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March 17, 2010

Rorschach Test

Via Glenn Reynolds, it's interesting what people see in this:

Today, my friend Xeni Jardin, co-editor of Boing Boing, forwarded me an email from Orna Pickens, a senior publicist at Warner Bros. The subject header read, “One, Two…. Freddy’s Coming for You.” The body of the email was short: “Caffeine pills, self mutilation, a cold shower — what will you do to keep her awake?” And then there was a link.

The link is keepherawake.com, and it takes you to a website, where you will find an attractive, young blond waiting for you to keep her awake. How’re you going to do that? She keeps yawning. She’s sooo sleepy.

Go over and check it out. I'll wait. Now tell me what you see.

I saw an extremely attractive blonde, very amply endowed, that the "user" (boy is that an apt term) can force to inflict pain on herself. I couldn't help but be reminded of this frankly creepy Superbowl ad from a few years ago:

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see too many women getting their kicks from torturing a sexy blonde. If there's a theme here, it seems pretty straightforward: sexual arousal through inflicting pain.

Hmmm.... now where on earth have I seen that sort of thing before? (link decidedly NSFW)

She’s a little nervous,” the first considers. “I’m a little nervous, too,” he mock-confesses. “I don’t even want to hurt you,” he tells her. “But I have to—because my friends are here.”

Over the next ten minutes, he threatens to beat her, threatens to torture her, pulls up her shirt, pulls up her skirt, hits her breasts, hits her thighs, throttles her by the neck with both hands, humiliates her, degrades her, makes her cry, chokes her until she is gasping for air. He gets her to tell the camera she is 27 years old and the only reason she’s here doing this particular job on this particularly day in this particular hotel room in the Valley is for the money, and the fact of the matter is she has two young children to support, of whom the man asks rhetorically, and seemingly for the sole purpose of screwing with her head, “They’re going to grow up to be proud of her, right?”

The woman is becoming unmoored. He orders her on her hands and knees, and begins beating her with a leather strap that cracks! across the bared skin of her backside every time he hits her, leaving angry pink welts, until, finally, in a futile attempt to protect herself, the woman reaches her arm around herself, her hand turned upwards, her palm facing outwards, and the man stops.

The camera pans to the side to find her face buried in the sofa cushions.

“Can I ask you a question?”

She doesn’t move or respond.

“Could you look at the camera, please?”

He repeats himself. Eventually, she turns her head and faces the camera. There are tears tracking down her flush cheeks. Her body is shaking uncontrollably, and her breath is hitching with every intake.

“To steal a Quentin Tarantino line,” he muses, mockingly, “‘Was that as good for you as it was for me?’”

There can be no mistake. This is when he breaks her. Her expression flattens. Her eyes go blank. She appears to be dissociating. Slowly, she turns from the camera, going somewhere else, inside herself, anywhere but here.

“OK, I’m going to bring the guys in here,” the man announces to no one in particular. “Because you’ve just gone to pieces on me.”

And, with that, the real scene begins.

No, wait! That wasn't it! There's a political statement to be made here, albeit a tortured one:

New Freddy Krueger movie promo seems to take notes from War on Terror

Interactive marketing, in this case, means a Flash website where you get to make a young woman cut or burn herself. It's like the studio marketing team is either trying to make Freddy Krueger more Saw or more Xe. Maybe they picked up tips from American black ops torturers, waterboarding detainees and forcing "stress positions" to "keep them awake" in the name of liberty. It's odd that some producers of material intended to ring this particular psychological bell get federal obsenity [sp], while others get theatrical distribution. The intersection of porn, torture, and horrorshow: this is America.

I guess I missed the part where those fiends at the Pentagon forced busty blonde nymphettes to cut and burn themselves.

If these folks weren't so obliging, I'd have to make stuff like this up. Fortunately, the comedy pretty much writes itself. Strangely enough, though, I can't quite force myself to laugh.

Posted by Cassandra at March 17, 2010 12:36 PM

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Yeah, sorry Cass, this one is a bit too creepy for me.

Posted by: MikeD at March 17, 2010 02:27 PM

I find it disgusting. I've been on the receiving end (just beat up, nothing like what these things describe or portray, thanks be to G-d) and there was nothing entertaining or amusing about it. These items also suggest that there is a sizable number of "people" out there who cannot or choose not to have a healthy view of interpersonal relations. And that is rather scary.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at March 17, 2010 02:27 PM

Trust me, Mike: I don't have any desire to discuss it and I appreciate how uncomfortable it is even commenting.

It just made me very, very angry. That's all.

The Internet is really beginning to creep me out. This stuff is getting mainstreamed and it bothers me more than I can possibly begin to tell you.

I guess I just felt like I had to say something.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 17, 2010 02:36 PM

I've been on the receiving end...

No one should be treated like that. Some things ought to shock and disturb us. Despite my Pollyanna-ish tendencies, I've never fooled myself about human nature.

I guess that's why I think we shouldn't be too quick to knock down all the walls.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 17, 2010 02:38 PM

The Internet is really beginning to creep me out. This stuff is getting mainstreamed and it bothers me more than I can possibly begin to tell you.

*wince* Do understand Cass, the Internet is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, and that's just the good parts. There are places I don't tread, and trust me, I've got a pretty thick skin and cast iron stomach. I don't know so much about being "mainstreamed", I mean the original link was to a Nightmare on Elm Street promo site, and let's face it, a slasher flick is hardly "mainstream entertainment". And as for the second piece, I can't even get to it on my computer here, and the domain is being blocked. But from what you quoted, I'm pretty sure that's a good thing.

There are search terms that should never be entered, because you just might get what you asked for. But I truly fear that in the bowels of the Internet, there are snuff films and worse. But just because it exists doesn't mean it's part of the mainstream (thank God for small favors). I hesitate to tell you that I hesitate to tell you some of the vile content, and yes I actually mean that and it's not a typo. Because I have stumbled across some horrible stuff working on the Internet. And it's not particularly limited to "the bad side of town" either.

Ever hear of "six degrees of separation"? I hadn't been aware of the Internet game where you can find six degrees of separation to pornography from any website. My sister-in-law didn't believe it until she actually found a porn site a mere six clicks from https://bigidea.com/index.aspx (if you don't recognize that site by URL, it's ok, it's just the Veggie Tales home page). Think about it. That's Veggie Tales. The very Christian kid's cartoon's site. Heck, it's HTTPS to help stuff like NetNanny approve it. I don't know how much more "right side of the tracks" you can get.

Posted by: MikeD at March 17, 2010 03:10 PM

I wouldn't even go to watch it. Reading about it is bad enough. I am disturbed, as well. What is the world coming to?

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at March 17, 2010 03:10 PM

Well, it is being mainstreamed. References to it are everywhere. Even in kids' entertainment, and they're no longer cleaned up much.

I was sort of gobsmacked to see striptease references in a Nickelodeon cartoon my 2 year old grandson was watching. And no, I'm not exaggerating. This was preschool fare.

I remember watching Bugs Bunny dressed up like Carmen Miranda, but this was...

Bizarre.

I am sorry if the excerpt was disturbing. I hesitated, but it was meant to disturb - and to warn anyone who wasn't prepared to read the essay. I read it when it first came out but couldn't stomach reading it again.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 17, 2010 03:16 PM

FWIW, Miss Ladybug, Warner Bros. took the promo down almost immediately after Suzanne Breslin linked to it.

Yet another reason I decided to post on it. I've already had hits here from someone at Warner searching on this story.

I'd like to think there are still limits and that just calling attention to something in the "wrong" venue can still make people feel ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 17, 2010 03:22 PM

Dibs on the half-eaten ham sandwich on the bureau behind her. I couldn't handle the rest without losing my appetite

Posted by: spd rdr at March 17, 2010 03:29 PM

Maybe they picked up tips from American black ops torturers, waterboarding detainees and forcing "stress positions" to "keep them awake" in the name of liberty.

Or, um, they stole the idea from the awful Horsemen starring Dennis Quaid you f****** clown because this is, pretty much, a scene straight out of that terrible film.

[Ed. note: not sure who that was aimed at, but the quote is from Boing Boing. In any event, Horseman is not the type of film I have any interest in watching.]

Posted by: ECM at March 17, 2010 03:33 PM

I couldn't handle the rest without losing my appetite

From what I recall, wise decision.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 17, 2010 03:45 PM

This is somewhat akin to the piece from last week on horror fiction:

"Lately it has become fashionable not to dread vampires, but to envy them. The werewolf was supposed to be a symbol of what it would be like for man to lose his humanity, and be turned back into a beast without reason or self-control. It has been converted, lately, a symbol of what it might mean for a man to be more in harmony with nature. Today we are asked to imagine the joy of running down a deer under a full moon, and drinking its blood."

It's the same kind of thing with horror movies. Our stories are no longer stories in which men are heroes, and fight monsters. They are stories in which our men are monsters, and feast on maidens instead of saving them. We only allow heroes in our movies -- as in this "Green Zone" film -- if they are the enemies of our warriors.

Hollywood has taken the side of the dragon. That can be a flippant remark, or a terrifying one, depending on whom you believe 'the Dragon' might be.

Posted by: Grim at March 17, 2010 10:43 PM

Things like that are symptomatic of the jaded society in which we live.

Posted by: camojack at March 18, 2010 01:11 AM

Cassandra, well done. This story is ugly and it makes me sick. However, ignorance is not bliss.
You didn't sugar-coat it. You put it in terms that anyone with a moral core would find disturbing and seek to protect themselves and their loved ones.

A couple of women friends of mine were being abused by their husbands. They got away from them, thanks to people who were there to help them, but it begs the question of why this type of sick thing is considered normal. What is the point of having shelters or agencies or even friends to intervene when this is hailed as 'something to do in your spare time?'

We have sick people in our society. Why do we have to enable them?

Posted by: Cricket at March 18, 2010 08:37 AM

Now you know why I thought 'Twilight' stunk and Harry Potter was good clean fun by comparison.
Although Rowling is not without a sense of humor.

In 'Half-blood Prince' (the book, not the movie), Harry is at a party where there is a 'tame' vampire. The vampire starts to eyeball some girls and his handler stops him. It was pretty funny. She has Remus Lupin as a werewolf, and Fenrir Greybeck (love the allusions to Norse and Roman mythology) as another, and the two of them are polar opposites. While there is a potion that helps control the beast within, the choice has to be made to take it. Not only that, Remus is
a good guy and Greybeck is evil. By choice.
It goes without saying, that she believes that to choose good is to triumph over evil.

Sorry...didn't mean to bore the non Harry Potter readers, but if you haven't read the books, they are a treat.

Posted by: Cricket at March 18, 2010 08:46 AM

This stuff isn't too bad.

Fundamentally,there is a market that cannot be stopped for this, but so long as no real humans are harmed in the making nor made enslaved, I don't have much problems. The tricky part is to ensure demand is met, but that no real humans are harmed. Government, again, really isn't the solution but part of the problem. And it is interesting to see how the porn industry was linked to the Left's attacks on Gonzalez and Gonzalez's firing of those prosecutors. While political influence charges were made, the Demon Rats never did mention what that political influence was supposed to do. An interesting coincidence.

Besides, torturing women to safe her from Freddy may sound interesting, but I'm the kind who wants a chance at Freddy. Dream or reality, doesn't really matter.

"Hollywood has taken the side of the dragon. That can be a flippant remark, or a terrifying one, depending on whom you believe 'the Dragon' might be."

Hollywood was involved in lies even in WWII. Remember the old saying, what a web we weave? Eventually even the most virtuous will become corrupted if they adopt the methods of evil. Eventually.

"What is the point of having shelters or agencies or even friends to intervene when this is hailed as 'something to do in your spare time?'"

Probably because if the porn industry can make a buck, the politicians and the IRS can also make a buck, which is a good thing all in all from their view. Husbands beating on wives doesn't make much campaign contribution, in the end.

Money, as the gateway to a standard of living, has become a powerful motivation. Defense and security either can't be purchased with the money one can realistically make or it is already freely provided. So security, the old form as our hunter-gatherer societies knew of it, has been depreciated while money has been elevated in terms of value and import.

"We have sick people in our society. Why do we have to enable them?"

Well, if there isn't a youth culture that places priority on prostitution and porn, then people like Spitzer couldn't have his pick of the best looking girls. Then he'd have to go overseas and partake in the illegal international sex trade. That might be troublesome and expensive. More expensive that is. Although given international exchange rates, probably not. Still, higher consequences if caught.

Porn can also boost taxes or campaign contributions. Although personally I think that's a rather tertiary reason. Politicians like money, yes, but they like power more. The power of the poisonous and decaying nature of any sex trade is very useful to the Left's social engineering projects. If I was in their shoes, I would boost such industry whenever I had a chance.

Just as we would like to boost private school choice and nuclear power plants, the Left also have their own priority list as what needs to be promoted here in America. Coincidentally, many of them seem to be mutually exclusive.

"I hadn't been aware of the Internet game where you can find six degrees of separation to pornography from any website."

At six degrees, that would constitute most of the human species if one started at person A, and not just on one continent. Anything at that high an order automatically encompasses more than a majority of a sample population.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at March 20, 2010 12:41 PM

Interesting point; the left uses sex to fund their agenda; the right stands against promiscuous sex by teaching abstinence; the left rails against the old fuddy-duddies. All of this to fill their coffers to fund abortion, fight against AIDS and STDS because it empowers them.
Brilliantly vicious cycle.

Or did I misunderstand you?

Posted by: Cricket at March 21, 2010 08:34 AM

There are plenty of people on the right who champion the same causes as the Left and the issue of prostitution is a prime example of that.

The single most advanced argument for legalization is that - contrary to what has happened in the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, and right here in Nevada, legalizing prostitution makes it safe.

The facts say differently. When the Netherlands has to close down 1/3 of its legal brothels because they've become cesspools of organized crime, when nearly 80% of brothels are run by foreign gangs, when human trafficking not only doesn't decrease, but skyrockets, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that legalization doesn't make things better.

But then we are a people who prefer prettied up Hollywood fantasies to the ugly reality. I guess it helps us feel better about ourselves.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 21, 2010 09:39 AM

But then we are a people who prefer prettied up Hollywood fantasies to the ugly reality.

I prefer reality, ugly or otherwise.

I fit in better -- and I don't get taken by surprise.

Posted by: BillT at March 21, 2010 01:16 PM

"the left uses sex to fund their agenda; the right stands against promiscuous sex by teaching abstinence"

examples, please ...

Posted by: I Call BS at March 21, 2010 04:49 PM

"the left uses sex to fund their agenda..."
examples, please ...

Here's one:

http://www.villainouscompany.com/vcblog/archives/2010/03/sigh_1.html

Posted by: BillT at March 21, 2010 05:57 PM

I get it now - the Girl Stalinists of America being invited to getjiggy wit the Uninhibited Naughty-bits-bumpers.

Posted by: I Call BS at March 22, 2010 11:02 AM

"There are plenty of people on the right who champion the same causes as the Left and the issue of prostitution is a prime example of that."

A statistical outlier has little meaning. When it comes to organized crime, organized insurgency, or organized counter-insurgency, individual variance matters little.

These humans are not sufficient to be used as shields for any particular cause. "Plenty of people", in the final equation, just means plenty of cannon fodder. They aren't responsible for the real decisions at the top, because they're just cannon fodder. You can blame them, but only at the expense of shielding the organization and the real threat from such.

Individual responsibility becomes an excuse to ignore higher order organizations.

"The single most advanced argument for legalization is that - contrary to what has happened in the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, and right here in Nevada, legalizing prostitution makes it safe."

What kind of person believes that government feats in terms of legalization makes any of us safe, from anything. Hasn't the recent Obama Regime taught anybody anything?

Or did I misunderstand you?

If you are addressing me then I would say that such is only part of their program. It's a part of their behavior, yes, but the reason they do it isn't just because of Planned Parenthood or abortion.

Sex is essentially a convenient way to reproduce Pavlovian training. You, thus, can train individuals in how to behave using reward and lack of reward. This is not the same as positive reinforcement and punishment.

Read this bottom link for some background.

When people, especially young people, get trained in how to behave and think with irresponsible sex, that is how they will treat world affairs and the affairs of their fellow humans from this point onwards. It's why there are so many 'dating tips' online. People have become dysfunctional in how to relate to each other when sex is involved. Not because Americans failed to maintain their traditional foundations, but because somebody engineered the demolition of those foundations and replaced them with their own corporate sponsored construction. Instead of the building now serving a community interest, it now serves some robber baron's interests.

http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2010/03/civilizational-insecurity.html

The philosophy is a bit complex. But if humans are those with dignity, then the value of a human commodity gets decremented the more freely it is given away. Thus one can enslave human beings simply by teaching them to devalue sex and relationships. It is also very convenient because all the programming support is provided already by nature. The Left doesn't need to kidnap people or experiment on them. People will start to think about sex automatically as they enter puberty. It's a very easy proposition for the Left to corrupt such a process using the resources that they currently have.

To the Left, if the result ends up being legalized prostitution then you have not only safeguarded the permanent safety (as in permanent peace through slavery) of the women, but you have also created a permanent underclass. The Left's community organizers are very adept at creating permanent underclasses in case people hadn't noticed. Enslaving human beings is simply the easiest way to create an underclass.

Keep people in their place, where they belong. That is not just the Obama mantra.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at March 22, 2010 11:17 AM

Girl Stalinists of America

Another benefit of enslaving people is that eventually slaves become addicted to the security provided by slavery. Concurrently, individual abilities at such things as literacy and self-sufficiency becomes decremented in exchange for obeying the master in return for goodies.

The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides

Given that this is the world we speak of, there is an even chance that they are scouting for girl prostitutes for UN peacekeepers and UN bureaucrats while 'guiding' such patrons to the requisite sites.

While Americans are not immune to being enslaved, this is still a pretty well secured place against the fantasies of the Left. Maybe not as much as it was 6 years ago, but still, a hard point is a hard point. Until it is completely obliterated.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at March 22, 2010 11:26 AM

I was addressing you, Ymar. Interesting, because to me, it is a bit more than enslavement to passion; it is the next step to a government solution for irresponsible behavior.

I will be looking that those links. If I get too depressed, I will be watching 'Monsters Inc.' and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" to cheer me up.

Posted by: Cricket at March 22, 2010 11:46 AM

government mandated programs also provide full coverage in the slave business too.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at March 22, 2010 10:46 PM

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6967

For a cycle of boom and bust, as a way to engineer artificial gain, that would be the strategy the Left uses to trade failure for power.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at March 23, 2010 12:51 PM

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