Here are some of the people I met today at the Santa Rosa Toy Con.
There were a ton of cosplayers too. I'll post images of some of them soon.
The recent trend concerning topless females in public is an issue that many downplay, scoff at, and otherwise denigrate, but it's a larger issue than you may realize. Men often forget that they had to play this same game, not so long ago, to obtain the right to go about topless.
You might not want to be topless in public places, but if topless men don't bother you, topless women shouldn't either - especially if you are a woman!
The tendency for many people to judge and demean women based on their choice of attire is a type of subjugation, it keeps women down, which keeps people down. It's just one more way that we separate ourselves from our neighbors, and the attitude that a woman's style of dress makes them less of a person and more of an object IS harmful to ALL of us.
If you haven't already, visit the Topfree Equal Rights Association for news concerning the movement, and plenty of great information for why allowing men to be topless in public while restricting women is hurtful and dangerous to our society.
Don't forget that in many great civilizations of the past, public partial nudity was normal, and full nudity was freely accepted. Clothing was donned to show wealth, class, or status and protect from the elements; modesty is a modern concept.
Don't chimp, use the histogram in bright conditions or bracket. And don't forget to always look behind you.
Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis, did what more and more women are doing every day: took a walk around New York topless. While this may shock some people in some parts of the world, toplessness is becoming more and more "normal", especially now that gender equality is rising in popularity.
In much of the world, it's completely acceptable for men to wander the streets sans shirt, while women are berated and insulted for even desiring to do the same. Why should women NOT be allowed the same freedoms as men?
Scout Willis publicized her topless day-trip in order to show how her public sharing was banned from sites such as facebook, twitter, instagram, and other social media. Willis' posts were deleted, censored, and generally frowned upon, meanwhile posts of topless men are ignored and allowed. Willis also flamed social media for allowing images that sexually objectify women (so long as the nipples are blurred out) but not allowing images like those pictured in her posts (copied in this blog)
I look forward to seeing women being allowed the same freedoms as men, and applaud all of those out there fighting for it.
Find out if you live in a topless freedom state. If you do, enjoy your rights!
The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society has gained some ground in the news industry lately, and I expect this train to gain speed, and I'm glad.
As a formally trained artist it's obvious that I have no issue with nudity, looking at it or being seen nude, and as a child of a New York hippie I have always been irked by double-standards. It has always boggled me why men are allowed to run around topless when women are not, and I'm not the only one. "Topless Freedom" is an issue being debated and protested all over the world, whether you are just hearing about it or not, it's been a long battle.
One of the biggest statements against women being allowed to brazenly bare their bodies wherever they please is that since men are more violent and prone to be "creepy" women are in greater danger when they are topless than men. The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society has disproven that argument by baring themselves in the heavy population of metropolitan New York.
If women can be topless in New York without becoming victims because of their nudity, I would gamble that they can do so anywhere in the continental U.S. with the same safety. After all, New York gave us organized crime, so it's not a city without it's violence.
This group of book lovers has been enjoying their topless freedom, and nude freedom where allowed, for years now, and if they can enjoy the same safety that a clothed person has, it's obvious that being topless is equally safe as wearing a parka.
Whether you believe in topless freedom or not, the fact that there are so many people brazenly enjoying it throughout the country in safety proves that the safety argument is invalid.
Mr. Siyad Ma, who you see above being reunited with his precious Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
If you haven't heard about Lenstag, check out my first post about it here, then download the program for your Android or Apple device. They are even improving their web based app for those people who don't have android/apple devices or prefer not to use them.
Lenstag is a user driven database of serial numbers and their corresponding camera/lens/flash/whatevers, verified ownership via user uploaded photos. You can flag your gear if it goes missing, and you can look up a piece of used gear before purchase to see if it was stolen or not. If you sell your gear, you can even transfer ownership. New features are being added all the time. Maybe it won't cut down theft, but it will prevent you from purchasing stolen property.
If you had any doubts about the effectiveness of this type of thing, Lenstag celebrates it's first recovery today. Philip Martin, who is being heralded as the most ethical man of the moment, recently bought several pieces of camera gear from a stranger on craigslist.org, unfortunately, Mr. Martin did not check Lenstag before purchase, but DID return the stolen gear AFTER purchase and realizing that he had bought stolen goods.
Taking the high road and returning stolen goods feels great, you become someone's hero, but by downloading the free Lenstag app, registering your gear, and checking the serial numbers of potential purchases for flags, you can be a hero AND save yourself the potential losses of possessing stolen property.
Please visit the homepage of Philip Martin, Lenstag, and read the first story about the success of Lenstag here.
Find Zoe on the web:
Creativity blog mindfuljoyful.com
Custom meditation altars: zoezunigafinearts.com
Whimsical gifts mer-portraits zoezunigacreations.com
I've had the pleasure to work with a number of talented artists, and am lucky enough to call some of them friends, but I recently worked with a wonderful woman named Zoe Zuniga. Zoe has a bright, happy personality that infects you as soon as you start talking with her, she is one of the most down-to-earth, pretention free, people I have ever met.
I love the colors and playfulness in Zoe's art, and I think she does a great job of putting a little bit of herself into each work, and you can see her dedication by the photo above, who else would haul all of their gear to a park in a wheelbarrow for the sake of creation?
I encourage everyone to check out her websites (right under the pic) and take a peek into a bright, joyful mind.