Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Men seem to be fascinated with all parts of a women's body, but derrieres and breasts evidently get particular attention--not only from the male sex but from the fashion industry as well. Having practically bared breasts in recent times, attention has now shifted to buttocks. What's so intriguing about that part of a woman's body?

Well, first of all, like breasts, they come in varying sizes and shapes. They seem to vary somewhat from one ethnic group to another, providing variety to the observer. They also sway, move, and swing--providing variety that way as well.

The tight jeans of today's styles help to draw attention to that part of the body, but there is nothing new about that. Previous generations of women emphasized buttocks with heavy padding--and what about the bustle? But we've added the thong, and we all know that the thong is part of our history.

Interest in the buttocks often starts in childhood. It's a part of the body that can't be seen--it is a source of curiosity and sensual pleasure. Toilet training focuses a lot of attention on our rear ends. Children are told it's naughty and not to be tolerated if that part of the body is exposed, but it doesn't prevent them from trying and seeing the reaction.

Women notice men's buttocks too and men's fashions caters to that interest as well with tight jeans and low waistlines even exposing underwear and the "crack." What it all points to is an increasing recognition of the fascination of the human body. What's next? What will happen to fashion if nudity becomes the new new thing!


For women of "a certain age" the news that Paul Newman had died, meant more than the death of a Hollywood legend, a talented and incredibly handsome actor, a philanthropist, a daring racer of fast cars.

It meant the loss of the man who was the object of a generation’s first sexual stirrings. Who among us didn’t have a crush on Paul Newman? Who didn’t dream of him at night when the lights were off and the door was closed?

In those adolescent years, a fantasy lover was more satisfying than the pimply boy who made eyes at us in Algebra class or even the boy who didn’t now we existed. Even if we were attracted to one boy or another and we were lucky enough that he was attracted to us, there wasn’t much we could do about it in those days. Remember?

He couldn’t be in our bed, as the case might be today so that was when Paul Newman came into the picture. Not the large-screen moving picture, but that picture in our head, the wonderful imagery called fantasy. It was safe and exciting, and taught us so much about the pleasure our bodies could give us.

As we grew older and found partners in reality, real life and flesh partners, our fantasy life never completely disappeared for we had learned that fantasy could enrich and intensify our sexuality. So new images emerged from time to time. But for many, Paul Newman never quite disappeared from our fantasy life. Perhaps he never will!