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Oct 14 2014

Learning to Love My Naked Body –
A Guest Post by Ashley Manta

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by Kate M.

the bathers

In celebration of Love Your Body Day, we wanted to share a story from someone who learned to love her own body. This article was reprinted with permission from sex educator Ashley Manta‘s blog. 

I have struggled with body confidence my entire life. I’ve been 132lbs and I’ve been over 250lbs. One thing I found that was incredibly empowering for me was learning to be comfortable naked. I did that by working as a figure model for artists for a year, which culminated in me posing for a series of artistic nudes on camera. Since I believe in modeling vulnerability, I’m going to share those photos with you.

Figure Modeling

Being a figure model is hard work. You might think, “you just stand there naked, how hard could that be?” It’s very hard. Keep in mind, people are replicating your body onto the medium of their choice–charcoal, paint, clay, etc. It takes time to do that, which means you need to stay in the same position. In a typical three hour class, I would do twenty minutes of one-minute poses (in various contorted positions to give them interesting things to sketch quickly) then a longer pose that I would hold for 20 minutes at a time for the remainder of the class. It was incredible. I would walk around during my break and see myself through the eyes of the artists who were capturing my body on paper, and it felt wonderful. There was no photoshopping, no shame. It wasn’t just my body. It was art.

Live Modeling

There was an art expo in Mechanicsburg, PA where artists were creating in real time so that attendees could watch them work. I was hired to be a body art model, which meant that the artist was going to create a painting on my body and then I’d walk around to showcase it. I sat for about 45 minutes while the artist created an incredible Japanese geisha on my back, with a dragon kimono and surrounded by cherry blossoms. I wish I still had a picture of that, but sadly it was lost when my last computer died.

Once the the artist finished, I sat for a few minutes in front of a fan, waiting for the paint to dry, then stood up and walked around a room full of strangers, topless. They needed to be able to see my back, since that’s where the art was. I was surprised that a place in South Central PA (know for its conservative values) was so permissive with nudity. It was glorious. I was complimented, many people took pictures of my back, and no one called me fat.

The Photo Shoot

About a year later, I met a photographer at an art gallery in West Chester, PA. I mentioned that I enjoyed nude modeling, and we exchanged contact information. A few weeks later, we scheduled a photo shoot at his studio. He was very kind. He gave me space to change (the first few shots were in clothes), he assured me that his wife was upstairs so that I felt more comfortable, and put on some powerful Madonna songs.

I was nervous at first. Doing the clothed shots helped me to get over the initial anxiety of doing a photoshoot (which felt a lot scarier than figure modeling for some reason!) Here is one of my favorite clothed shots:

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Once I felt pretty warmed up, we moved to some shots with a white sheet draped around my body. The photographer liked to do cool things with light and shadow, which was neat to see once the prints arrived.

Once I was topless, the last frontier was to take off that white sheet and be fully naked. I was honestly less concerned about exposing my genitals than I was about exposing my tummy. I was so focused on it that I started to get into my head and panic. The artist was patient and kind. He told me that art does not recognize size or shape. It’s all beautiful. Then I remembered my favorite painting, The Bathers by Renoir. The thing I love most about it was it is that it depicts a group of women who are playfully and unapologetically loving their bodies. I cast the sheet aside. “Let’s do this!”

To read the rest of the article and see more photos from the shoot, visit Ashley’s blog. (NSFW)

Oct 02 2014

The Art of Sex in Chicago

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by Kate M.

Art-Of-Sex-Update

Join us on Friday, October 10th, 7-10pm, for the opening night reception of The Art of Sex, our annual erotic art show. Browse the artwork, chat with the artists, and maybe even purchase a piece for yourself! We’ll provide the wine.

This show will feature artwork by Leslie Anderson, Antoinette Hancock, Bianca Jarvis, Leon VonMonkeyfetish, Patience Meeks, Pik Chick, Rachel Katzman, Rob River and more!

The Art of Sex will be up at The Pleasure Chest Chicago through October 12th.

Jul 23 2014

Acrobatic Ancient Egyptian Sex

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by Kate M.

Turin-Reconstruction

Fun sex fact: the earliest known depiction of sex is called the Turin Erotic Papyrus, and it is filthy. Looking at the reconstruction above is a little like playing Where’s Waldo, only Waldo is an extra-long penis, and he’s everywhere.

Maybe one day, when we’re in peak physical condition and we have a chariot lying around, we’ll give our own reproduction of the Turin Erotic Papyrus a try. Until then, we can only be impressed by the erotic imagination of one kinky Ancient Egyptian artist.

May 29 2014

Wall of Dicks! Wall of Dicks!

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by Kate M.

penis wall

Click here to see a wall of penises that wiggle up and down in response to movements from passersby – or, hilariously, in response to changes in the stock market.

Good morning!

Apr 15 2014

Tom of Finland Stamps!

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by Kate M.

tom of finland stamps

After finding out that the Finnish postal service is releasing stamps featuring the work of Tom of Finland, we only have one question: who lives in Finland and wants to send us mail?

Please? We’ll love you forever.

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tom of finland stamp 1

h/t The Advocate

Mar 11 2014

Ecosex with Annie Sprinkle
on the Upper East Side

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by thepleasurechest

Annie Sprinkle

Hey New York! Thursday night at 8pm, we’re giving you a chance to see pioneering sex educator and performance artist Annie Sprinkle for free at our Upper East Side flagship store!

101 Ways to Make Love with the Earth – An Ecosex Primer
Slide Show & Workshop with Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 13th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Annie will present an introductory slide show giving an overview of ecosex practices, art, fashion and  green porn. Learn how to find your E-spot, and why switching the metaphor from “Earth as mother” to “Earth as lover” can create a paradigm shifting experience that can bring you more pleasure than ever. Try some ecosexual breathing, listen to ecosexy stories and explore pollen-amoury. It’s fun, a little kinky, and good for the Earth. By the end, you’ll likely discover that you are an ecosexual too!

Mar 06 2014

T is for Trampling

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by thepleasurechest

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Some wonderful person (“a Dutch female illustrator,” according to her website) has made a series of kinky alphabet prints, called KinkyABC. Quick question: is there anywhere you don’t want to hang a picture of folks in heels walking over a landscape of butts? We thought not.

Feb 28 2014

Girl on Girl Arts and Crafts

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by thepleasurechest

lesbian porn nails

Maybe you’ve heard the axiom that queer ladies don’t like girl-on-girl porn because of the long nails. Basically, lots of queer women  enjoy fingering. Comfortable fingering all but requires short, well-groomed nails because otherwise OW. (If you love your nails, you can pad the fingers latex or nitrile gloves with cotton balls, and avoid stabbing your partner that way.) Many ladies who enjoy fingering take a look at the performers’ long nails in a lot of girl-on-girl scenes and say, “No thank you.”

There are a few ways that a person can deal with this. One is to forgo porn entirely. Another is to check out some of the fabulous queer produced porn that’s out there. A third, less intuitive option is to protest mainstream porn with a series of embroidered close-ups of long nails and vulvas. One Tumblr-er did just that, and it is amazing.

Feb 27 2014

365 Days, 365 Dicks

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by thepleasurechest

penis art

Remember when you were young, when drawing a dick on something was a tiny act of rebellion? You may have had to take algebra, but you were sure as shit going to draw a dick on your spiral notebook in whiteout pen. Ah, the salad days.

One dude just took that to an extreme. When his wife bought a whiteboard, he decided to draw a different penis on it every day for a year. The results are actually really impressive: a Godzilla penis destroying a city, works of art with penises subbed in (like Birth of Penis, above), studies in perspective, images from myth, history, and the Bible, lots of animals and foods with additional dicks, and so on. It’s well worth watching the slideshow, with the fair warning that the images do get violent after a while. Lots of dis-(I’m sorry)-memberment.