I hope you guys are literate enough to know that there’s a huge fucking difference between asking someone for free art and asking if someone does requests.
It’s not so easy to reply to someone who automatically is now asking you for something, because it IS REALLY HARD FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE TO SAY NO. It took me YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS. It causes a LOT of anxiety in some people to have to turn someone down who’s asking for their time!
Please stop acting like it’s okay to ask artists for free art by default. It’s not. It’s rude. The polite thing to do is ask if the artist does requests and do not act entitled to their time. This way, the artists who like drawing for free can do their art for you, and the ones who don’t can just answer “no I don’t do requests”.
And if you do do requests, please don’t be the type of person who acts like it’s reasonable to ask free art of others, despite however you personally operate. It’s not. It’s damaging to the art community when the first question people ask is “can you draw me this?” instead of “do you take requests?” because it lets that sense of entitlement creep in, and that’s a really toxic mentality to perpetuate. Please don’t make it worse for those who have trouble with this.
Greek myths mention several Islands of Women, where Amazons lived without men, only consorting with neighboring colonies of males at certain seasons when they wanted to conceive their children. Taurus, Lemnos, and Lesbos were said to be such all-female societies. The Greeks apparently feared them. They said the women of Taurus sacrificed to their Goddess all men who landed on their shores; and the women of Lemnos had risen up against their husband and murdered all of them at once. The Greek writers seemed to have no doubt that women could destroy whole populations of adult males, and there was no effective defense against them.