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  1. FKIN (A)rt Friday

    FKIN (A)rt Friday

    Hum and diddle to 1880's artist Joseph Apoux's Alphabet Erotic

    Learning your ABCs via the randy illustrations of 1880's French artist, Joseph Apoux is more than, uh, fun-damental, it's a downright encyclopedia of sexual positions!

    Joseph Apoux Alphabet Erotic

    Though there is little biographic information online about Apoux, aside from a bit of info that accompanies a video of his ABCs, he is surely most famous for his "Alphabet Pornographique."

    Joseph Apoux was born in Paris circa 1860. Little is known of the life of this French artist, renowned for for his risqué & titillating etchings. Creator of the erotic " Alphabet Pornographique ". A fantastic group of striking images, which is typical of the "fin de siecle" obsessions with sex, death & the bizarre of the French Aesthetic Arts at the end of the 19th century.Apoux participated in the * L'Exposition Internationale de Blanc et Noir * during 1886 in Paris.This libertine artist, etcher & engraver studied art with Jean-Leon Gerome & exhibited at French Salons circa 1880 - 1910, his date of death unknown.

    (Apoux was a popular during the French Decadent movement in literature and art of the late1800s. It was a crazy time. Read more about it on Wikipedia.)

    We've provided the first 6 letters, or the first line of "The Alphabet Song," but here's a link to large versions of all 26 letters on the always entertaining Dangerous Minds blog, just in case you want to hum and diddle along.

    Joseph Apoux Alphabet Erotic

    Joseph Apoux Alphabet Erotic

    Joseph Apoux Alphabet Erotic

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  2. 9 Reasons There Doesn't Need to be a "Straight Pride"

    9 Reasons There Doesn't Need to be a "Straight Pride"

    Sad that it's needed, but keep this handy for when you run into fools such as those who inspired this list, reformatted here from the @GayTimes (UK) Instagram post.

    More on the Gay Times website: "Brad Pitt threatens to sue ‘Straight Pride’ for using him as their mascot." "Chris Evans had the perfect response to people calling for ‘Straight Pride’" more on GayTimes.co.uk "Right-wing bigots are trying to hold their own ‘Straight Pride’ in Boston."

    9 Reasons There Doesn't Need to be a "Straight Pride"

    9 Reasons There Doesn't Need to be a "Straight Pride"

    9 Reasons There Doesn't Need to be a "Straight Pride"

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  3. VIDEO: Cazwell's "Wierdo"

    VIDEO: Cazwell's "Wierdo"

    Just a little reminder this Pride Month. Be your own weird, sexy, geeky, horny, REAL self. There's more of us fun folks out there than they suspect. Many more videos from Cazwell on his YouTube page.

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  4. Interview with a Dominatrix

    Interview with a Dominatrix

    Meet Domina Lyra, transatlantic Dionysian priestess, artist and sadomasochist

    All photos courtesy of Lyra Lethe.

    Last October at the Sex Expo at the Brooklyn Expo Center there was a constant parade of interesting people of every size, color, age, and interest. From those who didn't know a cockring from a scrunchie to those who knew exactly what time it was.

    One of the most interesting people to swing by the Perfect Fit Brand table was New York based transatlantic dominatrix, Lyra Lethe, who snapped up (literally) one of our Zoro™ one-piece strap-on dildos and left her calling card.

    In going through cards and checking out Instagram accounts the next day, it was clear that this was one fascinating woman. So, herewith, an interview with Mistress Lyra Lethe.

    Domina Lyra

    First question: What shall I call you in the article? Lyra Lethe? Domina Lyra? And I assume the first is a pseudonym, so what’s the story behind it?

    You may call me either, and I'm glad you asked about my name—I don't get that question often. I came up with it before I can remember to represent a dark, heroic aspect of myself that I dreamed of becoming. Lyra is the harp created by the god Hermes and given to Orpheus, who played so beautifully that gods wept, monsters were lulled to sleep, and he was allowed to make a rare journey to the underworld and back. After he died, having been torn apart by maenads, his lyre was placed in the night sky for eternity. Lethe is the river of forgetfulness, which flows through Hypnos' cave in Hades. Most of the dead drink its water and lose the memories of their past lives, but the few who resist and remember their true origins have a chance to become divine.

    Lyra Lethe

    Why did you become a dominatrix?

    It began with a longing for another realm. I have always been drawn to power play, transgression and mystery. From early on, I remember searching for a door to the otherworld, certain that I was destined for a more adventurous existence. When I first had access to the internet, I joined occult forums and saw references to dominatrices and sadomasochistic rituals.

    In college, a boy began addressing me as “Mistress” without explanation and another, “Your Excellency”. I started talking to a lifestyle domme from one of my forums. I was studying ancient texts and she was interested in what I was reading and writing. She encouraged me to explore BDSM, but I was pursuing other things and it would be years before I did. Still, it remained a strong interest and I found myself thinking about it often. I admired that world from afar and I finally came to it when I was ready.

    I became a dominatrix because there could be no other way; it is the fullest expression of who I am in all my aspects. I am an artist, a scholar, a poet, and a priestess. I am a tormentress and healer, captor and liberator, avenger and protector, judge and absolver, devil and god I can finally access and guide others through the other realms that have always called me. I believe it was fate.

    @LyraLethe Instagram

    How did you learn the ropes (pun intended)?

    I first started exploring when I was living in Chicago, which had a very welcoming BDSM community. I attended munches and play parties and learned as a switch. The first time I set foot in a dungeon, it was noted that I seemed right at home in the leather swing. And I jumped right in, submitting to fire, rope, and knife play. For me, the experience of submission was initiatory. Both the positive and negative experiences I had during that time taught me lessons about communication, consent, trust, and compassion that have stayed with me as a domme. Actually, rope bondage is among my weakest skills, not for lack of trying but because I love it so much I have always ended up in it. Some of my first friends in the scene were riggers who suspended me and created meditative puzzles for me to escape.

    During graduate school, I started working under the instruction of a professional Mistress and learned by doing sessions with her until I was ready to develop my own practice. I have been fortunate enough to study with one of my most-admired dominatrices, Simone Justice, and to attend DomCon where I took classes with other such legends. I continue to learn all the time through the process of sessioning and forming relationships with those who submit to me.

    Domina Lyra

    You clearly enjoy the work. Do you consider it work? What do you get out of it other than gifts and cash? Or does that matter? Would you do it for free? 

    I enjoy what I do very much and it is absolutely work. Domination is in my nature and it will always be part of my life. I have invested a great deal into it, financially and emotionally, and making it my profession allows me to continue to do so. The expenses—which include specialized equipment, wardrobe, advertising, travel, and dungeon rental—are high, and I devote a great deal of time and energy each week to administrative work as well as to planning each session. I pay self-employment taxes and am responsible for my own insurance, retirement plan, etc. while navigating all the uncertainty of working under criminalization and increasing censorship.

    That said, I am privileged enough to be selective in whom I engage with, and I feel fulfilled by my work on numerous levels, in the ways that I continue to grow and help others grow. I do have personal devotees and subs who serve me beyond the limits of a traditional session, for example by performing labor in my studio or serving as creative muses. The relationships I have formed vary but transcend transactional exchange and even BDSM.

    Domina Lyra

    From checking out your social media, you appear to travel often to London. Do you also practice (is that the word?) in London as well as New York?

    Yes, I travel to London several times a year. London has a great BDSM scene and I am cultivating a following there and elsewhere in Europe.

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  5. FKIN (A)rt Friday

    FKIN (A)rt Friday

    Tripped across this brilliant antique Persian erotic art on the intertweb recently. With a description like the following, there's not much one needs to add, really:

    "A man ejaculating, while holding a bird-trap on a bamboo pole to catch flying vaginas. Gouache painting by an Indian painter."

    Full illustration and zoomed detail shots below.

    Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

    Persian erotic art

    Persian erotic art

    Persian erotic art

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  6. PHOTOS: ROCCO™ at Clonezone UK

    PHOTOS: ROCCO™ at Clonezone UK

    Gay porn superstar Rocco Steele swung into London's Clonezeone Soho last Saturday for the launch of ROCCO™ by Perfect Fit Brand, and the boys were all smiles. Below, a few snapshots thanks to Topher Taylor, PR and Brand Manager at Clonezone.

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

    ROCCO by Perfect Fit Clonezone Soho launch

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  7. Daddy’s Back in Town

    Daddy’s Back in Town

    Rocco Steele Clonezone HardOn

    Gay porn superstar Rocco Steele will be making his first London appearace in over three years for two special May 18 events to celebrate the launch of the ROCCO™ by Perfect Fit Brand line of sex toys.

    ROCCO™ by Perfect Fit Brand

    First up is an instore appearance at Clonezone Soho from from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on May 18 at at 35 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JX. Customers who purchase the entire ROCCO™ by Perfect Fit Brand line at the event are promised a surprise extra goody from Rocco himself.

    The second event, sponsored by Clonezone, is a special performance by Rocco Steele at the Hard On party at Bloc South club, located at 65 Albert Embankment SE1 7TP.

    Designed by Perfect Fit Brand CEO and inventor Steve Callow and championed by Rocco Steele, the ROCCO™ by Perfect Fit Brand line kicks off with five new products aimed squarely at the gay market, all of which feature some major innovations that Steve and Rocco feel men will love.

    "Clonezone is one my favorite places to stop by when I’m in London, so what an honor to be able to launch my ROCCO™ By Perfect Fit promo tour there," says Steele. "It will be great to meet the fans and show them just how cool and innovative these products are."

    Items customers will want to check out at Clonezone include the totally unique ROCCO™ 3-Way Wrap-Ring (a cock ring, ball ring and cock-and-ball ring all in one!), the very beefy, but flat ROCCO™ Steele Hard cock ring, the ROCCO™ Breeder Sleeve (an open ended cock sheath) and the very cool looking ROCCO™ Jack Daddy masturbator.

    ROCCO™ by Perfect Fit Brand

    “We are so excited to invite Rocco Steele to our Soho store to launch his new line of toys with Perfect Fit," says Clonezone Brand Manager Topher Taylor. "Rocco is an industry icon and I’ve wanted to work with him for years, and now with the added bonus of incredible sex toys being in the mix just makes it even better. We are happy to invite Rocco to the Clonezone family and encourage you to check out the range sooner rather than later, as we are expecting to sell out."

    www.clonezone.co.uk

    Twitter:
    @ClonezoneSOHO
    @hardonlondon
    @RoccoSteeleNYC

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  8. FKIN (A)rt Friday

    FKIN (A)rt Friday

    Meet ballsy, charming, gay, disabled, artist, photographer and activist Robert Andy Coombs

    All photographs by Robert Andy Coombs

    There's no better was to sum up the life experience that has launched the career of artist and photographer Robert Andy Coombs, than to just quote his April 24 Instagram post:

    "Holy shit! Today marks 10 years since I broke my neck training a double backflip on a trampoline! I went from a crazy athletic dude to a crazy disabled dude! One thing that remains the same is my sexiness! I’ve come so far, re-learning how to breathe, swallow, and live on my own… Now I am getting my MFA in photography @yale !!! Never in 1 million years did I think I would be where I’m at today, but I’m glad to be here, and I am glad to have my amazing family and friends with me every roll of the way! Here’s to the next 10!"

    Robert talked to Erotic Intent FKIN (A)rt Friday about his photography, future and sex. Below a quick Q&A with Robert and a small selection of his photographs.

    Photgraph by Robert Andy Coombs

    1 When do you get your masters and what has your work toward getting your mastered entailed? How has your work been received by your professors? Fellow students?

    I will receive my MFA in 2020. I believe my professors and visiting critics definitely like my work along with my fellow students, everyone is wondering what I’m going to do next. I usually will run a few pictures by my fellow students 1st just to help me edit down to the best pictures.

    Photgraph by Robert Andy Coombs

    2 What are your plans after? Presumably you will continue with your fine art photography, but you’d once wanted to be a fashion photographer. Does that remain of interest to you as a career?

    After graduation, I plan to start teaching right away. I need to get a big person job so that I can start getting some income! Other than that, I am definitely down to start getting paid for speaking engagements, would love to travel more, and most definitely I will people working on my artwork! I would love to do fashion photography as well, I would love to be commissioned for that work, but I don’t think it will be my true focus anymore.

    However, I would have to make sure we incorporated disability somehow into fashion photography, it’s about time we diversify beyond race, gender, and sexuality. It would be amazing to incorporate disability into the fashion industry, but I think the industry needs to rethink who to make the garments for. If you design for disabled people, it benefits everyone. Able-bodied people would be able to wear clothing that was designed for disabled bodies, and who knows they might enjoy it as well.

    Photgraph by Robert Andy Coombs

    3 Are you doing commercial work now or strictly grad school, fine art?

    I am currently just working on my fine art, but if someone commissions me to do something I would take it in a heartbeat! So if anyone out there is reading, if you have a check, I have a talent!

    Photgraph by Robert Andy Coombs

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  9. The Joy of Sex After Gender Confirmation Surgery

    The Joy of Sex After Gender Confirmation Surgery

    A great article on Advocate.com by writer, singer, songwriter, and producer Nomi Ruiz about sex after gender confirmation surgery.

    Prior to surgery, she says in her essay "The Joy of Sex After Gender Confirmation Surgery

    "Early in my transition, I was fed pessimistic anecdotes by other trans women, and ended up carrying these perspectives with me throughout my trans adolescence. I was told I would never get a job so I should pursue sex work, that I would never be loved because a man would always leave me for a cis person, and that if I pursued reassignment surgery I would never experience the true pleasure that cis women experience." 

    All of these things proved to be lies. In fact, her experience has been the exact opposite. 

    The Joy of Sex After Gender Confirmation Surgery

    Read her story on Advocate.com here.

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  10. Product Spotlight: The Zoro®

    Product Spotlight: The Zoro®

    Product Spotlight: Patented and Potent, meet the revolutionary one-piece strap-on 

    With its innovative one-piece body-contoured shape, Zoro® is the better way to use a strap-on. The one piece construction, with our super luxurious soft touch silicone, disperses all thrusting energy off your genitals into your pelvis for more control and superior comfort.  The body-shaped molded design does not need a harness to keep it in place – instead a comfortable soft elasticized waistband is enough – and it’s included! 

    Product Spotlight: The Zoro

    Hop to our Strap-Ons page to check out the various models and video of Zoro® inventor and Perfect Fit Brand CEO Steve Callow introducing the very first model, in purple! Now availabe in black and clear (Zoro Knight) in 4.5" and 6.5" lengths.

    Zoro by Perfect Fit Brand

    Zoro by Perfect Fit Brand

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