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Submitted Question: Body Swap

Your thoughts on this subject may have already been answered somewhere in your pages, but if it hasn’t then I would very much like to ask it. I would like to read your thoughts on it, and anything you might wish to add. If you were given the chance, one chance to become mortal again. Would you take it? Even further, do you think you might wish to become Immortal again after the switch? Or, would you remain a mortal and live out the fragility of that mortal life, however long it might be? Why, or why not? What are your thoughts on this matter? If you could be a mortal again, what do you think you would do with your time? In detail, what would you wish to experience or try the most?

I think that if presented the opportunity to experience mortality once again, I would accept eagerly. Though it would come with a list of rules to be agreed upon before committing to the enterprise.

First, under no circumstance should a mortal be given my body. I think I have learned a lesson from Lestat’s incident, above and beyond that he is a perfect devil sent, I am certain, to drive me insane. No human should be given my body and its level of power. It is simply too much for just anyone to have. The possible damage would be immense, and I in a frail human body, could do nothing to protect others. So it would be a one way swap, or else some manner of suspicious magic that would make my body itself once again mortal. No exchange can take place.

Secondly, it would have to be temporary. I’ve not the slightest inkling of desire to be mortal for the rest of my life. I quite like immortality, you see, and I have adapted to my nature such that to be anything else would be strange and after a time, once novelty and amazement has worn off, very unwelcome. Likewise, I do not want to die. I want the eternity that is promised me in my blood– I am not done with what I wish to do in life, and I do not suspect I will ever be finished. I’ve the stamina for eternity, and the determination to see through immortality. I do not want to grow old, watching my limbs and spirit weaken and wither, powerless to stop the deterioration of my own body. It would be mental agony.

Third, I would wish for Pandora to be at my side, to experience this very short venture into re-mortality with me. I think to have her with me, going through all that I do as I do, would give me strength and bravery without boundary. After the transformation, I would want to first study her human face with human eyes. That would be my primary desire. All else we could explore together, and share with one another. I should think her encouragement would whisk away any thought toward the inconvenience of human frailty.

What would I, or rather we, do in our human bodies?

I would wake in the morning, as soon as the sun rose, and greet it. As it is, I must greet the sunset, welcome the moon. To be present without fear as the sun rises, basking in its harmless and soothing rays, would be like a new experience for me. I would not tentatively step out either, extending first a finger and then a limb to test for possible incidence of combustion, but rather I would walk boldly out into the heat of a morning. I would go to a park and look at flowers and insects, stare at all my favourite places under the light of the sun. In this way, I will see the world in a new way, a way that not even the greatest of will can grant me.

Then I would eat. And eat some more. I would drink coffee for the first time, and put in it a sinful amount of sugar. I would eat chocolate cake. I would eat ice cream. I would eat Italian pasta covered in tomato sauces. I would try all of the finest wines. I would want to eat everything that I could get my hands on. As a human, I always had a voracious appetite that I had to moderate carefully, but I think I would indulge if I knew I had but a short while to enjoy pleasures unknown to me.

I would go running to feel the straining and pain in my body, the way the heart hammers and skips, the way the skin grows so hot and sweat pours down the body. Then I would stop and gasp and enjoy every second of trying to catch my breath and steady the erratic heartbeat.

I would take a long shower and feel the water against my more tender skin. I would want to find the coldest temperature, the hottest, I could stand without feeling pain.

Everything I would do in the sun. I would find a high balcony and I would touch Pandora under the hot sun in the ways I never could. Then I would eat some more.

44 thoughts on “Submitted Question: Body Swap

  1. How absolutely glorious! Wouldn’t you also want to be intimate with Pandora? Feel ther skin flush and warm with climax? As I recall you never enjoyed such a moment with her in mortality.

    Are there any places in particular you would want to see by the light of day? A specific city perhaps?

    1. Would I wish to be intimate with Pandora? I do not think she would give me much choice in the matter! But I would need no real convincing, not for her. I’ve loved her for so long absent any physical pleasure, yet I think I would very much like the chance to experience this with Pandora and only her. I would not seek out a stranger for a carnal liaison, however; my standards are quite specific to one woman.

      I would want to go and watch the waters of the canals ripple in the sun. I would want to walk through the Roman Forum and put together the pieces in my mind as I remember, and then make my way through the streets of Rome and deconstruct their modern walls to replace them with old ones. I would go to the Vatican and stare at the grand designs in pure light. I would make Italy in the sun a fond memory.

      1. That sounds marvelous.

        I would want to visit a beach or a wooded or jungle area. It seemed that places with so much lush green or blue do not translate well into night, the colors just don’t shine with the intensity that they should.

        For example, the oceans of Hawaii or the Carribean have never appeared such clear turquoise to my eyes at the postcards show them to be, and yet I do recall that such shade of water are possible.

        Perhaps I would wander through the Yosemite Valley in California. This seems to be another place in which the colors which nature used to paint these scenic wonder simply do not reveal themselves well by the light of the moon, heightened vision or not. For example, were you aware that there is a specific week, in February I think, in Yosemite, during which the afternoon sun shines on a specific waterfall and by some magnificent trick of the light the waterfall glows as if it were on fire? Photographers the world over flock to Yosemite during these choice few days in order to try and capture the image.

        1. I did not know that, and now I desperately wish that I could see such a sight. It must look magnificent. I imagine like the greatest imagining of a master impressionist. Ah well, I suppose I will have to settle for pictures, though they are only a dim reflection of the reality.

  2. Like the energizer bunny, you wish to go on and on and on… Heh, and still eat your cake and ice cream too I see. Chocolate cake is fantastic by the way, especially if it’s covered in hot fudge with a dollop of homeade vanilla icecream….oh ye gods, it’s like heaven of chocolatey deliciousness. 😉

    For some reason, I can actually picture you in a pair of stylish sunglasses with red lenses, just soaking up the rays with Pandora. You should both go skinny dipping and see what happens, right out in public and where the sun shines through the trees. It’s a magnificent sight to share with a lover. I would suggest somewhere private until the people leave, some do not understand the beauty of nudity and it is a shame.

    You really should add more to that list of foods up there. God forbid if you and Pandora walked into the restaurant I worked at, I’d send a little of everything off the menu for you both to indulge in. The mortal bodies could tolerate vast amounts of fats, sweets, and calories for the amount of time you’d both be in them. There are so many pasta dishes that you could try too, so much variety that would blow your minds away. Culinary delights galore… Just sayin’ might as well take advantage of it. Also, there are some special coffee drinks that implement cream, spice, and lots of sugars that you both might enjoy trying together. If you were to both enjoy sweets. 🙂

    What would you do with your nights? If you were mortal again. Would you sleep, or would you spend your time enjoying mortal pleasures?

    1. I wonder if when I revert to my immortal form, I will take all of the new pounds I would gain with me. I am so very vain about my appearance, and I am almost certain I would gain plentiful weight over the course of this cessation. But I do not think I would care; I would be entirely too eager for the pleasures of the senses.

      Skinny dipping would be a delight. Perhaps we can find a private pool for such a thing. Or use one of our own. That way we don’t have to feign modesty, or perhaps take risk of being incarcerated for our antiquated understandings of body and privacy. I’ve never quite bought into the modern idea that the body is something private. But this swimming should be under the sun, and that way I could fully appreciate her warm skin sparkling with water and light, and kiss all of the heat from it.

      I would gladly eat everything put before me! From the common to the very strange.

      I wonder if a mortal body would force me to sleep. With the level of activity I would keep, I think I would have to sleep at some point. The human body is just not made to sustain endless activity. I would sleep at night because night I have had plenty of. Though it would be enjoyable to spend one night getting drunk with Pandora. I think the phrase, “I will sleep when I am dead” would be an amusing one to contemplate.

    2. Hmm, I don’t even know if it would be possible to transfer the weight from soul to soul. It’s something to think about for sure. I think weight gain is perfectly fine and healthy from time to time as long as one doesn’t get too carried away with it. I can’t imagine ever having to go without food and fall asleep with gut wrenching hunger. It’s a sad thing to think about, those who die of hunger everyday because of it. I would imagine yourself and Pandora might glow in your mortal bodies if you were to enjoy yourselves in them. 🙂

      There are nude beaches. I have never been to the ocean, any of them. Yet, I’ve heard these nude beaches are very…liberating and quite enjoyable. You would probably both have much to enjoy under the sun together, so many choices. We mortals sometimes forget the small things that we have everyday. Sometimes I sit back and think how awful it would be to not be able to enjoy the sun – even if for just a few minutes of my spare time in the days.

      Let me ask you… what are some of these strange food choices that yourself and Pandora might be likely to try?

      haha, that bit about “you only live once” made me laugh. I can imagine you both getting boozed up and ripped just for the heck of it. What drinks would you try? And, would you both do this at home or maybe in a club, or a bar? Time would be of the essence so to speak, so I can see why you would both wish to try so many things while you both could. Unfortunately, you are right about the body needing its rest though. This is one thing that is essential for humans. 😀

      Have you ever considered taking the form of a mortal woman also, instead of a man?

      1. Hmm, I don’t even know if it would be possible to transfer the weight from soul to soul. It’s something to think about for sure.

        I would hope rather to keep my own body. You see, I have spent a long time in it, and as a result I am very accustomed to it. I am comfortable with my height, and I would be caught off guard by a world a bit closer to my face. Though a soul to soul transfer would make more sense, in which case any weight gain would be entirely the problem of the person whose body was offered to me.

        Which means I would need to insist upon a contract wherein I would be exempted from all damage done to the body while in my possession.

        Still, I do not think I could part with my own.

        There are nude beaches. I have never been to the ocean, any of them. Yet, I’ve heard these nude beaches are very…liberating and quite enjoyable.

        I think I would quite like this sort of beach, especially in the sun. I have never been possessed of body shame; insecurity wasn’t and isn’t a personality feature of mine.

        We mortals sometimes forget the small things that we have everyday.

        This is the unfortunate nature of life– you do not realise how special something was until it is gone forever. The sun, good food, intimacy… all simple pleasures that are taken for granted.

        Let me ask you… what are some of these strange food choices that yourself and Pandora might be likely to try?

        I would want to experiment with some of the newer food things that I never got to taste. I think I would try sugar with every possible combination, or put chocolate syrup on nearly everything.

        What drinks would you try?

        I quite like the smell of a fine scotch, though I understand gentlemen sip this in small quantities.

        And, would you both do this at home or maybe in a club, or a bar?

        Why limit our experiences? All three. In the same night.

        Have you ever considered taking the form of a mortal woman also, instead of a man?

        No! It would be strange enough to be in another man’s body, but to be in a woman’s body would be like having my spirit thrust into another dimension. I would not know what to do with all the curves and plump things that project outward and into the way. I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with any of it. That and it would be too much a distraction.

        1. How funny! I have thought a similar thing of beig a man. How very odd it must be to have something between one’s legs all the time, and to be so hard, (not pun intended!) hard chest, hard back, hard hips.

          I quite enjoy being a woman. I revel in it. I was overjoyed when i began to develop soft hips and plump breasts. I had always been such an angular and thin child growing up.

          I too have little or no inhibitions. A naked body can be an exquisite thing. To experience the world without the barrier of clothes! Yes, you must do the skinny dipping with Pandora. If possible spend as much of the day as possible, in a secluded and private area of course, with as little on as possible. I did it once with the one I love and it was marvelous.

        2. You see, it is all those plump curves that would confuse me. I wouldn’t know where to put all of the softness. And I think, from having man study of women, that walking is far more complex. It seems the curves of a woman’s hips makes it necessary that they should swing when they walk. So merely walking would throw me off of my usual rhythm. I would still walk like a man and no one would be convinced.

          Plus it would be distracting.

          I would prefer to spend all of my time with Pandora, and preferably alone. I don’t have much desire to share myself amongst others, or strangers. I can’t imagine being sociable would have any extra charm if I were a mortal.

        3. I rather think walking as a woman is easier than walking as a man. The hips sway naturally, I assure you. Here is no real need to put any effort into it.

          But I can see how it still would be distracting. Male friends have often told me a similar thing themselves. Something to the effect that if they had a female’s body they don’t see how they could even leave the house in the morning, they would spend the whole day in front of the mirror exploring their curves.

          I suppose ultimately man and woman, after millennia still remain a mystery to each other. I quite love the musky smell of a man, and the rough feeling of the shadow of a beard but I do t know that I would ever really want to be one.

        4. Exactly. There is nothing mysterious or necessarily hypnotic about a man’s body. It is all hard ridges and abrupt shapes. A man’s body is like a plain rock, worth a quick look over and a moment of appreciation, but containing no great beauty. Yet a woman is like nature. She is soft mountains and trees, hills and waves, and every inch of her is a landscape unique and worthy of exploration because no two landscapes are ever the same. Fascinating and welcoming. Do you get my meaning?

          I cannot see a woman losing herself in the study of a male’s body. Not the way a man would should he find himself in the predicament to be in one. I think a woman would look and think, “well, this is new, what am I to do with this?” And perhaps even test out the muscles, flex a bit, lift something heavy. But beyond that, all complexities are mastered, all questions answered.

        5. I too have also wondered what it would be like to be a man, if just for a day. Perhaps I could swap my body out, and the curves that I enjoy wearing for the angular swag that men carry so handsomely. Surely I would examine that appendage, and would probably become frustrated when I had the urge to use the restroom or became excited, atleast from what I hear. Boys and gents are not so shy when it comes to talking of such things. I hear it is quite painful for men when they do not have that release. But, I think it would be hard for me to hold my balance, considering that men do not sway their hips out to balance themselves when they walk. I am amazed in awe at how a man walks and carries himself. Oft I’ve thought of how it might feel to bed a woman in a man’s body, to feel the curves that would pillow my hardness and hear the hitching sighs that I would wretch from her and the explosive surrender that leaves every man victim to such pleasures of the flesh. What would it be like to feel that release in his body? Would he be in awe also when his curves would surely quiver as I would watch my own limbs wrap around me in his body? And would I want to go back into my own curvaceous form or remain in that body? Even mens’ clothing is more comfy than some of the things we women stuff our fluff and curvaceous bounty in, but it would take some getting used to. I really don’t think I could bear it for long either. I am also accustomed to my own flesh and the sex that I’ve known as my own, and I might be too selfish to allow someone else to feel anything or experience anything in it. 😉

          But Marius dear, I don’t think chocolate syrup would be delicious on just everything! I like your creativity though, and so I would support your curiosity in dumping it on anything you might wish if you were mortal again. 🙂

          I would imagine yourself and Pandora would have just as much joy by staying in alone, and enjoying each others mortality together, than going out to socialize with random strangers. You might both miss out on some of the things we mortals take for granted otherwise. It is true, we mortals do not always see what we have or appreciate it for what it was until it is gone.

        6. The angular swag? My dear, you have brought the first true smile to my face tonight.

          Quite painful indeed! Though I think men exaggerate the level of pain in order to gain sympathy from women in the hopes of getting what they want physically. But yes, it is quite uncomfortable and very distracting. I remember once I took part in a conference on food and culture, and I sat in on the judging panel for a series of academic papers on food and culture in the ancient and medieval world. One of the presenters spoke of a study that she observed where scientists starved a group of participants, both men and women, and then gave them a sort of ‘mental’ quiz after. They found that even when starving, a woman can still diversify her thought processes and continue fairly normal through a complex day. They also found that when a man is starving, his entire brain is taken over completely by the thought and desire for food.

          How is this relevant?

          Simply due to the fact that men have, for some strange biological reason, one track minds. When a man feels a need, he feels it absolutely.

          There is no describing the soft, delicious flesh of a woman pressed to every hard angle of the body. Her every plump curve a delectable cushion against the force of a man. A man’s body can be so terribly abrupt in its motions.

          Yes! Let me make my own mistakes. Because, believe me, Pandora would be there to laugh at my every sour and disgusted face with each new taste.

        7. On the contrary, Marius! I think a man’s body is every bit as intriguing as woman’s. You need only look to your own culture to verify the fact. The old Roman sculptors seemed to find the male form as worthy of their efforts as the female form. As did the artists of the Renaissance. You need only look to David to see how intrigued the world was, and still is, by the male form.

          I think I wouldn’t want to be a man because I much prefer exploring a man as a woman. The better to feel their surprising roughness or softness with my own delicate fingers. I confess I often am distracted watching my male friends. Imagining what their bodies must be like beneath their tailored suits or coarse hard denim.

          Do you know what my favorite part is on a man? That deep, delicious groove some of them seem to have, right where the torso meets with their hips. I could lose myself in that spot for hours.

        8. The male form is worthy of study because it is impressive; because it embodies values that people absorb without even really being aware that they are doing so. It is strong, firm, and worthy of admiration and worship. It represents the strength and virility that everyone wants to apply to cultural (or even political) concepts. And it certainly is appealing to look at and touch.

          Do you know what my favorite part is on a man? That deep, delicious groove some of them seem to have, right where the torso meets with their hips. I could lose myself in that spot for hours.

          Wonderful that you should say this. As a matter of fact, this is also one of my favourite places on the male body. Of course this small groove is best pronounced when the entire body is quite fit, so the entire image is alluring, there is something particularly exciting about that spot.

      2. I’ve noticed also that when a man exaggerates his suffering, it sometimes feeds into women wanting to feel “needed”. I find in my own experience it encourages a man to be more open about what is bothering him on down the line. It’s why I encourage men and women to speak of their needs, whatever those might be. I’ve seen women do the exact same thing darling. So much so that they whine and mewl about their headaches, even when they aren’t actually having them. I think both sexes do this just to see if their partner will jump up and offer a helping hand.

        This has really interested me, what you’ve shared here about this mental study. So men really do have one track minds? I’ve heard this before, but I had previously assumed it was a guise that men had devised up to get what they want. It makes sense though, because men really do seem to struggle when their needs aren’t attended. Especially their basic needs, such as hunger.

        I wonder further; if a vampire male and a vampire woman, both new to the dark gift were deprived of blood, would they both show similar results to these of mortal man and woman? Maybe this was a silly question of me to think of, but once again curiosity has the best of me. What are your thoughts on this?

        You probably already know this, but if not, did you know that in certain studies it has been discovered that females actually have a higher tolerance towards pain than men?

        1. I’ve noticed also that when a man exaggerates his suffering, it sometimes feeds into women wanting to feel “needed”. I find in my own experience it encourages a man to be more open about what is bothering him on down the line. It’s why I encourage men and women to speak of their needs, whatever those might be. I’ve seen women do the exact same thing darling. So much so that they whine and mewl about their headaches, even when they aren’t actually having them. I think both sexes do this just to see if their partner will jump up and offer a helping hand.

          It does not help that men and woman communicate in vastly different ways. Men are as capable as women of feeling complex emotions, but the approach to solving problems is different. We sort the problems into categories. Women don’t understand how men can be so reserved and cold, men don’t understand why women must be so dramatic and just coat everything in overwhelming feelings. Men aren’t mind readers. Sometimes women want men to read their emotions, and when men don’t, anger and upset bottles inside of a woman until is blows up in his face and he is sincerely stunned (the stupid look on his face isn’t artificial) because he never saw it coming. Furthermore, he doesn’t understand why she can’t just approach the problem reasonably.

          Never trust a man who tells you he is in physical pain because of his desire.

          And never trust a man who only tells you he loves you when you are in bed with him.

          This has really interested me, what you’ve shared here about this mental study. So men really do have one track minds? I’ve heard this before, but I had previously assumed it was a guise that men had devised up to get what they want. It makes sense though, because men really do seem to struggle when their needs aren’t attended. Especially their basic needs, such as hunger.

          This singular-mindedness of a hungry man is an occurrence of lesser and lesser importance now that people are generally fed well in the developed world. So naturally there is some generalising taking place here. That is to say not every woman has fat reserves and not every man is made of muscle.

          Men, who burn fat rapidly in the use of muscle, have fewer to no reserves to fall back on. When a man is hungry, he must eat. Instinct is usually to keep the body alive at the most fundamental level, and this is food and water (also shelter). The body and the mind pursue food completely.

          Additionally, men are by their nature problem solvers. As I said above, a man will take a complex problem, break it down into parts, categorise all of the pieces, and then come up with a workable solution to solving the problem. One step at a time. It is the one step at a time that is key here. Men prefer to approach things in a linear and organised manner, so it seems that they are singular-minded.

          You probably already know this, but if not, did you know that in certain studies it has been discovered that females actually have a higher tolerance towards pain than men?

          Have you ever seen the video of two men from Amsterdam going through an experiment to show them what the pain is for a woman during childbirth?

        2. It sort of makes me think of this: Why can’t we all just get along?! ha, what a lovely place it would be if man and woman could both just settle down and discuss things and emotions they are feeling for certain reasons, and do it rationally. For both sexes to come together and bring emotion and thought together respectfully. it’s enough to cause someone to run and scream, and is it really a shock that marriage is becoming less probable in lovebirds?

          I can appreciate those two pieces of advice you wrote above. If I may add to them… Never trust anyone who limits the showmanship of their love to words alone either. I wish I’d known some of these things when I was younger, or actually listened to others, instead of learning some of them the hard way. People can always say “I love you” to get what they want, but true love comes by the things one does for their lover or loved one. And then there are many different levels of love… One may love another more than the other loves them, and so it can get messy and confusing too, or so I believe. Still I believe one should never lose hope, there is always someone special out there worth trusting and loving.

          What do you think separates love from lust? Can one person “fall in love” after bedding another? Or is actual love deeper than physical lust in your opinion? Some people say they found their “true love” in the most strange places, including beds.

          Single mindedness… well this makes sense too. This is perhaps the reason why men stop and think for long periods of time about things? Because men are problems solvers? This makes sense, it would explain why men sometimes do better when a woman gives him time to think, instead of dumping a bucket of tears and drama on his head and expecting him to make everything better for her. Women are not mind readers either, and so it is a shame that men do not put it back on a woman to show her how it feels. It’s even more a shame that two people can’t just be patient with one another and work through their problems together, as a team.

          I have not seen this video you speak of. How in the world did they simulate this pain for men to experience? Do they have similar things for women as well?

        3. I can appreciate those two pieces of advice you wrote above. If I may add to them… Never trust anyone who limits the showmanship of their love to words alone either. I wish I’d known some of these things when I was younger, or actually listened to others, instead of learning some of them the hard way. People can always say “I love you” to get what they want, but true love comes by the things one does for their lover or loved one.

          You are so right, and close to my heart. I have always been more of a “shower” than a “sayer” when it comes to love. I prefer to show my love through action. I want to do nice things, helpful things, loving things, because they seem more valuable than words and far more honest. Because, yes, anyone can say, “I love you,” but the test comes when it is time to show that the words have weight. I would much rather show and be shown love. I am comforted little when I am told “I love you” when I do not feel that I am being shown it. The words are fake, false, and annoying.

          What do you think separates love from lust? Can one person “fall in love” after bedding another? Or is actual love deeper than physical lust in your opinion? Some people say they found their “true love” in the most strange places, including beds.

          Love and lust are separated by the emotions that drive them. You can lust for someone without loving them, or love someone without lust, or love someone and lust for them. The problem with emotion is that there is entirely too much versatility.

          Absolutely, a person can first feel lust for someone and then come to love them. Lust is a natural drive we have to be with someone physically. It does not require us to know the person beyond what is necessary to motivate lust itself. All we need is enough to fuel attraction. Yet lust can be an entry way into knowing someone better. After the two connect on a purely physical level, they can then come to know each other emotionally and mentally, and fall in love with each other.

          This is perhaps the reason why men stop and think for long periods of time about things? Because men are problems solvers? This makes sense, it would explain why men sometimes do better when a woman gives him time to think, instead of dumping a bucket of tears and drama on his head and expecting him to make everything better for her.

          Exactly. And this is precisely why many men snap and say mean things to emotional women. After too long, when all the man wants to do is sit alone, think, and problem solve, the incessant chatter and complaining gets to be too much.

          I have not seen this video you speak of. How in the world did they simulate this pain for men to experience? Do they have similar things for women as well?

          The video is really quite funny:

        4. I just now got a chance to watch this. Oh my gosh, this video had me cracking up! I didn’t understand what they were saying, but it sounded so funny! Haha, they both got to experience the pain just the same. I bet they didn’t get an erection or think about making babies for quite a few hours after that! -Falls over laughing- 😀

          Did you notice how the first ones hat-
          sock slipped off his head slightly and his face contorted, the awkwardness of it is what made me laugh. The second one’s toes curled up in his socks and after a while he rolled off the bed and into the floor! I could so hug you right now for finding and sharing this video, really thank you. 😀

          You know, a part of me almost felt sorry for them. I’m surprised the ladies didn’t crack up with laughter when they were putting them through that. haha. 😉

        5. You can be sure that if any woman these two men know is to have a baby, they will give the woman proper respect and comfort. I think if more men were to try to walk in the shoes of women, they would come to respect women more. I don’t think men can ever know since we are largely born into privileged no matter our class. But at least in this case I was able to laugh heartily.

        6. Mhm, for sure. it’s quite the eye opener when they actually felt it!

          You know, I’ve actually seen men scream though from all the torment they face with a pregnant woman throwing things at them and barking orders! Men suffer in their own ways I think. 😉 I mean it can’t be easy for a man to have his eardrums blown out from the prenatal stress and pain. And lord help when the momma starts craving something. -Laughs-

          The laugh was quite hearty and actually made me tear up at the eyes.

          What do you mean when you say men are born more privileged, no matter their class? I’m curious to know.

        7. This world is still very driven to prefer the male gender, which is still seen as the strongest, the wisest, the leaders, no matter their class. Even powerful women are degraded and spoken down to. A strong woman is called irrational and cold. A strong man is labelled as virtuous and admirable. A forceful man is applauded, though a forceful woman is condemned. A woman is criticised for being both too feminine or not feminine enough. Men age with grace and sophistication, women are humiliated and told to undergo all manner of treatment and beauty aid to make them appear younger.

        8. Psychology of relationships between a man and a woman you have lit fairly completely. Usually this subject is discussed.
          But what about psychology and philosophy of love between men. Is it necessary that one of the men must be effeminate and gentle? Because in the conventional
          couple someone dominates and someone submits.
          And this is in my opinion is right and normal. It’s interesting to watch the couple where the woman dominates. It’s a little strange and a little funny.
          It’s really nice to obey a strong man, feel that he takes care of you and protects.

          But what happens in a couple where both men have their virility and male attractiveness?
          When they don’t put on display their relationship but nevertheless there are deep feelings between them?
          Or a love affair between such men impossible?

          And what happens when the flame of love goes out?
          When the love fever gives way to a more relaxed attitude, what happens between them?

        9. People have always assumed that in a relationship with two men, there must be a dominate and more masculine partner, and the other one must be more submissive and less masculine. More effeminate either because he is womanly in manner, or because he is young and not yet a man. This somehow made the relationship understandable, you see. Because one of the men was more womanly, and so the relationship could find itself situated not far off from heterosexual love. To think of two masculine and manly men in love with one another would break entirely from that convention that every relationship needs a power dynamic, and then people would be less comfortable with it.

          However, we know that this isn’t the truth. Homosexual relationships between men are not defined by power and masculinity. Two very masculine men can be together, just as two effeminate men. Because one type is not automatically attracted to its opposite. There is a whole spectrum of attraction and personal taste to consider.

        10. Though I cannot disagree that many women get the shaggy and slobbery end of the stick in many cases, I must say that it seems misery really does love company. I say this because it seems that many of the female circles encourage one another to undergo these surgeries and limitless amounts of sparring amongst each other to appear more “beautiful”. In that sometimes I wonder if they truly feel more power underneath the surface of what they have physically changed about themselves?

          Just the same, I often wonder why women also encourage men to change things about themselves… such as body hair, styles, and even their opinions. I feel there are multiple sides of sexism and that it isn’t just women who suffer through it.

          I can vouche for the fact that it is harder for a lady to get a pay raise however…and this part bites the big one.

        11. Equal pay for “equal” work is still a hard idea to sell. I remember the Muller v. Oregon US court case (I believe 1908), which said women are biologically weaker than men. Its initial purpose was to ensure that women were not physically strained at work. It was thought, even in the medical community, that any unnecessary strain on a woman’s body may hinder her ability to have children in the future. Later, this court case would be used as precedent to justify paying women less because, due to her inherent weakness, she was not the equal of men and could never perform at any job to the same level. Therefore, “equal work” was impossible, and equal pay would certainly not be given.

        12. What’s funny about this is how many men sit back and let the women do all the laborious work while he gets paid the big bucks to stand around and bark orders at her. Heh, it’s a little bit frustrating… especially when the woman proves to a man that she’s just as capable. 🙂

          I guess some things will never change, as unjust as it is. It still boils my blood, so I try and not think about it. What I don’t understand is how they don’t see it? How do they not see with their own eyes that women are just as equal?

          We vote. We work. We have our own homes. Pay bills. And some of us do it without the help of men. 😉

        13. It defies modern logic, but equality of the sexes is a fairly new concept if looking down the long scope or ruler of historical development. For thousands of years, there has been an explicit hierarchy of gender, of which there was only an accepted two.

          It has only just manifested in the last century or so that there is a such thing as equality of sexes. I suppose something so embedded in culture needs time to slowly filter out. Like watering down a poison until it is at last entirely flushed.

        14. Would you shine some more light on what you mean when you say “accepted two”? I’m quite fascinated with this topic.

          Yet with all of this change, I wonder how far this dawning of equality will go. Might some of us regret it when it comes? Hmm, I wonder.

          Balance, I feel as though equality should all work in balance, but finding a common ground between both sexes to stake that balance will perhaps be the most difficult part.

        15. By “accepted two,” I refer to the idea that there are only two genders: male and female. It does not account that there are people who are both genders, genderless, or genderswap.

          I think the idea of equality is a faulty one. Are men and women equal? Yes. But they are not the same, and should not be expected to act or perform the same. Is a woman as strong as a man? Generally, no. Is a man as nurturing in nature as a woman? Generally, no. We should embrace our equality, but our unique differences.

        16. Hmm, that’s an interesting subject to think on. Perhaps they would be both nurturing like in a woman and strong like a man if they had both sexes? But then, I guess they each have different bodies. I’m ashamed to say I’m not familiar with transgender, but knowing there are those who have both sexes on one body is fascinating! 😉

          Everyone has their place and everyone has their own unique abilities. I also think that both sexes should be treated with the equality that comes to each sex because man and woman are still vastly different in thought and strength levels. We can all think for ourselves, but at the same time we do have those general characteristic traits that make us each different and unique.

          I was raised in the sort of old fashioned way where the woman takes the name of the man, the man gets the right to dictate a woman on her every move etc, etc… but, as I grew older I came to know first hand that it’s a dog eat dog world and sometimes a woman can make her own way without the white picket fence, marriage, and a basket full of darling babies. -Laughs-

        17. There are a lot of things about the conduct between man and woman that is outdated, but people cling to antiquated traditions because they are traditions. It is a hard road to travel to say, “the way we have been doing things for centuries is wrong.” Though it would seem common sense that we must alter social understandings as time changes, yet we do not. I suppose this is why fewer women are marrying young, and more and more of them are keeping old names. Recently, a friend who works in house building informed me that a recent trend, perhaps for a decade, has been that husbands and wives have separate bedrooms built. I think this is quite wise because, for me, sanity has always meant privacy. Couples may thrive better if they each have their own space for escape.

  3. This sounds like a very good plan. Except for one thing: Don’t put sugar in your coffee. If you want to drink something sweet I would recomend hot chocolate (chocolate is great in any form, by the way). But coffee has to be savoured undiluted and pure.
    You would also have to try potatos. And popcorn of course.

    Do you still remember how the sun feels on your skin? Not seing the sun in such a long time is something I cannot imagine at all. A life without sun would be impossible for me.
    Did the invention of colour photography and movies make a big impression on you in this concern?

    Do you think Pandora would enjoy such a temporary human life as well?

    1. Ah, the perfect modification! Yes, then I will drink coffee that is unsullied by sugar and other artificial flavours. I have been warned that coffee is exceedingly bitter, but I think I should like it on my tongue. I imagine that it has a sharp and almost earthy flavour.

      Hot chocolate sounds magnificent. I know that chocolate is supposed to be one of the most wonderful things in the world to taste, and only amplified when it is liquefied and warmed. It smells like silk, something thick but soft about it. Heavy weightlessness, yes, that is hot chocolate in smell. All I have of it.

      Potatoes and popcorn. Noted!

      Can I still feel the sun on my skin? Yes and no. I think that I can, but I also know that my idea of the “sun,” and “sunlight” are becoming abstract, even in memory. I wonder if what I remember as the heat of the day really is the truth, or if it is something my imagination has concocted to replace memories I have forgotten. It is a feeling always on the tip of my tongue, but just barely out of reach. In some ways, seeing the sun in pictures and in movies is a wonder. I can through them remember the beauty of how the earth looks, how water looks, sparkling under the glare of a midday sun. Yet at times it makes me feel terribly sad.

      I know that Pandora would love it, though she would want just the same as me: that it be temporary and that I be with her. There is an unspoken promise between the two of us: if it is ever time for her to die, or vice versa that it is my time to die, we will find the other and take them with us. Neither of us wishes to be on this earth a second longer than the other. This is comforting because I always know without fail that she is alive and well. So I think that much the same would be the case should one of us decide to experiment with mortality.

      1. Mh, it’s a little bitter, that’s right but one gets used to it very quickly. A top class Italian espresso has a strong taste that’s so rich and complex you will never forget.
        I think you imagination of chocolate is about correct. The only problem is when you eat too much at a time.
        You’re really missing out on something…tasty food can make up for many a thing.

        Pandora and you really belong together. Even if you’re separated by space.

        1. This is what I hear, and it makes me curious. And I do hate it when I am curious about something, but lack the ability to have my curiosity sated. It drives me a bit mad from time to time. Believe me, I have learned from experience not to attempt to eat anything to see what would happen. It never ends well.

  4. This is what I hear, and it makes me curious. And I do hate it when I am curious about something, but lack the ability to have my curiosity sated. It drives me a bit mad from time to time. Believe me, I have learned from experience not to attempt to eat anything to see what would happen. It never ends well.
    Are you unable to keep human food in or does it simply taste ugly?

    1. It doesn’t taste very good at all. I think our tastes are just altered to make blood more palatable. Most humans find the taste of human blood quite stomach turning, though I am sure some have a hearty taste for it, whereas to us there is no finer flavour. Just the same, the opposite can be said of human food.

      Though yes, our bodies do reject it. We do not have the functional bodily processes for proper digestion. The blood that we consume pools in our stomach and begins to immediately spread through our bodies by permeating the various tissues. We don’t have stomach acids to break down food. And so the food comes up in its full, non-watered down, masticated form.

      1. This makes sense, taken into consideration that your body is water and dirt repellent also from the outside, too. Like teflon.

        1. Tanaquil, forgive me for jumping in, but this is absolutely the best thing I’ve heard (well, read, but you get my meaning) all evening! How delightful! I had never thought of it that way but yes, I suppose vampires a rather “wash and wear” lot. Not much fussing required.

          Teflon! How funny. It has brought a smile to my face on a night that I really needed one. Thank you. I’ll remember that.

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