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After being a GM for about a month now it is apparent I need to address something. Here on deviantART, there sometimes seems to be issues regarding "Political Correctness", Moral Standings, Casting Judgment and Following Stereotypes. These are all things that people on deviantART need to try and put past themselves and move on, when looking at art that they would otherwise not appreciate.




If you don't like it, don't look!


First and foremost, if you don't like it. What is the golden rule? Don't look at it!
If you don't like the Anthro or Anime galleries, then why are you browsing through them? If you don't like Horror & Macabre, then why are you hunting down the most horrific of them so that you can specifically leave your distaste in the artists comments? You are setting yourself up to be displeased and if you already know that you do not care for whatever type of art, nobody is forcing you to look at it. If you don't care for deviations with mature content in them whether it be nudity or blood and gore, turn on your mature content filter and then you do not have to be bothered with it. If you see something that you sincerely believe must be marked mature, report it! The same goes for if you see something which you think breaks one of deviantARTs submission rules. Your report will remain anonymous to the artist and a member of staff will review your report. It's that simple.

FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?




Regarding hateful, rude and bullying criticism in deviation comments


If you have something nasty to say on a persons work of art, are you considering the repercussions that your words may have on the artist or anyone else involved in creating the art? Regardless of why you think what you're looking at is wrong, disgusting, unmoral, ugly, untalented or whatever else combination of why you cannot appreciate it.. your words may not only be hurtful but they can be harmful. When you cast judgment and assumptions towards all parties involved in the art in question, you may be mistaken and you may be causing yourself and or the artist more trouble than you intended. It is my honest hope that people can learn to be mature and decide that when they see something here they sincerely dislike, they can either politely give constructive criticism on how the artist can improve, or they can make the decision not to say anything at all. It's really not that hard. Try putting yourself in the shoes of the artist. If you think they could do better, then kindly give them feedback on what you think they should change. Some people will never appreciate this kind of feedback, but it is feedback. That is the difference. Instead of saying "This sucks, I hate it", you can say "Maybe you could change this aspect of it in order to achieve this effect". And instead of saying, "Wow that model is ugly" or "That model is so thin they must be anorexic!", it might actually be best if in that case you didn't say anything at all. Because no matter how right you think you are about your assumptions or your judgments on another persons work of art, you may cause the artist a lot of hurt. Instead try and find something in the artists gallery that you do like! And then compliment them on it. It's amazing how far kindness can go. If you go out of your way to say something nice to somebody, you could even make a new friend. Think of how it feels when somebody compliments you or favorites your artwork. It feels good right?

FAQ #238: How do I report people for abuse, harassment, or another issue I think is a problem?




Look at your Options


:bulletred: Say something rude and hurtful because you don't like the image and you're going out of your way to make sure the artist knows it. They might lash out at you or they may shut down and start questioning their ability as an artist. You have absolutely no idea how a person can react. They might shrug off your comment and not care or they may really take it to heart and get really upset over it. In some cases, other people who see your comment on the artists work might attack you for what you have said. Then you have opened up a whole can of worms that would had otherwise remained shut if you had decided not to leave your comment.

:bulletblue: If you leave constructive criticism, you're not going to offend anyone. The artist may not appreciate it (some people do not like criticism no matter what kind it is) and they may not want to hear it, but at least you're not hurting anyone. You're trying to be helpful and that's what matters. If you go out of your way to help the artist improve by giving encouraging words of advice or suggestions, there is no drama, there are no hurt feelings and you can go on with your day knowing that you're not going to sign in to DA later on, to find a whole lot of aggression exploding in your face via the internet.

:bulletblue: If you decide not to leave a comment, even if you absolutely hate the artists work, who is it hurting? Nobody. That artist never has to know that you didn't like their work and you never have to waste your time dealing with internet drama. In fact, now that you know you do not like their work, you don't have to talk to them and you don't have to look at their work again. Simply make the choice to move on. In the end if you want to avoid a lot of problems and a lot of bickering, this is usually the best thing to do. You may disagree with me. But I speak from personal experience and I have seen these problems arise from both sides of the spectrum. It's not pretty and it's quite a pain to deal with.

FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?




Important things to remember on an art website with so many people


You can't please everyone. Everybody here has different tastes, different moral standings, different opinions. We all come from different walks of life, we were all raised differently and we all think very differently. In the real world, you see people fighting all the time over petty disagreements. Here in a place where we're supposed to celebrate creativity, why is it necessary to bring in anger and hurt feelings? Isn't that what we're trying to avoid? We make art to express ourselves, no matter what kind of art it is. Some people make art for fun as a hobby or a profession, while others feel like they simply could not breathe without it! Not everyone is going to like what kind of art Jane Doe creates and John Doe might not even be a very good artist. But the point is there are so many different people here on DA that while some are professionals, some may be amateurs. And while some may like to draw fan art or paint in abstract, others may like to take photos of models sporting fashion or eating each others brains. Other people like to write poetry that comes from the heart, while others may enjoy art involving nothing but a naked body. Can we learn to appreciate our differences and move on? I believe we can. That is part of the reason why there are so many different art forms on DA. And I believe that is worth celebrating. Try and remember that regardless of what kind of art you are here on deviantART for, that this is a place for everyone to share their art and to express themselves through it.

I challenge you to go out of your way to encourage and compliment someones art, suggest to an artist how they might continue to improve or explore the different art genres that deviantART has to offer. You might discover a new art form you like or find an artist who becomes your new favorite!



celebrate diversity by fcuevas:thumb12726469:That it only took a moment. . by theCHAMBAArt is a Creation... by jokimon
BellaDonna by kensei99biPolar by marziipornr e b e l by mehmeturgutE. by gnato
Her Silent Silhouette by arcipelloTopsy Turvy Quinceanera Cake by pinkcakeboxKaorihime by redjuice999:thumb61998938:
to the end of the world by foureyesSpace by kris-wilson

Mature Content

touch of elegance by Sylph-Art
Celebration by EvanCampbellMorning Sonata by IMustBeDeadAfter The Rain by GenoPunk
Is Winter Over Yet? by hibbaryFight Global Warming Poster 1b by BlakliteGraphicsBurn the sky by bast-86Nnnutzzz.... by thrumyeye
:thumb67277229:Skeleton Hoodie by Tysheasky. by edlyytamSleep walking.. by SachaKalis
Blue Dream Labradorite by NambrothLetting Go by cosmosueMake LOVE not WAR by ClarissaSchwarzDouble Rainbow Cake by OnyxFox

Happy Holidays from DeviantArt!

Thu Dec 24, 2015, 2:03 AM by Heidi:iconheidi:
'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the site
Not an artist was arting,
Which didn't seem right.

The young deviant's Watch
Was curated with care
In hopes that inspiration
Would soon be found there.

But what to that wondering screen did appear?
No updates for hours.
No holiday cheer!

When before settling down for a long winter's nap
That deviant opened up the DeviantArt Mobile App.

Notifications popped up, and what did they see,
But art gifts galore under a virtual tree!

Then a poem about friendship, written right from the heart,
"Dr. Who Down in Whoville," a mashup fan art.

A speed paint, a watercolor, a "Lord of the Rings" map,
An invitation to Sketch This, in the Autodesk SketchBook app!

That deviant's friends had been waiting by their keyboards with care
For the signal to send all their art gifts out there.

But none of them knew that behind the whole schtick
The man giving the signal was jolly St. Nick!

Though some heard him exclaim, after sending their part,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good art!"
╰( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )つ──🎨*:・゚

–Creatively crafted by LaurenKitsune

Our sincere thanks ♥


The end of the year is often a time of reflection, and although this sentiment echoes the whole year through, we find ourselves in awe of the DeviantArt community.  

The landscape of DeviantArt is ever-evolving, but even after fifteen years on the Internet, the heart of what keeps us going is still very much the same.  Whether this is your first day exploring the site, or your fifteenth holiday season with us, you are what makes DeviantArt special.  It's the spirit of the community that keeps DeviantArt's gears turning and we want to thank you for doing exactly that — pressing forward while we grow and change, continuing to welcome new deviants, discovering kindred souls just like yours, and spreading random acts of kindness just because.

Wishing you and yours health and happiness this holiday season!

–DeviantArt Staff



Batman Turns 75

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 1:37 AM
78-img-00 by techgnotic












27 Facts About the Dark Knight Detective


The Editorial Team’s own DeevElliott brings his copious comics knowledge to the site once more in celebration of a certain comic detective character’s big birthday celebration.


Batman is 75 years old this year and no character has had the impact on the world’s zeitgeist like him, taking reign even over Mickey Mouse and Superman. Yet the character has changed and evolved through the years as the times, different creators and diverse mediums have left their mark on his world.


Clearly a character as influential as Batman has enough history and background for several books and there are others who will surely argue that more important facts than these 27 should have been covered. I will leave it to those critics to feel free to fill the comments section below.


I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Les Daniels, Marc Tyler Nobleman and Arlen Schumer for being responsible for bringing much of the information found within this article to the public’s attention and helping many of the creators mentioned within it receive much deserved credit.



  1. Batman is the secret identity of billionaire Bruce Wayne. Recent estimates have put the cost of being Batman as high as $600 million dollars, with Bruce needing to clear an annual income of over a billion dollars and maintain a net worth of over $10 billion dollars.

  2. Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1937. It is now acknowledged that Bill Finger created most of what we have come to know of Batman’s world including his origin. The comics editors didn’t know of Bill Fingers existence or massive contribution for years.

  3. Bruce Wayne lives in Gotham city, although the city wasn’t named until 1940 when Bill Finger saw the name in a phone book for a jewelers in New York.

  4. Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson co–created the Joker, but neither has received official credit for it as Bob Kane’s contract gave him sole credit for the strip even when he had no involvement in its production. It is widely acknowledged that the character was created by Robinson while Finger wrote his first appearance.

  5. The Joker was originally supposed to die in his first appearance but the editors decided to keep him around.

  6. Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson created the Dick Grayson/Robin character. Marv Wolfman more recently created Dick Grayson’s subsequent persona Nightwing.

  7. One of the artists who defined much of the look of the Batman comic through the 1940’s and 50’s was Dick Sprang, best known as the artist who drew all the stories of Batman fighting villains in warehouses filled with dinosaurs and giant typewriters, as well as designing the 1950’s Batmobile. Like Finger and Robinson, Sprang received little credit for his work outside of fandom before his death.

  8. Dick Grayson was the youngest of an acrobat family that performed at circuses as “The Flying Graysons.” Dick’s parents were killed by a mafia boss, but and with the help of Batman he was able to eventually get his revenge. Bruce Wayne adopted Grayson as his official ward and trained him to become Robin the Boy Wonder.

  9. Robin has led the superhero teen group the Teen Titans for many years, even after he became Nightwing. He also replaced Bruce Wayne as Batman when Wayne was feared dead.

  10. Four actors have portrayed Robin in other media: Douglas Croft (1943 Batman serial), Johnny Duncan (1949 serial), Burt Ward (1966 TV series and tie in motion picture), and Chris O’Donnell (1995’s “Batman Forever” and 1997’s “Batman & Robin”). Some have supposed that Joseph Gordon–Levitt’s character John Blake in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises” was going to be Robin or the new Batman at the end of that film.

  11. Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth was created by Jerry Robinson and first appeared in Batman in 1943. He was originally conceived as an overweight, bumbling foil for Batman, comedic relief, until he made his first appearance in the 1943 serial. Played by the actor, William Austin, he was now tall, thin, slightly dashing with a pencil thin moustache. The comic version was quickly sent to a health farm where he lost some weight and gained a moustache. Not the first or last time a comic character has made changes to fit closer to his onscreen persona.

  12. Alfred was not always the caring butler who raised young master Bruce after the death of his parents. In his original appearance he was hired after Bruce and Dick had been Batman and Robin for a while. He discovered their secret identities by mistake but has kept them secret even when threatened with losing his life. In 1964, Alfred was killed off in the comic and returned two years later as a villain who had been resurrected by scientist Brandon Crawford. This newly resurrected butler possessed super powers and became a villain, nearly killing Batman. But very much due to his popularity on the Batman TV show, he was eventually cured without any memories of his time as a villain.

  13. Batman wasn’t created as the Dark Knight we know today. Bob Kane originally conceived of Batman wearing a red suit with black trunks and small facemask. His wings were fixed in a similar fashion to Leonardo da Vinci’s designs for a glider. Kane had seen Superman and was keen to cash in on Siegel and Shuster’s success. Fortunately Bill Finger persuaded Kane to let him make changes closer to what we now know as the Batman. This includes borrowing the idea from Zorro of a rich alter ego as his public persona.

  14. Batman has carried guns and has killed people. In his earliest appearances, Batman carried a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it. He has also been responsible for killing several bad guys including one he lassoed around the neck from his batplane and suspended until he died. These days he tries to refrain from killing but still allows bad guys to die at others’ hands or leaves them to fall to their deaths.

  15. Batman’s first appearance was in Detective Comics issue 27. Detective Comics was the flagship title and name of the original publisher. It would be many years later that the title would be abbreviated and used by the company as just DC Comics.

  16. While the character Green Lantern was originally created by artist Martin Nodell, Bill Finger is credited with co–creating the character as he co–produced the first story and worked with Martin for several years on the title.

  17. Bill Finger received his first cover credit recently when the first Batman story was reprinted.

  18. Over the years there has been much talk about the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, with the suggestion being many suggesting that the pair were in a gay relationship. The first person to ever broach the subject publicly was Dr. Fredric Wertham, a psychologist who led a huge crusade to regulate and ban horror, crime and adventure comic books, believing them to have an adverse affect on children’s minds. His book, “Seduction of the Innocent,” led to a Congressional inquiry on the comic book industry and resulted in the formation of the Comics Code ratings system, a series of archaic regulations that ran many publishers at the time out of business. However, last year, Dr. Carol L. Tilley, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, had the opportunity to review Wertham’s papers, now available to the public in the Library of Congress. She found that Wertham had exaggerated and even falsified documents to make his claims. Information discovered far too late for the creative artists whose livelihoods were destroyed by Wertham’s crusade.

  19. Who created Batgirl? The original Batgirl’s secret identity was Betty Kane and both characters were created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff in 1961. But when the successful TV show needed some added sex appeal, the character was reintroduced into the comics by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino, who were asked to keep the character close to the TV show. This resulted in Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, Barbara, becoming the new Batgirl.

  20. Adam West is still the most popular actor to don Batman’s cowl. Perhaps Andy Warhol is a runner up to Burt Ward for favorite Robin? Andy Warhol directed the first Batman movie, which for obvious legal reasons (and probable reasons of good taste) has never seen a release.

  21. Frank Sinatra wanted to play the Joker on the Batman TV series but the role had already been cast and given to Cesar Romero. Cesar refused to shave off his moustache, but no one seemed to notice it when they covered it with white make-up.

  22. Frank Sinatra’s best friend from the Rat Pack DID appear briefly on the show when he opens his window to find Batman and Robin climbing up the wall. (Can you name him?)

  23. America was rocked in November 1968 when Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura kissed on TV. It was the first kiss on TV between a white man and an African American woman. More recently there have been protests against the Fantastic Four’s Johnny Storm and the Norse God Heimdall being also being cast as black men in the Marvel movies of the comics in which the characters were originally white. Yet little or no controversy erupted when Eartha Kitt, whom Orson Welles referred to as “the most exciting woman in the world,” took over the role of Catwoman from the departing Julie Newmar and gave us perhaps the sexiest Catwoman ever.

  24. Move over Doctor Who. In his career Batman has fought monsters, aliens, and even dinosaurs, traveling in both time and space and even going to medieval England and to Saturn for his adventures.

  25. How many Jokers in a pack? We nearly had Robin Williams as the Joker instead of Jack Nicholson, but after Williams found out his name was being mentioned only to coax Nicholson to take the role, he refused to work with Warner Brothers again. Heath Ledger was initially hoping to be Batman in his first conversation with Chris Nolan before assuming the role of the Joker. My personal favorite Joker is under the pairing of Bruce Timm and Mark Hamill for the animated Batman series. Hamill went on to reprise the role by voicing the Joker of the highly successful Rocksteady video game series based on Arkham Asylum, the hospital for the insane just outside Gotham City.

  26. Jack Bauer was nearly Robin. In Tim Burton’s first Batman movie he had originally planned to include Robin and offered the part to then 19 year old Kiefer Sutherland. The role was then reduced to a brief appearance of Dick Grayson and then cut completely from the film.

  27. Damn! Those fans can be mean!! In 1988, DC Comics planned a story where they were considering killing off Robin. By this time Dick Grayson had moved on to Nightwing. The sacrificial Robin was a kid called Jason Todd. In the “Death in the Family” storyline Jason goes off following a trail for his real mother only to find his mom had betrayed him to the Joker. In the penultimate issue, the Joker ties the two of them up in a warehouse and sets explosives to bring it down on top of them. On the last page DC invites its readers to call a number and decide if Jason lives or dies. !!! SPOILER ALERT !!! He dies. But it’s the comics… so who ever really dies? They always come back. As, indeed, he did!!





While I never cared for it, there was an interesting concept by Marvel and DC to combine Batman with Wolverine as part of their “Amalgam” cross–over event many years ago. All the DC and Marvel Universe characters were merged into a single shared universe. Interesting, but I chose to keep this list focused on Batman.


Lastly, the reason why I chose 27 facts rather than 10, 20, or 30 was because Batman’s first appearance was in Detective Comics issue 27, dated May 1939.


Happy 75th Birthday, Batman!










Your Thoughts




  1. What’s your favorite all time Batman memory or story?












Celebrating Diversity #16

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 9:21 PM
What is art?

Black and White Film by kittylove2000 :thumb334260117: the other half by partiallyHere float 3/3 by floatlikeangels


I can assure you that the answer I've chosen for myself is probably not the answer that works for you.

letting go by steve2727 Dieselpunk Gynoid 4 by VictoriaGugenheim Organic by IzzyLawlor :thumb344855883:


Regardless of the differences our backgrounds and experiences bring to the table there are some universals that pop up across media and eras and what have you.

Pathfinder test page #2 by biroons something to the future by biroons Nekocon '07 Illustrations by brandokay AATR-Audition-02 by QueenGwenevere


This time, I've chosen 16 pieces that somehow incorporate the human form.

Coca Cola and Cupcakes by PlaidCushion The boy 01 by Gogolle My Supergirl by Yutaan A sculpt for Alex Pardee by KristinSlavickArt


Celebrating Diversity #1-15 found here:


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

Celebrating Diversity Hub

Thu Feb 13, 2014, 1:21 AM
Welcome to the Celebrating Diversity Hub :) This is a collection of all the articles that have been posted under this theme.

We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it.
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places.
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone thinks and does the same and everything is dull and boring and repetitive.


Let's enjoy and celebrate the diversity of this world and this website in particular :heart:

2012



Infinite Dreams by RHADS TITANIA - FOREST FAERIE QUEEN 3 by wingdthing Golden Boy by deignis Commission for Eckohfox by Silverfox5213




A tribute to Jim Warren by SashaQ POST-APOCALYPTIC BIKERS with Filipe by BrandNewNostalgia sunset.. by SpeECc Nightlings by EvanCampbell


2013



Map of Canada by littlepaperforest Organic by IzzyLawlor Sky Viking by jcroxas Accident by KPEKEP












I am the son and heir of nothing in particular by horrorprince ONLY SKIN by roxination miniature ice cream IV by FatalPotato C'est la Vie by JTIllustrations


November


December





2014

January

February



Ready For Xmas. by andokadesbois American Horse by wolfman007 Another world, another time BLUE original version by Medusa-Dollmaker DDF 17 - Donkey Kong by pacman23








Holidays of the future by mrdynamiteTriangles by nakustaFire and Faith by Okda-NaosSteampunk dragonfly by hardwidge




Desert Flower by paintpixelprintTwo Dancers by npoz1Ancient Ravine. From the forgotten world by AnnaArmonaIgon by Spikie


September

October



Temple Serenity by NarandelSea Turtle by Design-By-HumansBrassy-breasted tanager necklace by szaranagayamawish you were here by da-bu-di-bu-da


November





Tips on finding new, different, unusual unknown artworks




"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

Celebrating Diversity #1

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 6:29 AM
Welcome to this new series of Art Features! Even tho most of you are aware of the many many galleries and categories here on dA, I think most of us move in a sort of "comfort zone" between Galleries, Channels or Groups that provide us with a constant flow of new art. And sometimes we forget all the other great artforms, styles and media that are out of our "comfort zone". And today I want to step out of that warm and cuddly place and feature some awesome works from places on dA I don't usually visit! 

Since this is the first entry, I thought I should explain it a bit more, so that is why there is more text in this article ;) The topic of celebrating diversity is something that I really want to cherish. I am guilty of not fully experiencing dA myself and I want to put an end to that! 

And now, to the Art!


My motivation?

 
We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it. 
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places. 
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone thinks and does the same and everything is dull and boring and repetitive. 

Do you celebrate diversity?

  • How do you feel looking at something that is different, something that is unusual to you?
  • Are you willing to open your mind and experience new things? 

I have a little task for you!

:la:
Go to the deviantART.com Homepage and browse thru a gallery you never visited before and share with me/us some amazing Art that you found by doing so :eager:

And you know what? If what you find is really awesome, maybe suggest it as a DD to a Community Volunteer! :eyes: 


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry



Celebrating Diversity #4

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 2:11 AM

Anthro

Commission for Eckohfox by Silverfox5213
Gift art for Rikkoshaye by Silverfox5213
Watching The Stars by Nimrais

Artisan Crafts

Screenprinted ghost lamp by mjdaluz
Amigurumi Hot Cocoa by HikaruChan811
Rainbow cake by kupenska

Literature

The Day You Drowned- to Oswaldo, my first friend
I could hear the ocean that morning, some
thirty miles from the coast, in that way
the waves always break down without anyone
around to see the waves break down
and it made no sense that I would wake
to the sound of the waves breaking down that
morning, but there I was, awake, ocean
in my ears, and alone. I learned what happened
much later, bike tire treading water at our
park, a sign hung in the rain. You were
alone, skirting, dancing with the shore
the way you always would, the way you always did
until then, when the ocean danced with you
and led you onward, your favorite music with
your favorite partner leading you on, foam
stepping forward, you stepping back. When
the false step happened, the ocean cradled you
because you were its favorite partner
and it never wanted to lose you, to be left
alone. You, being gracious, went along.
The ocean was in my ears this morning. I hope
you're still dancing in the ocean's arms.

Yes, I Have a PenisYes, I Have A Penis
Do not assume (if I hold the door for you),
that I am making a statement
about your inabilities
to open the door for yourself.
If you hold it for me,
I'll say 'thankyou'.
Do not assume (if I pay for the meal),
that I am underestimating
your earning capacity
as a woman.
If you invite me out for a meal,
you're paying.
Do not assume (if I defend your rights),
that I am belittling
the attempts that you have made
to defend your rights yourself.
If you defend my rights,
I'll consider you human.

WillowYour confessional arms are Willow trees,
draping lonely limbs around an empty ink-jar heart.
 
Scars worn down like henna tattoos.
A night witch scrawling her incantations on blue moons,
rolling her letters into sentences like a curse.
But, it is in these coffee eyes you have found a home.

Stamps

No Symbol Needed Stamp by ClefairyKidMake Tea Not Drama -- Stamp by Hardrockangel
Be responsible by StJoanTraditional Art Stamp by darkartificer


"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
- Maya Angelou

Celebrating Diversity #30

Sun Sep 29, 2013, 6:55 AM
Main idea behind the Celebrating Diversity Project is to post an article with deviations outside of my area of expertise, to step out of my comfort zone when browsing. I found a few inspiring works from galleries I normally don't go through very much, and here they come - hope you all enjoy!


Sharing by markdgrant

How to Defeat Monsters by kajoi

uf2198_hd by 0Encrypted0



 

I am the son and heir of nothing in particular by horrorprince


pumpkin monster by da-bu-di-bu-da
Ab13  Acrobat by Xantipa2


"I have a self-made quote: Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict."
- Donzella Michele Malone

Celebrating Diversity #28

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 1:01 PM
Today's Celebrating Diveristy feature is a collection of 10 things I find beautiful.  Enjoy!

Cor aut mors by Widdershins-Works
self-portrait by MarcinTurecki
Uriel another by yooani

The Beauty of a Beast Papercut by ladysilver2267
ACEO Spiral Kitty by Myrntai
Comic Book Shoes- Deadpool by TheCandidFox
Corall set - necklace by GatoJewel-DerKater
Drow or Dark Elf leather corset  armour by Fantasy-Craft

"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

Celebrating Diversity #8

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 12:01 PM
Most of you know me for my rather dark surreal and abstract art features, often accompanied with melancholic and depressive music. But this doesn't mean that I'm not paying attention to other genres of art here on deviantART. That is why I like the idea of "Celebrating Diversity". It's an "out of the comfort zone" feature, so to speak.

Enjoy!

:peace:

Photography


The toy is still the same but the game has changed by CyanideMishka
The last one. by mitsu-model
Lost Somewhere In Between by oO-Rein-Oo
Extension by Somebody--else
L is for Lost Time by Nilanja
Reminiscing by batmantoo

Digital Art


Leaving by AlexanderJansson
The Bride of Frankenstein by BunnyBennett
Deliberation by Aegis-Illustration
The Observatory by HjalmarWahlin
Absoland by bib993
Oil and Water by quartertofour

Traditional Art


186 by StudioUndertheMoon
joy working by RichardLeach
Leave Me Alone by Stardust-Splendor
Comfortable evening... by BioBiopsy
The Best Of October III by Manomatul
Fan Art by quartertofour

Literature


  Autumn BluesThe days are getting shorter
and the nights are growing cold.
I am older than my children,
but that is not so old.
I know too much to be talking,
but not enough to stop.
When a pile has a bottom,
I can see who's on top.
The Man says he will give you
something you can use -
then he builds a bigger pipeline
for pumping in the blues.
There is Samson in the temple,
tearing it down with all his might.
Or maybe that's not Samson,
just some fool who lost his sight.
A rich man by the highway
had his thumb out for a ride.
I saw him pull a gun out
when I had driven by.
Some things are made of sugar,
some things are made of mud.
And what are people made of?
Bone and flesh and blood.
For a long time I was healing
and now I think it's done.
But you will not see me limping
if I do not try to run.
October light is shining
like the horn of jubilee.
I may never hear that horn blow,
but this light is good to see.
Going to keep myself together,
with my baby close at hand.
It's a good life we are living,
 

Previous issues of "Celebrating Diversity":

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry