Tell me what’s your definition of a woman? Reconstructing idealized norms of beauty. celebrating diversity in all forms. Challenging normative ideologies Celebrating diversity in all forms. Art, photography, and anything else.
Look around tumblr. What do you see? Pictures and pictures of “white” women everywhere. When you do see women from different ethnicities in the media, they are often fetishized. We are not your exotic. These women need to be celebrated for who they are, just as they are. Tumblr is lacking such a range of women, and moreover, “normalized” notions of them. That is why I created this tumblr- to make tumblr more diverse.
Let’s see what other forms of beauty are out there, if you know what I mean ;) A lot of photography features WASP type women, who while, gorgeous, are not a representative of the many shades and shapes of women out there. Different colours. Backgrounds.
Feel free to recommend some ladies, images, anything! / See the TAGS! If they don’t load, refresh. It’ll take a sec.
DISCLAIMER BUT NOT REALLY: This tumblr is made by WoC in attempts to diversify what we reblog on tumblr. It is not for appropriation, or fetishism. If you reblog FYEW with comments that I feel are not appropriate, and I can catch it, well, you will be told.
NOTE ON THE TERM ‘ETHNIC’: I realize that many European women can be considered ethnic. I am not including “ethnic white” nor am i including “non-preferred whites.” See the FAQ for more on how I use this term, and why.
Here, I choose to re-appropriate the word and embrace it, to recognize that I will not be focusing on white women (sorry, ladies) but on those that are normally marginalized.
I just want to note the following in response to some of your comments:
1. Some of you have shared your experiences of discrimination, and I thank you whole-heartedly for doing so. You are all beautiful.
2. Of course, not all “white” people are the same. Nor do I deny anyone’s ethnicity, experiences with discrimination or otherwise. But this blog is about expanding our thresholds, adding variety to tumblr. Giving the women I mentioned above a sense of belonging. It is not a personal “attack of white people.” I repeat, this is “not about you.”
3. I do not believe in hand holding in dealing with ethnicity and “race”. I make exceptions for those with genuine good intentions, and I do incorporate age into the issue- but I do take the familiar stance that many in my position have. It may be viewed as one out of frustration, and however misguided you may think it is, I believe it is an appropriate stance. I do not say this with a sense of resentment, but rather I feel the need to be strict. Minorities have been waiting for respect and equality for too long. I do not believe in letting this behaviour slide, especially with “grown ups.”
4. It is not my place to educate those in that are privileged- often this mentality comes with a sense of entitlment- “you must educate me if you want me to treat you equally!”
5. I believe in conversations of race, those on the side of privilege realize they need to take a step back, and listen. They may not be able to do anything about their privilege, meaning revoke it, or “become” a minority- but this they can do. It is not their place to tell me how I feel in terms of oppression. Listening is key.
6. It is also not a game of “who is more oppressed within minority statuses”? I post all backgrounds and so-called “mixes” where one may defined as a “woman of colour.” I hate getting really technical about this because I could write an entire dissertation on the subject; there really is no “right” response. (There are, though, wrong responses. That is, racism.) I will not play that game, either.
7. This is a space for women that fall outside of traditional spheres of what defines whiteness. Or women that may never be able to fall into this category. We must embrace them, and challenge our own notions of beauty. If this notion- this space offends you, question why it does.
8. If you have found me offensive, I apologize. But I’ll mention that I’ve seen many, many blogs with behaviour a lot more callous than mine. Not to mention reblogs alone that are just inappropriate. So please keep that in mind.
9. If you have questions, please read the FAQ first.
10. I said it before, I’ll say it again. You are all beautiful. That’s all I’m trying to say, all I’m trying to show.
1. I am not google.
I wish I was.
That would be great. But I’m not. Finding the style of photography we see all over tumblr to include non-white peoples is hard enough, and adding size to the issue is just that much more. I have no problem posting such images (if they are high quality, yes, I am low quality camera prejudiced, sorry.) that are submitted, or if they are linked. But do people do that? No, they just complain that I’m being weightist. I’m
2. I have a life, sorry guys!
I don’t know what else to say on this issue. Tumblr users for some reason expect those who run “fuckyeah” blogs to have nothing but free time on their hands, and the internet search capabilities of google. We’re busy. I’m not an adolescent. I have responsibilities. And a life for that matter.
3. If you don’t see enough of what you like, and you know where you can find it, help out.
I love running fuckyeahethnicwomen but….….sometimes it is just so frustrating. Instead of helping, people just whine. Instead of reading what I have to say, people also, whine. I feel like a lot of women’s issues are like this. People complain, but do little to help the actual cause. Just a lot of time talking, with no action.
Instead of reblogging your critiques, how about trying to help me improve yourselves? Finding photographers or images that fit the flow of the blog yourself? Yes?
4. The submit button is right there. I do my best, but you have to be reasonable, you know
I think this one is fairly self explanatory.
5. I actually am not overly concerned about sex here, but gender.
NO MENZ ALLOWED! Rah, rah, etcetera. I’ve posted some transwomen here too, but I don’t announce it or anything.If she looks like a woman, wants to be a woman, she’s a woman to me. Sorry suddenly feeling uncomfortable straight guys ;)
Oh, androgynous women are fine too.
6. That’s all guys. I’m trying.
I’m not google. I’m only one person. I’ve been getting some of these sort of replies on occasion from people that do not regularly follow, or haven’t read my thoughts on these issues. So read carefully before you choose to rant, thanks.