Too cool. Via.
What is it about virginity that has everyone's interest? It's a condition we're all born with it. Everyone starts out with it. What we chose to do with it and when and where and even how we decide to lose it and lift that yoke is generally up to us. Yes, tragically there are those who are molested and abused and the choice is no longer theirs. But for most of us, it's a matter of choice.
Having going through it, I survived. Was it the most important day of my life? Not by a long shot. Was it even memorable. Perhaps to me but hopefully not for my partner. Truthfully, it's actually a night I'd prefer to forget as I knew nothing and my partner knew even less.
Moving on, there's something special, mystical about virginity. It's more than the fact that once it's gone, it's gone for good. It goes beyond that.
Remember back to those old Roman gladiator pictures where the ruler was demanding virgins be brought to him? Or how about the vampire movies where they needed the blood of a virgin? Witches sometimes needed "the essence" of a virgin to complete their magic potions. In some pictures, eating a virgin's organs brought the undead back to life or granted the creature eternal life. Oh,and how many times did you see a virgin being sacrificed to some pagan god or a volcano to protect the village from impending doom.
Yessirree Bob. Those virgins are something special. And finding them is becoming harder and harder. On comic recently commented that the definition of a virgin is the ugliest girl in the fourth grade. Ouch. but there's some very sad truth inside that quip.
Yet some people make it to legal age as a virgin and if they do, they can make some money on it. Big money. How much? Well, let's ask Catarina Migliorini.
This isn't just an isolated "auction." Women have "offered" up their "de-flowering" in the cause of justice, peace and now the capitalists' dream, the almighty dollar. This particular Internet auction isn't the only one that's caught attention. Sadly though, the news wasn't so good for her male counterpart, Alex Stepanov, whose virginity only racked up $3,000 from a woman in Brazil named "Nene B."
I guess there's a bit of a question about supply and demand. I guess that's the basis of commercialism.
But some people are more altruistic -- and maybe that even moves them from selfless or magnanimous to the world of artistic.
According to the Daily Star Sunday, a London newpaper, virginity is going to become art -- or should I say losing one's virginity will.
Clayton Pettet, 19, is set to have gay sex for the first time in a gallery full of spectators for a project entitled "Art School Stole My Virginity".
He reckons his 'performance art project' will earn him rave reviews for challenging the idea of sexuality.
The deflowering is set to take place before an audience of between 50 and 100 in a space in Hackney, London.
Holy cow. Now the move goes from sacrificing virgin women to deity, to selling virgin women and men (voluntarily but for profit) for the pleasure of being someone's first to now losing one's virginity as performance art. (not sure how to classify or quantify 'performance').
Where are we heading? I feel that creative expression is a vast array of concepts of all sizes, shapes and sexes. This gay experience for an artistic cause sure makes me wonder though, where's the line between prurient interests and emotionally charged creative thinking.
Performance art can be amazing. Marcel Marceau's mime work. Human reproductions of famous paintings. Or the grandmother of performance art herself: Marina Abramović's work which explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.
But two guys (in this case) having sex on stage? (oh, just so it's clear, Clayton Pettet's real life boyfriend will be his partner on stage, not some anonymous stranger -- that would be crass).
I guess this upcoming event proves art comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Any idea's what they should call this medium? To me, "painful" comes to mind. Cries and Whispers has already been taken.
Ah, journalism. It comes in all shapes and sizes. There's hard hitting investigative, Pulitzer Prize level stuff. There's straight news reporting. There's specialty journalism as well; the snarky/fun kind (like Political Carnival) and there's the sensational (National Enquirer), straight and gay news rags and those that run from informative, light, frothy entertainment to more satirical, edgy, or politically slanted. And finally, at the bottom of the barrel, we find Fox News.
They've hardly met a story they couldn't slant or a personality so out of touch with reality that they didn't fit in seamlessly with their goon squad. They really have faux news down to a science.
With the government "slimdown" (they refused to call it a shutdown) there isn't a lot they have left to cover. Their "all defense of republicans, all the time," programming is working just fine for them.
Until now. The news editors got wind of an art exhibit at the Ivy League's Brown University, and they thought they could run with it. They would take an honest artistic exhibit called Nudity in the Upspace and give it to resident pervert (at least politically) Bill O'Reilly's people to cover. Their task -- to take something genuine and artistic and end up exploiting the nudity of young college students to make ratings and money.
That sure sounds like a Bill O'Reilly worthy segment. Take something genuine and twist it into seedy. They mock an art exhibition that explores race, gender and equality in relation to nudity and the human body. This could win Bill O. the "Pulitzer-My-Finger" Prize for his coverage. We'll find out next week after it airs.
Brown students felt duped by the subterfuge of the stated purpose these old white men reporters used to get their interviews and explain their presence on campus. They claimed they were doing a story on student life, burdens of tuition and a highly intensive curriculum.
What they really focused on was the "naked art." Any Ivy Leaguer (like myself) knows how hard it is to get in to one of the elite eight institutions, academically. We go because of educational achievment. If we wanted to see naked bodies, we could just search for them on the Internet and save tons of money.
The students of Brown have made a video about this experience and Fox TV. Maybe Bill should exploit this, instead of getting his rocks off with more of his slanted, non-news.
Okay, look closely -- you can click on the picture to make it larger. See how many bodies you can find in this picture, and post it. You'll be addicted in no time. Let's see who finds the most. Hint: the first 12 are easy.
I appreciate art. I'm not good at it but visits to galleries and art fairs are something my wife and I do quite often. Art show openings are something we look forward to. And we've been amazed at so many kinds of expression through creative endeavor.
We've seen pictures painted with brushes, chalk, pastels, charcoal, oil paint, water paint, acrylics, light, shadow, outside materials, pieces of pictures, yarn, leaves, woven palm fronds, pencil, dirt, even feces. Yes, that last one is true.
But it always comes down to the art. That's what we respond to. Yet you can't help but watching someone build a sand sculpture, drawing a caricature, wielding a chainsaw, an ax, a knife or other device to express themselves.That's part of the fun. No matter the outcome.
So, when we come across an new form or style of creating pictures, count us in.
I just came across a first for me. Have you ever seen anyone create a picture using a Land Rover? Yes, that Land Rover. The car. Well if you are like me and my wife, here's a first -- the artist is Ian Cook from Great Britain. I hope you enjoy this new generating of expressing oneself. Drive carefully and don't forget to gas up and support the arts.
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