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Archives of Professional Scoptophilia [formerly the American Journal of Voyeurism] 23(3): 115-117 (October 1999)
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Courtship Dance in Homo homo squaredancus

Newly Conducted Field Observations

Wim J., Ph.D.
University of California, Prickstown
Director, UCP Penile Observatory

Abstract

Human ethologists have recently identified a new subspecies of Homo homo (subspecies squaredancus -- see Gay & Normal, 1998) characterized by a complex social structure revolving around communal dances and festivities. Rare photographs of the mating dance and other courtship rituals have been obtained and are published here for the first time. Although sexual consummation was, unfortunately, not observed, most of the preliminary courtship dance was captured on film and is ready for detailed analysis.

 

Introduction

Human ethologists have recently identified a new subspecies of Homo homo -- namely, squaredancus (Gay & Normal, 1998). H. h. squaredancus is characterized by a complex, constantly changing and reforming social structure revolving around communal dancing (called "lessons") and festivities (called "parties", "dances", or "workshops") and organized in marathon sessions called "fly-ins" and "Convention" (the latter is always singular).

These sessions have been described elsewhere (IAGSDC, 1995) and will not be further discussed here. Rather, we have obtained photographic documentation of courtship rituals engaged in by H. h. squaredancus which are not seen elsewhere in the species (H. homo) nor the genus (Homo sapiens and other Homo spp.). In this paper, we publish this photographic evidence for the first time and briefly examine its significance. Although sexual consummation was, unfortunately, not observed, most of the preliminary courtship dance was captured on film and is ready for detailed analysis.
 

Method

Through confidential channels, a copy of the yearly schedule of square-dance "fly-ins" was obtained (IAGSDC, 1999), and then examined for geographic location information. This revealed plans for a fly-in to take place near the author's university (located in Prickstown, California) -- in a large urban metropolis on the U.S. west coast.

The Principal Investigator (PI) was dispatched to the location of this fly-in the day before its scheduled initiation. The PI was briefed in the etiquette of this peculiar subculture, and equipped with a Kodak DC-50 digital camera (outfitted with a 10-megabyte PCMCIA card). Within hours after the photography itself, images were transferred using the PCMCIA slot of a Macintosh PowerBook Model 5300c to internal magnetic media, which was in turn taken to the laboratory for back-up and long-term storage.

Photographs were opened in a secure environment using ordinary image-editing software, cropped, rotated (if necessary), color balanced, and sharpened using industry-standard computer algorithms. Where necessary, facial features and other details which might reveal the identities of the photographic subjects were obscured, as informed consent was only obtained after data capture (and then only orally). Resultant images were then transferred to World Wide Web servers using a common FTP program (Fetch, version 3.0.3).

 

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Results

Resultant photographs are summarized in Table 1, where they are presented in the same chronological order in which they were captured. The text presenting the interpretation of the photographs is speculative, and is solely the responsibility of the author. (Photo enlargements are electronically linked to each thumbnail photo in Table 1.) Note that the recorded encounter was between one member of the "Blue" morph and one of the "Black" morph. Ordinarily this is of no scientific significance, but it does facilitate identification of the individuals.

 

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Courtship sequence begins with Blue and Black types pressing together their groin regions (also known as "denimological rubbing", as per the cloth involved).

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Hands rove over the partner's back, causing intense nervous stimulation.

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Hand roving is reciprocated.

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Black applies squeezing pressure...

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...and lifts partner off ground, thus proving his strength and butchness.

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Note how feet are arranged symmetrically.

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The back pressure is reciprocated again.

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Blue rests chin on shoulder, indicating acceptance of Black's offer...

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...signals his gratitude by providing neck pressure...

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...and shoulder blade massage.

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Full-body contact is slowly relinquished...

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...in order to display to bystanders the effects of the tactile stimulation.

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Wider shot showing body posture and results of stimulation (the shirt reads "Breakfast Included").

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Thoracic stimulation is sometimes used to prolong the stimulated state.

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Crotch detail showing continued effects of stimulation.

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The eagerness to reveal the desired stimulational state is characteristic of both the Blue and the Black morphs, and helps identify this subspecies in the wild.

Name tags also help.

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Foot detail showing continued effects of stimulation. The absent foot has not been disconnected nor severed; it is merely raised and wrapped around Black's torso (out of view).

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Blue's later activities are available for examination here.

Blue's torso

 

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Discussion

We have presented the first known photographs of the courtship dance of the recently identified subspecies Homo homo squaredancus (Gay & Normal, 1998). Because only a single bonding pair was studied, intrasubspecific variation may be underestimated by this methodology -- although we were able, luckily, to observe a pair consisting of one Blue morph and one Black morph.

The ritual apparently begins with denimological rubbing (sometimes referred to in the literature as ventral-ventral frottage -- see Chevalier-Skolnikoff et al., 1978, for a report from another primate species) -- and may, it is hypothesized, occasionally involve moments of belt-buckle lock. The hands and arms then become involved, drawing the participants into tighter embraces and somewhat more frenzied hugging. In this way the mutual strength and desires of the two partners are communicated and (presumably) stored mentally for later recall. One partner may lift the other (as occurred here, with Black lifting the Blue) -- although we are not certain whether this detail is repeated regularly in other interactions.

All activity at this stage is super-textilial: that is, above and outside the clothes. When suitable levels of nervous stimulation have been achieved, it seems to be characteristic of this subspecies that the effects of the stimulation are then displayed to other individuals in the vicinity. Even though these effects remain sub-textilial, they can often be observed, or deduced, by bystanders (see photos).

It may be protested that we did not directly sex the two individuals we observed. Actually, we did induce the Blue morph to reveal his genitalia at a later date (see last photograph), and the Black morph was apparently also observed in a textilially-released (so-called "nude") reenactment of the subspecies' characteristic dance rituals (see our recent set of photos from "Moonshine tips", especially the one transpiring in Phoenix). When textilially covered, both Blue and Black morphs appeared to be of the male sex -- and recent data from our lab strongly suggest that such individuals typically do, indeed, possess male genitalia (see Wim J., 1999). Finally, anecdotal reports suggest that females of this subspecies appear physically and textilially quite different (for example, plaid shirts and wide hips -- Les Dyke, personal communication).

Although we are encouraged by the ease with which these photographic data were acquired, we cannot of course assure the generalizability and significance of our observations. Only further research and careful analysis can determine the precise significance of the courtship behaviors we observed.


Bibliography

Chevalier-Skolnikoff, Suzanne (1974) Male-female, female-female, and male-male sexual behavior in the male monkey, with special attention to female orgasm. Archives of Sexual Behavior 3: 95-116.

Gay, Bruce & Normal, Bee (1998) A new subspecies of Homo homo -- H. h. squaredancus -- initial sightings and first observations. International Journal of Homo Biology (Suppl. A), 17: 443-497.

IAGSDC (1995) About gay square dance events. Promotional flyer, IAGSDC archives, 1995, folder 46.

IAGSDC (1999) Fly-in schedule for 1999. Promotional flyer, IAGSDC archives, 1999, not yet cataloged. Also available on website.

Wim J. (1999) What Makes a Man a Man? An Empirical Study.


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