to underestimate the importance of just how the female form figures into shifts in culture — and, indeed, the historical purchase power of women themselves.

4) Somewhat related is this Sex Kitten article by Gracie Passette, entitled Body Image In Art, Porn & Media. I may have posted this before; but it bears repeating, especially in such context. (Plus, I am still completely smitten with the “Once upon a time, we had the ability to interact with art as sane people” line.)

5) Peek-A-Boob is back, revamped and reformatted to document vintage men’s mags, mudie mags, and smut publications. The image shown here is from Peek-A-Boob; a scan from Revue-Nouvelle.

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