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The Kitan Club: Strange Stories & Curious Tales

Published on January 19th, 2018

The most iconic of all S&M magazines would have to be The Kitan Club (1947-1975). It was a dark, powerful and often sinister Japanese fetish magazine that combined multinational photography with highly imaginative graphic illustration and fiction. Strong production values and attention to craft has made it a sought after collectable.

There is a phrase in Japan “beauty in suffering”; it’s this phrase that separates the Eastern and Western ideas of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism). If The Kitan Club appears to be a study of torture, it’s because the terms sadism and masochism weren’t around in Japan until the Western influence of the 1950s. Japanese culture has a strong tradition in this study of torture. And it’s worth keeping in mind that Japanese practices and this magazine were about the release of emotion in this context of pain.

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The Great White Shark Theory About Murderers

Published on December 21st, 2017

For some reason people think great white sharks plod around the ocean looking for opportunistic people to swallow. That would make them lazy bastards, at best. They’re apex predators, but they do prefer seals. You need a very hungry shark. Or, more likely, a mistaken shark. It prefers real food, not you. The same mistaken paradigm surrounds convicted murderers and the crime of murder.

It appears a lot of people have the idea that people who have murdered and served time for murder are opportunistically cruising the World looking for victims. A vulnerable person here, a homeless person there; something like a kleptomaniac left alone with a friend’s purse. There is an implied compulsion in that stereotype.

I hate to break this to you all, but in the vast majority of cases convicted murderers are less exciting. It just rarely happens that way and when it does the World should be shocked, just not overly shocked. Human beings, on the whole, can be total arseholes to each other and everything around us. Sometimes more than once. But it still doesn’t mean murderers are pathologically driven to take lives with abandon.

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Gay Marriage Rights Pass Through the Australian Parliament

Published on December 9th, 2017

The single most annoying part of the entire gay marriage rights saga in Australia is the sheer waste of money, resources and time that it’s taken to achieve the inevitable.

Rich powerful people like Tony Abbott sporked lobster dinners on the public dime trying to fight Australia’s way back to the 1950s against the public will … and they shit me no end. Because those same overpaid bastards are the first to point at a single mum on unemployment or an indigenous kid from the back of bum fuck and scream the house down about “taxpayer’s money”.

Well, that was a hell of a lot of money wasted. Not just on the plebiscite, or however you want to frame a non-committal postal vote intended solely to placate a rear-guard action by the pro-Christian right. But on the entire last decade or two of utter bullshit that preceded this eventual win on behalf of the decent Australian.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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