The persistence of that reality—that we learn to have sex not in a utopia but within and around whatever norms we are presented with—is why it matters that things were different in the ’70s.” “What could very well be a simple matter of aesthetic preference, in the vein of ombre versus jet-black hair color, or nude versus red nail polish, is instead depicted as a matter of moral fortitude.To have a weave is to aspire toward whiteness, to be fake; to have natural hair is to be ‘down for the cause.’ If black women’s bodies are the stages on which gendered respectability politics are acted out, then weaves are the (sometimes red) curtains.”Fortunate Son Rawiya Kameir | “Davido thinks he will triumph where others have struggled because of his innate cultural literacy of both the U. and Africa, the result of being raised between worlds.This is not a burden we lay on the shoulders of white dreamers, the Disneys and Jobses Kanye counts as personal heroes.”“On Tumblr, you can revel in anonymity, say whatever you want without fear of it going on your permanent record …While other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In generated billions upon billions of dollars, Tumblr gradually evolved into a fast-moving conversation focused on jokes, art, and sex.Some photographers, like Ren Hang from China and Sasha Kurmaz from Ukraine, depict the naked body with irreverence and humour, their explicit photographs verging on the absurd —whereas others like Mayumi Hosokura from Japan take more sombre and poetic photographs.Digital manipulation is the main characteristic of several entries, such as New York-based, Danish photographer Asger Carlsen’s black & white nudes for his “Hester” series where different body parts are seamlessly merged; similarly confusing, Dutch duo Blommers & Schumm’s contribution from their project “The Future of Sex” merges the female and male body into contorted positions, blurring the gender lines but at the same time exuding eroticism.
‘I can be in the club with Meek Mill and Future and be on a level with them,’ he says. I know what the trap is.’”The Uncomfortable Power of Pop-Music Cruelty Alexandra Molotkow | “Tesfaye’s best songs describe cruelty with an exactness and emotional heft that confirms the worst about sexual power dynamics while making some sense of them.The culture of Tumblr began to be dominated by teens—weird teens.”What Should We Say About David Bowie and Lori Maddox?Jia Tolentino | “It is less easy to turn over what Maddox evinces in this narrative, from the late 1970s to her account of it now—which is that women have developed the vastly unfair, nonetheless remarkable, and still essential ability to find pleasure and freedom in a system that oppresses them. The thought of me doing that scares the crap out of me.I mean, I have the dream all the time being naked and making a speech in front of a crowd; that doesn’t count though. There are though, legal places to be nude and free in New England this summer. LOL Berkshire Vista Nudist Resort, 312 Kittle Road, Hancock, Massachusetts Their slogan is ‘Where Social Nudity is the Norm’.