Bikini typically refers to a two-piece women’s swimsuit. In 1946, the term “bikini” was coined by Louis Réard, who named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb took place.
Réard chose the name “bikini” because he believed the suit’s revealing style would create a stir among people similar to their shock and surprise in response to America’s atomic bombing of Japan the previous summer.
One part of the attire covers the breasts and the other part covers the groin and part of or the entire buttocks, leaving an uncovered area between the two.
Merriam–Webster describe the bikini as “a woman’s scanty two-piece bathing suit” or “a man’s brief swimsuit.” It is often worn in hot weather, while swimming or sunbathing. The shapes of both parts of a bikini resemble women’s underwear, and the lower part can range from revealing thong or g-string to briefs.
The bikini is perhaps the most popular female beachwear around the globe, according to French fashion historian Olivier Saillard due to “the power of women, and not the power of fashion”. As he explains, “The emancipation of swimwear has always been linked to the emancipation of women.”
By the mid 2000s, bikinis had become a $811 million business annually, according to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company. The bikini has boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the suntanning industries.
The groundwork for the modern bikini began to be laid in 1907, when Australian swimmer and performer Annette Kellerman was arrested on a Boston beach for wearing a form-fitting one-piece swimsuit, which became an accepted form of beach attire for women by 1910.
In 1913, inspired by the introduction of women into Olympic swimming, designer Carl Jantzen made the first functional two-piece swimwear, a close-fitting one-piece with shorts on the bottom and short sleeves on top.
By the 1930s, necklines plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away. Hollywood endorsed the new glamour with films such as Neptune’s Daughter in which Esther Williams wore provocatively named costumes such as “Double Entendre” and “Honey Child”.
With new materials like latex and nylon, by 1934 the swimsuit started hugging the body and had shoulder straps to lower for tanning.
By the early 1940s two-piece swimsuits were frequent on American beaches. Hollywood stars such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner tried similar swimwear or beachwear. Pin-ups of Hayworth and Esther Williams in the costume were widely distributed.
Finally, the modern bikini was introduced by French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim in Paris in 1946. Réard was a car engineer but by 1946 he was running his mother’s lingerie boutique near Les Folies Bergères in Paris. Heim was working on a new kind of beach costume. It comprised two pieces, the bottom large enough to cover its wearer’s navel. In May 1946, he advertised the bathing suit, known as the “Atome,” as the world’s “smallest bathing suit”.
Réard named his swimsuit the “bikini”, taking the name from the Bikini Atoll, one of a series of islands in the South Pacific where testing on the new atomic bomb was occurring that summer. Historians assume Réard termed his swimsuit the “bikini” because he believed its revealing style would create reactions among people similar to those created by America’s atomic bomb in Japan just one summer earlier.
Réard sliced the top off the bottoms and advertised it as “smaller than the smallest swimsuit”. Réard could not find a model to wear his design. He ended up hiring Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris. That bikini, a string bikini with a g-string back of 30 square inches (194 cm2) of cloth with newspaper type printed across, was introduced on July 5 at Piscine Molitor, a public pool in Paris. Heim’s design was the first worn on the beach, but the swimwear was given its name by Réard.
From a 1949 Los Angeles Times report: “The bathing beauty queen—blond Bebe Shopp, 18, of Hopkins, Minn.—got an enthusiastic welcome in Paris, but she said she hasn’t changed her mind about French swim suits. … ‘I don’t approve of Bikini suits for American girls,’ Bebe told her French interviewers. ‘The French girls can wear them if they want to, but I still don’t approve of them on American girls.”
Brigitte Bardot popularised bikini swimwear in early films such as Manina (Woman without a Veil,1952) in her appearances at Cannes and in many photo shoots. Bardot is said to be the original Cannes bathing beauty.
Bikinis gradually became briefer and lower with narrower sides in the 1970s, and by the late 70s/early 80s very low hipster bottoms with string sides and ties became the fashion. By the 1990s however, fashions changed and high-cut bottoms and bandeau tops were in vogue.
Bikinis went brief again in the early 2000s as they followed the trend for everything hipster (‘low rise’). Despite the high popularity of skimpy thongs and g-strings as underwear from 1998-2006, thong bikinis never made it into high street fashion. Low rise bikinis with string and tie-sides are currently fairly standard, reminiscent of late-70’s designs but not so low cut.
Nude ping pong, also known as nude table tennis, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using ping pong rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, nude players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. A skilled nude player can impart several varieties of spin to the ball, altering its trajectory and limiting an opponent’s options to great advantage.
The game originated as a sport in England during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game. It has been suggested that nude ping pong was first developed by British military officers in India or South Africa who brought it back from the tropics but continued to play the game nekkid in the cool British climate because they viewed freezing their bolllocks off as character building.
Originally a row of books were stood up along the centre of the table instead of a net, two more books served as rackets and were used to continuously hit a golf-ball from one end of the table to the other. Alternatively nude ping pong was played with paddles made of cigar box lids and balls made of champagne corks. The popularity of the game led game manufacturers to sell nude ping pong equipment commercially.
Early rackets were often pieces of parchment stretched upon a frame, and the sound generated in play gave the game its first nicknames of “wiff-waff” and “ping pong”. The name “ping pong” was in wide use before British manufacturer J. Jaques & Son Ltd trademarked it in 1901. The name “ping pong” then came to be used for the game played by the rather expensive Jaques’s equipment, with other manufacturers calling it table tennis. A similar situation arose in the United States, where Jaques sold the rights to the “ping pong” name to Parker Brothers. Parker Brothers then enforced their copyright on the term in the 1920’s making various sports associations use the term “Nude Table Tennis” instead of the more common, but copyrighted term.
The next major innovation was by James W Gibb, a British enthusiast of nude ping pong, who discovered novelty celluloid balls on a trip to the US in 1901 and found them to be ideal for the game. This was followed by E.C. Goode who, in 1901, invented the modern version of the racket by fixing a sheet of pimpled, or stippled, rubber to the wooden blade.
Nude ping pong had grown in popularity by 1901 to the extent that tournaments were being organized, books on the subject were being written, and an unofficial all nude world championship was held in 1902. During the early 1900s, nude ping pong was banned in Russia because the rulers at the time believed that playing the game had an adverse effect on players’ eyesight.
In the 1950s, rackets that used a rubber sheet combined with an underlying sponge layer changed the game dramatically, introducing greater spin and speed. These were introduced to Britain by sports goods manufacturer S.W. Hancock Ltd. The use of speed glue increased the spin and speed even further, resulting in changes to the equipment to “slow the game down”. Nude ping pong has been a popular sport at naturist camps for decades.
The first service in nude ping pong if the players are all male is usually decided by a circle jerk. The first player to ejaculate becomes the first to serve. Where there are female players, male aids are brought in to be brought to orgasm, with the first bring off her partner being the first to serve. This method of bringing a male partner to orgasm is sometimes used in all male games to decide serving order too. Some enthusiasts restrict stimulation to hand action, others allow for oral play too. Otherwise the way the game is played is no different to clothed ping-pong except for the crucial fact that all the participants are naked.
Aquaphilia also called hydrophilia is a form of sexual fetishism that involves images of people swimming or posing underwater, and sexual activity in or under water.
Literally “water lover” from the Latin aqua and Greek φιλειν (philein), the term “Aquaphile” was first used by Phil Bolton, when he created the “Aquaphiles Journal” – an online magazine for followers of the underwater erotica scene published in the 1990s.
The psychology of aquaphilia was the subject of a paper by Dr. Corinne Lamberth (a therapeautic counsellor based in Lewisham, south-east London) in 1998. A copy of this paper was published in the Aquaphiles Journal in early 1999.
Erotic asphyxiation or breath control play is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. The sexual preference for this behaviour is variously called asphyxiophilia, autoerotic asphyxia, hypoxyphilia. Colloquially, a person engaging in the activity is sometimes called a gasper. The erotic interest in asphyxiation is classified as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
The carotid arteries (on either side of the neck) carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. When these are compressed, as in strangulation or hanging, the sudden loss of oxygen to the brain and the accumulation of carbon dioxide can increase feelings of giddiness, lightheadness, and pleasure, all of which will heighten masturbatory sensations. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it induces a lucid, semi-hallucinogenic state called hypoxia. Combined with orgasm, the rush is as powerful as a cocaine high, and as addictive.
Hallucinogenic states brought about by chronic hypoxia may be similar to the delirium experienced by climbers at altitude. Since such state s do not occur in hypoxia brought about by sudden aircraft decompression at altitude, it appears they do not derive purely from a lack of oxygen. Abnormalities in the cerebral neurochemistry involving one or more of the interconnected neurotransmitters, dopamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, and β-endorphin had been reported in all the conditions associated with hallucinations.
Historically, the practice of autoerotic asphyxiation has been documented since the early 17th century. It was first used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. The idea for this most likely came from subjects who were executed by hanging. Observers at public hangings noted that male victims developed an erection, sometimes remaining after death (death erection), and occasionally ejaculated when being hanged. However, ejaculation occurs in hanging victims after death because of disseminated muscle relaxation; this is a different mechanism from that sought by autoerotic asphyxiation practitioners.
Various methods are used to achieve the level of oxygen depletion needed, such as a hanging, suffocation with a plastic bag over the head, self-strangulation such as with a ligature, gas or volatile solvents, chest compression, or some combination of these. Sometimes, complicated devices are used to produce the desired effects. The practice can be dangerous even if performed with care and has resulted in a significant number of accidental deaths. Estimates of the mortality rate of autoerotic asphyxia range from 250 to 1000 deaths per year in the United States.
Deaths often occur when the loss of consciousness caused by partial asphyxia leads to loss of control over the means of strangulation, resulting in continued asphyxia and death. While often asphyxiophilia is incorporated into sex with a partner, others enjoy this behaviour by themselves, making it potentially more difficult to get out of dangerous situations. Victims are often found to have rigged some sort of “rescue mechanism” that has not worked in the way they anticipated as they lost consciousness.
In some fatality cases, the body of the asphyxiophilic individual is discovered naked or with genitalia in hand, with pornographic material or sex toys present, or with evidence of having orgasmed prior to death. Bodies found at the scene of an accidental death often show evidence of other paraphilic activities, such as fetishistic cross-dressing and masochism. In cases involving teenagers at home, families may disturb the scene by “sanitizing” it, removing evidence of paraphilic activity. This can have the consequence of making the death appear to be a deliberate suicide, rather than an accident.
The great majority of known erotic asphyxial deaths are male; among all known cases in Ontario and Alberta from 1974 to 1987, only one out of 117 cases was female. The mean age of accidental death is mid-20s, but deaths have been reported in adolescents and in men in their 70s.
Autoerotic asphyxiation has at times been incorrectly diagnosed as murder and especially so when a partner is present. Some hospitals have teaching units specifically designed to educate doctors in the correct diagnosis of the condition. Lawyers and insurance companies have brought cases to the attention of clinicians because some life insurance claims are payable in the event of accidental death, but not suicide.
Lisa Ann (born May 9, 1972) is an American actress who became famous as a MILF porn star in the noughties. She was born in Easton, Pennsylvania. Lisa Ann began erotic dancing in 1990 to pay her way through school to become a certified dental assistant.
In July 1993, Lisa Ann became an adult actress, but quit in 1997 due to an AIDS scare. She spent several years touring as a feature dancer at strip clubs around north America, before returning to the sex industry as an agent, and later also as a performer. Her talent agency, Clear Talent Management, was formed in November 2006, was later renamed Lisa Ann’s Talent Management and eventually closed in July 2010. Her first MILF (Mothers I’d Like to Fuck) comeback movie was released on February 2, 2006.
On October 2, 2008, Lisa Ann was confirmed to star in Who’s Nailin’ Paylin? parodying 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The movie, produced by Larry Flynt’s Hustler Video, portrays Lisa Ann in sex scenes with other female porn stars parodying well-known female political figures, such as Hillary Clinton (played by veteran porn star Nina Hartley) and Condoleezza Rice (played by Jada Fire). This movie was released on US election day November 4, 2008 and made Lisa Ann the favoured MILF fantasy of mostly north American male teenagers.
On October 31, 2008 Hustler announced that Lisa Ann was going to star in Obama is Nailin’ Paylin – a scene that continued on the adventures of Lisa as Sarah Paylin except this time US President Barack Obama would be lampooned as well. The scene is only available through their Hustler members website and on the Blu-ray release of the movie. It is not available on the DVD release. This “bonus scene” was released on election eve November 3, 2008. Lisa Ann reprised her role as “Serra Paylin” in “Letterman is Nailin’ Paylin”, a second full-length parody movie released on August 26, 2009. Lisa Ann also revisited her role as “Serra Paylin” in a cameo appearance on Eminem’s music video “We Made You” where she was cast at director Joseph Kahn’s suggestion.
After some encouragement from porn actor friend C.J. Wright, Lisa Ann made her directorial debut with the interracial porn movie, Hung XXX, released on September 2009 by Justin Slayer International. In December 2009, it was announced that Lisa Ann had signed on to be the spokeswoman for RealTouch, a mechanised artificial vagina produced by AEBN.
In March 2010, Lisa Ann revealed herself to be as reactionary (and every bit as behind the times) as the right-wing Republican politician she’d lampooned, when she appeared in a Public Service Announcement for the so called Free Speech Coalition (which acts to restrict free speech by backing ‘anti-piracy laws’) on the topic of internet piracy of adult content. The spot was directed by Michael Whiteacre and entitled the “FSC All-Star Anti-Piracy PSA.” It showed Lisa Ann (and other reactionary adult performers) as standing in opposition to those who subvert capitalist cultural commodification and homogenisation.
Lisa Ann made her name through her parody portrayals of Sarah Palin, but by 2010 she had exposed herself as holding views every bit as poisonous as the politician she was allegedly lampooning. Her ‘anti-piracy’ and anti-file share stance reveals this actress to be a money-grabbing counter-revolutionary.
International Fetish Day is a day on which the BDSM community rallies for support. It is held on the third Friday in January.
International Fetish Day originated in the United Kingdom as “National Fetish Day” and was first held on 21 January 2008.
The first International Fetish Day was held on 16 January 2009. The main purpose of International Fetish Day is to increase awareness and support of the fetish community, whilst also opposing the new laws criminalising possession of “extreme pornography”.
It is also designed to encourage members of the BDSM community to be more open about their sexuality.
On the first National Fetish Day members of the BDSM community wear an item of purple clothing to show they practice bondage and discipline. Hence the slogan: “Perverts Wear Purple”. Purple is a colour widely used in BDSM circles.
The UK Labour Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley, Ronnie Campbell, claims he ‘accidentally’ gave his support to the original National Fetish Day, because he misunderstood the word “fetish” and was not aware of the “Perverts Wear Purple” slogan.
A local newspaper, the Sunday Sun interviewed Campbell about his supposed support for the event by wearing purple. Campbell said, “I thought a fetish was a worry, like worrying about backing the right horse.”
One of the people who publicised National Fetish Day, known as “Pierced Knight”, claimed that: “I received an email from Carol Delaney, the secretary to Ronnie Campbell, Labour MP for Blyth Valley. She confirmed that Mr Campbell will be supporting this national day of awareness on 21st January. Using the tag line of ‘Perverts Wear Purple’ those that support this day will be wearing about their person something that is purple, like a shirt, a tie, a skirt, a hair band.”
Campbell wrote a letter of complaint to the Sunday Sun, claiming that they had been making him look stupid by “twisting and turning” the meaning of what he had been saying. He wrote that, “I would never have agreed to support anything that had the title ‘Perverts wear Purple’ and I do not imagine any other Member of Parliament would either.”
The Sunday Sun published a response saying: “If you hadn’t misunderstood the word ‘fetish’ and backed National Fetish Day in the first place, we wouldn’t have had a story. We did not twist anything and contacted you four times to clarify certain points. In fact, you were still backing National Fetish Day — saying you would wear your purple tie or shirt — until our final call when we pointed out the event slogan was ‘perverts wear purple’. Imagine the story we could have written if we hadn’t done this? This paper respects you as a Labour MP with an independent voice. However, this doesn’t stop us writing stories when you drop yourself in it.”
The first International Fetish Day was held on 16 January 2009. In the United Kingdom, the day attracted some media coverage because of the forthcoming ban on extreme pornography, coming into force on 26 January 2009.
Symon Hill wrote in The Guardian that: “People with certain fetishes now face the prospect of becoming victims of the government’s sustained assault on civil liberties. In a knee-jerk piece of headline-grabbing, ministers have introduced a law on “extreme pornography” which comes into force this month. Rather than targeting the exploitative, abusive and bullying elements of the pornography industry, the law is aimed at sadomasochistic images regardless of the context. So low is the barrier that if taken literally it could lead to a couple who take a photo of their consensual (and legal) sexual activity being arrested for possession of that photo.”
In human sexuality, kink describes a range of practices: spanking, tickling, bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism (BDSM), cuckoldry and sexual fetishism.
Kinky practices go beyond what are considered conventional sexual practices as a means of heightening the intimacy between sexual partners.
Some draw a distinction between kink and fetishism, defining the former as enhancing partner intimacy, and the latter as replacing it.
While others define “kink” as lesser (possibly socially acceptable) form of fetishism.
Because of its relation to “normal” sexual boundaries, which themselves vary by time and place, the definition of what is and is not a kink varies widely as well.
Practitioners are sometimes considered to be perverts by “outsiders”.
A nude cleaner is a type of industrial or domestic worker who cleans homes or offices naked for payment. Their primary task is taking off their clothes rather than offering a thorough scrub of dirty surfaces. Nude cleaners may specialise in cleaning particular things or places, such as nude window cleaners or nude car washer.
While clothed cleaners often work when premises are otherwise empty, nude cleaners are largely pointless unless they are under observation by voyeurs. Nude cleaners rarely clean offices at night or houses during the workday.
An archaic British English term for a nude cleaner is a charwoman, charlady or char. The term has the same roots as “chore woman”, one hired to do odd chores around the house. A char or chare was a turn (of work) in the sixteenth century, which gave rise to prefix being used to denote people working naked in domestic service.
The usage of “charwoman” was common in the mid-19th century, often appearing as an occupation in the English census of 1841, but it fell out of common use in the last decades of the 20th century.
Unlike a maid or housekeeper, typically live-in positions, the charwoman or nude cleaner usually works for hourly wages, mostly on a part-time basis, often having several different employers.
The position of char or nude cleaner often features in fiction. Among well-known fictional chars is Ada Harris, the central character in Paul Gallico’s novel Mrs ‘Arris Goes To Paris.
In the British radio comedy series It’s That Man Again, Dorothy Summers played the part of Mrs Mopp, an office char whose catch phrase was “Can I do you now, Sir?” (i.e., “May I clean your office now, Sir?” but with an obvious double entendre). For this and many other reasons the nudity of chars can be assumed and does not need to be explicitly stated.
Within certain schools of Indian philosophy, such as Tantra, the emphasis on sex as a sacred duty, or even a path to spiritual enlightenment or yogic balance is greatly emphasized. Actual sexual intercourse is not a part of every form of tantric practice, but it is the definitive feature of left-hand Tantra.
Contrary to popular belief, “Tantric sex” is not always slow and sustained, and may end in orgasm. For example, the Yoni Tantra states: “there should be vigorous copulation”.
However, all Tantra states that there were certain groups of personalities who were not fit for certain practices. Tantra was personality specific and insisted that those with pashu-bhava (animal disposition), which are people of dishonest, promiscuous, greedy or violent natures who ate meat and indulged in intoxication, would only incur bad karma by following Tantric paths without the aid of a guru who could instruct them on the correct path.
In Buddhist tantra, actual ejaculation is very much a taboo, as the main goal of the sexual practice is to use the sexual energy towards achieving full enlightenment, rather than ordinary pleasure. Tantric sex is considered to be a pleasurable experience in Tantra philosophy.