Hey remember back when this website was an endless cascade of me tying myself up and posting pictures? Well that’s what most people still come here for, according to my logs. I like to think that my musings on sex and gender would be enough to hold anyone’s attention but I am nerdy that way. Well, since I have access to a camera with a remote control for a limited (soon to be concluded) time I thought I would take some sunny self bondage photos.
- Terry Pratchett, Thud!
- Donald A Norton, The Design of Everyday Things
- Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the Body (on loan from the gracious S)
- Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity (also via S)
I really want to read this but so far it’s as thick as molasses.
- Julia Serano, Whipping Girl
Actually I just finished this book. I can’t even remember the last time I got to the very end of a full-length book. Highly recommended.
- Thomas More, Utopia
This book is so short, but at the half-way point it is pretty boring
- Susan Stryker, Transgender History (courtesy of the Toronto Public Library)
Reese Kelly has a good review of this on his YouTube, which has inspired me to pick it back up.
- Original Plumbing
A great zine about trans men
- Inga Muscio, Autobiography of a Blue-eyed Devil (from the TPL)
This book looks promising but I will probably have to return it to the library before I read it. I might buy a copy sometime though so I can read it when I’m in the mood.
- Jean Bobby Nobel, Sons of the Movement: FtMs Risking Incoherence on a Post-Queer Cultural Landscape
This book is exactly as academic as the title suggests. I ploughed through some of it but was unable to find much of use.
- Patrick Califia, Macho Sluts
So much introductory material the first story doesn’t start until page 73! It’s a very interesting introduction though, and the stories are worth the wait.
- Emily White, Fast Girls
Uninspiring, from the TPL
- Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright Sided
Started reading this hoping to justify by generalized crumugenliness, however the arguments presented so far have logical errors and I would be embarrassed to repeat them in conversation. Disappointing from the woman who once wrote Witches, Midwives and Nurses, a booklet which as far as I can see is now distributed exclusively in zine form.
- Robert E Penn, The Gay Man’s Wellness Guide
- Michael Manning, The Spider Garden
- Kevyn Aucoin, Making Faces
I made this harness the other day. It’s not quite ready for action but I liked the idea so I thought I’d stick it up.
(Continuing from Part 1)
So I turned my table upside down and sat my bum on a wee cushion. Then I got to attaching myself. I started with my leg, cause I like to be akward. Then my torso, so I was swinging like this:
Here I am trying to balance myself in this silly position. Well, I solved that problem with more rope. This was actually super comfy. Here you can see my arms are behind my back and I am easily leaning back. I was pretty happy with that! :)
Well I have been complaining about the limits of self photography long enough, so I finally got someone else to take pictures of me. BigLogan obliged me. :) Played with my special table some more. Geeze I love this thing. I was able to pull my torso up off the ground a little bit, which I tried to do last time but couldn’t. Two things I did better this time where: put my weight in the middle of the table instead of to the edge (duh.) and to position my body facing the side a bit instead of straight up, so the weight is not on the middle of my chest harness.
I have to say that I tied myself in ways that I would not tie someone else. These photos are not representative of the care I’d take with someone else. I felt ok being a bit dangerous because I am able to tell what’s going on so well.
As always, the rest of the pictures from this roll are available on my PicasaWeb account. In a day or two I’ll put up the second roll we took.
Never before seen in nature! I spend an hour processing rope right in front of The Evil Kitten and he just sat and watched! Usually I have to lock him out of the room right away. What’s going on?!
So the other day I was trying to sleep, but instead I was thinking of bondage. Which I shouldn’t do because it makes me hyper, not sleepy. And suddenly this thought came into my head of this crazy table I have that I found in my house when I moved in. It’s a steel tubing frame, painted blue. It usually has a tabletop with the zodiac painted on top, but the two do not match and don’t attach at all. It occured to me all at once about 10 different ways to tie to this table.
The photos really aren’t that good, but the upshot is that I have at least one friend enthusiastic to help me with the photography if I do the tying. So sometime in the next couple of week that should happen. Maybe next weekend, so we can get together in the daylight. Anyway here’s what I did after I’d slept and woken up again.