I Am Writing… Only To Be Misinterpreted Once Again!

Yet another time I find myself in the midst of a controversy after expressing my views in my manner. Nonetheless, it is still my responsibility to clarify all that which is being misinterpreted with much enthusiasm. So here it goes; a bold attempt… to explain another!

There goes an old saying “Never judge a book by its cover”. The same applies in the current situation. Just because a publication has the impression of a couple sharing intimacy on its title, it does not in any case imply that the publication is rated or as some insist on calling it – a porn magazine. The cover of a magazine or a book, or for that matter even a DVD or CD, is normally made to be its selling point. And in this case, it is still not as extreme as an actual rated magazine would be. So please… enough with the overdoing! The cover was merely designed to grab the viewers’ attention and to compliment the editorial to a lesser extent. How you perceive it determines how perverted you are!

Talking Textures 2006-07 was conceived with the idea of being wholly and solely a ‘students’ magazine. It is a blatant reflection of the taste of the average college goers’ sense of humor. The problem is that the average college goer will normally never admit this fact as openly as I have done. So if one thinks about it, it is more of a reflection of the hypocrisy that lies within most of us. This is something that I tried to express in my editorial. But some people just saw the ‘F’ word and the ‘S’ word, coupled it with the cover, and thought that I was justifying sex in student life or something in the likes. My editorial was my opinion, which deserves to be respected… not exploited. You as a reader may agree or disagree… that is your opinion. But do you really think it’s fair to judge someone’s opinion without even considering it, let alone understand it?

Another issue seems to be the bloopers and their captions… “too vulgar” they say… ‘they’ being D! in particular. Aah… D! and I go a long way back. To clarify the ‘members of this publishing team were in forefront to criticize the drama prepared by TS3 for the vulgarity’ bit first, all I’d like to say is that go back to the article I wrote and read it again and the comments that followed. I very openly said that it’s not the vulgarity; rather it’s the cross-dressing that I consider offensive. So please (the author of these lines), do some homework before you jump to conclusions! Besides, that article was meant entirely in good cheerful spirits. If you fancy taking it so negatively, that’s your problem… don’t assume that I intended to offend you. And yes, I too openly accept D! as TIP’s only dramatic society capable of entertaining the masses… because they understand the masses. And from where I see it, D! and I stand exactly on the same spot today… we’re being called vulgar by the students for giving them what they want.

Then there’s the part which goes ‘a magazine which can only be seen and read when the room is locked and the faith of an individual is at its lowest point’. Oh come on… you’re overdoing it again! If you don’t like something, just flip the page and read what’s next… there’s a lot to read in it. Moving on to the people responsible for giving the ‘most pathetic and filthy comments one can imagine’, I don’t know whether this will surprise you or not, but the people who gave the captions to those pictures were largely NOT from the publications team. They were from amongst the student body. So there you go… a magazine for the students… by the students. And once again… stop generalizing!

Going back to the larger picture, it saddens me to see how narrow minded people can be and start to point out things which do not even exist as has been done with a particular sketch… or probably even more. I won’t even go into the details of this one because it’s simply baseless, but I will repeat myself… just because a publications cover depicts vulgarity (in the viewers’ opinion), it does not in any way mean that quite literally everything in the publication is vulgar. Vulgar… a word which we have begun to use quite often without really assessing our tolerance to it; a word which we confidently use to abuse someone else without looking back at ourselves.

Lastly, I do admit that all that which people are objecting to could have been handled a lot more smartly, but the way people are seeing things is in no way a sign of smartness either. It’s about time we all grew up and realized that we do share a common, dark and crude sense of humor. So stop looking at everything so negatively… and stop lashing at my team without a valid reason! They did their parts with perfection and hence do not deserve to labeled the way I am being!

10 Replies to “I Am Writing… Only To Be Misinterpreted Once Again!”

  1. u knoe for the first time i think i agree with you. i certainly have no problem what so ever about the magzine and personally find it an overall good effort. the thing i want you to understand though is that it feels shit specially after you put in alot of effort n sadly r criticized.. the same happened with ts3 on their drama. i think if u feel that we are all grownups then what was the problem with crossdressingz.. u should hv been there at cbm where most of the dramas were quite vulgure. my point is just that y have double standards ?? i dont want to take names but there were people who said that they had to close their eyes because of the cross dressings ?? cmon .. n now those ppl say tht its all good(not u arsalan). i think u should decide yourself which is worst.. a porn picture or some guy crossdressing ??

    ps : nice work arsalan .. !! lol .. seriously u deserve it..

  2. u knoe for the first time i think i agree with you. i certainly have no problem what so ever about the magzine and personally find it an overall good effort. the thing i want you to understand though is that it feels shit specially after you put in such alot of effort n sadly r criticized.. the same happened with ts3 on their drama. i think if u feel that we are all grownups then what was the problem with crossdressingz.. u should hv been there at cbm where most of the dramas were quite vulgure. my point is just that y have double standards ?? i dont want to take names but there were people who said that they had to close their eyes because of the cross dressings ?? cmon .. n now those ppl say tht its all good(not u arsalan). i think u should decide yourself which is worst.. a porn picture or some guy crossdressing ??

    ps : nice work arsalan .. !! lol .. seriously u deserve it.. i think the pictures were really nicee

  3. wat ever ! it doesnt luks liKe a professiOnal Institute’s magaZine 4 which manY comPaNies r also spoNsoring yew 🙁

  4. @ Waqas

    “the thing i want you to understand though is that it feels shit specially after you put in such alot of effort n sadly r criticized”
    Criticims will always follow… be it on a song, a drama or a magazine. Criticism is in fact a good thing, because otherwise you will never recognize your weaknesses. But what is wrong is to be criticized without a valid reason and just for the sake of being negative.

    The reason why i disapprove of cross-dressing is simply that, we have been made ‘men’ and ‘women’ for a reason, and it’s best that that line should not be crossed. Whenever i think of cross-dressing, the first thing that comes to my mind are those eunichs we see in many parts of our city… and a lot of times we end up mocking them. The fact is, it’s not their fault that their like that; it’s not their fault that they’re born with a hormonoal disbalance. So as normal educated people should we really walk down that road as well? But it’s okay… girls fear going up on stage so we don’t have much of a choice. There’s my opinion. I don’t like cross-dressing, but i won’t go to the length of calling the cross-dresser vulgar as long as he fulfils his purpose.

    “y have double standards ?? i dont want to take names but there were people who said that they had to close their eyes because of the cross dressings ”
    Yes… i feel your pain… and i absolutely agree. It is these double standards we need to grow out of.

    “i think u should decide yourself which is worst.. a porn picture or some guy crossdressing ”
    I am indifferent to both as long as they fulfil their purpose… if they have a purpose! (and the cover does not justify porn)

    @ Asad
    “wat ever” is usually said when you don’t have a convincing statement to support yourself. I clearly said that Talking Textures 06-07 was conceived with teh idea of being wholly and solely a students magazine. It does not look professional because of numerous publishing faults, which will be dealt with as they should be.

  5. ps (@ waqas again):

    “nice work arsalan .. !! lol .. seriously u deserve it.. i think the pictures were really nicee”
    i’m still trying to figure out whether you’re actually appreciating me or still pulling my leg! 😀

  6. in that case… thank you very much… it really means a lot to my team members and myself 🙂
    cheers

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