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Luis Quiles’ Bleak Pop Culture Visions

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Spanish artist Luis Quiles has a dark, disturbing vision of modern life, consumerism, social media and sexuality…but what’s easily the most shocking aspect of his bleak, erotically charged portrayal of our apathetic, narcissistic social decay is that it really isn’t that shocking at all to a culture numbed down by constant, instant corporate gratification. Swipe to the left:

From CSGlobe.com:

There are many ways to take a stand when it comes to various social issues.

Luis Quiles, a Spanish artist… [who] does this by drawing pretty controversial cartoons, has spent the last few years creating hundreds of powerful drawings, showing a disturbingly accurate vision of our world.

And while most of his work can be rather disturbing, it’s also very eye-opening.

 Slaving to social media, child trafficking, dirty politics.

The following…images might make you feel kind of dirty, but they will also definitely make you think.

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Prehistoric Sex Toys

Neolithic Carved chalk phallus from an infilled pit in a ditch of Maumbury rings, now at Dorset County Museum. Photo by CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images

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Carved chalk phallus from an infilled pit in a ditch of Maumbury rings, now at Dorset County Museum.
Photo by CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images

Because, hey, we’ve always had needs.

Chris Wild, over at Mashable, has curated this fabulous collection of old school sex toys. These phalluses are generally believed to have doubled as tools, such as hammerstones, while some archaeologists doubt that they were ever used for personal pleasure. However, after looking at them, it’s hard to believe they didn’t come in handy in more ways than one.

“‘There are many non-dildoish uses for which [they] may have been intended but without doubt anyone at the time would have seen the penile similarities,'” Dr. Martin Rundkvist, archaeologist, told Mashable.

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Chilean artist Cecilia Avendaño’s strange and evocative portraits

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Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier. Santiago, Chile 1980.

Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier graduated from University of Chile where she studied visual arts and photography. Cecilia began exhibiting her work in 2002, participating in numerous group exhibitions in Chile and abroad. She’s participated in outstanding one person shows including Sala Cero at Animal Gallery, National Museum of Fine Arts, as well as BAC! Festival in Barcelona’s MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Chile, Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires Argentina. Her most recent work includes digital post production operations on photography where she composes images that become portraits, but operates with different concepts related to identity construction. She has been selected twice for the National Fund FONDART, plus obtaining the second place in the art contest “Artists of the XXI Century” organized by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Banco Santander. She currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile.

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Portrait by Tomas Eyzaguirre

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No Matter How Much You Want To, Don’t Screw Your Vacuum Cleaner

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We’ve all had those days. Work sucked, your boss has been on your ass for weeks about that report. Your girlfriend has been a total pain lately, she is coming over in an hour to hang out, and you are dreading seeing her.

It’s time to kick back and have some time for yourself, and nothing says relaxation like taking a half hour of your day to bang your vacuum cleaner. Such a simple pleasure really, but sadly one that can be fatal.

Autoerotic deaths are, by definition, accidental deaths that occur during solitary sexual activity. In almost every case, some type of apparatus was used to enhance sexual stimulation.

There are many ways one can go when getting off, including electrocution, drowning, or simply by using unsafe, sharp objects, such as power tools. However, autoerotic asphyxiation is by far the most common. David Carradine suffered perhaps the most well known autoerotic death when he was found naked with a rope around his neck in Thailand.… Read the rest

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Vodou in powerful works of art

VODOUN, VODOU, CONJURE: THE ANIMISTIC ARTS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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Africa Vodun Sculpture – Fon People – Benin Wood, padlocks, clay pots

The Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York presents an exhibition of magic and spirit expressed in intense and powerful works of art from Africa, Haiti, Jamaica and the United States.

Stereotypical language falls apart when speaking about this kind of magic. The end product of the piece is less important than the means by which it was made. It is all about process and intention. It is an animistic magic that relies on Nature for its material and spiritual sources for healing, for love, for midwifery, for remembrance, for power, for cultural resistance, and ultimately for finding a balance in human nature.

Conjure and Vodou’s earliest manifestations were in the Old World (Africa as the Old World) but when the slaves were forced here from West Africa and the Kongo area, it was remembered and reinvented (creolized) in an American form.… Read the rest

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Cult Leaders That Used Sex to Control

John Humphrey Noyes, (1811-1886)

John Humphrey Noyes, (1811-1886)

In the book Raping the Gods, by Brian Whitney, a ghostwriter is hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of Dylan, a deranged, fantastically wealthy sex addict, who lives in Samoa with his female sex slaves. Dylan’s had a profound spiritual awakening during a vision quest he went on with a local tribe. He thinks he met God. Actually, he thinks he met God and had sex with Him. Raped Him, in fact. Throughout all of Dylan’s insanity and abuse his slaves remain unwavering.

Many people throughout time have used sex to take control of people’s minds. When it comes to keeping someone under your control, banging them while slowly exerting power over their minds and bodies is possibly the best way to do that. It is true that other methods can work. You can threaten someone, beat them, isolate them, financially exploit them, but none of those are as effective as sex.… Read the rest

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Why I Joined the Good Men Project, Not the Good Person Project

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Robert Couse-Baker (CC BY 2.0)

Jed Diamond writes at at the Good Men Project:

When I first read Tom Matlack’s collection of stories about defining moments in men’s lives, I felt I was among kindred spirits. Tom found there was a connection between all the stories:

There was a moment when each man woke up, looking in the mirror and said, “I thought I knew what it meant to be a man. I thought I knew what it meant to be good. And I realize that I don’t know either.”

The only difference for me was that growing up I never had a clear sense of what it meant to be a man or what it meant to be a good man. My father was a writer and actor who became increasingly depressed when he couldn’t find meaningful work to support his family. When I was five years old he tried to commit suicide and spent the next seven years at Camarillo State Mental Hospital.

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Inside the Sex Cult of ‘Christ’

M.I. Nestel has written an extensive profile of the “self-professed holy man, Victor Arden Barnard,” over at The Daily Beast. Barnard was captured in Brazil on Friday after being on the run for about a year for allegedly having sex with girls as young as 12.

He claimed to be a Savior. But he turned on the teenage girls in his flock. And when they spoke up, he went on the lam.
“Christ in the flesh” has been captured. And now, his alleged victims and embittered kin are left to process the damage he’s wrought.

Self-professed holy man Victor Arden Barnard, 53, was busted in a beachside community in Brazil on Friday after almost a year on the run—and three months on the U.S. Marshals Service’s Most Wanted List. For years, according to court documents, Barnard had his way with several girls as young as 12, including a Brazilian exchange student, and also fornicated with church members’ wives back in his sect’s original compound based in Finlayson, Minnesota.

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The Solipsism of Evangelical Morality

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Joel Penner (CC BY 2.0)

Morgan Guyton writes at Patheos:

“Against you alone have I sinned.” These words from Psalm 51:4 are attributed to the Israelite king David speaking to God after he knocked up another man’s wife and had that man betrayed and murdered on the battlefield. Many evangelical pastors have praised this verse for how it names sin, but I consider it to be one of the most morally problematic verses in the Bible. It does do a very good job of encapsulating the solipsistic morality that I grew up with as an evangelical, in which sin had nothing to do with hurting other people and everything to do with whether or not I was displeasing God. Solipsism describes the delusion that I am the only person who actually exists in the universe. While I can’t blame anyone in particular for instilling me with this mindset, I grew up viewing morality as though the universe consisted of just God and me walking through a minefield of temptations, whether they were female bodies, drugs, or other objects.

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