Friday, August 26, 2011

Pantyhose Community

Everyday Pantyhose Share Club is attracting new members.  In fact, we're averaging about 15 new members a day.  Not bad for a club that just started promoting itself in the second week of August!  Maybe you just joined the club yesterday or maybe you're one of the original members that has been with us since early July, or just maybe you're not yet a member and you've stumbled onto this blog while searching for pantyhose on the web.  No matter who you are or what you do or how you describe yourself, if you love pantyhose, then you are one of us.

Being part of our pantyhose community means that you are part of something larger than yourself.  You're together with others that understand you, what drives and motivates you, and what turns you on.  Sure, we all come from different backgrounds and cultures and economic situations, but if you are compulsively obsessed with pantyhose then you are like me and you're also like all the other members of Pantyhose Share Club.  It doesn't matter if you're male or female, black or white, straight or gay, I hope you'll join us and be a part of our community.  It doesn't matter if you're obsessed with some outrageous little kink that has you sitting in your apartment every night feeling perverted and alone.  You don't have to feel that way and you don't have to be counted as one, you can be counted with us.

I will not judge you for the hold that this addiction has over you because I too feel addicted.  I will not listen to others that might express opinions that are judgemental of you.  None of that matters when you're a part of this community. 

I felt "different" for years, pantyhose made me feel pretty but also "pretty different" and that bothered me.  I refuse to let it bother me anymore.  Pantyhose Share Club has helped me find my voice but I don't speak just for myself, I speak for us and for our community.  I want you to be here and I'm glad that you are.

I'm looking forward to sharing more with you soon.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Support the Pantyhose Arts

I subscribe to public radio.  You may not, but I do.  Every year when it's pledge drive time they can count on me.  And now you're sitting there thinking, "why does she do that?"  Why pay for something that's so easy to get for free, right?  Sure, it's easy to turn on the radio and listen for free and many people do just that, so why shouldn't I?  There's one simple answer to that question... because I want it to be there tomorrow.

My desire to sustain things I enjoy doesn't stop with public radio.  I'm lucky to live in Chicago where there's a wide variety of art and cultural events and I support these by attending.  In the past I've been a subscriber to the theatre, the symphony, and this year for the very first time I purchased a subscription to the ballet.  Cool, huh?  Supporting the arts and public radio is something I do because I want to continue to live in a city that has these things.

Pantyhose art in it's most commonly portrayed form - photographs - is not something I was naturally drawn to at first, but I've come to appreciate the beauty of a shapely nylon-clad thigh with the light shining just right, or  the slight nylon wrinkle that forms just behind a bent knee.  These are some of the little things I've learned to appreciate during the last decade (ouch, it hurts to say that!) of sharing my pantyhose compulsion with Internet friends.  Friends that call those same images "pantyhose porn" only to hear me say time and time again that it is ART!

Now we could debate for hours on the art vs. porn, or more correctly stated, art vs. obscenity topic, but I'll save that discussion for a later date.  There's no debating, however, that photography is an art form and if the subject in the photograph happens to be wearing pantyhose, this particular form of art is most highly appreciated by those of us within the pantyhose community, a community that I consider quite exclusive based on my assumption that we make up just a small fraction of the total population.

So, here's my point.  If you appreciate pantyhose art, then you should take steps to sustain the artists that create pantyhose art and this is usually accomplished through a paid gallery subscription.  Okay, I think I just heard someone say "who is this crazy b!+@&", and I've been called worse, but if you are reading these words then I know that you value pantyhose art, you just haven't been asked to equate that value with actual cash value because there's so much of this art available for free.

So now stop and think for a minute, can you think of a pantyhose website that you used to love but they're no longer around?  PantyhoseKim, OhMyHose, LvLegs, those are three that quickly came to mind.  Now there are likely many reasons why these sites are no longer in operation and I've not done any research to learn why they're gone, but these are sites that at one time had a following (as in people know your name) and now they're no longer here, so I believe the basics of business finance must have been one of the factors leading to a decision to close.  Simply put, these sites stopped making money!

Now fast forward to today and think of a pantyhose website that you love.  ArtofGloss, PantyhoseLane, PavelPhoto, and Conner are just a few that came to my mind.  Do you want these artists and the art they create to disappear?  This is a niche art form with a niche following - yes, I'm referring to you and I and our fellow pantyhose lovers, you know, that tiny little fraction of the world population.  If we don't step up and support our favored art form then who will?  Think about supporting pantyhose art through a paid subscription, because you want it to be there tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to sharing more with you soon.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Inspired by Pantyhose

I am inspired by pantyhose, are you similarly inspired?  For me, though, it's not the thing that's the thing.  That is to say, I do not find pantyhose in and of themselves to be particularly inspirational.  I like them, I like the way they make me look and I like the way they make me feel, but I don't find inspiration in that by itself. 

Pantyhose Share Club is starting to grow as a community of pantyhose lovers.  People bonding together around a common interest, sharing pantyhose and the spirit of pantyhose in a unique way.  This inspires me.  Bonding with others that think and feel the way I do.  Enjoying my quirks with others that don't consider my quirks to be quirks, this is a very inspirational thing. 

Our Pantyhose Share Club membership is climbing, finally!  I was starting to grow weary of developing this site only to find yet another passing week with no one finding it.  I think those days are over and I am grateful to Danvet for helping to get the word out.  Don't be shy about your pantyhose addiction, invite your similarly inspired friends to join us!

I'm looking forward to sharing more with you soon.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Popular Pantyhose

From that title, you might think this is a post discussing the popularity of various styles or brands or colors of pantyhose, but it's not.  I'd like to discuss the popularity of pantyhose in and of themselves. 

As I see it, there is a divide along two lines: (1) those that value pantyhose as a fashion statement or for the aesthetic appeal of fashion, and (2) those that value pantyhose for erotic appeal.  Now I'm probably not truly qualified to discuss this or any of the other topics I post here, but you know that won't stop me from moving this discussion forward.  In fact, I consider myself one of those rare individuals that value pantyhose for both of the reasons I mention above, so I hope you feel that qualifies me, at least in some small way, to discuss this topic because I can consider the topic objectively from both points of view.

We know that at one time pantyhose were popular as a fashion statement, though that was decades ago.  Popularity declined and it's not seemed to return in any significant way, though the Middleton sisters seem to be creating a stir, we'll not know for some time if that will cause anything more than a blip in pantyhose sales or, more importantly, the rate at which they are spotted in public.

I assume that pantyhose popularity for erotic appeal is as strong as it ever was and maybe a bit stronger given the rarity of seeing them worn publicly.  I say this only because I believe we humans tend to grow complacent with things we see often.  Take, for example, someone that drives through the mountains on vacation compared to someone that drives through the mountains to commute to work each day.  The first person is in awe at the stunning visuals while the second person can barely see what's in front of him. 

I've noticed (and maybe you've noticed too) that there is one day of the year when pantyhose fashion statement meets pantyhose erotic art and that day is Halloween.  It's a day when you can be someone other than who you really are, so why is it that so many women choose to make that fashion statement only when they are someone other than themselves?  Being a pantyhose lover myself, you'd think I'd enjoy the Halloween holiday, it being a day when others jump on to the pantyhose band wagon.  The thing is, I don't enjoy Halloween because what I see in those women dressing up as someone else is typically an image of a hooker or sexpot nurse or sexpot witch wearing, you guessed it, pantyhose!!  I'm sure the men reading this appreciate Halloween for exactly the same reason I (and hopefully other pantyhose women reading this) do not appreciate it.

Many women, apparently even Michelle Obama, will tell you that they shun pantyhose because they don't feel comfortable wearing them.  I, for one, can attest that the tactile sensation of wearing pantyhose feels very comfortable and I enjoy wearing them, so what's going on here?  I think there's a certain discomfort that comes from wearing something that is being shunned by the mainstream and accepted by the mainstream only one day per year when those mainstreamers are dressing up as a sexpot because they can be someone other than who they really are.  The truth is that pantyhose feel great on and they compliment a tasteful outfit, anything from a cocktail dress to blue jeans, they do make me feel sexy but they don't make me feel like a sexpot whether I'm wearing them on Halloween or any other day of the year.  And I don't need to feel I'm part of the mainstream whether wearing hose becomes more mainstream or not.  I'm not trying to be a fashion icon, I just want to dress nicely and wear hose with pretty much everything!

I do hope that the Middleton's are successful in bringing pantyhose back to the mainstream, I just don't think that's going to happen.  And part of the reason why I don't think it will happen is the damage that's been done, and continues to be done, to the image of pantyhose in our society.  The mainstream is uncomfortable with pantyhose because they are viewed as a sexual device, like some kind of body wrapping vibrator toy (strange imagery, I apologize), and I think this discomfort manifests itself in a physical discomfort wearing them as a complimentary fashion accessory. 

If you're enjoying for the erotic pleasure that pantyhose images offer, in a small way you are contributing to the demise of pantyhose in the mainstream.  This is just an assumption on my part, but I believe it to be true.  And even if my assumption is correct and you're contributing to the demise of pantyhose, or holding them back from a resurgence in popularity, I don't care one bit because as I've already stated, I don't need them to be popular to enjoy how they make me look and feel.  I'll keep wearing them even if I'm the very last one.  I also don't mind that you derive erotic pleasure from pantyhose and all the pantyhose imagery you can find on and elsewhere on the net.  If you happen to also enjoy pantyhose fashion for the sake of fashion, then you truly are in a select crowd and I thank you for that.

I'm looking forward to sharing more with you soon.