high-femme

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Tiffany R. Smith - #AllofMeorNothing on Exposure
“… We must love and protect each other“ is what we‘ve chanted since August 9, 2014. Planning and marching we all stood together in Atlanta Black and proud. Some of us queer and trans*, but still as Black as Harlem in the 1960s. Recently, this question was posed on social media as the “million dollar question“. I read this message and an energy began to rise in me. I thought, “haven‘t we, Black LGBTIQ, been on the front lines this whole time? Throughout Black history, here and abroad, haven‘t we always been here?“ And so out of this rise of confusion, anger, and frustration I decided to answer the “million dollar question“ with art. The following photos entitled, #AllofMeOrNothing: The Visual Narratives of Black Trans* & Queer People“ is a photojournalistic response to the question posed.
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“Wear it low
i aint a high femme
im a low femme
i’m a boy femme
i’m a cold femme
but i got a weakness for a kinda girls
wanna find them wanna find them
she hold up the wall with a quiet lean
big brown eyes and a pair of baggy jeans ooH!
tall glass and a side of tangerines
have you seen her have you seen her yea.

wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.

don’t have a type but
for tonight
know what i like
know what looks right yea

got a weakness for a kind of boi in the girls yea
wanna find them
she stops the room cold when she licks her lips
dark blue denim just below her hips ooh
out this world i wanna take a trip
she’s a tall glass of water wanna take a little sip yea.

wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.
wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.

wear it low lover flyer than a mutherfucker
wanna make you smile ask you if you wanna dance yea
wear it low lover sexier than any other wanna be the belt that be
holdin up your pants yea,
wear it low lover flyer than a mutherfucker
wanna make you smile ask you if you wanna dance yea
wear it low lover sexier than any other wanna be the belt that be
holdin up your pants yea,

wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.
wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.

i aint a high femme
im a low femme
i’m a boy femme
i’m a cold femme
oooh
oooh
oooh
oooh
wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.”

(Art by Erika Altosaar)

No Queer Girls are Queerer Than Others: Resisting Femme Invisibility - By Jeannette Young

… Nevertheless, as femme women, we are often invisible to other queer people.

Our femininities are often marginalized and delegitimized. We are often seen as heteronormative, apolitical, less radical, and less queer in a community where being visible and valued depends on being masculine or androgynous.

This femmephobia in queer communities—this devaluation and stigmatization of queer femininity—is a form of misogyny that is rooted in dominant patriarchal culture. It’s a form of sexism that intersects with cissexist, heterosexist, racist, classist, ableist, and sizeist views of femininity, women, and what it means to be queer.

The accusation that femme women “pass as straight” undermines our own self-definitions of our femme identities, our empowered embracing of our femininities, and our blatant disruption of the normative constructs of what it means to be feminine and a woman.

The experiences of femmes are complex, as we each have our own multiple identities.

This article is extremely relevant/important. Please read it & share!