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December 04 2017

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Bonus picture time! This one kinda falls outside the purview of our blog, but I thought I'd include it here because I find it good. It's an example of how a female can go through some kind of shirtless moment, like using one's shirt as a flag. It could also be used for, say, a moment in a series where a male would have their shirt damaged in battle, and I'm not talking about navel-baring scratches. Well, unless the area still kept the bloody scars.

November 27 2017

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HIATUS BEGINS NOW

Our productive week is done, so I leave you with these final thoughts.

If you've noticed, any of my pictures tend to have a lot showing, but never anything I'd consider "inappropriate." That goes for crotches of both genders, and the nipples of girls. But you've noticed I don't show that same level of censorship towards female butts. Why is that?

Maybe it's because I've seen screencaps from stuff like Family Guy and some of The Simpsons, but I don't necessarily consider butts a sexual thing. If we were to count every part of the body that made guys go gaga, we wouldn't be able to show girls' feet. But the butt is special. That's something shown on guys practically always. It was just in Thor: Ragnarok and used for comedic purposes there! To me, it's an easy way of using nudity for humorous purposes.

Of course, as primates, we are kinda animals, and we've caught animals doing far worse down there. They're even the reason breasts are on girls! They're literally designed to remind us of the butt. Come to think of it, the male sex organ is much the same way; often used to signal a guy as ugly or non-sexual, given how it shows on boys in anime and on ugly guys in stuff on [adult swim]. I honestly don't know what it is.

Still, this kind of thing, where a female butt is used for immediate sexuality and a male butt for immediate humor... it makes me wonder why, is all I'm saying. To an extent, I feel the same way about female nipples, but those can only be shown in R-Rated movies while butts can be PG-13, and parents take kids to see those movies all the time. If anyone has an answer, let me know.

Thanks for listening, all! See you in December!
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Yes, our sexy guys can come from screenshots, too!

Just look at this guy! He's got a great body, and that pose is just smokin'! The facial expression is almost feminine in a sense, adding to that feeling. It's a great example of this kind of thing being equal opportunity, given it comes from Disney.

November 26 2017

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I encountered this essay that explains so much of what we see going through in our country, especially given girls have been treated like objects by politicians on both the left and right, as well as many in the entertainment industry like John Lasseter and Chris Savino. As such, bonus picture!
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I know I technically should have a title, but I don't have a picture to illustrate this, and I don't remember if the last time I did something like this I had one, so have a nice entry of Mature Musings with mostly text.

I recently ended up seeing a trailer for another video game turned into a movie. And this one is in live-action, making it even less worthy of adaptation. We're talking about Rampage, a game that basically had the objective of "you're a giant monster, smash everything, eat stuff." It was very memorable, but for some reason, all the boys crowded around the Player 2 side.

There's a reason for that, though. Player 2 controlled Lizzie, a giant reptile that was like Godzilla. All the monsters in this game were, in fact, humans turned into these creatures, and when your health hit zero, they detransformed back into a human. A naked human. One who covers their privates with their arms and scuttles away. Lizzie, of course, was the girl, so she ended up being very popular.

The movie, I guarantee, might not have a scene like that. At least, not due to the original intent. See, all the monsters have been changed from transformed humans into giant versions of the animal in question, with George a transformed gorilla, Ralph a massive wolf, and Lizzie a giant crocodile. Since they will of course not revert back into anything other than an ordinary-size animal, this is either an act of Hollywood thinking they know better than "some stupid game designer", or an act of cowardice to get rid of the naked girl.

Oh, but I know Hollywood. Hollywood movies like these tend to have brief hints at existing material without actually honoring it, like the Finster, Squatt and Baboo toys in the Power Rangers movie when they don't appear, and Superman being referred to by that name exactly once before that name is called ridiculous, or Wolverine being chided for wanting yellow spandex instead of boring black leather. So of course there's going to be a nude woman covering in there, but it will not be for comedy like the original game; of course it's going to be played for sexiness, because the female body is, according to Hollywood, "inherently sexual" and can only be used to entice people who are not gamers to watch the movie just for the possibilty of getting whacked to it.

So, you've basically taken two problems Hollywood suffers from and combined them into a tragedy of global proportions. Needless to say, Hollywood will not get any of my money.
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This is a little bit of a mature picture, but I don't feel it's out of line since it's more of an artistic picture. Even if the full anatomy is shown, it doesn't necessarily need to be a sexual picture. The human body is beautiful in all regards, and stuff like this proves it well.

November 24 2017

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Ask ArcRoyale #7

Someone else had a burning question for me, so he decided to Ask ArcRoyale! I love answering a lot of these questions; getting close to 10!

Today's question comes from a friend of mine who writes "Dear ArcRoyale: When did you get started on your crusade?" That's an excellent question, so I'll try to explain as I can.

I was a wee little baby when I was born in 1993. By that time, the country was saying goodbye to George Bush the 1st, and hello to Bill Clinton. Clinton, to me, seemed to be a guy you'd want to hang out with, and had a good relation with the media, so a lot of movies and TV, even kids stuff, was getting daring!

When 1997 rolled around, I was five years old, and Y2K didn't strike for me when I was seven. I'd say I felt my first understanding of the world around me at seven, maybe eight. I grew up on the media of the time, including lots of 90's era animated movies, an anime boom, and Cartoon Network.

What does that mean? A lot of things. See, my brain develops a little differently from other people, and is somewhat of an analytical beast. But at the same time, as a child I had difficulty distinguishing certain elements. I didn't have sexual education until I was I think 10 or 11, so I just assumed body development was similar with slight differences. 'Cuz of that, I had trouble understanding why, say, Satsuki and Mei or the PPGs could be shown in the bath just fine, but Dee Dee's shower was more censored than Dex's.

Not too long after sexual education comes the curiousity phase, and shortly after that, I got my first-hand exposure towards "Nano of the North", followed up by Seiryuga's popular Nano Dance gifs. At the same time, I was just the right age to have "Natural Born Kissers" as part of my regular rotation. I didn't even see sexuality in that one scene from the Season 15 "Treehouse of Horror" that I'm sure those who've seen it know what I'm talking 'bout.

Sadly, I was the only one who didn't. DeviantArt conducted a massive ban of young girls right when I was 14 or 15 or so, not good for one who's mentally stunted and curious about the world. Of course, I'd say most of what I learned about the world and what made me what I was came from trial by fire, and exposure to more media helped me recognize patterns.

And the pattern I saw was clear: If a female is used for nude scenes, it's usually sexual. If the nudity can't be sexual, it usually doesn't exist.

I didn't start true development until I got acquainted with a secret society just three years ago, which would be at 21 years old, right after I had noticed good material was hard to find and had talked to several psychologists about it. To my surprise, I wasn't crazy, and the website had a full gallery of citations: the website covered nudity in animation, and didn't discriminate in purpose and who had it. As a result, I got to see quite a bit of material from various locations, and met people who thought much the same way as me.

On a whim, I decided to thank them by commissioning a piece of art for them, the Bart and Lisa in "Natural Born Kissers" pic. Since I enjoyed it, and it got good response as this group loves role-reversals, I kept doing it for their sake. Later on, a contact of mine suggested I open up a Tumblr page. While I initially intended it to simply show off artwork I liked and pics I did, it eventually expanded to a big weekly thing in roughly the second day I posted to it. As a result, I realized I could do something for justice's sake, and use the pictures to help illustrate key concepts. It even led to the creation of a comic series involving an original character of my friend Darkton93 to help illustrate the point.

So that's how it happened! Have a good Black Friday! I'll be sitting at my computer regretting the fact that my artists don't do sales then or Cyber Monday...
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It's a surreal feeling updating so soon after the last one. That's what I get for being lazy...

Anyway, even if Blossom can't quite get the joke, I sure can! It's a great example of overreaction: skirt gets flipped over, so somehow that warrants outfit being destroyed? Her reaction to this whole thing makes for a really humorous picture, and I think the artist, who happens to be my comic artist Xierra099 does the job well. Also, Darkton93 provided the colors you see here, so go thank him, too.
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As we do nowadays, it's time to put some art forward and ask the question of What Would It Look Like?

I know Numbuh 3 had her time in the show, but later episodes ended up showing more of certain characters, most notably Numbuh 1. So I requested another pic of her for a later project of mine. Incidentally, this is the first time I asked for a pic from someone of a KND character! Good to feature lesser-known stuff.
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I couldn't find an anime girl that fit today, so I'll just say "Happy Thanksgiving!"

This pic is good because it demonstrates the difference between a sexual picture and a humorous picture. The left side is a girl who is obviously trying to be sexy, doing a shirt lift. The right side is what that girl would be like in reality, doing a cover of her nudity. I usually say consent is everything, but kids should be discouraged from being seen as sex objects, so the right pic is a good example of a way to discourage it. At least, I hope...

November 22 2017

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Man, I'm finding a lot of new things this week! Surprisingly solid! With this, we're reminded once again that Yes, It Can Be Done!

Today's moment comes from the Miraculous Adventures comic, specifically Issue #3. That's based off a series that's fairly recent called Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat-Noir, which also happens to be a kids series. Sadly, I don't know all the details.

This is a moment I just love. In a previous issue, Ladybug's clothes were stolen, so when she detransforms she ends up nude and has to hide. Technically speaking, this is actually a continuity error since she was wearing a swimsuit in the issue they were stolen. Still, this is great for the fact that they bother to have this kind of thing in a kids' comic with no problems.

Oh, and get this: this was written by the French team, but the comic producers say it's okay because, and this is a very important "because": "No nudity is shown". See, THIS is what I'm talking about with regards to what's acceptable. Since the privates are totally hidden, this content is okay. Nudity doesn't HAVE to be sexual, and it's great that they preserved the writer's vision.

So when people say this kind of stuff is taboo, well, it isn't!
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Aside from tomorrow being thanksgiving, CN is running a big Teen Titans Go marathon. Because there's no "s" in CARTOON Network. As such, I've got a moment from that show that surprised me redrawn in the style of the 2003 series, handled by Xierra. I'll maybe ask Kri to do it to, but for now, here we are!

November 21 2017

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Sigh. My job will never be done. Just a few years ago, a no good, know-nothing executive put the hammer down and proclaimed "No Girls Allowed!"

The scariest words in the human language are "Think of the children!" Often times, these words are being said by people who know nothing about children, but think they know more than them. Case in point, a bill in Japan called for the end of "pornographic content", but was so vaguely phrased it basically meant censoring everything to the ends of the earth. When prodded about stuff like Shizuka's bath scenes in the cultural cornerstone Doraemon, the bill's owners said "that's an example of things that won't be censored."

So when a new Doraemon movie comes out and has a scene where Shizuka's clothes accidentally get vacuumed up, and her butt is shown in the process, you'd expect the people in charge of the bill to keep their promise and not censor the Shizuka scene when it aired on TV, right?

You don't know anything about politicians, do you?

Indeed, on the TV airing of the exact same movie, the scene was completely censored, completely blatantly with a big bright light that obscured just about everything, and I do mean everything. You had to buy the DVD to get the real thing. For those who don't know, this is the exact same strategy used by late night anime. Doraemon is considered in the same category as To-Love-Ru and Strike Witches in that their content has to be censored on TV. The only difference? Those series were for adults.

This is why we can't keep doing this. Despite all signs saying that this kind of scene won't be censored, it still is, for no reason other than it's a girl, as Nobita's numerous scenes show. What is it about a girl that makes it pornographic, other than the female body being "inherently sexual"?

When kids TV is given the same treatment as series for hardcore adolescent nerds, it's time to stop.
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Wouldn't you know it, I just found this pic today! Pretty cool, huh?

I don't quite know why Sakura is sleeping nude, but the situation is funny in how she realizes quickly she overslept and has to do the whole morning routine. There's plenty of room for jokes here, like how Sakura has so many different outfits that choosing the right one would be hard, or how she'd practically be in a hurry to get into her outfit, trying to get dressed while running... heh, that's not a bad idea. Should hit up Xierra when I get some cash.

November 20 2017

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It's that time again: Role Reversal time! Thankfully, I don't have to worry about the Savino ep for a while.

So this one comes from the episode of Dexter's Lab titled "A Hard Day's Day." The funny thing is that this episode happens to feature a lot of nude Dexter. This is one of those moments, Dexter being undressed out of his pajamas by his machine in his morning routine, and sliding down something like the Batpole to change into his regular outfit. It's definitely one of the more notable shots of Dexter's butt in the series, and we see it a LOT in this ep.

So, for this one, Darkton93 and I collaborated on a fic to reverse the situation with Dee Dee. For this segment, Dee Dee throws her regular clothes into the air, jumps out of her pajamas, then flies right into them to dress in the air. And just like Dex, there's a nice big shot of her butt cuz exact change only.

I will likely do more with this episode. In the meanwhile, I've got both a comic version of certain scenes, and we've got a whole fanfic ready if this episode is one of your favorites and you wanted it to get the "Dee Dee's Rival" treatment. They're there if you know where to look!
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And we're back! Things'll be a tad slower since I had to nix Savino content, but I'll do what I can.

We'll start off with this silly little comic. It's a nice humorous scenario with "how do you do that" followed by a demonstration. It's fun, it's cute, it's everything I've ever wanted. Oh, and the colors are thanks to Darkton93. Thanks, Darkton93!
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HIATUS ENDS TOMORROW

Tomorrow marks the end of our hiatus and the beginning of another official week. I'll try and find some thanksgiving stuff, but expect that to mostly consist of football. Sadly, because of our temporary ban on Savino content, our golden girl Lynn Loud will not appear. Sorry.

Also, today is International Men's Day! Now, that may sound like "white history month" or "straight pride", but hear me out. With the recent sex abuse allegations with people like Chris Savino, Harvey Weinstein, and Al Franken, it begs the question as to why all these are coming out within the same interval. Case in point, a previous time I talked about some comments our president made that were taken out of context, disapproved by the women who they were told to.

So what does that mean? Well, putting aside partisan party politics, it's led to a lot of people believe women because apparently "women never lie". Uh, newsflash, EVERYONE LIES. And people will definitely lie if they think it'll get them power, and don't tell me you wouldn't; even the smallest lie is, by definition, a lie, or did those cartoons teach you nothing? A bluff is a lie!

What this means is that when men say "#MeToo" women write "Yeah, you should be saying #MeToo I sexually abused women", or when somebody says "#NotAllMen" some feminist says "#YesAllMen". This kind of thing essentially downplays men's issues, worse when male rape is treated like a big joke. "Love is in the air," anyone?

The lie that "men are incapable of being sexually abused" and "women never lie about sexual abuse" is just as ludicrous as saying, say "an apple is a fruit, but an orange is not an apple, therefore not a fruit." No, both are fruit, and men and women are both people. Why should one always be believed in and one never? Revenge is not a substitute for justice.

So, that's all. See you tomorrow!

November 18 2017

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Because equality is about more than just dressing down, it's about recognizing when dressing down is impractical. Have another bonus picture!

November 16 2017

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Looks like someone else had the same ideas I had! Have a bonus picture!
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Since I got a Twitter lately, I thought I'd expand on one of the thoughts I had on it. Consider this a bonus post.

I've often heard a lot of people on Tumblr complaining about sacrificing an outfit's "quality" to please the "cis heterosexual males." That statement comes laced with a bunch of unfortunate opinions, most prominently that "cis heterosexual males" being pleased is somehow bad by virtue of them being "cis heterosexual males", whereas "cis heterosexual females" being pleased by sexiness is somehow okay. That is, Conan is fine, but Slave Leia is not.

So what I'm thinking is, the issue has been corrupted. It's not about (or shouldn't be about) whether or not an outfit is "too sexy". It's about what that sexiness serves. If the sexiness is used to build character for either the person wearing it or the person who assigned it, that's different. If that purpose flies in the face of the armor's practical purpose, then it's just an excuse. Everything about a character should indicate their personality or that of those around them, not just be used for cheap thrills.

Example of something good: Rainbow Mika in Street Fighter, especially Street Fighter V, wears a rather revealing outfit. But that comes with her territory: She's a Japanese pro-wrestler who fights in silly little battles that are more for fun than the life-or-death battles of Ryu and Ken vs. Shadaloo. Mika is fighting to show off, to put on a spectacle of a performance, so her outfit reflects that by drawing attention to her. Combined that with her attacks and mannerisims involving her butt, and it's quite clear that this girl is supposed to be sexy, but that's okay because it won't actually harm her. That's good sexy.

And now the counterexample: The Amazons in the recent Justice League film have skimped out on armor to wear leather bikinis. Why would they do that? The Amazons are a warrior culture, inspired by the Greek legends. Unless the situation is like that of the Spartans in 300 (which, if I'm not mistaken, the director of Justice League, Zack Snyder, also directed) or the Amazons have diamond skin that can resist swords, arrows and bullets, then all anyone needs to is strike at the exposed patches of skin that essentially serve as bulls-eyes. That's sacrificing character and function for titillation. That's bad sexy.

I couldn't fit it in 280 characters, but there's also the case of Slave Leia in Return of the Jedi. Leia, upon being captured by Jabba, is forced into a sexual bikini and made to sit by his side and look good. But notice Leia doesn't wear anything like this elsewhere. Most of the time she wears really elegant or practical wear. This one time she doesn't was caused by, well, a real lecherous slime rat who forced her to wear it as advertisement. Note the first thing she does when freed is use her own chain to strangle Jabba. That says something both about Leia, that she's in a difficult situation, and about her captor, that he's not a good person. That's good sexy.

There are many examples throughout fiction like this, but by now I think I've made my point. It's not that titillating men is a bad thing. It's when men are titillated at the expense of logic and common sense that it becomes a problem. We only don't complain about guys like Conan or the 300 Spartans because men are used to being on top.

So yeah, nothin' wrong with bein' sexy... unless you're sexy for no good reason.
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