Is This a Work of Gay Art?

Do you believe that the bronze David of Donatello should be considered a work of Gay art? What does the possible homosexual eroticism in this statue do for the statue’s meaning?

It is unclear if there are absolute subcategories of categories of art. Through time, it proves itself to be a philosophical fallacy. Everything isn’t created as something to be something else – it simply just is. Standing as itself, fully prepared to be observed.

By way of art, that being cherished timeless art, it simply is supposed to make you feel. This particular piece of art is a sculpture. Is there an archive somewhere of purely gay sculptures, or is there just an archive of sculptures? (I Googled “gay sculptures,” and not much came up) Herein lies the crux of the issue. It is the idea that if it is not defined, it does not exist. Simply that is not the truth.

This sculpture exists, with its magnitude of femboy energy, rampantly running through a masculus empowerment of time in a place that adored brute force and war. Now that’s pretty badass.

Idyllically in the academic world, cultivating phrases to define and categorize is encouraged. The belief is an improper approach to art, generally speaking. Additionally, the fact that the academic world is the catalyst for constant name-calling, or rather “defining” concepts and people and particular pieces of art, is an injustice to the overall concept of art itself.

Art is supposed to make you feel. If by looking at this painting you feel homoeroticized, consider exploring that avenue of yourself. Some people look at that sculpture and find offense in his nudity; I’d encourage those people to look inward and digest that discomfort and sit with it. Religious zealots may glance at this sculpture and think, “The Bible’s David is womanly! Blasphemy!” I’d ask those people what a man looks like. Must others squeeze themselves into that box purely to be perceived comfortably by that community? Consider if a queer David would or would not be accepted, regardless. Those in academia may look at that sculpture and find the urge to name it, define it, and put it in a box, removing its connection with people outside that box.

Academia often encourages us to take sides. There are no sides. When I look at this sculpture, I see talent, progression, edge, a rewriting of masculinity, and queer representation.

The article touches on the clues the creator leaves in the details of his work. Such as the decorative hat that alludes to a queer culture of courtship. The man’s body is hardly that of a man, but a boy with witty and clever potential to tear down an overbearing hierarchy of patriarchal means. I was taken aback by the theme of love, the cupid wing sensually brushing his thigh, and how love can be almost as impactful as a war vessel used to take down an enemy. When I look at these sculptures, I also see a distaste for masculine efforts over feminine ones, and I look inward to discover that it excites me.

Queer art is edgy and filled with narrative if you’re brave enough to see into it.

Written by: Madison Tate

Madison is a writer and performance artist passionate about the expression of truth. She loves movies, teamwork and new perspectives. As a Floridian, she enjoys discovering different music and art forms.  Madison is a proud crystal faerie. 

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Fight to Keep Abortion Legal

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GOP: No Abortions

Will someone please explain to me why certain members of the GOP want to be all up in a woman’s womb? I thought republicans were for smaller government and keeping the government out of private business. Pro-Choice. I guess what they meant was private businesses and not your private business.

I find it hard to rationalize how forcing the government to get in between a doctor and her patient is not intruding on private affairs. It was not too long ago they were hootin’ and hollerin’ about Obamacare. How is a plan to encourage everyone to have healthcare unconstitutional (in the eyes of republicans) but making the government force women to give birth is constitutional (even though the United States Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, held that abortions were legal)?

GOP leaders in several states are trying to make it harder for women to have abortions. Some legislation is trying to force a woman to wait several days, listen to the heartbeat of a fetus or watch the ultrasound video before she can have an abortion. Texas passed a strict law, and other Republican-led states will follow. 

Written by: Heather


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The Rise of Online Adult Videos

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Online Porn

Pornographic films, otherwise known as porno films, are popular are sexually explicit materials usually depicting scenes where adults are engaging in intercourse. Adult videos online became even more popular during the pandemic and have continued to be popular among certain people. While these videos might be for couples to enjoy together before their sexual relations, adult videos and live cam shows, in general, are popular for masturbation purposes. For example, if you do not have someone to engage in sex with, then tuning into a video and pretending you are the giver or taker, or closing your eyes and listening to moans from the dirty-talking mouth of a porn actress, can do just the job to help you create your imagined wild sexual experience.

Digital cameras and video technology have made it easy for couples to become adult video stars in their own kinky Hollywood of wet dreams. Couples, even groups of people, have gotten quite adventurous with their scenarios and role play, and it is all made available given technologies’ smooth strokes in the right digital direction. Perhaps couples have always been this kinky, but with the emergence of web cameras and advanced digital devices, pay-per-view porn is available in many categories, tickling different folks’ fancies and sustaining the adult movie on-demand industry.  The tickling pun was intended for those into knismolagnia.

One risky pornographic genre might include voyeur or outdoor porn, where couples are in public places having sex. Although sex outdoors can be attributed to the survival of the human race, it is socially unacceptable in this day and age in America. This sort of risk-taking appeals to many sex thrill-seeking types and generally can make a person, couple, or even groups of people cum that much harder. Not to mention the Jim or Jane Doe at home viewing that particular adult video. 

Getting Laid

Since getting laid can be a time-consuming process that does not end happily in every case, adult videos appeal to the man or woman just looking for that hot release of pent-up tension release. With adult websites, having an orgasm is as simple as clicking your mouse unless, of course, your mouse or other pieces are not working correctly. It is always advised that if technical difficulties are taking place to contact your adult video provider, or if over masturbatory use is causing any physical issues, to consult a physician. It is never advised to use sexually enhancing drugs without a doctor’s prescription, whether in sexual intercourse or on a solo basis for pay-per-view porn viewing.


Video on Demand is a system that allows viewers to purchase a movie or show and watch it whenever they want. It can also be downloaded to a device such as a computer, digital video recorder, personal video recorder, or portable media player. Video on demand has completely revolutionized the way people watch movies today. A whole new set of things is available to the public now with video on demand, think Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Vudu. Think of Pornhub.  Adult videos are much easier to get than when I was younger. You no longer have to leave the comfort of your own home. Although streaming adult video services are popular and include a substantial fan base, not everyone feels comfortable going out and purchasing them or watching them around a bunch of strangers in a movie theater-like years ago.

Certain groups in society have attached a negative stigma to pornography, making people feel guilty about enjoying it. Sexuality is a very natural process and should be welcomed by people, not shunned. It is unclear when sexuality began being viewed as something that should be hidden and tucked away, but we know that some people still consider it this way. Adult videos encourage people to be comfortable with their sexuality and to explore their bodies. The best part about adult videos is that you can stay in your own home and have a feeling of privacy while you experiment. 

Sexual Adventures

Adult videos and sex webcams may be something to put on your computer or television as you are warming up and preparing for an intimate experience, whether by yourself or with your partner. If you are thinking about having a sexual experience that may be making you nervous or tense, then watching a porn video may be a good way to relax. Often, when a partner wants to have sexual intercourse for the first time or anal sex, it creates unnecessary stress and nerves. This could be a perfect time to have something to help them out, a way to relax and be confident with their body and sexuality.

This is one reason why porn is so popular; it gives people that sense of freedom that they think they cannot find with anyone else. When you feel you cannot talk to anyone about it or that it may be too personal to share, you may think this is a perfect thing to turn to for help. Not everyone is sexually adventurous, but with pornographic material, you can live the sensual lifestyle that you never thought was possible.

By: Stephanie

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Using Mind Maps

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Mind Maps

If you are a university or college student, you probably make a lot of notes when you are attending classes or reading your textbooks.  Then later, you review the notes you made when you are preparing for exams. 

You may have wondered if there is a right way or a wrong way to take notes.  Does one method of notetaking work better than another?

No one way works best for all people in all situations since everyone’s brain is so unique. 

The main problem with taking notes the traditional way is that this is a very passive process.  Simply taking notes does not get the brain very involved in interacting with the information.  If you can get your brain to get more actively involved in organizing the new material, you will remember it better.

Visual Learning

If you are strong in visual learning, you can benefit from making notes that include lots of graphs and drawings, even cartoons!  If you are very high in auditory skills and weak in the visual area, you will do better by tape-recording all the notes you need to remember.

The following technique for notetaking is particularly effective for highly visual people.  This method of making notes is sometimes called mind-mapping or making a learning map.

Although it takes some practice to use mind-mapping effectively, most people who use it find they can retain and remember far more information with a lot less work.

Memory Map

The essence of the learning-map (also known as memory-map, or mind-map) technique is quite simple.  You will need a blank piece of paper; the larger, the better.  You will need at least one pen, more if you want to use a variety of colors.

You will try to fill the entire page with your notes, so it is important to keep your writing size relatively small.  With practice, you should be better able to judge what size of writing will work effectively.

As you listen to the lecturer or read the article you are studying, decide what you think the central theme is.  For example, you might listen to a lecture where you decide the central theme seems to be, Conditions in Europe on the eve of World War II. 

Or you might listen to a talk that has a central theme of Strategies that plants use to survive winter.

Once you have decided what the central theme is, jot down the words in the center of the page and draw a circle around the main theme.  Do not try to write down a sentence or a paragraph–just write down enough of the keywords to bring the ideas back into your mind. 

Keep listening or reading, watching for the first main sub-theme. 


When you come across the first major sub-theme, pick a spot on the page to jot down a few keywords that sum up the sub-theme.  Draw a circle around the sub-theme words, and then join your sub-theme circle to the main theme circle with a line.

Each time you come across a new major sub-theme, write down a few keywords to summarize the new idea and draw a circle around those words.  Then draw a line to join the sub-theme circle to the main idea circle in the center of the page.  Eventually, you will have a circle in the center with several spokes radiating from it. 

The lines or spokes do not have to be straight, and they can be of any length required.  The circles do not have to be circles; they can be squares, triangles, or oval squiggles if you prefer.  You can use different colors to help you organize the ideas better.

As the speaker or writer continues to present his ideas, you will find that some of the presented ideas are additional supporting details that clarify or illustrate one of the sub-themes you have already identified.  In this case, you will write these sub-sub-themes down using just a few words, enclose them in a circle or squiggle, and link them to their sub-theme with a line.

Eventually, your sub-theme circles may have many spokes radiating from them as the author or lecturer continues to present his ideas.  At a glance, you will be able to take in the dominant themes of the talk and the ideas’ underlying organizational structure.

If you happen to have any ideas of your own while you are reading or listening to the lecture, jot them down as well.  This shows you have your brain actively interacting with the material.

When you make a mind map or a learning map of all your notes, you create a very visual document that differs a lot from traditional methods of making notes for class. 

People who learn very well visually will particularly benefit from how learning maps clearly show the relationships between main themes, sub-themes, and supporting facts and ideas. 

Try this method and see if this is the notetaking technique that works best for you!

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Welcome Courtney Preste!

Circle City News Host Courtney Preste

The Circle City News is proud to present Courtney Preste as the new host of the Circle City News podcast.

Courtneys Background

Courtney Noel Preste is a local musician, mother, and avid podcast listener. She is obsessed with true crime, is open to discussing anything, and prides herself on being an enneagram 4 (look it up!).

In 2012, Courtney published an article on the internationally known band AWOLNation for Indy’s news website and formerly print alternative, NUVO. During the 2012 Super Bowl hosted in Indianapolis, Courtney and her former band were the openers at the Pepsi Coliseum for the CMT Crossroads television show featuring Sugar Ray, Carrie Underwood, and Steven Tyler. She has also performed on Indystyle TV, the Indianapolis 500 motor speedway, and at venues all over the state of Indiana.

Courtney has lived in Indianapolis for 18 years, and currently resides in Carmel with her daughter and two black kitties, Dahlia and Gho.

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George Floyd Settlement

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The Minneapolis City Council approved a $27 million civil settlement with the family of George Floyd. The city council voted 13-0 to approve the settlement. The settlement directs $500,000 to benefit the George Floyd Memorial site at 38th and Chicago.

Officer Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, is standing trial on murder and manslaughter counts. Three other ex-officers involved in the fatal arrest are charged with aiding and abetting and will be tried jointly in August. The family lawsuit was filed against the city on July 15, alleging the four former officers violated Floyd’s rights when they restrained him.

Racial Justice

Mayor Jacob Frey said Floyd’s death caused a “century-in-the-making reckoning around racial justice that struck Minneapolis like a thunderbolt.”  Frey said the settlement reflected a commitment to advance racial justice. He thanked Floyd’s family for partnering with the city in reform measures.

For the rest of the article visit Law Office of Mark Nicholson.

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What is Memorial Day?

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Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

Click here to listen to attorney Mark Nicholson from the Law Office of Mark Nicholson discuss Memorial Day and the law.

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Child Custody and Drinking and Driving

Attorney Deidra Haynes and Attorney Mark Nicholson discuss child custody and drinking and driving laws in Indiana.

Listen to the latest podcast below.


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Law Firm Celebrates One Year

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You can watch their short 40 second video here at the Law Office of Mark Nicholson

January 22, 2019 was the one year anniversary of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson.

The Law Office of Mark Nicholson is a 5-star rated and an award winning law office.  Attorney Mark Nicholson has been rated one of the ten best criminal defense lawyers in Indiana.  He has trained attorneys and is an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Mckinney School of Law.

You can call or email him at any time of day or night. He is available 24/7.

If you need the assistance of a lawyer or know someone that does, please contact the Law Office of Mark Nicholson at 317-667-0718

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Circle City News

This year we are trying something a little different. We are going to publish a monthly newsletter along with our blog. Please contact us if you have article ideas or would like to write an article.

Click on the link below to read the first issue!

the circle city news, issue 1



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