Monday, February 28, 2011
Restaurant sells breast milk ice cream
When a well-stocked ice cream parlour says they sell every flavour, there are usually limits.
But one restaurant in London is selling breast milk ice cream which is being served to customers in a cocktail glass.
Icecreamists, based in Covent Garden, have named the £14 dish Baby Gaga.
Victoria Hiley, 35, from Leeds provided the first 30 fluid ounces of milk which was enough to make the first 50 servings.
But the company are looking for more women to provide breast milk - and are providing £15 for every ten ounces extracted using breast pumps.
The recipe blends breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then freshly churned into ice cream.
A costumed Baby Gaga waitress serves the ice cream in a martini glass filled with the breast milk ice cream mix. Liquid nitrogen is then poured into the glass through a syringe and it is served with a rusk.
It can be served with whisky or another cocktail on request.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Dementiuk, Mykola. “Times Square Cutie”, Sizzler Editions, 2011.
Bad Boy Billy
Mykola Dementiuk deserves the title of the Bard of Times Square. He captures the spirit of a world that was like few others have been able to do and he so with all of the grittiness and atmosphere that we once knew the area. Our hero here is Billy, a boy/man of unbridle sexuality and the object of lust by both sexes. Men and women want him and he wants them. Sexually, Billy is an anomaly. He cannot be labeled according to gender. With Rebecca, his girlfriend, he is all man yet when he is with a man and cross dressed, he is all woman. People desire him and do not hide the fact and some will even die because of him.
By chance, he met Rebecca and decided to go along with helping her steal from her older boyfriend. But Billy, with all of his charm and good looks, lacks smarts. He and Rebecca rob the man and leave his dead body (they found him dead) and money does strange things to Billy. It makes him want sex and so begins to take Rebecca but that is only an appetizer for the meal to come. Just as the love-making is over, two of Billy’s friends appear and both Billy and Rebecca each take one of the two men. However, the friends discover the money and a fight ensues from which only one will survive to tell the story.
Dementiuk can really tell a story and this one will relatively short still manages to have larger than life characters and wonderful description.
Dementiuk’s Times Square is the one that was and which probably will never be again. However, it lives through the author’s words.One of the beauties of Dementiuk’s work is that we never know what to expect. The location remains the same but the characters and situations change.via Amos Lassen
via Sizzler Editions
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
"He went to admire the foliage of the park but now he's trapped with the flora and fauna...and no other way out. But does he want to leave?"
I like the figure lurking at the bottom right...so very real.
Today we are taking a look at a relatively unknown type of sex worker called a sex surrogate. You might be thinking, What’s a sex surrogate? Good question. The following is part of an explanation of sex surrogacy from author and educator Cory Silverberg:
"A sex surrogate, or sexual surrogate, is someone who has received training to work in conjunction with a sex therapist, to address sexual concerns or sexual dysfunction with an individual or, less often, with a couple. A sex surrogate is different than a therapist in that they will not have received as much training in therapy and they will work in a "hands-on" way with clients. This may involve them touching clients and having clients touch them, it might involve them being sexual with clients."
I first heard of sex surrogacy a few years ago while watching a news report on the practice. While I definitely saw the therapeutic aspect of sex surrogacy, I was somewhat confused by the use of sexual contact as part of a person’s therapy. I didn’t have an explanation like Silverberg’s to aid me in my understanding. I assumed there would be a host of ethical and legal issues that would arise, and thus prevent this form of hands on therapy. I had come to understand therapy, especially any type of psychotherapy, as a talk-based relatively hands off approach to dealing with personal issues. The thought of having a therapist have any type of sexual contact with a client, went against my limited understanding of therapy. So I set out to understand this largely unknown profession. In doing so, I found Kirby Dick’s 1985 documentary, Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate.
Private Practices follows sex surrogate Maureen Sullivan, and two of her male clients, as they make their way through a process of talk and touch therapy. Under Maureen’s tutelage, the men take on issues of anatomy, relationships, and feelings of inadequacy. While the focus of the therapy is the two clients, the documentary focuses much of it’s attention on Maureen, and the reasons she’s chosen to make a living doing this type of work. She talks about her own feelings of inadequacy and how her work helps, but can also confuse her understanding of relationships. Some may find the fact that Maureen has her own issues to work through to be a disadvantage, but I believe it increased her ability to empathize with her clients, and thus be a better surrogate.
The documentary touches upon a lot of important topics, from how even a basic sexual education can enhance one’s sexuality, to struggling with body appreciation. The film even touches upon the way women’s expectations around sexual exchanges with men have changed as society’s attitude towards sexuality and gender have changed. While I appreciate many aspects of the film, I feel as though it’s explicit and implicit challenge of the myth of the “great lover” is of great benefit for both men and women. Just exposing the fact that sex therapy and sex surrogacy exists, challenges the idea that being a “great lover” is an innate ability rather than a skill that requires cultivation and communication.
Private Practices shows that sex surrogacy, like any profession that oscillates between the psychological and the sensual, is complex and highly nuanced. One ideology or point of view is not enough to understand the nature of this or any type of sex work. Yet, if we can take our ideologies and points of view, and filter them through a sieve of compassion, maybe we can move towards a greater understanding of not only this experience, but of this human experience that we are all a part of, regardless of the paths we choose.Betty Dodson
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Our research team at The Center for Sexual Health Promotion is conducting a study on men’s and women’s behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about vulvas and vaginas. Although a great deal of research has been conducted on vulvovaginal health, less remains known about people’s perceptions about their own and others’ vulvas and vaginas.
Women and men who are at least 18 years of age are invited to participate in a study about their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors related to their own and/or other’s vulvas and vaginas.
To learn more about this anonymous, online survey, please visit the study web site at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/downthere
If you have questions about the study, please contact the principal investigators, Dr. Debby Herbenick (email@example.com) or Dr. Vanessa Schick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Debby Herbenick, PhD & Vanessa R. Schick, PhD
The Center for Sexual Health Promotion,
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sex, without a doubt, is a powerful personal force: it has the ability to not only give tremendous pleasure but also lift us up beyond our normal selves, and sometimes even to higher states of consciousness. Whether through sex with a partner or via masturbation, this class will explore how sex can be used to explore sometimes hidden spiritual and sensual dimensions, grow as a sexual being, manifest positive life-changing energy, or simply have a lot of wonderfully erotic fun!
But sex also has its emotional risks as well, and participants will also learn how to protect themselves as they explore sex magic and deal with sometimes shocking revelations about who they are as a sexual being.
In addition to being a recognized master of erotica -- with over 300 short stories, nine collections, and six novels in print -- M.Christian has been in the San Francisco scene since the early 90s and has taught for QSM, The Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco Sex Information, Janus, and has been a featured presented at The Floating World and many other venues. He is so kinky he doesn't even walk straight.
We’re thinking it’s a keeper, but maybe we’re just vocabulary anarchists.
Maybe we’re a little behind the curve (it happens), but we just caught on that “flexisexual,” as a label to describe, you know, folks, who are flexible about whether they’re attracted to men or women, at any point in time, seems to have gone mainstream, though it’s not really in any dictionary but the Urban Dictionary yet. It entered the language there in 2009, we see; it seems to have made the news a bit in the UK in 2010; and today we see “Flexisexual” is gaining in popularity according to a TV station in Texas: Are More Women Flexing Their Sexuality?
We’re thinking that when a new word makes it onto TV in Texas, that means it’s pretty much loose in the wild, gaining currency, slipping into the lexicon. The next thing you know, “flexisexual” will be everywhere. But the current pop-cultural news references, if you hit the links above, seem slanted toward defining “flexisexuals” as, you, know, those college girls who are just sort of playing around with a little bit of the “bi” thing. Which we’ve got nothing against at all, mind you, but we wonder if the mainstream media is already sort of cheapening or short-changing the new word. “Flexisexual” seems to us, perhaps, as being a word that could express something more fluid and inchoate than “bisexual,” which sounds a little more like a final destination than it does something that is subject to change … and perhaps “flexisexual” can be that word that is somewhere in-between “bi-curious” and “bisexual”?
Just sayin’. Maybe we’re taking all the fun out of it, the way English-major types sometimes will, with their dictionaries and all. But we thought we’d throw it open to the crowd: “Flexisexual”—Do we need it, do we embrace it or do we just let it slide on by and see what happens?
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
YNOT – While the first two weeks in February ushered in the Chinese Year of the Golden Rabbit, they may as well have been called "The Week of the Transvestite Platypus" for all the outrageous, bizarre and just-plain-weird things that have popped up.
Not to insult transvestites, you understand ... or platypuses, for that matter.
Take, for instance, Asia News Network’s report that Thai airline PC Air will be offering flights featuring cabin staff with ... well, “staffs”: transsexual cabin crews.
"We are the first airline to hire all the genders. This has brought us a positive perception," airline spokesman Chuthathip Ratanasophon said — though no one has commented on what passengers are supposed to pull in case of emergency decompression.
Protection seems to be the obsession of the week, beginning with the theft of 726,000 condoms. As reported by Digital Spy, the rubbers vanished on the way from the manufacturer, Sagami Rubber Industries, to Japan.
"This has never happened to us before, and we are very perplexed,” Norinari Wakui of Sagami Rubber said about the theft. “We are not certain if it was of a premeditated nature."
While it is not YNOT.com’s business to offer investigative advice, we suggest the Japanese authorities keep an eye out for a shifty-looking character with a suspiciously bulging wallet.
With the success of Deep Throat (1972), Behind the Green Door (1972), and The Devil in Miss Jones (1973), porn became chic, although its legality was still hotly contested. Holmes was arrested during this time for pimping and pandering, but he avoided prison time by becoming an informant for the LAPD. Using his status as an informer, Holmes systematically had his competition in the porn industry arrested, leaving him as one of the few free porn stars in Los Angeles.
via Danish Principal
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Charles Bukowski—Women, 1978
via Miss Honey