Many Such Cases: a formal relaunch
A newsletter about the state of sexuality
Hello and welcome to Many Such Cases.
In my last installment of PAWG Blog few months back, I discussed how I wanted to explore desire as a guiding principle. How does desire inform the ways in which we perceive ourselves and navigate the world? What is the result of this world-building founded upon deferral and displacement, of perpetually unfulfilled want? More specifically, how does this manifest among those who have built their entire persona around this want, like the men online who identify as betas?
In simpler terms, though, I have been thinking of this: horniness is everywhere (to the point where the word itself is practically passé), yet it so often seems fractured, diluted, or present only in niches. What can we find when we’re actually looking for it, or willing to confront it?
All of these were questions I touched upon previously, but today I’d like to establish them as the subject of this Substack and give my formal commitment to actually addressing them on a routine basis under a new name, Many Such Cases.
This is not just a newsletter about horniness, though, but about the social and political ramifications associated with it. It is my belief that people being weird online is not some isolated phenomenon, but is often tied directly to a broader epidemic of isolation and anomie. People are having less sex across demographics, a decline that can be tracked and sensed through online behaviors, subcultures, and media. I’d like to dig into some of that here. Whether you care about the sexlessness of any particular group, however, is irrelevant — it is just one symptom of a broader decline of friendships, marriage and social ties that all of us will experience in some form, even if only through our shared cultural products.
After some careful consideration of all of this as my theme and with a hope to not be shadowbanned by social media platforms unfriendly to the word “PAWG,” I’ve decided to do away with the original name, PAWG Blog. And thus, here we are with Many Such Cases. But know that in essence, this will remain a PAWG Blog in that it will always be written by me, a PAWG.
From here, I will be sharing weekly essays and observations about the state of desire in various areas of culture, as well as anecdotes of my personal life as someone who has found themselves embedded in this field. Some upcoming installments include a look into the fetishization of porn addiction, an analysis of No Nut November and a piece on how I am suddenly being bombarded by strangers online asking to be cucked.
Ever since I got on this beat, I’ve received a steady stream of DMs from people seeking my insights or advice on their own relationships and sexual proclivities, or those who just simply want to share their circumstances. I am not an expert beyond the sense that I’m a young woman who thinks about the implications of these things, but in some ways, that’s the point. In addition to regular free essays, paid subscribers will have access to a column where I address some of these reader-generated topics. I also hear there’s a cool new chatroom function, which seems fun.
Subscribe for weekly essays on the state of desire, or upgrade to paid for access to personal insights, an advice column and the Many Such Cases chat.
Over the next few weeks, all that I post will be free. Moreover, much of my best writing will remain free forever. With time, however, this latter column and my more participatory writing will be put behind a paywall of $5 per month, or $50 per year. This is to both cultivate a distinct community and to make this project sustainable on my end. I’m so appreciative of any and all support in continuing this endeavor. I am lucky to say that writing is my full-time job, with this Substack now an extension of that. Above all, beyond the additional content paid subscribers will receive, you will have my gratitude.
I am so excited to begin this endeavor with you. Thank you for being here.
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