A little bit of a soft ball for July, but my theme this month is going to be Feel Good Week. Usually this time of year is really bad for me; sort of like SAD, but for the sunniest times of the year instead of the darkest. This year is better but I’ve still got some big stressors on the horizon that I could use some relief from—-so this week’s pics will be to that end!
This gif looks like a perfect, peaceful afternoon to me. :D
Look at Fifty Shades Of Grey's knot.
Now look at my knot.
Now back at FSoG. Now back at me.
This is the knot your knot could look like if you bothered to ask actual BDSM players, or hell, even their YouTube channels, before making a movie supposedly about BDSM. I’m not a rope top and I did that one-handed.
I’m on a horse.
The thing where they justify abuse by saying “it’s BDSM, of course it’s sick and wrong” is still a bigger problem though.
I think this is the most brilliant response to this movie I’ve seen so far. XD
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
Boycott, boycott, boycott. As said above, BDSM is not the problem. It is also not present in 50 Shades. 50 Shades is abuse; it is not BDSM.
I know this isn’t my usual blog fare but please don’t support this movie. As a BDSM practitioner I can tell you it’s grossly inaccurate, as a librarian I can tell you it’s utter trash, and as a woman I can tell you it’s dangerous. Supporting this franchise with your ticket money is unethical, plain and simple.
Absolutely worth spreading around.
It’s a Free! for all day! (Also a pun day, apparently. XD) I was so happy when they announced Sousuke’s spirit animal, they’re one of my favorite parts of the show and whale sharks are adorable. But I didn’t want to leave him on his own, so I made a new mini set of buttons—the Samezuka Sharks.
I’ve also finally put up the stickers that I’ve had for a while! The Style Five have a new whale shark friend there too. :D
Both stickers and buttons are available as singles or full sets over at Magical MacGuffins!
And a signal boost for Sousuke, too! I love that they’re giving more canon spirit animals this season. :D (Even if I did prefer the pilot fish for Nitori.)
New up in my shop today, in celebration of Eternal Summer starting, are my Free! button designs! Featuring Rin’s shark, Haruka’s dolphin, Makoto’s orca, Nagisa’s penguin, or Rei’s butterfly. (I just love all of the animal mascots!) Each animal rests on a background inspired by their swimmer’s preferred swimsuit.
Also available is “For the Team” written across placid water; the sentiment that Rin thought was most important when they were younger kids.
Available in singles, or as a full set here!
I’ll be adding more designs from different shows soon, but these guys are my first batch! Is anyone else super excited for season two?
Signal boosting the Free! animal spirits!
No but okay, can we all just take a long moment to appreciate this gorgeous person with their gorgeous cosplay? Because seriously. This is just a fantastic Uranus cosplay set. And that Haruka picture, just ohmigosh!
Credit: Ran-Akaharu on dA
That’s not a cosplay.
That IS Haruka.