Blue [Adj.]


  1. Of the colour blue.
  2. Depressed, melancholic, sad.
  3. Pornographic or profane.
  4. In politics, supportive of, run by (a member of), pertaining to, or dominated by a political party represented by the colour blue.
  5. Of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
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Samurai held viewing parties to watch cherry blossom fall.

According to CNN, in 2007, around the globe, at any moment there were 28,258 Internet users who were viewing pornography.

Koalas almost never need to drink water, getting sufficient water from the leaves they eat.

Abraham Lincoln was arrested for defecating in public at the age of 17. The charge was later dismissed and his record sealed.

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, named many of the characters after his own family such as: Homer (his dad), Margaret (his mom), Maggie and Lisa (his sisters), and Abe (his grandfather). His brother Mark was the inspiration for Bart.  He chose to name the character “Bart”, though, because it was an anagram for “Brat”.

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The smell of freshly baked bread releases oxytocin in the brain.

In Ancient Greece, the priestess at Delphi was called the Delphic Bee; also, the Quran has a chapter titled The Bee.

Spekglad, literally ‘bacon slippery’, is Dutch for most slippery.

Poland is one of the few countries in the world, where courteous hand-kissing is still a relatively common practice.

Erotic films are pink in Japan, blue in the United States, green in Spain, and yellow in China. In fact, the Chinese produced a porn film called The Happy Yellow Handkerchief.

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Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism found enlightenment – as it is known in Buddhism – by sitting facing a wall for nine years.

Only 2% of our genes are specifically human.

If people stay in Japan for a long time, they tend to get used to the native way of thinking. For instance, they start to find it normal that books are always wrapped in plastic covers; they start nodding on the phone saying “te, te” when listening to someone; they start to use shoulder compressors for stiffness; and, they start to think that fried gyoza is normal food. This process of foreigners turning native is so real, the Japanese actually have a word for it: tatami. Curiously, tatami also means a type of rice straw mat which is often used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms.

The Swiss have gone over five centuries without a war.

American porn actress Lisa Sparks (also spelled Sparxxx) holds the world record for the largest gangbang (a sexual act in which one person has sexual intercourse with a large number of people from the opposite sex) – on October 16, 2004 she had sex with 919 men in Warsaw, Poland.

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Erotica


Erotica typically applies to literature and works of art in which the sexual element is regarded as part of the larger aesthetic aspect. It represents the complex cartography of desire, full of hazard and mystery, inviting endless exploration, never quite revealing everything.

Erotica is usually distinguished from pornography, which can also have artistic and literary merit but which is usually understood to have sexual arousal as its main purpose. As a rule of thumb, when the act love between two people is subtly described or depicted, we are usually talking about erotica; when the scene is – let’s say – anything but subtle, we are usually talking about pornography.

“Eros seizes and shakes my very soul; like the wind on the mountain; shaking ancient oaks.” – Sappho

Dealing with Pornography


‘Those who oppose sexual explicitness are very eager to promulgate the idea that pornography is some sort of gigantic instruction manual or ‘cookbook’ promoting sexual delicacies. However, advocates of this view have missed the central feature of pornography, which is that porn is basically unadulterated fantasy. It is far closer to horror films, science fiction and dreams than to any blow-by-blow instruction manual on how to commit rape or otherwise inflict violence.

Porn fantasy is like much of the other fantasy that we watch on the media. The imaginary encounters that we create in our mind or construct from media messages are essential ingredients of psychic sanity and survival. Every day we all help ease the traumas and fears in life by fantasising about imaginary scenarios that remove us from the drudgery and pain of human existence.

We fantasise not only about the pornography we see on the media but also the pornography we create ourselves for exactly the same reasons we create other types of fantasies: to confront the trouble in our lives and somehow emerge victorious at the end. The dreams we have about our existence and about the existence of other human beings are fantasies that we develop from the pool of our psychological experiences. Pornography can only display, exaggerate or distil those fantasies that already exist in our conscious and unconscious existence. As author Marcia Pally has put it: ‘Porn didn’t put them there, and banning porn won’t erase them’.

Veteran anti-pornographers like the doctrinaire feminist, Andrea Dworkin, do not understand this point. They would argue that pornography is not only fantasy but also a deadly tour-guide that tells men how to rape women. Younger feminists like Naomi Wolfe (The Beauty Myth) have broadened this argument by suggesting that contemporary fashion, consumer and advertising stereotypes also create male views about their own sexual and psychological superiority over women. And no-one could argue that rape does not exist in countries (like those in South America) where pornographic material is not freely available.’

– Wilson. Paul R. 1995. Dealing with Pornography: The Case against Censorship Sydney, Australia: N.S.W. Publication: University of New South Wales Press (1995) p. 26

Who is being Objectified?


‘This analysis of fifty of the bestselling pornographic videos in Australia shows that women are not objectified in this genre more than men . Of our twelve measures, seven can be analysed to measure gendered differentiation of objectification in pornography. We excluded the kinds of sex acts, and sex acts causing orgasm from this part of the analysis – this data is important and suggestive but cannot be compared in this particular way as there exists no agreed scale to quantify the pleasure different sex acts cause each gender. We also excluded measures of violence from gendered comparison, as they are too few in the sample to allow comparison of gender roles to be meaningful.

Of these seven measures, one shows women being more objectified than men (presence of orgasms, where women have fewer orgasms). Three show men being more objectified than women (in time spent looking at camera, where men return the gaze less; in time spent talking to the camera, where they are also less engaged; and in initiating sex, where men are more sexual objects than active sexual subjects in seeking their sexual pleasure in the sample). Three measures showed no large difference in objectification between men and women (naming, central characters and time spent talking to other characters). […]

In the mainstream of pornographic videos in Australia we found […] and a very small amount of violence – and then, only when we erred on the side of inclusiveness in deciding whether situations might be consensual or not. The majority of scenes containing violence came from videos which were explicitly marketed to women.

Overall, women were no more objectified than men in the mainstream of pornography. These results are reassuring. This is the first study, we believe, to survey and attempt to reconcile the measures employed in previous content analyses of pornography. By choosing to use the term ‘objectification’ as the key concept under which various other forms of undesirable representation (including violence) can be measured, we believe that we have offered a potentially useful new approach to the analysis of pornography; one that allows for analyses that are sensitive to the specificity of filmic representations, that work within accepted social science definition of aggression, and can be easily articulated to ongoing public debates about the genre. We hope that other researchers will take up this approach to provide a more detailed understanding of the workings of pornography across media, and across cultures.’

– McKee, Alan (2005) The Objectification of Women in Mainstream Porn Videos in
Australia. The Journal of Sex Research 42(4): p. 277-290