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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
'Attack of the 50-Foot Pelosi' Is Latest Bizarre GOP Attack Ad
By Matt Smith
on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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Monstrous Pelosi, ruthlessly destroying Republicans ability to concentrate
A new National Republican Congressional Committee ad airing in states such as Pennsylvania uses Pixar-style 3-D animation to depict Nancy Pelosi as a crazed 50-foot monster, once "confined to liberal San Francisco," but now an evil puppet-mistress forcing House Democrats to bend to her will.
While entertaining, the ad smacks of Republican desperation. The commercial's message -- that Pennsylvanians cast a vote against 'Liberal San
Francisco' when they support congressional candidate Tim Burns -- channels
the idea that the poor local sap has nothing going for him other than
antipathy for the sensibilities of a far-off city.
jump, a movie:
The Washington Post, which reviewed the ad Thursday, suggests the ad might even burnish Pelosi's reputation, despite the fact it depicts her as a crazy cartoon monster. Republicans have chosen her as a bogeywoman precisely because she's been effective, the Post asserts.
Pelosi has unabashedly wielded the leverage of her office to muscle her agenda through the House. Once dismissed by her opponents -- and even some of her fellow Democrats -- as a lightweight, she has proved to be "the most powerful speaker we've seen in modern history," said political analyst Charlie Cook, whose assessment is shared by a number of congressional scholars.
A question the Post didn't breach: Why would Republicans invest resources in a decent production value cartoon based on self-defeating nonsense when they're supposedly heading toward midterm elections on a so-called wave of public support?
By augmenting Pelosi's Palinesque ability to delight supporters and vex detractors, Republicans seem to be giving the game away.