Anonymous asked: Hey, I really enjoy reading Qwear posts and seeing Qwear pins on my pinterest. But I have an issue: I am very femme, and 90+% of the time,Qwear is very dapper. I would love more articles and fashion inspiration that is not so "menswear"-y. Thanks <3 <3
Hey there! Thanks for the feedback, and I completely agree with you. (Even though I think femmes can be dapper too, I know what you mean!) We’ve been working to bring on more femme writers and models in the hopes that Qwear can be space for a wider variety of gender presentations. I hope you’ll keep seeing more stuff you like over the next few months, and if you have any specific requests for topics or looks to cover, just let us know! Cheers, Sonny
In response to kibblesx’s comment, Qwear’s goal is to provide a space for all queer women and trans* people to delight in fashion, and this includes femmes.
The current representation of feminine women in the media often don’t include the values that we at Qwear hold: that people of varying sizes, ethnicities, body types, styles, and abilities are beautiful and should be celebrated. They are also in predominantly non-queer spaces that can feel alienating. Femmes are bullied in our community for not being “queer enough,” and from the beginning I felt passionate about creating a space where we could all come together and see each other.
Our plan to give more fabulous femmes a voice doesn’t take away from all the amazing masculine presentations we will continue to display. It will only add to our beautiful and diverse community.
Femmes are bullied? Where? When? By who?
In my experience, horizontal aggression among women always happens in the opposite direction— women who are more successful at performing their expected gender roles bully the women who don’t.
Not only that, but society rewards them for being feminine and rewards them for bullying them.
Contacting blogs that specifically cater to not-feminine women and demanding representation is just another form of that bullying, really.
I’ve known many, many, femmes who report getting scoffed at when they enter queer spaces, or who have issues with people believing they’re queer. Everything you’ve mentioned happens too. I think this only goes to show how important it is to have a space that encompasses all identities so that we can all see and appreciate one another rather than making it about us vs. them.
Femme inclusivity was my goal from the beginning. The first person I interviewed was femme.
Thank you for the shout-out Qwear! dapperQ applauds Qwear’s decision to uphold its original mission to be femme friendly and inclusive. We often refer our femme friends, family members, significant others, and readers to Qwear because, unlike traditional heteronormative feminine fashion media that perpetuates white privilege and a constant obsession with unattainable body types, Qwear strives to represent a wide variety of body types, cultures, races, ethnicities, and gender identities. Magazines like Cosmo, which are filled with white standards of beauty and articles about how to please your man do not count as femme visibility. And, worse, they are damaging to many women and men.
dapperQ recognizes that femmes DO in fact face many forms of harassment, bullying, and discrimination: street harassment; sexual harassment; workplace harassment; homophobia; having their sexual orientation constantly questioned; being objectified as sexual objects both within and outside of the LGBTQ community; violence against feminine trans* women; fatphobia; racism; the list goes on and on and on. So, Qwear providing a safe space for femmes to explore fashion and identity is much needed and welcomed.
We look forward to more community building and less of the “Oppression Olympics.” Solidarity! One love. dapperQ
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