A Parent’s Guide To Webcam Fetishes
With the advent of the webcam and its natural tendency to photograph the waist-up, armpits have become sexualized. Armpit hair has always been a secondary sex characteristic, but recently it has taken to appearing in key roles on websites such as Tumblr and YouTube. Both males and females seem to occasionally enjoy seeing someone’s armpits, exhibiting their own armpits, or, in rare cases, licking their own armpits. The gesture is exciting, severe, and oddly disorienting (to the webcam fetishist); in fact, several cases of dyed armpit hair have surfaced.
Drinking On Camera
When bars are not an option, but alcohol is available, video chatrooms become bars, and alcohol on camera becomes a coded gateway to more seriously destructive behavior. Though no official ‘online-only’ bars exist yet, they soon will, and teens will find ways to illegally participate.
Masks play a role in the ever-changing game of hidden or secret identities online. A mask can be malicious, playful, or simply in bad taste, depending on the webcam context. In the early days of Chatroulette, many users donned masks for hours of stimulating anonymous interaction.
One of the most highly guarded secrets of teen and adolescent romance is the new phenomenon of Tinysleeping, which occurs when two amorous teens sleep ‘together’ with their webcams on. Tinysleep is named after the free browser-based video chat service Tinychat. Less chemically intimate than sex, and yet also more disturbing and redolent of Foucaultian surveillance culture, Tinysleep involves many complex factors. The foremost is the nature of the relationship between participants: it is almost always romantic and highly emotionally charged. Secondly, Tinysleep most often happens between people involved in long distance relationships, or those very heavily involved in early-adaptor Internet culture. Finally, Tinysleep most often occurs when IRL sex is not an option due to any number of factors: habitation limitations, parental disapproval, business trips, and ‘being drunk alone’ are all common. As if the thwarted opportunity for sexual intercourse heightens a desire for advanced levels of digital intimacy, Tinysleep seems to be dragging young people into a dark future indeed.
Food has a special sexual role in webcam situations. By default, food is sexualized, but in the circumstances where many teens eat in front of their computers daily, while watching themselves eat, using their mouths, food has become a reminder of the growing corporeal intimacies they take with their computer. A whole life of pleasure and pain sits before the eye of the camera.
TITS OR GTFO (Get The Fuck Out)
A common phrase in all Internet chat circumstances, “TITS OR GTFO” probably has origins in early image-forums such as 4chan. The phrase is most often uttered by sexually frustrated young men seeking the flesh of female avatars (possibly also young men) or alternately, older, wiser men who troll for amusing exchanges between distant or vague Internet acquaintances. Rarely does anyone actually produces TITS, although in my experience the rare occurrence is becoming more and more frequent. Inevitably, the age of the webcam (and it’s spiritual-philosophical precursor – surveillance culture) slowly downgrades the severity of publicly sharing nude images.
Celebrity-Involved Group Video Chatrooms
As a way of further promoting an Internet celebrity, or to expand the media properties of an existing real-life celebrity, many human-personality brands have taken to hosting intimate video chats for fans. The sheer power of seeking the live moving image of a celebrity next the live moving image of your child may cause panic. What effect will the large personality of the celebrity have on the online moral centers of your teen? This webcam fetish situation continues to develop.
Solitary Penis Being Casually Masturbated
The anonymous disembodied penis is another development following the creation of Chatroulette. Caged in the online pace, from the darkness of an obscured bedroom looms the massive, remote phallic object, as if taking the stage for the most mundane performance imaginable. As perhaps the most grotesque and awesome webcam fetish, SPBCM speaks to deep adolescent desires for physical acceptance.
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