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Dita Von Teese, FETISH, no. 12, 2000, Hawk International Publications, Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

What I love about Dita Von Teese as a model is her ability and interest to reference the past—particularly American cultural history as it relates to the sexploitation/fetish era, which means both burlesque and what was then, in the 1950s, labeled as “bizarre,” now simply called fetish. 

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Most often she’s still referred to as a burlesque performer because the term “burlesque” in post-porn America has taken on a soft, even sweet, connotation; while “fetish”— still being associated with some form of mental illness, possibly Devil worship, in the minds of some—summons all sorts of mass market disapproval. 

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But for anyone familiar with the history of sexploitation/fetish artifacts, it’s obvious to see where her real talent lies.

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Make no mistake, Dita IS a fetishist: take note of her waistline, which should make clear that she indulges in some form of body modification as might be suggested in the book, MODERN PRIMITIVES, a landmark noted for igniting the ink and piercing subculture of the 1990s, which has long since broken into the mainstream.

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As most people know, Dita (aka Heather Renee Sweet) studied set and costume design in college and began her career by referencing the founding fetish queen: Bettie Page.

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Like Bettie, Dita had to earn a living, so she did cheesecake work, often sporting a retro hairdo for mainstream photo shoots. But, like Bettie’s “Dark Angel” incarnation, it’s the more mysterious, vaguely European influenced fetish art that remains of greater interest to me—rooted, as it is, in some dark psychosexual truth, which is as natural as night is to day, the moon is to the sun and which underscores the more feral (and least understood) impulses of human sexuality.

Here’s my recently updated personal collection of Dita Von Teese sexploitation/fetish artifacts, which includes several DVDs. To see Dita perform in some early videos she did for Marquis is a real treat; she’s tranquil, charismatic and mesmerizing to watch: truly a graceful, centered and beautiful Dark Angel.

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Eric Stanton, aka Ernest Stanten, aka Ernest Stanzoni, aka Stan…. Or, In the Beginning, When Mr. Eric Stanton Met Mr. Irving Klaw….

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Eric Stanton!                Irving Klaw!
 

Also featuring mention of:

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John Coutts (John Willie)

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Steve Ditko

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Bettie Page

In the world of cult fame,
Eric Stanton holds a unique position. For years his artwork has been enjoyed around the globe, appreciated by millions, yet few will admit to knowing his work publicly, fewer still will even admit to knowing his name. Such is the fate of a fetish artist.

If ever there was a creative individual from the sexploitation era that engaged me, it would be him. In some ways, I’ve adopted him, projected on to him, made him a central focus of my sexploitation era investigations. I see him both as a survivor, an outsider artist worthy of praise, and maybe something of a misfit (which may account for some of my affection for him). But there’s no question in my mind that he’s an icon and that he remains to this day one of the most pirated underground artists in the world.

Biographical facts about his life are often contradictory and murky; and sometimes he would contribute to this misinformation personally. There’s even some question of his real name: was he born “Ernest Stanzoni” as claimed in the huge Eric Kroll coffee table book? Or is his birth name “Ernest Stanten,” as claimed by Belier publisher and personal friend and associate, J.B. Rund?
Most of what I know about the sexploitation era and the subgenre of what was then labeled “bizarre,” which today would be assigned fetish culture or kink, I’ve learned through tracking Stanton. He remains, in some strange way, a central figure for me (my own personal Dante) whose life intersected with other curious characters of the day, artists and business people, gangsters and hacks … shadowy and mythologized figures I’ve come to admire and who I never grow tired of hearing about: Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Gene Bilbrew, Lenny Burtman, Eddie Mishkin, Stanley Malkin…. And then, of course, there’s Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator and Stanton’s friend-as well as his studio mate of 10 years.

When it comes to the sexploitation era, there are so many unverifiable facts. Eric Stanton lived and operated in a subterranean culture where few people kept records and everyone operated under a multitude of aliases. This was the sexploitation era preceding XXX; a time when any association with “porn” could get you arrested. And most of the characters involved were arrested and brought to trial—often repeatedly: Irving Klaw, Lenny Burtman, Eddie Mishkin, Stanley Malkin…. In this period, operations connected with producing this sort of “smut” were tracked by government agencies, Postal Inspectors (who acted as censors, with strong ties to the local police), even the Catholic church (hugely influential then); and these publisher/distributors were raided. Irving Klaw’s Nutrix warehouse, Lenny Burtman’s Exotique editorial office, Stanley Malkin’s Queen’s warehouse, virtually anything connected to Eddie Mishkin was under surveillance and sooner or later put under wraps—at least temporarily. Even the working studio shared by Steve Ditko and Eric Stanton was subjected to a police raid with all the materials confiscated and much of it destroyed.

Eric Stanton was born and raised in Brooklyn, the child of Russian immigrants. The true direction of his life took shape when he wrote to Irving Klaw—then an underground publisher and distributor of kink material—and boasted to Klaw that he could “do better,” meaning better than the fighting girl episodes he had purchased via his mail order business. Invited to show what he could do, Stanton contributed his own sexy catfight illustrations, which although primitive Klaw bought and later sold, taking on the young man at his legitimate shop, Movie Star News.

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Irving Klaw established Movie Star News largely to sell movie star photos and Hollywood ephemera, but following 1947, on the suggestion of a customer, he entered the fetish trade, building his catalog with anything he could get his hands on: customer/practitioner’s contributions produced outside or inside his store (where he would set up monthly bondage shoots), European acquired kink material originally sold by Charles Guyette (a local merchant and his predecessor in the kink trade) and illustrations, photographs and art by John Coutts, aka John Willie.

John Coutts, aka John Willie, predecessor of Eric Stanton, the greatest fetish artist of all time! - Bettie Page : Steve Ditko : Gene Bilbrew : Irving Klaw - PermanentObscurity.com
In 1949, Klaw would also start producing underground fetish-oriented films, in addition to commissioning illustrated kink-pulp stories (bondage serials). Eric Stanton would contribute where he could, starting in 1948 (by some accounts) or 1949 (by others).

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Although Eric Stanton’s first work for Klaw seems to be “fighting girl” episodes, his first bondage serial contribution appears to be the latter half of “Poor Pamela” (the first 5 pages or episodes produced by another artist [as per publisher J.B. Rund]).

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(Reproduced in BIZARRE COMIX, vol. 3, the 1970s)

Two notable works from the Irving Klaw 1950′s period produced by Eric Stanton—true masterpieces of fetish art—were:
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“Bondage Enthusiasts Bound In Leather,” book 1& 2

Reproduced by Belier Press from surviving photo prints. 

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Bizarre Comix, Irving Klaw era Eric Stanton, Eric Stanton the greatest fetish artist of all time! - Bettie Page : Steve Ditko : Gene Bilbrew : Irving Klaw - PermanentObscurity.com

“Pleasure Bound,” Books 1 & 2

Reproduced by Belier Press from surviving photo prints.
 

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In the early 1960s, after he moved his kinkster base of operations from New York to New Jersey, Irving Klaw would publish different versions of these same serials under his Nutrix imprint. Unlike the bondage serials sold as loose single page episodes printed on photographic paper, these 5 x 7″ versions, featuring cropped and edited versions of the original illustrated serials, were bound (stapled) and sold for the first time as “books” or illustrated novellas. Distribution was via mail order and through adult bookshops (like those owned by other Stanton employers, Stanley Malkin and Eddie Mishkin, along Times Square).
Nutrix Irving Klaw era Eric Stanton, Eric Stanton the greatest fetish artist of all time! - Bettie Page : Steve Ditko : Gene Bilbrew : Irving Klaw - PermanentObscurity.com

“Bondage Enthusiasts Bound In Leather,” v. 3
 

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“Bondage Enthusiasts Bound In Leather,”
v. 4

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“Pleasure Bound,” Book 1Vol. 1

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“Pleasure Bound,” Book 1Vol. 2

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Detail: Original Nutrix Bulletin (advertisement issue #53)

Cruel Duchess of The Bastille, Nutrix Irving Klaw era Eric Stanton, Eric Stanton the greatest fetish artist of all time! - Bettie Page : Steve Ditko : Gene Bilbrew : Irving Klaw - PermanentObscurity.com

Cruel Duchess of The Bastille, Nutrix Irving Klaw era Eric Stanton, Eric Stanton the greatest fetish artist of all time! - Bettie Page : Steve Ditko : Gene Bilbrew : Irving Klaw - PermanentObscurity.com

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Original Klaw Nutrix Bulletin (featuring “Cruel Duchess” ad)

While it appears that Eric Stanton generally stopped working for Movie Star News after Klaw moved his fetish-oriented operations to New Jersey—during which time Eric Stanton disastrously took a “straight job” as a parts clerk of Pan-American Airlines (apparently to please his wife)—evidence shows that he contributed to Klaw’s imprint after 1960 with a series of booklets offering new art. So not all Nutrix booklets featuring Eric Stanton material are recycled from older serials.

Tame-azons Subdue And Subjugate Man, Nutrix Irving Klaw era Eric Stanton, Eric Stanton the greatest fetish artist of all time! - Bettie Page : Steve Ditko : Gene Bilbrew : Irving Klaw - PermanentObscurity.com
(This is a hand-copied version of one of Klaw’s post 1960 Stanton booklets—purchased directly through Stanton’s “Archives” mail order business. When Eric ran out of genuine material, he would personally reproduce it on his in-house xerox machine. The letter symbol in the upper corner—“V”—is a catalog marking [his Conneticut POB address stamped inside].)
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Detail: Original Nutrix Bulletin (advertisement issue #30)

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“Vacation In Fetterland,” Vol. 1,
just another of Klaw’s many Nutrix booklets

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(All part of my personal Eric Stanton collection.)

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Thanks, Eric!
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Charles Bukowski’s WOMEN : Re-examined by Richard Perez

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Henry Chinaski, c’est Bukowski lui-même, un écrivain alcoolique et grand amateur de femmes.

Alone With Everybody
by Charles Bukowski

The flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
much
and nobody finds the
one
but keep
looking
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than
flesh.

there’s no chance
at all:
we are all trapped
by a singular
fate.

nobody ever finds
the one.

the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill

nothing else
fills.

 

“Maybe I should have slammed her? How did a man know what to do? Generally, I decided, it was better to wait, if you had any feeling for the individual. If you hated her right off, it was better to fuck her right off; if you didn’t, it was better to wait, then fuck her and hate her later on.”
–  from WOMEN (pg. 189)

Yeah, I know that’s terrible. But, man, it’s also funny and brutally honest, and in a way it underscores the best thing about Bukowski’s 3rd (and arguably second best) novel, WOMEN, the book where Bukowski bluntly set out to prove he was a male chauvinist pig — or possibly the most truthful author around.


I just happily finished re-reading it (for maybe the 4th or 5th time — over I don’t know how many years), and I still can’t decide if it’s a romantic comedy (he does end up with the “chaste” girl by the end); or a coming-of-age story (he does learn about sex, as if for the first time; with the character of Lydia teaching him all about the working parts of a vagina and how to eat pussy); or if it’s a sexploitation romp. (The sexual scenes occur every 5 or 10 pages and are depicted very deliberately, highlighting the graphic elements in a way that would make Chuck Palahniuk blush.) Here’s one of my favorites:
“The night wore on. Then I looked around and Valerie and Bobby were gone. I walked into the bedroom and there was Valerie on the bed, naked except for her spiked high heels. Her body was firm and lean.
Bobby was still dressed and was sucking Valerie’s breasts, going from one to the other. Her nipples stood tall.
Bobby looked up at me. “Hey, old man, I’ve heard you brag about how you eat pussy. How’s this?”
Bobby ducked down and spread Valerie’s legs. Her cunt hairs were long and twisted and tangled. Bobby went down there and licked the clit. He was pretty good but he lacked spirit.
“Wait a minute, Bobby, you’re not doing it right. Let me show you.”
I got down there. I began far back and worked toward it. Then I got there. Valerie responded. Too much so. She wrapped her legs around my head and I couldn’t breathe. My ears were pressed flat. I pulled my head out of there.
“O.K., Bobby, you see?”
Bobby didn’t answer.
–  from WOMEN (pg. 255)
It’s true that Bukowski exaggerated the details of his life. And as he says when another character asks him, “What’s fiction?” He answers (pg. 197): “Fiction is an improvement on life.”
And having read his biography by Howard Sounes (LOCKED IN THE ARMS OF A CRAZY LIFE), it’s apparent that he not only exaggerates the amount of sex, but also the amount he was paid for poetry readings (his real-life minimum was $25.00 … whereas in the book he’s frequently offered 15 or 20 times that amount).


Stylistically, this time around, I could see a lot of John Fante (which Bukowski always admitted to, as in one of portion of the book where he spells out his name and favorite works ["F-A-N-T-E. Ask the Dust. Wait Until Spring, Bandini" --pg. 200]) — and also A LOT of Ernest Hemingway, especially the Ernest Hemingway of THE SUN ALSO RISES (the Paris Hemingway) and A MOVEABLE FEAST.


One thing I also noticed this time around is that Bukowski has a special knack for closing a chapter or section in the simplest way possible; this is actually harder than it seems, and it’s something that drives me crazy when I’m writing. I mean, when you’re designing a scene, you’re also trying to anticipate a way to make it as brief as possible, to conclude it. You want to get the scene done and tie it up with seeming effortlessness. Bukowski is excellent at this, concluding chapters precisely and even with a poem-like rhythm:
“Katherine walked into the boarding tunnel and was gone.
I walked back to the parking lot, got in the Volks, thinking, I’ve still got this. What the hell, I haven’t lost everything.
It started.”
–  from WOMEN (pg. 107) 

Here’s another example:

“I phoned Cecelia back that night, and I phoned her again the next night, and once more after that, and then I stopped phoning.”
–  from WOMEN (pg. 172)

Another example.

“Goodnight, Cecelia,” I said.
I pulled her to me. She was naked. Jesus, I thought. We kissed. She kissed very well. It was a long, hot one. We finished.
“Cecelia?”
“Yes?”
“I’ll fuck you some other time.”
I rolled over and went to sleep.
–  from WOMEN (pg. 175) {… yeah, I know that’s cold, but it’s also cruel-funny.}

Some might argue that, structurally, WOMEN is weaker than POST OFFICE or HAM ON RYE, and I would agree to some extent with that. Structurally, the book isn’t an “integrated” whole, but episodic — with events stacking up like layers in a cake.

In other words, the female characters in this novel enter and leave, enter and leave, enter and leave, as Bukowski “works and works and works,” and rarely seems able to “make it” or come, inevitably blaming his alcohol intake. And, of course, the women in this novel are mighty demanding, which adds to the comedy, the slapstick humor of the book, as in this scene with Lydia:

“What the hell good are you then?”
“Well, I can fry eggs and do magic tricks.”
“Don’t be funny. I’m asking you, what the hell good are you?”
“The leg will heal. If it doesn’t they’ll cut it off. Be patient.”
“If you hadn’t been drunk you wouldn’t have fallen and cut your leg. It’s always the bottle!”
“It’s not always the bottle, Lydia. We fuck about 4 times a week. For my age that’s pretty good.”
“Sometimes I think you don’t even enjoy it.”
“Lydia, sex isn’t everything! You are obsessed. For Christ’s sake, give it a rest.”
“A rest until your leg heals? How am I going to make it meanwhile?”
“I’ll play Scrabble with you.”
Lydia screamed. The car began to swerve all over the street. “YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH! I’LL KILL YOU!”
She crossed the double yellow line at high speed, directly into oncoming traffic. Horns sounded and cars scattered. We drove on against the flow of traffic, cars approaching us peeling off to the left and right. Then just as abruptly Lydia swerved back across the double line into the lane we had vacated.”
–  from WOMEN (pg. 91)

 

>>> (Lydia totally reminds me of an Eric Stanton femme.) <<<


SOME FAVORITE BOOK QUOTES:

“That night she drank half a bottle of red wine, good red wine, and she was sad and quiet. I knew she was connecting me with racetrack people and the boxing crowd, and it was true, I was with them, I was one of them. Katherine knew that there was something about me that was not wholesome in the sense of wholesome is as wholesome does. I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn’t have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. It didn’t make for an interesting person. I didn’t want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone. On the other hand, when I got drunk I screamed, went crazy, got all out of hand. One kind of behavior didn’t fit the other. I didn’t care.”
–  from WOMEN (pg. 104)
 

“It was, finally, for everyone, a matter of waiting. You waited and you waited — for the hospital, the doctor, the plumber, the madhouse, the jail, papa death himself. First the signal was red, then the signal was green. The citizens of the world ate food and watched t.v. and worried about their job or their lack of same, while they waited.”
–  from WOMEN (pg. 213) {See the poetry there? It’s hidden in prose form but I’ll break it down to create a whole new Bukowski poem … to be included in a future collection of verse maybe. Haha.}

It was, finally,
for everyone,
a matter of waiting.

You waited and you waited –

for the hospital,
the doctor,
the plumber,
the madhouse,
the jail,
papa death himself.

First the signal was red,
then the signal was green.

The citizens of the world
ate food and watched t.v.
and worried about their job
or their lack of same,

while they waited.

 

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Now the fictional women and their real life counterparts:


Lydia Vance =  Linda King … (Oh man, she’s my favorite crazy mama character. She makes for the best scenes in the book because she’s the best matched against Chinaski (Bukowski).

Tammie = Pamela Miller, aka “Cupcakes” (– a reference to her big ole’ D-cup boobs) A cruel, loony character in the book, my second favorite … She also appears in BORN INTO THIS, the documentary film on Bukowski.

Arlene = Georgia Peckham-Krellner – gal pal of Tammie (or Cupcakes)

Bobby and Valerie = Brad and Tina Darby (of the pussy-eating scene quoted above — pg. 255)

Sara = Linda Lee Bukowski … the “good” girl Bukowski ended up with.

Dee Dee  = Liza Williams  (a sad character in the book … she deserved better. She’s also in BORN INTO THIS … talking about Bukowski’s “purple onion”)


Tanya = Amber O’Neal  … the last woman in the book. (check out the “extras” on BORN INTO THIS, for her side of what happened between them.)



Cecelia = Ruth Wantling (with William Wantling, “William Keesing” in the novel)
“Cecelia sat and watched us drink. I could see that I repulsed her. I ate meat. I had no god. I liked to fuck. Nature didn’t interest me. I never voted. I liked wars. Outer space bored me. Baseball bored me. History bored me. Zoos bored me.”
–  from WOMEN (pg. 182)

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The 1970s, I think, was definitely Bukowski’s best decade — creatively. All his novels + poetry books from this time are worth reading & re-reading.

– POST OFFICE (1971) … novel.
– MOCKINGBIRD WITH ME LUCK (1972) … poems.
– SOUTH OF NO NORTH (1973) … short stories.
– BURNING IN WATER, DROWNING IN FLAME (1974) … poems.
– FACTOTUM (1975) … novel.
– LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL (1975) … poems.
– WOMEN (1978) … novel.
– PLAY THE PIANO DRUNK (1979) … poems — a great book at that.


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Initially published small literary magazines, Richard Perez has also written for The New York Times (a newspaper he doesn’t read.) His first novel, The Losers’ Club (aka: The Losers’ Club: Complete Restored Edition) has three foreign translations to date: Korean, Turkish, Italian. PERMANENT OBSCURITY: or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography, and Death — his second novel — also reflects his infatuation with bohemia and willful nonconformists.

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Femdom? What’s That? A Sub-genre Of BDSM Defined. Along With A Few Masculine Terrors.

Posted in cautionary tales, exploitation, femdom, Permanent Obscurity, Richard Perez, sexploitation noir with tags on March 3, 2011 by allperez

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I love how Wikipedia defines BDSM, and I think it’s accurate: “Functionally, it is a form of ‘power play,’ where power dynamics are used as part of the erotic experience.”

I think this would define a femdom BDSM exchange as well, only that in the case of femdom scenarios or “power plays” or power exchanges it offers an extra subversive element of challenging gender stereotypes—a reversal of the usual power dynamics and, as such, reveals a host of deeply-conditioned male fears (involving the loss of control, the loss of “masculinity,” of not being “on top”).

In this way, I see femdom scenarios as playing out like little psychosexual horror stories for men (“power exchange horror stories”), or black comedies (as in the Polanski film, Bitter Moon, or the Japanese film, Moonlight Whispers), or sometimes like cautionary tales (as in Venus In Furs, for instance, and the endless online “true life” tales subtitled, “Careful What You Wish For”).

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I see such scenarios as having more to do with breaching vulnerable psychological territory rather than just being obvious physical confrontations involving whips and chains, which is the most referenced cliché. These power play scenarios are head-games really—mind-fucks—repeatedly touching on male fear (as in the fear of inadequacy, of castration?).

What’s the greatest terror for a boy? Of being called a sissy. What’s the greatest terror for a straight man? Effeminacy. Ineffectualness. Impotence. Being cuckolded. Of being seen as “less than a man.” The terror of not “wearing the pants” and being “owned.”

Femdom BDSM scenarios bluntly challenge—even poke fun at—the status quo. And a close examination of femdom scripts reveals a lot about cultural notions of masculine privilege and about the anxiety and paranoia men have of being stripped of this power.

Ultimately, this might explain why most femdom BDSM scenarios are scripted by men—because they address masculine anxieties—some of which women may not be aware (status and power being less of a defining factor in their lives). The passive-aggressive nature of submission in men, I think, comes from the conflict of eroticized fear being transposed over deeply rooted, shame-based masculine conditioning. It goes without saying that humiliation is central to femdom BDSM scenarios. This is how femdom is provocative.

 

And speaking of femdom. And why drugs and female domination don’t mix….



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Or A Cautionary Tale Of Two Girls

and Their Misadventures

With Drugs, Pornography and Death

by Dolores Santana

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Serena Moon and The Fine Art of Face-sitting

Posted in cautionary tales, Eric Stanton, femdom, Permanent Obscurity, Richard Perez, sexploitation on February 24, 2011 by allperez

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Face-sitting of course is heavily referenced in the artwork of Eric Stanton. In some ways it’s a staple of female domination scenarios, because what could be more humiliating or shameful as a man than to be conquered and subdued in that way? What could be a more clear display of subjugation than that? Kissing a woman’s feet is sinking pretty low on the scale of surrender, pretty much an acknowledgment of abject slavery and a complete renunciation of pride. But then finding yourself below her ass, conveniently used as a seat cushion is really pushing the boundary forward a notch.

When it comes to being “topped,” it’s about as topped as you can get. Being her bottom, in her bottom is almost overstating the case. You’ve gone way beyond ass-kissing to form a whole new communion.

Yeah, it’s vulgar, I know. And I don’t need to mention that when it comes to face-sitting there’s a certain degree of shock value, some crass humor involved. Not to mention that the act has a subversive quality, which seems to go contrary to standard feminine behavior. In fact, face-sitting may be the most unladylike practice I can think of.

In my private life, I have to admit, I don’t like it much. I mean, having a naked butt on my face: getting intimate with her a-hole. (Much as I wish that weren’t true.) Aside from the weight of it being too heavy for comfort, a stinky butt is a stinky butt, whether it belongs to your girlfriend or wife or Rachel Welch in her prime. But to this day there remains something startling, even jarring, about the imagery connected with facesitting.

Or maybe that’s just a typical guy’s view (with a guy’s inbred terror of having his masculinity squashed). I mean, the thought of a subjugated male allowing himself to be sat on—his face wedged deep where the sun don’t shine … there’s something about the very idea that stops me cold, carries with it a trace of boyhood fear.

Face-sitting of course is an important pychosexual element in PERMANENT OBSCURITY, particularly as it comes from someone in the story named Serena Moon. “Obscurity” as in: “It’s dark with my face wedged up here!” “Permanent” as in being butt-snuffed, which is where things lead … if it’s where you wanna go ….


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Thanks, Eric!

Rachel Welch: what's wrong with my butt?


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Russ Meyer versus Eric Stanton! + a question I once asked Tura Satana…. You be the Judge!

Posted in Burlesque, Eric Stanton, exploitation, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, Grindhouse, Permanent Obscurity, Richard Perez, Russ meyer, Tura Satana on February 16, 2011 by allperez

Russ Meyer / Eric Stanton

Smackdown!

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1.  Both emerged from Burlesque culture 

2.  Both were veterans of World War II

3.  Both were abandoned by their biologically fathers earlier in life

4.  Both had willful mothers that they admired

5.  Both idolized strong, powerfully-built, imposing women

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Eric Stanton

6.  Both chose sexploitation early on as their medium of expression 

7.  Both can be regarded as fetish artists!

8.  Both were essentially self-employed, self-reliant, self-distributing artists

9.  Both created their own unique, eccentric, private worlds

10. Both were outsiders, never renouncing their life-choice as artists

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Russ Meyer / Eric Stanton : Permanent Obscurity

Eric Stanton: freelance artist

“Striparama,” above (early 1960s)

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Russ Meyer: freelance photographer, 1959

(model: Virginia Bell)

“According to frequent collaborator and longtime lover Kitten Natividad, Meyer’s love of dominant women extended to his personal life, and he was almost always in a tumultuous relationship.”
—McDonough, Jimmy, Big Bosoms and Square Jaws 2004. chap 14-16

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Russ Meyer / Eric Stanton : Permanent Obscurity  : Feeling No Pain : Eric Stanton : Satellite Publishing Co. : Permanent Obscurity : Richard Perez : PermanentObscurity.com

Feeling No Pain, Eric Stanton, 1967

First Niter Book, FN 245

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From Russ Meyer’s

Common Law Cabin (1967)

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Exotique : Eric Stanton

Eric Stanton, Exotique #17, 1957

Russ Meyer : Black Snake

Russ Meyer, Black Snake, 1973

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“Keeping Down The Jones” Eric Stanton, early ’60s

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Varla (Tura Santana) in Faster Pussycat! Kill!… Kill! (1965)

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Wicked & Depraved, Eric Stanton, 1965

First Niter Book, FN 110A

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Faster Pussycat! Kill!… Kill! (1965), Russ Meyer

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Stantoons, Eric Stanton + Steve Ditko,

Originally published early 1960s

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Tura Santana again, in Faster Pussycat! Kill!… Kill! (1965)

A Question I once asked Tura Satana:

RICHARD: Y’know, Eric Stanton was collected by Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Elvis. Were you or Russ Meyer ever influenced by fetish artist Eric Stanton? The character of Varla from Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! seems incredibly close to his ideal.

TURA: Since Russ is deceased, I can’t ask him but to answer—I can’t say whether Russ knew of him, but I had never heard of Mr. Stanton. I had a habit of always wearing black because it is one color that has always been favorable to me. As for the leather gloves, I started wearing those when I was around 12 yrs, old when I was the leader of an all girl vigilante gang. It kept me from messing up my hands when we would break up fights and stop guys from attacking other girls in the neighborhood like I had been. This way, I didn’t scrape my knuckles or break of nails.

RICHARD: Eric Stanton passed away in 1999, but did you ever meet him while he was alive? Any connection to him at all?

TURA: No, I have never met Mr. Eric Stanton, that I know of. The clothes that I wore in FPKK were mine, the only thing that Russ bought was another pair of black jeans so that I would have a change of clothes after the fight scenes. I could have met Mr. Stanton when I was a dancer, but I could not swear to it. It is possible that he created his female character after seeing me somewhere?

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This was Tura Satana as a dancer.

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Russ Meyer, All American Outsider Filmmaker & Father of Sexploitation Cinema

Posted in Burlesque, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, femdom, fetish, Grindhouse, Lorna, psychosexual films, sexploitation, Tura Satana on February 6, 2011 by allperez
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Russ Meyer : Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, PermanentObscurity.com

Russ Meyer, you gotta love him. When you’re talking about true outsider artists or demented “auteurs” in American film culture, he’s near the top. No question about it. This is because he not only directed movies his own way, he also cast, produced, shot, edited and distributed them (and to this day his family still owns all the film rights)! Maybe the only person in film history you can compare him to—in terms of complete ownership and control and productive individualism—is John Cassavetes.

Russ Meyer, of course, was a sexploitation filmmaker. That was his medium—and how he chose to express his creativity. So his films are always deeply rooted in sexuality—some might say twisted sexuality (as if there might be any other kind) — the battle between the sexes, issues of masculinity—or the lack of it (as in Lorna, Common Law Cabin, even Beyond the Valley of the Dolls). Often dissatisfied, uncontrollable, if not overbearing, women were at the center of some disruption. The male terror of being ineffectual, upended, cuckolded, and shamed often loomed large. In Russ Meyer films, amply endowed (and often over-sexualized) actresses were cast as the stars. The men—regardless of how large they were, or how hard they tried assert their manhood—always seemed to be diminished, to be rendered helpless in the presence of these haughty, intimidating females.

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His first success, The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959), launched a subculture—a sexploitation subgenre—”nudie-cuties.” And soon other filmmakers and producers would join in, contributing their own variations (while also cashing in), including Hershel Gordon Lewis, David F. Friedman, and Doris Wishman. Sexploitation cinema would find its strongest auteur in Russ Meyer, whose films were always gorgeously shot and energetically (some might say kinetically) edited. As artifacts of cinematography his films could be appreciated as museum-worthy art—and his films have had retrospectives at institutions like M.O.M.A. in New York City.

Nearly all of his films were self-produced and self-financed. This is important in understanding the creative bubble that Russ Meyer lived in and the eccentricity of his work. He was an outsider and operated far from mainstream Hollywood and the European art film leanings of NYC. After the success of The Immoral Mr. Teas (which was shot for 24K and would gross over 150K), he was able to bankroll his own projects with little outside interference.

Now was this a blessing or a curse, artistically? Some might suggest that living in a state where no one challenges creative decisions is not always the optimal situation. Great artistry, it might be argued, often emerges through give and take, through conflict and creative friction —sometimes even from negotiating compromise. A strong independent producer—just like a committed book editor—can help in contributing a fresh, outside perspective in shaping and defining a project—allowing for a work of narrative art to be the truest manifestation of itself. The fantasy of a lone, inspired genius taking dictation from God, producing fully mature and polished first drafts—is mostly that: a fantasy.

Russ Meyer’s narratives are not always the most linear and coherent. Even he was honest enough to admit to that. Writing and structure were not his strong suit. And he often employed a number of screenwriters to contribute to his films while he busied himself with the look of the movie. The most famous of these writers, of course, was tabloid film critic, Roger Ebert.
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Ebert (often using a pseudonym, so as not be associated with films that were rated X) and Meyer would actually work on four of his most over-the-top projects—each more progressively demented—Beyond The Valley of The Dolls (1970), Up! (1976), Who Killed Bambi? (1977; never completed), and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979).
Russ Meyer : Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, PermanentObscurity.com

In his life, Russ Meyer had the opportunity to produce two studio films (both for 20th Century Fox), which included Beyond The Valley of The Dolls and the rarely seen The Seven Minutes (1971). After that he was no longer welcome by studio heads who openly disparaged their association with Meyer, this pornographer-cum-pervert (while, of course, perfectly happy to collect any cash he made for the studio.)

Was Russ Meyer a pervert? He would admit to such in an interview with John Waters, saying it was “easier” just to answer yes to that question. Was Russ Meyer a pornographer? Not by post-’70s sex film standards: he never made a true porno.

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The era of commercially viable “sexploitation” came to a close after the first real XXX feature appeared in 1971 with Howard Ziehm’s Mona. The final nail in the coffin for ’60s-style sexploitation was the surreal success of Deep Throat, which signaled in the “porn chic” era. And while many sexploitation filmmakers—including Radley Metzger, Doris Wishman, Roberta Findlay—slid into hardcore, Russ Meyer resisted, even though he could’ve made huge money. In some ways—much like other sexploitation figures of his day, most notable fetish artist Eric Stanton—he was a product of a different time, emerging from the era of burlesque, where larger-than-life voluptuous women and the “tease”—as well as the unspoken “promise” of sexual pleasures to come—played a big part.
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Also of Interest:
Bad Girl Cinema!

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