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Saturday, October 17, 2021

Having already witnessed the prop-like use of babies as fashion accoutrement, I can’t say I’m too surprised by this next step: Fetish Tots, or “kinky couture for little people”.

If nothing else, this puts a whole new spin on the spanking debate. Does baby’s first word turn out to be his/her safe word?

Yeah, creepy-disgusting, I know. And for more reasons than just the obvious:

I told some friends about Fetish Tots, and they seem to think it’s some sort of artistic statement, not a real business. Even if this particular group is just making a statement, some slimeballs will take the idea and actually sell it to people. Parents of small children are the most gullible of all consumers. There are so many yuppies in this town carrying designer babies as accessories just so they have an excuse to consume more overpriced stuff. Just a few short years ago, all my Burning Man friends were wearing fetish gear and having lots of kinky sex, and guess what? They all have kids now, and they’re dying to dress up the little Baby Burners just like Mommy and Daddy!

Crass consumerism crossed with conformity and kinky-cute couture. Good think most fetishists don’t procreate anyway.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/17/2009 06:37 PM
Category: Creative, Fashion
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Today San Francisco is partying to the theme of The Big Rumble, a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that shook the city with 6.9-Richter force, killing 63 and causing billions of dollars in damages.

Nathan Ballard, a mayoral spokesman, said the intention of the festivities was not to disrespect the losses suffered in the earthquake, but rather to “reinvigorate our commitment, not just to earthquake preparedness but to any type of hazard.”

“We’re just trying to connect with people,” Mr. Ballard said.

Along those lines, the city has produced a 30-page “Block Party Host Toolkit,” complete with “tons of great tips on how to throw the perfect bash,” covering promotion, budgeting and cuisine, among other things.

It does seem daffy to throw a frivolous celebration in the face of nature’s fury. Along these lines, should Southern Californians organize wildfire parties while their neighboring areas burn?

But I also understand the reaction: Even with the maximum amount of preparation, people are ultimately pretty powerless against what a serious earthquake will wreak. To counteract that lack of control, you might as well have a good time. I encountered that attitude firsthand, during my hurricane seasons in Florida, when hurricane parties routinely cropped up before, during, and after a storm. The chief difference is that you can see a hurricane coming days in advance; with earthquakes, they hit practically immediately, so any laugh-at-death partying has to wait until the aftershocks have subsided.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/17/2009 05:20 PM
Category: Creative, Society, Weather
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Colleague: Does anyone else have a hard time typing out “Flushing”?

Me: The city, or the act?

Yes, I’m always at the ready with a zinger!

As far as wording impediments, I’ve long had a mental bloc when it comes to spelling “Cincinnati”. Something about that combination of n’s and t’s trips me up. (Lest you think, “how often could that possibly come up?”, the answer is: When you’re a copyeditor in sports as I once was, a lot.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/17/2009 11:03 AM
Category: Comedy, New Yorkin', Wordsmithing
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