Tiresome Tropes

Erotica and porn have been on the internet probably since about 20 minutes after there was an internet. After various bulletin boards, web forums, Usenet groups, and countless dedicated sites, I (like many of you) discovered Tumblr. As many of you have discovered, Tumblr is good for hours of mindless browsing and fantasizing, and the sheer variety of pictures was amazing.

For a while.

Recently, though, I started to have a feeling of deja vu whenever clicked over to a new page. For a while, I was wondering if I was just seeing the same pictures over and over and over… but that wasn’t the case. Rather, I was seeing the same types of pictures, and within the genres of interest to me, those types seemed to be represented by a handful of styles, or tropes.

How many of these have you noticed?

Oh look, it’s Betty Page. With a whip, or more correctly, a crop. And leather gloves. And fishnets. And high heeled boots.

Okay, of course it’s not actually Betty Page, but kinksters can’t let go of the Betty-as-classic-Domme paradigm, so icons of her pop up constantly in the online fetish community. And while some of us rarely get tired of looking at her, after a while the images just start running together, like the icing on a cake that’s been left out in the rain.

Tropes: Betty Page, Classic, Whip, Red, Fishnets

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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5 Responses to Tiresome Tropes

  1. Yes. No more Betty Page please!

  2. I don’t remember the first time I saw Betty Page, but it was fairly recent (last ten years). I know it makes me a distinct minority on the issue, but she never did much for me. I honestly can’t see what the fuss is about. The only thing worse than seeing something you like get over-exposed is to see something that you feel indifferent to become over-exposed.

    Well, that, and Justin Bieber.

  3. DD says:

    It does all run together after a while.
    I have a pretty specific niche that interests me and that I am willing to reblog so the repetition is particularly obvious.
    I don’t know if I actually have any Betty Page… she tends to be in those photos that really don’t do much for me (women as sole subject),

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