I could watch any of the Cremaster movies on a loop for days.

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deformutilated:

Dead Swan

deformutilated:

Dead Swan

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Eyestalks are underused in modern creature design.

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architectureofdoom:

megazal:

.1255. by polgaroid on Flickr.

Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain

architectureofdoom:

megazal:

.1255. by polgaroid on Flickr.

Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain

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On BDSM safety

like-a-pig-in-a-war:

sharkchunks:

like-a-pig-in-a-war:

aglassfullofhappiness:

antlered-kitten:

So, it seems the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon has claimed some of its first victims. People have already died because of unsafe BDSM practices copied off this poor excuse of a book. So, to any of the people here who might have an interest in BDSM, let me beg you to at the very, very least, never forget the following:

Read More

Ugh I’ve done so much wrong off this list.

Do as I say, not as I do, I guess. Read, learn, be more safe.

50 Shades of Grey does not have victims. Books are not to blame for the actions of individuals, even if the individuals claim they were inspired by the book, which nowhere in the article is it stated that this couple was.

Nobody was ever raped because of A Clockwork Orange. Nobody was ever kidnapped because of The Collector. And nobody ever died because of 50 Shades of Grey. The actions of individuals are their own responsibility. To blame a book excuses the person and places blame on protected speech. There are worse books out there than 50 Shades of Grey, ones with more offensive, less accurate, more dangerous, worse writing than this new novel. More popular ones too. You can and should blame the novel for being poorly written and inaccurate and irresponsible in its depiction of its subject, but you cannot and should not hold it responsible for the killing of a woman by a man.

This applies to 50 Shades, it applies to the Bible, it applies to Mein Kampf and The Turner Diaries. Books are words. Words don’t kill. People do. The 50 Shades of Grey “phenomenon” has not claimed any victims. A dumbass in Sweden did, and the article never states they were even inspired by the novel, had ever read the novel, or were trying to emulate an act in the novel. It only says “A Swedish man is to go on trial charged with killing his girlfriend in a Fifty Shades of Grey-style sado-masochistic sex game." That’s it.

So write an article about safe sex. But don’t blame a book or its popularity for manslaughter. Blame the man who actually committed it.

Oops yeah I slipped up, last time these news stories were on my dash I did actually comment on this but I got distracted by finding out that I might have trashed my kidneys haha.

I don’t 100% agree - I think books that are presented as instructional/non-fiction ARE potentially very dangerous because people are easily led. We’re all still responsible for our own actions, but it’s irresponsible to put something out there that will very likely influence people to do harm (like the Bible). 

50 Shades is fiction - it’s a fantasy, and I’ve read FAR more offensive and extreme attempts at kinky erotica. Let’s face it, rape fantasies are extremely common, my worry with 50 Shades isn’t that it’s portraying rape and abuse (which in the safe world of fantasy are utterly harmless), it’s that its insane popularity is making it a lot of people’s first and only source of knowledge on BDSM. Which isn’t the fault of the author - I wish it was possible to write a worldwide bestseller deliberately!

But there’s no real evidence that it’s inspired anyone to commit a crime or that it’s led to an accidental death that wouldn’t have happened anyway. BDSM related accidents have been happening since… well, probably forever. It’s rarely risk-free and in the days before easy access to medical information online it was probably often done extremely dangerously. 50 Shades is part of an ongoing problem where kink just isn’t talked about enough outside of fantasies and people’s bedrooms. Honestly I’d like to see it as a basic part of sex ed along with how people get pregnant and how STDs are spread. From YOUNG - I first got involved with unsafe BDSM aged 16 (way more dumb than anything I risk now) and the guy it was with had done the same with younger girls (he was young too, and not malicious at all - just too lazy to do research, same as a lot of young kinky people).

But, if the outrage gets people talking about safer kink then I guess it’s all good. I’ve not seen anyone trying to ban the book, so I’m just glad it’s being discussed.

I don’t think you slipped up at all, my gripe was exclusively with OP and the Article linked for making a connection to 50 Shades where none existed, and with OP for calling her a victim of the book pheneomenon.

Instruction manuals and books that advocate things like Mein Kampf, The Bible, and the Anarchist’s Cookbook’s spawn are a greyer area because they actually tell people to do things, but in the end I still feel they and their authors cannot bear responsibility for an actual crime or action because the responsibility must lie 100% with the individual who committed the act.

My views here are in part for my own sake, as I wrote a particularly violent novel that could “inspire” all manner of actions, and I’m adamant I’d not hold any responsibility for people carrying them out, even if Balder says people should. But for a wider purpose, I’m thinking of political tracts that advocate war, or unconstitutional actions. They must be allowed to exist and their authors must be protected. Once you blame a novel for killing a woman in a sex game, you set the precedent for blaming a novel for a revolution or murder. Actually I guess with its politics my trilogy could be accused of that as well someday, especially Book 3 for its 2006 events. If someone gets riled up by the novel’s sentiment and does what Andrew and Jessica did, I’ll surely be the subject of worse articles and accusations than E. L. James.

Talk about safe kinkery is always good of course, my only gripe is with the article and wording in the post’s headline. Both use a modern fad to get readers at the cost of accuracy and inciting bibliophobia.

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On BDSM safety

like-a-pig-in-a-war:

aglassfullofhappiness:

antlered-kitten:

So, it seems the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon has claimed some of its first victims. People have already died because of unsafe BDSM practices copied off this poor excuse of a book. So, to any of the people here who might have an interest in BDSM, let me beg you to at the very, very least, never forget the following:

Read More

Ugh I’ve done so much wrong off this list.

Do as I say, not as I do, I guess. Read, learn, be more safe.

50 Shades of Grey does not have victims. Books are not to blame for the actions of individuals, even if the individuals claim they were inspired by the book, which nowhere in the article is it stated that this couple was.

Nobody was ever raped because of A Clockwork Orange. Nobody was ever kidnapped because of The Collector. And nobody ever died because of 50 Shades of Grey. The actions of individuals are their own responsibility. To blame a book excuses the person and places blame on protected speech. There are worse books out there than 50 Shades of Grey, ones with more offensive, less accurate, more dangerous, worse writing than this new novel. More popular ones too. You can and should blame the novel for being poorly written and inaccurate and irresponsible in its depiction of its subject, but you cannot and should not hold it responsible for the killing of a woman by a man.

This applies to 50 Shades, it applies to the Bible, it applies to Mein Kampf and The Turner Diaries. Books are words. Words don’t kill. People do. The 50 Shades of Grey “phenomenon” has not claimed any victims. A dumbass in Sweden did, and the article never states they were even inspired by the novel, had ever read the novel, or were trying to emulate an act in the novel. It only says “A Swedish man is to go on trial charged with killing his girlfriend in a Fifty Shades of Grey-style sado-masochistic sex game." That’s it.

So write an article about safe sex. But don’t blame a book or its popularity for manslaughter. Blame the man who actually committed it.

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zerostatereflex:

Baby Pygmy Seahorses! 
"Every morning, the male and female do 30-60 minutes of synchronized twitching." :D 
(GIF / footage by Richard Ross)

zerostatereflex:

Baby Pygmy Seahorses! 

"Every morning, the male and female do 30-60 minutes of synchronized twitching." :D 

(GIF / footage by Richard Ross)

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lowwbloods:

officialwillowpape:

i searched up ‘hurdlers without hurdles’ on google and i dont regret it

these boots are made for walkin

The ol razzle dazzle

kyubiisaan:

lowwbloods:

officialwillowpape:

i searched up ‘hurdlers without hurdles’ on google and i dont regret it

these boots are made for walkin

The ol razzle dazzle

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