Archive for the ‘2011’ Category

Hey guys, its been a long time since I wrote a personal post. I have been spending my time on twitter since I got involved with #Occupy Oakland. It is a powerful tool for journalism, but in the end it has not gotten the word out better than blogging. So, here I am again I made this personal video, it’s 7 minutes and ‘not boring’.

 

 

Laemmli argues that the new shoes forced dancers’ bodies to move in new ways. Dancers on this pointe regimen developed characteristically long, lean leg muscles. Balanchine also encouraged dancers to let the shoes remake their bodies, including developing bunions that gave the foot just the right line. And as their bodies were remade, dancers became “like IBM machines,” modern and indistinguishable. This had consequences for labor, too. For one, stars became a less central feature of dance companies as dancers became more interchangeable, and second, dancers came to spend hours working on their shoes — altering, gluing, and caring for them. In fact, in 1980 dancers threatened to strike — not over hours or pay, but for better pointe shoes, and better management of them.

via Ballet Shoes and Ballerinas as Technology: A History En Pointe – Suzanne Fischer – Technology – The Atlantic.


Yesterday was the annual Kinkster Festival called Folsom Street Fair. The street style is a very playful way of creating a Public Sphere with experimental genders and open expresion in the Kink tradition. This year I documented a lot of Male Beauty in the form of gayboys, radical metrosexuals and crossdressers.
I found an abundance of curvy female beauty. I also noticed that the chubby boys are being male objects of beauty as well. The Bears have not all become Muscle Boys.

San Francisco Street Culture.

. It is Free and advertising supported. This magazine is more international than the last. I have left out the words and just present 50 Ethnographic Street Style photos.
Internationalisation
I am launching the Magazine in all of Apples supported language. So it is in every Itunes App Store everywhere on the planet, listed as a local language Magazine. The translations are rough, so let me know if there are big problems:
English, Russian, German, Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Portugese (Brazil) Spanish. One of the big benefits to these App Store translations is the translated keywords. My first magazine was available in all of the stores in English, but if the user was searching with terms in other languages, they would not find it.

50 Street Style Photos
This Issue includes the 21 photos from Curvy Girl Superheros, but it also includes the other Queer, and Transgender street culture that was on display at the 2010 Superhero Street Fair. A beautiful Sister of Perpetual Indulgence is now the first of two screenshots. This visually marks San Francisco Street Culture as extra-ordinary and very genderqueer.

Advertisements SF Street Culture is free to download. It displays ads from Apple’s iAds network. So far my experience is good, but Apple is not able to supply ads everywhere, so I will be supporting multiple ad providers in the future.

Finally, a discussion about Male Bisexuality

Posted: September 22, 2011 in 2011

I am very impressed by this discussion about Male Bisexuality. Quiet Riot Girl (QRG) is doing some very important work by creating space to understand Male Sexuality through a post feminist lens. I can’t recommend her work highly enough. The UK is having a complex and Nuanced post-feminist discussion about gender. Think of QRG as an introduction to this discussion.
It seems like a lot of her work at the moment is a curation and reworking Mark Simpson’s very important groundlevel descriptions of male gender and sexuality mutation in the UK.

Straight boys kiss each other in England

Posted: September 21, 2011 in 2011

I keep reading and hearing that young English straight boys are kissing each other and putting pictures up on Facebook. To my American ears this sound incredible even in sexually progressive San Francisco.
http://rachelrabbitwhite.com/whats-up-with-the-bisexual-double-standard/

According to a study by Eric Anderson of Bath University in England, there are a growing number of college-aged straight men kissing each other. In the study of male university students, 89 percent had kissed each other on the lips, and 37 percent reported engaging in “sustained kissing.”

Anderson says that this trend stemmed from professional sports, and the recent popularity of soccer players sharing passionate kisses after goals. “That made kissing between men acceptable for college and high-school players. Then the players took the same behaviors to nights out in pubs, spreading the trend to non-athletes” Anderson reports to Live Science.

We see this come to life in the “gay chicken” videos on YouTube. Gay chicken is a game in which two straight, alpha-male types make-out, and the first one to pull away is a “pussy.” In the linked YouTube video, two athletic-looking young men make out, while a crowd of people holding plastic cups, cheer them on, their phones held out. The boys only wear underwear, pressing against one and other as they kiss, not coming up for air for the full three minutes.

hat tip to QuietRiotGirl

This British gentleman is named Mark Simpson and he invented the term ‘metrosexual’ in 1994. I just found his blog and discovered that he has all kind of interesting things to say about the male object of desire and what I would call male femininity and what he calls metrosexual.

I left a comment of this interesting post
http://www.marksimpson.com/blog/2011/09/15/ny-mag-notices-how-tarty-men-have-become/