He Said… She Said…

Welcome back to another cold spring term. “Nookie with Niko” is taking on a new twist this term. We’d like to introduce you to “He” Said / “”She” Said. We’re still talking about sex and politics, but from two different perspectives: the sex nerd’s and the lit nerd’s. We encourage the community to submit questions via email or the Record box. No question is too wild or tame.

NK: Last term I ended on the story of my fi rst porn experience. This is number two. My partner, Milo, and I got in touch with Trouble Royale, the creator or nofauxxx.com. After some conversations, we set up our shoot to become Nofauxxx models. To me this couldn’t have gotten any cooler. Nofauxxx was one of the fi rst radical porn sites that focused on the queer community. You can fi nd their mission statement at: www.nofauxxx.com/tour/mission.htm

MJ: As the saying goes, sex work is the oldest profession. In ancient Assyria and Babylonia, the followers of Ishtar, a goddess of love and benevolence, were the fi rst examples of holy prostitution. They were courtesan priestesses called ishtaritu that enacted the hieros gamos, or sacred marriage. The highest of these sacred prostitutes, the enitum, granted sovereignty to the King through his “marriage” to the goddess.

NK: Milo and I showed up to the shoot, instructed to bring pink and black attire. I was a bit nervous. I was about to fuck and be fucked on camera. Trouble had set up her living room around this plush red velvet couch. This is where we’d fuck. Trouble also had snacks and great music on. The environment was so relaxing. We took some time to sit down and discuss the shoot. We were about to do NoFauxxx’s fi rst video. It was scripted some, but it was real sex, and we really came, a lot.

MJ: Not only were the ancient sacred prostitutes a conduit to the divine, but they were responsible for the fertility of the land. In fact, it became the custom for women, regardless of rank, to serve once in their lives as a courtesan priestess. The fi rst incarnation of Ishtar was as the Sumerian’s Inanna in the second millennium B.C. E. One of the sacred prostitutes, Enheduana, wrote cuneiform poetry- the oldest words by an author whose name is known today.

NK: Our shoot was titled “That Teenage Feeling.” Milo and I were supposed to be high school kids who have crushes on each other. Then Milo was to “be in control” and fuck me before I earned the right to fuck her. We were also dressed in all pink and black, even my harness and cuffs were pink and black. We had a small intro as teenagers talking and then progressing through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base, ‘til we got to the homerun…

Let me tell you, I sure had to work for it and I’m willing to work for it. First I had to suck Milo’s cock to earn my handcuffed ass fucking. I was expected to take it for a while, have to make sure you get all the angles. I was bent over the couch, handcuffed, Milo behind me, fucking me with the diving rod, and Trouble on the fl oor shooting up between our legs. You know what? I didn’t give a fuck. All I could think about was how hot this was. Then I was reminded about the Hitachi magic wand. A sex toy company had donated all the toys to the shoot and we had a lot of options.

MJ: Mesopotamia’s Gilgamesh epic (around 2,000 B.C.E.), mentions Ishtar’s prophecy of a great fl ood. Sound familiar? The Biblical version is a bastardization of Ishtar’s fl ood. Ishtar, in turn, co-opted it from an earlier Babylonian moon goddess, Nuah, whose name, masculinized, is the obvious root of Noah. Also in Gilgamesh, a temple prostitute, Shamhat, civilizes Enkidu by sleeping with him. NK: I had never used a Hitachi, but I’d heard it’s the Cadillac of vibrators. Many women owe their fi rst orgasms to it. I was really excited to give it a go. The low setting is amazing. The high? It will vibrate your clit right off. This is where I came really hard. Now it was my turn to do some fucking. I slipped on my cock and fucked Milo. We varied the position and ended in the “reverse cowgirl,” kissed, and relaxed. We made some money, did some radical porn, and had hot sex. What could be better?

Our video premiered at Homo A Gogo. Which is a huge queer festival is Seatlle. It went on right before “The Crash Pad,” a great new dyke and trans porn put out by Pink and White Productions. Afterwards an Antioch student even called me to tell me they saw it. I think I turned bright red on the other end of the phone.

MJ: In one Babylonian text, Ishtar aligns herself with the common tavern whore, the harimtu, rather than the sacred ishtaritu. In another she says, “A prostitute compassionate am I.”