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Male stripping with style

Bras and cancer Is there a link?

Guest advice columnists

Warren Ellis & Zoe Margolis Porn director ERIKA LUST:

Is porn by women better?

Your wish is our command:

STEVE DYSON back in far fewer clothes

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Paul While, 27, Harrow, London How was the shoot? The shoot was a lot of fun and the experience turned out to be much better than I had pictured. Despite being naked in front of people I barely knew for the first time, I felt surprisingly very relaxed and enjoyed being in front of the camera. It was an opportunity to see myself from a different perspective.

What’s your favourite music right now? I love electronica, 80s industrial and rock. Right now I’m listening to bands from White Zombie to Hocico and early Nine Inch Nails to The Prodigy.

found 80s vampire movies very erotic, intimate and sexy. I love the idea of being that innocent guy being seduced in one night of passion and waking up to feed off victims.

Who is your favourite horror movie actress, and why? I grew up watching the lovely B-movie scream queen Linnea Quigley. She lived and breathed horror, and did not shy away from the association with horror films like some of the actresses today who are just looking for money and fame. I think her finest moment was playing punk-rocker Trash in Return of the Living Dead.

What’s most important to you in a partner? This is often a question I find difficult to answer because I don’t have a particular ‘type’. What I do find important to me in a partner is that I am attracted to their inner self, not a false mask, but being able to be myself around them. I have to be visually and sexually attracted to them too, but a relationship could only blossom if I feel compatible

What is your tattoo of and why did you choose to have this done? I have an H.R. Giger “Li II” design on my upper left arm. I’m a big fan of Giger’s work; his attention to detail using airbrushing is unmatched. I’ve always wanted to display his work on my body; it’s unique, dark

with them.

yet beautiful and this is one of my favourite designs he has done.

If you could be in any horror movie what would it be, and why?

What are you going to do after you’ve finished answering these questions?

The Lost Boys, but more specifically to be the character Michael, played by Jason Patric. This film is fantastic, I love it – it drips with deliciousness and it has such a soundtrack to die for. I’ve always

and then maybe chill out and watch a movie.

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I’ve been spending the last couple weeks working on a project for a friend designing T-shirts, so I’m more than likely to continue with that


Photography Andrea Heins

Boys that burlesque Why is the art of removing wacky, home-made outfits to groovy retro music rarely performed by men? Burlesque writer Claire Doble investigates the emerging male burlesque scene, and examines the issues it faces. After a brief spell on stage removing my

Boys on stage

own clothes, I decided I was better off

It’s a common misconception that male heterosexuality and sensuality do not lie comfortably in the same bed, according to Chris Davey, aka British Heart Burlesque, who performs boylesque and is writing his PhD on the topic.

behind a notepad and launched myself into the voluptuous world of burlesque writing. In my travels I have inevitably pitched up upon the shores of male burlesque – the art form that many regard as a bizarre concept, if not a complete anomaly. To find out more about why men performing burlesque is so rare, I attended the 2009 final of the Male Tournament of Tease in London and spoke to some of the men who do it and the women who love it.

Chris Davey, aka ‘British Heart Burlesque’ Photography Rebecca Herbert

‘I’m revealing a historiography of men who have stripped from the Victorian era to the present and highlight how and why I, and other boylesquers, have reinvented these histories. I’m demonstrating alternative models for male striptease, offering diverse ‘sexual males’ and positioning myself in a political location from which I experience what is at stake in these extreme performances as a male.’ He says that the most common assumption is that he must be gay. The happily married man is neither bothered nor particularly surprised by the assumption, but he is intrigued. ‘It’s still hard for people – men and women – to see a guy on stage being deliberately sensual, without assuming he is gay. We have unwritten rules of sexual presentation which hark back to the 19th century that still condition our social norms,’ says Davey.

It turns out many of the Male Tournament of Teasers are straight, but they’re not going to be mistaken for Chippendales any time soon either. Should this matter? Burlesque, at its best, is cheeky, entertaining and in an increasingly airbrushed world, real. The wobbling thigh, the dodgy tattoo, the home-made costume – something we can each identify with as human beings. Nude human bodies are both beautiful and fascinating, and it seems about time that both women and men are becoming increasingly bored with the cliché that the male form is silly-looking and awkward compared with the female form. As Davey explains, the portrayal of male sensuality on stage is fraught with issues, but despite, or perhaps because of this, it is becoming increasing popular. Cabaret performer and veteran burlesque host Dusty Limits agrees, ‘A lot of women get a kick out of seeing men making fun of masculinity, which is normally such a difficult area. I also think they enjoy seeing a man putting his body on display, which in our culture is normally thought of as feminine. It’s a role reversal, and that’s refreshing. Plus it’s always nice to get to perve on hot blokes.’

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the girls While newsagents and porn sites are crammed with faux lesbian material for straight men, the massive popularity of man-on-man for women, such as Slash and Yaoi, passes right under the mainstream radar. Brad Hanon and Susan Beaver tell Filament about Syzygy, their new man-on-man fiction and pictorial magazine for women.

Photography Susan Beaver for Syzygy Magazine

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A Chance with Finn Writer Chance Koehnen and dancer and artistic director Finn von Claret of Splinter Dance Company, Seattle. Photography Libby Bulloff


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Erika Lust: The most unlikely

porn director? Erika Lust wasn’t born when Annie Sprinkle first directed a porn film in 1975, proving detractors wrong when Deep inside Annie Sprinkle became the second highest-grossing porn film of 1981. The male-driven model of mainstream porn hasn’t much changed since then, but finally, there is a growing number of female directors making porn that’s high quality, subversive and hot. Filament speaks with Erika about her craft.

What led you to make porn? The first time I saw a porn film, I had the same reaction that many women have – it was definitely not love at first sight. I was aroused by some of the images, but there was so much that bothered me. I didn’t identify with any of it: neither my lifestyle, my values nor my sexuality was represented in any way. There was no sign of women enjoying themselves – it was as if they were simply there to please the men. The sexual situations seemed ridiculous: girl walks into room, discovers boyfriend with her best friend and instead of getting pissed off, she joins them! For my generation that grew up watching MTV, the audiovisual quality of adult film is unacceptable: tacky sets, horrible styling and make-up, non-music, poor acting and even worse dubbing – the product is left wanting on many levels. For a modern woman, the character stereotypes that men in the industry have made us put up with for the last 20 years are just plain offensive: slutty Sharons, horny teens, sex maniac nannies, desperate

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housewives, hot nurses and nymphomaniac hookers. The guys in the movies are almost always mafiosos, pimps, drug dealers, multimillionaires or African American mega-sized sex machines. I may come off as a total critic of the genre, but although I didn’t like what I saw, I came to the conclusion that a different kind of porn was possible. I discovered that several intellectual feminists didn’t just write off porn, they analysed it as a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Linda Williams’ books Hard core and Porn studies were so inspirational that, after reading them, I decided to become a porn producer and director myself, founding my own company.

What makes an Erika Lust film? It’s the casting, the decoration, the clothes, the underwear, the music, the script, the photography – it’s a lot of things. It’s like naming the differences between Playboy and Filament: there are many. I think it’s more important that we have female produced and directed porn, rather than ‘female-friendly’ porn. Our porn certainly appeals to men too.


I may come off as a total critic of the genre, but although I didn’t like what I saw, I came to the conclusion that a different kind of porn was possible.

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Frivolous things:

Factoid Astrolog y Illustration David Mumford

Sagittarius Coined by Robert P. Elmer in the 1930s, the archer’s paradox refers to the phenomenon that in order to strike the centre of the target, the arrow must be pointed slightly to the side of the target.

Capricorn A sheep-goat hybrid was reported by veterinarians in Botswana in 2000. The animal had 57 chromosomes – the intermediary number between sheep (54) and goats (60). Although infertile, the hybrid had a very active libido, which earned him the name Bemya, or rapist. He was castrated for being a nuisance.

Aquarius Although particularly associated with the Romans, aqueducts were devised much earlier in the Near East and Indian subcontinent, where peoples such as the Egyptians and Harappans built sophisticated irrigation systems.

Pisces The Vegetarian Society advocates that people who eat fish but no other meat should call themselves piscetarians, rather than vegetarians. Because fish possess a central nervous system like humans and other mammals, there is no ethical basis on which to assume that fish do not feel pain.

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Aries

Leo

Evidently, you can breed with Capricorn. But it may end badly.

Taurus The term bullshit has been used as early as 1915 in American slang and came into popular usage during World War II. The Oxford English Dictionary gives T S Eliot’s ballade The Triumph of Bullshit, written between 1910 and 1916, as the earliest attestation.

Gemini Twins can be fraternal, identical or semi-identical. Only one proven case of semiidentical twins is known. Such twins have inherited identical DNA from their mother but different DNA from their father.

Cancer Between 2 and 10 per cent of people worldwide are infected with pubic lice. Although any part of the body may be colonised, crab lice favour genital and perianal hair, but can also be found in abdominal, armpit or beard hair. In children they are usually found in the eyelashes.

Richard the Lionheart, although married, died without a legitimate heir. Some historians believe he conducted a homosexual relationship with Phillip II of France. Contemporary accounts said that the two men ‘at night slept in one bed’.

Virgo In 2005, Monica Christiansson and Carola Eriksson at Umeå University proposed that the hymen should be considered a myth. They demonstrated that there are no accurate medical descriptions of what a hymen is and that fewer than 30% of women experience bleeding with first consensual intercourse.

Libra In his book The Diet Myth, Paul Campos argues, ‘There is no good evidence that significant long-term weight loss is beneficial to health, and a great deal of evidence that short-term weight loss followed by weight regain – the pattern followed by almost all dieters – is medically harmful.’

Scorpio Scorpions glow when exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light due to the presence of fluorescent chemicals in the cuticle, mainly beta-Carboline. The glow is only produced in adult specimens.


As world population climbs exponentially, Sarah Henderson looks at the controversial idea that limiting food supply might bring our growth rate under control.

Causes of exponential population growth

What is exponential growth? It seems the world is going green. We are collectively and individually beginning to try to mitigate our impact on the environment: reusing, recycling, gardening, composting and buying second-hand. Green Party seats are growing in number worldwide, along with public awareness and activist pressure. As positive as it is to see the new millennium herald such a shift in our attitude and behaviour towards the environment, we are yet to address the biggest of our current problems. Population size and growth rate exacerbate every environmental problem we have but receive almost no media attention. Meanwhile, the chances of our current population control methods succeeding are looking slim.

The human population of planet earth numbered three billion in 1960, six billion in 1999 and is conservatively estimated to be 9.5 billion in 2050. It is understandable that most people feel that population growth is out of control and that at some point, the natural limits of the planet will be exceeded and catastrophe will occur. Many people confuse exponential growth with ‘unavoidable’ growth. Exponential growth simply means numbers multiplying in a pattern, for example, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 and so on. This can happen at different speeds; it could happen over 50,000 years or 40 years, as has recently happened to humankind. Exponential growth accelerates because as the base population doubles, so does the speed. While our growth rate appears to be is slowing, this does not mean that the population itself will stop growing without us having to do something about it.

Many people are aware that modern agriculture is responsible for many of our environmental problems. Population theorists are beginning to demonstrate that it may also be responsible for exponential population growth. Homo sapiens emerged roughly 200,000 years ago in Africa. About 70,000 years ago our numbers dropped as low as 2,000 people – we almost became extinct. Over the following 60,000 years we recovered our numbers and migrated into Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, seeking out places where we could sustain ourselves. Our numbers gradually increased, and by 10,000 BCE we numbered three to five million. We used fire to deforest large areas, we hunted species to extinction, we consumed, but at the gradual increase of a healthy, successful species. When settled agriculture developed, the rate of growth began to speed up. In all the previous 60,000 years we had only grown from 2000 people to 5 million, but in the

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