We are sitting side by side and you are talking to me, but something is off. If I was, I would be talking your ear off. My foot keeps tapping the floor nervously. They are vague. Occasionally they swoop down on your thighs, your chest, your arms. You know I ogle you a lot. I make no secret of it.
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I admit it, I have a major crush on my big step brother Luis. If it ever got out that I was hot for my brother, step or not, my family would probably disown me for being some weird queer. Luis had joined the military within the last year, and I could honestly say I missed having him around.
On December 17, Tumblr banned adult content on their platform. The move was rumored to be a knee-jerk response to Apple removing Tumblr from its App Store over failing to adequately filter out child pornography. While that is certainly an understandable and valid reason for removing the app, instead of improving their filtering system, Tumblr decided to ban all adult content altogether. In doing so, they destroyed a massive social media community and outlet where people, especially underrepresented communities, could freely express their sexuality. I was one of those people. I was in the midst of ending a sexless and passionless marriage, and while I never took much pleasure in sex anyway, I knew others did, which gave me a resounding and incessant urge to find out what I was missing. But how would I even start? What turned me on? How would I find it and articulate it not just to myself, but to a partner? Mainstream porn sites only offered clips of brightly lit, conventionally-attractive people with hard bodies having what seemed to be a very athletic, staged, and mechanical style of sex.
Lacquerware was—and still is—prized for its sheen: a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials. However, since the late s, this tradition has been challenged. To create these new forms and shapes, artists bend tradition to their needs. In the latter category are a number of individuals who have successfully altered the age-old perception of lacquer by expanding boundaries and defying expectations. These 34 works by 16 artists constitute the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture, and range from the playful to the sublimely elegant to the fantastic. They have all been drawn from the Clark Collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the only collection in the world to feature this extraordinary new form.