What naked context?

 

Another approaching nude dinner & drinks has thrown up a question for me. I invited a new friend who I know is comfortable nude and likes to be that way on the beach and around the house, with or without company. Yet he declined the invitation because a dinner and drinks in someone’s home was too intimate a setting for him.

Is there a “correct” setting to be naked with friends? Should we restrict it to the gym change room or the beach? Some of my friends I know, don’t get nude with friends at all, just with lovers or alone. Personally, if it’s not making anyone uncomfortable, it’s legal and others might join me, I’ll be nude.

How cool is this?

Take two cute gay twins, throw in an acoustic guitar, a reworked pop song and you get this! We love it.

The reaction!

Recently I posted a shot of a surfer in a wetsuit and a surfer nude in the water together and posed the question of how you would react if someone surfed past you naked.

A couple of days ago I came across this photo of the same guys that shows exactly how a guy in a wetsuit reacted! The look on his face is priceless. It’s that exact moment that he’s realised that the guy he was about to say hey to is actually completely naked! I love it.

Technical problems

I got home from work yesterday and had every intention of doing a few posts but I think the server was down or something and I couldn’t access my own site. Oops. Not sure what happened but it still seems to be a bit glitchy.

James, James, he’s our man!

This is James Aubusson from the Naked for a Cause Calendar. I’ll have to admit that I hadn’t really studied my calendar thoroughly, rather waiting for the delights within to reveal themselves month by month. So it was that I’d not fully appreciated the delights of James until stumbling across a bevvy of shots of his bountiful beauty.

His appeal is pretty apparent even to a cursory glance, the hours of hard work on his body certainly evident and the fact that I aint got a hope in hell even more so!

Aussielicious Interview – Gay Catholic Priest

A while back a Catholic Priest contacted me through the original incarnation of Aussielicious via email and since then we’ve had a bit of an ongoing dialog about sexuality, religion and life in general. Father X is in his 50’s. He was kind enough to agree to do this interview for us.

Which came first your calling to the priesthood or realising you were gay?
Being gay – something I knew from a young age, say mid-grade school years.

How do you reconcile your loyalty to the Catholic Church with your sexuality and their stance on homosexuality?
In a sense, there’s nothing to reconcile.  Being homosexual is not a choice [for most people];  being straight is also not a choice;  it’s how we are as people.  And God, I believe is a God of love, hence love is capable in all people.  God loves all people.  What the Church [and most people] would not want are abusive relationships, which happen in all sectors of society.  We have a responsibility to be people of love, people who have and show respect for ourselves and others.  As for how that love is expressed … be it sexually or otherwise, that will change over the years – and has changed.  As we as a human race grow in our understanding of the world, then so will our morals and behaviour.  The human ovum was not discovered until 1827 – less than 200 years ago, science discovered how babies came about!  Science previously had said things like, “If a man has too much sex, he can turn into a woman.”  Though several men tried, none were successful.  We look back at that now and can laugh – our behaviour has changed, but the value of love and respect remains.

When you first broke your vow of abstinence, did you feel any guilt about it?
The “Catholic guilt” for some is a reality … when I first stole something, when I was seven years old, I thought a bolt of lighting would strike me down.  The God of the Jesus [as shown in the Gospels] is a God of love, healing and peace.  A total absence of guilt is not a good thing – similarly, the inability to feel physical pain is not a good thing.  What must be asked is whether the guilt is reasonable or based on “superstition” or false morality.

Would you agree that it’s not a natural human state to be celibate?
Many people choose to be celibate – some are celibate, but not by choice!  Many choose to marry or have other types of intimate relationships.  A natural human state is to be intimate – which bespeaks love.  Some love is celibate;  most is not.  Being celibate is certainly not for everyone.  But it is not unnatural – and there is no connection with celibacy and pedophilia.  Most pedophiles are in married situations.

Do you think younger generations are becoming more and more sceptical about organised religion?
Yes – especially after corruption and sexual abuse allegations and revelations.  However, the traditional organized religions are being replaced, alas, by some fundamentalist sects.  True religion allows freedom.  I can understand young people branching away from organized religion.

How does a gay priest go about having sexual contact?
Like a porcupine having sex – very carefully.  Some, no doubt, would go to bath houses and the like.  No doubt this can be an attempt to satisfy a physical urge.  However, as with everyone, intimacy and love are what we all seek.  And not all sexual contacts provide intimacy or love.

With a presumably thorough knowledge of the bible, what does it really say about homosexuality?
This is a complex questions, and certainly not simplistic as some fundamentalists would try to have us believe.  One such preacher quoted the gospel to a gay young man, “If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.”  The New Testament also tells women to be quiet in church and to cover their heads!  Ridiculous to literally apply what was said in a totally different culture 2000 years ago to the modern world.  What is said is against abusive or manipulative or demeaning others.  Certainly the Bible speaks against “unnatural” acts.  Spilling of a man’s “seed” was seen as unnatural – of course this was well before the human ovum was discovered.  Didn’t science once believe that masturbation could send you blind?!  The value behind what is in the Bible remains true – our sexuality is for others, not just for our own hedonistic pleasure.  There is more to life than hedonistic pleasure – more to life than being doped out and dancing with a chair or treating another person as a sexual object.  Homosexuality is not yet understood by the sciences.  The Bible must be read in that light, trying to see the values that lie beneath it – values that are worthwhile.

In your adulthood you’ve seen homosexuality go from being illegal to relatively celebrated with things like Pride marches and Mardi Gras. Do you think we’ll ever see true equality?
As equal as the rich and the poor. As equal as the United States ’ law and the Geneva Convention on torture. As equal as AIDS is treated in Africa and the United States. As fair as the elections are in totalitarian nations.  The law changes are excellent. The sexual discrimination Acts are excellent.  Changing peoples’ attitudes – that’s different and is taking years. But we are people of hope.

This is why I love twins

Jeff Slater has just done a fine job of proving once again why I have a severe twin fetish. I don’t know where this fantasy of mine came from but it is here. Nearly 18 months ago when a long distance dalliance was falling apart around my ears, the American asked me if I would be comfortable never living out some of the fantasies I have if I end up in a monogamous relationship (definitely my aim). I said of course. Fantasies are great, and it’s fantastic if you get the chance to live them out, but a lot of the time they don’t end up as hot as they are in your imagination. So if I never get to sleep with twins, that’ll be fine. In the scenario in my head, they are brilliant anyway!

Andreas’ butt in a league of it’s own

Aussiebum sure know their market and how to work it. It’s funny how us gay boys will buy a pair of swimwear we’ve seen on a hot model in the hope that we look as good (read peachy) as Andreas when we take them off. It’s a flawed logic but one that is serving underwear and swimwear companies like Aussiebum very, very well.

I have 3 pairs of the League swimwear and I know I don’t look anything like Andreas in, or out of them.

Modelicious – James C

Um, there’s not a lot to say about James, he’s just damned sexy. Not sure about the high heel boots as a style option but they look hot in the photos on this stud.

Bamboo undies!

Over at Aussiebum, they’ve come up with a way to make us boys and our boys look good while being environmentally conscious too! Bamboo underwear. Now at first it doesn’t sound very comfortable but judging by the gorgeous Andreas and the other new hottie in them, they look pretty comfy to me. And they’d have to be pretty sturdy to contain Andreas’ package! We like environmentally conscious companies. See, green can be sexy!

Outta action

I called in sick today. I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and today I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. My throat is all mucky, I’m tired and just going nowhere, so I’ve spent the greater part of the day lying on my lounge or in my bed. Fingers crossed I’ll be back on board tomorrow!

White wonders

I love it when mother nature throws up an interesting quirk or anomaly, maybe as gay men we can identify with it or something. I found these images of a white Stag in the Scottish Highlands, a white Killer Whale near Alaska and a white Moose in Montana over at Towleroad and just thought they were cool.

I’m off to bed now, early start for the gym.

Boy about town TV #2

It’s time for the second episode of Boy About Town TV, hosted by the lovely fabulous Michal Nicholas. This episode he’s talking to the Sydney Convicts, the gay Rugby team who won the Bingam Cup last year I believe. They boys from the Convicts also happen to be doing their annual fund raising strip show “Rugger Buggers” at The Shift this coming Saturday night, so get on in and support them.

Black and white beauty

I’m about to crash into my bed after an exhausting silks class but thought I’d quickly share some beautiful black and white photos of beautiful men. Chad of course on the left is always beautiful. I remember the shot in the middle from an early edition of Blue magazine. From memory the guy does lots of voice over for movie trailers. Who knew the man behind the voice would be so hot and hung? The other two are hot fitness models I think. But does it matter? Let’s admire the results of their hard work.