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58                                      Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            Jack had re-defined S&M as “Sensuality and Mutuality” (1972) and had
            coined the word homomasculinity (1978). We needed new vocabulary to
            write about our new attitudes, our new identities, and our new way of
            expressing sex that till then dared not speak its name. Tom Lehrer sang
            “When correctly viewed, everything is lewd,” and it was Jack, more than
            anyone else, who taught us that leather is as much a state of mind as a
            piece of clothing. Many of the ideas, terms, fantasies, and practices that
            leathermen and other masculine queers take for granted today (tit play,
            Daddies, prison sex, raunch scenes, bondage as meditation, cigar sex,
            gut-punching, rubber sex, sports-gear fetishes, pain as ecstatic release,
            and much more) can be traced back to Jack’s writing and photographs
            published in Drummer during the years Jack edited it and provided much
            of the content himself, or else to articles he wrote or suggested after Tony
            DeBlase brought him back as a frequent contributor starting in Drummer
            100 (October 1986). Jack didn’t invent any of these practices and fetishes
            which he debuted, but his bravura writing and inspired editing helped fix
            them in the minds of two generations of perverts.
               Jack understood early on that the brain is the largest and most impor-
            tant sex organ, and he kept telling us so both directly and indirectly.
            Nearly always writing in the first person, he showed us by example that
            the best way to enjoy an unfamiliar or off-putting scene is to dive in head
            first, imagination wide open, and judgments locked down. Get a man’s
            head in the right place, and his dick and balls will follow.
               Much of Jack’s writing, both fiction and nonfiction, turns on the
            courage it takes for a man to accept his need and desire (occasional for
            some of us, practically constitutional for others) to bottom out, to go
            down, to just give in and accept what ever another man chooses to throw
            at him. Jack likes to write about tough, strong, masculine men who know
            what they want and are ready to take it (in either sense of taking it). His
            bottoms aren’t wimps or wusses but every bit as tough as his tops, which
            certainly makes switching roles a lot more practical!

            The mainstreaming of leathersex could not have happened without Jack’s
            masculinization of the bottom side of homosexuality. One of the rea-
            sons leathersex was able to fly under the radar for so long was that the
            public image of the gay male was so tightly (and wrongly) linked with
            effeminacy. Butch guys could get away with anything because they could
            always “pass.” But in the 1970s it all changed; the “butch bottom” arose
            and increasingly demanded the respect that had hitherto been accorded
            exclusively to tops and straights.

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