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United States
I write. Once in a while I sketch, but don't use color. I keep them off-line.
My taste in all art forms is quite varied!
I have lots of dA faves.
I am using Windows XP, so I can't make new journal entries. It's frustrating and discouraging. It limits me in other ways too. I used to have stamps all over my Journal page, but they've disappeared!
I read fan fics on different sites.
I've become a pollster!
I spend time on YouTube, but mostly for the music.
I'm not a dog lover.
I am a feminist.
I've got plenty of opinions!
I am a negligent message reader.
I'm a Virgo.
I have one pet, a cat . She's 15 years old!
I like cartoons.
I don't drive.
I lose bobby pins constantly!
I can't cook.
I ain't young no more.
I know some French.
Ninjas, bank robbers, haz mat workers, surgeons--all of them are expected to hide most of their faces. the very sight of  them scares us, to some degree and under certain circumstances.  Am I right?  Why? Is it only because they are armed with dangerous weapons or dangerous substances?

Would you be comfortable buying a car or a house from a man whose face is covered, so that only his eyes are showing?

Would it be natural for you to make a contract with a man who is masked/veiled, like the women of Afghanistan were/are for so long?

Would you feel doubtful of a witness on the stnad at a murder trial for which you were a juror, if he had half of his face obsccured from your view?

Are you willing to take advice from a counselor or an advisor or a plitician or a police officer whose face is half concealed by a scarf?

If the answers to my questions are "no", then tell me this: How can women live freely and independently in an egalitarian society if they cannot reveal their face in public without attracting scorn?

Who would gladly hand her their money for goods and services?  
Who would trust her testimony in court?
Who would rely on her judgement in matters of politics, finances, technological knowledge, etc.?

Men cannot hide their faces in public, if they want to be given trust and respect from others.  We wouldn't be at all confortable interaacting one-to-one with any guy whose face couldn't be searched for honesty.  

But, some will say, a surgeoun can save our lives! And a Hazardous Materials Operative can protect us from contamination or untimely death! Yes. The extra coverings are to intended to protect, them from our blood or germs, or us from their their carried germs. In any case, someone is not safe while the mask/veil is on. Masks are barriers from danger and damage. They aren't hiding anything necessarily, right? They aren't purposefully concealing their identifying features or tell-tale emotions from everyone else, right?  

By wearing their masks, they are not presuming that others cannot be trusted, that others are not in control of themselves on some level. There is no implicit judgement cast on others' characters or ethics by simply using their career-based coverings.  

Do you see why I believe that keeping yourself "modest", "chaste", "pure", "proper", or "decent"  by veiling yourself will prevent half of the population from ever being fully respected on their own terms as full human beings of value in society?

The veil will keep women in their status as second-class citizens, dependents, silent nonparticipants in matters of power and "flakey" in the eyes of those who are automatically given respect by virtue of the gender role assigned to them at birth.   

I don't expect everyone to agree with me. Not at all. I only expect courtesy and tolerance of my personal point of view from anyone who may comment.

Maybe if I were smarter I could articulate my thoughts and feelings with more clarity, but I can only work with what I have.  It occurs to me now that Mardi Gras or Carnivale participants also wear masks. It's done to hide their identities for a very short time. THe masks allow them to be somebody else for a while through concealment, but nobody wants to start a business with a stranger newly met on Fat Tuesday, who's masked! Nobody will lend him money or entrust their kids to such a man, right? Good parents NEVER let their kids run loose on the day before Lent begins. If we NEEDED to trust each other on that day, we'd be up the creek without a paddle.

Anyway, Happy Friday the Thirteenth!
  • Mood: Peaceful
Thank God, Tyler Clemente got some justice.


There have been no riots in Afghanistan over the massacre of children....NONE. And yet, they rioted for over a week, killing several people, for accidental book burning....


I'd love to visit Chaco Canyon!


I hope James Cameron discovers some exciting phenomena while he's at the bottom of the Mariannas Trench!


I wish our troops could leave Afghanistan right now.  That nation was a lost cause from day one. Bin Laden wasn't even there! We should never have gone there or to Iraq! Pakistan and Iran were our enemies all along. I said so in 2002. What a waste of life and limb!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!


I wouldn't mind it if Puerto Rico became the 51st state. There's no good reason why they should not.


My mother is on steroids again for her Crohn's disease. She's very nervous and moody now, and her blood sugar levels have doubled. She's only been on them for two days!Her belly pain is improving very gradually, so the steroids are a blessing for her.

  • Mood: Relief
  • Mood: Pride
Nina Turner is my new hero.

She is a senator in Ohio, a Dem. She has proposed a bill that would put regulations on the sale of Viagra and all other male meds for erectile dysfunction. Men would have to undergo a physical and psychological exam by a doctor. Also, they would have to prove, with a signed afidavit, that their partner is aware of the prescription.

I love it. Senator Nina Turner is a great lady. This bill is her way of teaching her male collegues, and all other male legislatiors throughout the US, that two can play the game of controlling access to health coverage for the opposite sex.  

Let's see how the senators and representatives of the male variety like it when the tables are turned on them.  More importantly perhaps, it will put a damper on certain GOP candidates for the Presidential nomination who have fed the anti-birth control pill, anti-choice frenzy sweeping the nation.

There's not much chance that it'll pass, considering how outnumbered females are in the Ohio state legislature, but that isn't the point.

Spread the word of Senator Nina Turner and her bill!

  • Mood: Sickened
Real monsters must die.…
In the past couple of weeks I've joined over 25 new groups. I also became a Watcher to a few more groups and artists.


I'm very busy. VERY busy! I must confess--I've bitten off more than I can chew again. I  feel guilty when I don't view every deviation sent to me, and if I'm a member of the  group I feel even more obligated.

Lately, my eyes have been more tired. I just have to take time off from dA a few days a week from now on. I should have been doing so all along. Stupid me.

I revised a few of my literature submissions, some drastically. Sorry about the ridiculously frequent updates. I will try to avoid doing it so much, from now on.

I do appreciate every view my deviations get. I want you all to know that.  I'm sorry I don't send the "You're welcome!" posts I should.  It never bugs me when others don't do so for my "Thanks!" posts, so I guess I've been very presumptous.

Right now, I have over 3,000 comments I must go through. They make me anxious, but I should be more considerate anyway. I never simply delete them, just so you know.

If you've never read anything by the author H. P. Lovecraft, I think you should. He's great and unique. At least read "The Nameless City", a short story of his in the public domain (available to read or download all over the net). I recommend Joshi's compilations of HPL's work.

No, I'm going to have to limit the number of deviations I'm sent each day. Many groups must be unwatched, clearly. I'll do what I must.

It was 80 degrees F today. Seriously. I'm glad my area has been spared by the deadly storms bombarding the country.

I'm going to copy some of the free-to-color linearts on dA for my Dad to color-in. He's retired and bored! Maybe he has an undiscovered talent. Who knows. I think he'll like it. He won't have to feel embarrassed by buying and coloring actual kids coloring books if I copy them for him. If he likes it and he's proud of his work, I'll post them on this account. He'll like that.

I know they can't do it, but I can't help wishing the President would send some drones to Syria. Assassinating leaders is nothing like assassinating al Qaeda members. It sets a dangerous precedent. Still, it would be so nice if we could just kill that leader, Bashar al Assad.   There'd be celebrations in the streets if we could use the drones that way.  If only Iran wasn't backing the Syrian government, things would be easier to deal with for us.

Living so close to a big airport is a big pain in my ass.  Day and night, they fly in and out,. They sound like they're about to slam into my house a few times every week. I get sikc of it sometimes, especially when they fly fast and low. It's been this way for decades, but I just can't get used to it. For me, it is rarely just a background noise.

It could be worse though. I could be living in California, with the wildfires and mudslides and earthquakes tormenting me.  No thanks. I would be refreshing to live beyond the hurricane alley. yes it would. Well, there are risks to living anywhere.

I must launder some clothes now. I want to unstack the dishwasher too.  I better go.

  • Mood: Daily Needs


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Jompie Featured By Owner 57 minutes ago
Thank you by Jompie
ChronoSFX Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
Thanks for the Fav on Stitch and Staple Teddys!…
Zeartist Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the fav, Melissa! Hope you like the FB page, too!  ;)
TeiMari Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the fave on my work!
LuzTapia Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Hii! :D thank you so much for the points!! :hug:
Luna2200 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav
xmilek Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Many thanks for faving my work :)
godofwarlover Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you for the watch and llama
ionmedia Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Professional General Artist
ty for the llama
Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
Thank you for the Llama! Llama Love
Andaelentari Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for faving! :hug:
Coltsteelstallion Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Thanks for the lama ^_^
NeverMore-X Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks so much for the llama La la la la
I always give a llama back so here's one for u as well :happybounce:
NamelosesandHell Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the badge~
MyNamesDollie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the llama
2RaymanM64 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks you for the points :)
TheLadyFalcon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Foxy Fav 
SethSorenson3 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thnakis for the llama!!
Linkzilla Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I have come to thank you for your generous Donation of 11 Points...

...Thank You.
KATofACEs Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the points~ I really do appreciate it!!
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