I have been have a discussion with my OH and he really likes masks, particularly the masquerade style...I on the other hand find them really quite frightening. I don't like that that the people behind them are hidden, I find that creepy. The masks tend to be quite grotesque too so the idea of being in a crowd of masked people is very nightmareish to me!
Just wondering what other peoples thoughts are on masks? Anyone else not a fan? Anyone find them a huge turn on? Can anyone explain their feelings one way or the other?
Keen to learn!
I agree, I find masks creepy, the face is such a human thing, for me hiding the face scares me into wondering what else could be back there behind the mask.
Also, I remember one time a person had a mask on at a kinky club because they were paranoid about being recognised, and afterwards they complained that they were "made" to feel so uncomfortable that they had to take the mask off. But when I asked further, it turns out that nobody even said anything or even looked at them, so they must have just extended their paranoia to what other people were thinking when they weren't actually thinking it. I thought that blaming other people when they hadn't even done anything for their own choice to remove their mask was pretty creepy.
And so I'm thinking another scary thing about masks is that the people behind them can abdicate all responsibility for anything they do, because they can do any shit they want and then say it wasn't them because they had the mask on hiding their identity.
So yes, totally agree, masks can creep me out if they're deliberately used to
- obscure identity
- obscure humanity
- abdicate responsibility
On the other hand I've seen masks which I was fine with, which only covered the eyes like sunglasses and you could still see most of the face. I've made superhero masks like that for myself and kvetch using opaque tights and lining the cut out eye holes with clear glitter nail varnish and those don't creep me out at all.
Does that help?
I entirely agree!!! I'm glad it's not just me that finds them sinister! I know I'm fairly easily frightened (I jumped at Finding Nemo!) but beyond the obvious grotesqueness of masks I've always felt there was a lot more to my aversion.
I'm also fine with the eye masks (I find the zoro/bandit style ones quite hot!) and it's definately because you can still see the person, nothing's hidden!
Thank you for sharing your insights and managing to articulate far, far better than I could why masks freak me out so much!
I'm completely difficult to frighten, one halloween I was gigging in Germany and before the gig, the bar manager snuck up behind me with a big monster mask on, and when his head was nearly on my shoulder, he said quietly in my ear "Hi".
I turned around slowly and saw the mask, I smiled and waved cheerily and said "Hi!", and he was all disappointed cos he wanted to make me jump. On the other hand there are a lot of things about people which scare the bejasus out of me, like the way people just lie without a second thought, and say one thing and do another, and abuse and harass and bully and then pretend it was nothing to do with them. That kind of behaviour scares me shitless. But most other stuff I'm fine with, assholes, assholery, lions, tigers, bears, erect cocks, purple coquettes, you name it, bring it on! ;)
But yes, masks and people who hide behind them, scary as fuck.
(but scared or not, I still say bring it on!) :)