Head. Fellacio. Souffler. Christopher Hitchens explores the history of the blowjob, in a breezy, deliciously informative (and personally researched?) piece in this month’s Vanity Fair. Yes, he gives props to Inside Deep Throat, which we appreciate, and there are also lots of mots that are very bon sprinkled throughout. We’re particularly fond of this one:
My friend David Aaronovitch, a columnist in London, wrote of his embarrassment at being in the same room as his young daughter when the TV blared the news that the president of the United States had received oral sex in an Oval Office vestibule. He felt crucially better, but still shy, when the little girl asked him, “Daddy, what’s a vestibule?”
And of Inside Deep Throat, he writes:
The recent and highly amusing documentary Inside Deep Throat shows – by re-creating the paradoxically Nixonian times that re-baptized Deep Throat to mean source rather than donor – how America grabbed the Olympic scepter of the blowjob and held on tight. In the film, there is the preserved figure of Helen Gurley Brown, den mother of Cosmo-style journalism for young ladies and author of Sex and the Single Girl, demonstrating her application technique as she tells us how she evolved from knowing nothing about oral sex to the realization that semen could be a terrific facial cream. (“It’s full of babies,” she squeals, unclear on the concept to the very last.) In closing, Dick Cavett declares that we have gone from looking at a marquee that read DEEP THROAT, and hoping it didn’t mean what we thought it did, to “kids who don’t even consider it sex.” This would leave us with only one problem. Why do we still say, of something boring or obnoxious, that “it sucks”? Ought that not be a compliment?
From Monica In Black and White to Inside Deep Throat we have spent a long time thinking about blowjobs. Christopher’s piece inspired us to pull some exclusive out-takes of director Wakefield Poole (Boys in the Sand), author Gore Vidal (Myra Breckinridge), and editor Helen Gurley Brown (Cosmo) from Inside Deep Throat. (Watch here)