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Alchemy of feelings: Loss, laughter, eros, and new gender subjectivities

  • Author(s): McCullen, Christie
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY-NC-ND' version 3.0 license

“The lights were low, all the candles on fertility altar lit, the mood—just right. Maddy pulled out all her blowjob tricks—the pepper grinder, the text message, the piccolo tickolo. Leroy was overcum with ecstasy as he spunked into a cup.” So begins the pornographic performance entitledMaddy & Leroy’s Artifuckial Insemination, a kinky tale of a heterosexual couple’s experience with an artificial insemination. It proceeds like this: Leroy spanks and doses Maddy with a hormonal supplement, Maddy orgasms first upon hearing that her insurance pays for the hormones and then several times more after being double-teamed by two female doctors wielding a vibrating, sperm-injecting turkey baster. As the author narrates the story from the side, an exotic dancer playfully strips off a lab coat and bra, flosses between her legs with a stethoscope, and shoots white liquid out of a syringe. And all along everyone laughs because—clearly—none of this is hot…or is it? 

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