Archive for October, 2009

article featured offsite

newsflash! excitement! suspense! (well, i’m excited, but that’s probably it).

the wonderful SphynxCatVP, who runs the excellent SphynxCat’s Real Vampires Support Website, has included my post on types of donors in her article library. i am well chuffed, as you might imagine; this is the first time (to my knowledge) that one of my articles has left my site, to be included in one of the big reference sites of the community. it feels really good to be appreciated like this.

which reminds me that i need to put up my copyright notice. unless otherwise specified, i use a creative commons license with the following options: attribution, non-commercial, share-alike. that means that you may copy content from this blog as long as you a) attribute it to me (by name and with a link back to the site) [edit: a copyright notice is required, while a link back is appreciated], b) don’t use it commercially (if in doubt, ask), and c) apply the same license to any copies or derivative works you make of it. if you are in doubt about whether you can use my content, or would like additional rights, ask me.*

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ethics of feeding

something which i’ve come across several times recently is vamps, specifically sanguinarian vampires, saying that they do not want to consume human blood for ethical reasons.

now i think ethics are important. not in a simplistic good/bad, but as deep personal reflections on what is right for a specific person. i approve of people who think about ethics. but with these sangs it did not appear to be the result of careful reflection, but more of an excuse to avoid icky feelings surrounding what is a rather taboo* and intimate human interaction.

what i see is not a right or wrong in their decision not to drink human blood, but rather a logical inconsistency in their arguments. the same vampires who say they won’t feed from humans are busy swapping tips on how to acquire animal blood, and have no hesitation about eating meat. i wonder how they arrive at the conclusion that killing and eating a non-consenting animal can be ethically less problematic than drinking a little blood which was freely given with minimal injury by a consenting human? i’m sure you see the point i’m making: non-consensual death vs. consensual minor injury?

one of the vamps i recently saw involved in such a discussion might actually have internal consistency, as they described themselves as christian, with the implication of humans being by default infinitely superior to animals in their belief-system. the others have a much harder position to defend, as they describe themselves as pagan, which in current usage almost always implies a certain kinship and equality between living creatures of all kinds.

personally, if you’re going to be feeding from a fully informed and consenting human donor then i think the ethical issues become truly minimal.

*and nobody go and tell me that drinking human blood isn’t a deep taboo in most human societies.

update

sorry for the absence, it’s been over a week since my last post, and i do try to keep my updates more regular. the last week has been emotionally harrowing and utterly exhausting, for reasons i don’t want to go into. i want to thank all my friends who helped me and took care of me when i was falling apart.

i really wasn’t up to anything but the most mechanical writing, and even that went very slow. but i did end up with a new permanent page, containing a commented selection of links to donor and vamp sites.

ah yes, and i’ve got the flu now, so updates might continue to be sparse.