I’d left this blog-post-under-comic section blank to begin with, but now I feel like saying more. As well as NOW, it needs to be REGULARLY and CONSISTENTLY and with an UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS WILL CONTINUE.
I really like that Poly in Pictures has Project Wonderful ads on, because I love the idea of promoting indie artists and writers.
Something I do occasionally is take a look at the adspace bids to see if there’s anything popping up on PiP that I don’t want to see. I do not mind NSFW content, but the overwhelming majority of stuff I ban is ads with naked (or nearly-naked) women on them, often with impossible proportions and posture, more often women of colour, in order to sell ads. When I click through to check out the source, I usually find a webcomic that has little to no nudity, which makes it clear that the writers and artists of these webcomics are using female bodies to draw attention and get clicks.
It also bothers me in part because these people seem to think that naked (or nearly-naked) men won’t get them as much attention, and the images they’re showing are not actually an accurate representation of the thing advertised.
How to get your ad banned on Poly in Pictures:
- Fit a misogynist pattern of advertising (naked ladies, but no naked men)
- Make your ad totally unrepresentative of what you’re advertising
I mean, SERIOUSLY, do you think that people don’t like to look at sexualised male bodies? Have you ever SPOKEN to someone sexually attracted to men? Do you think that women attracted to women will look at the hideous objectification of the female body and go “wow such sexy”?
It’s been bugging me for a while, and I’ll bet no one else noticed, but the footer has been wonky and the ads have been entirely missing for quite a while.
The former is not such a big deal, but the latter is. I get a little bit of money from ads for hosting this site, and I have been so uncomicky lately that I had no idea they were gone.
Anyway, they’re back, and the footer is straight, and so all is right with the world.
Thank you for enduring this entirely uninteresting PSA.
Edit: And Sausage has just gone and fixed the banner so that you can go to the home page by clicking it! What a star. Please hire him for all your website-building needs because he is excellent.
I have knitted some handwarmers.
Left: Asexual flag handwarmers. Black, grey, white, and purple.
Middle: SOLD! Rainbow flag handwarmers. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, and red again.
Right: SOLD! Bisexual flag handwarmers. Blue, purple, and pink.
75% wool, 25% nylon (standard sock yarn; they nylon’s for durability). Machine washable. Made in a non-smoking home, but I have a cat. They fit many sizes of hand. Here’s what they look like on:
I’m happy with payment by bank transfer (UK only), Bitcoin or PayPal. If you’re paying by Bitcoin or bank transfer, please email me with your address: lotte DOT lodge AT gmail DOT com.
Asexual flag handwarmers
Bitcoin Outside Europe:
Pay With Bitcoin
Bisexual flag and Rainbow handwarmers – SOLD!
Hello! Here are some gloves that are for sale.
They’re a little longer than the usual handwarmers, more like wristwarmers. They’re 75% wool, 25% nylon, and machine-washable. They’re made in a non-smoking house but I do have a cat.
Proceeds go towards webcomic site maintenance.
I am slowly, so so slowly, settling into my new place. I’m also doing things like seeing a counsellor and keeping a food log to make sure I eat enough protein. It’s all very positive. In association with these positive feels I bring to you, NOIYS and EDM 907!
It’s by the excellent Sausage who rescued this very site from the depths of doom, so you know it’s gonna be good. It’s like an anonymous, transient social network. It is, if you will, an anti-social network.
The gist is, posts disappear after 24 hours, there’s no identifying information at all, you don’t even sign up for an account, it’s pretty weird. But awesome. I’m on there a lot; people identify me by my posting style, so apparently I’m a sore thumb. But on the other hand, I never realised I had a writing style before, so it’s a learning experience.
People post about happy things and sad things, they ask for advice, they make friends, and sometimes they pretend to be Napoleon. It’s cool ’cause your mum doesn’t know it’s you posting about your BDSM weekend. Go there and leave a note, and feel unburdened and excellent: NOIYS.
Early Day Motion 907
LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER (UK). Yes, you read that right. Nonbinary folks, intersex folks if they want it, anyone who doesn’t want M or F on their passport, they could have legal recognition. Is this not excellent? This is just the House tentatively broaching the subject, but it could be very significant. I’ll tell you for why:
- If I get married I have to pretend to be a man or a woman.
- I’m likely to be a subject of suspicion if I attempt to use my passport because my gender presentation is ambiguous.
- Public toilets. Need I say more?
Here is a Tumblr post to reblog, here is a tweet to retweet, but you can of course write your own. Then there’s some Reddit posts to upvote here, here and here (all good subreddits too). And here is the EDM page itself.
Thank you for reading, kind folks. I am somewhat lacking in the comicky ways but I am dealing with all kinds of messy physical and emotional things and I’m trying to get a support worker to ensure that I don’t die, so I feel like I have good reasons. Nevertheless, a comic or two may sneak through. Thanks for sticking around.