Just updatin' this baby since I have some bought time
bought because of my procrastination!
First off, MY TWIN SISTER HAS JOINED DEVIANTART!
Go see here stuff! It's cute, and the style is unique! It's refreshing and very awesome!
Glomps to her!
The second thing is on a serious note. I have this little rant I just had to get off my chest for a multiple of reasons.
One, it helps people understand my art, the morality behind them and my opinions reflected in them.
Two, I want to make a statement about a social phenomenon and about my stance in it.
Why? I dunno. I'm pretty sure I don't owe anyone an explanation, but I just felt the need to get it off my chest and out there in to the world.
How did all of this start? Well, the fact that I read a wonderful little fic by
, and in contrast multiple ones that I didn't agree with for one plot point: I am REALLY sick and tired of people making out the heroes to be "sexually schooled in the art of love" through experience. In other words, people preaching about casual sex and sexual promiscuity via their stories.
First off, the "Schooled Hero" phenomena:
I am sick of the social stereotypes that a males status is based on his successful sexual conquest. I think almost every romance novel (or as we call them- garbage-in-a-book) as well as fanfic draw out the male hero as the "schooled in the language of love through experience" while the female a tender little virgin. And it sickens me. The same people which find this sort of thing "appealing" are- quite ironically and hypocritically- the ones that deny/ignore/ and unwilling to admit that their partners might have had previous relations (well, most of them at least), or at least they themselves find it hard to confront or admit. So it's ok to write and conceptualize it, but it's not ok when it's done to you... what the hell kind of logic is THAT?
Second, is also somehow contacted to the first, is that I believe that "casual sex" is morally wrong. We've devaluated so much in our society the way it is, and I never bought the whole "it's a biological thing" to come and support people who write this kind of "sex-o-rama" as right. In fact, there are multiple sociological and psychological analysts that bring forth evidence to support that theory. Yes, I'm sure- and have seen- the evidence of the counter argument, but I just don't buy it.
Whatever happened to preaching a higher standard of morals in society?
Most people will write their characters (if they are lords and kings and what not) as a leader with a harem of hundreds of females and offspring. While this might be right in the context of time and culture in the intended story, I find 2 things "wrong" (again, my opinion) with that:
1) If you check in the histories of most cultures, the aristocratic societies would try and uphold a different level of moral than the lower class. For the sake of example (and the fact that most fanfic is written about Japanese Anime characters in Japan) let's look at Japan- it is true that they did not identify free forms of romance as "immoral" (I say that in quotations because I am NOT saying that it is or isn't... my opinion is not necessarily the right one), but read here a passage from Yoshiro Hatano, Ph.D., and Tsuguo Shimazaki about sexual behavior around that era:
In Japan's history, an aristocratic culture dominated in the Nara (710-794), Heian (794-1336), and Muromachi (1336-1573) Eras. In the Sengoku (Turbulence) Period, many warlords competed with each other until the Tokugawa Shogunate was established and national integration begun in 1603. Various groups of the military commanders maintained control of the culture and the behavior of the Japanese people during the Sengoku and Tokugawa Eras. Therefore, the cultural construction and sexuality of the Japanese people operated in a double-layer system. More specifically, extremely strict moral ethics and control of behavior were enforced on children and adults in the families of the Samurai class (soldiers and the commanders), who were influenced by the Confucianism originally introduced to Japan in the sixth century from China. In the feudal value system, as well as its family system, there was no room for any free expression of human passions and natural desires. Thus not only romantic love, but also immoral and adulterous behavior of any kind were strictly prohibited, and severe penalties, including capital punishment, were instituted for any case that came to light.
While the Samurai community kept to a strict behavior code of ethics, the commoners and the townspeople did not, except for the upper class commoners who closely followed the Samurai code of ethics. Romantic love was freely allowed among the commoners, and often an illegitimate child - a single mother and her child in today's sense - was accepted and reared without any prejudices in the community or tenement commune (Bornoff 1991, 83-149).
Which means, all the fanfic out there about Samurai characters or Aristocratic Lord characters being promiscuous is slightly uninformed. Those things were looked down upon. Having said that:
YES! I AM AWARE THAT THERE WERE CULTURES AND/OR MONRACHIES THAT DID PRACTICE SUCH BEHAVIOUR WITHOUT IT BEGIN REGARDED AS "IMMORAL"!!!
But here in lies the second point of my argument:
2) The second note is something that as an artist we always had legitimacy to convey, and in so somehow is our social duty: Our social criticisms and moral standing.
Just because it happened, doesn't mean that it's right or wrong- but IN OUR OPINIONS we reflect to society OUR reasoning as to why we choose whichever way to voice ourselves, and why we think people should learn from this- again, not stating that we are right or wrong, but it is OUR expression.
I, for one, KNOW that I am considered to be an "idealist artist" as opposed to a "satirical" one. Which means that in given situations (my art, animation yadda yadda yadda), I tend to preach the "good vs. evil" with very strong archetypes of MY reasoning (not to say that I won't use typical archetypes, but some "typical" ones I don't agree with) and I will further intensify a characters attributes (good or evil) with criticisms and with characteristics that I find leaning toward "good" and "evil". Yes, it's very "black or white" of me, and while I do identify with the gray areas at times even in my own personality, I think that if we come to set a high contrast the gray areas will become slightly easer to decipher. I.E. when you aim for 100% you only get 90%, so if you aim for a higher achievement than 100% (say, 120%) you will naturally get your 100%.
This being said, I will even tend to write a character within a specific context with a characteristic or attribute that might not have existed in that time/place only to further heighten the "hero" appeal, or the "evil" repulsion to them.
So, chances are when viewing my art, you will NOT see me objectify men and women as sex objects- in fact, the only time I will draw a lightly "adult" oriented image will be when the image contains a * married couple * or a bonded couple, or to serve the sole purpose of illustrating one of my moral standings.
Again, the written above is all MY OPINION!
Don't note me with "You're wrong" or "That's $H!t" because you disagree with me, because I'll just send back to you a note saying "You're a tool" or "You are functionally retarded".
If you wish to discuss the issue with me- which again I state is MY opinion- in a mature fashion, I welcome you too, but so long as it remains a MUTURE discussion. Trust me, I know how to ignore people whom I don't want to hear anything from. My mother could tell you.
In other worldly news, I'm finally curbing my final projects, and seeing them all on their way. Animenorth is coming up, and I'm working toward that too. It's going to be quite the eventful up-coming month, but I'll be chiming in with news and some images and whatnot.
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