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Ladies, I doth officially suck. - Paint It Black
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Ladies, I doth officially suck.
In chatting with chebutykin tonight I was pointed at a URL that left me a little amused as well as perplexed. If you go to this link you'll see what I'm referring to.

Yeah, it's a very pretty thing, especially in the picture. I'm sure it's positively awesome in black or purple satin, and with the right person wearing it I'm sure I wouldn't be able to take my eyes off it either. That's not really that surprising, I suppose. I'm a fairly typical male, and as such I respond to most of the things guys respond to. Eye candy like that on the right person would probably fall into that category without too much effort.

What did surprise me was the reaction that URL generated when I shared it. For those of you just joining us, I'll give you some back story: I'm the site administrator for a Pern-themed MUSH, meaning I give it a home on one of my servers, provide rudimentary tech support, web space and a decent pipeline to the Internet. As such I hold an official position as a member on the Wizcorps, and have access to the staff communication channel. The Pern fandom is an interesting case, in some ways it shares a striking similarity to the Furry fandom. It's predominantly populated by teens, but where Furry is a decidedly male-biased fandom the Pern fandom is mostly female-biased. It's just as susceptible to petty bickering and infighting, and in some ways it's starting to stagnate because the group think has caused unique ideas to become largely unfavorable. But I digress.... the main point I'm driving at here is that most of the Pern fan base (at least the part of it that plays on these online games) is female. I'm the only male on staff, and probably one of a handful of men who connect to the game at all. I shared the URL above with a friend of mine on the game as well as on the staff channel, and I was mystified by the results. My friend reported that everyone she shared the link with "Oooooh" and "awwwwwed" over it, and would happily wear one like that. A few people on the staff channel echoed the sentiment that they'd wear one for "good reason."

Needless to say I was a little surprised by this, I never imagined that so many women would be interested in such a thing. I guess I had a preconception in my head that women don't really care for wearing accessories like that. Now I know that's not true, what with different strokes for different folks and that whole thing. I can certainly see how it would appeal to some people, especially if it complimented their figure. I mean, what if I were to reverse the situation? For instance, I like wearing expensive suits. Why? I imagine it is because when I buy a nice suit and have it properly tailored it looks good on me when I wear it -- and by extension I feel good about myself. So this really shouldn't be any different, yet it keeps making me pause and scratch my head. I guess I keep coming back to how uncomfortable it must be, constricting the waist, pushing and prodding. Yes, there's elegance and a curvy figure to be gained from it, but how much is somebody willing to suffer through for that?

I guess the answer that maybe they're not suffering any discomfort at all never occurred to me.

I suppose with this kind of thinking it's no surprise I'm single.

The feeling is intense

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spoothbrush From: spoothbrush Date: March 31st, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love my corset, and one of these days I'm going to acquire more. It's not so much uncomfortable when you're wearing it, if you're not going to be moving around too much -- I wouldn't play hockey in one. And it's just... oh, it's hard to explain.

But the takeaway message here is corsets good.
aynjel From: aynjel Date: March 31st, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
[ corsets good ]

I'll second that.

And as far as comfort goes ... it depends entirely on the corset. And how well-made it is, and how tightly one laces it down. You can get a pretty corset (and still get curves) without lacing it down really tightly. And while I also wouldn't play hockey in one, I've gone dancing in one. And gone to parties in one. And gone wandering around town in one.

I <3 my corsets...
enveri From: enveri Date: March 31st, 2003 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
A well-fitted corset on a woman with the figure for it is amazingly good for her ego and comfortable for her.

Women that don't have the figure for it have a much harder time getting them to fit properly; which is why I don't prance around in them. ;)

But yes. Once I have lost a bit more weight, I will gleefully wear one... if only for the look in Brendan's eyes..
aureth From: aureth Date: March 31st, 2003 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Surely you remember all those times in the old Spiral where Micah would go on and on about her corset-collecting habit. :)
feren From: feren Date: March 31st, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the world of statistics Micah is so far off the curve she would be discarded as a bad sample.
nonethewiser From: nonethewiser Date: March 31st, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
And sometimes a little suffering is the *sexiest* thing *ever*.
jdm314 From: jdm314 Date: March 31st, 2003 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, but I fail to see how this makes you suck.

Oh, and not to get myself into trouble with my linguistic pedantry again, but "doth" means "does," dammit! ;)
spoothbrush From: spoothbrush Date: March 31st, 2003 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, so what's wrong with saying that Feren does suck? :D
jdm314 From: jdm314 Date: March 31st, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you asking about my first point, or my second one? :P
calisi From: calisi Date: March 31st, 2003 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, to do the clarification thing. I wouldn't wear one all the time - but if I had something like that, that suited me, I definitely would if the situation were right. It's nice to feel good about yourself, and it's no different than dressing up to go out to dinner to feel a bit special. So, yeah.

Plus, I'm a bit of a girly girl when it comes to clothing - I prefer dresses and skirts and flattering feminine clothes. ;)
chebutykin From: chebutykin Date: April 1st, 2003 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
In my experience with other corsets/bodices/etc., if they are well-fitted, they're fairly comfortable. They're not sweatshirt-and-jeans comfortable, and you can't go jogging in one, but they're fine in the proper time and place.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 3rd, 2003 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Good corsets, and the rest

Despite living out in the middle of nowhere, I've had the chance to acquire 2 corsets. One was actually fitted, and I am able to wear it comfortably for periods of time, while one that was bought from a store proved to be unwearable, simply due to proportions.

It all comes down to quality, of course.

Panther lass from SA
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