Re: The Symi News receives a moral lecture from a Symi-based Pornographer
Posted by: Symi Cat
Date: July 30, 2011 02:49AM
Purrrrrr!!!! Thank you Lizzie…having the approval of someone as dedicated as you are to fairness, equality and the battle against prejudice is always very welcome :)
The works of the late Andrea Dworkin have much to say about the harm done by stories such as those written by James Collins and Neil Gosling of SymiDream which they put up for sale online on more than one website. I’m not a prude, far from it; one of my favourite quotes is from Virginia Woolf in Mrs Dalloway, ”one half of the World cannot understand the pleasures of the other” and I try not to judge anyone’s taste….so long as their taste doesn’t harm others. I can feel pity for Collins and Gosling that their fantasy is of this particular unsavoury type, but I wouldn’t judge them if they kept it to themselves…but they don’t. As Dworkin would say, by selling their words they nourish, encourage, and (whether it be their intention or not) validate the actuality of rape. This is abundantly clear when one looks at the comments left (supposedly) by people who have read the stories on Collins’s & Gosling’s website. For example, after one story where a Greek man on a holiday island (which sounds remarkably like Symi) rapes a tourist staying in a room at his house, and where a large proportion of the story dwells on the fear that the victim feels (one cannot help but feel that it’s exactly this fear which the readers are supposed to get off on), one reader says the story is ”the most beautiful, romantic story I have ever read” and another says that the story is the “most sensual, exciting and manly love making session every (sic) to be described”. How this latter commentator can possibly see rape as love-making is beyond me to understand, and quite worrying.
Another story involves two policemen coming across a man sleeping in his car and then raping him in numerous ways. The victim, at the end of the story, concludes that rape is “something (he’s) been missing out on”. This type of thing is exactly what Dworkin believed (and I agree with her) encourages many men to rape; how often is it said that all a woman needs is a “real man” to "cure" her of her lack of interest in them or of being a lesbian. In Collins’s and Gosling’s fiction, it is male rape that is the focus and the victims are almost always non-gay men who are “cured” of what the writers seem to suggest is the narrow perspective of not wanting gay experiences or to be raped; it’s almost as though they find it hard to believe that a man might not actually find other men attractive or want to be abused by them.
Collins and Gosling seemingly have many friends among their comrades in Symi’s ex-pat ghetto as well as among the group of sycophantic repeat tourists who seek to ingratiate themselves with this sorry crowd. It never ceases to amaze me how these people can so partition their morality. I wonder how they’d react if Collins and Gosling sold stories about Greek island men raping FEMALE tourists in their beds, or of policemen raping WOMEN that they happened to come across. Would they find these stories just as acceptable and excusable as they find them when the victims are male? I wonder how many victims of rape, or partners or friends of victims of rape, who count themselves among Collins and Gosling’s friends, know what they write, and simply ignore it because it’s somehow OK for men to rape men.
Then there are Gosling’s stories of school-teachers “introducing” their pupils to “spanking”. Does putting in a disclaimer that the victims are over the age of consent REALLY make it any less repulsive that these stories are about teachers, in a position of trust, abusing that trust?
I imagine that the defence that Collins, Goslings and their supporters would give is that these stories are on websites which nobody but those interested in the content need visit, that nobody who doesn’t want to read these stories ever does read them. The problem is, that rapists and abusers will be exactly the type of people who visit these sites to feed their appetites; after all, where better for them to get the type of material they want. Rapists and abusers need help, not encouragement. Unfortunately, encouraging these people is all that Collins and Gosling’s writings do.