How to be HUNG exhibitionist: thoughts about putting on a show... I have a habit of posting naked pics of myself. Of all the habits on this planet, this does not seem like the most unhealthy one, but I often wonder what lead me to do this... why it continues... what it takes to be an exhibitionist and what is beneath the surface... I originally came to this site because I was anticipating a thrill at seeing the pics here (both women and men sharing themselves) and posting my own... It is hot to find a place like this to share these kinds of things and to hear from both the appreciative women and other guys with similar pics being shared. I then started reading posts and threads and saw that many are also exchanging other kinds of things; a lot of humor, wit, playfulness, advice and support. Some here never post, some just read, some just look at pics... But I'm realizing it possible to share a lot more than just the hard pics you've been seeing in the gallery. Maybe others wonder about those who like to post their naked pics... I have a few ideas to share, possibly a confession of sorts. A serious subject: I was reading a thread here tonight about those who had lost friends to aids. It made me sad to read the posts and it reminded me of when I lived in New York City years ago during the beginning stages of the epidemic. As a very young guy, I was so afraid to have sex back then when so little was known. I was younger, early 20's and all I could do at the time was work out in a gym and stare at guys. I was eventually in a relationship but that too was nearly sterile from all the fear that was everywhere at that time. Eventually, after working out... I would show off my large cock in the locker room or steam room. That was kind of like having "safe sex" and it got me lots of attention as you might imagine... As a survival tactic, I had picked up this "safe" habit of avoiding any real (possibly life-theatening) intimacy because I was so scared of catching something back then, while others were losing their lovers and friends in such large numbers. (This goes back to a time just before reliable hiv testing, when I didn't know if I was neg or pos, and before any of the cocktail meds.) So for a few years, I had found this safe form of release. Many others seemed to be in a similar pattern. And I think even to this day, my habit of "showing off" stems from the intense experiences I had while trying to survive during the beginning of the epidemic, square in the middle of the New York City epicenter. As a side note, I am also a visual artist. I have found that many artists create "self portraits." And many artists create "fantasy" in their works. I do this too and use a high-resolution camera to accomplish this. But I am not so sure some of this is "art." ( I like hearing once in a while that the pics are in some ways artistic, I try to make images that are more than just simple anatomy.) I am also not so sure it is some kind of character defect, although I read once that both exhibitionism and voyeurism are part of the same illness... a fear of achieving real intimacy, and at the core of this; a fear of rejection. (hmmm...) But it might just be in our nature to be curious and to participate in some kind of nature display... I am wondering now after all the naked pic posting here, why am I doing this, what am I possibly avoiding... is it just a "habit," maybe some sort of creative outlet, or something that requires a deeper understanding. Aids is unfortunately not over, but somehow, with help from above, I have survived. I was exclusively "gay" during my younger years. Over time, as some fears went away, I was able to explore a bisexual side. ( I used to be afraid women would reject me with a mostly gay past but learned that this fear was one I had made up for myself, that did not serve me. I've since dated women and had girlfriends and am very comfortable with my ability to enjoy both sexes to various degrees...I would not change this.) The question then of what makes (or breaks) an exhibitionist... I know many here at LPSG have enjoyed the recent pics and I really am glad to have the feedback. But I also wonder if it is time to stop the games. Maybe it is something to outgrow. Thanks for reading... I wonder if others have any thoughts on this, if others also question the meaning of exhibitionism and voyeurism. Thanks for any helpful insights you can share.