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Testosterone, French Ero, & David Lynch’s Foot Fetish

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Just posting links to three articles from the last week that I thought were interesting:

First, the Wall Street Journal has an article about testosterone levels in men. The article is mostly about the dangers of low testosterone levels as men age. But the article also talks about studies that show a relationship between marriage and testosterone levels in men. It breaks down like this:

  • Most Testosterone: Single men.
  • Less Testosterone: Married men.
  • Least Testosterone: Married men, with multiple wives.

I’m not sure exactly what it all means, but it must have some implications for the sex lives of married couples? Check out the full article for more info.

Second, the New York Times has an article called “A Library Exhibition Not for the Children’s Room” about an erotic show now on at the National Library of France in Paris. The show includes over 350 sexually explicit literary works, manuscripts, engravings, lithographs, photographs, film clips, and other items. Included is the handwritten manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s novel “Les Infortunes de la Vertu”. According the article,

Sadism, masochism, bestiality, inflated genitalia and the most imaginative sexual fantasies and athletic poses are given their due. To avoid complaints that a publicly supported institution is corrupting the country’s youth, no one under 16 is admitted.

The “Hell at the Library, Eros in Secret” show runs through March 22, 2008. If you’re in Paris before then, it might be worth checking out. I can’t imagine my local library doing a similar show anytime soon.

Third, I read about this erotic art show called “Fetish” featuring the photography of director David Lynch. The show is a collaboration between Lynch and fashion designer Christian Louboutin. Louboutin created some one-of-a-kind exotic shoes for the models and Lynch took pictures of them wearing the shoes, but otherwise nude. The show had already closed by the time I saw the article, but you can still see some images at the website of Galerie du passage in Paris. For larger pictures from the Lynch photo show, try this link (the site isn’t in English, but just click on the numbers to see more pics.)

That’s all for now. More updates later!

eBay, art, pornography, and even incest!

Monday, November 12th, 2001

I know I haven’t updated this site in a while – sort of took some time off to work on other stuff, I suppose. It’s really hard to stay focused during the summer here in Southern California. Actually, it’s hard for me to stay focused no matter where I am, but that’s another story…

For those of you that don’t know, I’m an eBay voyeur. I browse through 1000′s of eBay auctions just to see what strange things people are selling. I know I have no life, you don’t have to tell me.

So, I found this eBay auction for a studio in the Czech Republic that used to belong to Egon Schiele.

The auction description reads like I was expected to know who Mr. Schiele was. I didn’t, but decided to find out. When I did some research (on the web of course), I found out that Egon Schiele was a famous Austrian Expressionist painter who was a contemporary, and student of, Gustav Klimt. I’ve seen numerous Klimt works in museums around the world and I suppose, without knowing, I might have seen some Schiele pieces as well. Schiele never fully realized his artistic potential as he died when he was only 28 years old. But, that’s not the interesting part.

Here’s where the story turns. I read a couple of online biographies of Schiele and they say is that he had a sexual relationship with his younger sister when they were both in their teens. He was, apparently, in love with her, and one of the bios even get as specific as talking about a night that the brother/sister spent together. With incest fantasies being relatively popular on the web, I thought it was interesting to read about a guy who actually had more than a fantasy – he had a relationship. One thing that I wasn’t able to find in the biographies was any information on how this incestuous love effected his relationship with his sister later in life. They do talk about him making a lot of paintings of young girls nude throughout his career, which may be in some way related to that early relationship, but no one knows for sure.

It should also be noted, that Schiele was considered by many to be a “pornographer” in his day. Today he is regarded as a great and important artist. These issue, free speech, art, pornography, and government (Schiele spent some time in jail), are always interesting to me.

All of this nonsense came about just because I happened upon a random eBay auction. The studio is still available as I’m writing this, minimum bid, US$870,000. Please let me know if you end up buying it!

Click on the more link below for some Egon Schiele web stuff.
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