America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction by Brian Alexander

By Brian Alexander

Welcome to the the United States we don’t frequently speak about, a spot the place that great couple down the road will be saddling up for “pony play,” making and promoting their very own porn DVDs, or web hosting different for a bit flogging. As award-winning journalist Brian Alexander uncovers, fringe experimentation has long past suburban. football mothers, your accountant, even your personal mom and dad may be turning kinky.

Stunned through the uninhibited questions from usual humans on his msnbc.com column, “Sexploration” (“My spouse and i've heard lot of of their thirties are enjoying strip poker . . . in addition to skinny-dipping with different couples/friends. Any thought if this can be a trendy pattern or has it been occurring for it slow and we by no means knew it?” or “I am drawn to bondage and listen to that there are mystery bondage golf equipment somewhere. are you able to support me locate them?”), Brian Alexander was once pushed to appreciate Americans’ wish to get down and dirty—especially in an period the place conservative family members values dominate.

To discover what individuals are relatively doing—and why a rustic that suffered a countrywide freak- out over Janet Jackson’s breast used to be enthusiastically stepping into contact with its internal perv—Alexander set out on a sexual safari in smooth the United States. no matter if blending it up at a tradition of fetishists, suffering into his personal pair of PVC pants for a wild evening at a intercourse membership, being tutored on dildos via a nineteen-year-old manager whereas operating in an grownup shop, or studying the mind-blowing methods of Biblical intercourse from an evangelical preacher, Alexander makes use of humor and perception to bare a sexual global that's fast redefining the word “polite society.”

Gonzo journalism at its funniest and kinkiest, America Unzipped is an interesting cultural research and an eye-popping peek into the lives of individuals you’d least look forward to finding tied up and donning latex.

One Dozen issues to prevent whilst Exploring American intercourse

1. Asking an enthusiastic devotee to give an explanation for cock-and-ball torture whereas status inside of arm’s length.

2. Assuming an evangelical Christian should not acquainted with the time period “69.”

3. tremendously tight PVC pants.

4. attempting to develop into the 1st male intercourse toy domestic occasion salesman in Missouri.

5. status too with reference to bondage versions with out donning overalls and safeguard goggles.

6. Insisting that Dan Quayle could by no means put money into porn.

7. exhibiting a glance of shock while a grandmother discusses the danger of elimination a dildo from a microwave oven.

8. Admitting your intercourse vocabulary is smaller than an 8th grader’s.

9. Explaining the variation among “cream pie” and “gonzo” to a suburban mother buying her son’s birthday intercourse DVDs.

10. attempting to interview a unadorned submissive locked on a cage.

11. looking ahead to solutions approximately intercourse from a six-foot-tall crimson rabbit.

12. considering that porn kings couldn't in all probability have Ivy League levels and run charitable foundations.

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But I refrain from using terms like “gay history” for reasons that I hope are clear, and the same reasons lead me to focus on the specificity of ancient Roman discourses and ideologies. Feminist classicists like Amy Richlin have reminded us of the continuous history of oppressive patriarchal structures in Western cultures, and there are some obvious continuities in individual men’s experience as well: male human beings both then and now have consciously experienced desire for others, both male and female; they have sometimes embodied those desires in specific acts; and the basic forms that the physical consummation of those desires has taken are finite and familiar.

128); and neither this poem nor any other text suggests that Roman men no longer paid prostitutes whom they penetrated. c. Pomponius staged an Atellan farce called The Prostitute (Prostibulum) whose main character was a male prostitute who makes it brutally clear that he penetrates his male clients. Who knows what other sexual stereotypes were exploited in the farces and mimes staged at Rome well before Pomponius or even Plautus, but now lost? In short, any theorizing of significant changes in Roman men’s sexual practices must be viewed with great caution, and the formulation just quoted reminds us that what never changed was the ideology, precisely the main concern of this book.

62 But more often this mascot of Roman masculinity is decisively nonspecific about the sex of his partners. ) a collection of poems on the subject of this deity, now known as the Carmina Priapea,63 and they often give the god a voice as he stands ready to protect his turf from thieves. And he does not mince words: Percidere, puer, moneo; futuere, puella; barbatum furem tertia poena manet. (13) Femina si furtum faciet mihi virve puerve, haec cunnum, caput hic, praebeat ille nates. (22) Per medios ibit pueros mediasque puellas mentula, barbatis non nisi summa petet.

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