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100 Days of Love and Hate - Day 64 [Feb. 18th, 2007|12:48 am]
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Buying Books for People
Following on from my previous two Love and Hates, I thought I'd post about one of those special little joys - buying a book for someone.

This has always been one of my great joys, something that I've been less able to do over the last 10 or so years. Book prices, both new and secondhand, combined with a small income, make it virtually impossible.

But sometimes you still find the bargains. There was a golden time for me with this about 20 years ago. For a while it seemed like every 6-12 months I'd find a dumpbin with "4 for $10" on it and inside would be a few copies of my all-time favourite book - The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem. I would snap up every copy I could afford, and give them to people. It made me very happy to be able to share a book that I can re-read endlessly and love to bits.

At the The Forge Bookbarn in Bacchus Marsh, I bought four books for a total of $7.50. Two were for me, and no, no copies of Cyberiad though I checked as I always do. I can't tell you how much joy it gave me to buy the other two, Them Bones by Howard Waldrop, and Doctor Who - A History of the Universe by Lance Parkin.

I have no idea who I'll be giving them to, but at some point I'll be talking to someone and realise that no, this person needs one of these books.

And it will give me the greatest pleasure to be able to give them a copy.

I may get lynched for this - I used to like corsets, I really did - and while I don't actually hate them, I'm pretty much over them. Its that same age-old lesson, too much of anything is bad.

Wow, your breasts are jutting out and jiggling in a way that suggests two blancmanges that may escape at any moment... just like the other ten women in corsets tonight.

These days it seems like every big fannish event I go to has a sizeable percentage of its female population in corsets. They used to grab my attention, especially when part of a well-thought-out outfit, but they've ceased to be any more interesting to me than the average low-cut top. In fact it seems as if many are worn with that sort of casual attitude - it doesn't matter what else is worn because you've got a corset on. Just a corset is not enough... actually, no... just a corset would be pretty interesting on the right person! But people are wearing them with some pretty ordinary and uninspired outfits.

Yes, they are expensive, you want to get your money's worth out of them. But would you wear the same dress to every ball? A corset should be a part of a well-planned outfit, because it's not an oufit on its own.

It's become the thing to wear, and because of that, it's ceased to be special to me any more.

[User Picture]From: ghoath
2007-02-18 12:01 pm (UTC)
regarding the corsats, you rock
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[User Picture]From: drhoz
2007-02-18 12:28 pm (UTC)
*screams!* History! Parkin! UniversE! It MUST BE MINE
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[User Picture]From: strangedave
2007-02-18 01:56 pm (UTC)
We used to buy every copy of The Female Man and give it to people.

I actually got my copy of Doctor Who - A History of the Universe when Grant similarly bought a spare. Hoorah for sharing the Dr Who love!

I hang out in goth circles a lot -- corsets ceased to be special for me a long time ago. Nothing against them, but they are just like dresses -- on the right people as part of the right outfit, they can be great, but most the time they are just clothes.

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[User Picture]From: angriest
2007-02-19 12:10 am (UTC)
I went through a phase of buying Palahniuk's Survivor for people because I kept finding cheap copies.

Totally with strangedave on the corsets. They're just bits of clothing nowadays, and sometimes look good and sometimes look terrible.

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[User Picture]From: prismfire
2007-02-18 11:42 pm (UTC)

Re Corsets

As someone who makes my own corsets and wears them (sometimes) I could not agree with you more on the part of being worn as part of a well thought out outfit It drives me crazy to see corsets worn just because especially at fannish events I only ever wear mine as part of a very specific outfit for which in most cases that specific corset is made for and since they are made for me they fit well that also drives me batty *ill fitting corsets* thats a worse crime than wearing them uninspired.
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[User Picture]From: rendragon
2007-02-18 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'd never though about corsets that way. I shall save my wearings up for special occasions (not that I wear it for anything but that anyway...)

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[User Picture]From: fuschia17
2007-02-19 12:54 am (UTC)
Was thinking about making a purchase of a corset... :-) Maybe I'll just make me the especially fascinating aspect of my outfit...!
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From: gutter_monkey
2007-02-19 07:56 am (UTC)
So you're over woman in corsets.

How do you feel about men in corsets?

/waits anxiously for answer
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-02-19 09:04 am (UTC)
Depends on the colour.

A purple man in an orange corset is kinda tacky
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From: gutter_monkey
2007-02-19 10:37 am (UTC)

/runs away
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-02-19 09:33 pm (UTC)
I meant fully purple, not just the one bit.
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[User Picture]From: hespa
2007-02-19 08:17 am (UTC)
A random aside on amusing uses of corsetry: after the second Mort show, when Terry has hanging around and talking to the cast, he mentioned seeing one production of Wyrd Sisters in which the duchess (in case you're not aware, Wyrd Sisters is loosely based on Macbeth, except in this case it's the duke going slowly mad and his wife on a power trip, not the other way around) wore a corset that managed to push her ample bosom up so far as to form a more or less flat surface. During one of his longer rants the duke put down his goblet of wine on this "table" before wandering off across the stage, and the attention of the audience was suddenly riveted, not on his monologue, but on the feat of balance going on behind him for several minutes until he picked up his cup again...
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2007-02-19 11:30 pm (UTC)
You know I've heard the gag about "cleavage you can balance a drink on" before* but this is the 1st time I've ever heard of it being done for real...

*For starters it comes up in the truly excellent webcomic "Queen of Wands".
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From: sensual_pixie
2007-02-27 08:30 am (UTC)


Corsets are very sensual to wear occasionally. Like everything else it can be overdone when the general populace jump on board because it is the "in thing".

And for those of us with slightly larger "blancmanges" they are a hassle to find anyway :)

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-28 01:51 am (UTC)
I assumed by your comment you wanted this screened.

And no, I don't think you should stop wearing corsets, especially if you find that they give you extra support and comfort. A chunk of what I'm reacting to is that, as they've become more common, the amount of thought going into what to wear with them has declined.

Corsets are a bit like cloaks. Both can look really good as a part of a well-thought out outfit.

Cloaks looking fucking ridiculous when worn with jeans and a t-shirt, or worse, a tartan flannelette shirt *shudders*

And, as with my nudity post, the attitude behind the wearing makes a difference to my perceptions, too. Get two identical women, both have very large breasts, put them each of them in identical outfits with corsets. One is happy and feels nice and sexy in her outfit, and likes what the corset does for her figure and cleavage, the other is very aware of how her breasts now jut out, and wants other people to be just as aware, wants them staring at her tits and endeavours to show them off as much as possible. If the former occasionally does something deliberate to emphasize her breasts, I'll find it cute or cheeky. With the latter, it's already become tiresome after five minutes.

Of course I'm speaking totally personally here, many people may love the second example more. But this is my LJ, and my preference :)

To me, a person who is really comfortable with their body and sexuality doesn't need to get attention by demanding it. They will get the attention simply by being who they are.
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