Male Beauty

•November 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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French Vogue is Outstanding

In this month’s spread Carine Roitfeld celebrated black men in drag

(focusing on muse Andre J.)

thus making up for the black face debacle from last month’s issue.

Recently I wrote a piece on the alterations Morehouse has made to its dress code,

banning “the wearing of clothing associated with women’s garb

(dresses, tops, tunics, purses, pumps, etc.) on the Morehouse campus or at college-sponsored events.”

Its total bullshit.

And rather than get all tossed up about it again here

(clearly a plug to read the article)

I’ve simply decided to share a gallery of outstandingly beautiful

men in heels, eye shadow, cat suits

cultural beauty

and

all things glamorous…

* Bravo French Vogue *

Enjoy the gallery

and video of James Baldwin

below

Note: The spread in French Vogue was shot by Bruce Weber. I had the good fortune of meeting him

at Tina Brown’s house a week or so back.

Covet, own, admire and adore his work often. He’s a hero among us.

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Drag in its broadest sense means any clothing one wears. However, the traditional use of the term is for any costume or outfit that carries symbolic significance. This usually refers to the clothing associated with one gender role when worn by a person of the other gender. Wearers of drag in this sense are divided into drag kings and drag queens, depending on the gender of the clothing adopted. The term originated either in gay or theatre slang in the 1870s, where the official long-established theatre term for “cross-dressing” on-stage was travesti (French, “cross-dressed,” giving rise to “travesty” which took on further connotations as a genre of critical vocabulary). The term “drag” may have been given a wider circulation in Polari, a gay street argot in England in the early part of the 20th century. Unlike “threads,” “drag” never simply meant “clothes.”

Drag queen” appeared in print in 1941. The verb is to “do drag.” A folk etymology whose acronym basis reveals the late 20th-century bias, would make “drag” an abbreviation of “dressed as girl” in description of male transvestism. The other, “drab” for “dressed as boy,” is unrecorded. Drag is practiced by people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

The world is a fucked up place,

red lipstick makes it all better….

Sex Appeal

•November 3, 2009 • 1 Comment

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Sex appeal is a delicate thing…

See, the other night while at dinner with friends I made the mistake of saying

“Amber Rose is a whore”

A close friend of hers was sitting across from me. He immediately took offense and started vehemently defending her honor.

I admit I was wrong.

I have only seen Amber Rose in person once…

How would I know anyway?

I should have said, “she lacks sex appeal and seems to enjoy a redundant, patriarchal sensibility when it comes to sex – and her body”

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The photos above were taken from Smooth Magazine.

Admittedly, they are old, stale and hardly a reflection of where she is these days –

but the context of our conversation was centered around her mini transformation after blooming into

the lady we now see on Kanye’s arm.

I grapple with modern aesthetic sensibilities anyway….

please see my gallery of true sex appeal below

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Lady GaGa poses naked for Out magazine

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Clearly I was the eye behind some of these photos, and not all of them immediately register as “sexy”

I understand this.

The point is only that for me, sex isn’t about a body part – it’s a story.

Your eye needs a place to roam, a path to follow….

its about movement.

Amber rose spread eagle on the front of smooth isn’t it.

And don’t misunderstand me – I like raunchy things…

and this has nothing to do with being covered up – just absolutely everything to do with the story you’re telling.

I’m sorry I called you a whore Amber.

what I meant to say is that you aren’t telling a very good story.

The world is a fucked up place,

make sure you’re telling a fabulous tale.

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The sexual revolution can be seen as an outgrowth of a process in recent history, though its roots may be traced back as far as the Enlightenment (Marquis de Sade) and the Victorian era (A. C. Swinburne‘s scandalous Poems and Ballads of 1866). It was a development in the modern world which saw the significant loss of power by the values of a morality rooted in the Christian tradition and the rise of permissive societies, of attitudes that were accepting of greater sexual freedom and experimentation that spread all over the world and were captured in the phrase free love.

In general use, the term “sexual liberation” is used to describe a socio-political movement, witnessed from the 1960s into the 1970s.[1] However, the term has been used at least since the late 1920s[2] and is often attributed as being influenced by Freud‘s writing on sexual liberation and psychosexual issues.

During the 1960s, shifts in regards to how society viewed sexuality began to take place, heralding a period of de-conditioning in some circles away from old world antecedents, and developing new codes of sexual behaviour, many of which are now integrated into the mainstream.[3]

740 Park

•October 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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I’m currently reading:

740 Park by Michael Gross

The book is an outstanding profile of New York’s most infamous living space set on the “gold coast” of Manhattan.

Built by the team of Rosario Candela and Eliot Cross this prestigious structure was completed in 1929.

It is filled with many things I adore:

history, scandal, architectural glamor and New York.

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The astonishing part of it all is that in 1920, while affluent white New Yorkers

(some of whom even escaped the evils of the looming Great Depression — like the Bordons and the Astors)

were hosting “coming out” balls in Lime Stone Mansions

the exceedingly “young” black community was just digging their toes into the

Harlem Renaissance,

hosting “rent parties” to pay for small living quarters uptown

and were none the wiser about 740 Park than the Vanderbilts were about Zora and Langston creating Fire

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The Harlem Renaissance was one of the major African-American cultural and artistic movements during the era. Black authors depicted experiences from urban Manhattan to rural Georgia and included Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alain Locke. Their poems and narratives not only captured the diversity of the African-American experience but also highlighted the rich culture of black America.

the world is a fucked up place,

learn someone else’s parallel history

the end.

the science behind your first sip…

•October 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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I recently stopped drinking and have become that annoying

“one beer queer” i mocked so heavily back in high school…

apparently I had my first beer back in middle school because I carried the

certain variant of the OPRM1 gene…

Perhaps all demons have a science behind them:

“Interestingly, Miranda’s study showed that adolescents who had the G allele were more likely to report drinking alcohol for its pleasurable effects than drinking for other reasons, which is consistent with the idea that they might experience alcohol as being more pleasurable in the first place,” said Finn. “Finally, the results suggested that the presence of the G allele is associated with greater sensitivity to the pleasurable effects of alcohol which, in turn, was associated with more alcohol problems. In other words, the reason the G allele is associated with more alcohol problems in adolescence is because it increases teenagers’ sensitivity to the rewarding effects of alcohol.”

read the rest of the article here

the world is a fucked up place…

but kids drinking is just tacky

the end.

Isabella Blow

•October 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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“…to keep everyone away from me. They say, Oh, can I kiss you? I say, No, thank you very much. That’s why I’ve worn the hat. Goodbye. I don’t want to be kissed by all and sundry. I want only to be kissed by the people I love.”

women are complicated creatures.

Isabella Blow, who discovered Alexander McQueeen, was one of the most outstandingly

complicated creatures of our time.

“Nobody ever understands who I aim to be… they revel in their misunderstanding,

so I allow them to have their way with me…”

I see no point in unveiling her beautiful,

elaborately fashionable past here…

the photos should force you into a search all your own

but I will say that I adore her.

She is my first heroine….

After several failed suicide attempts she finally met her fate…

“On May 6, 2007, during a weekend house party at Hilles, where the guests included Treacy and his life partner, Stefan Bartlett, Blow announced that she was going shopping. Instead, she was later discovered collapsed on a bathroom floor by her sister Lavinia and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where Blow told the doctor she had drunk the weedkiller Paraquat.[17] Blow died at the hospital the following day”

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Women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. This two-to-one difference persists across racial, ethnic, and economic divides. In fact, this gender difference in rates of depression is found in most countries around the world. There are a number of theories which attempt to explain the higher incidence of depression in women. Many factors have been implicated, including biological, psychological, and social factors.

the world is a fucked up place…

might as well celebrate a woman you adore

the end.

women who smoke

•October 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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women who smoke get a bad rep.

See, back in the 90s I was one of those bad kids, out by the train tracks who smoked their potential dry

with a pack of black and mildes.

(my high school was literally traced by the green line in Brookline, MA).

recently, I quit — But much like trying to off that boy you can’t shake, I soon returned –

head down, heart open.

This is dribble.

clearly.

please enjoy my gallery of all the women who smoked the good smoke

and made it out alive…

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Rebellion, modernity, and romance: Smoking as a gendered practice in popular young women’s magazines, britain 1918–1939:

Abstract

In Britain, the feminization of the cigarette is a 20th-century phenomenon. Prior to 1900 few women smoked, but during the 1920s and 1930s smoking amongst women increased dramatically. Set in the context of the increased prevalence of smoking among women during the interwar years, and negotiations around the meanings of gender and gender relations in this period, this article examines some of the ways in which popular young women’s magazines represented smoking as a gendered practice. An examination of the fiction and illustrations featured in popular magazines, as well as articles and advertisements, reveals that representations of women smoking were employed in the interwar years to convey and develop key gender issues—these were rebellion, modernity, and heterosexual intimacy.

Now, I might die of lung issues – but you might get hit by a bus.

the world is a fucked up place,

might as well enjoy a smoke…

the end.