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The duty to produce alienates the passion for creation. Productive labour is part and parcel of the technology of law and order. The working day grows shorter as the empire of conditioning extends.In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create. What spark of humanity, of a possible creativity, can remain alive in a being dragged out of sleep at six every morning, jolted about in suburban trains, deafened by the racket of machinery, bleached and steamed by meaningless sounds and gestures, spun dry by statistical controls, and tossed out at the end of the day into the entrance halls of railway stations, those cathedrals of departure for the hell of weekdays and the nugatory paradise of weekends, where the crowd communes in weariness and boredom?
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Sophie Elmhirst writing at Prospect Magazine:
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In the middle of the graveyard in Vissoie, a small town in the Swiss mountain valley of Anniviers, stands a grey stone cross. For years, the cross was the focus of a local competition among the town’s teenagers. The brief was simple: turn up at midnight, sit by the cross, and whoever lasts the longest wins. By day, the task doesn’t seem too onerous. The graveyard is absurdly picturesque, perched on the side of a hill next to the church, the valley dropping away to a river, mountains on the far side rising up against a faultless blue sky. Even the graves are palatable: there’s no ornate Victoriana here, no ghoulishness or mawkish angels, no sentimental inscriptions; just a few rows of simple wooden crosses planted in the ground. (A rule was declared in the town that the dead should all be commemorated identically, to prevent wealth-displaying one-upmanship.)
Not long ago, Bernard Crettaz, an eminent Swiss sociologist who was born and raised in Vissoie, sat on a stone wall by the shared grave of his parents—Pierre and Genevieve—and recalled his year of competition.
When it comes to pedophiles and other people with weird sexual urges, our society is all about punishment, not prevention. We don’t want to help people who we think could mess with our kids. We want to pretend they don’t exist until they do mess with our kids, and then we want to punish and make an example of them. Even saying the words help and pedophile in the same sentence pisses people off. But this is likely the best path to reducing child sex abuse.
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A guy I know was recently arrested for possessing child porn. We used to be friends but had a falling out years ago. Later he became kind of a big deal locally, a city councilor and the publisher of a magazine. Not surprisingly his being arrested got some attention in the media.
You might imagine I enjoyed some schadenfreude at the moment I saw his name in the paper, but as a sex addict I just felt bad for him.
There seems to be two schools of thought around banging a robot. There is the first school of thought, which is loosely defined as “What the fuck is wrong with you? You’re a freak, you want to fuck a robot?”
There there is the second school of thought which is “Wow that would be awesome. I could keep something that looks like a hot chick in my closet and have sex with it whenever I want? Sweet!”
A survey conducted by the University of Middlesex asked 2,000 people their thoughts on a range of robot-related questions, roughly one in six respondents were totally in to it and said they would “have sex with an android,” and another one in three were okay with others banging robots, even though they didn’t want to do so themselves. But about four in 10 found the whole thing rather nasty, and another 14% thought robots should not be used for sex.… Read the rest
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There’s a pervasive notion that monogamous relationships are the end-all-be-all – the default pact in human couplings that keep the fabric of society from being torn apart. But growing numbers of scientists believe monogamy is not our biological default; and may not even represent the best road to happiness.
Nearly all mammalian species demonstrate sexual promiscuity. Even mate-for-life prairie voles, the animal kingdom’s poster child of monogamous relationships produce pups from different fathers twenty percent of the time. Moreover, say historians, for humans, promiscuous behavior is not new at all.
Anthropologists have uncovered clues to how our Paleolithic ancestors lived. Before the advent of agriculture, humans faced a short, brutal lifespan. Some survived to age 50, but most died young or at birth with average life expectancy in the 30-to-40 range.
With such a short lifespan, ancestral children were likely to experiment with sex by age six.
Anton LaVey Blackhouse Photographs 1998 by Nicholas Syracuse 2012.
The house and HQ for the Church of Satan in San Francisco.
The house was leveled to make way for some cheap condos.
The murals were designed and painted by Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, according to information provided to the photographer by LaVey’s daughter Karla.
Included in the exhibition “Abundatia Cornu Copiae” December 4 – February 28 2015
The photographs were taken in 1998 and printed in 2012.
at Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn
Sendmeyoursexts.com is the latest project by documentary filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian. Fueled by the modern day phenomenon of sexting and Yaghoobian’s own experience with this, the website encourages people from all over the world to share these exchanges with an artistic twist. For a nominal fee, the encounters are turned into short videos which use the sexts as scripts. Yaghoobian’s project toes the line between performance art, soft porn, and film.
They are funny to watch and capture both the kitsch and awkwardness of the sexting experience; however they also point to how widespread this practice is. Yaghoobian’s videos consider the role of public and private space and what this means in relationship to sex and intimacy in the digital age. Sendmeyoursexts.com offers people an online platform to explore these experiences in a different context. By looking at what desire, fantasy, and intimacy means through the mode of sexting, Yaghoobian is also calling attention to contemporary attitudes about sex.… Read the rest
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A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams.
“Are you dreaming right now?” asks science writer and dream researcher David Jay Brown. We are sitting in the ivy-draped courtyard of Laili, next to a babbling fountain and a rowdy dinner party of 10.
“No!” I say, sure of the answer to such an absurd question.
“But how do you know?” he asks.
“I just know.”
“Well, have you tested it?” He picks up a fork and taps the wall. In a dream, maybe the tines would bend, he says. In a dream, the words on the menu would scramble the minute you looked away and looked back again. And if you plugged your nose and breathed out, you’d feel the air leaving your nostrils, even though they were plugged.
“Nope, not dreaming,” I say, through a pinched nose. But there’s an epiphany scratching around inside his point: even when fork tines bend with no effort and landscapes transform at the mere suggestion of thought, we accept what we’re experiencing in a dream as real.
via 3D Print:
For those couples seeking to spice up their personal lives with a bit of power play, leaving the woman in charge of the action (as it were), some inventive makers are hard at work prototyping new devices. We’ve looked recently at Dame Products’ 3D printed prototype for the female-use Eva product; now it seems to be the men’s turn for their own toy.
One of the latest prototypes out there, comes from Shapeways user pedro69, and has been tested out by a friend of his who runs the Become Her Slave blog, which focuses on men who want their female partners to dominate them. This new prototype — the Keyholder Dream (KHD) X3 Espresso Short — is a “male chastity device” that keeps a man’s bits securely in place and puts him at the (playful) mercy of his partner, who quite literally holds the key.… Read the rest