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My mother would look at the both of us, shake her head, and bemoan the fact that I could never learn the karate forms like Mike could. I recognized that look. She stared at me with the silence of disappointment when I tried to help assemble a new piece of furniture, never able to figure out which holes the screws fit into; or when I would run to her, wailing that Mike had just side-swiped me a bloody nose in another fight; or when I would place last once more at a swim meet, the pool and my insecurity of bigger boys in Speedos among some of my chilliest childhood memories.




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When I came down again at 11:45 p.m. that evening, my mom was on the La-Z-Boy, entranced by the shouting of Ming dynasty warriors, metal clashing against armor. Neither of them looked up. It confirmed what I already knew: Chinese dramas captivated my parents more than lesbian porn captivated me.


RECENTLY I completed a federal prison sentence for receiving and possessing a few items identified as child pornography. Federal postal inspectors sent them to me because my name appeared on the mailing list of James Kemmish, an adult porn distributor who was caught at the border with some illegal videos recently filmed in Mexico. I had previously purchased some pornographic films from James Kemmish's California company, films that stated in print that all actors were age eighteen and older, but the government applied a phony technique called the Tanner Method, designed by a Doctor James Tanner, to convince the jury that these models were actually under eighteen.


This book itself stands as a political reaction to conservative pressures to closet the images it historicizes, and it argues for the legitimacy of the author's and others' scholarship and desire. Waugh has insisted on printing sexually explicit examples of what he is analyzing, despite considerable resistance. "What shocked me in my innocence with regard to the present project," he writes, "is how much publishers, marketers, lawyers, and even archivists and technicians are part of the apparatus of censorship." Waugh found that he couldn't use certain photos either because archives withheld publication permission, his publisher's lawyers recommended that he not publish them, or legal restraints forced him to set aside erotic pictures containing subjects under the age of eighteen. Also, because of his publisher's concern with the privacy rights of some photographed subjects, Waugh was forced to use computer camouflage to distort the faces. But Waugh has persisted and has put together a remarkable visual record of gay men's desire. Waugh was correct to insist on including the images. Through visual evidence he shows the "slow emergence of a concealed and repressed love, of its acknowledgment and declaration, of its individual and collective fulfillment, and of its sharing" in the pre-Stonewall gay world (5).


Waugh casts a wide net in his search for gay male erotica. He defines the "erotic" broadly as those images that elicit sexual arousal and/or depict sexual behavior. Thus Waugh insists on depicting not only the homoerotic, but also the pornographic, and he also deals with photographs used by police and medical and psychological professionals in their work of repression and stigmatization. Waugh describes four socio-cultural "regimes" of the gay erotic:


Waugh shows how the production and consumption of erotica intersect with a gay subject historically situated in a particular social, artistic, cultural, legal, political and technological world. By using a combination of historical and textual analysis, Waugh can compare how models act in different regimes and historical periods. For instance, during periods of extreme censorship, art and physical culture producers placed models in poses that sought to copy classical statuary and paintings in order to often camouflage explicit queer readings. Without censorship, these strategies lose their necessity. In fact, the regime of physical culture becomes almost obsolete when gay magazines and films can legally depict the pornographic. In the illicit regime, even in periods of public censorship of the gay erotic, models approach the camera differently: some perform sexual acts aggressively for the camera while other models shyly, embarrassingly display themselves. The experience of state repression and gay community thus influence what images are easily available, how producers and models construct the image, how the consumer responds, and how we should interpret these photos as historical texts.


Both Waugh's photographs and text suggest important shifts in gay male desire and identifications over the course of the century. For instance, Waugh maps the iconographic shift in gay erotica from idealized primitive, pre-modern settings and boys of color to white, muscle men; from the "normal" sized, non-tumescent penis to the fetishized organ of immense dimensions. These shifts suggest intriguing changes in both the power of repressive authorities and the objects of gay men's desires and identifications. On the other hand, photographic evidence also suggests certain similarities in the iconography of gay erotica for the past 100 years. For example, a 1900 Von Gloeden photo of a boy on the beach resembles the 1930s young man on the beach in Otis Wade's illicit films, who looks like sexual performers in recent pornography from Eastern Europe, even down to the idyllic natural settings.


Waugh offers a complex reading of the production of the erotic and gives us tools to deal with the present climate; we need to be able to evaluate new technologies such as the Internet; new representations on the web and in magazines, music video, fashion advertisements, and other media; intimidations of artists, academics and consumers; and attempts to draw new restrictive boundaries around erotic images in our public and private worlds. Tom Waugh's Hard to Imagine not only illustrates a less exploitative, more liberating historical use of the erotic, but it makes an important political intervention, challenging simplistic characterizations of pornography as exploitation. While exploitative images of women, children, people of color, and others do exist, Waugh demonstrates the history of a less exploitative use of the erotic and offers a model for reconfiguring the erotic out of its exploitative trappings.


Still, in the realm of film studies, since the 1980s, scholars have opened up and continued a serious discussion of pornography. Groundbreaking discussions on pornography in the 1980s in Jump Cut and by others such as Linda Williams have gone far to complicate our understanding of sexual representations and to challenge demonizing tactics. In Jump Cut (March, 1985), Richard Dyer and Tom Waugh pointed out that unlike the gender order in heterosexual pornography, gay pornography could be progressive through its more egalitarian relationship between producers, performers, and consumers. Thus, instead of censoring all pornography, these critics' work might encourage producers to make sexual representations which are not denigrating, equalizing between genders and other social groups. In Hardcore: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible, Linda Williams points out that the conclusions drawn by anti-porn feminists, conservative politicians, and religious leaders blaming hardcore porn for women's exploitation are over-simplified and fail to take into account the growing number of women who consume or make porn. Focusing upon how pleasure is constructed and the power relations suggested by gender, age, and racial differences between performers, producers, and consumers in erotic images, cultural critics have offered a more balanced discussion between considering exploitation vs. more progressive images and they offer a discourse with which to problematize and challenge the most reactionary critiques against sexual representations.


"On August 5th of this year a new [Department of Defense] regulation was passed that removed the medical regulation that prohibited transgender service," Beck, of the Military Freedom Coalition, said in a statement Monday. "In the following month I sat down with DOD officials and further reviewed the regulations and procedures to include open transgender service in the U.S. military -- the same open and equal service by transgender people seen in eighteen other nations including the U.K., Canada, Australia and Norway."


Drawing on the work of Simpson (2014a), I refer to the gym as central hub where men engage in bodywork to accrue spornosexual capital. I do, however, acknowledge that existing scholarship differentiates between health and/or fitness clubs and what was traditionally known as gyms (Andreasson & Johansson, 2014). 041b061a72


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