I Nearly Dropped $275 On a Razor. Here’s Why I Didn’t.

I’ve been looking for a decent vintage  double edge (DE) razor.  I eventually gave up on finding one at a decent price and went to a website that finds the antique razor you want, cleans it up, re-plates it, then ships it off to you.

I wanted a very specific razor – a 1959 Gillette 195 Adjustable (“Fatboy”) despite the fact that I’ve never used one in my life.  Cost: $275, but I figured it would be worth every penny.

See, here’s one of my major flaws – I’m a contrarian to the extreme.  When people say something is good, I tend to avoid it on the basic principle that people are liars.

So when I first started getting into safety razors 8 years ago, it was recommended to me that I purchase a Merkur 34C as my first DE razor.

I did, and the shave was very good.  Good, but not great.  So I purchased a “twist-to-open” razor (also known as a butterfly razor).  I liked the idea of them.  They’re easy to use, easy to clean, easy to replace the blade.

So I tried a butterfly razor on my head and it was the greatest shave I’ve had in my life.

Those who kept promoting the Merkur 34C were doing so because everyone else was doing it.

Still, I wanted my vintage razor.

So I went to the vintage razor website one more time this afternoon and dropped the exact razor I wanted into my cart.  Before I clicked “purchase”, I decided to have a shower and a shave – and that I would use my butterfly razor just to make sure I was making the right decision of dropping $275 on a vintage razor.

I was wrong.  So wrong.

My head right now is absolutely smooth – not a single piece of stubble on it.  The butterfly razor had no problem taking care of it.

So I’ve closed the website and won’t be going back.  From now on, I will only shave with the butterfly razor.

Being a contrarian and a provocateur has served me well in life.  I’ve become rather financially successful by bucking social norms.  At the same time, it has caused me to make some terrible blunders; advice I should have taken, I refused, for no other reason than I thought I knew better.

Being a contrarian is kind of like a double-edged razor blade.  It can do incredible things for you.  It can also harm you beyond belief.

And the $275 vintage razor?  Nah.  I’ll stick with my $17 butterfly razor thank you very much.

-VIS

Redefine EVERYTHING

Since the world seems so bent on redefining everything from family to sexuality, I present my redefined identity:

Sex: No thank you, I’m British.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t meet your personal standards of sexuality!

Diet: I am vegan, but I eat chicken three times per week and rib-eye steak four times per week.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t meet your personal standards of veganism!

Sexual orientation: I’m gay, but I’m only interested in females.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t fit your definition of gay!

Political Alignment: I’m a communist, but I believe capitalism is the best way for the worker to create their own wealth.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t fit your definition of socialist!

Gender: I’m gender fluid, but I identify as male 24/7/365.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t fit your definition of what is logical or makes any sense at all!

Stop being so oppressive!  I can identify how I wish and it doesn’t have to fit your definitions to be valid!

You can do it, too.  You don’t need outside validation to be valid.  You don’t need outside definitions to define yourself.  Stop limiting yourself.  Your life belongs to you, not the world at large.

Stop trying to fit into a box.  The moment you embrace the fact that you’re not what people expect, that’s the moment you become free.

-VIS

I write my personal journals at an old 1940s student desk.  You know, the ones with the flip lid for keeping your papers inside.

I write with fountain pens.  Only fountain pens.  I usually write in blue and have 9 different shades of blue – mostly from Robert Oster Inks, though I do use Noodler’s, Waterman, and Pilot.

I have an oil lamp on my desk that keeps me warm in the winter while I write.  It also provides a surprising amount of light.

And here’s the best part: above my desk is a bookshelf.  On it is a dictionary.  And when I’m unsure of the exact spelling of a word, I pull out the dictionary and look it up.  Sure, I could pull out a phone and look it up, but I don’t permit myself to have ANY electronics in my study (that includes digital clocks.  I rely on my watch – which is not electronic – to tell me the day, date, and time.  Thank God for Orient Watches).

I know cursive handwriting and use it every time I write with a pen.

These things are old fashioned and outdated.

Which is exactly why I love them.

-VIS

Make America Great Again?

I just finished re-reading Sex and Society by William I. Thomas (1907).  According to his research into 80+ civilizations, once a society begins to decline because of its lack of sexual restraint, that society will eventually collapse (usually within 100 years) and there is no case in history where that has ever been reversed.

Do you hear President Trump espousing the virtues of sexual restraint?  Of course not.  Why?  That wouldn’t be popular.  Trump is a populist through and through.  Some say he is a true Republican, but no Republican would support Red Flag Laws.  Some say he is a conservative, but no self-respecting conservative would respect – or even acknowledge – gay and lesbian rights.  LGBT is not a conservative, traditional value, so there’s no way Trump is a conservative.  No, Trump is a populist.  Whatever is popular, Trump is on board.

And before you go saying something stupid like “VIS doesn’t support LGBT!“, let it be known that I am considered to be LGBT+ myself (I’m demisexual) and I am not a conservative, but I am well aware of what it means to be a true conservative because I used to be one.  I am an anarcho-theocratic-monarchist, which essentially means, “do whatever the hell you want, just be prepared to answer to the King when (not if, but when) he judges you.

So, is it possible to make America great again?

Not a chance.  Sure, America may prosper for a short time but eventually (within 100 years), America will implode primarily due to its lack of sexual restraint.

There are other factors that are causing the decline of America – the increasing debt despite the President saying America is making more money than ever, the death of the Bill of Rights in 2012 when President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which was renewed by President Trump in 2017, all of these have contributed to the decline of America.  But if we look at the root causes, porn, sexual promiscuity, and a lack of sexual restraint (primarily female sexual autonomy) is what has caused America to return to bondage.  Just as it was in bondage to England in 1775, this time, America’s bondage is the chains of its own making.  Those chains will see the collapse of America and Western civilization as we know it – probably by the year 2060.

When promiscuity rules the land, the nation is doomed.  According to Thomas, within 100 years of America’s new, permissive culture (I’d say the sexual revolution of the 1960s is the starting point), America will collapse because of its modern, permissive nature.

-VIS

 

Man-hatin’ Maggie comment

I got this comment from someone but won’t approve their comment because their website looks like spam.

It reads:

“Can we ever be wholly free? In this book of breathtaking imaginary leaps that conjure dystopias and magical islands, Margaret Atwood holds a mirror up to our own world. The reflection we are faced with, of men and women in prisons literal and metaphorical, is frightening, but it is also a call to arms to speak and to act to preserve our freedom while we still can. And in that, there is hope.”

My answer:

You’ve never read a word Man-hatin’ Maggie wrote, have you?  Every single victim in everything Atwood writes is because of her tired old war cry, “men are destroying everything!”

Atwood is no George Orwell, she’s a misandrist.

-VIS

Margaret Atwood

“Man-hatin’ Maggie” (as we call her here in her home country) should be charged with hate speech.

Almost the entirety of her work expresses her disdain for men and tries to justify why we should be eliminated.

If she wrote that way about any other group, she’d be hit with hate speech charges.  But because it’s against men, society gives her a pass and, in fact, celebrates her work.

I don’t agree with hate-speech laws.  I’m a free-speech absolutist.  Say what you want, express what you want, anything and everything goes.  Yelling “fire!” in a crowded theater?  Yep, that’s free speech.

But if we have to suffer under the tyranny of hate speech laws, they should apply to everyone – and that includes Margaret Atwood.

Atwood doesn’t belong at the top of a best-sellers list.

She belongs in jail.

-VIS

 

Priorities

There is a party in power that is trying to violate 70% of the Bill of Rights with one single bill, is building a wall just like the Soviets did in East Germany, and screams about how great the economy is while it racks up more debt to spend money on bombs and weapons to kill innocent people.

The party that is not in power has tried to force a duly elected president out of office with a fraudulent investigation, says they’re concerned about the earth while they fly around in private jets, and is in the process of legalizing the murder of innocent children.

And you’re concerned about gender identity?

What the fuck is wrong with you?

-VIS

Shattered

As most of you know, I just went through the break-up of the most serious relationship I’ve ever had.

I got it out.  I wrote a song and got it out.

It was the most difficult thing I’ve written in my entire life, but just pouring it out onto a sheet of music helped.

Shattered” was a departure for me.  Normally, I write songs in a linear fashion.  First the intro, then the verses, then the bridge, then the chorus, then the refrain, then the solo, then the outro.

But with Shattered, it came together piecemeal.  It was a bunch of different ideas floating around in my heart that I just poured randomly onto paper and audio.  Slowly, methodically, I began piecing it together – a little here, a little there, a bit for the chorus, a bit for the solo, a bit here, a bit there.  As I adjusted one part, I had to go back and refit another part so that it flowed.  It was very much one step back and two steps forward.

Which is ironic because that’s how this healing process is going to be.  I have to find the pieces that fit and put them where they belong – a bit for trust, a bit for forgiveness, a bit for hope, here a little, there a little.  I’m going to stumble and will be forced to step back and readjust an emotion or two to make myself whole again.  It will be one step back and two steps forward.

I’m not healed.  Not by a long shot.  But I’ve taken the first steps in putting the shattered pieces back together.

I’ve defeated opium.  I’ve defeated tobacco.  I’ve defeated alcoholism.  Each time, I put my life back together piece by piece.  And when I was done, the sum was greater than the parts.

I may not be healed, but I’ve started the journey.  And I know myself.  When I start a journey, I’m unstoppable.

Thank you for reading my blather.  This helped me understand my process more deeply.

This was cathartic.

-VIS

VIS Books – Prices Slashed!

If you’ve ever considered buying one or more of the Vintage In Stepford ebooks but put it off until a better time, good news!  Prices on the Kindle ebooks have been slashed to just $0.99 USD!

The best part?  You can now read Kindle books on any device!  Oh sure, if you have a Kindle, you just buy and read.  But what if you’re running Windows 10?  No problem!  You can download the Kindle app from Microsoft Store for free!

iPhone, iPad, or Mac?  Download the Kindle app from the App Store.  Price?  Free!

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Make sure you register your Kindle app with the same account information you use on Amazon and, once purchased, the VIS book(s) will be sent immediately to your device!

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101 Bimbo Mantras: 101 Hypnotic Mantras For Bimbos, T-Girls, And Sissies by Mr. V. I. Stepford is available through these links:

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– Vintage In Stepford (VIS)

HAHAHA GILLETTE!!!!

LOL!!! Procter & Gamble (P&G), the parent company of Gillette, stated that Gillette was forced to take an EIGHT BILLION DOLLAR write-down on their business for the fourth quarter netting them a loss of $5.4 billion!

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/30/procter-gamble-writes-down-gillette-business-but-remains-confident-in-its-future.html

The second a company says “we remain confident in our future“, you know they’re not.  “All war is deception” according to Sun Tzu.  “When you are weak, show the enemy you are strong.” (Sun Tzu, The Art of War).  If any person or corporation says they’re confident in their future, you can wager big money they’re questioning whether they’re gonna survive another year.

P&G claims that currency devaluation and lower demand for their product (because Western men are growing beards) are the reasons to blame.

LOL!  Yeah, 1 billion men ALL decided to grow beards in the latest fiscal fourth quarter, P&G?  Just organically and magically, men decided to stop shaving?  It had nothing to do with your incredibly offensive, ridiculous, “woke” commercial?  Nothing at all?

Good LORD you people must be in serious denial – and major damage control mode.  Just wait until 1Q results are in.  It’s going to be disastrous.

Get woke, go broke, Gillette.   We told you we’d boycott and we did.  And now you’re 8 billion freaking dollars poorer because of it.

The market has spoken, cucks.

-VIS

I’m Free From the Shackles of VIS

I posted on Tumblr and BDSMlr that I would no longer be writing on the VIS blogs there.  I did not, however, mention that I would continue to post here.

And ladies and gentlemen, buckle your seatbelts.

You see, on Tumblr, I was very tightly bound by what I could say and couldn’t say.  Here, I’m free.  I can talk about consensual abuse (which is awesome with the right partner, by the way), I’m free to talk about the necessity of hate speech, I’m free to talk about anything I please.

I’m free from the shackles that bound me as the Tumblr VIS persona.

Now, I can be me.

I pay for this website out of my own pocket.  I can write what I want.  I don’t intend to go too far (I’m generally not a hateful person), but if I want to talk about how wonderful consensual non-consent (consensual rape) is, I will.  And Tumblr staff can piss off.

And if you don’t like what I write here, dear reader, you can piss off too.

See, I don’t care anymore.  I’m going to write whatever the hell I want.

Welcome to VIS 2.0.

-VIS

VIS Books – Prices Slashed

If you’ve ever considered buying one or more of the Vintage In Stepford ebooks but put it off until a better time, good news!  Prices on the Kindle ebooks have been slashed to just $0.99 USD!

The best part?  You can now read Kindle books on any device!  Oh sure, if you have a Kindle, you just buy and read.  But what if you’re running Windows 10?  No problem!  You can download the Kindle app from Microsoft Store for free!

iPhone, iPad, or Mac?  Download the Kindle app from the App Store.  Price?  Free!

Running Android (Samsung, LG, etc.)?  No problemo!  Simply download the Kindle app from Google Play.  Again, free!

Make sure you register your Kindle app with the same account information you use on Amazon and, once purchased, the VIS book(s) will be sent immediately to your device!

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The #1 New Release, A Man Explained It To Me!: Everyday Topics Mansplained So Well That Even A Woman Can Understand Them by Mr. V. I. Stepford, is available at these sites (just click on your country’s name to be taken directly to the Amazon listing for the book):

U.S.  /  U.K.  /  Germany  /  France  /  Spain  /  Italy  /  Netherlands  /  Japan  /  Brazil  /  Canada  /  Mexico  /  Australia  /  India.

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Interested in becoming a Bimbo, but can’t seem to keep your mind blank?  VIS to the rescue!

101 Bimbo Mantras: 101 Hypnotic Mantras For Bimbos, T-Girls, And Sissies by Mr. V. I. Stepford is available through these links:

U.S. / U.K. / Germany / France / Spain / Italy / Netherlands / Japan / Brazil / Canada / Australia / India.

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Looking for something more cerebral (that’s a big word that means “smarterer”)?  VIS has you covered.

Best of Vintage In Stepford by Mr. V. I. Stepford is a collection of some of the most popular posts from Vintage In Stepford all laid out for you in an easy-to-read format.

You can pick up your copy for just $0.99 in these countries:

U.S. / U.K. / Germany / France / Spain / Italy / Netherlands / Japan / Brazil / Canada / Australia / India.

Thank you, everyone, for continuing to support my work!

– Vintage In Stepford (VIS)

Benevolent Sexism – Definition

benevolent sexism [buh-nev-uh-luh nt sek-siz-uh m] – noun -See under ambivalent sexism.

ambivalent sexism [am-biv-uh-luh nt sek-siz-uh m] – noun – a theory that sexism toward women is multidimensional, one form (hostile sexism) reflecting negative views of women who challenge traditional gender roles, and the other form (benevolent sexism) reflecting positive views of women who conform to these roles.

Dictionary.com. (2019). Benevolent Sexism.

-VIS

What is Benevolent Sexism?

Benevolent sexism is a form of paternalistic prejudice (treating a lower status group as a father might treat a child) directed toward women. Prejudice is often thought of as a dislike or antipathy toward a group. Benevolent sexism, however, is an affectionate but patronizing attitude that treats women as needing men’s help, protection, and provision (i.e., as being more like children than adults). Benevolently sexist attitudes suggest that women are purer and nicer than men, but also mentally weaker and less capable. Behaviors that illustrate benevolent sexism include overhelping women (implying they cannot do something themselves), using diminutive names (e.g., “sweetie”) toward female strangers, or “talking down” to women (e.g., implying they cannot understand something technical).

-from “Benevolent Sexism Definition” on Psychology.iresearch.com

Believe It Or Not, Women Are Simple Creatures – The BAR System

Think she’s complicated?  Think again.

Most men think that women are complex creatures.  They complain about women over-analyzing, running amok, and being too demanding.

But in fact, the opposite is true.  All girls really need in life is 3 things – and they form an acronym: Boundaries, Appreciation, and Routine – or BAR.

If she has Boundaries, which include punishment for violation, she knows there are limitations on how far she can go before you put her back in her place. Boundaries also include accountability for her actions.  These Boundaries give her a sense of security unlike anything else you can give her.

Of course, she needs Appreciation – to be used like a slut, to be cuddled when she cries, to be told she’s a “good girl” when her behavior is at its best. Appreciation includes “I love you”s and maintenance spankings.

She requires Routine which includes consistency.  If she’s busy with her Routine, she doesn’t have time to over-think.  If she doesn’t have time to over-think, she can’t over-analyze every little situation in her life, and that’s liberating for her.

Make no mistake, she will consistently test to make sure these 3 things are still in place.  It’s not a challenge to your authority, your masculinity, or your dominance; it’s actually a compliment.  She treats these little tests like a “ping” signal.  She pings because maybe, just maybe, she’s feeling a little insecure right at that moment and she needs to know the BAR is still firmly in place and because you’re the only one who can make her feel secure again.  Don’t cower from the test, delight in it.  She’s pinging you because she believes in you and knows with all her heart that you’ll return the ping signal with a loving, “it’s okay, babygirl … everything’s under control.”

All your girl has ever wanted is freedom in chains.  Give her that freedom.

Set the BAR for her.

-VIS