Whether we’re talking Boom Tubes or retcons, there’s plenty of jargon in our geekcentric little world. The PoP! Stars are here to ensure you’re not left scratching your head, saying “It’s All Geek to Me.”
This week: Rule 34
rule thir-ty-four [rool-thûr-tee-fôr]
1. Generally accepted internet rule that states that pornography or sexually related material exists for any conceivable subject; in laymans terms, if it exists, there is porn of it: “Thanks to Rule 34, I know now what it would look like if Marge had sex with Bart.”
Remember the time, some fifteen years ago, when you could enter terms into an internet search engine, and NOT receive any results? In this day and age, with the limitless nature of the web, rarely will an internet search come up empty. More so, even the most benign image searches will than likely bring up some form of pornography before the end of the first page. This might come as a surprise to some, especially when Googling childhood favorite cartoons or comic characters. Nothing is sacred anymore.
There is certainly a demographic that gets their wank-on to slash-fiction and fan-made images of anthropomorphic animated characters engaged in some of the most deviant of sex acts. Then there’s those of us who get a chuckle out of Bebop jackhammering Rocksteady. The most perplexing group are those artists, talented, or not so much, populating the ranks of hentai-foundry.com and similar sites, who spend hours illustrating the gooiest money shots this side of BangBus. Finally, there’s the entire industry built on Rule 34, the porn parody, resurrected and innovated by wunderkind Axel Braun, and spawing such classics like Batman XXX, Star Wars XXX, and Avengers XXX.
There’s no escaping it. Rule 34 is a reality. Either you can set your browser to Safe Search, or spin the cylinder and wrap your lips around the barrel in your own game of Internet Russian Roulette. Just remember, what has been seen, cannot be unseen.
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