Sex and Firefighting
My colleague Firegeezer ran a story HERE yesterday about two LAFD engine crews purportedly assisting in the filming of sexually explicit media by leaving their rig unattended so that "stars" could use them as a prop. The NBC affiliate played a portion of the film where a woman exposed herself to strangers as LAFD crew members seemed to watch, innocently enough, with the engine in the background.
The news story is being pitched as another example of the "firefighters act unprofessionally" genre, (yawn)
Just what makes a fire engine sexual, anyway?
Well, let’s go beyond the propriety of having the rig do "double duty" as a porn prop and dwell on the fascinating "why" of it. Some thoughts come to mind.
- First, fire is implicitly sexual. After all, an especially lusty sexual object or act is "hot", as in, "you’re HOT." In fact, some arsonists derive sexual pleasure from fire-setting and many are those who suggest that the line between starting them and putting them out is thinner than we would like to think.
- More practically, it was a cheap way for firefighters to ogle some female flesh (though the eventual cost may be exorbitant.) And, perhaps they stored those images up for later use…or not so later. (Is that against the rules, too?)
- It obviously provided a visual backdrop, a fire engine, that people associate with excitement, danger, risk, and thrills—things, that coincidentally and at least in the abstract, makes sex better.
- Finally, it was OUTDOORS, another curious enhancer of sexual desire what with the chance of getting caught with your pants down, literally. For many, sexual activity is all about the specter of getting caught—it heightens the experience. Since risk is essential to firefighting, images of firefighting could elevate sexual tension by implying risk visually.
The firefighters failed the creativity test, though, at least in the footage I saw, by failing to have the "star" dress up in turnout gear, which is of course, a huge turn-on. Who, after all, doesn’t like a good costume as part of the fun? (And what firefighter hasn’t been asked (at least once) to dress up for bedtime?)
Of course, costumes pave the way for a little "role play" where participants are allowed, encouraged even, to exchange their everyday personas for their alter egos where they can cast-off or take-on power as part of the fulfillment of sexual desire in a fantasy environment. Many assume that sex is about power but equally so it is apparently about the giving up of it as in the recent NYT story of a police officer who "put on adult diapers, women’s dresses or ladies tights and masturbated while he forced his wife to watch." (Watching should be strictly voluntary.)
Perhaps the real problem with the LAFD scenario is the selfish choice of female stars offering up their forbidden treasure in our profession where women are constantly harassed and more as they just try to do their jobs. I wonder if the crew from E-263 thought about having some hunky, ripped dude with 6-pack abs get up there and show off the package?
Like I said, watching would be strictly voluntary. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
………. Eric Lamar
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