Hey Everyone! Just a quick little point of interest this week, as I’m back home with my family enjoying Memorial Day weekend and gearing up for a friend’s wedding that’s happening this Tuesday.
Anyway, this weeks update revolves around what I consider to be one of the coolest things to pop up on the internet this week. Claire Hummel, one of the concept artist that designed Rosalind Lutece in Bioshock: Infinite, posted a humorous and informative little piece over on her tumblr about exactly what the underwear of Ms. Lutece actually looked like. No, you didn’t read that wrong, one of the official artist behind the character came forward and described, in amazingly educational detail mind you, just what the “underthings” of the female Lutece would look like.
Why? Well because, as she puts it, “the problem with designing characters who become popular is that, if you’re a needy bastard like me who tracks the Lutece tags when you’re bored, you’re suddenly exposed to a ton of art of said characters in various states of undress.
I’m not one to discourage this sort of thing- no no, I have sketchbooks full of Remus/Sirius stuff from high school- but I figured I might as well give everyone a leg-up with a more detailed guide to Rosalind Lutece’s potential underthings. I’ve seen a ton of drawings of her in corsets from a good 50 years before her time and I… I needed to step in.”
The most important thing to point out is, clearly, that she’s a Harry Potter and Wolfstar fan.
She’s also a perfect example of where the internet should be going, as well as the potential good it can do out there. Let me elaborate…
There are plenty of places out there in the world where free-speech and freedom of sexual expression are, at best, limited. Whether it’s the rights and sexual freedoms of woman or the right to Marry whoever you want, there are people all over the world who are chastised and prejudiced against for their sexuality and/or gender.
Now while the Internet may not be a perfect place, it is if anything a place where people can express themselves sexually without any real repercussions. (Except you Pedobear, we’re on to you…) Heck, some even argue that the Internet exists for porn. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to people that one of the Rule of the Internet is that “There is porn of it. No exceptions.” Porn and other sexual content is such a big part of what the Internet stands for that I dare say that you can’t have one without the other. Heck, even if you could I’d probably be against it.
The fact of the matter is that the Internet is a place where people from all over the world can come and express themselves freely in a way that might otherwise put them in very real danger in their offline lives. The sexual content that exists on the Internet isn’t something that should be frowned upon or fought against, it’s something that should be supported and nurtured to create an environment where people can actually feel safe and open about being themselves.
So for Ms. Hummel to come out and not only embrace Rule 34, but use it as a stepping stone to educate people is something she should be applauded for! Go ahead… give her a few claps… I’ll wait.
So be sure to swing by her tumblr and give her post a view. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, and a direction that other artists and creative individuals will support. Because, lets face it, no matter what you somebody out there is going to want to make porn of it. So instead of swearing off the subject or decrying the whole thing, it’d be nice to see people embrace the idea that it’s out there and work to use it to further their Intellectual Properties and maybe even educate people in the process! Is that too much to ask? Maybe.
But if Claire Hummel is any indication of the kind of bright young people we’ve got waiting for us in the coming generations, than perhaps there is hope. I for one can’t wait to see how it all plays out. Your thoughts?