Tom of Finland 101: Chapter Seven Quiz

23rd June 2021, 3:47 pm


The censors of the 1950s adhered to a long, long list of rules as to what could not be portrayed. Sexual acts and frontal nudity were forbidden, of course, but also—among other things—allk issing, hugging, caressing, obscene or lascivious or suggestive gestures or facial expressions, and all body hair south of the nape of the neck. Even the most casual physical contact was not permitted. To come up with subjects that had erotic appeal yet did not fall afoul of one of that list of don’ts took real talent.

Tom could do it. All previous physique art and muscle photography had worked very hard to pretend that the work was, at the least, heterosexual if not utterly asexual. But not Tom. Tom not only drew men who were knowingly sexy, he managed to convey that they found each other sexy, too—yet he did it so subtly that there was nothing for the censor to object to.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of his work at the time was that a “Tom of Finland” drawing was identifiable instantly as homosexual, even to adolescents and others who had little actual experience with the gay world.

Tom of Finland 101: Chapter Six Quiz

The youth was tall and slim with light brown hair and dark brown eyes. Tom asked the man home, they had casual sex, and that should have been it. After all, that had been it with a thousand men before him. But afterward, as they lay on his narrow bed together, Tom opened up to… View Article

“TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” releases

  Avant-garde, provocative, subversive and rebellious – Tom of Finland stamped history with his recognizable artistic style. A virtuoso of drawing, he fashioned the silhouette of a new Gay man – strong, confident, joyful and assertive – fully participating in the visibility and recognition of the nascent Homosexual movement. With text authorized by the artist… View Article

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Published: 23rd June 2021

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