Kama Sutra

July 13, 2001

Kama Sutra

Recently I’ve been thinking about the fact that most dead people had sex at some point. I mean before they died. This follows from the fact that dead people were once people with lives more or less like my own.

Except that they never, unless having died very recently, used the Internet. Nor spoke on a cell phone. Nor [fill in any number of things that I do all the time and never once think about and basically can’t imagine not doing, although I only relatively recently started doing them].

But what I want to know is whether my life is fundamentally different from the life of my great-great-grandfather. And the answer, of course, is that it depends on what one means by fundamentally.

This being true, there are certain things we undoubtedly share. Such as sex. But there is sex and there is sex. Inspired in part by lego porn, I’ve been wondering what kind of sex people had a hundred years ago. Or a thousand. Short and brutish, perhaps?

Well, to say that, I’m forgetting the Kama Sutra. Not that my great-great-grandfather, a 19th century Ukrainian peasant, ever read the Kama Sutra. This seems an obvious difference between us: I’ve read the Kama Sutra.

Kama Sutra position

Or rather, I’ve skimmed it.

Well, I’ve looked at the drawings.

Just back from reading the Kama Sutra. It’s great. Every position has a clever name: Clinging Creeper, Mare’s Trick, Sucking a Mango. Plus there are funny bits:

Your wife grips your neck
and locks her legs around your waist:
this is Kirti (Fame) …
Never try it with heavy girls.

July 12, 2001

The Answer Is Yes

Lego porn

The interesting thing about lego porn is how much it resembles non-lego porn. Who came up with the idea of coming in a woman’s face, and how did this become part of the porn canon? Did men come in women’s faces a hundred years ago?

Actually it’s not difficult to understand. It’s a marking of territory. You are mine, my possession, because I come in your face. If it’s degrading it’s because the underlying mindset is degrading – a mindset in which women are things to be possessed and in which possession is expressed by degradation; a mindset in which one’s value as a man is measured in terms of what one possesses and can therefore degrade.

Anyway, fine. What I especially loved was the text. Or I loved this as much as the images. A sample:

Prostitute: “Hello there sir would you like a date!!!”
Policeman: “I am an officer of the law!!! Which means THE ANSWER IS YES.