Date: April 17, 2015
I haven’t really written or talked about it a whole lot, but this issue has increasingly been on my mind…Mostly because, as Christina points out, it has become a tool for imposing hostility against open thought and expression.
…It’s even been used against me, amidst an effort to smear my character…
It’s probably a little known fact, that over a decade and a half ago…I went through a phase where I was writing short masturbation stories…They were mostly in the vein of reflective, young homoerotic stories…the kind you might have found in gay magazines, years ago.
I would not call myself great at this endeavor…but it was fun…it served an important need…and I was offering something that was useful, to people who lacked other outlets. It was a gift to the wider community, to help them cope…to ease and enhance their life, a bit.
They mostly existed in a singular collection…a series, which added up the narration of an over the top sex romp, between three boys…Nothing about this was meant to be taken seriously…It was submitted and published on two websites, specializing in just exactly this thing…masturbation stories…It was all buried several layers deep, on a website that forced you to knowingly self elect to see it…You’d have to go hunting around for this specific type of story, and stumble upon it…It wasn’t something that would just show up in a search engine.
…You can imagine my amusement, when something like a decade later…some bozos [at Perverted Justice] decided to publish a direct link to this story, on a webpage which was supposedly an expose of me…accompanied by a “trigger” warning…As in, they expected that some percentage of people would spaz out, should they click the link and encounter my rather lighthearted and amusing story.
…It is just plain nuts, the degree to which this “trigger” superstition has been taken…I know some people are sensitive…but good grief!…Honestly?…That is just outright stupid.
It has become even more incredulous…because after Perverted Justice dropped the website, and quietly distanced itself from what it had done…one of the idiots behind creating it, spent years getting kicked off of numerous hosts [for terms of service violations, because the website is online harassment, stalking and making tangible terrorist threats against people…and it’s an outright smear campaign of the worst sort]…all along, publishing a link to my story with a “trigger” warning…
…Today is the first time I’ve even acknowledged my porn writing past, in many years…I’ve not linked to that story on a public website, ever [it was against the rules of the websites to do so, anyway…They wanted every visitor to read and agree to the terms of service, which included acknowledgement that they willfully intended to access such content]. I only shared it for a short window of time, through private and personal venues [like IRC chat]…So, it’s a trivial piece of my deep past…which I am proud of, for the record…I hope my creativity served many people well…
…But for all this time I’ve not even acknowledged the existence of these stories…that deranged bozo has been, I believe, the singular and most prominent advertiser and promoter of my porn stories…all the while being “so concerned” about the possibility of “traumatizing” people, by exposing them to my stories.
Of course…this person was just trying to rile up narrow minded people, who are already prone to become outraged at anything even remotely taboo…but this experience has always stuck with me, and made me realize just how watered down, crazy and meaningless the term “[mental] triggers” has become.
I don’t see the concept of “triggers” as being entirely invalid, because people can associate all sorts of things with a deep, personal trauma…But people have gone absolutely crazy, pro-actively associating this term with all manner of things.
Is my silly, whimsical story, about happy, enthusiastic boys having lots of happy sex, really going to “trigger” anyone into anything at all [other than arousal and orgasm]?
People who are that hyper sensitive, simply need to not seek such content out…Problem solved…
…though not in a world, where we have bozo’s who go out of their way to create problems.
There is a ton of problems with the concept of “triggers”, especially as it is being used today.
Date: March 25, 2015
I like this response…
…Though I’m sorry to learn of [slipperyshota’s] ordeal with sex trafficking.
“Consent” is honestly a complicated ordeal, when we live in a world that forces it to be complicated.
…In a better world than this one, “consent” would hopefully not be the hang up point that it is today.
I’m guilty of using the word “consent” a fair bit…but reading BFG’s post, I started thinking along the softer lines of “agreeable sex”…Which, in part, is why your post caught my eye and made me respond.
“Consent” as the holy grail it is today, is really quite unhuman…And it does not reflect well, on how we honestly live and interact with each other…It’s more of a lofty ideal, than anything else.
…At it’s worst…it’s an impossible barrier to navigate.
I do agree, however…with those who say, if you agreed with a certain type of conduct and broke your commitment knowing the consequences…then you are in some type of fault…
…But I also agree with those who say…In a better world, people would be far more open minded, than to box everyone into tight social restraints.
I don’t know if what I’ve said answers anything for BFG…But I kind of like it…It’s deep, and off the beaten path…I’ll probably post it on my blog…
Date: January 26, 2015
“Among the atrocities that Frances and Dan Keller were supposed to have committed while running a day care center out of their Texas home: drowning and dismembering babies in front of the children; killing dogs and cats in front of the children; transporting the children to Mexico to be sexually abused by soldiers in the Mexican army; dressing as pumpkins and shooting children in the arms and legs; putting the children into a pool with sharks that ate babies; putting blood in the children’s Kool-Aid; cutting the arm or a finger off a gorilla at a local park; and exhuming bodies at a cemetery, forcing children to carry the bones.
It was frankly unbelievable—except that people, most importantly, a Texas jury, did believe the Kellers had committed at least some of these acts. In 1992, the Kellers were convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a child and each sentenced to 48 years in prison. The investigation into their supposed crimes took slightly more than a year, the trial only six days.”
In short…this all started with a girl who got spanked, deciding she was going to get even by creating lies about the Keller’s…including that one pooped on her head, and raped her with a pen…She later recanted, but the momentum of this witch hunt had taken a life of it’s own.
Twenty one years later…it was finally decided by the authorities, what has been blatantly obvious to many all this time…that the Keller’s never got a fair trial, and the whole thing was an invented sham.
This case is the justice system at it’s absolute worst…and it’s an example amongst many, of why the dangers of social hysteria are so real.
What is so staggering here…is that few of these charges were even credible, if any ever were at all…Yet, they still got convicted and sent to prison for 21 years.
…The justice system is anything but rational and fair, when it starts getting paranoid about the fate of children…even when everything about a case is screaming, “You should know better, than to believe this!”…
I’ve always believed…that the people behind this atrocity, were people trying to push a social agenda…And the Keller’s were sacrificial lambs, to their ambitions.
…In fact, that is pretty well how I see the struggles of sexual minorities and the sexually active young…We suffer gravely, due to other people’s social ambitions.
…To call those people inconsiderate, cold, callous, abusive, exploitative and inhumane…would still be a massive understatement.
…Their “leadership”, has been a crime against humanity…and against the human species.
…You cannot criminalize what is going on biologically [and quite naturally], originating beneath the skin of most human beings on the face of this planet…then turn around and call yourself a decent, respect worthy human.
Today…it is not only starkly obvious…but it is down right obscene, just how unnatural we know it to be…that this “leadership” is forcing people to remain sexually celibate, well into their adulthood [for some minorities, well beyond that]…even when we know, masses of the public have their highest biological need for sexual intimacy [aka: their sexual peak], during these many, many years of forced celibacy.
…This is something very real, very tangible, stolen from these masses…
It is…in a very real sense…it’s own form of rape.
When are we going to stop tolerating this?…These people who think they can leave trails of devastated lives behind them, in their own social pursuits…all because they have decided on all of our behalves, that “we are the perverted sub-humans”?
I don’t know about most of the rest of you out there…but I feel really, really sick and angry, about the social horrors wrought, by people with these sorts of social ambitions…
…Those types of ambitions are ugly, inhumane…an example, of the worst our species has to offer…as close to evil, as I can see anything ever being…
…And it is an outrage, watching those sorts of people gain social power…or even a life of privilege and leisure in some cases…off the suffering, of those harmless and good natured people, who they destroy through their social ambitions.