While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Amy Schumer is the kind of person YouTube commenters love to say "females aren't funny" about. Which? Is funny, since Schumer was finalist number four on Last Comic Standing. That and the fact that she consistently nails the last-minute twist. "My friends all went to Europe, and I wasn't even jealous until they got back, because they had all these pictures, and memories, and Chlamydia." She also makes gentle fun of people who make harsh fun of her: "People have been saying that I'm only in the finals (of Last Comic Standing) because I'm an attractive female, and I'm like, thank you!"
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