The Erotic Art of Edouard-Henri Avril

Édouard-Henri Avril (21 May 1843 – 1928) was a French painter and commercial artist. Under the pseudonym Paul Avril, he was an illustrator of erotic literature.

Born in Algiers, Avril studied art in various Paris salons. From 1874 to 1878 he was at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Having been commissioned to illustrate Théophile Gautier’s novel Fortunio, he adopted the pseudonym Paul Avril. His reputation was soon established and he received many commissions to illustrate both major authors and the so-called “galante literature” of the day, a form of erotica. These books were typically sold in small editions on a subscription basis, organized by collectors.

This presentation was compiled by Gloria Brame. Visit her intriguing site here.

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Condom Maker Ranks States By Size

“Who dat” with the largest penises in America? New Orleans, D.C., & New Hampshire top the charts for penis size

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LOS ANGELES, March 3rd, 2010 – New Orleans now has another reason to call itself “The Big Easy.” The home of this year’s Super Bowl champs has taken the top spot in Condomania’s ranking of U.S. cities by penis size!

And the men of Washington D.C. apparently are more than just big talk, big egos, and big promises. The Beltway boys claimed a close second place for the biggest average penis size in the nation.

As for the “biggest” state in the Union? While New Hampshire may be one of the smallest states, it’s not so small when it comes to penis size, topping Condomania’s state by state comparison.

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America’s first condom store, Condomania (Condomania.com), has just unlocked its huge database of penis sizes and released these unique rankings of the 50 states and the 20 most populated U.S. cities by average penis size. After 20 years in business, Condomania knows perhaps more than anyone else about the nation’s penises.

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In college dorms, ‘post-gender world’

Male and female sharing the same dorm room . . .

By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — They weren’t looking to make a political statement or to be pioneers of gender liberation. Each just wanted a familiar, decent roommate rather than a stranger after their original roommates left to study abroad.

That’s how Pitzer College sophomores Kayla Eland, female, and Lindon Pronto, male, began sharing a room this semester on Holden Hall’s second floor.

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They are not a couple, and neither is gay. They are just compatible roommates in a new, sometimes-controversial, dormitory option — known as gender-neutral housing — that is gaining support at some colleges across the nation.

Ms. Eland, a biology major who hopes to become a doctor, said a roommate’s personality and study habits are more important than gender. “This might not be right for everyone,” she said of sharing the small, cinder block-walled room with a man. “But I think it’s important to have the right to choose where you want to live, how you want to live and who you want to live with.”

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Mr. Pronto, an environmental studies major who works each summer as a forest firefighter, agreed. Apart from remembering to lower the toilet seat, he said, living with a woman friend is not much different from rooming with a man. “As far as I’m concerned, a roommate is a roommate,” he said.

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The Photographic Art of Tony Ryan

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Tony Ryan has a long history working in the photographic and modeling industries. For 20 years he has published and created some of Australia’s most popular calendars that were distributed internationally. He still have an enormous passion for photography and people and is running workshops motivated towards helping photographers to connect more deeply with their subjects.

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Grinchenko Brothers & Golden Power

One word … Incredible!

The Grinchenko brothers from Poland have perfected their spectacular demonstration of strength, balance, and “gymnastic” skills.


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Even more incredible!

Golden Power … a beautifully choreographed display of strength, skill and art.  Vandor Vlah and Gyula Tahacs appear on stage as statuesque figurines that come to life and show their mastery of two-man hand balancing.

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Carla Van de Puttelaar

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Van de Puttelaar was born in Zaandam, The Netherlands. She attended the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1991 to 1996. She specializes in portrait photography, mostly portraying nudes. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Like the works of other contemporary Dutch photographers, such as Rineke Dijkstra, Hellen van Meene and Desiree Dolron, her works show influences of Dutch Golden Age painting in their composition, use of light and color, and rendering of textures and surfaces.

To achieve her photographic effects, she utilizes film rather than digital photography. Most of her works are untitled, enhancing the effect of alienation, while retaining a strong element of eroticism.

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Openly Gay Men in the Military?

Don’t Ask Me

by Paul Rudnick,  from The New Yorker

“I do not see how permitting open homosexuality in these communities enhances their prospects of success in battle. Indeed, I believe repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” will weaken the warrior culture at a time when we have a fight on our hands.”

—General Merrill A. McPeak, former Air Force Chief of Staff, on the Op-Ed page of the Times.

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My name is Marine Corporal Roger T., and I am one gay soldier who agrees wholeheartedly with General McPeak, although I think that he doesn’t go far enough. Because my staying closeted, in fact, makes me a better soldier, through what I term sublimation. For example: Right before heading out into a firefight with Iraqi insurgents, I always imagine myself at the beach with Merrill A. McPeak, both of us in helmets, camouflage-print Speedos, combat boots, and sunglasses. I picture myself rubbing sunblock all over the luscious, leathery hide of General McPeak, and the adrenaline rockets through my veins, and by the time I leave the Green Zone I’m ready to kill anything that moves, and then make savage, passionate love to its corpse. I’m at what I like to call my sensual, combat-ready McPeak.

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As a gay man, I naturally spend much of my time debating casting issues involving the musical theatre, although, thankfully, I can’t share such thoughts with my unit. Instead, when I spot a potential suicide bomber, I think of him as someone who insists that Tyne Daly was the greatest Mama Rose of all time, even better than Merman. This makes me so enraged, and my aim grows so steady, that I can pick off the bomber with a single well-flung grenade, while shouting to myself, “Tyne was appealing, but she didn’t have a shred of Angela Lansbury’s esprit, or Patti LuPone’s thwarted fury! Anyone who ranks Tyne over Patti deserves to die! ” It’s called valor.

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General McPeak speaks movingly of unit cohesion. He says, “We know, or ought to, that warriors are inspired by male bonding, by comradeship, by the knowledge that they survive only through relying on each other. To undermine cohesion is to endanger everyone.” To which I say, Sing it, sister. I love male bonding more than anything, and I live for unit cohesion. Just the sound of the words makes me tingle with manly aggression. Whenever I see my unit, or anyone’s unit, all I want to do is cohere. I embrace my unit, with both hands, and I draw it to me, again and again, in a vigorous manly embrace, often until the guy on the top bunk says, “Roger, calm down. That Vogue is from two months ago.”

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