Thomas Muther, Jr. Explores in the Nude

Thomas Muther, Jr. is a frequent poster to the Flickr urban exploration group I moderate. He is pretty much the only nude male posing and – he is setting up the camera, posing and taking the photo on his own. His own model.

As a woman moderating the group I’m glad to see Thomas posting his photos. Without him the group would feel very sexually biased to me. But, I do wonder what other group members think. Likely most of them are male. Most urban explorers are still male and most of the people coming to look at nude people are coming to look at nude females. I’ve never asked him what kind of feedback, if any, he gets.

I could make this story quite lengthy, but to cut to the chase, after hitting me with a volley of questions–during which seven (7!!!!!!) other police cars pulled up–I was informed that a woman out walking her dog had seen me and reported the “incident” to the police. I was then belatedly informed of my rights, handcuffed, and taken to jail for “indecent exposure.” As they were putting the handcuffs on me, I was utterly dumbfounded. The only thing I managed to verbalize was, “why are you putting me in handcuffs?” which seems a reasonable question. Their reply? “Because that’s what we do to people who break the law!” If I’d had my wits about me, I might have rejoindered, “So, you put people in handcuffs who jaywalk?–or go 5 miles over the speed limit?”–but I was completely flummoxed. Thus, I ended up spending the night, and all the next day in jail. I finally managed to contact my sister who wired bail, and I got out late the next evening. With such a horrific charge hanging over my head, I hired an attorney (at $3500), as being a sexual predator registry for the rest of my life didn’t appeal. The charges were dropped after his intervention, so there were no long term consequences, but it was not a fun experience. The ridiculous over zealousness of these police cost me more than just the $3,500, obviously. Being in jail against your will when you’ve done nothing to deserve it really sucks (as opposed to being in jail for civil disobedience–which I’ve done three times . . . an entirely different feeling). Oh well. 🙁 Compared to the injustices committed by various trigger-happy police over the last months, I guess I shouldn’t complain.

Young Women Riot and Older Women Give Them The Forum

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I’m just starting to read about Pussy Riot and find out what they are about. As I was looking at another post about them on another blog… I began to think – it’s always the young women doing the rebelling, the physical actions, the biggest voices and the most likely to be in the media.

For a moment I felt passed by, as an older woman. Not important any more. Then, I realized how important we really are.

My generation are the women who listen, but more than that, we are the people who give those young women a forum, a way to be heard, a place to speak from.

We are where they cane from. We are the trail blazers, still ahead on the path, holding some of the branches out of their way.

Just because we aren’t in the news, being thrown in jail or active in other ways, doesn’t mean we are in the background. We are a long way from becoming wallflowers.

Indie Bloggers Challenge #5

Indie Bloggers 300 words regarding:

To be mean, you shave your neighbor’s monkey. It gets a cold and dies. You get arrested for animal abuse and go to prison for three years. On your first day in jail, as you walk into general assembly, the crowd goes completely silent. They part like a wave revealing a shrunken old man who radiates a merciless, palpable evil. He looks at you and says “Finally.”

I killed the last monkey. The owners had tried to hide it as an exotic pet, monkeys had been outlawed. But I was the best monkey slayer. I tracked down that screeching shrunken hideous creature and disposed of it. Well, I shaved it first. You have to make sure it’s not just some really ugly, really small human or alien. All that genetic research has left us with some really whacked out human-like creatures.

I was sent to jail. It was a formality for killing a pet. Technically it was an animal still, the laws had not been changed yet. I was set to serve three years but the laws were all going to be rewritten the next day so I’d be out by the end of the week. I was looking forward to spending all that reward money.

I walked into prison, a crowd gave me silent homage as the last great monkey slayer. I nodded at their show of respect.

“Finally… someone got rid of that damned monkey. Bless you, now I’m free!” The old man hissed. He sunk down into the floor almost seeming to be sucked through it. His eyes rolled back in his head and he just, vanished. Melodramatic.

I kind of laughed. “Well, at least he didn’t make a mess.” Everybody snickered then. After all, he was a mean old evil minion of monkey.

We had the party then. It was deluxe. Darwin’s books were burned on gigantic bonfires. I did find one monkey hair on the pizza but I just kept it as good luck.

Best of all, we had finally won the war against the monkeys. Now, no one could deny man did not come from apes!

The next day the cult of the chicken began.

Toronto Police Don’t Care

Over two weeks ago I sent an email to the police division in my area asking for advice about handling a man who crosses the line by touching and trying to kiss me in my home, against my wishes. There has been no reply. I was feeling pretty peeved about this as it does seem they could at least acknowledge me with a form mail. But nothing…

Tonight on the news is a woman going to court because her husband decided to take an axe and a hammer to her head and neck. She also made a report to her local police division, in Toronto, and was not given any help. Later she was attacked, very violently and managed to survive. The police gave her a formal apology which I doubt meant anything to them. She got some kind of money thrown at her too. Likely so she wouldn’t kick up a fuss.

You know how women are always nagging, bitching and complaining about something. The poor guy was just trying to assault me, what an annoying nag I am to bitch about that. No wonder the police ignored me. Their motto is to serve and protect. Not to listen to women always nagging about something trivial. Sheesh! Any woman in Toronto should know that she has to handle this herself. Get a plan, find something you can use to kill the bastard and find a really good place to dump the body. Make sure you leave no evidence behind. That would be really annoying cause the police would have to investigate, actually do something. Only in that case you (that bitch) would be arrested and tossed in jail. All your fault, it’s always your fault you nagging bitch.

Anyway, I’m really wondering why I didn’t get any kind of reply. Very disappointed in the Toronto police and in fact, I won’t bother them if something like that happens again. I will try to be aggressive myself and deal with it. Maybe I will be hurt in the process but at least I won’t have to bother the police. They have other things to do, manly things, helping men deal with life and such. We women are just not that important.

Thanks to GazeHound… This was too funny.

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