Biscuits is a Portland sex-industry legend. He's been
peddling his ample manhood on downtown Burnside since
Reagan was president. Although we all know him as Daddy
Biscuits, he was born Harlan "Spike" Fenster about 30
years ago "somewhere in the Midwest." He came to Portland
in the mid-eighties looking for "some fun," and he's been
a jovial, easily recognized
fixture in the downtown sex scene ever since.
though he's rumored to wield his mast with a professional's
finesse, his skills extend far beyond the boudoir. This
is one talented ho we're talking about. His huge, misshapen
penis recently starred in Biscuits 'n' Gravy, an
interracial porno starring actress Gravy Jones. He writes
erotic fiction "in a Goth style" and is co-editor of a
zine called 'BOUT TIME!!!, which features nude
pictorials of girls who've turned 18 within the last month.
He also finds
the time to host empowerment workshops, working with other
sex activists on behalf of political rights for male prostitutes.
Exotic caught up with Daddy Biscuits at the Subway
sandwich store at Broadway and Burnside. Over lunch, we
covered a range of topics germane to male prostitution
specifically, and sex-industry workers generally. I found
him to be an engaging, candid interview subject. He seems
happy with where he is in life.
life for one of P-Town's better-known male escorts isn't
all fun 'n' games. His eager smile tends to mask a darker,
possibly vicious side. He refused to talk about when the
FBI shut down his website, daddybiscuits.com. "I didn't
know the girls were that young," he says now. He
also threatened to end the interview when I mentioned
the notorious melee which broke out at a local strip club
after a visibly drunken Daddy Biscuits interrupted a female
dancer's set, commanding the stage and launching a harangue
about how the industry discriminates against male dancers.
(Ed.'s note: Although Daddy Biscuits says he "would
like to dance professionally" sometime in the future,
he currently only attends Portland strip clubs as a client.)
Is it true that your father was also a male prostitute?
Biscuits: Yeah, Big Buck Fenster was his name. Turned
thousands of tricks throughout the northwest. Good man,
even though he did some bad things to me. I cried the
day he died. My daddy was a male prostitute, and his daddy
before him. What, I'm so special and cool that I have
to find another line of business?
about rumors that you were sexually abused by your
of them are probably true. Daddy wasn't a saint, OK? But
we mended our bridges before he died. Worse than anything
he ever did was the gang-raping I got at the hands of
my uncles and cousins one night during the harvest festival.
That scarred me for life. Turned me into a fag for a while,
too, but I'm not a fag anymore.
you get the nickname "Daddy Biscuits"?
I eat a lot of biscuits. But lately I've been using Metabolife
and dropped about thirty pounds. I'm not as fat as I used
to be, that's for sure.
"I'll do anal
and interracial, but not at the
"Daddy Biscuits" Fenster
you just become a 'daddy' in the literal sense?
my son Festus Fenster is two months old. I'm going to
try my best to keep him out of the porno industry.
much money do you make as a sex worker?
nights I go home with five bucks, sometimes as much as
a hundred. It all depends. It's not as easy to make money
as they make it look on the TV. Quite honestly, male prostitution
isn't as cool as people think. And sometimes, when conditions
get bad, it's hard for me to maintain a sex-positive attitude.
won't you do with a client?
really don't like blowing guys, but if I have to, I have
to. But it's not like I enjoy it or anything. I'll do
the moment when you most felt, "I wish I wasn't a male
was this time when I was slipped the Date Rape drug at
a local dance club. What happened after that was pretty
does it feel to be a male in an industry dominated by
a lot, sometimes, if you want to know the truth. Some
of the things the girl pros-titutes say about me hurt
my feelings, too, sometimes.
do you do when you're not doing sex work?
have hobbies. I make a lot of chicken and salmon jerky
in my home dehydrator. See, I don't limit myself to the
beef like most guys do. I'm all about the jerky, not just
is your stance on terrorism?
there things about you that might surprise us?
have a passion for Native American pottery. I'm also an
Aries. And I like cheese. I'll put it on anything!
know what you want--and I've got it!"
you ever been exposed to any STDs as a result of your
got a case of the shingles once.
advice to young male prostitutes out there?
keep turnin' your tricks and swingin' your dicks, you
know? Really, just keep to it and you'll make it in this
business, guys. There's plenty to go around, trust me.
There will always be money out there for good cock. Good
cash for good cock, that's the way of the world. And maybe
get yourself a few different costumes, too, because the
clients seem to like that.