Why stop posting photos of humans entirely? Why not only take down the ones that upset people?
Not sure where you’ve been, but everything I post ends up upsetting someone, either genuinely or because they’re trolling. Usually a mixture of both. I can’t rely on my own judgement of people’s likelihood to misinterpret my intentions.
For instance, I’ve kept a “freckles” tag for a few years with photos of people with dramatic freckles in it, ‘cause I think they’re cool and appreciate their aesthetic. People have repeatedly taken this to mean that I have a sexual fixation on scattered patches of skin pigment, and therefore reblogging studio photographs featuring minors or children in that tag is “sexualizing minors”, even that I am “grooming my followers”.
In the last five months, I don’t think I’ve reblogged a single professional-quality artistic photograph of a black person without getting criticism about it in one way or another… either overt racism, suggestions that I’m fetishizing black bodies, accusations that I’m reblogging the photos out of white guilt, or that I’m demonizing dark skin by tagging photos the same way that I tag similar aesthetics featuring white people.
Explaining myself is exhausting and pointless. Ignoring it is also exhausting. Asking myself, “What are all the possible reasons people could find fault with me for posting or reblogging this?” is futile. Deciding to reblog only aesthetic portraits of cis white people to avoid well-meaning controversy strikes me as cowardly and worse than not reblogging any human models at all. I might make a side blog or something so I can maintain art references without inviting constant criticism.