|Duncan was nice enough to post this link denouncing the FBI:|
which I took back to the homepage http://suicidegirls.com/
My wife and I have a few books we accumulated over the years, Anais Nin, that sort of thing. I picked up a copy of My Secret Life but it was way more boring than I remembered it from college. So, it is collecting dust. I found a little book of Victorian stories and picked up another copy for an old girlfriend -- perhaps the best mistake of my life. We don't have much else around, no movies, for instance.
I confess to being anti-material in many ways. No matter what "strange passages" are in Ayn Rand's novels, the fact is that by its very nature philosophy is a platonic pursuit. We elevate the Mind. If that were not true, you would not be reading this, you would be over on a porn site right now.
And then, there are plushies. I read about them recently. You get dressed up in a wookie suit and go to an orgy. Hmmmm.... pro? con? pro? con? ... Glorifying the anti-man? Such a problem...
Ever write any porn? I have. I sent it to my girl friend (see above). I also participate in the Eros conference on The Well, where I am more of a reader than a writer. I just wrote a horror story that was pretty bloodless. I think it needs some action ...
I posted this to a numismatic conference:
1. Michael Edward Marotta Aug 18 2000, 3:00 am hide options
From: merc...@well.com (Michael Edward Marotta) - Find messages by this author
Subject: Collecting and Sexual Dysfunction
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| THE THIRD SIDE OF THE COIN |
| (c) Copyright 2000 by Michael E. Marotta |
NUMISMATICS AS SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION by Michael E. Marotta
Seldom does any work of art display female genitals as does the Electricity Note -- even ancient Greek marbles mold the pudicity into a smooth, sexless curve. Therefore, when discussing their conflict with the "decency league," numismatists pretend that the zealots were aghast over the sight of bare breasts, rather than Miss Liberty's Slit. The fact remains that that note was part of a series that also displayed lesbian and oedipal themes. These so-called "Educational" notes are probably from the classroom of Blanche Dubois.
Similarly, nothing is said about Miss Liberty's Nipple as seen on the Amazonian pattern coinage. The pictures may appear but body copy and cutlines are pointedly mute on the topic of greatest interest. While modern reproductions of the Standing Liberty Quarter have a fully detailed nipple, the original portrayed only a smooth mass of flesh, essentially purposeless, negating Liberty's womanhood.
Armored in chain mail (with or without a bare breast), the Standing Liberty Quarter is no match for today's Britannia. The modern Britannia presents a long shapely body with full, weighty breasts and hips which can give birth to an empire. Britannia's pubic region is barely concealed behind the flimsy folds of her garment, wet from the sea, an obvious sexual allusion. This Britannia would have been unacceptable only 50 years ago. Of course, in the wake of Pulau's mermaids, Britannia seems modest.
The unmentionable aspect of Pulau's mermaids is the fact that normal sex would be impossible for a landlubber and such a creature. She could offer oral sex and not much more. Copulative action between a mammal and a fish is impossible because fish excrete eggs and sperm. Copulation is not in their nature. Thus, the mermaids of Pulau and Denmark offer only infecund coupling.
On the other hand, France's traditional Hercules and the Maidens is more appealing to most men in most times and places. The opportunity to impregnate two fertile females is never to be passed up, if one wishes to pass on his genes. (Although strictly speaking, the myth requires Hercules to choose between them, thus assuring at least one mating, but only one.) Apart from socio-biology, these French coins promise a menage a trois. This is not surprising from a nation that symbolizes itself as a cock. The 20 Franc gold coins of the 19th century advertise the life of abandon to be found in gay Paris.
America's repression of sexuality is in conflict with its exhibitionism, or so it would seem, until you consider that exhibitionism is more often correlated with frigity than with nymphomania. Thus, Miss Liberty shows her bare breasts and even her labia, but she does not permit the Buffalo nickel to be as well endowed as Ireland's shilling. The American buffalo is an immature calf compared to Eire's bull because the fact is that Miss Liberty's exposure, her teasing and flaunting are denials of the fact that she is incapable of sexual fulfillment. Her dysfunction is challenged by the sight of male genitals and so that kind of display is not permitted on American coins.
America's dualistic conflict may originate with its Puritan roots. Certainly the image of Zeus's Eagle was chosen full knowing the mythology of classical Greece and Rome. Zeus carried off the boy Ganymede. Zeus appeared as an eagle to one girl and as a swan to another (again, the essentially impossible situation of copulation between human and beast) and as a "shower of gold" to another. That a nation of perverts would symbolize a urination fetish on its coins is never to be spoken of in public. The eagle remains a "powerful symbol" in the same sense that a "powerful" penis sprays forth a liquid that is actually sterile.
Compared to this, Una and the Lion is wholesome. At least she can lead the lion where she wants him to go -- presumably someplace quiet -- get under him and let him have his way to her enjoyment. Una gets a mammal to mammal plugging.
That Americans are at once homophobic and homosexual is obvious. The Barber coinage of the Gay Nineties shouts androgyny. However, it is also true that the so-called "Winged Head Liberty" dime is actually the portait of a woman, the same one as seen on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Liberty has the head of a Man and he body of a Woman, an obvious example of homosexuality and androgyny. The matter comes to its complete antithesis in the Susan B. Anthony Dollar. The portrait of the hatchet faced old lady denies any physicality. (It is interesting to note that Frank Gasparro submitted more attractive portraits of a younger Susan B. Anthony, but they were rejected, perhaps because the committee was unreconciled to the image of a young woman named Anthony.) Freudian analysts could write volumes about the antithesis projections involved in androgyngy and misogyny, as for instance when "nellie" homosexuals act rude to real women.
It is likely that America is incapable of producing honestly artistic expressions of the human form comparable to the princesses of modern African notes. These pictures offer the female form in a natural and uncompromising beauty in which the mature young woman's breast is not different than her eyebrow or shoulder: it is her body -- nothing more, nothing less. These notes are true art that reveal America's money to be pornography.
Perhaps America is on track for recovery. America now celebrates the Sacagewea Dollar, with its young woman and her child, i.e., the proof of her fertility.
The fact that coin collecting is a response to sexual dysfunction becomes undeniable. Collecting is obsessive-compulsive behavior. As other obsessions and compulsions, it masks itself in normality, yet shouts its true nature. Consider the online club, "Coinmasters." The name Coinmasters reflects the loneliness of the collector in "Coin Masturbaters." The name Coinmasters also allows a pun to reflect dominance and submission. Coin collectors "submit" their coins to grading services. "Masters" sell hem by "flogging" them at a convention.
"Tell me what a man finds sexually attractive
and I will tell you his entire philosophy of life."
Francisco d'Anconia in ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
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