Selfies, Comicon, Cosplay & Desire

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Selfie Haiku Cosplay thoughts
Thursday before class I thought:

1. What is the pleasure/
That we derive from looking?/
What are its effects?/
#haiku

2. Does what we look at/
Suffer any damages/
From desirous gaze?/
#haiku

3. Is anything gained/
From being beauty’s object?/
(Or just the lookers?)/
#haiku

4. What if the beauty/
Comes from clever artifice/
Not biology?/
#haiku

During class on Friday a couple of students argued that selfies, even sexy selfies are not created with pornification in mind. They are made so that the takers can celebrate a day that they felt good about how they looked (of course the porn aesthetic might still be in their double consciousness).

At Comicon on Sunday I went to the comix chix panel assembled by Kate Kotler and I learned about cosplay and people’s motives for dressing up. These haiku combine these related thoughts.

5. Beautiful selfies/
Young women take themselves/
Aren’t “pornography”/
#haiku

6. Some derive pleasure/
Of a prurient nature/
(That’s accidental)/
#haiku

7. Selfies are taken/
To remember that moment/
Keep a night’s beauty/
#haiku

8. Lookers may see porn/
In women’s youthful beauty’s/
Like having Black skin/
#haiku

9. Racists and sexists/
Minimize humanity/
To control the world/
#haiku

10. Obscuring beauty/
To avoid pleasuring pervs/
Lets sexism win/
#haiku

11. Racism won’t end/
When Blacks act just like white folk/
Just like the burqa/
#haiku

12. Police sexism/
Privilege’s deviance/
Is the problem here/
#haiku

13. Selfies like Cosplay/
Are innocent engagement/
In this modern world/
#haiku

14. Lets raise up the floor/
Not lower this world’s ceiling/
On Internet geeks*/
#haiku *girls, life

15. Selfies and Cosplay/
Have parallel importance/
The self and other/
#haiku

16. Personal actions/
Amplified by Internet/
Still people’s choices/
#haiku

17. We should not limit/
Ourselves for those imprisoned/
By pre-fab desire/
#haiku

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One response to “Selfies, Comicon, Cosplay & Desire

  1. Hey There. We stumbled upon your blog during our hunt for wordsmiths to compete in a Haiku Duel we are hosting this Saturday. It is a tournament-style winner-take-all improv poetry battle. Duelers will face off one on one, the winner moving across the brackets until two finalists compete for all the money in the pot. We have a few contender spaces left that we are looking to fill and curious if you are interested in competing. More info at haikuduel.eventbrite.com. Best, Erick + Daniel

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