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This occured to me recently. I have two or three more profound ponderings I might or (more likely) will not share with a larger audience but this is short and to the point, so I can ask it now:
As I have stated before, I am about as interested in my friends' sexual orientation as I am in their preferences in jam/marmelade for breakfast. However, I have over the years heard various arguments to back up the theory that being gay is unnatural/wrong/sick. And while I disagree with them or in some cases have to say that it might come down to a matter of interpretation/opinion, the proposed arguments do in many cases at least have a coherent internal logic. If for example you subscribe to the theory that the purpose of sex is procreation and not pleasure, yes, it does follow that gay activity is unnatural/wrong. However....

What I can not figure out though is a logical argument against bisexuality that goes beyond those raised against unisex preferences. Have any of you wise and experienced people ever been faced with one of those and if yes, what was it?
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TW for discussion of rape.

No mother should have to go through any of this.

But I mean, it works. It's certainly making me feel even worse than I did already.
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I really don't know how I feel about the casting of an actual transsexual as the "Sweet Transvestite". :-/ I mean, it's blunt and it's obvious and it's gimmicky but then again it's a FOX production for the "youth of today". I don't really think that releasing another film version of RHPS is the sacrilege that some groups may be treating it as. IMHO it is as necessary/valid as, say that recent run of "Jesus Christ Superstar" featuring John Lydon as Herod. I mean, Joel Grey is cool but Alan Cummings is, too, and he's probably more up to the task of performing an entire musical than Mr. Grey. So, meh!
However I also think that Rocky Horror is very much a product of its time and while it certainly has helped people find themselves/their true sexuality back in the day and while undoubtedly people are still finding likeminded individuals through it even nowadays, it doesn't really hold up any longer. Society has moved on and men in drag are no longer the wreckers of civilisation they used to be.
Also, Frank N. Furter is still an alien, per definitionem "The Inhuman Other". And an evil alien at that. Not really a poster boy for tolerance.
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von_geisterhand: Monika küsst Jörg. Sie liebt ihn. (kiss)
Okay, there are is a spoiler of sorts in this text. It is, however, not related to the end joke. You will more or less know the controversial joke at the end of "Kingsman", if you've seen the trailer and/or have a reasonable knowledge of classic Bond-films.

The problem is a more basic one )

*Okay, and maybe for the odd person in the audience to go "Oh, can we have another shot of that cleavage, please? Man, I'm totally freeze-framing this on DVD!"
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In the context of "Nymphomaniac Vol. II" the phrase "I don't have enough spoons for this!" gets a wholly new meaning. ;-)
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The article has a good overall message but there are some details where I feel the author is too optimistic/utopian to the point of naivité. Still, very worth reading and thinking about.

The danger in demonizing male sexuality.
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Here we have a book collecting accounts of various blokes' first sex:


Does that not speak of silent sexuality blooming? Tender touches and the moment when a boy becomes a man? Does it not? Well, at least it speaks of sex about to be initiated. Houston, we are getting naked! It may not reflect my personal experience but it sure is a good cover for a book about sex.

Now here we have the cover of a book about the same subject by the same author, only this time dealing with accounts by women.



Excuse me, what the fuck is this? It looks like a bloody ad for sanitary towels, maybe even medication against nervous bowels. This does not scream sex or even sensuality, except of course if you see women as mainly tender emotional creatures frozen with fear in the headlights of their first erection. What is the thinking behind this? How is this to be representative?
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http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/parl.htm#Abstaining_from_the_Real_World_5702

Not wanting to appear too acquiescent with a person who strikes me as incredibly disagreeable, I find myself wholeheartedly agreeing with something Mrs. Dorries probably did not mean to say.
Let's start with the rather obvious: The intention to only target young women with your scheme speaks of a worldview that is somewhere between antiquated and downright stupid. Certainly, the prospect of having your womb occupied for the better part of the year as well as the discomfort that is bound to ensue in the subsequent birthing proceedings are a powerful incentive for a woman (of any age) to regulate access to her genitals responsibly. On the other hand, there is this recurring feeling/thought I have that suggests that an owner and habitual deployer of semen should handle said organ and fluid in an equally responsible manner. That incidentally goes for men of all creeds.


Dame Joan said that our society is saturated in sex: a typical prime-time hour on TV contains 2.6 references to intercourse, 1.2 references to prostitution and rape, and 4.7 sexual innuendoes.

I love imagining a little very eager Mary-Whitehouse-clone sitting there with a stopwatch and a calculator to come up with these numbers.


Incidentally, while I fully agree that the commercialised sexualisation of women, young girls, paerhaps even people is a worrying and disagreeable trend, I continue to wonder why it's always the "sexual" part that is seen as the problem, and never the "commercialised". And if you feel that there may be too much sex in "society's consciousness", I am not sure if school sex ed. material really is the first thing to cut in order to reduce this amount.

Young people will feel eager to fuck whether they hear about it in school or see it on telly or not. Having genitals and a shitload of hormones will soon make sure of that. It is quite possible and even somewhat likely that having some detailed lessons about the whole topic in school will even make them more interested and/or eager but that difference is bound to be marginal and at least they will be considerably better informed when taking the plunge than members of their age-bracket who grew up in less informative circumstances.

One factor constantly ignored by society is that peer pressure is a key contributor to early sexualised activity among the children of our country. Society is focused on sex. Our sex education teaches children how to have sex, not how to say no to sex.

It just occured to me that I have been cheated most severely. You see, getting my license for driving a car took a long time and involved many, many lessons. Yet, at no point during it was I taught that for some journeys I might be better off walking or riding a bike. God knows why I hardly drive anywhere these days.
Sex Ed should tell you about having sex. Making you secure enough in yourself and your choices and guiding you in making up your mind is something that one would hope is an integral part of the whole school business and hopefully also part of what parents try to instill. Handling peer pressure is a bastard and the average teen will make a fair few "wrong" decisions because of it, but that is a general issue, far from only related to sexual matters.

In our sex education programmes, we need to promote the notion of abstinence and all the advantages that it brings, such as self-respect and not making relationship mistakes.

Abstinence works, you know. It can really keep you safe from getting pregnant and all the STDs you cannot catch from a toilet seat. It will not save you from relationship mistakes, unless of course it is relationships you are abstaining from. As for your self respect, see above. I remain convinced you can fuck somebody very respectfully, just as under certain circumstances not having sex with somebody means disrespecting both yourself and the other person(s).

It [abstinence] has to be taught alongside everything else so that young girls can say, I have been told to say no.

For this is the way to develop self-respect: Blindly following what somebody else said. This may well be to most inane sentence of the whole piece.
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If asked outright and out of the blue, I would certainly claim to be a fan of the "Hellraiser"-films and while I felt fairly blasé about the news of "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween" being rebooted, I am actually quite curious to see how the "Hellraiser"-reboot will turn out if it ever sees the light of the screen.
However, then I actually rewatch one of the proper* films and am reminded about just how flawed they are. "Hellraiser" seems fairly dated and somehow caught inbetween being the creepy, somewhat kinky british film it started off as and the bigger american mainstream film it was turned into. In this case it might actually be interesting to see what a "Star Wars"-style remastering might turn the film into. Keep the stop-motion effects but clean them up a little, give the characters back their English voices and if you must keep Christopher Young's score, at least reinstate some of the Coil tracks written for the film or get Sleazy to write some more. This, however, is never going to happen and maybe it is for the best that way. Certainly, if it's just about production values, you do get these in "Hellbound", which I feel is a considerably more coherent film and certainly the best in the series. Again, it is not without flaws and does show its age (The blond girl always puts me in mind of "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4", and not in a good way.), but here you have a fairly good combination of shocks, effects and glimpses of a non-Christian mythology. Plus, you know, Kenneth Cranham and Clare Higgins.**
"Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" then jumped the shark and made Pinhead the wisecracking Freddie-clone he should not be, while I reserve judgment on "Bloodlines" until they release the original version.

A factor that excited me about "The Hellbound Heart" and which I feel the movies lacked on the whole was the sense that a) the Cenobites may be cruel and relentless but they are never evil as such. Their special attentions should only be open to those who desire them enough to make the box open itself. Bringing "Hell to Earth" would really be a waste of their skills/good suffering. Frank really wanted to open that box as did Dr. Channard and thus the Order of the Gash attended to them, Maybe somebody's desire is strong and twisted enough to call them and set them onto somebody "innocent" but making them malevolent for their own sake fudges their appeal to me.
I can obviously understand why fairly mainstream american films would not feature a strong sense of sexual desire but by leaving this out, you do make the Cenobites*** a lot more generic and a lot less interesting than they deserve.

*Any "Hellraiser" that actually went on general release at the cinema. I enjoyed "Inferno" and "Hellseeker" but could not shake the feeling that they were actually interesting small films that had been rewritten to crowbar Pinhead and the Cenobites into the story.
** That's another thing last night's rewatching reminded me of: The first two "Hellraisers" (and "Hell on Earth" to an extent if in a more generic way) have very strong and self-determined female characters in a manner that horror is normally considered as lacking.
*** And while he is obviously very enigmatic, the Cenobites can do very well without Pinhead, just as the "Alien"-films can do without Ripley..

Hellraiser

Jun. 21st, 2010 02:28 pm
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If asked outright and out of the blue, I would certainly claim to be a fan of the "Hellraiser"-films and while I felt fairly blasé about the news of "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween" being rebooted, I am actually quite curious to see how the "Hellraiser"-reboot will turn out if it ever sees the light of the screen.
However, then I actually rewatch one of the proper* films and am reminded about just how flawed they are. "Hellraiser"  seems fairly dated and somehow caught inbetween being the creepy, somewhat kinky british film it started off as and the bigger american mainstream film it was turned into. In this case it might actually be interesting to see what a "Star Wars"-style remastering might turn the film into. Keep the stop-motion effects but clean them up a little, give the characters back their English voices and if you must keep Christopher Young's score, at least reinstate some of the Coil tracks written for the film or get Sleazy to write some more. This, however, is never going to happen and maybe it is for the best that way. Certainly, if it's just about production values, you do get these in "Hellbound", which I feel is a considerably more coherent film and certainly the best in the series. Again, it is not without flaws and does show its age (The blond girl always puts me in mind of "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4", and not in a good way.), but here you have a fairly good combination of shocks, effects and glimpses of a non-Christian mythology. Plus, you know, Kenneth Cranham and Clare Higgins.**
"Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" then jumped the shark and made Pinhead the wisecracking Freddie-clone he should not be, while I reserve judgment on "Bloodlines" until they release the original version.

A factor that excited me about "The Hellbound Heart" and which I feel the movies lacked on the whole was the sense that a) the Cenobites may be cruel and relentless but they are never evil as such. Their special attentions should only be open to those who desire them enough to make the box open itself. Bringing "Hell to Earth" would really be a waste of their skills/good suffering. Frank really wanted to open that box as did Dr. Channard and thus the Order of the Gash attended to them, Maybe somebody's desire is strong and twisted enough to call them and set them onto somebody "innocent" but making them malevolent for their own sake fudges their appeal to me.
I can obviously understand why fairly mainstream american films would not feature a strong sense of sexual desire but by leaving this out, you do make the Cenobites*** a lot more generic and a lot less interesting than they deserve.

*Any "Hellraiser" that actually went on general release at the cinema. I enjoyed "Inferno" and "Hellseeker" but could not shake the feeling that they were actually interesting small films that had been rewritten to crowbar Pinhead and the Cenobites into the story.
** That's another thing last night's rewatching reminded me of: The first two "Hellraisers" (and "Hell on Earth" to an extent if in a more generic way) have very strong and self-determined female characters in a manner that horror is normally considered as lacking.
*** And while he is obviously very enigmatic, the Cenobites can do very well without Pinhead, just as the "Alien"-films can do without Ripley..
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http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/leute/0,1518,656122,00.html

Hillary Swank zeigt sich dem sechsjährigen Sohn ihres Partners öfters nackt. Und denkt sich nichts dabei. Weil sich kleine Kinder ja bei nackten Menschen auch nichts denken.
Da sagt ein Psychologe "sie sei schließlich nicht die Mutter des Kindes, wer wisse denn schon, wie der Junge sich später sexuell adjustiere?".

o_O Ja, wie, was jetzt? Wird der Junge später schwul oder pervers, weil er in seiner Jugend schon eine nackte Frau sah? Oder eventuell ausgeglichen und will dann keine unterdrückte sexuelle Erregungen schlecht sublimierende Medien konsumieren? Ja, mein Gott, da könnte ja die ganze westliche Welt einstürzen! Was soll nur werden wenn die jungen Männer der Zukunft später nicht "Transformers 4" sehen wollen?

Argh!

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