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MARK HAYWARD (American, 1970-), Freudian Triptych, 1996. Collage on wood, 10.5" x 16" x .75", Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection

MARK TIMOTHY HAYWARD (American, 1970- ), Freudian Triptych, 1996. Collage on wood, 10.5″ x 16″ x .75″, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection

This work was created by the artist as part a series of several hundred small collages on wood. At the time, his long-time partner and now husband, was a graduate student in clinical psychology. The triptych casts Freud in the roles of his own three-part structural model of the psyche: id, ego and super-ego. Hayward chose to depict the id, source of our bodily needs, desires and impulses, by placing an image of Freud as a young man on a body taken from Tom of Finland’s Service Station

Mark Timothy Hayward received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the 1990s he was featured in group and solo gallery exhibitions of sculptures and installations in Chicago and Brussles. He completed multiple street installations in Chicago, Paris and New York, and installations for the Chicago Historical Society, Garfield Park Conservatory and Shedd Aquarium. He was a curator and exhibition designer at the International Museum of Surgical Science and Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. As a creative director in Los Angeles, Hayward has completed projects for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Museum of Liverpool, Louisiana’s Old State Capital, Marnia Bay Sands Singapore and Paramount Pictures Studio Hollywood.

Hayward volunteers at Tom of Finland Foundation and has exhibited his drawings and prints in the Foundation’s annual Art and Cultural Festival.

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March – April 2016


Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920–1991) lived and worked in a house in a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood for the last ten years of his life. This amazing house is now devoted to the preservation of Tom’s homoerotic art, his life and his legacy. Moving from room to room, the images of TOM House and works by the man that lived and worked here, is the feature a stunning new coffee table book TOM House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds, photographed by Martyn Thompson and published by Rizzoli.

GED sat down with Marc Ransdell-Bellenger, our cover model and a curator of the Tom of Finland Foundation’s collection, to speak about the book, an upcoming movie, and the life of a Leatherman.


Sometimes it seems like it. I describe the place as a train which doesn’t stop. But most of the time it’s more like – holy shit, how did this become my life? How lucky am I to live and work here. I recall the very first time I saw one of Tom’s drawings in my early teens living in small town Kentucky and suddenly I knew I wasn’t the only one. That original hangs in the room next to mine. I live a life some Leather men in some square, landlocked state would kill to experience for ten minutes. I don’t have sexual fantasies, I have sexual realities. The Leather gods I jacked off to on the Internet 20 years ago, as well as several former International Mr. Leathers, are among my friends and leather family. I am only a small cog in a machine where we are all dedicated to the Foundation and its mission. Durk Dehner, president and cofounder, has devoted his life to it and literally given up his home to the Foundation. Sharp, the vice president and curator, seems to work from 10am to 3am pretty much seven days a week. We also have a large volunteer corps, without which we could never get things done.

“Mainstream” to TOM’s Foundation means that everyone has the opportunity to say thank-you to this great liberator. “Mainstream” means we all have a hero. “Mainstream” means TOM is permanently embedded in culture. Hey, it’s our job.
-Marc Ransdell-Bellenger

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Federal Court Rules You Have No Constitutional Right to Engage in 100% Consensual Rough Sex

rough-sex-not-constitutionally-protectedThe United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia released its decision in the case of Doe v. George Mason University et al. and, for some reason, they felt compelled to weigh in on whether there is a constitutional right to engage in consensual BDSM sex. Their answer is, ‘no.’

In the case of Doe v. George Mason University et al., a George Mason student was expelled for allegedly having sex with a woman without her consent because he failed to stop their BDSM sex after his partner said the ‘safe word.’

The plaintiff alleged that the George Mason University administration “‘disregarded’ the BDSM context of the relationship and how it ‘affected matters like consent and related issues’ and treated a BDSM relationship as ‘per se sexual misconduct,’” and thus violated his right to engage in consensual sexual activity as well.

There is no question, forcing sex on an unwilling partner is rape and is reprehensible in any capacity. However, the court’s ruling went on to address consent as well.

In their decision, the court addressed the entire practice known collectively as “BDSM,” which is an acronym for the acts it entails, namely bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, and masochism.

The court found that banning or outlawing consensual BDSM is justified as it will ‘protect’ any future participants who may be harmed by their decision to engage in such acts.

“A legislative restriction on BDSM activity is justifiable by reference to the state’s interest in the protection of vulnerable persons, i.e. sexual partners placed in situations with an elevated risk of physical harm,” stated the ruling.

The slippery logic used by the court for their justification, in this case, is dangerous. The court claims since there is no deeply rooted history in BDSM, then the federal government has every right to ban it, in spite of the act being entirely consensual.

“In this respect, the conclusion … that there is no deeply rooted history or tradition of BDSM sexual activity remains relevant and important to the analysis. Also relevant and important to the analysis is the absence of a history of impermissible animus as the basis for the restriction at issue here. Sexual activity that involves binding and gagging or the use of physical force such as spanking or choking poses certain inherent risks to personal safety not present in more traditional types of sexual activity. Thus, as inCruzan and Glucksberg, a legislative restriction on BDSM activity is justifiable by reference to the state’s interest in the protection of vulnerable persons, i.e. sexual partners placed in situations with an elevated risk of physical harm.”

By this logic, talking on the cellphone is can be deemed unconstitutional, as there is no historical use of cellphones.

Furthermore, the vague and overly-broad ruling on what is considered BDSM leaves room for additional state intervention into the bedrooms of consenting adults. By this definition, the act of spanking your spouse on the behind during sex could warrant a criminal investigation.

In their ruling, the court rejects the landmark view that Lawrence v. Texas creates a general constitutional right to adult noncommercial sexual autonomy and will undoubtedly be used as fodder by the militant religious sect attempting to outlaw gay sex.

At what points do Americans say enough is enough? If there is consent, there is no reason for government to be involved.

The purpose of government is to assist in the protection of rights, not to hinder them. If one consents to waive their rights of physical protection, within the rules of a certain context, ie. MMA Fighting, Boxing, Wrestling, BDSM, et al., the government is violating their right to consent.

This violation is a direct infringement upon personal liberty known as Deprivation of rights under the color of law, and it’s a crime.

It’s time Americans begin to understand what ‘freedom’ actually means. Merely repeating that word, ad nauseam, does nothing to protect it from those who are hell-bent on removing it.

By Matt Agoristthe-free-thought-project-style-book-460

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.