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Size matters: inside Iceland’s crazy cock museum

If you’re up on old school British slang, you’ll know that one definition of ‘cock’ is ‘nonsense’, the example given in the Oxford Dictionary being: ‘that’s all a lot of cock.’ Well, a lot of cock is exactly what the Icelandic Phallological Museum deals exclusively in – and rather than falling in line with the British colloquialism, it’s a place of great, eye-watering wonder.

Originally opened in 1997 by historian Sigurdur Hjartarson with just 34 specimens, the collection has grown exponentially and the museum now houses almost 300 penises of all shapes and sizes. It features every Icelandic land and sea mammal – including a human – as well as several foreign species.

Hjartarson’s first contact with an animal penis happened many years ago. “As a child I was sent into the countryside during summer vacations and was given a pizzle [a bull’s penis] as a whip for [rounding up] the animals,” he explains.

But it was when he later worked as a school headmaster that his phallus fascination began to grow. “Some of the teachers used to work in a nearby whaling station and they started bringing me whale penises, supposedly to tease me. [I gradually began to think] that it might be interesting collecting specimens from more mammalian species.”

Originally the locals weren’t happy with Hjartarson’s cock collection and branded him a taboo breaker. However, since his son Hjörtur became curator in 2011 he’s transformed the museum into one of Reykavik’s top tourist attractions. In a recent interview, Hjörtur admitted, “It all started as a joke… he always said somebody had to do it. [And now it’s somewhere] you can get educated and at the same time have some fun.”

While the most miniscule organ on display is a mouse’s, and the most exotic a giraffe’s, the crowning glory of the exhibition is preserved in formaldehyde at the museum’s entrance, a sperm whale phallus – which measures a massive 5ft 6inches and weighs 165lbs.

In addition to the preserved and pickled penises, there’s a section of the museum dedicated to several hundred genital-themed, artistic oddities. These range from a carved wood table lamp to a raunchy silver sculpture featuring 14 erect cocks called ‘The Icelandic National Handball Team’ – in recognition of their silver medal victory at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Of course no museum would be complete if it didn’t have a store, and theirs is bulging with regular merchandise such as t-shirts, caps, and shot glasses, as well as designer condoms, and at the more humorous end of the range, cock ’n’ ball shaped salt and pepper shakers and hand-knitted willy warmers – choose from an elephant or a snake.

If you ever find yourself in Reykavik with time on your hands, get on down to The Icelandic Phallological Museum situated at Laugavegur 116, 105 Reykavik. Although the museum houses members only, it’s open to the general public every day from 10am – 6pm.

 

About the author:

UK-based artist Billy Chainsaw specializes in mixed-media pop art and has exhibited in numerous galleries in such far-flung locations as London and Los Angeles. Learn more about his work at www.koolkrakenincorporated.com

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Anal sex – the best route to orgasm?

Anal sex. It’s a divisive issue, a real love-it-or-hate-it practice. But it seems that those who love it really, REALLY love it – it’s one of the most requested acts here on VT, hence its inclusion in some of the brand new batch of movies shot by director Guy Ranieri Sblattero in Budapest.

When people talk about anal, they tend to be referring to either hetero couples or gay male couples, but these new movies are proof positive that licking and fingering of the tightest hole has a place in lady lovin’ too. Of course, if you don’t like it, you can always fast forward through it – but you’ll miss some pretty spectacular orgasms. I’d hazard a guess that watching Henessy convulse with pleasure as she crams her fingers into her pussy and Alexis Brill drills her tight ass (in scene one of new release ‘The Lingerie Consultancy’) is something you don’t want to miss!

It might help your decision to know that according to data analysts, female orgasms and anal sex go hand in hand. Polling aggregation website FiveThirtyEight crunched the numbers from the 2009 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, and found that 94 percent of women had an orgasm in encounters where they received anal sex. Now, this figure is open to interpretation – maybe having anal implies that the woman is already very aroused, is confident in bed, or is feeling particularly naughty – but it certainly suggests there are a lot of gals out there getting off by having their backdoor stimulated!

So, what is it about anal that feels so good? Well, there are a ton of nerve endings there; and the space between the pussy and rectum is very thin, so a finger in the ass will press right against her G-spot. But above all, maybe it’s the sheer intimacy and taboo nature that makes it so arousing.

Of course, it’s not all about anal. You can look forward to seeing lots of hot kissing, passionate pussy eating and sex play of all kinds too. But if analingus and deep finger penetration between beautiful girls floats your boat, you’re in for a fun time! Check out today's new movie, episode one of 'Power Play' for starters (and there's a little spanking thrown in too!). I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback, so please keep the comments coming.

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My SexArt Photo of the Month

If a picture paints a thousand words, then the photos we are drawn to must speak volumes about us. What is it about a particular shot that quickens the pulse, demands a second look, and tantalizes the imagination?

Until now, I’ve always been more interested in film than stills photography, but some of the artists I’ve discovered here at SexArt have really inspired and intrigued me. The relationship between the vision of the photographer, the beauty of the model, and their ability to channel that for each other, is quite unique.

With that in mind, I set myself the challenge to pick out my favorite SexArt photo of the month. There was some stiff competition – Amarna Miller blazed brightly, Breann’s blissful smile was irresistible, and I’ve probably already said enough about my love for Michaela Isizzu!

The most controversial and thought-provoking photoset of the month was certainly Catherine’s ‘Shibari’ (Japanese rope bondage) set of Nastya. Some found it artistic and pleasingly kinky; others detested it – though all were agreed that the photography was masterful, and that Nastya looked more gorgeous and self-assured than ever before.

However, after much very enjoyable perusal and deliberation, I’ve selected the shot above, of Milena D, as my pick of October’s photos. I know you’re all very familiar with her; she’s featured in an astonishing 20 photosets since May 2012, a testament to her well-deserved popularity. The Ukrainian sweetheart has an intriguing air of innocence even when she’s being very naughty indeed – for instance, sliding her fingers into her see-through panties, as she does in this photoset by Antares (for whom she seems to be a powerful muse).

Milena’s full lips are just begging to be kissed, and her dark blue eyes have a very direct, confident gaze that belies her youth. Her body is simply delicious – fresh and firm, with those luscious itty bitty titties. And then, of course, there’s that gloriously hairy pussy. While I confess that in my personal life I do prefer to feast on a shaven haven, Milena is fascinating enough to make me reconsider. I like that she is proud of her natural beauty, and I wonder what it would be like to bury my face between her thighs and breathe in her sweet aroma. She makes me believe that it would be a wonderful experience – and that’s why this is my photo of the month.

What’s yours?

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Love letter to Michaela Isizzu

I’ve seen more than my fair share of beautiful girls, whether in my bed or across my desk (interpret as you will!). Once in a while, someone will take my breath away – an intimate glance to the camera, softly parted lips, or the way the light falls on glowing skin. But it’s rare for a girl to cause that tremor of arousal every single time I see her. The exception is Michaela Isizzu.

I’m sure those of you who are long-term members know a lot more about Michaela than I do. To me, she’s just this stunning beauty who came in to my life a few months ago, and has been haunting my dreams and my waking fantasies ever since. I know she’s from the Czech Republic, but she has a certain grace and style that always makes me think of those elegant Italian beauties who you see making their passeggiata through the piazza on a sunny evening. She could have stepped straight out of the pages of a fashion magazine.

And yet… Michaela chooses to expose her incredible body to us; and more than that, she exposes her sexual desires and appetites. Her first film for SexArt, ‘Txt Me,’ immediately suggested that director Alis Locanta had found his muse. Michaela’s face is so expressive, her big green eyes and subtle smile conveying her emotions without any need for words (although I confess, I would love to hear her speak). Then there’s that body – long, coltish limbs, a quite astonishingly perfect bottom, pretty pussy, and lovely breasts. A body like that could inspire a sculptor or a painter; but how lucky we are to see her on film, to watch her move and to witness her energy and spirit. The cute outtakes at the end of ‘Txt Me’ also gave us an adorable glimpse of her personality – sweet, a little nervous and giggly. ‘I Me Mine,’ her next movie with Alis, finds her growing in confidence, revelling in the reflection of her own sexuality as she strips out of her tight dress and surrenders to her passion.

Her next movie for SexArt, ‘Mirror’, takes the idea of self-discovery even further. Director Andrej Lupin again has Michaela studying her reflection as she begins to masturbate, but here it seems more deliberately exhibitionist. She admires her own beauty, and enjoys watching herself become aroused – until the sensations overwhelm her and she is lost in stroking herself to a powerful climax.

‘Lonely’ is more contemplative. As producer Ariel Piper Fawn noted, Michaela put all her thoughts and feelings into showing an intimate and private side of her personality. She looks sad and introspective as she wanders in the bleak landscape, before retreating to satisfy her urge for physical intimacy, even though she has no partner to share it with. ‘Just For You’ is a complete contrast in style, capturing Michaela’s playful, kittenish side as she flirts with the camera. Here, we are part of the action, our horny gaze encouraging her to touch herself, and to masturbate for our pleasure as well as her own. This movie was the first time I’d seen Michaela, as a SexArt newbie, and it was indeed love at first sight. I wrote then, “The moment when she’s on her knees on the chair and then raises one leg up so she can finger her beautiful pussy better… ohhhhhh….. and the look on her face as the camera moves around to capture her pleasure…” I think you can tell I was head-over-heels in lust!

‘Diary’ is my personal favorite, because it combines many of the things I love best. Michaela looks radiantly beautiful in a simple white top and panties, her hair tied back. This is not a girl who needs fancy styling to make her look exquisite. She seems unaware of the camera as she struggles to commit her thoughts to paper, fleeting emotions crossing her face. As she abandons her writing and turns instead to satisfying the urge it has inspired, her arousal seems totally genuine. Michaela appears more abandoned and hungry for climax here than we have seen her before, her wetness seeping out to soak her fingers, and her cries of pleasure deliciously urgent. I find Michaela’s self-love so entrancing that when Hayley13 asked us to say a little about our favorite SexArt movies in her recent blog post, I was surprised (as an ardent fan of girl-girl action) to find ‘Diary’ was the film that immediately sprung to mind. As I described it then, it’s “the most perfect slice of real-life sensuality… She’s so beautiful, so natural, and so comfortable in her own skin. When she bends over the desk, utterly lost in her masturbatory pleasure… I defy anyone to be left unstirred.”

And so to our new movie from Michaela, ‘Energy.’ I hazard a guess that I’m not the only one who pressed play with fingers quivering in anticipation! What a joy to see yet another side to her personality, as unsolicited horny sensations intrude on her workout, spurring her on to grind herself against the bicycle seat until she can no longer delay her need for release. I love how wet she gets! I suspect more than a few repeated viewings are on the cards.

So, that’s my love for Michaela Isizzu fully declared! Does she get your heart beating faster too, I wonder?

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In Praise of Redheads

I’ve never had a redheaded girlfriend… big omission on my part. Okay, so to be absolutely truthful I have had a fire-crotched fuck buddy (that was a lot of fun!), but never a proper relationship. I feel like I’m missing out.

I would love to play dress-up with a flame-haired babe; I find that titian hair and alabaster skin so alluring. Redheads look incredible in emerald and jade green, and vivid blues (and I’ve always imagined Little Red Riding Hood as a feisty redhead, haven’t you?).

The undressing would be even more thrilling, of course. What a delight to kiss the sprinkling of freckles, unveil those delicate pink nipples, and then explore a genuine fiery bush! The cliché is that red-haired girls are highly sexual and easily aroused to anger or passion. In my limited experience that seems to be true, but I’d love the opportunity to test the theory a little more fully.

Genuine redheads are somewhat rare and thus highly prized, but I’ve been delighted to find some lovely auburn sweeties at SexArt. My top three:

The legendary Ariel Piper Fawn. This mind-blowingly hot Czech babe has gone from gracing some superb movies herself – ‘Horizont,’ with Lorena, is almost unbearably delicious – to being one of the creative geniuses behind SexArt’s most exceptional recent films. The producer for renowned director Andrej Lupin, there’s no doubt her sense of style, sensuality and eroticism makes the stars of their movies blossom.

Mia Solis – a Czech cutie who can look innocent and adorable or sophisticated and sexual, depending on how you catch her. She has the most fantastic natural breasts, and a way of looking directly into the camera with an almost challenging gaze that I find very exciting. I live in hope that she will discover she really loves women (and by women, I mean me).

Elle Alexandra – a playful American beauty with glorious long curls and expressive eyes. She and her real-life lover Malena Morgan made a memorable handful of movies together, my favorite of which is ‘Secret Love,’ which finds them fucking with real intensity and heat. Elle looks fantastic on her hands and knees as Malena eats her pussy from behind.

What do you think, folks – are redheads as fiery in the bedroom as their reputation suggests? And what’s your favorite redhead moment here at SexArt?

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Do you love outdoor sex?

For me, the pinnacle of erotic photography is when a lovely girl is captured outdoors, her sun-burnished skin glistening and her beauty in harmony with the natural setting. One of the things that drew me to SexArt was the abundance of stunning alfresco photosets. More rare, but even more precious, are movies shot outdoors. The technical demands are overwhelming, but the results are so rewarding. Some of my favorite movies are beach idyll ‘Horizont’ (starring Ariel Piper Fawn and Lorena – what a combination!), and ‘Waiting For Rain,’ with its backdrop of the verdant Czech countryside. Andrej Lupin’s latest full-length movie for VivThomas.com, ‘Domestic Desire,’ is on track to be my film of the year, with three of its four superb scenes shot under the blazing Mediterranean sun. You can read more about it at http://blog.vivthomas.com/domestic-desire-suzie-carina-dominates/

So, what’s so great about alfresco sex? I think it must be the heightened sensations – the sun beating down on bare skin, the caress of the breeze, the different textures of grass, sand – even snow, if you’re feeling brave! There is also a sense of liberation, and of being at one with your more primal, animal spirit. Whether you’re pressed up against the rough bark of a tree, can feel the ocean lapping around your toes, or are getting drenched by a rain shower, you are profoundly aware of your surroundings. And that exquisite arousal extends to your sexual senses too, so you feel every touch, every tremor of pleasure, as if it were greatly magnified.

One of the most sublime experiences of my life was while on vacation in Switzerland. When a pretty tour guide who had befriended me offered to show me how the locals liked to have fun, I didn’t realize quite what she had in mind! Lying on a bed of soft grass, gazing at the most spectacular mountain view as she ate my pussy, I felt giddy with arousal and awe at the beauty that surrounded me. It was a sensual overload: bright blue sky and vibrant green grass, the majestic mountains and chocolate-box prettiness of the little houses scattered around, the sun kissing my naked skin, and the insistent pressure of her tongue coaxing me to orgasm. It’s one of my most erotic memories, and one I masturbate to whenever the chilly weather keeps me indoors for too long. 

Not everything about outdoor sex is idyllic, though. The reality of friction burns from sand, sunburn (or frostbite!) and insect bites can soon drive you indoors if you’re not completely carried away by lust. Seawater quickly washes away lubrication, and of course there’s the ever-present risk of getting caught if you’re in a public place. Still, even a secluded spot in your own backyard can give you a taste of the thrill that comes from tapping in to your natural urges and indulging in a little alfresco fun.

How about you? Have you experienced the excitement of outdoor sex – and how did it feel? Is there anywhere you’ve always wanted to try? Do tell!

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Three things I love about Lorena

I first came across Lorena (take that as literally as you like) when Viv Thomas shot her for a girl-girl movie called ‘Club Pink Velvet 3’ – she had two outdoor scenes, and looked spectacular soaking wet. The crew and the other models were all raving about this incredible Spanish girl with the come-to-bed eyes and the sexy accent. I was totally bowled over by her natural beauty and charm – the behind the scenes interview revealed how cute and funny she was (you can see a little snippet in this post http://blog.vivthomas.com/lorena-garcia-from-spain/ ). Soon after, Viv’s team wrote an entire five-scene movie –‘Hotel Eden,’ the story of a summer love affair – for Lorena and Whitney Conroy.

Naturally I wanted to see more of her, and I was thrilled to discover such a treasure trove of delicious photosets and movies here at SexArt. I’ve been enjoying exploring them every since. Lorena has it all – beautiful face, adorable personality, and perfect body. I love everything about her, but here are three of my favorite things:

1. Her smile. Lorena’s always smiling, except when her head is thrown back in ecstasy. She brings playfulness, flirtation and a sense of fun to every scene she appears in. For example, check out how she flirts with Sylvie Deluxe at the start of ‘Spanish Lesson.’ It would take more willpower than I possess to resist that megawatt smile!

 

2. Her bottom. Lorena’s curvy rear sets the gold standard for the perfect bum. It’s not too big, not too small, but firm and curvy, and it makes me want to grab it! ‘Anapneo,’ a photoset by Don Caravaggio, shows it off to its full advantage. It doesn’t hurt that when she bends over you get a view not only of that peachy rear, but if you’re lucky a glimpse of her plump pussy lips too. It’s an inviting sight.

3. Her enthusiasm for lesbian sex. Lorena is an energetic and vigorous lover. Some gorgeous girls think it’s enough to simply lie back and be worshipped, but Lorena never wastes an opportunity to give her partner an orgasm, or to have one herself. ‘Be Mine’ is possibly my favorite scene of hers, because Tess matches her in heat and intensity. Lorena isn’t a prissy girl who wants to stay pristine, and seeing her beautiful long hair stuck to her back with sweat as she rides Tess hard is highly arousing!

So, those are my favorite things about Lorena. What are yours?

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Why do lesbians have more orgasms?

Lesbians have more orgasms than straight or bisexual women. That’s the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Researchers at the Kinsey Institute used an internet questionnaire to gather data from over 6,000 single men and women in the US. Results showed that lesbians reached orgasm 75% of the time during sex with a familiar partner, compared to 62% for heterosexual women and 58% for bisexual women. Researchers suggested this could be due to lesbians being ‘more comfortable and familiar with the female body and thus…better able to induce orgasm in their female partners.’

In theory, there is something to this. If you’ve already been practising on your own body, then it should be easier to figure out how to do the same thing to another girl, right? Well, not necessarily. In my opinion, women’s bodies are like snowflakes – each one is totally unique. You may be an awesome lover who has built up a repertoire of mind-blowing techniques, but that doesn’t mean you will automatically discover what makes your lady friend reach ecstasy. It takes a little exploration and experimentation – so maybe lesbians are just a little more persistent when it comes to trying things out, or a little more insistent about getting their kicks?

One possible reason why lesbians may have more orgasms was suggested by the study’s authors: ‘length of the sexual encounter.’ Since women are generally multi-orgasmic and men are generally not, if you put two hot babes together for any length of time it would seem that the average number of orgasms is likely to increase, as they can just keep going and going to exhaustion!

I guess I am bucking the trend, because as a bisexual girl, many of my very best – and most easily reached – orgasms have been with a guy. There’s something about a hard cock that no fingers, tongue or vibrator can ever beat. But I find myself more and more drawn to women these days, so it’s fair to say I have been putting in plenty of practice at both giving and receiving orgasms. There’s nothing quite like seeing my partner’s pretty face totally blissed out to make me feel like a tigress between the sheets.

I’ll freely admit that many of my best pussy-pleasing moves have been learned from watching movies. My first experience of lesbian porn was literally mind-blowing, and as I gradually discovered there were beautiful, artistic movies out there that made me feel inspired and seductive as well as horny, my confidence in my ability to give pleasure grew. But I still feel like I’m learning new things all the time – that’s one of the reason I love watching SexArt movies (aside from the fact that they turn me on!). For example, in ‘Rear Window’ I like the way Whitney starts licking Tess just at the very top point of her clit, and does that for ages before she touches her pussy anywhere else. I tried that with a girlfriend last night and the results were pretty explosive!

I’m curious to know what you think. Once you can make a woman orgasm (yourself included, if you’re female!) is it the same every time? Are there certain tricks that always work their magic – drawing figure-of-eights with your tongue on her clit, that kind of thing? Or is it always different? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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My favorite lesbian sex positions

Mainstream women’s magazine Cosmopolitan generated a media storm recently when it published a guide to lesbian sex positions, complete with handy illustrations. While many celebrated their foray into girl-on-girl sexuality, others ridiculed the positions as uncomfortable, unrealistic or downright impossible.

One of the major criticisms was that the positions relied far too much on clitoral grinding, and not enough on penetration. As I suggested in a recent post on tribbing (scissoring) over on the VivThomas blog http://blog.vivthomas.com/tribbing-hot/, how much pleasure that gives you probably depends on whether you want clitorial or G-spot orgasms. If, like me, you need G-spot stimulation to really hit the roof, all these clit-rubbing positions are merely foreplay, with very little prospect of a truly mindblowing orgasm. Myself and a helpful girlfriend tried out all the moves Cosmo listed (in the name of research, naturally!) but found some of them demanded perfect balance, flexibility and stamina in order to build up any real arousal. We ended up doing what we like doing best – I lay on my back while she licked and fingered me hard, and then I did the same to her. It’s nothing fancy, but it works!

Of course, the whole question of lesbian sex positions becomes that much more problematic when a camera is involved. The girls need to have orgasms (otherwise, what the hell is the point?) but we need to see what’s happening too. That’s why doggie positions are great, because we get a great view of the girl’s pussy from behind as she gets fingered and eaten out, as well as lots of pretty ass and face close-ups. A sixty-nine can look amazing too, as the camera can move around from end to end, although I’m sure in reality most of us end up doing this on our sides – it’s more comfortable if you’re going to keep at it for hours! And standing up, as beautifully demonstrated by Tracy Lindsay and Silvie Luca in the recent movie ‘Txt Us’, can be a total turn-on, especially if your partner has great legs and is wearing sexy high heels. But you do need something to hold on to when you climax, unless you want to end up on the floor!

I’m curious to know – what are the lesbian sex positions you love to see on screen? Are there any you hate? And is it more important to see exactly what’s happening, or to know that it is a position where the girl is genuinely getting off, rather than something that’s staged for the camera?

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Female orgasm – all in the mind?

For a woman, orgasm is all in the mind. That’s the conclusion of a recent study, published in the June 2014 issue of Sexologies journal, which found that women who focus on erotic thoughts during sex are more likely to reach climax.

The study of 251 French women (okay I’ll admit, just imagining 251 French babes moaning, “Oui…. oui!” in that sexy accent has already got me turned on) found that those who were able to focus on their physical sensations and erotic thoughts were more likely to be orgasmic. In other words, if you want to get off during sex, thinking sexy thoughts is the key.

So far, so obvious. Any girl can tell you that mentally checking her ‘to do’ list while getting frisky is unlikely to be the best route to ecstasy. I’d also suggest that it’s rather disrespectful to your partner, assuming that they are doing their best to connect with you at the most intimate level.

The study’s author, Pascal de Sutter – professor at the department of sexology and family science at the University of Louvain in Belgium – concluded that using erotic thoughts to increase awareness of physical sensations leads to greater arousal. Mindfulness is very much the buzzword du jour. Paying deliberate attention to the present moment, an ancient practice that is highly relevant in today’s sensory-overload society, can be used to enhance everything from mental health to sporting performance – so why not sex?

Last night, I decided to test the theory myself (all in the name of science, you understand). Now, I orgasm pretty easily – a quickie on the stairs before you take me out to dinner is just as likely to get me in the mood as the romantic dinner itself. But nonetheless, I was intrigued by the idea of consciously wallowing in the erotic realm without giving headspace to any distracting thoughts. So as my date and I hit the sheets, I blocked out all my mental chatter (Did I turn out the lights downstairs – who cares? Am I wearing sexy underwear – yes, of course!) and thought only about what she was doing to me, and what I wanted to do to her.

It didn’t hurt that this girl, a very hot redhead, was a great kisser. We’ve fooled around, but never gone this far before. I focused my attention purely on the sensation of her soft lips on mine and – ohhhhh – almost immediately felt that telltale rush of wetness between my parted thighs. It seemed we were already physically attuned, as her fingers slid down to rub my pussy through my satin panties, the wetness soaking through. I could picture how it looked, her hand cupping my crotch, seeking out my most sensitive spots. The feeling of her slippery fingers working back and forth, the smell of her perfume and the sound of my own heavy breathing… the sensations seemed to grow and swell and overwhelm me and – oh, oh, oh, that’s it! My first orgasm of the night (but certainly not my last) achieved in just a couple of minutes.

So ladies, I really recommend you give it a try. Put down your smartphone, stop thinking about the chores that need doing, and wallow in the delicious sensations as your lover touches you. Imagining erotic scenarios, giving gentle directions (“keep doing that please”) and focusing on the physical senses of touch, taste, sight, sound and smell can all help make the experience intensely pleasurable.

Are women really so different from men in this respect though? Guys, please enlighten me. Is sex purely mechanical, or do you have to be mentally present and in the erotic headspace to get off?

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Alis Locanta's "Waltz with Me" — a year in the life...

I've just had the opportunity to screen a nearly-finished rough cut of Alis Locanta's latest Sexart project, "Waltz with Me." The film comprises four separate chapters — Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer — and each episode will be released sequentially in the near future.

As I write, Alis Locanta has 76 films in his Sexart portfolio, so there's no question that he's a prolific and productive artist. And he also has a particularly fertile imagination. His body of work encompasses a wide range of themes and approaches, and, despite his rapid production schedule, he never repeats himself. Let me qualify that: Even when he repeats himself — as with the original, 2-part "The Writer" starring Lorena B, and the more recent, 10-episode "The Writer" series starring Luna — he brings something completely fresh and new to each project.

Locanta is also an exceptionally versatile artist. He can take the absolute simplest form of erotic film — single girl masturbation — and create impressively complex and compelling works of erotic art. "About a Girl," starring Agatha, and Luna's Sexart debut, "Just the Beginning," are two fine examples of the form, and, they're both entirely different.

At the other extreme, elaborate, long-form narratives are a Locanta strong suit. Crafting a compelling story and engaging an audience over several hours of combined run time isn't easy — but Locanta and his gifted cast and crew did exactly that with "The Writer," and it raised the bar for erotic cinema, not only at Sexart, but for the industry, at large.

"Waltz with Me" falls somewhere between those two extremes. It's far more complex than a simple single-girl feature, but is not nearly as complicated and densely plotted as "The Writer."

It strikes me that the four episodes of "Waltz with Me" are less like chapters in a story, than they are stanzas in a poem or verses in a song. Here a free-flowing visual style does much of the "narrating" and details are conveyed by non-verbal means, most notably the changing of the seasons.

Make no mistake, while "Waltz with Me" boasts a lyrical and engaging cinematic style, it is also a profoundly erotic experience and contains scene after scene of super-heated sexual activity.

The entire series takes place in a spacious, airy, loft apartment. In "Chapter 1" a couple —  Alexis Brill and Franck Franco — are moving in to this, their new home together. They paint, they decorate, they kiss, they play, and they make love. In each subsequent chapter Brill and Franco become more settled in the space, and their love flourishes. I don't want to spoil the thrill of discovery for the viewer, but I will tell you this: "Chapter 1" is the only scene in the series that features a two-person sex scene.

Locanta directed Alexis Brill and Franck Franco in their debut appearances at Sexart ("Angel" and "Turning Point," respectively), and he's worked with each of them in subsequent features. Both are gifted and appealing performers and the relationships built up over time — actor with actor, actors with director — result in genuine on-screen chemistry. Behind the scenes footage appended to the end of each chapter only reinforces this impression — these people enjoy each other and love working (and playing) — on camera or off.

The technical/stylistic element that unifies all four chapters of "Waltz with Me" is what might be thought of as "theater in the round, in reverse." As can be seen in the epilog segments, Locanta's crew has constructed a track on which a dolly-mounted camera circles the performers. So, rather than a stationary audience viewing a performance on a central stage, we have a camera in near-constant motion circling the "stage" as the action unfolds.

Viewed individually, the separate chapters of "Waltz with Me" are fully realized, engaging, and visually inventive stand-alone films. Viewed as a set, the four episodes of "Waltz with Me" combine to create a truly impressive and extremely entertaining work of erotic cinema — this is one of those instances when the whole is even greater than the sum of its splendid parts.

"Waltz with Me" premieres in just a couple of days. The dance is about to begin, and you do not want to sit this one out.

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What does a woman want?

That's the question Sigmund Freud was unable to answer even after thirty years of research into the feminine soul. And it's been asked countless times — but never adequately answered — throughout human history. Whether it's during courtship, in the course of a relationship, within the bonds of matrimony, or after a break-up or divorce, men have pondered the question endlessly. And today, with rapidly advancing technology and ever-deepening scientific understanding of how the human brain functions, this timeless question still remains unsolved.


I won't try to answer the broad question here, either. But I would like to narrow the focus of the enquiry and rephrase it:

What does a woman want from Sexart, and from erotica in general?

From cave paintings to Internet porn, erotica — graphic representations of sexual activity — has existed throughout human history. In modern times — let's say since the invention of photography — its growth has been exponential. Cultural evolution and technological innovation have only expanded erotica's reach and its audience.

And generally, with notable exceptions, graphic erotica has been produced and consumed predominantly by men.

The sexual revolution of the sixties, the era of "porno chic" inspired by the release of "Deep Throat" in 1972, the advent of XXX home video, the Internet, and the mainstream success of blockbuster best seller "Fifty Shades of Grey," have all been factors in the "mainstreaming" of erotica, and in the expansion of the female audience. But porn is still mainly created by men for a predominantly male audience.

But the female audience is evolving and expanding, and society is changing, as well. The creators of Sexart had these facts very much in mind when the were developing the site. Creating content that would appeal to and satisfy the needs of women was a fundamental goal of Sexart. The female orgasm — something of an afterthought in most XXX product — would be emphasized, honored, and celebrated by Sexart.

Sexart's emphasis on and attention to the female perspective is one of the key factors that separates, elevates, and differentiates the site from the so-called competition. And anticipating the female audience's needs and desires is one of the challenges Sexart deals with as it strives to create entertainment for an audience of discriminating women and men.

I'll ask the title question once more, but this time I'll address specific aspects of erotica and erotic entertainment. Also note that I'm addressing these questions specifically to female Sexart members, but that relevant comments from males are welcome.

How do you think women and men differ in their appreciation of erotic entertainment?

Gonzo and POV porn — no plot/all raw sex — seem like very male genres. How do women feel about them?

Elaborate, involving stories, complex plots, romance, drama, and intrigue seem — at least according to the conventional wisdom — like things that would appeal to women. How much story does an X-rated movie need to appeal to a female sensibility? A little? A lot? None at all?

If "hard-core" is male...is "soft-core" more female-friendly? How graphic is too graphic? Do women want to see it all? Or would they prefer that the more explicit bits be left to the imagination?

If you were a single woman looking for erotica, would the erotica you viewed be different than the erotica you'd choose to view with a partner in a relationship?

If you're in a relationship, is the erotica you view as a couple chosen by you, or by your partner?

What is "gross" and what is "hot"?

Is there anything you've see in mainstream erotica that was a total turn-off?

Do you think that men and women are turned on by the same things — can they both equally enjoy the same film, at the same time, in the same way?

As a woman, do you prefer to view erotica by yourself or with a partner(s)?

What types of situations/themes/stories would you like to see in Sexart HD erotic feature films?

As a female consumer of erotica, how could Sexart better satisfy your erotic entertainment needs and desires?

I look forward to reading your answers, thoughts, and general theories in the comments, below.

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The Science and Psychology of Erotica...for Loving Couples

[Photo credit: Miguel Pires da Rosa, original image via Wikimedia, Creative Commons licensed.]

For a single, romantically unattached individual, graphic erotica is a natural, obvious, and even necessary part of a satisfying sex life. We all have needs, sexual needs, and viewing erotic photos or videos is a convenient, effective, and powerful stimulant — readily available fuel to ignite the libido and inspire orgasmic activities. But savoring sexual entertainment in private, when one is alone, can present problems, challenges, and even opportunities for personal growth, when the individual becomes part of a couple.

A recent study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, examined the effects and influences of erotica and porn on the relationships of heterosexual couples. Kevin Alderson and Marley Resch, leading a team of Canadian researchers, recruited 340 females to participate in the study. The participants, students or employees of a college in western Canada, ranged in age from 18 to 41 and all were in committed relationships with males who admitted to consuming pornography.

The study's participants completed a range of online questionnaires to determine their personal porn viewing habits, and their so-called "distress level" regarding sexually explicit material. They were also asked if they felt that their partners were honest and open about pornography consumption, as well as their general satisfaction with their relationships.

Not surprisingly, Alderson and Resch's study found that women who felt that their partners were truthful about their use of erotic entertainment reported higher levels of satisfaction with their relationships as well as lower levels of distress about erotica.

The study also examined couples who viewed erotic materials together. While couples who mutually consumed porn reported no significant impact on overall relationship satisfaction, a lower distress level was revealed.

While enjoying erotic entertainment goes hand in hand with autoerotic activity, and is considered by many an intensely private and personal matter, the study revealed that openness and honesty are key to successfully integrating adult entertainment into a committed relationship.

Dr. Frances Walfish, Psy.D., a noted author and psychotherapist, supported the study's conclusions. "Being honest about pornography use with a partner indicates that the person is comfortable with their own sexuality and the things that sexually titillate, stimulate, arouse and turn-on their excitation,” she explained to MedicalDaily. Dr. Walfish added that, “When both partners are equally open sexually and emotionally, pornography can be an exciting, wonderful foreplay. Often, watching can stimulate ideas, themes and scenarios that can elicit spontaneity and adventure for the couple."

Truer words have seldom been spoken — all the more reason to share and enjoy the Sexart experience with a lover!

[Photo credit: Miguel Pires da Rosa, original image via Wikimedia, Creative Commons licensed.]

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Sexart Erotic Dailies

Alis Locanta never misses an opportunity to share his creative works with me at the end of a day's filming. Dailies as the film industry professionals call them. I have small movie clips, usually 10 seconds in length, littered all over my desktop. I had Alis put these clips in a vignette to give our fans a glimpse as to what’s coming to Sexart.com from Director Alis Locanta. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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"Intensify" — vivid visions of explosive passion...

Intensify Starring Maddy O’Reilly & Danny MountainThe SexArt HD erotic movies I've evaluated thus far have all had, to one degree or another, a story or some narrative arc. To tell any story within the short running time of the typical SexArt production takes great skill on the part of the film makers — they don't have a lot of time to waste on dialog or exposition when the emphasis, rightfully, is on creating erotic atmosphere, tension, and action.

"Intensify" dispenses entirely with plot. There is no story. None. The concept came from a random thought, and was made possible by ultra-high speed photography. But that's only the mechanical, technical aspect. The driving force behind "Intensify" is the burning passion the stars have for one another. If Maddy O'Reilly and Danny Mountain aren't lovers off-camera I would be highly surprised. And if they are only coming together to perform in a scene — two professionals, two strangers — their performance is truly award-worthy. This is not cookie-cutter, tab A/slot B sex — this is raw, sincere, passionate, driven, explosive passion. And that passion — stunning in its own right — is elevated to the level of erotic art by the technical premise Bo Llanberris and his technical crew have so brilliantly executed here.

 

The film begins with super-slow motion footage of Ms. O'Reilly standing nude, the wind subtly blowing through her hair. She jumps, gleefully — but very, very slowly! — on a mini-trampoline. Mountain's hand playfully swats O'Reilly's ass and the camera captures the energy as it ripples through her flesh. Water splashed on Maddy from off-camera shimmers as it moves through the air returning to its source. My descriptions can't do this footage justice, you've really got to see it to fully appreciate it.

And that's even more true of the sexual performance that follows. Shot entirely on a stark, seamless white set, the emphasis is completely on the actors. As I mentioned before, I don't think for a minute they're acting — this is a couple making love without a thought of the outside world or the cameras tracking, panning, and soaring over them. The multiple orgasms O'Reilly experiences between the eight minute and the nine minute mark are one extended highlight — and the film has only reached the halfway point, with copious thrills yet to come.

Please don't consider this a spoiler, and forgive the pun(s) when I suggest that most keen-eyed viewers will have seen it coming, but when Mountain finally reaches his peak, the high-speed camera is returned to duty and captures his multiple eruptions in ultra-slow motion. By the look on Maddy's face, she's enjoying the action as much as her partner. After the end credits you'll find some extra footage. If that's how this couple spends their break time, no wonder "Intensify" is so intense.

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"Melancholy" — overcoming heartache with overwhelming ecstasy...

 

Melancholy by Paul and Ilona Black Starring Emily JWhile the star and creators of "Melancholy" are well known to members of TheLifeErotic.com, one of our sister sites in the MetArt Family of sites, this film marks their debut at SexArt. And what a stunning debut it is!
 
From the moment it starts, through each transition as the story unfolds, and as the sexual, emotional, and visual intensity builds, I am riveted to the screen. Truly, this is bravura filmmaking artfully scaled down to fit within a scant eight minutes of run time. It tells a richly nuanced story, complete with voice over narration, helpful subtitles, and powerful flashbacks. It is beautifully performed, shot, and edited. And it is absolutely one of the flat out hottest solo female productions I've ever experienced.
 
Don't, under any circumstances, let the film's title put you off. While it's true that a heartbreak sets the story in motion, the "Melancholy" of the title is a passing phase, a challenge to be dealt with. And Emily J deals with it in no uncertain terms! Now, I can tell you that this is, at the most basic level, a female masturbation movie. But it's the realism, the emotion, the electricity, the raw hunger of a woman alone that elevates this to such staggering erotic heights.
 
With such a beautiful and gifted performer to work with, the director/editor team of Paul and Ilona Black might have hung back and let their star work her magic. Instead they've employed a dazzling array of cinematic techniques to enhance and intensify the on-screen action — "Melancholy" is packed with images and effects that combine to create an erotic visual thrill-ride, with eye-popping surprises around every turn.
 
Physically, facially, emotionally, and erotically, Emily J is a wonder, a true star. And the concept, execution, and technique employed by Paul and Ilona Black is masterful. Engaging, moving, surprising, and profoundly satisfying, "Melancholy" is nothing less than a masterpiece of short form erotic movie making.
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"The Promise" — making love, as only lovers can...

 

The fundamental skills required of erotic performers couldn't be more basic. The sex drive is instinctual and even the most inept or ignorant individual can figure out the basics quite easily. But take what happens in a private bedroom and put it at the center of a movie set, and things quickly get more complicated. Not only are the performers required to deliver the action, they're also supposed to make it look genuine to the camera while surrounded by onlookers and equipment. Furthermore, they may be having sex with somebody they've only just met, or somebody they know and don't particularly like, or someone they find personally or physically unappealing. The point I'm attempting to make is this: you may have done what the performers are doing, but that doesn't mean you could do the same thing in an erotic film.
 
Let all that serve as background to the premise of "The Promise." The two stars of the production — Jasmine W. and Logan Pierce — are both adult industry pros. And even a newcomer to SexArt is probably familiar with some of the films they've performed in. But what you may not know, and what I've only just learned, is that the twosome are in a committed, romantic relationship in what's commonly known as "real life." Although they work — and work well — with others, in "The Promise" they work together — in this setting they're not simply skilled and polished professionals, they're genuine, actual, lovers. That fact is abundantly evident here, and gives the production a sense of passion, attraction, connection, and realism that simply can't be faked.
 
Here's another notable bit of background information: Jasmine W.'s lent star quality sizzle to her numerous girl/girl performances, but here, for the first time, she makes love to a man who happens to be her actual lover. That fact, in and of itself, is reason enough to schedule a viewing.
 
With all these facts in my mind, I approached "The Promise" with high expectations. And those expectations were immediately met, and quickly exceeded. Jasmine's solo masturbation scene that opens the film is the perfect prelude. When Logan Pierce arrives, shortly after the seven minute mark, the sparks begin to fly. It's immediately clear that these two are happy — delighted, thrilled — to be together, and they enjoy every moment of it. The shared smiles, the subtle, fleeting looks, the prolonged eye-contact, are all clues to the bond the couple shares. And the sex reflects that connection. I get the sense that they're very much in a world of their own, that they're alone, together, and the lights, cameras, and crew members surrounding them have been tuned out entirely so that they can satisfy their own passionate desires. This production could only have come from SexArt, but it's the "LoveArt" aspect that makes "The Promise" so powerfully engaging.
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Mainstreaming Porn -- By Bo Llanberris

 

On The SexArt Set With Elle AlexandraWhat do you think would happen if you went to the latest Spielberg movie and in between the guys saving Private Ryan and the crazy scientist stuffing garbage down the flux capacitor to head Back to the Future, there were also graphic love scenes.  Intro SexArt.
 
My name is Bo Llanberris and I am a mainstream filmmaker and director.  I was trained in one of the finest film schools in the world. I set out to make great movies and to work with the world’s top filmmakers - and I did both.  I’ve rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and I’ve been down in the trenches with the nitty-gritty crew of independent filmmaking with no real money, just the goal of getting into Sundance or the like.
 
Over a year ago I was contacted by the guys over at MetArt.  They had this crazy idea about making high quality, cinema worthy, adult love scenes, in a site they wanted to launch called SexArt, a sister site to MetArt.  They didn’t want to make silly parodies and hire people who couldn’t and shouldn’t act, they wanted to do much more. You can call what they wanted to do porn, but somehow that word does not really describe what they had in mind.  They wanted to take MetArt, keep the high quality, and go graphic.
 
I have to tell you, although I felt the idea was worthy and somewhat lofty, as a mainstream filmmaker I didn’t want to be a part of it.  All I could see was “me doing porn,” which is not exactly why I spent all that money and effort to go to film school.  But after some further discussions we decided to give it a try and do one short film shoot as an experiment to see what it would be like.
 
Mind you now, I had never done porn before.  Sure, I watched it, but I never imagined being a part of it as a filmmaker, and certainly not as a director.  But in a very real way I was intrigued by the idea of making a love scene that was graphic and a turn on, but not like you’d see on a Tube site.  I wondered what would happen if I brought in a world class cinematographer, a top Hollywood composer and a professional Hollywood film crew, and approached a graphic love scene like it was in “An Officer and a Gentleman” or “The Titanic,” or “Pretty Woman.”
 
The result was awesome, but completely untested and no one, not even the wise folks at MetArt, knew what was going to happen.  Would the masses like it, or is everyone just interested in porn for the porn and damn everything else.  Did I make a mistake as a mainstream filmmaker and produce erotica that no one really wants to see?  As it turned out, people started to respond and respond well.  Comments like, “It’s about time” and “Finally, quality adult entertainment” came out of the blogosphere.   Our efforts were rewarded by sign-ups and great reviews and requests for more.
 
So now we all realized we did something right and the guys at MetArt were on to something.  And I realized that porn isn’t just a thing on “Youjizz” or behind a closed door in some dark alley.  Everyone has sex, and lots of people, although not all, make love, and those people like to see other people make love too.  Some of the greatest pleasures in my short life have been making love to a beautiful woman, where sex was really hot but it was our hearts that drove the passion.    And that, for the most part, is what I strive to show in SexArt - real cinema quality graphic love scenes that are shot like mainstream movies and are also hot and honest.  Looking back at the 100 plus films I’ve completed for SexArt, I realize I am a changed man.  Where once I was aghast at the idea of doing porn, I am now proud to say this is what I do, this is who I work with, and, until I’m asked to stop or no one likes it, I will continue on doing it.
 
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Random thoughts on adult entertainment, from erotic to explicit...

 

Some of you may be aware that I'm the blogger in residence at MetArt. A member left a comment there that, while I chose not to publish it, got me thinking. In essence, this fellow expressed his distain for hardcore (either girl/girl or boy/girl) erotica and feared that MetArt was somehow drifting in the direction of SexArt. I should add that this individual is an articulate, thoughtful, and passionate consumer of erotica — and that he voluntarily withdrew and apologized for his self-described "rant."
 
Let me address this, if only in a somewhat random, rambling fashion.
 
First, let me say that the expanding MetArt Network is a group — perhaps family is the better word — of sites with a single, unifying approach to erotica, but which, individually, provide a unique product to a variety of audiences. You may love SexArt and hate MetArt. Although I think that's unlikely, that's your choice, based on your tastes and desires. While the creative minds at the MetArt Network will never try to provide "something for everybody," they do strive to offer a wide range of products to appeal to a wide range of discriminating customers.
 
I can state, flatly, that MetArt will never become SexArt. But, when I evaluate MetArt erotic pictorials, there are absolutely those times when I wish the model could take it a step further. In girl/girl photo sets, in particular, the fact that the models cannot interact in an explicitly sexual manner (no genital contact, etc.) reduces their impact. When a gorgeous young girl exposes herself completely in a MetArt gallery there are frequently times I wish I could see images of her touching herself — but that's against the rules (and philosophy) of MetArt.
 
Which is one of the reasons SexArt was created. Here the girls can do what they want, the MetArt rules do not apply. Consequently, single girl sets contain explicit masturbation and manipulation, and two-ways and three-ways can take it all the way. And that's a very good thing...if that's what you want! If it's too much, if it's too explicit, and you're more at home with MetArt, that's obviously where you belong and they're more than happy to accommodate your wishes and desires.
 
My commenter also felt that hardcore erotica was somehow fake, that it was paid performers going through the motions without any genuine emotion or passion. But can't that be said of nearly all photo and video erotica? Unless you are viewing spy footage of a loving couple who are completely unaware they are being watched (which is most likely illegal or at least unethical), electronic erotica is all staged and "fake" to one degree or another. The models at MetArt aren’t captured by the candid camera — they are paid to pose in planned, art-directed, stylized photos. The performers in a SexArt movie are paid to portray their characters. The fact that they achieve such a high level of "believability" and "realism" is a tribute not only to the performers, but to the artists and technicians who painstakingly and lovingly craft these productions.
 
I have far too many thoughts on this general subject for a single post, so I'll wrap things up for now. But let me pose a couple of questions for those who care to comment: Are you a member of two or more sites in the MetArt Network? If so, in what different ways to these sites fulfill your needs and expectations? Do you wish SexArt was more like MetArt, or vice versa? If you could suggest any additions, improvements, or enhancements to SexArt, what would they be? I welcome your responses and reactions.
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Image and imagination — exploring erotica, anticipation, and arousal...

In the notes I compiled while preparing to write my last SexArt blog post I wrote, in big, block letters: "Explicit VS. Implied." In my mind that's something of a thumbnail description of the difference between hard-core pornography and erotic imagery. It is by no means a complete representation — and erotica can obviously be explicit — but it does serve to illuminate one fundamental difference. It also opens the door to a further exploration of erotic art and entertainment. And it raises questions about what we want from erotica, as well as how individuals react and respond to it.

Consider this imagined scenario. In a hushed, darkened theater a beautiful, shapely young woman walks out onto the stage and stands in the spotlight. She is totally naked. She stands, silent and motionless. Then she turns to her right. After some time she turns to face the opposite direction. She sits down on the floor. After a while she lies down. She rolls over. Later still she opens her legs. After ten minutes have passed, she stands and walks off the stage.

Now consider the following scenario in the same setting. Propulsive, rhythmic music begins to pulse from the sound system. A beautiful young woman wearing an elaborate costume dances onto the stage gyrating to the music. Bit by bit, button by button, she proceeds to disrobe. Each gesture is deliberate, tantalizing. Every eye in the house is glued to her moving form. And with every additional square inch of exposed skin the tension and anticipation in the crowd grows stronger. By the time the song ends she is totally nude and the crowd has viewed every inch of her body — but out of a ten minute performance she was nude for less than two minutes. As she exits the stage the crowd begs for more.

Which of these performances would you rather attend?

I've blogged about hundreds of MetArt erotic pictorials. In some of them the model is totally nude throughout. In others she starts out fully clothed, and gradually disrobes. I have enjoyed both styles, but there's no denying that the act of stripping adds an element of excitement and anticipation to a series. The art form isn't called "striptease" for nothing, after all! And in erotic photos or films, sometimes the things we can't see, or the things that are slowly revealed, are the most arousing.

If you've had the opportunity to "play the field" you've probably experienced "lust at first sight" and ended up in bed with someone you've only just met minutes or hours earlier. But you've also probably had lovers who played "hard to get." You have to work, you have to put in your time, you have to want it badly enough to wait for it, right? And when you finally do "get" this teasing, "hard to get," minx? The built up sexual tension and desire can result in an extremely intense and satisfying encounter. I'm not saying that one experience is intrinsically better than the other, but they are different.

And what of the difference between men and women, specifically in how they approach and enjoy erotic entertainment?

"Men are visual," is the conventional wisdom, and "women are cerebral." Guys like explicit pictures and girls would rather read their erotica and do the detailed visualizing in their mind's eye. But I don't think either one of these accepted "facts" is entirely true or comes close to being universally applicable. And with the growing acceptance and availability of erotica of all types, the "rules" may be changing and evolving, as well.

What about couples who enjoy erotica together? How is this possible? Not only do they contradict the conventional wisdom, but we know they exist because they've told us just that when they joined SexArt! Indeed, striving to create a new kind of erotica for a sophisticated, refined, and diverse audience has been one of SexArt's central concepts from its very inception.

So, what do you prefer? The explicit or the implied? Do you want it "in your face" from the start? Or do you prefer to be teased while you're waiting to be pleased? Have you enjoyed erotica in the company of a lover or as foreplay prior to (or during) your own sexual activities? Are women and men really that different in the ways they consume and enjoy erotic art and entertainment? Or does it really just come down to personal preference, what's available, the situation, or the mood of the moment? You're invited to share your opinions, thoughts, and observations in the comments, below.

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Adventures in erotic cinema — random thoughts about sex, art, and film...

Malena Morgan on set shooting SexArtAlthough a great deal of thought went into the concept and creation of SexArt, the site is — proudly and unashamedly — a work in progress. The artists — writers, performers, directors, and photographers — who contribute to SexArt all have distinct ideas of the type of art they want to create. But nobody exists in a vacuum. And everybody involved with SexArt is keenly interested in how the audience reacts and responds to the art they so painstakingly create. The fact that so many members have chosen to provide honest and thoughtful feedback — either by posting a comment or by contacting SexArt directly — is hugely important. SexArt is pioneering an entirely new form of online adult entertainment, but if it doesn't appeal to and satisfy the audience, what's the point?

It was the enthusiastic and insightful comments of a SexArt member — using the moniker "solrage" — that triggered these thoughts. In his comments, solrage has shared his own opinions of the site and various films and pictorials, and he's also participated in spirited exchanges with other commenters. His mention of two important directors of erotic cinema — Tinto Brass and Just Jaekin — got me thinking about the history of the art form, and how far it has come in a relatively short period of time.

As recently as the 1950s films featuring total nudity, much less explicit sexuality, were a strictly underground phenomenon. The arrival of the "sexual revolution" in the 1960s opened the door to increased eroticism in films, and yet a groundbreaking production like the Swedish "I Am Curious (Yellow)" was seized by American Customs and subject to a lengthy legal battle. But with social taboos evaporating artists were eager to experiment with erotic cinema, and audiences had a growing hunger for it.

The histories of erotic cinema and porn films do overlap to some degree — Bernardo Bertolucci's Academy Award nominated "Last Tango in Paris" and the XXX sensation "Deep Throat" were both released in 1972. But cinematic erotica and porn are two entirely different things, particularly in the digital era. In the 1970s if you wanted to view either type of film there was only one place to do it — in a movie theater. Now, of course, anyone with an Internet connection can view as much X-rated film footage as his appetite can handle. Finding artistic, high quality, erotic films online is nearly impossible, however — and that's exactly why SexArt was created.

SexArt debuted with the final works of legendary erotic cinematic artist Zalman King, and the guiding influence of photographer and filmmaker David Hamilton is certainly in evidence here, and at MetArt, as well. SexArt member solrage rates Tinto Brass and Just Jaekin ("Emmanuelle" and "The Story of O") among his favorite creators of erotic films. In a friendly effort to stir the pot I will submit one of my personal favorites, Russ "Supervixens" Meyer.

Now it's your turn to join the conversation. As the Italian innovator of erotica, Tinto Brass, once said: "Pornography is there to give you an erection. Erotica is there to give you emotions." Who are the directors who move you the most? What are your favorite erotic films? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, below. Together, we can make SexArt the adult cinematic site of our dreams.

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