タツ, 25

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タツ is a Japanese AV idol. I accidentally saw him in some movies and tried to find more with him, but since he was always uncredited (like all the men), it wasn’t until recently that I found out his name.

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It seems I wasn’t alone in wondering. In an interview with a girls’ magazine (the only interview he’s made, it seems), the interviewer says that the agency told her that many women had contacted them to ask who “that actor” was, and so he became more famous and they decided to put him in more movies.

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タツ has also done a cute solo movie (well, the cameraman interacts a bit) for Hunk Channel (because this is what Japanese hunks look like), shot at his home.

Snapped Up #1

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Salvation Army bans teen boys from shelters

Why? Because among women they are counted as men, thus potential perpetrators, and among men they are counted as children, thus potential victims.

It’s fascinating how society nowadays has a hard time dealing with that confusing state in between, which used to be referred to as boy.

(We reported about age limits for boys at women’s shelters in Sweden in Destroyer 08, February 2009. Also relevant, the editorial “The Boy is Dead” in Destroyer 09.)

Cartoons illegal in the UK

“A 39-year-old UK man has been convicted of possessing illegal cartoon drawings of young girls exposing themselves in school uniforms and engaging in sex acts. The case is believed to be the UK’s first prosecution of illegal manga and anime images.”

The judge called the cartoons “repulsive” and sentenced the man to 9 months in prison, suspended as long as he doesn’t commit any new crimes.

Also read Lenore Skenazy in Reason.

Snapped Up?

Sometimes weeks pass with the same tabs open in your browser with interesting articles that I plan writing about but never do. “Snapped up” will be a place to collect these snippets and links – the title is of course a homage to the Du & Ich spread “Aufgeschnappt” – without the ambition to comment or analyze at length.

Advent Calendar 15 December 2014: Du & Ich 7, 1979 – After Dark in Stockholm

Du & Ich 7, 1979

kalendersiffran15Du & Ich 7 1979 reports from a “world premiere” in the Stockholm club After Dark. Or was this in fact the drag show group After Dark’s new show? Maybe someone older than me can fill in. In any case, the Swedish queen’s hairdresser was there. Again, you older Swedish queens may fill in: Was that Björn Axén?

The author continues:

“What disturbed me personally was that after the show, all the guests were very narcissistic on the dance floor. Everyone danced only with himself. Each was the most beautiful. Imagine, the people around were just air. How vain!”

I conclude that Stockholm gay life was more or less the same 35 years ago!

Advent Calendar 14 December 2014: Du & Ich 7, 1979 – Schutzalter

Du & Ich 7, 1979

kalendersiffran14Three texts from the “Aufgeschnappt” spread in Du & Ich issue 7, 1979:

  1. “Sweden’s new rock and punk idol” Magnus Uggla (pictured) has gay content in his songs.
  2. Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, especially syphilis and especially among youth; “even 13 year olds turn up for treatment”, a German doctor comments.
  3. 500 people have signed a petition to abolish the age limit for sex, the so called “schutzalter”. More information is available from the (now infamous) co-op “Indianerkommune”.

Advent Calendar 13 December 2014: Du & Ich 7, 1979

Du & Ich Nr 7, 1979, Titelseite

kalendersiffran13This is Du & Ich issue 7, 1979. A very political cover compared to the latest parade of hairy asses and headlines about “hot buns”. The text reads:

“Du & Ich report: He is teacher, married, father – and homosexual. What can he expect from this society?”

This might very well be where the conflict between “gays” and “pedophiles” peaks. The aesthetics of the mature man seems to dominate more and more, which is criticized by a reader in the “what made us angry” section:

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“As a pedophile, I feel neglected by Du & Ich recently”, the reader starts, and complains that the editorial line seems to have changed, not least in regard to photos, since there are ever fewer photos of “cute boys” in the magazine. “Have the alarmist cries from the ‘normal’ homosexuals made you change your mind?” he asks.

Du & Ich replies that considering the harder laws regarding youth protection, the magazine will continue fighting for its pedophile readers, this “minority within a minority”. They assure the reader that “the engagement for our pedophile readers is firmly rooted in our editorial statutes, this will definitely not change.”

Advent Calendar 11 December 2014: Du & Ich 4, 1979 – Christian und sein Briefmarkenfreund

Du & Ich Nr 4, 1979, Titelseite

kalendersiffran11We’re opening Du & Ich issue 4, 1979, featuring a man with a hairy ass on the cover.

The “Aufgeschnappt” section tells about the educational short movie “Christian und sein Briefmarkenfreund” (“Christian and his stamp collector friend”):

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Or more exactly about the work of the organization of gay teachers to stop the movie from being shown in German schools. The movie is a classic “warn boys of the homosexual danger” kind of movie, pretty much like the now infamous Boys Beware.

Today we look back upon such movies as hopelessly homophobic and behind the times. Yet similar rhetoric and aesthetics are still pretty much around if the danger is defined as pedophiles instead of homosexuals. I have some interesting examples of this, but will save them for other contexts than this brief advent calendar.