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  1. Oddly, I am not really much of an Auden fan. I always liked that one, though.
  2. O Tell Me the Truth About Love Some say love's a little boy, And some say it's a bird, Some say it makes the world go round, Some say that's absurd, And when I asked the man next door, Who looked as if he knew, His wife got very cross indeed, And said it wouldn't do. Does it look like a pair of pyjamas, Or the ham in a temperance hotel? Does its odour remind one of llamas, Or has it a comforting smell? Is it *****ly to touch as a hedge is, Or soft as eiderdown fluff? Is it sharp or quite smooth at the edges? O tell me the truth about love. Our history books refer to it In cryptic little notes, It's quite a common topic on The Transatlantic boats; I've found the subject mentioned in Accounts of suicides, And even seen it scribbled on The backs of railway guides. Does it howl like a hungry Alsatian, Or boom like a military band? Could one give a first-rate imitation On a saw or a Steinway Grand? Is its singing at parties a riot? Does it only like Classical stuff? Will it stop when one wants to be quiet? O tell me the truth about love. I looked inside the summer-house; It wasn't even there; I tried the Thames at Maidenhead, And Brighton's bracing air. I don't know what the blackbird sang, Or what the tulip said; But it wasn't in the chicken-run, Or underneath the bed. Can it pull extraordinary faces? Is it usually sick on a swing? Does it spend all its time at the races, or fiddling with pieces of string? Has it views of its own about money? Does it think Patriotism enough? Are its stories vulgar but funny? O tell me the truth about love. When it comes, will it come without warning Just as I'm picking my nose? Will it knock on my door in the morning, Or tread in the bus on my toes? Will it come like a change in the weather? Will its greeting be courteous or rough? Will it alter my life altogether? O tell me the truth about love. W. H. Auden
  3. You're wearing makeup. I can tell. You're LYING.
  4. No, they're not, sorry. My lips really are fire engine red, though. And those black winged lines coming out of the corners of my eyes? Totally au naturel. I tell you, the mug shot passport photos were a right pain. The same people who complain about cosmetics being "lying" would be the first to lose their minds if women all started going makeup free and wearing hessian sacks. The sack would be lying, though. You're not REALLY made of coarse, woven fabrics with a drawstring, are you? ARE YOU???
  5. I love the complaint that cosmetics are "lying", as if I expect anyone to believe that my eyelids really are purple.
  6. In fact, I initially tried Gor because I had some vague submissive fantasies that I didn't really understand and wanted to explore. It made me decide that actually I wasn't into this after all and it was indeed completely messed up. When talking to the man who would eventually become my Dom, I mentioned my experience of the books and culture. He replied, "Well, I don't know about any of that but it explains why they seem to be such a bunch of...annoying people." (Actually he said something else, but mods are probably reading.)
  7. For me, it took finding the right person, a lot of time and plenty of discussion about what was happening. Norman and his hate-filled screed have nothing to contribute.
  8. Yeah, his obsession with "natural order". This is the dimwit who created a world with tangibly less gravity than Earth, yet produces men who are three times stronger. He wouldn't know the natural order of anything if Charles Darwin hit him over the head with it. The whole subculture is an affront to natural selection. The characters are offensively thick too, you know, unsurprisingly. My personal favourite was the Gorean Master who travelled to Earth, kidnapped a woman and then, having brought her to the Counter Earth, warned her not to get any ideas about her desirability because there had been a lot of sackings lately and there were loads of new women on the market and prices were falling dramatically. Yes, this fathead travelled through space to gather commodities for a market that he knew was over-saturated and depreciating. What an absolute tool.
  9. Good God, I didn't even know about that one. Christ alive. To quote a friend of mine who was sitting and observing in a Gor sim: "Is this the pinnacle of human accomplishment? I hope a meteorite wipes us all out."
  10. YES YES YES. You have got it in one, as usual. These books go out of their way to make the case that women never win. Even contraception has to be unpleasant. Something I couldn't understand when reading them was how, on so many occasions, Norman did seem to be going somewhere I could fantasise about but then fark it up at the last moment, for fear that there might actually be some power exchange going on. Power exchange is at the heart of BDSM but Norman, with his how-to of abusive relationships, actually goes OUT OF HIS WAY to reject it! The basic example is numerous cases of women being kidnapped. So far, so standard BDSM fantasy. But then in Gor, the actual fun bit for the woman - the bit where it's all about how desirable and not responsible she must be - just goes to hell. Instead, she can expect sexual rejection (she'll probably get given a kitchen tunic and be laughed at) and at some point, to be called fat and ugly or unfavourably compared with another. No joke. And then there's a babble paragraph about how this is important because women must never ever feel that they have ANY say in what's happening, even though the point of actual BDSM is that you ARE reflecting off each other and the sub DOES have influence. I know you can't go into explaining power exchange during the fantasy story but why does Norman feel the need to go into actively rejecting it? And why am I apparently the only person who can see it when it's right there over 200 effing pages??? I swear to God I'm operating on another planet. Is one person's "tension" and "incompatible RP" another person's RED ALERT AWOOGA AWOOGA, HOW-TO OF ABUSE, SOCIOPATHS AND GENERAL SHART GOBLINS ALERT, MOVE AWAY FROM THE SIM klaxon?
  11. I was there for months and I tried every role available- slave, free, panther, even that grubby homeless woman one. I got some decent RP here and there, of course, but it was never long before it was derailed by a fanatic complaining that it wasn't True Gor or someone with an abusive personality. And when I read the books, I understood why Perhaps a lot of people have read only one or two of the earlier ones. They're still awful, with women falling in love with men who throw them into sacks of manure and that cardboard feminist character who exists purely to be wrong about everything, but they're not even half as bad as they become soon after that. Which alone is enough to put me, personally, off anything based around it. But when I'm surrounded by "by the bookers" and "true Goreans"...yeah, I'm noping out of there and I'm going to form opinions about what kind of people they are and what kind of culture they're creating.
  12. Star Wars etc provide the immersive universe and back story, but character wise, you can still be more or less anything and anyone, though you might need to choose the appropriate race or creature. Though isn't part of the point of LOTR that you can do a good job of something that doesn't come naturally to you? Hobbits, usually timid, homely beings who love their creature comforts, are the ones to scale Mount Doom and destroy the ring? In Gor, the roles and associated personalities are much, much more defined. By which I mean far more one-dimensional, narrow, boring, constricted and, therefore, easy to play if you're hard of thinking. The "philosophy" ties in with this.
  13. By George, makes a fellow proud to be British.
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