Anonymous asked: Do you think there are some fetishes that should be more taboo than others, or that society should never tolerate them? When you see Internet users drawing porn of underaged characters should that be a criminal act?
I don’t know nearly enough about the psychology of abuse or criminology to be able to answer questions like this, dude.
No, I don’t think it should be illegal, but I also don’t want to look at it, and tend to leave communities where porn of the obviously underaged is common and unavoidable.
You may not have read the last ask. You may not have clicked the link. That is fine. But the video? The video is great.
Yeah, you know, it’s a little bizarre, I admit. But if you think about most cat toys, they’re kinda bizarre. Cats are kinda bizarre. Y’know, big carpeted pillars that they can go up to and scratch? That’s kinda weird. Little balls with bells inside that they knock around? That’s kinda strange. If you’re a cat, you’re entertained by things that normally wouldn’t appeal to humans, and there’s not many humans who would crawl into a big, crinkly bag just for the fun of it. But if you’re a cat, that’s exactly the kind of thing you do. ‘Cause,there’s not much else, I guess, you can really do with your time.
Anonymous asked: If there were to be a MO movie who would you cast for the main characters? Or rather, if MO was turned into an animated series who would you want to voice the characters?
I’ve not been able to find uh, body doubles for my characters, and the only voice I’ve found is Mike Rowe. He sounds and speaks an awful lot like I imagine Steven does, though Steven is a comparatively lazy enunciator.
I think of Bob as having a warmly monotone voice. I haven’t heard anybody who I think would make a good “Bob” voice, but I gotta admit that I haven’t really been looking.
Clothes based off of some characters’ uniforms in Blade of the Immortal.
If you aren’t already following elephantfist, maybe you should be because elephantfist is great.
-ologies asked: Have you ever felt utterly burned out by the fuckery of social justice (by both SJ advocates and opponents alike) that you just can't stand to give one more fuck to any given cause? I wrote about it recently and I feel alone in resenting not just the 'opponent', but my fellow SJAs who circlejerk endlessly and treat opponents like shit with endless justification to excuse their bad behavior. I was very passionate when I started, but now I just find myself totally and completely numb. :| Wat do???
I was never part of “social justice” proper. Things I think are right, and things people on the Internet think are right - they happen to overlap in places. I am more than happy to step in and defend or propagate ideas that I think are correct, as long as I can defend or propagate those ideas on my own terms.
We use group ideology to self-identify, to bond, and to exclude others. This is, unfortunately, something that seems to be true even when the entire point of the ideology is not to exclude. The “fuckery” you refer to is just human nature, but you know that already. It’s extra-irritating because we were hoping that people who care about progressive ideas and equality would be a little more inclined to police their own tribalism. Nope.
Personally? I can’t identify with those groups. I’m queer and I can’t identify with queer groups on the grounds of gender identity or sexual orientation. I can’t identify with other marginalized groups I may belong to because no such support group exists, or because I can’t relate to their problems, or because I think they are unwilling to address their own biases. Despite all that, special interest groups do get things done, from time to time. Even if their motive turns out to be less Doing the Right Thing and more Impressing Your Frenemies, stuff still gets done. Selfishness is a powerful motivator.
Are you a utilitarian, or a deontologist? Do you care about the ends, or the means? Ultimately, I care more about ends than means, which means that I’m glad social justice special interest groups, online, otherwise, both - exist, despite painful and occasionally soul-crushing levels of deliberately blind hypocrisy.
I may care more about the ends by way of logical assessment, but I can’t deal with the emotional toll of actively attaching myself to any group of people whose means and motives are the spiritual opposite of their goals. So, you know, I just sit over here at my own table and toss essays out every now and then. It’s better this way. They don’t have to put up with my ceaseless badgering about being self-critical, and I don’t have to pretend I don’t think they are a bunch of yowling, overgrown babies.
Ideas matter. Individual opportunity matters. An even playing field matters. Group ego? It does not matter.
Fuck ‘em. But don’t fuck ideas.
it is inevitable that people will demonstrate bias as is only human, but the quotes are given by real people and really do reflect their beliefs. for the sake of the project, it’s sort of inevitable to use the terms “appropriator” and “appropriated”, but biased or unbiased, i still think it’s an interesting project to embark on.
It’s not that I disagree with any of the above, but the person running the project describes themselves as “neutral”, and I think that implies a whole lot of things that are not conducive to an open discussion, especially when combined with the language and quotes used. It’s not too difficult to fix what I consider the problem - just don’t describe oneself as neutral. Bam.
This body of work is an exploration of the extent of cultural appropriation and encourages a discussion about it. I give the appropriator and the appropriated the opportunity to defend themselves and create a dialogue between them, while maintaining a neutral stance myself. I am not attacking those who appropriate, merely educating and creating awareness. I’m also exploring appropriation myself, and discovering the carying degrees of it within this visual conversation.
I’d like to make this a long term exploration, with a lot more participants as a form of generation-wide debate. If you’d like to be photographed to add your point of view, please do not hesitate to pop me a message here or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we could work something out!
I’m not convinced of the neutrality of the project - even calling one party “appropriators” and another “appropriated” implies significant bias. The deliberate choices of the photos and quotes used appear biased, and intended to either cultivate or reaffirm bias in the viewer.
That is not a problem in and of itself. Educating is typically a biased affair. Claiming to be neutral when you are not is something that I personally find problematic. I don’t mean to suggest that claiming to be neutral is intentionally dishonest, because I don’t think it was. However, taking a definite position on one side of neutral and redefining it as “neutrality” creates a context wherein people closer to that bias are given an unrealistic idea of their own neutrality, and people further away from it get an unrealistic idea of how biased they are - something which is, I suspect, likely to alienate people who may benefit most from learning about cultural appropriation.
Another sketch, with a hairstyle suggested by Amy! Trying out this Mangoe Studioe.