Friday, November 24, 2017

F**k - Me Pumps: What's that all about?



Right from biblical times, sex workers were associated with the shoes they wore. It is documented working girls in ancient Egypt wore sandals which left the message "follow me" in the sand. The daughters of Israel were warned against wearing elevated sandals which caused them to walk in a suggestive manner. Needless to say whilst the elders did not approve many would appear to have enjoyed the charms of those who did.



In the sixteenth century many prostitutes wore high platform shoes to stand out in the street. Chopines were very popular with the fashion conscious in Venice but these women rarely if ever were seen in the street, preferring as they did, to be carried everywhere in sedan chairs. Occasionally courtesans (high class call girls) would step out in public but even this was rare. During these times, sex workers were required by law to dress in a manner which would identify their profession and many wore yellow about their person.



From the time of the French Revolution to the American Civil War respectable women wore low heeled pumps. Heels became associated with affluence and so men after the revolution soon dropped the peacock style.



In New Orleans about the same time it is documented the French prostitutes wearing high heeled boots became very popular with their young American clients. Historians believe the popularity of the high heeled call girls was the main reason for the introduction of shoe fashion industry to the US.



The bad girl image was sealed when in the thirties Hollywood discovered the psycho-sexual nature of shoes as a means to determine screen characterisation.



Bad girls wore high heeled pumps on screen and many Hollywood glamour girls like, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Shelly Winters were contracted to do the same, whenever in the public eye.



Shelly Winters in her biography recounts the origins of the Fuck-me pump. She and Marilyn were considered talentless actresses by the studio with their only attribute being physical. To enhance this the girls were contractually required to wear heel pumps and the term came not from their come hither appeal but the true exclamation when the footwear was taken off after a long day. In the shoe industry high heel pumps have been referred to a FM Pumps ever since.

Reference
Winters S (1980) Shelley: Also Known as Shirley William Morrow & Company







Right from biblical times, sex workers were associated with the shoes they wore. It is documented working girls in ancient Egypt wore sandals which left the message "follow me" in the sand. The daughters of Israel were warned against wearing elevated sandals which caused them to walk in a suggestive manner. Needless to say whilst the elders did not approve many would appear to have enjoyed the charms of those who did.



In the sixteenth century many prostitutes wore high platform shoes to stand out in the street. Chopines were very popular with the fashion conscious in Venice but these women rarely if ever were seen in the street, preferring as they did, to be carried everywhere in sedan chairs. Occasionally courtesans (high class call girls) would step out in public but even this was rare. During these times, sex workers were required by law to dress in a manner which would identify their profession and many wore yellow about their person.



From the time of the French Revolution to the American Civil War respectable women wore low heeled pumps. Heels became associated with affluence and so men after the revolution soon dropped the peacock style.



In New Orleans about the same time it is documented the French prostitutes wearing high heeled boots became very popular with their young American clients. Historians believe the popularity of the high heeled call girls was the main reason for the introduction of shoe fashion industry to the US.



The bad girl image was sealed when in the thirties Hollywood discovered the psycho-sexual nature of shoes as a means to determine screen characterisation.



Bad girls wore high heeled pumps on screen and many Hollywood glamour girls like, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Shelly Winters were contracted to do the same, whenever in the public eye.



Shelly Winters in her biography recounts the origins of the Fuck-me pump. She and Marilyn were considered talentless actresses by the studio with their only attribute being physical. To enhance this the girls were contractually required to wear heel pumps and the term came not from their come hither appeal but the true exclamation when the footwear was taken off after a long day. In the shoe industry high heel pumps have been referred to a FM Pumps ever since.

Reference
Winters S (1980) Shelley: Also Known as Shirley William Morrow & Company

Reviewed 4/03/2016

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ed Fox: Glamour from the ground up




Ed Fox celebrated festish photographer has a new foot fetish book out entitled Glamour from the ground up. Like Elmer Batters, Ed Fox features legs and feet in many of his studies. Glamour form the ground up features some well known celebrities including the ex wife of Shock rocker Marilyn Manson.



Ms Dita Von Teese is a burlesque artist, model and actress who previously appeared in ‘Pin-Ups 2” (1999)

Antother interesting book featuring the works of Ed Fox and others is New Erotic Photography Taschen.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sex Addiction




Sex addiction is a psychological condition which should not be confused with people who have a strong sex drive. The difference being the former is not satisfied by sex but the latter is. Sex Addiction can involve a wide variety of practices and those afflicted have to deal with several unwanted behaviours. Commonly reported is obsessions with masturbation, pornography, or relationships which over the years progress to become compulsive behaviours that impinge upon normal behaviour. Sex addicts experience extreme shame, pain and self-loathing from their out of control behaviours.



Some sex addicts prefer the fantasy world and fantasy sex similar to fetishism to relational sex with their spouse or partner and hence lose close relationships. Their compulsive behaviour can lead to difficulties with work, ensuing financial troubles, a loss of interest in things not sexual, low self-esteem, despair and many run foul of the law. Abnormal preoccupation with sex takes tremendous physical and mental energy and most sex addicts develop established patterns of behaviour (or rituals). These can be triggered by a diverse range of activities including the more common flirting, or reading pornography, or just meeting people.



The sex addict spends a lot of time in the pursuit of their sexual behaviour/fantasy or they may have a binge of sexual behaviours and despair and shame prevent them from being able to break the pattern. Some authorities believe sex addiction is a way some people cope with stress but so little is known about the disorder that it is likely to involve a combination of conditioning and or bio-psychological causation.



The fantasy/trigger is thought to increase adrenalin and release endorphins and enkephlines into the blood stream which then act on the brain to give a temporary feeling of well being and relief from stress. This theory is based upon a simple stimulus-response reaction. Preoccupation with sex starts earlier than alcohol or drug addictions because it is available to very young children. Coming to terms with the addiction is the first step to overcoming any compulsion and because there is better understanding of the condition many sex addicts and their families can now get help from their doctor or sex therapist.



One main reason why sex addiction is better accepted is due in no short measure to high profile individuals who have declared themselves as working to overcome their compulsive behaviour. Ulrika Johnsson is a self confessed sex addict who has very publically (and not sensationally) shared her desperation which has given many fellow sex addicts greater opportunity to seek help. Ulrika Johnsson (former BBC weather girl), admitted her main attraction to men was their footwear and she was especially partial to strong men in boots.




More information
Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia (ASAA)
Celebrities and Sex Addiction health.com

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Foot orgasm syndrome (FOS)




Foot orgasm syndrome (FOS) is a rare condition in which the patient may experience sensations similar to those experienced during sexual activity on stimulating the foot. It was first documented in a 55-year old woman from the Netherlands. The woman reported several orgasms a day triggered from the left foot, without being sexually aroused and started to experience the syndrome 18 months after an intensive care emergency. After extensive tests and injecting the anaesthesia into the left S1 dorsal root ganglion that receives sensory information from the foot, doctors were able to cure the patient of her embarrassing problem. The footgasm case is published in the medical journal, Journal of Sexual Medicine.



No one is exactly sure why these neural reflexes arise but some experts suggest the peri-orgasmic phenomena, arose 18 months after an intensive care emergency. Subsequent axonotmesis or partial nerve regeneration combined with afferent (C-fibre) information from a small re-innervated skin area of the left foot and afferent somatic and autonomous (visceral) information from the vagina on at least S1 spinal level was misinterpreted by the brain as coming from the genitals only. The sensory nerves of the foot and the genitalia enter the spinal cord at the same level. Neural print through may account why sometimes the brain misinterprets this information.



A recent published study of the human orgasm demonstrates a core set of physiologic and psychological symptoms experienced by most individuals. Within the range of behaviours there were some unusual physical and psychological symptoms (or peri-orgasmic phenomena) experienced by some individuals in association with orgasm. These phenomena are rare and documentation in the medical literature is largely confined to case studies.

References
Reinert AE, Simon JA. 2013 "Did You Climax or Are You Just Laughing at Me?" Rare Phenomena Associated With Orgasm. Sex Med Rev pii: S2050-0521(17)30034-3. Waldinger MD, de Lint GJ, van Gils AP, Masir F, Lakke E, van Coevorden RS, Schweitzer DH. 2013 Foot orgasm syndrome: a case report in a woman. J Sex Med. 10(8):1926-34.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fetishes: There's more to them than leather and kinky boots: ABC News Science




ABC News Science, scientific agony aunts Bernie Hobbs and Dr Alice Williamson explore the scientific basis for fetishism.

Fetishes: There's more to them than leather and kinky boots