Ah, love. Is there any greater feeling? If you're nerdy like me and like to quantify and over think matters of the heart, then this video is for you. Who knew there was actual science behind the feelings we feel? Still doesn't make love make any more sense, but learning is always fun!
And if you could care less about how our hearts and brains work in tandem, then maybe you'll find the science of orgasms a bit interesting.
What does it feel like for you when you're in love?
MR. Bjarne Melgaard is this week’s Real Man We Admire.
Painting can be dirty work, which is just the way this well-known New York-based Norwegian artist likes it. In fact, it’s a big part of his inspiration. Considered one of the world’s most important living artists (the New York Times called his debut show “like nothing else around”), Melgaard’s work extends to a variety of mediums and explores all sorts of sordid topics, including Norway’s underground heavy metal scene, carnal desire, and some of the darker corners of gay culture. Not such surprising material, considering his rough and tumble persona and bearish good looks. He’s quite a masterpiece, if you ask us.
Some of our favorite paintings from his collection.
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Untitled Chapter Five. Who doesn't like a trio of penises?
One of our favorite porn daddies is gone from this earth. It was reported that Arpad Miklos is dead at 45 from an apparent suicide. I've been a huge fan of Arpad since I first saw him on screen and it's terrible tragedy that he's passed. I had the pleasure of meeting him through one of my friends and he was extremely nice and down to earth. For being one of the hottest daddy types around, he sure seemed sweet.
Over the past few years we've focused a lot on gay teen suicide, but it's not just teens we should be paying attention to. As gay men we go through a lot in our lives. From shame to struggling to find our place even in our own community, it can take a toll on you mentally and physically. Mental illness is far too prevalent in this country and often times there are ways in which we can all help our fellow brothers and sisters cope that many of us overlook. If you or a friend or loved one is showing signs of depression, please reach out to them or find someone who can. I want to highlight the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in case anyone is currently in need of a lifeline. I'm a huge advocate for therapy for everyone, but gay men especially could use some extra care. You can also find plenty of gay support groups across the country where one can go to find strength when you need it most.
Please feel free to use this forum as a soundboard as...
We're introducing a new series on the blog called "Real Men We Admire." Each week, we'll highlight athletes, celebrities, politicians and other gay men that are doing interesting, unique, and/or admirable things around the world. We've been featuring the series on the MISTER Facebook page and we're happy to bring it here to the blog. Tell us what you think in the comments or who you'd like to see featured.
MR. Richard Blanco is this week’s Real Man We Admire.
Sorry to break it to you, Beyonce, but you weren’t the only one at President Obama’s inauguration that had people talking. Richard Blanco—the nation’s first openly gay and first Latino Inaugural Poet—had the crowd buzzing over his performance, too, but for all the right reasons. Reading his poem “One Today,” the Cuban-American bard sent a powerful message about the need for tolerance and respect for people of all cultural backgrounds and reminded us all that our country’s greatest strength lies in its diversity. Now that's a vocal performance we wish everyone would lip sync.
Watch him read the inaugural poem:
Here's the text:
One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
One light, waking up...
It seems little by little the sports world is welcoming the LGBT community into it's world. In this week's issue of Sports Illustrated they feature a photo of a couple of 49er fans celebrating their NFC championship win with a big gay smooch! Pretty exciting to think how far we've come, and better yet that they're forward thinking enough to include San Francisco gay sports bar Hi Tops in their issue.
As they mention in the news segment above, some sports fans don't even realize it's a gay bar. Do you think that's where things are heading? Where there's no distinction between gay bars and straight bars. Would that be ideal?
And more importantly, who are you rooting for come Super Bowl Sunday: the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers?
Money for sex has been around since the beginning of time. It's one of those fun facts that pop up at bars and parties: prostitution being the world's oldest profession. I was recently talking to a friend who's an escort and he was lamenting how hard it is to find someone to date given his line of work. We talked about it at length citing all the reasons it could be a problem for someone: jealousy issues, judgmental friends and family, safety, etc. But even today and with how open and configurable relationships and minds can be, it still seems like dating a sex worker can be a little taboo. I'm curious, what people's thoughts on the matter are. For the purposes of this conversation, let's use the word "sex worker" as a catchall for hookers, escorts, and porn stars. I add porn stars because while we all have fantasies about them, I wonder how okay everyone is with actually dating one. It may come down to something as simple as, I need someone who's got a 9 to 5 job - but what if they do? I think it's easy to write sex workers off as lacking substance, but I know plenty with brains, grace, and heart that lead pretty normal lives. And it's my belief that no one on this earth is any position to judge so what's the big deal?
Here's a few questions for you that should incite some lively conversations in the comments below. Feel free to answer any and all that you're comfortable with:
1. Would/Have you ever date/d a sex worker? If so, what was your experience.
2. Would/Have you ever pay/paid for sex or company? If so, what was your experience.
Heeeeee's baaaaack! Evil Twink returns and hilarious hijinks ensue when he meets our MISTER. He even learns a valuable lesson about app etiquette. Well sort of. You'll see:
Seriously though - ain't that often the case? You meet a guy online and he says he wants a relationship, but the first picture he shows is his ass cheeks spread wide enough for hole highlighting. So much for getting to know someone. On our site we offer the opportunity to show a variety of photos (up to 25) so you can showcase more than just some headless torso shots and a few dick pics. Though if that's what you want to showcase, I don't think there's a one of us who can say we don't want to see some dick. But we encourage you to show some personality in your photos as well, like our MISTER does above. Our aim has always been to create fuller profiles so when you're chatting someone up you have more to than just stats to go off of. It's so easy to forget sometimes that there's an actual human on the other end of our screens and in the end, a fully formed profile helps make things less transactional and hopefully more real.
And for the record, we're big fans of Evil Twink. Well maybe not the evil part of him, but what you see is what you get with him. And being your true self is something we always admire and more importantly welcome. Just don't be a dick about it.
All too often we front load our new year with resolutions we break with the first three months. Even when we take broader strokes and just come with a few long running goals, they're easy to lose sight as the year goes on and life happens as it does. For the past few years, I've tried to come up with one mantra for the year to keep me in check. Last year it was to live 2012 like it was the last one on earth (because, for all we knew it could have been). This year it's to accept the things I cannot change and work hard at the elements of my life that I can. Sound familiar? It's a more action based variation on the Serenity Prayer. And while I plan to live my life by this theme all year long, it occurred to me that change can happen at any moment. It doesn't have to be the month of January to start making your life a better one to live. And that's probably a better way to look at the year ahead. Not as a way of putting things off, but remembering that no matter how far off track you get or where you end up that things can turn around when you want them to. As Deepak Chopra is quoted as saying, "Now is the moment that never ends."
A lot of people list getting a boyfriend as a resolution. But when it comes to meeting someone, sometimes there's only so much we can do. Being on this site, that's a really great start. But what about making yourself the best you you can possibly be? Wouldn't it be great if you could add a newly discovered interest to your profile? Or maybe grow that mustache or...
If you're making the yuletide gay this year with the family, Big Daddy Carl's got some survival tips on making things run as smoothly as possible. When there's lots of family involved, whether you come from a conservative background or a more open and candid crew, conversations are bound to take some wacky and possibly uncomfortable turns.
Take some time (and a deep breath) to prepare yourself before the family fun begins with Carl's 8-Point Survival Guide over at the Huffington Post.
What are your plans for the holidays this year?
From all of us at Daddyhunt and Mister we wish you a very merry, very safe and a very spectacular holiday season!
The holidays can be rough, but this New Year's Eve we're counting on it! If you're near Vancouver December 31, we're giving away tickets (1 pair and 2 individual tickets) for the Ruff:nye party hosted by MN Events and featuring DJ Brian Maier, Nick Bertossi, and the Men of RUFF.
All you have to do is vote in the 12 MEN of RUFF 2013 Contest and then email us at email@example.com with who you voted for, why and if you want the pair or single tickets. You MUST email us directly to enter the contest, but if you want to give a shout out to your favorite in the comments below, go for it!
Winners will be announced on Saturday the 28th right here and on our MISTER Facebook page. The winners names will be left at the door on the guest list.
As for the rest of you, what are your New Year's plans this year (assuming the whole Mayan apocalypse thing doesn't happen)?
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