25w, 5dWords words words8 comments · 320 views
If anyone of you manages to keep up with the forum over at the Futaquestria group, you might have seen a small incident. The short of it, I was yelled at, and called a 'bloody cunt' for not agreeing that a word I used, have been using for years, and will continue to use, was somehow offensive.
Now, if anyone knows me, and knows my views on such things, I firmly believe in something that was said by George Carlin many times. There are no bad words. Bad thoughts, bad intentions, and then simply words. I hate when someone wants others to tiptoe around a particular word, just because they think it's offensive. I feel that, more often than not, these people care little for what the word actually means, or the origins of the word, and more about themselves seeming important. "I don't like a word, therefore you must treat me special". Now, to be fair, I doubt that's always the case. I'm sure a lot of these peoples never really stop to consider the issue themselves, and are simply regurgitating what they've been told by others.
Needless to say, I posted a link to a Carlin clip that sums up my position, and locked the thread before things could snowball any further. I realize that there's no real way to argue or reason with someone like this. But, of course, some took it as me taking advantage of my position as group founder to 'win the argument'. Well, if you want to get technical, I had already won the 'argument' before it started. I'm the group founder, and it's moderator. Unless one of the site admins steps in and says I need to change something, my position on something is the group's position. And that position is that we are not going to quibble over what words we can and can not say. For good or ill, we have all chosen to dwell on a website where words are the tools with which we create worlds and weave tales. It would be childish, even neglectful, of us if we started picking and choosing what words are safe and which we should fear at all costs. Someone tried to bring up the old saying of 'words can hurt and words can heal'. I literally had to face-palm as I read that. I had spent far too much of my life, bullied and ridiculed because I didn't fit in with everyone else, before I learned that that old saying was completely false. A word can not hurt you. A word can not help you. It's the person behind the word that hurts or heals. It's the intent with which they use a word that carries the meaning behind it. You friend smiles and calls you an asshole, and you know he's playing around. But some stranger yells at you and calls you an asshole, and you know he means it to hurt. It's the same word, but it's the person and the intent that matters.
I decided to write the blog because, amazingly, a couple days after this 'incident' I found a video what was just posted about this very topic. I would warn you that the video below may contain 'offensive' language, but that would honestly defeat the whole purpose of this blog. Let's just say that, if you're someone who's easily offended over simple, meaningless things, you probably shouldn't watch this.
40w, 1dThat new art10 comments · 407 views
40w, 2dSweet!4 comments · 214 views
News Flash! (no, not Sentry, he's already been stabbed).
Megasweet be drawing some Futa-Twi from my story.
Head on over if you know the link for his Livestream (not sure if that counts as a NSFW link or not, so I won't link it here).
40w, 5dAbont time!16 comments · 262 views
I can't link to it here, because it will make some prude over at Google start crying, and we just can't have that, now can we?
But someone has finally done a pic of something other than the TwiXAJ scene from TMV!
Just do a little tag search for the story's name over on Derpibooru to find it. Shouldn't be hard.
Thanks to Kevinsano for drawing it, and probably yet another nameless anon for commissioning it!
43w, 3dAbout that Molestia Blog27 comments · 330 views
I'm pretty sure you've all heard this before, so I won't go on to repeat that. But I noticed a blog by InsertAuthorHere, and after reading his blog, and several of the replies, I felt I needed to speak up about it. I'd like to repost what I said here, then ask you all a question, if that's alright.
My post from the previous blog.
I guess I get to be the asshole here.
That's fine, I enjoy it most of the time. Seems like lately it's my job.
First, let me bring up something. There was, as far as we know, no C&D issued on APM. Numerous people have gotten in contact with the people who have worked on APM, and asked them about it. And so far, the replies have been that there was no C&D issued to them.
To answer why the tumblr blog was taken down, you need to keep one thing in mind. It's on Tumblr. And that site has had a bad history of blogs being taken down thanks to people exploiting their automated report system. Remember a while back when pony blogs were disappearing left and right, and not just the NSFW ones? It's still going on, only not as often as it was previously. APM had been hit before, and this time they simply didn't feel like fighting it, and decided it was a good time to move on. Hasbro was not involved in any of this. As IAH pointed out before, Hasbro is more worried about making money than protecting the 'innocence' of their characters.
Did PinkiePony and the whole DWM mob have anything to do with it? Possibly, but not likely. The whole DWM event from a while back was a pretty pathetic deal when everything was looked at. I'm not going to debate on feminists here, otherwise we'll be here all fricking day. Any credibility the DWM movement and PinkiePony herself had was lost when she started trying to sell t-shirts for it, turning the whole thing into little more than a scam to try and get money out of people. There are still likely some die-hard followers still out there (and I'm betting at least one will read, then whine about, this reply). It is possible one or more of them were the ones who executed the automated report exploit to get the blog taken down again, though unless someone steps forth and claims responsibility, there's no way to be sure.
So is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Well, it depends on who you ask, and where you stand on several topics. Personally, I believe that freedom of speech is paramount. If it wasn't, this site, and many more like it, would never have been allowed to survive. JJ was free to make whatever blog he wished, for whatever reason and purpose. This, of course, cuts both ways. PinkiePony and her friends were allowed to complain about it as much as they wish. Even if they are both at odds, they both are allowed their freedoms, up to the point where they try to infringe upon the other's freedoms. That's the line the whole DWM group ended up crossing. Their defense that the blog was 'offensive' is little more than a grade schooler crying that a bully called them a bad name. Everything, to someone, on some level, can be considered offensive. Don't believe me? Let me illustrate for you.
He's actually gotten a bit of appreciation from fans lately, and has been showing up a bit more often in the show since his first appearance in Hurricane Fluttershy. Seems as if most people like the character for one reason or another. But unfortunately, he's also offensive. How you may ask? Just look at him, and how he's portrayed as a character. He's muscle-bound, thick-headed, slow-witted, and portrayed as a simpleton. The argument can be made that he's offensive to anyone who partakes in body-building, or just anyone who could be considered a 'jock'. The character of Bulk Biceps portrays strong, muscular individuals as idiots with slow minds. Back in the 80's, no one really cared about that. Just look at the 'Revenge of the Nerds' movies. But these days, everyone seems to be out to find something offensive to complain about.
To insist that 'rape jokes' are an exception, and should be exempt from freedom of speech is nothing but people asking for special treatment. It's fine to offend others, but not people who freak out at the mention of 'rape'.
And to go even further, there's hardly any mention of 'rape' in the blog to begin with. Lewd behavior, sexual harassment, groping, sure. But I haven't found any clear instances where the main character actually rapes anyone. Even if an instance could be pointed out as being 'questionable' as to if it's rape or not, one has to consider what is being implied. Believe it or not, the saying 'you can't rape the willing' is actually true. There are countless people these days who are prime examples of that, and most of them are in happy relationships because of it. If you're willing to look a bit more closely at the dirty side of the world, you'll find that BDSM, pet-play, dominant/submissive, and a host of other fetishes all operate around this concept. An individual can act unwilling, because that's the role they wish to play, but it's understood by both parties that this is what they want to happen, and so it's permitted to happen. Now, before someone tries to twist what I've just said, let me make it clear that yes, there is still actual rape in the world. I am NOT trying to make an excuse for actual rape. Real rape is a violation, a wholly unwanted assault of a sexual nature, performed on an unwilling individual. No consent is given or implied, and there is no excuse for it. But claiming that real rape, and roleplayed rape, are one in the same shows a pure ignorance on behalf of the one making such a claim.
But the topic at hand is the ending of the Ask Princess Molestia blog. Like it or not, it has been a part of this fandom for a long time, and if anything shows that at least a good portion of the fandom is willing to step back and laugh at itself, and it's absurdity. Those that hate it because their skin isn't thick enough to hold up to off-color humor may wish it was gone without trace, but it has left an indelible mark upon the fandom, showing that at least some can find the humor in all things. I for one will miss the blog, for it's audacity and it's ability to take such an absurd concept and turn it into something enjoyable.
Or, you know, maybe I'm the only one that managed to actually get the joke about it all. That's possible too.
Now, having said that, I'd like to ask you all something. As you've probably noticed from reading my fics, rape is something that I'm, not exactly comfortable with, but feel as a literary tool it has it's place. We're talking about something fictional here, with no real victims or pain inflicted on another living being. Even then, I understand that not everyone will be comfortable with the topic, and that's fine.
What I want to ask is, since I know several of you who have read TMV have mentioned that don't really like rape in stories, what is your stance on it? Are you offended by it, or do you look past it knowing it's just a story?