Recently, Yumeka wrote a post about Guilty Pleasures. I was writing this as a reply to that post, but as you can see, things got out of hand, and I decided it was better to just write a reply post. So yeah. Here it is.
So Yumeka (I’m assuming you read the post by now, but if not, no big deal, talks about guilty pleasures, and wouldn’t you know it, she mentions my exact feelings about them!
“For example, a 40-year old male anime fan might not feel any guilt about enjoying Cardcaptor Sakura, since most other anime fans do, but he certainly might feel like calling it a guilty pleasure amongst his male coworkers who aren’t into anime and would raise an eyebrow if they knew he enjoyed a cartoon about cute little magical girls”
Cardcaptor Sakura sucks, but other than that, this paragraph is dead on. There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, because frankly, I never feel guilty enjoying something. However, the term “guilty pleasure” is a great way to make something that isn’t socially acceptable completely normal and within reason. For example:
A: “I like Strike Witches.”
B: “Whoa whoa whoa. What the fuck?”
C: “Dude you’re fucked up man…..what are you some kind of freakish perv or something?”
D: “Yeah they don’t even wear pants in that show! DIDN’T YOU READ GLOTHELEGEND’S POST!?”
C: “I’m calling the cops you dirtbag.”
D: “Anime sucks anyway you asshole! We all hate you now, we’re gonna spread it around that you touched a child innapropriately.”
B: “Get the fuck out of town; and never show your face here again!”
D: “Yeah, go kill yourself you dumb asshole.”
Notice in this scenario, which is completely accurate 100%, how the so called “friends” of person A turned on him upon learning that he watched a show featuring lolis with no pants. Now let’s see the second scenario, where the term “guilty pleasure” is used.
A: “You ever hear of Strike Witches? It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. In fact, so is Anime in general.” (looks away sheepishly and kicks the ground in embarrassment)
B: (chuckles) “I know what you mean. Did you ever see that OVA called Megane no Kanojo? Those girls in glasses man I’m tellin ya .”
C: “Yeah I like those yuri manga, but I’m a guy!”
D: “I know what you guys mean. My guilty pleasure is that I like to fiddle around with my asshole when I masturbate sometimes.”
B: “I’m not sure that’s the same thing.”
C: “Yeah, that’s kinda weird.”
B: “Why would you tell us that?”
D: (looks at the ground) “I…was joking.” (tries to write it off as a joke)
B: “Boy, I’m glad we were all able to talk about our guilty pleasures!
C: “Yeah, I feel better about myself now! It’s good to know that it’s not wrong to have a guilty pleasure!”
A, B, and C all look away from D.
Wow, that went a lot better. By using the term “guilty pleasure.” You can make anything socially acceptable! For example:
A: “I killed someone.”
B: “What the f-”
A: “It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. (looks away sheepishly and kicks the ground in embarrassment)”
B: “Oh haha, That’s fine then.”
Indeed, “guilty pleasure” is a very powerful phrase. (for the record, I did end up liking Strike Witches a lot after I tuned out the pantslessness.)