Cal Y. Pygia
Cal Y. Pygia is a masochistic autogynephiliac male author of erotic fiction. He takes his pen name from the word “callipgyia,” which, in Greek, means “beautiful buttocks.” To signify his love of spankings, his Literotica homepage is illustrated with a photograph of his own bare buttocks.
A post-genderist, Pygia writes erotic fiction as a means of exploring and understanding human sexuality in general and his own masochistic autogynephilia in particular. He views sex not as a dynamic of love, but as an expression of dominance and submission between individuals engaged in behavior that is basically selfish and sadomasochistic.
Sex, he believes, is about power, not love, although it may sometimes include affection and compassion. Sex, he believes, is predicated upon pleasure, so heterosexuality, despite its focus upon reproduction, is only one of several ways by which individuals may express the psychodynamics of their dominant-submissive, sadomasochistic struggle for power. Other forms of sex, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, or otherwise, are, like heterosexual intercourse, more or less pleasurable and, therefore, authentic.
His own taste favors homosexual anal intercourse because, he believes, this act represents the true nature of human sexuality most clearly, as predicated not upon either love or reproduction, but upon the pleasure that derives from the interplay of sadomasochistic dominance and submission, which often takes so-called perverted forms, including spanking. Reproductive (penile-vaginal) sex is, in other words, only one of a variety of equally authentic means of giving and receiving sexual pleasure. It is no better than any other sexual activity and may, in fact, be less satisfying, for some individuals, than alternative ways of experiencing sexual pleasure.
He prefers transsexual or homosexual characters to straight characters, because the appearance of transsexual and homosexual characters in erotic fiction shows that heterosexuals are not essential or even primary, but merely alternative, sex partners. His fiction, like his essays, are based upon these assumptions and beliefs. In this sense, Pygia is a philosophical as well as an erotic author. In addition, Pygia believes that gender, unlike sex, is socially constructed and learned--a fiction that is maintained collectively for social and political purposes. All human beings, he believes, are emotionally and, to some degree, physically bisexual. Social conditioning has merely persuaded many that gender is as innate and genetic as sex. In fact, it is not, he believes, as his stories and essays seek to suggest.
Pygia's work features novels, short stories, poetry, and essays concerning a variety of sexual behaviors and themes, including BDSM and spanking stories. His stories often depict anal intercourse and various forms of humiliation and discipline. Many involve transsexual characters, but others also feature gay or lesbian characters. A few stories are concerned with female domination as well. These stories appear, primarily, on the Fictionmania and Literotica web sites.
Some stories are in pairs, one exploring the spanking experience from the male, and the other from the female, point of view. Several others are episodes in a series.
The stories' tag lines usually suggest the plot or theme:
- “A Lark” (“A dare brought them closer together—much closer”): Young women incur the wrath of a supermarket manager when they pose nude for his parking lot's security camera.
- “First Timer” (“We're all first timers again when we meet someone new”): For a submissive gay man, his dominant partner's wish is his command.
- “For He's a Jolly Good Fellow” (“Give him an inch, and he'll take a mile”): The spanking with which Gary and his boyfriend Kevin celebrate his birthday gets harder every year.
- “For She's a Jolly Good Fellow” (“Give him an inch, and he'll take a mile”): The spanking with which Gail and her boyfriend Kevin celebrate her birthday gets harder every year.
- “Hanky Panky” (“He was about to learn what it's like to be a woman scorned”): Revenge is a bitch!
- “Lysistrata Revisited” (Aristophanes' brilliance saves the day—again”): Sometimes, in order to receive, one must give.
- “Nothing At All” (“Spankings are fun [for the spanker]): How does one defend against the unknown?
- “Quality Control” (“Scientists aren't always as dispassionate as they seem”): A physicist seeks the perfect spanking machine.
- “The Princess of Pain” (“Which suitor would win the princess' hand?”): Who's the firmest of them all?
- “The Sarah Owens Story” (“Sarah's new coach knew how to deal with the sarcastic teen”): This is a complete novel—with an alternate ending. This novel was written at the request of the young woman upon whom the protagonist is based, who is herself a former cheerleader with an extensive history of sexual experiences, both hetero- and homosexual in nature.
Pygia's fiction and essays disclose his conscious and deliberate use of style. In his non-fiction work, he identifies and defines his approaches to aesthetics, plotting, characterization, exposition, and other elements of the erotic narrative, and his novels and short stories typically reflect these stylistic choices and techniques. For example, he believes that a story should devote itself equally to the thoughts and feelings of both the dominant and the submissive sex partner, alternating back and forth between their subjective states as they enjoy sex. In addition, he believes, sex should always be linked to emotion, whether negative or positive.
Erotic writers have a responsibility, Pygia thinks, to involve themselves and their fiction in the critical tradition that has developed in relation to literature. They should know what other writers and critics have said about writing fiction and apply this body of knowledge to their own works. At the same time, they may wish, as Pygia does, to render alternative sexualities and sexual practices in as significant, as aesthetic, and as philosophically a rigorous a manner as possible. Pygia makes it clear that he seeks converts among his readers; he wants—and intends—to persuade them to adopt a point of view with regard to sex that is similar to his own.
Descriptions of sex should be carefully rendered, Pygia contends, using alliteration, allusion, humor, irony, juxtaposition, metaphor, simile, symbolism, synecdoche, and other figures of speech and rhetorical effects. There must be a sense of subjectivity, or personality, with regard to the characters as well as beauty in the descriptions of the sexual acts themselves. In addition, there should be a literary quality to the author's work. Many of Pygia's stories, poems, and essays allude to religious, philosophical, historical, literary, and other cultural disciplines and pursuits as a means of relating them to the greater historical and cultural context of which they, like their readers, are a part.
Whenever possible, Pygia plots his narratives so that they follow the same pattern as William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson describe in their treatise, Human Sexual Response: excitement phase (exposition and inciting force), plateau phase (rising action), orgasmic phase (climax, or turning point), and resolution phase (falling action and resolution). He believes that a narrative pattern that mimics human sexual response intensifies readers' experience of a story's erotic quality.
Literotica allows readers to comment upon stories and to rate them The average of the rankings, if it is sufficiently high, results in a work's being recognized as "hot," as indicated by a white "H" inside a red square to the right of the story's title. Other symbols indicate other ratings. For example, a white "E" inside a green square indicates a story is an "editor's choice." Although the assignment of these awards sometimes changes over time, with one story becoming "hot" while a formerly "hot" story loses its heat, many works retain their status for months or even years, depending on readers' responses to the works.
Presently, readers have agreed that the following works by Pygia are "hot": "A Ghost of a Girl" (transsexual category), "A Modern Metamorphosis" (transsexual category), "Additional Thoughts on Sodomy" (essay category), "Animated 3-D Fantasy and Sci-Fi" (review category), "Brotherly Love" (incest category), "Buffy the Shemale Vampire Slayer" (celebrities category), "Charisma" (transsexual category), "Cruel Art" (review category), "Emily Dickinson's Penis Poem" (essay category), "First Timer" (BDSM category), "Going Up" (transsexual category), "Hanky Panky" (BDSM category), "Kimberly Wilder: An Assessment" (review category), "Lysistrata Revisited" (BDSM category), "Museum Piece" (transsexual category), "My Brother, My Sister" (transsexual category), "Oh! Wicked Wanda" (review category), "Sugar and Spice" (incest category), "The Best Policy" (transsexual category), and "The Key" (incest category).
"Rainbow Boys" (gay category) has been rated as an “editor’s choice.”