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Censored on Pinterest!, Secrets of the Body

The cover art for my new ebook, “SenSexual: A Unique Anthology,” has been censored on Pinterest. It joins the ranks of Amazon and PRweb, where I needed to revise the cover in order to post. Pinterest won’t even accept my revised jpg’s. And we wonder why there is so much shame concerning bodies, nudity, and sex.

New Scientist – Secrets of the Body

“What makes humans so special? The obvious answer is our amazing brains. The body barely gets a mention.

Yet it should. Our bodies are extraordinary: hairless, upright and with many peculiar features related to intelligence, including an oversized head. And that is just the start.

From unruly urges to our neglected nooks and crannies, in these articles, we reveal the body as you’ve never seen it before” Read more:

(Image: La Promessa, 2010, Bronze. Matteo Pugliese)


Pompeii & Herculaneum Exhibit – Erotic Art – Secret Museum – British Museum

The Secret Museum  (cabinet) open to the public at the British Museum.

The term Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet (Gabinetto Segreto) principally refers to the collection of erotic or sexually explicit finds from Pompeii, held in separate galleries in theNaples National Archaeological MuseumNaplesItaly, the former Museo Borbonico. TheBritish Museum also contained secret rooms.

Throughout ancient Pompeii, erotic frescoes, depictions of the god Priapus, sexually explicit symbols, inscriptions, and even household items (such as phallic oil lamps) were found.Ancient Roman culture had a different sense of shame for sexuality, and viewed sexually explicit material very differently to most present-day cultures.[1] Ideas about obscenitydeveloped from the 18th century to the present day into a modern concept of pornography.[2]Although the excavation of Pompeii was initially an Enlightenment project, once artifacts were classified through a new method of taxonomy, those deemed obscene and unsuitable for the general public were termed pornography and in 1821[3] they were locked away in a Secret Museum. For good measure, the doorway was bricked up in 1849.[4] At Pompeii, locked metal cabinets were constructed over erotic frescos, which could be shown, for a modest additional fee, to gentlemen but not to ladies. This peep show was still in operation at Pompeii in the 1960s.[5] The cabinet was only accessible to “people of mature age and respected morals”, which in practice meant only educated males. The catalogue of the secret museum was also a form of censorship, where engravings and descriptive texts played down the content of the room.

The excavation of Pompeii was important to a range of powerful, and often conflicting, interests who saw the discovery of Pompeii as validating their own view of history, but at the same time excluded anything that did not fit the preferred model. Later Benito Mussolinisaw the excavation of Pompeii as validating the continuity of a Nova Roma. The presence of sexually explicit material, however, was problematic.

Re-opened, closed, re-opened again and then closed again for nearly a hundred years, the secret room was briefly made accessible again at the end of the 1960s before being finally re-opened in the year 2000. Since 2005, the collection is kept in a separate room in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.,_Naples

The Secret Collection – Naples

The Guardian

Roman erotica lacks a sense of sin

Jonathan Jones on Art Blog

The British Museum’s Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition displays plenty of erotic art, but to modern eyes it misses that essential naughty element

Sex is a highlight of the British Museum’s exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, as I point out in my review. The villas and brothels of Pompeii were full of erotic paintings, sculptures and kinky artefacts. Yet this art lacks something essential to modern sex.

It lacks a sense of sin.

The pagan Romans could express disgust at some kinds of sexual behaviour. In his biography of the emperor Tiberius, the Roman historian Suetonius paints a shocking portrait of the tyrant as a dirty old man, telling how Tiberius created a sinister pleasure island on the isle of Capri where he committed brutal outrages – and collected pornography. There’s a great scene in the classic television drama I, Claudius where John Hurt as Caligula ingratiates himself with Uncle Tiberius by giving him a smutty painting. But the reality of Roman life revealed by the art of Pompeii reveals that uninhibited sex and unrepressed art were universal in this ancient culture, not the preserve of decadent tyrants.

It is a huge contrast with the Christian society that grew out of the ruins of Rome and still in many ways – whatever our personal beliefs – shapes the culture of the west. That contrast is sharply shown by what happened to the erotic art of Pompeii when it started to be rediscovered by excavators in the 18th century. It was admired, but also considered deeply provocative. For a long time the saucy treasures now on view at the British Museum were kept under lock and key in the “secret cabinet”, a claustrophobic, windowless alcove in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. This cloistered academy of voyeurism opened permanently to the public only in 2000.

Even today, it feels sinful to visit the secret museum. It feels dirty to look at dirty pictures. The ancient Pompeiians plainly did not feel like that.The statue of Pan making love to a goat in the British Museum show comes from a respectable garden. Yet without a sense of sin we, today, would not enjoy sex half as much, and that is why modern sexuality owes more to St Augustine than it does to the painters of Pompeii.

While researching my book The Loves of the Artists I realised that sin is the secret ingredient in the Renaissance nude. When Donatello andCaravaggio portray beautiful boys, they are not indulging an accepted, legal desire like ancient Greek and Roman artists. In the Renaissance you could be burned at the stake for “sodomy” and this gives a special risk and excitement to an obviously sexualised statue such asDonatello’s David.

Roman erotic art is startling and fascinating, but it lacks that spark of sin. Like Donatello when he brought the male nude daringly back to life in a Christian world, modern love delights in being bad.

Press Release – April 16 – Sam Rosenthal – Murmuration

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Features Erotica Author Sam Rosenthal and Murmuration, Chamber Improvisational Ensemble,  Along with Erotic Readings from Attendees, Tuesday, April 16.

Monday, March 25, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

PCSalons@gmail.comreserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max) – guidelines for reading. – blog s+x news, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.


The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, April 16. Featured reader Sam Rosenthal will be reading from his novel Rye, all about a Queer, poly, kinky, top-bottom, sex-positive character by that name.  Rye is “A money-shot across the bow of outdated sensibilities, Rye takes a sexual somersault through the complexities of desire in a penetrating portrayal of twenty-first century intimacy.”


The guided discussion will be focused on the word Queer and how it is presently used in our culture.


Murmuration is a cross-genre chamber ensemble based on improvisation. They will be performing several steamy works and one will feature the 6 word memoirs attendees will write on the evening of the Salon.


PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 65 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (95 years young) often recites her original erotica.


Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. Guided discussions start at 7:15 and readings begin at 8:00. Admission is $10, discounted for students, and seniors (65+) to $8. Salon attendees must be 21.


Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon and blog.


…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”

“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010


“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.

Daily News, March 15, 2010


“I never knew such a life of honesty could exist. I finally found a home I can be comfortable in…this event changed my life.

Warren Katz, first time attendee and reader



FREE – Music – Daniel Sperry – Compassion – Love

Daniel Sperry honored the Erotic Literary Salon a couple years ago playing his wonderful cello while reciting Rumi; there was not a dry eye in the Salon.

You can commission Daniel to create a piece for a special person in your life. Here are a few of those works he recently posted, “The Abode of Compassion” and “A Dance in the Home of your Love.” There are more, I’m still listening; my eyes are glistening. Donations are accepted.