Dr Manhattan’s Big Blue Penis

So I caught the midnight showing of Watchmen last night with a couple of my friends.  It was a great movie, very faithful to the original, and I would recommend anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to check it out.

Anyway, one of the things that was unique about the movie was that in several scenes, they show the the manhood of Dr. Manhattan, one of the superheroes in the movie, who parades around naked for most of the film.

Dr Manhattan - Full Frontal

Dr Manhattan - Full Frontal

The reaction from the audience to the Blue Man’s penis was very amusing.  The first time the penis made an appearance on screen, there were whispers and hushed mutterings all throughout the packed theater.  “Was that…?”  “Did they just show….?”  “No they wouldn’t, would they?”

After the first few times, it was pretty clear to everyone, that yes, they were indeed staring at a big blue swinging dick, and everytime Dr. Manhattan appeared on screen naked, there would be a few uncomfortable laughs, and some nervous giggling from a group of girls at the front of the theater.

Now I have to admit, I felt a little embarassed about watching Dr. Manhattan’s penis myself.  When I first realized what I was watching, I could feel my cheeks heating up in embarassment, and I worried about what everyone else was going to think of such a blatant disregard of social norms.

This reaction surprised me, since I grew up in Japan, where depicting male genitalia in the media is more accepted than it is here in the US.  I consider myself pretty liberal when it comes to sexuality, and I am not easily offended, but there I was in the movie theater, blushing over a computer generated penis on some fictional superhero.

It just goes to show what a powerful influence the culture and the society that we grow up in have on our beliefs.  Although I had a pretty liberal upbringing, with very open-minded parents, somewhere along the way I picked up the meme that sexuality is something to be ashamed of, that the penis is something to be embarrassed about and hidden away.

That moment in the movie theater helped to remind me what a powerful effect our beliefs have on the way we act, and the importance of installing more empowering beliefs as I explore the ideas of the seduction communtiy and the boundaries of my own sexuality.

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Pickup Podcast Episode #76

Another year, another new podcast from the folks over at Pickup Podcast.

Episode #76 was an interview with Jeremy, aka LondonSoul from Love Systems.  I thought the interview was so-so, maybe a 3 out of 5 stars.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad interview, there just wasn’t anything ground-breaking or particularly helpful that I took away from it.

Some of the main topics that Jeremy talked in the podcast where his challenges in expressing himself sexually without coming off as sleazy, as well as seeing women as sexual creatures.  I can totally relate, because I had the same sticking points myself before I got into the community.  I was so afraid of offending women, that I probably came off as asexual for all the interest I showed in women, and I didn’t used to have the limiting belief that women were not interested in sex at all.

Fortunately, that has changed in the past two years since I got into the community, and just changing these two things have probably done the most towards getting me results in field.  Looking back now with 20-20 hindsight, I realize that there were women in my life who were interested in me, I just never showed any interest in return.

One of the key quotes from the podcast that I found valuable, is when Johnny (one of the co-hosts) states that women will respect a man more if he is honest about his sexual desires, and expresses his sexuality, even if he is turned down, rather than if he keeps his desires to himself, out of some misguided notion not to “offend” anyone.  I think this is very true, and something to always keep in mind when it comes to the point in the interaction when it’s time to pull the trigger, and switch from a platonic conversation, to a sexual one.

Chief’s Workshop

So I attended a 2-day long PUA workshop up in Palo Alto this past weekend. The workshop was held by Chief, who I’d never heard about before, but I stumbled across a post of his on the SF Lair, and decided to give it a shot. I figured for $40 for a 2-day event, I couldn’t go wrong.

I didn’t really know what to expect going into the workshop, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to find the workshop being taught by some Asian kid with a broken arm, who looked like he was 17. With a name like “Chief”, I suppose I was expecting someone, well, bigger.

I definitely had to keep my ego in check, but I found the workshop to be well worth the money. I met up with a couple of new guys from the community, most of them newbies, and got to spend two days immersed in pick-up materials. Most of the material was already familiar to me, but it was good to go over it again, and I did learn some new things as well. Chief and his two guest speakers were very knowledgeable for their age, and they offered some really solid value over the course of the workshop.

These were my main takeaways from the weekend:

  • We did a helpful exercise on Day 1, where we listed all the people who we respected the most, and despised the most, and identified the characteristics that made them attractive/repulsive to us.  It was a valuable exercise in identifying the characteristics I admire the most, as well as identifying some of my weaknesses.
  • We talked a bit about sexual mastery, and I came away with some new ideas for improving my seduction and technique in the bedroom.  This is not an area I have ventured too far into, beyond the basics, so it is something I want to explore further this year.
  • We also talked  bit about massage, which is a skill I would like to learn.  I commit to getting a few full body massages done to me this year, and practicing my skills on the women in my life.
  • We talked a little about Vin DiCarlo’s “objection game” which I found to be an interesting concept.
  • We did some practice approaching, which reminded me that I am still very weak when it comes to starting conversations with strangers.  I was reminded also that I need to continue working on my vocal projection and vocal variety.
  • We also learned a couple of routines (the cube, strawberry fields, ring routine) which were all pretty new to me.

Overall, it was a fun and informative workshop, where I learned new things, reviewed old material, and identified some key challenge points that I need to work on in the coming months.  It was a good experience and has helped me to focus on my goals for the new year.