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Number one: Sick of all the drama.
There's a lot going around pretty much everywhere, at the moment, about labels, of all things.
As I understand it, griffsnuff is in trouble right now because she offended a group of people that identify under a certain label, and has since refused to apologise. She is currently getting a positively unbelievable amount of attention over this and, as they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
Leading on from this; it seems to have caused this massive ripple effect and now there are these massive, contentious issues over sexuality, gender, labelling, et cetera. And I really am sick of seeing it around.
1. If someone wishes to identify as a sexuality you haven't heard of/don't understand, it's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
People are welcome to use the label they believe fits them best, regardless of whether YOU think it is 'real' or not. If you don't like it, piss off. It might not be mainstream but if you spot an artist on here proudly identifying as asexual/demisexual/aromantic/genderqueer/nonbinary/any combination of the above or any others, it is not your place to invalidate them.
It is extremely egotistical and stuck-up to dismiss someone's sexuality or identity as fake just because you don't get it. So just stop.
And for christ’s sake stop being so blatantly disrespectful. Have some manners and stop posting all over things about how there’s ‘no such thing’ as asexuality, demisexuality, et cetera. Last I checked, you’re not God, nor do you have some kind of degree in the science and psychology behind sexual orientations, therefore you are NOT the reigning authority on the matter, and you can shut the fuck up.
And something else: as any intellectual worth half a damn, and every college lecturer I’ve ever had in both criminology and psychology, will tell you: subjective or personal data used to prove a point is not conclusive. Telling me you, your brother, sister, friend, goldfish, whatever, THOUGHT they were asexual etc but it turned out they were just (insert mainstream label here), and that’s the reason you’re being so pretentious, does not prove your point. It makes you look like even more of a stuck-up tool.
(I'll gladly debate you on this. Leave me a comment.)
2. If someone wishes to identify as a cat, a wolf, a plant, a Klingon, a tuna sandwich or anything else, it's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
I do not give a shit how silly you think it is. Self-expression is a product of the 21st century, for better or for worse, and it's going to happen whether you like it or not. Frustrated tweenagers are going to refuse to accept their humanity all over the internet. Get over it.
If little miss 'wolfkin' is not hurting anybody by going around and telling everyone she's a wolf, pack your shit up and keep on walking. There is literally no need to comment on it. Especially if you're just looking for a cheap ego-boost by starting shit over the way these people choose to present themselves. Jesus, how low can you go.
3. If you've failed to follow the past two pieces of advice and are now being attacked by the communities you've offended as retaliation (GRIFFSNUFF), suck it up, get over your ego and APOLOGISE.
You don't even have to mean it. You don't have to agree with them. You don't have to like their labels, their identification, you don't have to like the people themselves, but please, for the sake of our sanity, grow the fuck up, and post an apology so that everyone can keep on with their lives and be content and happy that they're allowed to be themselves on the internet. There is literally no reason to continue fighting over something so stupid.
4. On the other hand: on the subject of ‘otherkin’, you people need to stop being so quick to take offense.
You deserve respect just like everyone else; I get that. And if you couldn’t tell, I’m on your side here. But there are always going to be people who don’t understand, and who will make jokes at your expense.
I am not suggesting you lie down and take flagrant abuse. Nobody should. And by all means, if someone targets you for your identity and bullies you for it, give them hell. I’ll even help you out.
But that being said, someone subtly mocking your community in general, presenting a parody or making a joke, is not a reason to raise hell and go haywire.
George Carlin once said – and I’m paraphrasing – “I won’t respect any organization/community that takes itself too seriously”. And I do think this applies here. Everyone has to have the ability to take things in stride, and keep in mind that reacting violently to a joke only serves to make you look stupid.
Hell, I’m gay, and I get a good laugh out of gay/lesbian jokes on Family Guy, when they’re funny. Because someone making a joke or a parody does absolutely nothing to make me less of a person.
That being said, it is not too much for you to politely ask for an apology if the joke really hurts, or at least make sure the offender in question doesn’t really hate you. But come on, guys. Keep in mind that you’re representing a large group, and try to keep things peaceful.
Number two: The recent explosion of journals asking for pity-donations.
Okay, I'm not quite as angry over this, but it's still a thing I don't really understand. I watch quite a few people and am in numerous adopt clubs, but a phenomenon that's definitely new on this community is that every second person seems to have a journal or journals asking for money for their friend, who is either homeless after a life of abuse, or has a dog or cat or family member in need of emergency surgery.
What I don't quite get is why this is so recent and now so widespread. Surely the number of abused kids/sick pets hasn't skyrocketed in the last few months. Has this proven to be a thing that works? Do people really earn a lot of money for their poor friends this way?
I don't want to be that guy, per se, and start up doubting the legitimacy of these claims (I am NOT doubting that your issues are real and I'm NOT suggesting you're lying or scamming at all), but I'm not so sure about all these people trusting, of all things, the collective kindness of strangers on the internet.
Number three: annoying bandwagons.
1. Non-original or boring closed species.
Am I the only one finding it kind of annoying getting six journals a day from junior adopt-makers whining about how their species, which is, in all honesty, boring and not creative at all, isn't selling, no matter how super special and kawaii they think it is, and how many amazing and fantastical bargains they offer?
I won't put up examples publicly, because that'd be bullying, but I can think of at least three.
All I'm saying is: kids, if you just took the time to look around and make some observations about selling prices, you'd soon realise that nobody in their right mind is going to pay two hundred points for a bad photo of a 2D shape scrawled on paper with a pencil or drawn with the shape tool in MSPaint, even if it has an anime face and cat ears. This community is about creativity.
Your closed species is not that special. Deal with it. And for the love of god, stop factory-churning them out, you make the legitimate/creative ones look bad.
With that in mind, major kudos to the people with legitimately interesting, non-cliché species. The one that jumps out to me the most right now is Kaijuniors, by alcohoI. Go check them out, really, they're pretty much the cutest thing ever.
2. Resell journals, and people who buy cheap adopts just to trade them off.
This mostly comes down to respect versus profits, I think. Buy an adopt if you want the adopt, don't be so selfish.
And please, as I do, make every attempt to track down the maker of the adopt and return it before trying to sell it. You'll notice that high-quality adopt buyers do this.
Alternatively, do not buy a ton of cheap adopts, stick them in a sta.sh, and post all these journals saying how they're for sale/offer, but have serious sentimental value and as such will only be sold for like $10 each. I see this most often with stashes and stashes full of cats, dogs and ponies.
I, for one, am fairly sure by now that literally NO cat, dog or pony design is unique anymore, there are so many of them – especially ponies. So please, for god’s sake, be realistic, and stop spamming group watchers with journals when nobody wants to blow their budget on a generic quadruped that apparently meant the world to you.
Well, that's my few-months' worth of grief with this community pretty much aired.
If I’ve offended any of you, or anyone would like to discuss this with me or correct me in any way, you are welcome – no, encouraged – to drop me a comment. I won’t condemn you for your views and you’re not going to get put down for having a differing opinion. Have at it, truly.
Have you ever logged into deviantArt, looked at the newest pictures on the front page and then thought to yourself: What the f*** is going on here?
Maybe I’m getting old. Maybe I don’t understand our modern world anymore. Maybe my definition of “art” isn’t that of the majority of people. In other words: maybe it’s just me.
But what if it isn’t?
As of writing these lines, the 24 most popular images of the last 8 hours include three pictures of cartoon ponies, a custom Xbox controller featuring a blue pony princess, a photo of a naked woman, a stock image of a naked woman, two drawings and a painting of naked women, a pixel-art picture of what looks like some sort of ferret, a screenshot of the front page (in order to celebrate the fact that another image of the uploader had made it to the front page), an Asuka fan-art (including boobs the size of watermelons) and some cosplay photos.
Switching to the today-page takes me to dA’s VIP-section run by techgnotic and sponsored by Sakimichan's Patreon.
Yes, I know this is deviant art, not serious art, but still ... Is this really all that dA has to offer? I know innovation and creativity can still be found amidst the collections of pin-up photos, memes, fan-art and cosplay images, but people don’t seem to care. At the risk of sounding like a broken record: dA is going down the drain.
The new today-page celebrates quantity over quality, while the popular page (aka “browse”) is a club-house for teenagers to discuss My Little Pony. New artists – no matter how skillful – will not be seen unless they paint well-known TV show or videogame characters or spam their pictures across dozens of group galleries. When was the last time you browsed dA’s newest images of a certain category? When was the last time you went looking for good art without the help of tags, curated galleries or group submissions?
This is not supposed to be a rant. I don’t want to complain, but I want to dare you to be different.
The next time you’re thinking of doing a fan-art, paint a character of your own. You may get less feedback from the community, but it will truly be YOUR feedback. People will comment, because they like YOUR picture and not some other person’s character you just happened to draw. Try something new. Change you color palette. Paint or photograph something from a different angle than you usually do. Experiment with perspective. Tell a story without the help of letters. Be creative!
I’m not sure where all that came from. I’m actually having quite a pleasant day.
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