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Why Is There Not More Male Nudity in Mainstream Films?

CensoredStacie Adams writes on the Nervous Breakdown:

Today I bring you a subject that’s very close to my heart. And by heart I mean sex organs.

I’m a 31 year old heterosexual woman who is appalled by the lack of male nudity in movies. Tits and girl ass are legion in film, and that’s OK, I don’t mind it. But, in the interest of this equality I hear so much about, perhaps we can add some rock hard pectorals and v-shaped abdomens into the mix? Some chiseled male bums? A quick shot of the little guy?

Remember when action movies always had that scene of the anti-hero crying into his refrigerator, or gun, or eight ounce glass of whiskey over his dead dog, or kid, or wife? And remember how in these scenes said anti-hero would always be without pants and have an ass like Michelangelo’s David?

Well, those scenes were put there for women like me.

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The Man Behind Charlie Sheen’s Rants: Alex Jones?

Alex Jones & Charlie SheenAlex Jones is getting a lot of mainstream attention today because of recent remarks made by Charlies Sheen on Jones’ radio show that caused Sheen’s popular sitcom Two and a Half Men to close production for the year. If you’re wondering who Alex Jones is (unlikely for Disinfo readers), here is a mainstream media assessment in the Hollywood Reporter:

Context is important, and Sheen made his controversial remarks on Alex Jones’ syndicated radio show. Those who have listened to Jones know that he is no ordinary talk radio host. Long before Glenn Beck made headlines (and millions) mining conspiratorial territory on his radio show, Jones was exploring the wilder side of political talk radio for a devoted following online.

Jones is not mainstream (he has under 25,000 Twitter followers), yet he has influence and is sometimes linked to by more influential media figures such as Matt Drudge.

As his fans know, Jones is different than just about anyone in his field.

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Pedophilia Book Removed From Amazon, but Others Remain

Banned Kindle BookJennifer Valentino-DeVries writes on the Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog:

Amazon.com has removed a how-to guide for pedophiles that was appearing in its Kindle store, after a day of online outrage and threats of a boycott.

The e-book, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct,” and its removal raise questions about how Amazon reviews self-published works and what types of books are allowed on the e-commerce site.

Amazon on Wednesday defended the sale of the $4.79 book, telling technology blog TechCrunch that it “believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable.” But by early Thursday morning, the book was removed from the site. Amazon did not immediately return requests for further comment about the book or its disappearance from the site.

Other books about pedophilia remain on Amazon, including those that have previously prompted calls for boycotts.

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The Library After Dark: The Seedy World of Document Fetishism

Shhh!Cathy Alter writes in McSweeney’s:

Psychoanalysts sometimes speak of the epistemophilic instinct, an unbridled love of learning that grips scholars like fingernails in their backs. But when a reader at London’s Public Record Office literally ingested The Abortive Treaty of 1604 (after first ordering the Treaty of Union with Scotland as an appetizer), that was taking the passion for primary sources a little too far. And, according to Helen Wood, who recently received her Masters of Archive Administration and Records Management from the University of Liverpool, this sort of conduct takes place in archives all the time. Forget the tales of sexual politics in the faculty lounge — the kinkiest stuff occurs between the sheaves at your local library.

Wood’s dissertation, “The Fetish of the Document: An Exploration of Attitudes Towards Archives,” gives new meaning to Special Collections. Her essay centers around the participatory role the archivist has in creating and influencing fetishistic behavior — in themselves and in those who use, and sometimes abuse, archives.

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The Short-Lived Glory Days of Nude Psychotherapy

Another great find from Cyriaque Lamar over at io9.com. How times have changed: Freedom
In 1967, psychologist Paul Bindrim introduced the world to the salubrious properties of naked psychotherapy. Despite the treatment's somewhat lurid connotations and relative obscurity nowadays, nude psychotherapy did garner its share of press attention, professional consideration, and happy, naked adherents.
Bindrim's theories were inspired by the famed psychologist Abraham Maslow (you know, the fellow with the hierarchy of needs) and focused on the acceptance of the naked body as a whole. This message wasn't particularly unorthodox even if his methodology was. Historian Ian Nicholson describes Bindrim's birthday suit treatments in his eminently readable paper "Baring the soul: Paul Bindrim, Abraham Maslow and ‘Nude psychotherapy"
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Does Sexual Dysfunction in America Require Divine Intervention?

Nun Sex?Via the First Church of Mutterhals:

I’m not very altruistic, as most of you already know. I’m of the opinion that it’s every man for himself, whether you like it or not. You can’t really expect other people to take care of you and security is just coping mechanism. No one is really secure.

However, I do find the sexual dysfunction of many Americans troubling enough to warrant intervention. You have a vast number of women who are downright latently asexual, you have shit-load of straight men who are terrified of the implication that they might be gay, you have teens and young adults being told in one ear that abstinence and chastity are the only way, while in the other ear streams the most vulgar and perverse sexuality in the form of festering silicone tits and hooker culture, which celebrates coldly detached sex acts but shies away from real sensuality and pleasure.

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Anti-Masturbation Candidate Christine O’Donnell Wins Republican Senate Primary in Delaware

ChristineODonnellOh man, Joe Biden must be loving that anti-masturbation/Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell is up for his old Senate seat:
My name is Christine O'Donnell. I am the President and Founder of The S.A.L.T. The S.A.L.T. stands for "The Savior's Alliance For Lifting The Truth." We choose sexual purity in our lives. We have God-given sexual desires and we need to understand them and preserve them to be used in God's appropriate context. Our members are committed to be role models, committed to be the salt of the earth ... We need to address sexuality with young people and masturbation is part of sexuality but it is important to discuss this from a moral point of view ... The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust.
Holy cow as the Washington Post reports. For more on O'Donnell check out this post from Irin Carmon on Jezebel and the mashup video below:
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Jesus, Sodomy, and Glocks

Angry JesusVia the First Church of Mutterhals:

That sounds like a Warren Zevon song from hell, but it’s not. It’s what I saw on someone’s car on the way to work today. Three bumper stickers, right in a row; the first one said Jesus Saves, Obama Spends. The second said Obama is Socializing and Sodomizing America. The third said Body Piercings by Glock.

Let me pull up my favorite arm chair and give this guy a go. I think his choice in bumper stickers has less to do with his distaste for Obama and his policies and more to do with his fervent desire to get reamed long and hard by a Jewish hippie. Of course, that’s really none of my business. But is it appropriate to put your deep seated sexual fantasies on the back of your car?

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Cigarettes May Contain Pigs Blood

Pigs Smoking?The Daily Telegraph reports:
Cigarettes may contain traces of pig's blood, an Australian academic says with a warning that religious groups could find its undisclosed presence "very offensive". University of Sydney Professor Simon Chapman points to recent Dutch research which identified 185 different industrial uses of a pig — including the use of its hemoglobin in cigarette filters. Prof Chapman said the research offered an insight into the otherwise secretive world of cigarette manufacture, and it was likely to raise concerns for devout Muslims and Jews. Religious texts at the core of both of these faiths specifically ban the consumption of pork. "I think that there would be some particularly devout groups who would find the idea that there were pig products in cigarettes to be very offensive," Prof Chapman said.
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