Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Five New Posts of 2013

It's end of year list time so we thought we would look at the top five new posts of 2013 on the Seduction of Venus of the 23 we posted.  Sadly, we haven't been able to post as much as we would have liked due to a lot of international travel this year to Europe and South America.  Hopefully there will be more seduced Venuses in 2014!

To make the top five the posts have to have been put on the blog in 2013. 

Posted June. 3,704 views

The Hawaiian American artist's seventies-style watercolours come in at number one.  It's great to see an art post take the top spot!

Posted November. 2,127 views

It achieved second place despite only having been posted just over a month ago.  This was requested by a couple of people so it's good to see that others appreciated it. Quite explicit for the time and boosted by an attractive couple of models have made this a popular choice.

Posted January.  1,869 views

Another art post doing well, although this has been up since January.  Dodson's drawings were some of the first contemporary erotic art we ever saw.  We will post some more shortly.

Posted September. 1,592 views.

Just a couple of girls kissing but very popular nonetheless.  While putting this post together I found a couple more shots from the pictorial which I have now put in the main post.

Posted April. 1,360 views

A pre-Star Wars SF couples pictorial from Penthouse's July 1976 issue, when people of the future still wore a lot of silver foil.  Surprisingly, the only Penthouse couples pictorial to make the list.

So, our main target will be to beat 23 posts in 2013.  We already have a number in preparation so hope to get January off to a passionate start!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Serpent by Gadja

Our next Penthouse "love set" comes from November 1976, the month after The Spider and the Fly appeared.  These couples pictorials were becoming more and more common in the magazine in the second half of 1976 with this being the sixth love set to appear between July and November. By comparison there had been just six for the whole of 1975.

One of the six couples pictorials from the previous months, 1876, had also been shot by Gadja.  Triple P can't discover anything about this photographer other than the fact that they were sometimes credited as Zee Gadja (the d and the j got transliterated).  We don't even know if they were a man or a woman!  Gajda certainly shot for the Penthouse owned women's magazine Viva in the mid-seventies.

Anyway, this pictorial features two women having fun with a snake.  Whether the snake is having fun nobody would have bothered to ask in the seventies.  The photographer successfully turns the reptile into a phallic symbol throughout, which isn't that difficult with a snake really.

Lots of suggestive licking ensues, for which you have to give full credit to the ladies.  We aren't given their names in the accompanying text which just witters on about Adam and Eve and how delighted the snake must be to writhe around the lithe forms of the ladies.

Both women are made up in something of an exotic avian fashion which gives the pictorial something of a fantastical flavour.  In the first four pictures of the pictorial we only see them from the bust up, at most.

Here we can see that they are also wearing feathered gloves as well, which adds to the tactile quality of the whole pictorial.

Here the snake, it looks like some sort of python, curls around one of the ladies' bottoms.  This pictorial is perilously close to the "arty" type that Penthouse would feature once in a while but just manages to avoid losing any erotic charge which some of the more pretentious ones did.

These two of one of the women with the snake between her legs deliver the required sexy quotient even if they aren't exactly subtle.

Even less subtle are these two were our reptile slithers over the tawny anus of one of the girls and slides between her perfect cheeks.  As the accompanying text says: "The snake has a special - and enviable- knack for adapting to the ins and outs of its environment.  It fits snugly where no man dares venture, insinuating itself into the slippery cracks of any moist surface it claims as its home.  Being very inquisitive, it is especially fond of exploring secret places."

In the final shot of the pictorial. for the first time the girls seem more interested in each other although the snake insinuates itself between them.  As the text says, the snake "leads a charmed existence, imperiously vanquishing all enemies, ready to submit only to the most fearless and beautiful of birds."

A not entirely successful pictorial perhaps, certainly in comparison to The Spider and the Fly which also featured masked women, but certainly part of the trend for an increasing number of love sets in Penthouse which would see nine altogether the following year.  Before we reach 1977 we have one more boy/girl set for 1976 to come.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Happy Christmas... all our readers. We very much appreciate those who follow this blog, look at the pictures and comment on our ramblings!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lesbian shunga: Woman using a dildo by Chōkyōsai Eiri (1801)

There is a fabulous exhibition of Japanese erotic art on at the British Museum at the moment.  Given a concerted effort by parts of society in Britain at present to increasingly follow America's conservative views, rather than more liberal continental Europe's, on erotic material it's good to see the British Museum taking this on.  

This picture of a woman about to try out a tie-on dildo on her companion is by Chōkyōsai Eiri, who was active for less than a decade around the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth centiries.  This picture is one of thirteen from his only known printed erotic work Fumi no kiyogaki from around 1801.  He seemed to mainly specialise in portraits of beauties.

The woman with the dildo holds a container of cream and is saying "As we're going to do it like this I'll put lots of cream on it, so really make yourself come."  She says that the cream is needed as the dildo is such a big one.  The other girl has her hand on the dildo and is telling her to stick it in quickly as she wants to come five or six times.  Given its depiction as black the dildo was probably made of ebony.  Wooden dildos were known as mokuzō but buffalo horn and tortoiseshell ones were common as well.

It's interesting to note that these women aren't lesbians in a relationship but are probably ladies in waiting in a samurai's home, so given the harem-like, women only environment they are just having sex to provide sexual relief rather than because they are in a romantic relationship.  These tie on dildos could also be attached to a woman's ankle for solo masturbation.