So pink…

People send me the strangest pictures. This one was very confusing: I couldn't tell whether it was food, science, or porn. Anyway, it trips a few triggers.

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I should mention that in the flood of peculiar email, I do often get squid porn: attractive young ladies draped with various molluscs, and little or nothing else. I don't mind — although it makes my mail attachments folder a weird, perverse place — but don't be offended if those pictures never get posted here. There are limits!

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Squidheads, squidheads
Roly poly squidheads
Squidheads, squidheads
Eat them up, yum

By Janine, She Wo… (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

They don't play baseball.
They don't wear sweaters.
They're not good dancers.
They don't play drums.

By PaleGreenPants (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

Looks like you could just swallow them, if it weren't for the tentacles.

Suction cups would result in them hanging up halfway down your throat.

Glen D
http://tinyurl.com/mxaa3p

By Glen Davidson (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

Little pink squidlings,
All in a pile,
Making me hungry,
Making me smile.

Little pink squidlings,
All on a plate--
Hurry and get some
Before it's too late!

By Cuttlefish, OM (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

Why are there limits? Ray Comfort teaches us that without God, morals aren't absolute, and therefore it doesn't matter if we post or use porn.
Anyway, porn is just biology, no? I want more biology on PZ's page.

By black-wolf72 (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

"...attractive young ladies draped with various molluscs..."

I think that's the hottest thing I've ever heard of, ever. You know PZ, if you wanted to open a adults-only version of your blog, I'm sure many of us would pay to subscribe to that :)

By steppenraptor (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

Is your unsolicited mollusc porn really mollusc porn or is it limited to cephalopod porn? Have you gotten pictures of attractive young women draped in snails, conchs, limpets, oysters, slugs or clams?

Or has it always been octopodes, squides, cuttlefish, and nautiluses? Merely cephalopodes and not more general molluscs?

I'm not saying I want to see a naked model draped in solenogasters, mind you.

By blaisepascal (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

This one is porn all right- food porn. We're gonna need lots of arrabiata sauce...

By Steve LaBonne (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

There are limits because I don't want to objectify and alienate half my readership on the basis of something as arbitrary as gender.

I've received a few examples of naked men with strategically placed tentacles (or 'tentacles') -- if I started posting those, I'd probably get a lot more, too. Would you find it bothersome if I started posting gay porn then?

That kind of stuff is just too highly charged and would only generate the kind of controversy I find uninteresting.

A while back, I got some amazing photos of a naked woman covered with giant African snails, and also slathered with snail trails. There have been several photos of women used as sushi trays, too. Nothing with clams, though; I guess the possibilities are too limited with those.

Oh, the octopodity! :(

By recovering catholic (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

PZ, haven't you inadvertently admitted that you know that all is not equal when it comes to sexuality?

I don't want to objectify and alienate half my readership on the basis of something as arbitrary as gender. I've received a few examples of naked men with strategically placed tentacles (or 'tentacles') -- if I started posting those, I'd probably get a lot more, too. Would you find it bothersome if I started posting gay porn then?

Why does this necessarily have to be gay porn ? And you claim that half your audience is female! I very much doubt that, sad to say.

And my pink-loving daughter (referenced in the next thread) is as strident an anti-theist as me.

By vanharris (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

"There are limits because I don't want to objectify and alienate half my readership on the basis of something as arbitrary as gender."

I certainly wouldn't want you to be sexist in your postings. I would welcome all mollusk-related nudity, regardless of an arbitrary boundary like gender.

Also, why are pictures of naked men always referred to as gay porn? Us straight guys can take naked pictures of ourselves and send them to our favorite science bloggers too!

By steppenraptor (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

The funagelicals have said that all porn is gay porn.

By Butch Pansy (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

it's porn.

deff.

By Porco Dio (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

I myself am aroused by this, into going for the sesame oil, soy sauce, maybe a little dash of black vinegar, scallions... mmmmm, tako poke.

vanharris, it doesn't have to be gay porn; it's just that gay porn's where you're currently more likely to find nekkid men in commercial quantities.

Even pink ones.

As for "all is not equal when it comes to sexuality"—see above. This isn't sexuality; it's commerce.

Ron Sullivan
http://toad.faultline.org

By https://www.go… (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

I couldn't tell whether it was food, science, or porn.

You forgot the "all of the above" option professor. It's definitely all of the above.

By Acronym Jim (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

Nothing with clams, though; I guess the possibilities are too limited with those.

Well, I suppose Botticelli did exhaust them all, but my imagination is very limited...

By David Marjanović (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

You have discovered the NEW holy trinity!!!!!!

It is Food, Science AND Porn!

https, @ 18, i was referring to PZ's assumption that such porn was 'gay', rather than it possibly being porn for females. This latter possibility recognizes that the sexes are different in respect of interest in porn.

By vanharris (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

There are limits!

I can't work out if this means that, to post the pictures, Pee Zed requires more visible naked ape or more (or at last “better”-placed) molluscs.  ;-)

And they called it mollusk love
Oh i guess they'll never know
how a young heart really feels
and just why i love her so
and they called it mollusk love
just because we're in our teens

By Janine, She Wo… (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

There are limits because I don't want to objectify and alienate half my readership on the basis of something as arbitrary as gender. I've received a few examples of naked men with strategically placed tentacles (or 'tentacles') -- if I started posting those, I'd probably get a lot more, too. Would you find it bothersome if I started posting gay porn then?

No.

I'm so disappointed...

By Uncle Glenny (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

I thought it was a big pile of little baby dolls when I first glanced at it. I was probably primed by first reading about the Barbie-pink microscopes.

I couldn't tell whether it was food, science, or porn.

In the fishing industry it's called "bait."

By 'Tis Himself, OM (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

Q: What do they call in Fort Worth, what in Dallas is referred to as sushi?

A: Bait

By chuckgoecke (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

Squid? SQUID?

No. Octapussy.

By Unreliable Narrator (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

I've received a few examples of naked men with strategically placed tentacles (or 'tentacles')

I think the hint for "gay porn" is somewhere in there.

Not that I care one way or the other.

Hmm. Mollusc porn.

OK. Is there ANY category of object/subject/activity for which there is NOT any porn?

Anyone else thought "show us your squids"?

Chuck@29

I'm pretty sure the Firefox add on (christian porn filter)is a joke,BUT, no way am I going to test the theory.

By CunningLingus (not verified) on 29 Dec 2009 #permalink

OK. Is there ANY category of object/subject/activity for which there is NOT any porn?

My standing challenge to those who claim there is porn of everything, no exceptions, (this thesis is known as "Rule 34") is to find archaeocyath porn. I haven't been shown any yet ...

By Andreas Johansson (not verified) on 30 Dec 2009 #permalink

I've hit upon a variety of pictures, ranging from cheesecakey to explicit to disturbingly explicit, depicting the sensual or sexual use of cephalopods or cephalopod-related organs, and I always have a fleeting urge to send them here. I suppose it was inevitable that other people had already done so.

By grendelkhan (not verified) on 31 Dec 2009 #permalink

Andreas Johansson: There are certain boards to which you can bring such a request, and dedicated artists will fulfill them, in order to maintain the integrity of Rule 34.

By grendelkhan (not verified) on 31 Dec 2009 #permalink

Andreas Johansson: There are certain boards to which you can bring such a request, and dedicated artists will fulfill them, in order to maintain the integrity of Rule 34.

You mean Blaghag?