This blog isn't about sex. It's about great sex! I set it up because you only live twice, once in your dreams.

This blog is a portal to the wonderful world of web-based erotic writing. It also serves as a filter: finding stories for you to enjoy without worrying. Use both the reviews and the labels to help you identify stories which will suit your tastes. If the idea of ‘oral’ makes your stomach churn, click on ‘romance’ in the label cloud. Use the rating system: from 0 for nonsexual to XXX for eyebrow raising. (Just your eyebrows will do, thank you, sheesh!)

And use the biggest sexual organ in your body: that’s your brain, dumbo! Which bit of you do you think processes the little messages from your nerve endings in a kiss and releases the endorphins that make you go Whoopdidoo! As you read the reviews and choose stories, as you follow up other stories from those outside of this site: Think before you Click. Come Home quickly if you’re not sure about what you find. Some stories out there are far out on the wild side because humans are inventive beings –not always in nice ways.

Remember too that these are fantasy erotic stories and so the sex is always sizzling. In another life, just being close to someone you have always liked is usually enough. They won’t need a 10“ wonger or GG breasts to turn you on.

Take care of your sweet self and enjoy your dreams.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Hysterical Literature

This isn't strictly audio erotica, it's video art. However I shall slip it into the collection, as it consists of women reading aloud.

Not women reading erotic literature - necessarily. Each woman reads her own choice of book, while sitting at a table. Meanwhile, a Hitachi vibrator slowly disrupts her reading with pleasure until she comes to orgasm. 

OK, before I get into the art-y fart-y bit, let me assure you, it's erotically exciting to watch the women. The tension mounts as they start to stutter and lose control, and you can't help laughing with them as they finally explode into inarticulate joyous orgasm.

Clayton Cubbitt, the artist who conceived of and made the videos, calls it distraction portraiture. He talks in a podcast (his interview starts about 20 minutes in) about the face the sitter puts forward to the camera/the public and the one they have when they lose control. The podcast host, Margaret, one of the women in the project, says: "The women look so beautiful ... so lovely and so sexy. It's sweaty but it's not objectifying them."

The rationale for Hysterical Literature was to reclaim women's sexuality from pornography. That the women choose their own reading is key to ensuring them a subjectivity which women do not usually have in pornography, and historically have been denied in art too.There is only one take (to the regret of one participant!). Cubbitt broadcast the videos on Youtube, which has a rule about nudity and sexually explicit material, and as they remain live on there, this suggests they are regarded as art rather than porn.

Cubbitt developed the work against the Victorian idea of 'hysteria', a condition ascribed to women who were denied sexuality. He tells how the vibrator was invented by doctors to treat women with hysteria (although this article protests that this is a mistaken view of Victorian sexuality).

Hysteria means laughter, too - the reaction of many of the women as their speech stutters and their faces brighten.This is a liberating laughter, laughing with women laughing out loud in orgasm, unashamedly enjoying our bodies ourselves.

The camera runs for a couple of minutes after the reading, capturing the women informally after 'the show' is over. Subjectivity is also ensured by giving the women the opportunity to write about the performances themselves. 

Danielle, an artist and curator, protests about claims that the project is porn rather than art: Throughout history, sex has had undeniable influence: the Paleolithic cave paintings, Greek and Roman sculpture and ceramics, Eastern paintings and manuals such as the book of Kama Sutra, and even the medieval illuminated manuscripts of Europe that married both erotic and religious content (gasp!). These pieces are in museums, galleries, and forever revered in history books. Did they garner status through the thoughtful regard of whether to be high art or not? Of course not.

Marne, also an artist, describes her previous experience co-creating another sexually explicit art work with her male partner: it has been challenging to deal with the intense scrutiny by the art world for my participation in this work, while my male counterpart rarely dealt with any. We are both artists interested in the body, pathos, sensuality and technology, but folks are far more judgmental towards the female half of the team.

Margaret says: I don't think we've made a lot of strides [since the Victorian era]. Feminism is strong but there's still a lot to do. Projects like this - You're talking about what is real and what is sexual for women, not what is perceived to be.

The last word goes to Solé who after her reading laughs out: Oh my fucking God! that was the best thing of my life! 

2 comments:

Stanley Workman said...

My girlfriend is a natural blue head.
A virgin, with a pierced labia.
Not so much a dog walker, as a member of their pack.
Pop rock & infinity pools.
Goose stepping backwards; rewinding history's odometer.
Selling it as new.

-Marc Breed
An Ohio Poet Laureate candidate

http://topclevelandartists.blogspot.com

Naoko Smith said...

Not sure what that had to to do with Hysterical Literature! Nice thought, though. I liked the concept of 'goose stepping backwards'. If only.
:)