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Up Front: Boning Up

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  • Danielle,

    Other famous hardcore emblems of masculinity are in denial, too.

    Oh for goodness' sake. You can actually *see* the truss he's wearing in fight scenes in more than one episode of TOS. Shatner, you gots to own it, man.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Jolisa,

    I would suggest that the fashion swing from wide ties to narrow (and back) can be thought of as Rebellion within Conformity.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    How very kind of you, but I was thinking more in terms of how screamingly inappropriate a man-corset would be on me ...

    How about a robotic exoskeleton.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    How very kind of you, but I was thinking more in terms of how screamingly inappropriate a man-corset would be on me ...

    Hmm... I think if we're going to man-corset anyone it has to be Hadyn.

    Other famous hardcore emblems of masculinity are in denial, too.

    OMG. I just gave a friend this. Shatner used to count lines of dialogue in scripts and throw tanties if anyone had more than he did. And then there was his infamous 'horse semen' divorce...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Yeah. I don't get the tie voodoo either. But I have managed to get all the way to being the man on the telly without one ...

    I've escaped that particular garrote myself. When I quit my suit job in Oz, I was sorely tempted to burn all my ties in a symbolic act. But they're still lurking in my cupboard, waiting to enslave me again, if business goes south.

    Which of course is why Russell doesn't need to wear one, being such an emblem of masculinity in and of himself. It's the beard, I think.

    I get the impression that he's a bit more like Kasparov. What intimidated the other players was (by their own accounts) not so much the man himself, being a mere human mortal, but the feeling that when you played him, you were playing against all of Russia. He reputedly got incredible volumes of totally free priming for every public game he played from a huge fan base. The opponents were analyzed for every weakness, and his own weaknesses were commented on by leagues of talented amateurs seeking to up his game.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Perhaps it's because I grew up spending every summer at a nudist camp - but I have a different view.

    Had an interesting experience of nudity last night, having gone to the opening night of Toxic White Elephant Shock, a contemporary dance show choreographed by my sister. I don't really want to give too much away in case anyone reading is planning to go to any of the other nights, other than to say, the show is great, perhaps the best I've seen from Alexa, and she is leaving NZ very soon, so this may be your last chance to see her work for a long time.

    The experience, for me, was that the nudity focused me far more intently on the dance itself than I would have expected.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    But they're still lurking in my cupboard, waiting to enslave me again, if business goes south.

    Weddings, job interviews and funerals is my rule.

    And if the job requires a tie, it requires a significant increase in salary to compensate spending a large portion of your life both being strangled, and having to deal with a silly dangly thing around your neck. A tie levy so to speak.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Stevenson,

    There are two benefits for ties

    One is that when you take the tie off the working day is ended. Do I need to doing work related emails at 10pm, hell no!

    The other is, without ties how could all those accountants express themselves?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    I thought accountants favoured themed socks ?

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    I did actually discover the purpose of a tie. Coming out of work on a winter's day in London in '89, I took off my tie. The cold northerly blew around my neck and down my back. Putting the tie back on kept me much warmer.

    So, there you have it. In my 24 years of working, I've once had a good use for a tie ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    They would probably make a good tourniquet.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    How about a robotic exoskeleton?

    Well, if we're talking a cross between female corsetry and exoskeletons, we can't go past The Mother Of All ExoCorsets.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I chose to wear the tie of my high-school uniform because if you didn't wear the tie you had to have an open necked blouse which was very chilly of a morning.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    "One cannot produce the required vulgar vigour without the necessary diaphragmatical support of the corset."

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    That would be vocal vigour, Joe!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    The corsets are beautiful! Got 2, both from Victoria's Secret in New York. Thankfully gifted from my mad insane wonderful Aunt. :) Undies on the outside......

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

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