This is Robin Maryland, co-founder and president of ActSensuous. I am a corporate business executive, a former newsreporter, a former news copy editor, a martial arts practitioner, and a lifelong lover of pantyhose.
I started ActSensuous (http://www.actsensuous.com) in 2001 — during the very height of the “bear”-legs (see explanation below) movement.
I write The ActSensuous blog because I want to be the voice of hope and reason for pantyhose lovers throughout the world. I want to carry the torch for the return to favor of pantyhose in all areas — business, fashion, entertainment, and as a major element of pop culture.
You’ll notice this isn’t a normal blog. I write it more as a newspaper column. (My roots, you know.) I am not going to throw something on the blog on a regular basis just to keep it active and fresh. I am too busy, not only running ActSensuous, but also doing consulting work for two other businesses. I’d rather write something detailed and compelling when an opportunity presents itself and the timing is right.
Being a former newspaper copy editor, often, I am tempted to edit readers’ comments, but I usually don’t. I believe it is important to allow readers to “keep their voice” (a copy editor’s term). But there are minor exceptions:
(1.) When awful sentence structure makes the comment difficult to comprehend the writer’s meaning; (2.) Whenever a comment includes words or phrases that are offensive or in poor taste. (If a comment is so offensive it wouldn’t be worth editing, I simply delete it. I am happy to report I’ve had to do that only a few times since I began the blog in 2009. Our readers are classy people themselves.)
Let’s keep it clean
I am committed to maintaining this blog as a safe haven for pantyhose lovers to share their views and express their feelings. I believe pantyhose are beautiful, classy and decidedly feminine, but, there’s no escaping that they also are inherently sexy.
I do understand you want to share your feelings and experiences about the fetish aspects of pantyhose, and I’ve even opened the door for you to do that in some of my posts. Many of you have told me you gain some measure of therapy by putting your personal experiences out there. All I ask is that you choose your words carefully, always maintaining a sense of decency and good taste. Otherwise, I will have to edit, or in rare cases, delete your comment.
Please try to follow my lead in the way I write the posts here. I don’t refer to women, especially, their bodies, in a manner that is demeaning. Check it out. You’ll see that I never use the words you see everywhere else in pantyhose-related blogs. So please don’t use crude or offensive words in your comments either. Let’s always treat women with the respect they deserve.
About “bear” legs
To those of you who are new to my blog, you will come to understand that I use the phrase, “bear” legs, to refer to women who refuse to wear pantyhose, choosing to go bare-legged in their dresses or skirts and high heels, whether at business, entertainment venues, or social settings. I am comparing their bare legs to a bear’s legs.
It’s my way of having a little fun with today’s ugly bare legs culture. In each post I write, I use quote marks on only the first reference of “bear” legs, and then let it stand in subsequent uses. And I love how longtime readers of this blog have embraced my phrase, and they themselves now refer to bare-legged women as having bear legs.
Want to see how it all started? You should read the original post in which I first introduced the phrase, bear legs. It’s called “Why bears don’t wear pantyhose” and you can find it a couple ways: Type that headline in the search bar under Snag this … along the right rail of the blog, or below that, scroll down through the Archives and click on the October 2009 entry.
Thank you for reading The ActSensuous blog, and please know that I enjoy and appreciate the hundreds of comments I receive from everywhere in the world.
From time to time, some of you have written to me suggesting a devoted pantyhose-wearer (or hater), or a topic you’d like to see me write about, and often, I’ve taken you up on it. Please always feel free to make your recommendations.
And to those of you who award my posts those 5-Yellow Star ratings, I thank you very much. Your appreciation, feedback and support of my writing, keeps me motivated to continue waging the good fight against the evil bear legs conspiracy.
Stick with me, guys and girls. We’re going to win this thing yet!
Comment or E-mail?
Sometimes, readers want to ask a question or alert me to something. Often, they do that in the form of a comment. That’s fine if it’s something that would be of interest to many.
For those of you who have a question or something more personal you want to share, but not make it available for public consumption, instead of making a comment on this blog, you probably should write me an email instead (firstname.lastname@example.org), but again, please always keep everything clean and classy.
Thanks, and best wishes to all of you.