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2002: Sexual Landmarks
2002 is a milestone in Portland's sex industry...this
month marks 100 years since the
city's first public erotic exhibition wowed a prudish
P-town crowd who huddled within an opium den
in a dark alley near Pioneer Square to watch
"Dr. Fitzwater's Dancing Ladies" (pictured at right)
simultaneously reveal what are thought to be the first eight
publicly exposed nipples in Oregon's history, marking the
official Birth of Portland's Sex Industry. Amazingly, in
the same month, (May, 1902) Transylvanian sex vamp Lili
frame at right is from Sirens Along the
silent movie filmed in Clackamas whoseroutine plot
is suddenly interrupted by a thirty-three minute hardcore
sex scene. The actors depicted at right are Gunnar
Jacksnipe & Minerva Palmetto
position, in which each
partner is simultaneously pleasuring the other and being
pleasured by them, was first performed in Oregon by Deltoid
& Thumbelina Farnsworth (right), a married
couple from Bend who did the state's first "69"
GAY MALE ESCORTS
first "call guys" were Thales Hambone & Ike Mendax
muscular pair of sex workers who placed what is thought
to be the city's first "men seeking men" classified
ad in the now-defunct Portland Beacon newspaper
Kunst & Olga Stegosaurus (left) were
the city's first openly lesbian couple, working as bartender
(Shrapna) and short-order cook (Olga) for over thirty
years at Pinkie's in St. Johns, which
opened in 1946 and is thought to be the West
Coast's first dyke bar.
it's now a staple of every erotic dancer's repertoire,
Oregon's first pole dance wasn't performed until 1968
by Belle Jangles, (above), who is shown
here "polishing the brass" at Mugwump's, a strip
club in Pendleton which burned to the ground
in the early 1970's.
first fake jugs were borne by
Glansworth (right), a cocktail waitress
from Scappoose who underwent a crude plastic-surgery
operation in 1957 using hot-water bottles.
Tragically, the implants began to sag
further and further until Glansworth's breasts actually
fell off in 1964, requiring major reconstructive
a device she playfully referred to as "Thor's Hammer,"
Øona Günterson caused a scandal
one summer night in 1972 at Salty Dave's,
an Astoria gentlemen's club. Local citizens,
mostly other women, were so outraged that the Astoria
City Charter was rewritten to forbid "the public insertion
of blunt instruments into human orifices."
a former calypso chanteuse from Argentina,
left her native country in 1963 and briefly
set up a phone-sex operation in a Klamath Falls
bar. Men would pay her two
dollars for the right to "talk dirty" with Clamato
from a pay phone across the street from the bar. The
phone-sex gig proved wildly successful, but she was
soon busted by vice cops and and spent four days in
the Klamath County Jail, where she became a lesbian.
STRIPPER TO BECOME ADDICTED TO CRYSTAL METH
Cuidado (left) started dancing at The
Tugboat* in Swan Island during the mid-1970s.
In 1978, she snorted her first rail of crystallized
methamphetamine, offered to Bambi by her boyfriend
at the time, Jake Yarbles, a notorious sex offender/biker/
leather craftsman/storyteller/meth cook/arm-wrestling
champion from Prineville. Within weeks, Cuidado
was using speed daily. She has continued using crystal
meth every day since then and has progressed from
snorting it to smoking
it to mainlining it. By 1990, she had lost all her
teeth. Last year, she was diagnosed with Hepatitis-C.
Despite her health problems, she continues to dance
at The Tugboat. So does her daughter, Chi-Chi.
And her granddaughter, Panocha.
of the Original Barnyard Burger")
Gazelle & Tisha Crumbcake [above] lay
claim to giving, in their words, the city's first
"underground conceptal erotic presentation," a six-hour
play called "El Toro, My Lover," which debuted
downtown at Flatch's Cove at Third & Burnside
and played for a week in 1981. The play revolves around
a Midwestern farmer's wife and her sexual obsession
for a pet bull in her
husband's herd. In the final scene, the bull castrates
the farmer character and then removes its costume
that it, too, is a woman just like the farmer's wife,
whereby the two engage in lesbian sex. According to
playwright Crumbcake, the show "smashed through the
stereotypes and barriers erected throughout five thousand
years of patriarchy and raised serious questions about
race, gender, and bestiality in Western culture."
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