Friday, October 21, 2011

You Do Realize That Disorder Exists?

Okay, I've got a problem with story writers who take mental illnesses or atypical conditions and then play with them like they're myths that have no relation to the real world and real people. I'm cool with the idea of taking some myth about something like vampires and building a story around the undead because the undead don't exist in real life. However, these stories that deal with fantastic elements on that level sometimes include variations on real atypical mental conditions as if they were just public domain stories anyone could mess around with.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Male Rape via Disguise (Ringer/Buffy)

I've been enjoying the new Sarah Michelle Gellar series Ringer, about an identical twin named Bridget taking the place of her rich, manipulative sister Siobhan (both Gellar) when it looks like Siobhan has committed suicide and Bridget needs to hide from a criminal who wants her dead. I like the intrigue about the lives of rich people and there's some kind of conspiracy going on, plus it's got Richard Alpert as a minor character. However, one thing that irked me in the latest episode, "A Whole New Kind of Bitch", is the way that the issue of rape isn't addressed with the idea of Bridget having sex with men who would think she's Siobhan. Oddly enough, Sarah Michelle Gellar played a similar role on Buffy as Faith, which is also problematic.

Monday, October 10, 2011

So You Think You're a Masochist

So, I've made posts here about my masochism. I'm into BDSM (bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism, masochism) in a deep psychological way, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. As a result, I've received a lot of hits and some emails from people who feel they're also masochists and are looking for some guidance. To help these people out, I offer the following: