Welcome to a new week, My Beauties,
It’s been a strange few days. I’ve been binging on Abba and Umbrella Academy (the show, although I just picked up Volume I from Comixology because the storytelling is phenomenal). All good stuff, but the creativity’s been a little elusive. I have buckets of ideas, the words have just been a bit stilted. Not sure what’s up there.
Meet the Ina Wave made by Lelo, another jewel in my Desireforpassion.com curated collection. It’s an amazing companion to bring along on your orgasmic adventures. Folks with a vagina and clitoris have the choice of mind-bending massage AND vibration inside your vagina, vibration on your clitoris, or both. This is a toy that can also be used for wonderful anal play, especially for my trans sisters and non-binary family who enjoy prostate stimulation.
Stay tuned tomorrow for an unboxing video and a full review of this beauty, and on Thursday I’ll have a flash fiction erotic piece inspired by the Ina Wave by Lelo.
Book: The Satyricon by Petronius, Translated by J. P. Sullivan, Introduction and Notes by
Humor is a cultural thing grounded in the context of time, place, and cultural values. It’s the reason why reading 1st-century satire is a challenge. I keep having internal conversations about relativism and re-reading the introduction to remind myself that The Satyricon is satire.
That being said, everyone in the book is fucking. EVERYONE. The protagonist, Encolpius (translation: “in-crotch”) is an ex-gladiator. He travels around having adventures with his lover, Giton (translation: “mate”), a young man of indeterminate youth. Another fellow, Ascyltus (translation: “un-shagged out”), follows them because he wants to fuck Giton.
Yay! I love seeing unapologetically queer characters in a 1st-century novel.
But amid the fucking and the incredible inclusion of queer characters, there are passages full of humor that doesn’t translate well to a modern audience. At one point a priestess breaks into the trio’s hotel and facilitates the rape of the three men. Later everyone drinks a lot and decides that Giton should have sex with a 7-year-old in a mock wedding ceremony.
What the actual fuck?
And once again I’m running back to the introduction and reading about how this is satire.
Wish me luck, my beauties. The jury’s still out on the make my nethers-tingle-o-meter.
Be Well, Be Wonderful, and Above All, Be You.
Image Credit: “Youth Playing a Pipe for a Satyr,” Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (Il Grechetto) (Italian, Genoa 1609–1664 Mantua), 1645–50, Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Fund, 1962, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, http://www.metmuseum.org.
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