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I have made quite a few people feel so safe that they wanted me to dom them in S&M scenes. They said, "trooper6, I feel safe enough around you and trust you enough that I want you to do exceptionally kinky things to me that could be dangerous if the person doing them weren't really conscientious." I said, "Okay, but let's negotiate and discuss boundaries...and decide on a safe word!"
So...safe isn't bland.
Bland is bland.
A person could be bland as all get out and also unsafe.
Further analogy. I ride a motorcycle. Motorcycles are exciting. But I am never unsafe on my motorcycle. Because that is not smart. So if we ride together and you and I are both safe, we can have an exciting time. If you are reckless, I am not going to be having an exciting time...I'll be having a lousy time.
Some people don't like to be touched by people they don't know. So all that advice to touch people in order to build chemistry will not work on work on those people. Some people are so touchy feely that touching them won't read as sexual at all, but platonic. So that advice won't work with them either.
Some people find smart people sexy. Some people find dumb people sexy. You have to find the people who click with. You have to learn to read people. And building chemistry with people who find you sexy and who you find sexy in return is easy. The trick is not to make people interested in you, but to find people who would be interested in you.
So let's say it is true that every one finds you sweet. Being sweet is not the only reason to date someone. If I met someone who was very sweet but had incompatible political views...I wouldn't date them. Because sweetness is only one criteria. If I met someone who was sweet but didn't like to spend hours deconstructing media, I wouldn't date them. If I met someone who was sweet but who was very religious, I wouldn't date them. There are all sorts of reasons I might not date someone that has nothing to do with sweetness or lack thereof. I once met someone who I found attractive, who was sweet, smart and really a catch. And she asked me out. But I didn't date her. Why? Because I was a college senior who was probably going to be leaving the state in a few months and she was a settled lawyer with a house, jacuzzi, who was thinking of running for public office and wanted something very serious, very quickly, that I couldn't provide. I wan't turned down someone who was too much of a gossip for my comfort level. I've turned down many people who weren't sweet. I've turned down people who I really felt like didn't want to date me, but who wanted to date anyone...desperately.
There are many reasons to turn people down. You shouldn't assume people are turning you down because you are too sweet. There are probably other reasons.
1) I've been crazy busy in the ramp up the the Fall semester.
2) The new layout is not making me happy.
3) There is a poster who was not around for quite some time, and who is now back around, and I don't feel all that comfortable around the poster so I don't post in any thread that poster is posting in...but that poster has been around a lot recently. So...yeah...
How are you?!
Oh, I just want to add three things about the shaving pic:
-The captions are hilarious.
-I always appreciate a Sweeney Todd reference.
-That "barber" is not shaving properly.
Reasons I prefer it:
-safety razors like te Mach 5 or whatever, they are a racket. They overcharge like crazy for new cartridges. Straight razors, even the kind with disposable blades are much, much cheaper.
-The shave is better. Not only is it a good shave, because I'm black, I'm pone to razor bumps...with a straight razor? No razor bumps. Also, I like sort of complex facial hair...my handlebar mustache is thinned on the top half and separated down the center...my side burns are pointy...I have a D'artagnon style goatee...all of that requires precision work...and a straight razor does that faster and better than anything else.
-It isn't as time consuming as you think once you get used to shaving...but the time you spend is quite nice. You have to relax and just calm down. For a person like me who is always thinking about a million things, it is nice to just concentrate on the strokes of the blade on my face. It is sort of meditative.
I recommend the straight razor highly!
Even if you don't go with a straight razor, I do recommend use shaving soap and a shaving brush...so nice!
I had this crazy epiphany when I realized most of the things I don't like about the academic field I work in (Musicology) is because the people in my field were mostly bullied in middle school by popular kids. I was too, but unlike them, I got over the strange middle/high school defense mechanisms that basically make you insufferable...while a lot of my peers have not--and you can tell in the scholarship.
Anyway, masculinity/femininity perception in voice is more about inflection and resonance than it is about pitch.