Discovering this forum, the blog and the whole community was amazing. I feel truly at home here and I think we all know how it is to know that the lifestyle is something to aspire to and completely normal.
I took a break from here for a few months, partly because of other stuff IRL, and partly because I got a little tired of posting often with little other engagement. I returned but was dismayed to see we are still plagued by the same problems.
Many new members and introductions but once signed up they mostly disappear with no engagement. Then there is the constant posts both in the forum and the blog about these sexually voracious vaginal virgins. I don't know about the rest of you but I'm seriously thinking we are being trolled. Am I really alone in thinking that many of these tales are pure fantasy? And worse, many people indulge the authors of these tall tales. My worry is that this discourages genuine newcomers who are curious as it is difficult to take much of it seriously.
All this makes me sad as there is really nowhere else to go.
I'm not pointing fingers at any specific individuals and don't want to ruffle any feathers but I had to get it off my chest.
So how do you feel?
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I sincerely doubt that it is deterring people, or that many people are posting in an insincere manner. Regarding you particular example of vaginal virgins, I can tell you that that's a topic that has grown in interest and I've specifically had people reach out to me regarding that topic because they've seen other people talking about it and don't feel as unusual or like a self-perceived freak as a result. This is something I've seen happen repeatedly over the years of this community existing: topics come and go in waves and get fueled by other people talking about them and triggering conversations for other people as well. The blog itself has 500+ unique visitors per day, and most don't interact directly with the community, but it's not too surprising that when people see a topic that sparks their interest or relates to them, they'll also reach out about it.
I have no doubt that it also inspires some people to write fictional accounts and share them as if true, unfortunately. But acting suspiciously towards every member and trying to find faults in their posts leads to a paranoid, unhealthy community. It's happened before, with accusations flying towards anyone who ever gave the perception of contradicting themselves, and it led to a lot of members leaving and never coming back, and to the enforcement of rules against publicly calling out anyone.
If you have specific concerns about someone, contact a moderator privately, do not make public accusations.
I couldn't agree more. I've had several email discourses with others who feel the same way. I think it discredits the forums, to some degree.
As well, there are a lot of good, foundational posts that get lost in the shuffle, like those dealing with penetrating beyond the rectal valves, anal sex education, etc. Yes, these are both mine, but I can't think of some of the other good ones by others at the second. Maybe some of these should be sticky posts at the top of the forums. Although some of this may be covered in the guide, it lacks the interaction of the forum.
I just don't know what the answer is, but I really would like to see the forum get back to what it once was. At least when there was a post it usually seemed genuine.
But I must say that we felt quoted in the pate of "vaginal virginity", because we are a couple that fits this classification. I think it fair to suspect everything you read on the internet (after all, nobody knows who is on the other side of the screen), however, it seems misleading to assume that all such realities are merely the result of perverted and unreasonable fantasies.
Perhaps the focus on this is euphoria of finding people who understand, share the same thought and preferences and finally see themselves as people not as strange people as they thought they looked...
The low engagement in the forum is very bad. But I confess that this kind of suspicion is very discouraging. We do not frequently participate in Discord, but we already interact there and even share some of our photos dedicated to the community. Photos of us together! In some of them my wife's hymen was quite apparent, for example.. I'd post one here if the rules allowed. But I also feel that I do not have to prove our authenticity to anyone.
We are trying to get pregnant without abandoning the AO and we have recently we posted about this. Too bad that this kind of idea seems so outdated or unrealistic.
If you allow a suggestion and do not just whining, I think it could improve the integration of the forum topics in the Discord. The free chat mode is a bit uninteresting. Channels in the Discord separated by topic topics and strictly focused on the discussion of topics presented here in the forum seems a good way to improve engagement.
Anyway, sorry for the unburden.
If your partner is still a virgin, then good for you. However, this particular fetish has no appeal to me. It obviously does tickle someone's fancy though as the same thing crops up again and again.
I'm sorry that you find my suspicion discouraging - I myself find the fake narratives discouraging. And I can't help having well attuned bullshit detector's. Not that one really needs them.
Most of the phony stories start in much the same way, "Hi i'm Juliet from France. I'm 26y old and I'm an anal slut!". Seen one, seen them all.
In my 40 plus years, which includes several girlfriends, a marriage and now a long term relationship, I've yet to meet a single woman who self describes as a slut. Or whore etc. Again, not to say it never happens, but it's what we see online all the time.
My experience also informs me that women are not nearly so preoccupied with sex as men are, yet time and again we are presented with the "insatiable female" fantasy that many men would like to believe in.
I suspect that what is going on (other than some trolling) is that there are members who are unhappy with the low engagement and so they try to create talking points in order to stimulate activity. Understandable, but ultimately unproductive. Another possibility is that there are people who either aren't in a relationship, or haven't / can't have anal with their partner who nonetheless have a real interest in AO but living it vicariously is their only way of participating. Who knows ?
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It's the mix of fact and fantasy that gives sex its allure. I'm sure we'd all like to believe that everything we read here is factual but we can be no more sure of that than in any of the thousands of other places, on or off line, where people discuss sex.
I'm pretty sure our mods (take a bow!) do a great job in keeping obvious fakes away, but they're not about to visit the bedrooms of everyone who writes. The occasional fairy story is a small price to pay for good advice and encouragement.
I said nothing about being unhappy. Do you think it serves this community well to ignore a very obvious problem? It won't make it go away. Shoot the messenger, why don't you?
Either people knowingly give the bullshit a pass or they are even more naive than I thought. And it is not just what people say, it is how they say it - 3rd rate erotic fiction written by someone with all the worldly and sexual experience that you'd expect of someone who lives at home with mum.
I'm actually trying to appeal the the person(s) behind the fake posts as it is my opinion that they are doing harm by killing off the very thing that they like.
I have no problem at all with fantasy, just when people try to pass it off as reality, even when it is patently absurd. We all have fantasies but there clearly needs to be a separation between fact and fantasy especially when giving advice. My suggestion would be for the forum to have a fantasy or story section where people would be free to let their imaginations run wild.
Like what I say or not, but I say it because I want this place to grow and be even better.
I partially agree with you but I do not understand your indignation. In our first participation here I made it clear that our account is joint of the couple but only I who write, she just accompanies and reads and gives suggestions.
Some reports are really dubious but what to do? Is not it enough to simply ignore? After all, what do you propose?