Crisco was, notoriously, the lube of choice for gay male fisting before the AIDS epidemic. This artwork dates to that innocent pre-AIDS age, when condom use was pretty much unheard of among gay men because, seriously, why bother when anything you can catch, a shot of penicillin will cure?
Of course it was never quite that simple, but that was the ethos and the lifestyle.
If I’m not mistaken, the artist who drew this picture was in fact one of the many tragic casualties of that first horrifying avalanche of AIDS deaths, from the period when people were contracting the disease without any understanding of what was causing it or how to protect against it.
[…] I see a piece of art like that and my mind immediately goes to motive. Who made it, and why? Was it something somebody drew just for the troll value, for the sheer pleasure of poking Christians with a stick so they come boiling out of their anthills? Was it a tongue-in-cheek anti-religious commentary in the old Victorian anti-clerical pornographic tradition? Could it have been actually intended as erotica, perhaps originally published in one of the gay print magazines alongside work by Tom of Finland or Etienne? […]