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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Sights You Would See at Burning Man

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Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event starts on the Monday before and ends on the day of the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.

Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. In 2008, 49,599 people participated in Burning Man.

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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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