After a lot of thinking, I've decided to delete two of my deviations: the one where I'm in my underwear (Bewitching Big Black … Eyes) and the nude (THE TRUTH). I'm especially sorry to see THE TRUTH go because it talked to those of us Deviants who have partially gotten over our weight issues but who will never get over it completely because of the culture we live in.
These two pictures caused me a lot of unwanted attention over the last couple of years. I'm not against nude collectors per se, but I do visit the galleries that my pictures are added into and when I see it next to those of girls spreading their legs or bending over for close-ups of their genitals, I just feel dirty. I'm sure the ladies have their reasons, as do the nude and fetish collectors, but they're far away from my reasons for making those pictures.
The other problem I've had is that some men seem to confuse Deviantart with a dating website. I guess one look at my gallery full of strange selfies told them that I must've created my profile in order to meet people. They usually stop trying after a while, but that moment when I get a flirty message from a complete stranger and I'm deciding whether to politely refuse (two or three times before he gives up) or be rude and ignore him completely, is something I'd much rather avoid.
There's one more reason I deleted those deviations and I will probably delete more. I made most of my pictures to express myself, to play around with make-up and photography, and finally, to convince myself that I'm prettier that I think. A lot has changed since then - the place I live, the people I'm friends with, and me. Now, when I look at all these portraits of mine, they seem...needless to be out there. I honestly think that's a good thing.