Cumulus / Miriam Lenk
Lenk is a really wonderful sculpture, you should all go check out more of her stuff.
Victorian-era portraits of African-Americans, 1899 or 1900; from a collection assembled by W.E.B. Du Bois for the Exposition Nègres d’Amerique of the1900 Exposition Universelle.
Library of Congress
Fuck everyone who says black people look wrong in period clothing or would not have had access to this sort of clothing. Just seriously fuck you.
William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois is a fascinating and inspiring figure, an uncompromising civil rights activist (literally uncompromising - he rejected Booker T Washington’s Atlanta Compromise, an unwritten deal struck with Southern leaders in the aftermath of the Reconstruction era, in which African-Americans would submit to.discrimination, segregation, lack of voting rights and non-unionized employment and in return Southern whites would “permit” blacks to receive a basic education, some economic opportunities, and justice within the legal system; Du Bois called for nothing less than full equal rights.)
Du Bois and Booker T Washington, who together organised the Exposition Nègres d’Amerique, worked with Washington’s friend Frances Benjamin Johnston (a pioneering female photographer and photojournalist) to take photos of students at the Hampton Institute. The photographs were specifically compiled to counter stereotypes and the predominant white narrative about African-Americans, showcasing their success and diversity. The exhibition won several awards.
This pleases me.
These images are amazing. Can we have a television show about these women please? I would watch the hell out of a show like that.
Did you know…
You can love your body without hating someone else’s.
You can enjoy having curves without bashing thinness.
You can be fit and love exercising without criticising or labeling those who don’t.
You can be a size XS without ridiculing a size XL.
You can be attracted to one body type without slagging off another.
You can shave your legs, pubic area or armpits without labeling those who don’t.
You can not shave your legs, pubic area of armpits without shaming those who do.
You can be a muscular man and still be just as much of a man as a skinny man.
The degree of a woman’s womanliness should not be measured by her physical appearance.
The degree of a man’s masculinity should not be measured by his physical appearance.
QUIT THE BS ALREADY.
Choose to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
This is an important mantra for many different levels of body positive topics. The biggest thing to remember is to be inclusive and intersectional. Don’t uplift one thing by standing on the shoulders of something else. Love vaginas, but remember that women aren’t the only one’s that have them. Love fat bodies, but remember that this does not denote “a real woman”, thin women exist too. Celebrate the butch, androgynous, masculine women without demonizing the femme. I’m probably leaving out some important ones here so please feel free to chime in followers as well fellow mods.
Got my Robin tat and later a professional photo shoot for myself to celebrate my 50th birthday.
This blog and all the beautiful ladies on here inspire me everyday. Every body is beautiful<3
Feel free to hit me up!
<3 subtle belly outline <3