Release Day: Too Hard to Handle
Another book in the Glendora Hill series, Too Hard to Handle, is coming out tomorrow (I hope) and I'll post the links as I get them. I know I've explained before how the launch of e-books can get tricky sometimes and it's not like the release day of a print book where they unpack the boxes and set the books up on shelves. I've had release days with digital books where servers have done down, web sites have crashed, and sometimes larger places like Amazon just take their time. On the rare occasion, everyday life can hinder a launch if someone gets sick. It happens and I've learned to expect anything. But I will update with all the info as I get it, and you can always e-mail me with questions. My e-mail is on the sidebar in the about section.
This particular book in the series was interesting to write because the entire book is told from Sebastian's son's POV. This is a stand alone and it can be read alone, but in conjunction with the series it picks up after Kick's rough trade boyfriend has a motorcycle accident. I can't say anymore without spoilers.
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Gay Prison Sex
This article is fascinating because it debunks the age old concept that gay prison sex almost always involves forced rape. Frankly, I could live without the left wing commentary, but the topic in general is on target with regard to the dynamics about how gay prison sex actually works.
It's complicated in the sense that there is rape culture involved in some cases, at least a certain kind of rape culture with respect to men this time. It comes through intimidation, victimization, and in the simplest form, bullying. But there are a few different dynamics that a lot of people don't know about. I've actually heard this discussed before and everything adds up.
Here's an excerpt from the article, from a book titled, A Gentleman's Guide to Sex in Prison.
Openly gay men are not as oppressed as one might fear. The feminine ones are often desired, and there is quite a bit of prostitution going on. I once saw oral sex performed in exchange for two cigarettes and a honey bun, a bargain offered by Dirty Tommy, who told people he had “the AIDS” as soon as they met him. There are many transsexuals (still called “shemales” in the system), especially in the maxes, for some reason. Some truly look like women, and as a consequence they are well taken care of by their admirers. Others just look like men with breast implants. There was one called Grandma who was quite a fright, but apparently had customers anyway, because his dentures came out. The old-timers call these guys “lizards” and have nothing to do with them, but the younger guys who grew up with Will and Grace and so forth are more easygoing about it.
You can read the rest here. Considering the highly controversial gay prison sex fantasy in adult entertainment, it's a topic that is not without controversy...as you will see from the comment thread.
Philly Gay Bashing Suspects
Here's more about the suspects that turned themselves in with regard to the gay bashing incident in Philadelphia last week that went viral nationwide. So far, three have turned themselves in and I'm not sure whether or not there will be more. One of them is the daughter of a police chief in Chalfont, PA...only about six miles away from where we live in New Hope. I know Chalfont is gay friendly because I have gay friends who live there. It's not as progressive or artistic as New Hope, but the suspect is not a reflection on her community.
Here's something about the woman charged, Kathryn Knott, who is the one from Chalfont, PA.
A Twitter account listed as belonging to Kathryn Knott, 24, who surrendered to authorities Wednesday along with Phillip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, not only shows confidential photos of patients' X-rays while working in an emergency room but tweets about getting drunk and "ew" gays.
"the ppl we were just dancing with just turned and [made] out with [each] other #gay #ew," Knott tweeted in March, 2012.
She additionally appears to have used homophobic hashtags like #dyke and described a taxi cab driver as "shouting some jihad s--t," according to a collection of tweets posted on website,
Neighbors were questioned and refused to comment, other than saying they weren't surprised to hear she's part of this.
You can read more here, where there are photos of the two young men charged. I would like to think this will set an example to the rest of the bullies out there who have something against gays. Be afraid. That's right. We deserve to walk down the street anywhere in America without having to worry about getting beaten, bashed, or called names.
Most Evil Women in History
Men always seem to get the most attention when it comes to crime and the most vicious acts in society. In an ironic sense, women criminals are often discriminated against. I think that should be balanced out. In an attempt to disabuse people of this sexist stereotype, this next link will lead you to photos of some of the most evil women in history. These women are more along the lines of Mary Ann Cotton, the old fashioned killers who went after people with their own names. I thought it was interesting.
When Mary Ann found out that she would receive payments for the death of a family member, she wasted no time. She murdered 21 people via arsenic poisoning, 12 of which were her own children. She also killed several husbands and even her own mother just to make a quick buck.
You can see the rest here.