"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
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"How the Media Failed Women in 2013," courtesy of Miss Representation. This is mind-boggling and you must watch it right now.
ART THEFT ALERT
A couple of guys in the Philippines who go by Kidlat Tee Factory produced and sold a limited quantity of T-shirts in October with my Daruma painting on them, my original signature removed and ironically smothered with their own watermark.
You can see my original here.
I sent them a message on FB this afternoon telling them to take the images down and for compensation for all sales, but have not heard back yet. I reported the infringement to facebook but in facebook’s so very “special” way of handling things, they simply deleted one of the photos from Kidlat’s page and the rest remain. Great resolution, facebook!
At this point I am getting help with going after them for damages in the event that they don’t respond, but in the meantime I ask you guys, if you are willing, to share this, get the word out that they use unauthorized work and to see if you recognize any other designs as belonging to other artists. Feel free to let them know what you think of their policies regarding the sales of other artists’ work as well, but don’t resort to threats, name-calling or other nasty stuff. It’s fine to be angry but we’re not douchebags and the story is still unfolding.
I rarely come to the internet asking for favors and often I champion those who have had their creations ripped off. If you can spare the time, please help me out on this one.
I will post any updates as they happen and will be happy to clear their name if we come to a peaceful, fair resolve and that this is just some misunderstanding.
The Brain Scoop: Where My Ladies At?
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
A series of stamp illustrations I did as a class project. I hope to do a series of full illustrations of the alphabet with animals and food and possibly make an e-book!
I am asking for your help.. I don’t want to bore you all with a novel of a post explaining my situation so I will try to keep it as short as possible. I understand all of you are busy.
My twin sister, Koisnake, and I, to be frank, are currently at risk losing our home. The only working adults in our family is our mother and us. Our mother recently got sick and will need to go to the hospital (a terrible tooth infection) that left untreated, may become fatal.. We have to take care of our six year old brother while she recovers. My mother is out of a job right now and can’t work due to her infection. We are currently at college and juggling studies and jobs is just too much for us. We may be forced to drop college again get second jobs so we can pay all the bills and take care of the family. We need to raise $2100 dollars in order to keep our home..
We are down on our luck now and we are incredibly stressed.. we don’t know what to do so I am asking for your help..
I am open for illustration and hat commissions. I feel too guilty asking for donations since your money is very valuable and I’d feel terribly if you didn’t get anything in return.. Info for hat commissions can be found here and my Etsy is here. For illustrations, I charge about $20 for a character commission, $10 for each additional character. They will be full colored! Noemi, although an extremely talented sculptor and costume maker, is unable to take commissions due to taking the bulk of the hours at work so I will be the one accepting art/hat commissions.
If you can signal boost, that would make my day and I give you my humbled gratitude.
(Like the illustration but not my story? Feel free to remove.. I won’t be offended.)
Stayed up late practicing some digital painting! The majority of the work I do is in Adobe Illustrator. I am very new to digital painting, and I know I need to get better! This was a lot of fun to work on, and I learned a lot. Looking forward to doing more.