Oh look, selfies! According the anti-feminist, anti-intersectionality publication Trollzebel (aka Jezebel), selfies are a problem! Mayonnaise Feminists need to get a hobby since they aren’t going to write any critical feminist scholarship within their time. And yeah, that is me tooting my own horn because I am fucking excellent at that type of writing. And what? And I like my selfies too. And what? I have an idea for their hobby, actually. How about taking selfies? LMFAO.
Like I tweeted, my whole blog Gradient Lair is one giant selfie of Black women collectively in a world where we are called ugly and worthless. DEAL.
"Selfies are the only place I see women like me. unlike whites, I don’t have entire industries made in my image." - @bad_dominicana
"The internet is the only place where I can see women who look like me freely. I don’t have to wait for the bevy of white magazines to have pity on me and show me a white washed version of myself in print. Social media allows for people of color, queer folks, fats, femmes, trans* folks, and differently-abled folks to find proper representation of ourselves sans gatekeepers. Sites like IG/tumblr democratizes beauty and makes it accessible to us." - @FeministGriote (The Radical Politics of #Selfies)
Oh by the way, this is my new haircut in the first two photographs. I love it. It has a little colour too but I have to take some photographs (I’m a photog) with my real camera versus my phone to show it; it’s a hint of auburn. My hair has always been black so this is fun for me. I love my haircut. It was also my first time of having a Black male stylist as Black women have always done my hair wonderfully; he was really awesome and very nice and fun.
The third photograph I tweeted yesterday as a part of #FeministSelfie, a hashtag started by @thewayoftheid and @convergecollide partially in response to Jezebel's nonsense. (And it's not only Jezebel at fault; patriarchy, sexism and male privilege makes anything women do “pathological” even as men do the exact same things.)
The fourth and fifth photographs are some of my favs; my sister is a pro MUA and she did my makeup for those. The sixth and seventh ones I took one day back when my hair was relaxed (I’ve been natural more than once; natural now) and I tried smoky eye makeup myself.
The eighth image is a collage of various Instagram selfies over the last couple of years. The ninth photograph is me with my one of my pro cameras though I removed the branding.
YAY SELFIES! ❤
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