Welcome readers to a belated Maiden Voyages. Within two weeks of my fruitful research trip, Mother Nature unleashed her chaos and I had a freak accident at home which sent me to the hospital. As traumas go, it was a minor one but recovery is gradual. My injuries have made it difficult to sit for a long time which is why there have been no posts from me in a while. To make matters worse, my private business has been busier than ever. Many days I have intended to work on a post or reply to emails to find myself too exhausted mentally and physically. This has taken an emotional toll as I deal with bureaucracy of the broken American medical system. I thank my friends and readers for their well wishes and promise to continue as I am able. My research trip has been an inspiration and I have many interesting things to share. However, producing a post to my standards does take time and cannot be done in one sitting. I still believe Pigtails in Paint has an important function and should continue to do so. I also encourage those interested in composing posts for this site to please do so.
Mission Statement: One of the ideas that came from my trip was the urgent need for a mission statement. It goes without saying that Pigtails covers a number of controversial subjects associated with little girls. However, like the proverbial elephant in the living room, it is an important subject that the conventions of society would have us ignore, trivialize or offer patent simplistic answers to. Once posted, the ‘Mission Statement’ will reflect what I have learned to date about the valuable function this site serves, whether people want to acknowledge it or not.
Lessons from Behind the Iron Curtain: A Jock Sturges show titled ‘Absence of Shame’ was recently closed in Moscow after protests and charges that the work was child pornography. The government investigated and concurred with the complainants and ordered it shut down. Given the U.S. President-Elect’s admiration for Russian methods for controlling its people, one has to wonder how much the United States will be following suit in the years to come. Our readers should be reminded that Pigtails has been blocked in that country since 2014 and can only be accessed through proxy servers.
A Fresh New Site: I was informed of an interesting new site covering young girl portraiture. The blogger states that: “The intention is to help redress, in admittedly a very limited way, the imbalance that exists with regard to images of girls online.” It seems that image sites such as Tumblr delete any blogs that seem to be concentrating on young girls though specific policies regarding young girls are not clearly spelled out in the respective ToS (Terms of Service). Girls’ Portraiture intends to offer proper context to images rather than the popular convention of presenting a mash of random and unidentified images.
New Sia Video: Here is another one featuring Maddie Ziegler (plus a bunch of other kids). There are also a couple other older videos of hers that may have been overlooked. One called Big Girls Cry has Maddie in it and another called Alive has a cute little Asian girl doing martial arts. It seems that the theme of children and little girls is a long-standing one for Sia. In Alive, the little girl does a series of forms (kata in Japanese) which happen to be very advanced—done only by brown and black belts, an impressive accomplishment for a girl that age.
Vintage Postcards: An excellent collection of vintage postcards featuring girls and children has been brought to my attention. Take a look here.
Site Design: Thanks to the efforts of supporters, there will be a noticeable change in the appearance of this blog. It was my intent to have these changes take effect this month when our domain name was renewed. However, unavoidable delays on all fronts means that these changes are likely to be implemented in the new year. There will be a new banner designed by one of our artists and the layout style and site functions will be updated to make the site more professional.
The Kiss of Death: It has been brought to my attention that one of the films reviewed on this site, The Spy Who Caught a Cold, was deleted from YouTube. It has become clear to me that because of the large readership of Pigtails, we have become a source of intelligence for the “decency police”. Therefore, readers should know that any relevant video materials appearing on YouTube are copied in the course of doing the relevant posts. If any reader would like an MP4 copy of such a film that can be viewed on a computer, it can be made available for download (assuming the video is unavailable elsewhere).