depiction of women


”Girls”, Portraits by Luo Yang

In her series Girls, Beijing-based photographer Luo Yang reveals a side to contemporary China that is rarely seen in the West. Defying stereotypes, Yang’s subjects depict bold, self-aware Chinese women of an emerging generation instead of appearing simply timid and shy.

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I was bored at work so I doodled Freya and Freyr, the Norse gods. Don’t mind their bizarre feet.

Guys have told me “You shouldn’t draw Freya fat. Sure some men are into that, but most like women with a slim waist. She’s a goddess of sex, so it would make more sense if she looked more like most men’s wet dream”

But I have to wonder, why should she be a goddess of MALE sexuality? Odin got that covered as the god of war, wisdom and sex, yet he is rarely depicted as most women’s wet dream.

I draw Freya and her family as fat because together they are the gods of prosperity, fertility, food, and good times.

Besides, I won’t take your complaints about Freya’s looks seriously if you’ve got nothing to say about Freyr being fat. The Vikings depicted him as a fit young man with a giant cock.

EDIT: You guys are right, of course it’s Freyr, not Frigg. It was late and I got confused by all their different names in various languages. Maybe I should just go with their Danish names Freja and Frej from now on. ;)

“The Teenagers” for NEWSWEEK

Illustration I did a little while back for Newsweek for an article juxtaposing teenagers of the 60′s with teenagers today. So one half of the spread is Twister circles and the other half is apps. I always appreciate when I get the opportunity to draw woc. You’d be surprised how often some people try to steer you in the away from depicting poc or women for that matter, because “this article isn’t about that.” As if it needs to be. So props to my art director for letting me do my thing! 

Vintage set of playing cards depicting Jewish women’s folk costumes from around the world. The countries, fro right to left, are as follows:

First row: Turkey, Bulgaria, Hodu (India), Yazan (Wiesen; could be Switzerland, Austria, or Bavaria, apparently)

Second row: Hungaria, Holland, Turkmenistan, Israel

Third row: Russia, Serbia (fun fact: for a second I misread it as Siberia), Teiman (Yemen), Italy

Fourth row: Poland, (This one I can’t entirely read, but I think it says Paras, or Persia. Interestingly, it looks more like Uzbek clothing), Kavkaz (the Caucasus), Romania

I know “positivity posts” listing traits aren’t always helpful, and posts that go “ if you’re x you’re still a real y” can be corny, but I really want to pour out some love for butches who aren’t, and can’t be, buff. because it seems like there just isn’t enough of that love to go around. a lot of butch pride events, blogs, depictions of butch women, etc center around doing hard physical work, manual labor, physically strong women, and so on. don’t get me wrong, I love a butch who can lift me over her head lol, butch women who are muscular are worth celebrating visibly especially since it is seen as a gender nonconforming trait, but it also just isn’t a universally reachable goal. some butches can’t exercise as much as we would like to because of mental or physical limitations, or exercise but in different ways than abled butches. physically disabled butches, mentally ill butches who have trouble going out and doing things, and chronically ill butches, who have much more constrained limits around fitness, are real butches. real butches are also scrawny and not buff, or chubby or fat while not being buff (the latter being more stigmatized for sure) and you’re gonna see us out in public being butch and that’s just the truth. and it’s good. 

I think Loo did her best with Molly, and I appreciate that. She made her engaging and endearing. But I also think we have had enough depictions of 40 year old women who inexplicably arrange their personal lives around soliciting scraps of attention from indifferent, arrogant men. We see characters like this as an expression of male wish fulfillment. The idea that a man can be so magnetic and irresistible, despite his contempt, that there is literally nothing he can do to a woman to show her how unworthy he is of her affection, and she will love him unconditionally for her whole life.

That may be a true story (less true than many men seem to think it is!!!) but it is not a good story. It is not a useful story. It is not a beautiful story. It is not an uplifting story. If all you can manage to scrape together is, Oh gosh isn’t it brutal when this happens? well! You’re the writer, aren’t you? Instead of pointing out how sad it is, maybe just. Write something better.


“Depicting women in chains was ubiquitous in suffrage cartoons from the 1910s, in which women sought to be emancipated by gaining the right to vote.

…Wonder Woman is bound in almost every one of her adventures, usually in chains. The bondage in Wonder Woman comics raised hackles with [publisher Max] Gaines’s editorial advisory board, but [Wonder Woman co-creator William Moulton] Marston insisted that Wonder Woman had to be chained or tied so that she could free herself — and, symbolically, emancipate herself.

—From “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore

Can we please do away with the notion that bondage in 1940s Wonder Woman comics is nothing more than her creator’s sexual kink? 

Sowing the Word (1868). Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). Oil on linen. New-York Historical Society.

This work, executed in grand-manner fashion, depicts a scholar teaching the Bible, presumably, to two young women who appear to represent temporal and spiritual beauty. The richly adorned and distracted woman at the left recalls similar figures in the work of Rubens, while the more modest and attentive central figure resembles women depicted by the English pre-Raphaelite artists.

fave cesare borgia moment: that one time he stole porn from the french and they were so upset about it that they listed it along with all of the holy relics he stole

Cesare “had captured part of the French baggage train - which included a piece of the Holy Cross, a sacred thorn, a limb of Saint-Denis, the Blessed Virgin’s vest, and a book depicting naked women “painted at various times and places… with sketches of intercourse and lasciviousness in each city”

                 -Christopher Hibbert, The Borgias and Their Enemies


These photos depict people exchanging hongi. Hongi is a traditional Maori greeting in which the two individuals press both their noses and foreheads together at an encounter; it is similar to a formal handshake, and is often used in conjunction with one. Through the hongi, our ha is exchanged and merged. Ha can be translated as breath of life; it could be compared to an intermingling of souls. Exchanging of hongi can also bear the added significance of being no longer considered manuhiri, or a visitor to the islands, but as tangata whenua, a person belonging to the land (Aotearoa).

A comparable gesture can be found in Hawai’ian culture; the two greetings share a similar cultural significance (in regards to the sharing of ha).


Wells Fargo, the second largest U.S. bank by number of branches, just launched an ad that depicts two women practicing sign language before they meet the deaf child they plan to adopt.

In other words: *four hundred sobbing emojis and heart emojis in succession*