Immaculate Voyeur

Photographer Rimel Neffati

 

Immaculate Voyeur


Stares pierce amber air
Looking for some sort of bright;
Glaring politeness
Waved past, all Hope’s drab is lost
Faded by direct sunlight

If the shade were pulled
Private would not be Public;
Look — Lewd’s clamoring
Always delighted to see
Naked indelicacies

 

“In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.”     Music
― Marquis de Sade    Scars

Meg Myers — “Desire”

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102 thoughts on “Immaculate Voyeur

  1. My goodness. You have a deep appreciation of beauty, write poetically and in structure, are beautiful and speak Italian. It is such a pleasure to make your acquaintance….

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    1. Well, I certainly hope “My goodness” is a good thing, not like I’ve shocked you with this concept. Thank you for all your kind words and for being brave enough to comment on this effort. I think most will just look away, missing the commentary completely, as though none of these words apply to them and they are immune from being human. I’d like to think I have an appreciation of beauty, but that too is subjective and I do like the rigidness of structure and how it forces my thoughts to be confined. I believe that not all words or visual art is pretty, for the sake of just being pretty. If it’s remembered, whether perceived as offensive or not and the idea has made its way into the mind of the beholder, then as artists we have done our jobs, which is all that we can essentially hope for. So I imagine not all is lost if this is the case.

      So this leaves me wondering as to voyeurism:
      Will all admit it?
      Will any admit it?
      Will anyone admit it?
      Will one person admit it?

      Likewise, delighted to meet you and share my thoughts. As always please take good care.
      ~ Mia

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      1. To be a voyeur, the actual participants must be unaware of the voyeur. By this definition, I have never been a voyeur. Certainly I have given many commands and have watched as those commands were fulfilled to my satisfaction, but I don’t believe that this qualifies as voyeurism. So this is my admission

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        1. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. Ha-ha, I would answer “yes” for myself. Maybe it’s because I use a much broader definition for these terms. I read the tabloid headlines at the market, I’ve looked over at the side of the road when passing an accident, and executions still take place with an audience. Is there such a thing as an immaculate person?

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          1. Well then, for those with a certain awareness level and for those with the interest and capacity to truly observe humanity and the constant clash of all its complexities, aren’t we all voyeurs?

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          2. This is a very profound sentence, I like it a lot. I really want to spend more time thinking about these words, as it’s one of those statements you never forget. Thank you, what a lovely gift.

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    1. Ted, such wonderful words, thank you! Have I done that, sparked you? Ha-ha! If so, you’re most welcome. 😉 I hope that you’re having a marvelous day. I’m off to a slow start today, I don’t know if you have posted anything, I will swing by later. Also I would love to pick your brain on a few things. Have fun! ~ Mia

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      1. Definitely pick my brain on anything. Yeah, you have certainly lit the pilot light. I did a song called Tainted Love. I woke up, had way too much coffee, read your post, and the idea came to do the old soft cell song.

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    1. Jack! Thank you very much, this is the greatest comment, I ❤ it! You've made me smile, now that's just wrong, ha-ha! You better have a wonderful evening and Tuesday just for that! Please take good care. ~ Mia

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  2. Perfect photo and video to compliment your prose. I’m guessing that there’s more voyeurism of the mind than at a nudist camp. Very good post Mia. 🙂 Wishing you a most wonderful evening. *Hugs* ❤

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    1. Dear Maverick, thank you for your lovely words. Glad you liked the photo and the video. Yes, you got it exactly, much more of a commentary about human nature than anything else. Also wishing you a wonderful evening. *Hugs* ❤

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  3. This is a fierce piece of writing Mia and it really got me thinking. Voyeurism seems like a part of human nature, we’re all a little curious, but it’s the intent of the voyeur that’s really the big question isn’t it? I love people watching, it’s fascinating, so I guess you could call me a social voyeur. Now, if I happen to be walking in the woods and stumble upon a couple having hot, no holds barred sex , I would turn and walk the other way…TMI for me, unless it were Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie…then I might take a quick peek…😉 I love the duality of this Meg Myers video,sweet innocence and unabashed desire…perfection. Have a wonderful evening – Lola

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    1. Lola, thank you for a lovely comment and for sharing your wonderful thoughts and ideas. I agree, human beings are curious by nature. The words voyeur and voyeurism have blurred lines between some of the definitions and meanings. You’ve brought up a very interesting concept, “social voyeur”. Anyone that watches the news or participates in social media, would they be considered a social voyeur to some degree? Granted it’s put out there for us to view, but we view it, so what does that say? We tweet our thoughts, we’re enamored with ourselves and take selfies for the entire world to see and they’re seen. Is this a form or voyeurism? But I also think about the innocent voyeur or the accidental voyeur, as you mentioned, the one who walks in the woods and sees a couple having sex. I find the ideas behind voyeur and voyeurism to be a very interesting topic. I’m glad that you liked the Meg Myers video, I thought it was ideal to pair with the poem. Thank you for the well wishes, please enjoy your evening as well. ~ Mia

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  4. Good Morning Mia! In answer to your question, in this generation of social media , we now have the “narcissistic voyeur.” Maybe we should have t-shirts made!! Have a wonderful day…Lola 😀

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    1. Thank you Andrew, you’re so kind. Delighted to read that you enjoyed that last line. I am well, thank you, I hope that you and yours are well too. Have a fabulous evening. ~ Mia

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    1. Lovely Tosha, thank you! I’m so glad I’m not alone and that you couldn’t look away, ha-ha! Some say that they don’t look, but then I question those that say they don’t like animals! Wishing you a wonderful evening. ~ Mia xo

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  5. Yes -in this age of FB and other social media, we all are delighted (very very much) to see naked indelicacies. Another wonderful write-up. have a great day ahead ..

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  6. Mia, you always pick the coolest photos. And ‘HOLY CRAP’! This piece is so very ‘So there…’ Haha. Does that make sense? First of all, there is absolutely no one that is immaculate. N O O N E! Of course, you know I’m a Christian, so of course I abide by the, ‘we are all sinners, no one is perfect, not even one’ thing. I love these people that think they are ‘good people’ or a ‘good person’. At the risk of sounding negative or pessimistic, no one is a ‘good person’. There’s always – ALWAYS – something that doesn’t smell right. Hahaha.
    Anyhow, that music video is very powerful. It makes me think of how our human desires enslave us. We become slaves to them. This in turn, makes me think of how humans have the need and even want to be ‘enslaved’ (for lack of a better word) to something/one. Also, it may sound sickening, but for some odd reason, we seem to enjoy the ‘bad things’ about others. For this reason gossip exists. Ugh.
    Anyhow, once again my hats off to you, my friend. Very keen insight into the nature of us silly humans, and very sociologically up front.
    Hope you’re having a great week.
    Oh yes, did I tell you in another comment that the crutches and boot are gone? WooHoo!
    🙂 ❤

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    1. Staci, I want to thank you for a remarkable comment. I love the photo as well, perfect right? Yes, it makes sense, you definitely understood me and what I was ranting about. I was a bit apprehensive to posting this, afraid it would be taken completely the wrong way on the surface, the sexual references have NOTHING to do with the true nature of what is being said. You addressed it perfectly, “NO ONE”. Even the so called, “good people” are human, we are fallible, we are imperfect, if we were perfect, what would be the purpose of being here, sheer enjoyment. I don’t think so.

      You touched on something really interesting, “we seem to enjoy the ‘bad things’ about others”. We tend to think of the definition of voyeur in sexual terms, however it has many meanings, one of which is the following, “a person who enjoys seeing the pain or distress of others”. I think the universal “we” tends to snicker or have a slightly sideways grin when someone we don’t care for gets what we feel they deserve, not very nice, just a fact. But no one will raise their hand when the question is asked. I take issue with that.

      There was a comment left that I found intriguing and I have to give further thought to it. Paraphrasing, “only the naïve are immaculate”. Honestly I have not reconciled that thought in my mind yet or come to terms with it completely, as it goes back to your statement about being “enslaved” or even perhaps we blind ourselves with ignorance intentionally. Now I do believe there are some that are immaculate and really have nothing to do with this discussion, other than I want to acknowledge their existence.

      Agreed the video is very powerful, I like Meg Myers, she’s not wimpy at all. I want to thank you for taking the time to unravel my efforts, you amaze me, your interpretations always match my intentions.

      Congratulations! Free from crutches and boot! 🙂 I hope that you plan to celebrate! Please have a wonderful evening and enjoy the rest of your week. ~ Mia ❤

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      1. Mia, you are more than welcome. Your posts offer something to chew on. That’s why sometimes I open up to them, but then don’t get around to really reading and digesting them until I can truly offer the undisturbed time for that (and that can be challenging at times with two small kids running around. Haha).
        “however it has many meanings, one of which is the following, “a person who enjoys seeing the pain or distress of others”
        –and that’s part of what I wanted to focus on even in my comment. This desire that we all seem to have to see another in pain. Even if it’s not physical. Gossip is juicy for a reason, right.
        That is an interesting comment that you mentioned @only the naive are immaculate. I wonder what that means. Have you come to terms with it in your head yet? Haha. I’m not sure if it makes too much sense, being that being naive doesn’t mean that one is without flaws. It could very well be the whole idea that ‘ignorance is bliss’. I don’t know. But then again, ignorance isn’t always bliss, right?…
        Oh yes, HOORAY!!! No more crutches or boot. I can’t really exercise again though. People here seem to think I should be doing physio now. Hmmmm… I think I’ll just keep stretching and taking it slow. Haha.
        Have a wonderful weekend Mia.
        🙂

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        1. Staci, thank you! Exactly right, gossip is interesting for a reason. I don’t know if it is because we are taught that it is off limits, rude or impolite to be part of such things. But really with all the social this and that, pick your poison. We can if we decide to, the instant gratification and so to speak, do so anonymously.

          No, not yet. To tell you the trust while the idea is pretty on the surface, I think that there are a lot of variables to be considered. It’s lovely in presentation, but I feel only a very special few fall into this category. Ignorance is bliss, I find a convent excuse and always an opportunity to become informed. So still working on this.

          Wonderful news about your foot, I imagine you still have a bit of a way to go before it will be 100%. Please be kind to yourself. Thank you, enjoy your weekend too!

          I see you posted, I hope to be over tomorrow, like you I like to take my time. ~Mia 🙂 ❤

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          1. Heyyyyy Mia, so great to hear from you. Sorry for the delay in responding. My internet has been crazy, which in turn has made me go crazy. Hahaha. How did we ever live without the internet. 🙂
            Good thing you sent this to me. I think I didn’t receive this reply. So funny that it was way back when my foot was still recovering.
            Have you finished working this out in your thoughts?
            I should be back to posting a bit by next week, however I haven’t finished my project yet. I’ll probably blog just a bit until I leave for Canada in November, keeping up with just those I’m closest to on WP ( you included 😉 ).
            How are you, by the way? Have you had a nice summer? We are at the end of our winter, but I’m already in summer dresses, shorts and tanks. It gets hot here.
            Please have a wonderful week Mia, and I’ll be by to see what you’ve been up to by the end of it.
            🙂 ❤

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          2. Hi Staci! It’s so great to hear from you. I hope you’re well, I have missed you so much! My carrier goes in and out from time to time, I know the feeling. I apologize about this comment, I noticed my mistake and sent if off right away, better late than never. 🙂

            How is your foot? I hope the injury is a distant memory.

            I have sorted out my thoughts a bit more on this phrase, “only the naive are immaculate”. In my mind there is a small group of individuals that are both immaculate and naïve, I believe they should be excluded from the following discussion. Being naïve is an excuse, opportunities to inform one’s self are limitless these days for most, so I have to take naïve off the table. You may possibly be able to use it as an excuse with me once, after that you are just considered ignorant and ill-informed.

            Immaculate, there is no such thing if you’re human. So naturally as far as voyeurism goes, we are all voyeurs to some extent, it’s coded into our DNA. I hope this doesn’t sound too harsh, it just reality as I see it. But that’s subjective, right?… “as I see it”… 🙂

            I’ve been good thank you. The summer has been wonderful, delighted that a hint of fall is in the air. Yay, your winter is on the way out, enjoy your summer attire!

            Thank you Staci, for such a wonderful reply, I’m honored. I very much look forward to seeing a post from you, I’ve been missing the deep thoughts and discussions. 🙂 Please enjoy the rest of your week. Take good care.
            ~ Mia 🙂 ❤

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          3. Hi Mia, it is so great to be in contact again. I have thought often about you. My foot is so much better. I would even say 100 %. No more discomfort, nor weakness. Yeah!
            I totally agree with you. There are no excuses now-a-day for being naive. And I also think there is no such thing as an ‘immaculate human’.
            Voyeurism and being human does go hand in hand it seems. Unfortunate reality. And anyone who says they’ve never been a ‘voyeur'(of course in the non-sexual way) is probably lying.
            That’s great you’re summer has gone well. It’s been warm/hot here, but that will change for me soon, being that I’m going to Canada in November. Plus, I may be off to France on the 20th of this month. Chillier there I think.
            Have a wonderful week Mia. I will respond to your other comments tomorrow ok. I’m off to see my kids off to bed soon.
            Staci 🙂 ❤

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          4. Staci, it is great to be in contact again. I’ve missed our discussions. 🙂 I have thought of you often as well, also hoping you’re making headway on your projects. 🙂 Yay, foot 100 %!!! I vaguely remember a while back that you mentioned that you would be going to visit your mom. You were also going to send some photos home that she has on her phone, something like that. France on the 20th, that’s just around the corner, how exciting!

            Thank you for the kind wishes, I hope your week will be wonderful too. Enjoy what is left of Sunday. Take good care. ~ Mia 🙂 ❤

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          5. Mia, I thought I had responded to this comment. So sorry.
            It’s great to be back. And yes, having a 100% use of my foot again is awesome.
            As you know, I’m not going to France anymore. Good thing actually, although I’d love to see it.
            Have a wonderful day and take care.
            🙂 ❤

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  7. Mia,
    This post has launched many supersonic jets of thoughts. You do know how to stimulate the reader senses, connect the dots and say the unmentioned.
    I personally believe that we don’t need to be taught vice, it infect our blood the moment we breathed this air, screamed our first lament, and reverberated with our own first milky wants and needs. From genesis, it is always about us and how we compare to others.. and i am guilty as charged. 😉

    Please have a gorgeous week ahead! Love!
    Dajena ❤

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    1. Dajena, I ADORE your comment. Ha-ha, supersonic jets, yay! Exactly my point, I agree, thank you! I believe very much the same, none of us is without “vice”, perfect word. That’s part of what makes us human, pretty or not. Oh yes, I’m guilty of the same charge. Thank you for a marvelous reply, I truly appreciate your thoughts and I always love to see your beautiful photo. Thank you, wishing you a gorgeous week ahead, I hope that you have recovered from any jet lag that you may have experienced.

      Much love and admiration,
      Mia ❤

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      1. 🙂 Love the way your words move in me. The intelligence that lines show, and your art!
        But mostly I love the way you explode fireworks in my mind 😀 😀
        Love to you!!
        ❤ Dajena

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        1. Lovely Dajena, thank you. Delighted to be of service, you’re so very kind and generous. Let’s shake, rattle and roll, let all the words tumble out! Have a wonderful Thursday filled with great inspiration and creativity.
          Much love, Mia ❤

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    1. Thank you. But of course, a perfect quote, right? Sadly, I don’t think many made the correlation that voyeurism is universal. I dare anyone to say that they have never experienced it. Oh, and of course be sure to paint it in a negative light!

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          1. Ha, what happened to the wild, wild west?! I’ve read “To Come Up Here First You Have To Go Down Below”, I really must read it several more times, before I offer any words. You do realize what this is, right? My question pertains to “Elsewhere”, do you follow a map or are YOU able to come and go as you please? How you answer, will be how I comment on your post. Humor is always a must!

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          2. The pressure. Can I stand the pressure? Really I am always elsewhere, no maps will help you there. Thank God. Personally I like getting lost and it saddens me that there are no blank spaces left on the map that say ‘here be monsters’, it sickens me that everywhere I step somebody has stepped before. The sun rose, having nothing better to do, on the nothing new. But I still have that unchartered territory between my ears, and that realm is infinite. That is Elsewhere.

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          3. Very nice! Quite sure you can stand the pressure, now that I know you have an infinite “Elsewhere”. The piece is very interesting and has fantastic implications. I’ll see what I can do for you about the monsters.

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          4. I will, is there anything that frightens you? I’m still processing my thoughts on “To Come…”, but I am going to visit you this evening when it cools down. I’ve become Milton’s best friend along with his self-begot friends, with the heat here I fit right in. One person’s heaven is another person’s hell. Ha-ha, so delirious with the heat.

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          5. Okay, understand. You’re site is lovely, and maintains a strong theme. By the way, I adore your back ground, Yves Tanguy. I could look at his work indefinitely, there is just something about it that take me a million miles away to some alien place.

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