Love bites

gotobed C’mon Billy
lovebites I Put a Spell on You


Credits to creators
[AD] Heart cut mesh dress – with arm (comes with no-sleeves version) (NEW at KV, but only until February 16; ty AK!)
.Birdy. Red skin ~Porcelaine~ (Limited edition Enchanted) Black
no. 7, kisses (transferable, so you can send the tats to your nearest and dearest) (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty SS!)
.Enfant Terrible. candle light dinner goth bracelet (gacha at L’Accessoires)
ieQED, hand.spike.titanium shoes
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XS – High
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
– Glam Affair – Stella Eyes n4
pic one and two pose: Nantra, Requiem pack (NEW for Futurewave, which opens February 15)
pic three pose: bang! Back up pack

Ming shows mercy

ming2c I never buy a skin in more than one tone. I narrow my choice down to my fave light tone and my fave dark tone and then choose one winner. But when I tried Ming, new from Umazuma Metaluna for The Skinnery, I decided it was time to pretend I am Marie Antoinette and can eat lots of cake without dieting or worrying about the sheep, at least while Siouxsie and the Banshees are playing at the ball. Compared to recent releases, these faces are soft and velvety. The area above the cheekbone is especially beautiful. It looks like vulnerable flesh, not like foundation.

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The power of no


Some violence against women and girls is overt, immediate and terrifying. Unfortunately, much of it is covert and pernicious. For instance, I have a friend who once accepted a ride home from a man she found creepy because she didn’t want to offend him. And she didn’t want to take the subway alone at night. In the event, nothing happened. Not until I jumped up and down and flapped my arms and said “No. No. No. Say no. Sometimes you must say no.” Violence against women proliferates because we live in patriarchal cultures. Here in North America, my friend can’t say no because she is reminded a dozen times a day that pleasing men is the key to her welfare. It’s a very good idea to demand that governments around the world make and enforce laws that protect women and girls from violence. But we also need to raise awareness about the root of the problem, which is male domination of women. To put it in the worst possible terms: we don’t signify unless we are prey. If we recognize this, each one of us can combat the oppression that legitimates violence, and threats of violence, in all its forms. We don’t need to depend only on the government and the police for safety. We can also depend on each other. And we can harness the power of NO.


Credits to creators
boots: lassitude & ennui (from the L’Accessoires black friday event)
glasses: Swallow (open gift in store)
necklace: 7891 (resizable; from fi*friday)
hair: LeLutka
jumpsuit: Paperbag
fur: (fd) (at Collabor88; Portia wears only fake fur assembled by garment workers paid a living wage and subject to no sexual harassment)
pose: Marukin
I don’t know who that clown is, but I encountered him at Rotten Defiance.
This picture was GIMPed.