From the Archives – 20191209

Added one page to Olo’s Greatest Tumblr Hits:

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids: The TV Show

I Shrink, Therefore I Am.

01 Apr 2016

Size Riot – Wrap Up the Old, Rev Up the New

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Image:  Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse


 

Aborigen has put out a poll asking for first impressions on the 35 writers who have submitted three or more stories to Size Riot, a category which includes me.  He neglects to say whether he will share the results with anyone, but I expect it will be a useful exercise nonetheless.  If you have any thoughts to share, please give it a go.

CruelJan20 — What’s Your Taste?

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January is always Cruel at Size Riot, but now they’re adding a sub-topic for some variety and challenge.  You have until December 14 to nominate a topic for CruelJan20, as many as you like.  After the nominations have been compiled, you will have until December 21 to vote for your favorite topic.

Consider carefully!  The fate of many innocent victims hangs in the balance.

Will Do

Will Do

My Cocktober19 entry.  Author Notes at bottom.


Lacey was almost home when she got the text from her boyfriend, Will.  Got a package from Grandma, he texted.  He meant Lacey had received a parcel from her grandmother; Will hardly got any mail.  Leave it in the kitchen for me, she replied.  Will do!  She hadn’t quite gotten tired of that response yet.

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How We Porn

How We Porn

This thread on Aborigen‘s Twitter conflates a number of issues that have been concerning me off and on ever since I started writing size smut for publication.  I’m going to lay out my current thinking on these and related topics, and as always, I am speaking only for myself, and I invite comments, questions, rebuttals, and other opinions in the replies.

The most immediate concern is that of objectification, which is not of course restricted to size smut (although there is a size-related pitfall, more on this later).  The reason why objectification is, well, objectionable is that it treats the object of desire as just that, an object rather than a whole person with a history, desires, and agency of their own.  This does not mean—as I believed in my misspent youth—that attraction to someone’s appearance is inherently objectifying or degrading.

A related phenomenon is fetishization, an intense attraction to or obsession with a specific characteristic or activity that assumes a greater importance than respecting the person possessing that characteristic or engaging in that activity.  Indulging a fetish is to constantly risk losing sight of everything and everyone else.  Being on the receiving end of fetishistic attention is a hollow experience at best.

These are examples of harmful conduct between real people in real life.  Is art that invokes such conduct involving fictional people also harmful?  Does porn have a greater or lesser responsibility than art to minimize harm?

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