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In which the only sign of my internal panic is my toes clenching - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 22nd, 2013

09:28 am - In which the only sign of my internal panic is my toes clenching

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Last night we did two-ups. Two-ups are scary. Scary enough so that Happy now has a bruise on his shoulder where I was death-gripping him with my toes. This is a two-up:



It's a really long way down from up there, and nothing at all like standing on a ladder.

So we did that, and then we walked around a little bit, and then my base decided that standing on one leg would be fun, and I think that's when my toes went *clench* because psychologically, that's just a little bit challenging.

Just a little bit. *cough*

However, apart from my frustration with my complete lack of spatial awareness when being spun around upside down under someone else's control*, I think we're improving. As in, we did better at the things we learned last week, and successfully attempted new things. Also I got to climb on my partner like he's a horse and for some reason this makes me happy.

* I'm fairly sure this is normal. But I'm told that eventually you get used to living in Topsy-Turvy world and get your brain back. I am looking forward to that day.


Actually I'm not. Far from it. But there's this guy on DeviantArt who manipulates videogame character assets and basically strips them to their undies, puts them on their knees, ties their hands behind their backs, and adds a red shiny ball gag.

None of which bothers me all that much, except that:

a) All of the characters he does this to are women
b) They are all in the same position
c) There is no context or story for how this came about

To me, this isn't art. I try really hard not to be judgy about art because I'm aware it's subjective. And the first one I saw I sort of grinned wryly and went "Huh" and moved on. But then the guy started spamming groups I'm in with these pictures, and I quickly noticed the three things mentioned above. So in a fit of facetiousness I asked him why he didn't do male characters too.

Apparently he doesn't go for men, and is not into the idea of seeing men in this position. I mentioned that I'm not into the idea of seeing women in this position either*. He suggested I block him, so I did. Unfortunately on DeviantArt, blocking someone doesn't block their art, it just stops them from being able to communicate with you.

And now the guy is scraping the bottom of the barrel - this morning he posted a pic of The Lady of the Forest (yes, the one from the werewolf quest in DA:O) in bondage. I'm hoping this is a sign that he's running out of DA characters to make his 'art' with, and that soon he'll move on to another fandom.

I know it's not up to me to tell someone what they should and shouldn't create, but it's highly noticeable on DeviantArt just how large a percentage of the art consists of women in various states of undress and/or submission. And seeing a whole lot of my favourite female characters arbitrarily stripped to their undies and put in bondage for no reason other than the gratification of a few guys who like to see that sort of thing really rubs me up the wrong way.

Thus, I am a prude. And it's sad because it makes me not want to look at the groups he's posting in, and that means I miss out on a bunch of good art.

/whine


Meanwhile, I walked all round town yesterday looking for a new watering can and nobody had one. Well, that's not true. A couple of places had them but it seems that watering cans are currently Retro!Trendy, so they're all enamelled and decorative and tiny. When you're trying to water an actual garden you need at least 10 litres, and most of them only came in 5. However, in Reasons to Love the Internet #432, I was able to get a proper one from a garden centre and have it delivered for half the price of one of those flowery toy ones.

And, my goodies arrived! All at once! I now have the leather, buckles, rivets and Wonderflex needed to complete the outfit. All I'm waiting on is the maille, which will take a week or two. But that's ok, I have plenty to go on with...

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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 21st, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
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1) you aren't prude, dud is kind of laying down his sexual preferences all over the place

2) Because there's just about always a semi-appropriate David Wills comic
http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1940
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, I know I'm not a prude really. The sexual content doesn't bother me, it's the imposition of someone else's fetish on the characters without their consent, the normalisation of objectification of women, and the lack of art to it that bothers me.

Also, that cartoon. ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 21st, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
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I believe the cartoon is based on actual people who also insist that everyone should be in on their fetish...


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From:Will Marshall
Date:October 22nd, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm not fully sure how characters can consent.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 22nd, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm not either. I think I mentioned this further down somewhere - however there is the implication that the situation depicted is non-consensual, which squicks me out just a little. I have no issue with bondage or depictions of it in general, but this guy seems to be specifically making pictures of people who have been forced into that situation. Pixellated characters or not, non-con without warning is uncool.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 21st, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
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What's the point of doing the same thing over and over and over again. Obviously he wants some recognition for it since he's posting it all over the place, but most fans are going to be bored of the same old and tired schtick.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. If it were one a week even, it'd be better. But the dude posted like 12 of them over the weekend. Hopefully he'll run out of steam soon.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 21st, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Don't worry, his hand will cramp sooner or later.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Mwuahahahaha!
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From:meri_sielu
Date:October 21st, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Nope what he is doing is basically porn and there should at least be an adult content warning on his work to stop, you know, kids clicking through to shit like that. I don't blame you for not wanting to see that!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
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I guess. I'm not offended by the nudity or the bondage so I didn't really consider it to be porn, just tasteless, sexist and not art. But I imagine a lot of peole would.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:October 22nd, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Won't somebody please think of the children?
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From:adam_0oo
Date:October 21st, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
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How are you always doing these awesome things and have nobody around to take pictures? Sound so cool!

It doesn't make you a prude.

Also, I could have waited for your next shearing post, but what if you saw this before then! Must be first!

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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha that was awesome, and totally how I do it.

And I think mostly there are no photos because everyone who is likely to take a pic of me doing cool stuff is also doing cool stuff at the same time.

One day there might be pics. There's supposed to be a show at the end of this term.
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From:pombagira
Date:October 21st, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
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ohh.. yay show i could come along and take photos.. although you might have to put a paper bag over happy's head cause he dosn't like having his photo taken..

#isbeingabitfacetious

*coughs*

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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Mostly Happy's face would be obscured by my butt. That's how adagio works, apparently.

But realistically, taking photos of classes is likely frowned on because of the chance of catching non-consenting folks in the background.

However, one day we will be good enough to be public with it and then I reckon it's fair game.
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From:pombagira
Date:October 21st, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
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yay a show sound great!!
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From:pombagira
Date:October 21st, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
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yup like the others said, not art, personal wank material, which really others should not be subjected to.. #judgieMcJudgiePants are difficult to remove today...


do be do

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From:subtle_haven
Date:October 22nd, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
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Um, they look super scary. Kudos!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 22nd, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, they are. But it's a lot safer than it feels, luckily.
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From:meathiel
Date:October 22nd, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
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I just think about the kids coming across stuff like that if it doesn't even have an adult content warning.

(Have you ever searched for something totally innocent - really - on Tumblr? You'd be surprised what comes up there! Meh!)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 22nd, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Never google stallion nipples. Ever.
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From:meathiel
Date:October 22nd, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear ... you know that I'll do exactly that now ... haha!
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From:kehleyr
Date:October 22nd, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Also I got to climb on my partner like he's a horse and for some reason this makes me happy. LOL

I really dislike images where a woman or man has one of those ball gags in their mouth :-/
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From:tatjna
Date:October 22nd, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. They are not flattering and the implications behind them, especially when it's non-consensual*, are a bit icky.

* I know they are videogame characters and therefore can't consent in any meaningful way - however, the pictures made it appear as if they were in this position against their will, and ew.
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From:heathersmoo
Date:October 25th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
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I hate when a commonplace household item because popular and then becomes hard to acquire cheaply and in such a state as to do the original intended purpose. I'm glad you found a work around.
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