A skinny, short-haired man kneels on a dirty floor covering his face in his hands. His naked skin is covered in dirt and appears to shine in the light.
This photograph was suggested by Ireen, who wrote to say that:
There is so much I love about this [image], I don’t even know where to start. There’s the position, obviously, and that he’s hiding his face. I love the fact he’s dirty! And I think that he has an absolutely gorgeous body. I’ve come across lots of people who claim that female bodies are inherently more beautiful [than] male ones, which is something I don’t understand at all. The issue, I think, is rather that we don’t learn to see beauty in men; that men are never even placed in that category.
But when I look at this picture, I see an incredibly beautiful man and if I have the choice between having sex with a guy who understands his appeal and someone who considers himself a “useless ugly worm”, as so many [male-bodied] subs seem to do, I know exactly which one I’d prefer. Especially if I can make him dirty.
Ireen, I couldn’t have said it better myself. If this photo blog has become one thing, it’s a repository of “counter-culture” and even “counter-subculture” references that are actively discriminated against in more traditional media outlets. Time and again, we’re bombarded with a narrow view of masculine appeal. Far from being some insignificant anomaly, this is the sort of thing that affects men, women, and yes, even children, in ways that we’re just beginning to explore the full impact of. It’s an astonishingly poorly understood area.
And fuck, I’m not much more than a guy with a blog. For serious! Why aren’t universities all over this? And if they’re not going to do it, I have like 5 major project ideas I’d love to find time to write grant proposals for, all based around this blog. But alas…my refrigerator has been broken for a week and it turns out I also need to find a way to pay bills.
Anyway, Ireen also kindly wrote:
thank you so much for the awesome work you’re doing here! The photos you post are delicious and I always very much appreciate your comments
Thank you very much for the beautiful picture, and for the encouraging words! :) (No really, the encouraging words are totally helpful.)