Alchemy

Alchemy book cover

Do you know how steamy mainstream publishing in India is getting these days? It’s positively arousing!

Just in time to keep us all warm (and wet!) for the winter, here’s Tranquebar’s latest smut anthology — including a story by ME!

In Alchemy, Tranquebar’s second anthology of erotic short stories, editor Sheba Karim has brought together thirteen diverse works about the pleasures and pains of sex – an unapologetic account of a post-modern man’s attraction to his maid, a futuristic tale of a four gendered orgy, a poignant narrative of a boy’s sexual awakening in a cinema bathroom, a lyrical meditation on a mysterious woman’s carnal lessons to an imprisoned monk. The anthology’s stories are vivid and well-crafted, moving across genres, orientations, continents and genders, taking the reader on a intimate journey through the complexities of sex, lust, and desire as the characters search for a cure for the alchemy of love.

Featuring work by: Abeer Hoque, Amitava Kumar, Ananda Devi, Gudiya, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Lopa Ghosh, M. Svarini, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mohan Sikka, Rabi Thapa, Ranbir Sidhu, Sheba Karim and Shrimoyee Nandini.

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Outlaw Bodies

Interview with sexybrain Kathryn Allan

I’m honored to have a story in the hot new Outlaw Bodies anthology, available for sale right here:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Lulu | e-book

(Go on! Go buy it! I promise, the orgy won’t start till you get back.)

Editors Djibril al-Ayad and Lori Selke have organized a fantastic daisy-chain, in which each of us contributors interview each other on our blogs.

Here’s my interview of independent scholar Kathryn Allan, who wrote a supersmart capstone essay in the book.

Q. Kathryn, I want to invite you to focus in on one sentence, which struck me as particularly relevant to the intersection of our interests:

“Outlaw bodies are ripe to the touch, they ooze into the corners of our vision and into our deepest sense of self. Their excessive bodies disgust, arouse, and confuse.

I’m picturing a venn diagram: three overlapping circles… “things that disgust” … “things that arouse” … “things that confuse.”

In the centre: outlaw bodies.

This confluence of sensations strikes me as extremely relevant to bdsm, which also sometimes simultaneously disgusts, arouses, and confuses both the observer and the participant.

So, what do you see as the common root of these three sensations, which can manifest very differently but seem to be linked at their core?

I think that disgust, arousal, and confusion – used in this way – all circle a split core of desire and shame. Outlaws bodies, to me, are those bodies that speak the unspoken desires of our collective cultures, whether they are sexual or nonsexual. Since outlaw bodies break the confines of “what’s normal,” to desire the non-normative often brings shame. This is why communities of like-minded, like-bodied outlaws are important – they take away the stigma, the shame, of desiring to be/to be with outlaw bodies. Reactions like disgust, arousal, and confusion can either bring people together or force them apart depending on the lines of communication and acceptance.

Q. How can the same act result in three different sensations? Or are they the same sensation?

I think that the same act can result in three different sensations – or indeed, a great many more – but not necessarily within one individual. Desire and shame (which are at the core of our impromptu outlaw bodies Venn diagram) manifest themselves differently from person to person. The issue should not be distinguishing one sensation from another, but that we each have equal opportunity to express ourselves in ways that do not limit the rights and freedoms of others.

Q. In what way does arousal = confusion = disgust? Attraction = repulsion?

There are no clear lines between any of these reactions to outlaw bodies. One person’s kink is another person’s mundane experience. Outlaw bodies themselves are also constantly changing in response to these reactions. Outlaw bodies push the boundaries of acceptable desires; outlaw bodies redefine the consequences (i.e. to repress or express) of shame over having non-acceptable desires. Society is constantly absorbing the people who stand at the margins. It can take centuries or decades to move the novel into the everyday. What attracts in one time and place, will disgust in another. The only constant rule to outlaw bodies is that they are bodies that create uncertainty.

Q. Why is it that the transgressive, the taboo, specifically, creates these overlapping sensations?

The transgressive carries with it the senses of novelty, daring, and exploration. I know, I know – I just added in more descriptors of feelings/reactions. But I guess that speaks to the confusion outlaw bodies elicit, doesn’t it? They aren’t just ONE thing, one sensation. The taboo is experienced differently for the person who has already transgressed than by the person who is only considering the transgression. When we are faced by the unexpected, or by the thing that we should not be, we must make sense of this new experience somehow. Bigots fall back on well-structured, and therefore comforting, notions of normativity, while the open-minded reassess what they believed they had knew to be “true.” It is incredibly difficult to remain open to new ideas, to new ways of being, that at first appearance seem antithetical to what we thought of as true. The reward for expanding ourselves – in terms of our minds, beliefs, bodies, relationships, and so on – is proportional to the risk we take in exploring the transgressive. Of course, some taboos should remain taboo (i.e. necrophilia, pedophilia, and any act in which there is an inherent lack of consent, power, and/or agency from all parties involved).

Q. Does this indicate some kind of deep pleasure at the root of confusion and disgust, too?

When it comes to transgressive acts that are truly consensual, I do believe that there can be pleasure at the root of confusion and disgust. You started this interview by raising the practice of BDSM and noting the variety of conflicting sensations that attend it. Within a BDSM relationship, consent is key. The submissive has consented to a temporary – or pre-arranged – power imbalance with the dominant partner. Both actors retain their agency. Sensations of confusion and disgust will naturally arise when boundaries are pushed – the key to finding pleasure in those situations is how those sensations are acted on and explored. Again, this involves communication and acceptance.

Q. In what other situations might we access this state?

I think that art (visual or written) can provoke a similar state of mind. While there is usually not a literal dialogue between creator and consumer, I do believe that there is a kind of conversation that happens.

Q. What does it mean to transcend any/all of these states — for example, is it necessary to overcome disgust in order to fully experience arousal, or might arousal be heightened by disgust (say, in something like humiliation play)?

It comes down to the individual, doesn’t it? As I already noted, outlaw bodies – or perhaps it is better said at this point in time, outlaw sensations – raise a myriad of feelings and reactions. There is no one way to transcend an unwanted or surprising emotion. If I go back to the core of desire/shame that lies at the centre of these states, the possibilities for transcending discomfort, for fully experiencing the transgressive, are limitless. And that’s what I find fascinating about outlaw bodies. They are without boundaries. They have no set instructions to how we react to them, enjoy them. Some people might find their transcendence through disgust, while others through self-sacrifice. Again, for me, it all comes back to consent and agency. All bodies – no matter how disgusting, confusing, arousing – deserve rights and freedom to exist. Because the designation of an outlaw body is always changing. It is not fixed in time. Outlaw bodies are transcendent bodies.

Thank you so much, Kathryn!

Readers: To check out other interviews related to Outlaw Bodies, click here: http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.in/2012/10/outlaw-bodies-blog-carnival.html

And here again are the links to buy the book:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Lulu | e-book

Enjoy!

“Indians are capable of unlimited sexuality”

Yep, I said that!  And more, to the Times of India, the nation’s newspaper of record — which even published the F word in order to quote this blog.

Read more on porn, shamelessness, pro-sex feminism, advaita,  and my smutty new idea about spooning: http://www.timescrest.com/coverstory/the-best-medium-for-erotica-is-the-human-mind-7886

In the top 4 Indian women bloggers — me!

Welcome, new readers of The Bottom Runs the Fuck!  Please scroll way down this blog and read some smut, or take a shortcut to my award-winning Kaliyuga Yoni piece.

Thanks very much to @makeysitlhou  and  @Halabol for putting me on your list of loudmouth women bloggers:  Women Aloud Blogging.

Makepeace (yes, her real name!) asked me some questions via email, so here’s the extended dance mix version of our interview:

Makepeace: 1) For a woman writer to write about sex and erotica in a smut way, does blogging offer a ‘safer’ as well as a lesser inhibited space because of the possibility and prevalence of moralistic editors or sales driven marketeer publications?    2) You have been writing dirty for a long time. However, (from my observation & knowledge) you gained the viral attention from your porngate piece [How to Watch Porn in India] and more recently were published in the First Post for your piece titled for The Dirty Picture. Would you say you were bummed that you got THIS attention from sex moral satires rather than a pure erotica piece? Moreover, is the former still more publicly popular than the latter? 

M. Svairini: Regarding your questions — my short answer is pretty much “no” to all.  My experience is very positive.

I’ve had fantastic editors who have enthusiastically published my work, whether smut or commentary:  FirstPost, Circlet Press, Safeword magazine, and at least three upcoming anthologies (one from Zubaan, another from Westland/Tranquebar, and a third to be determined).

So, hooray for editors, hooray for publications!  Sex writing sells better than almost any other kind of writing; there is absolutely no lack of markets.

And I don’t actually know any men who write smut professionally or semi-professionally; I’m sure there are some, but I definitely don’t feel like women are underrepresented in the field.

So, the blog is one of many ways that I share my writing, not something I do because I can’t get published/paid elsewhere!

All writers are attention whores and, barring criminal activity, we are quite happy to have our work spread or “go viral” for any reason whatsoever. :)

When I write about something in the news, I expect a certain kind of immediate uptick in traffic.  But over time, the traffic on the story posts is just as high or higher.  So I don’t think one is more popular than the other, it’s just a different kind of popularity.

If people read and are turned on — whether by the sex, the ideas, the critiques, or the humor — then I’m happy.

Writing about sex is one of the most powerful things I do.  Nothing about it is a bummer!

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Judges find “Mouth” yummy!

Hello pervs, guess what?  Once again yours truly is up for a National Leather Association writing award!

My futuristic orgy story “Mouth,” which is available for purchase right here, is a finalist in the short fiction category.

A taste:

The silk brushed against her lips so lightly that she felt naked. She would have to be careful of the wind that sometimes picked up when the trains came. She imagined a breeze lifting the veil, exposing her genitalia to everyone…Stop it, she told herself firmly. But she was already wet, and she swallowed hard.

I would really love another one of those hard shiny plaques!  It could get together with last year’s award, and they could fuck and make lots more cute little baby award plaques!

Do check out the other hot writers in the press release below, and please keep your fingers (but not your legs) crossed for me.

If you’re looking for more kinky nasty reads, I especially recommend other finalists, The Prince’s Boy by Cecilia Tan and anything by Mollena Williams, the Perverted Negress.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR NLA-I WRITING AWARDS

(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association–International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather/fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards for works published in 2011. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about leather, SM, bondage and fetishes.

The finalists for the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award are:

Jack Fritscher, “Leather’s Burning Man: The History of the Folsom Street Fair” (Bay Area Reporter)

Mollena Williams, “Tables Briefly Turned” (from her blog at: http://www.mollena.com/)

The finalists for the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are:

Tracy Bain and Owen Keehnen, Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow (CreateSpace)

Gayle Rubin, Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (Duke University Press)

Jim Stewart, Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco (Palm Drive)

The finalists for the Pauline Reage Novel Award are:

Lauren Gallagher, Reconstructing Meredith (Carnal Passions)

Jeff Mann, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal (Bear Bones Books)

Cherise Sinclair, To Command and Collar (Loose Id)

Cecilia Tan, The Prince’s Boy: Volumes 1 & 2 (Circlet)

The finalists for the John Preston Short Fiction Award are:

Kissiah Aiken, “Transformative,” which appeared in Nobilis Reed (ed.), “Coming Together in Flux” (CreateSpace)

Laura Antoniou,  The Man with the Phoenix Tattoo,” which appeared in Tristan Taormino (ed.), Take Me There.

Jeff Mann, ” Jeff and Sam: After the Concert,” which appeared in Shane Allison (ed.), Brief Encounters: 69 Hot Gay Shorts

 M. Svairini, “Mouth,” which appeared in Lauren P. Burka (ed.), Up for Grabs 2: Exploring More Worlds of Gender (Circlet)

Xan West, “It’s My Job,” which appeared in Richard Labonte (ed.), Hot Daddies: Gay Erotic Fiction (Cleis)

The finalists for the Samois Anthology Award are:

Rachel Kramer Bussel, Surrender: Erotic Tales of Female Pleasure and Submission (Cleis)

Rachel Kramer Bussel, Best Bondage Erotica 2012 (Cleis)

Alison Tyler, Slave to Love (Cleis)

The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during Tribal Fire (4-6 May 2012) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Please contact the award committee chair, Steve Vakesh, for more information about the awards at stevevakesh@gmail.com. For more information about Tribal Fire or the National Leather Association, see: http://www.tribalfireokc.com/ and http://www.nla-i.com.

Porngate — my voice online!

Last night I had a sexy phone date with  … the BBC!   Such cute accents!

Audio voyeurs, you can listen in on our steamy chat at this link: BBC World Have Your Say 9 February 2012.  Tune in to hear me blame the British for bringing Victorian hypocrisy to India, argue that India needs more porn, and explain why advocating for frank depictions of consensual adult sex has nothing to do with child pornography.  Our hot and heavy four-way debate on #porngate starts at 08:58 mins, and my voice starts around 14:55.

Bonus trivia for pervs: Do you know what BBC stands for in the porn world?  Wanna find out?  Do a google image search for “BBC”, with your “Safe Search” setting OFF.  Warning: Do not do this at work. Unless, of course, you work in the Karnataka state legislature.

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Missed my earlier posts on #porngate?  Here you go:

How to Watch Porn in India (emergency advice column):
https://thebottomrunsthefuck.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/how-to-watch-porn-in-india/

The Dirty Picture: On Sex and Hypocrisy in India
http://www.firstpost.com/politics/the-dirty-picture-or-how-not-to-be-a-porngate-hypocrite-208607.html