"The mother lode of non-mainstream" - Jay Maynard

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Wednesday, 23 June 2004


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2005 - "The mother lode of non-mainstream"

From a column by Jillian Allison-Aitken in today's Invercargill, NZ Southland Times: (links removed for clarity)

I hit the mother lode of non-mainstream with Jay Maynard's blow-by-blow account of his efforts to build the ultimate TRON costume.

This incredibly long, one-page effort comes complete with a series of full-colour photographs and was disturbing yet compelling.

The sight of a grown man wearing a unitard and Frisbee is just wrong on so many levels.

Even the eBay dude selling his wife's wedding dress or the nutter who thinks he's Peter Pan would have difficulty rivalling Jay and his TRON costume.


Why, thank you, ma'am.

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From:bunster
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Ya know what's funny... I know that Peter Pan guy. Although I'm not sure that I understand his ultimate pan-ness, but he's a really nice guy.

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From:cypherstella
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I don't get it...

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Hello,

I've been lurking on your journal for a while and just had to put my two cents worth in regarding that quote (and your situation in general).

What, exactly, is so distrubing about someone building a costume or a man in a unitard, for that matter? In a world that is over run by "sex sells" and scantily-clad people selling everything from cars to prescription medicines, can the people at large be that freaked by a dude in tights? Guys wear less when they ride bicycles. I'm fed up with this notion that those of us who are not "advertisement perfect" have no right to be comfortable with our bodies and that we need to swaddle them in many layers of clothes to make the rest of the world more comfortable. And to play into the idea that what we see on TV in in magazines is "normal".
You've got a beautiful bod, Jay -- because you are in it and you are happy. Just like all the rest of us have beautiful bods. Sheesh.
Cypher
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From:jmaynard
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Yes, the people at large can be that freaked by a guy in tights. I've commented on this before, and it still makes little sense to me.

I've come to the conclusion that, if people don't like the way I look when I'm in ren garb or the TRON costume (or, in the future, other costumes I may make with significant amounts of spandex), they can damned well look at something else. I'm tired of living according to others' expectations. I did it for too many years, and it didn't lead to happiness. I'm going to live with only one goal: to make me (and my loved ones) happy, and anyone who doesn't like my choices is kindly invited to keep their mouth shut.
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From:cypherstella
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Read the post you linked too and yay for the woman who was won over to the wonder of tights. I completely agree that people who don't like what they see should look elsewhere. I guess my problem is that I am hoplessly optimistic when it comes to my assessment of people at large...and am constantly shocked by petty intolerance when I run up against it. I'm sure that it is a symptom of someone who is unhappy with his or herself in some way and so their insecurity or sadness leads them to fearing the unknown or different. I just wish people would spend their energy on issues that matter rather than what others do for harmless entertainment or creative expression of self.
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From:cypherstella
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I guess it is a shock when an individual is confronted with something that is not in his or her usual realm of experience. But I guess I expect most folks to respond with "Wow!" rather than "What's this shit?" I just keep hope hope hoping that most people will respond with interest rather than distain when they meet something new. Of course, I also have to remind myself that these responses are coming from the Net, and not a complete cross-section of society. :)

I completely agree with your assessment of humanity, by the way! :)
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From:jmaynard
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Re: I don't get it...

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On the subject of bodies: I spent 17 years doing volunteer EMS. I've seen lots and lots of bodies. I think that people have much less control over the shape and appearance of their bodies than the average person believes is possible. Thus, holding someone responsible for their shape to the extent that many people do is simply unreasonable. In that light, I don't think bodies are inherently beautiful, nor do I think they're inherently ugly, for both are in the eye of the beholder - but, except in limited circumstances, beholders should keep their opinions to themselves, too.

A related thought is that too many folks confuse or deliberately refuse to separate "beautiful" from "attractive as a bed partner". You know what? I don't particularly care that 1000 Slashdot and Fark commenters would kick me out of bed. That would imply that I was interested in being there in the first place above all else, and I've got lots more important things to worry about.
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From:cypherstella
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Yeah "beautiful" and "get in my bed" are completely different things. "Beautiful" to me is -- the way it should be. There is innner and outer beauty and I think inner beauty spills over to the outer form. I'm kind of a sucker about thinking that we are all beautiful in the end, though. The human form is pretty to my eyes (in all shapes and sizes) and always will be.

But I think that what the world needs sometimes is a battalion of crack beauty-appreciators who roam the earth pointing out beauty in all of its forms -- not just the status quo or expected.

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