These images were going to be part of one of my larger #photoshop posts, but no - This needs to be specifically discussed.

The image on the right is a #fitspo photo that has shown up throughout tumblr, pintrest, and god knows how many porn sites. I’ve seen it in the fitness tags multiple times now. But the image on the left? It’s not a copycat model, that’s the original photo

The woman on the left is Denise Rodrigues. She’s a Brazilian fitness model and figure competitor who has gained a huge following on Facebook and Instagram. She has a degree in Law and is currently studying Physical Education, allowing her to safely guide both herself and others through the world of weight lifting. Rodrigues is the kind of allstar idol that you rarely get to see in this world.

But even she wasn’t good enough for fitspo. Her body had to be edited and her personality had to be erased before she could be accepted as “motivational.” The person that we end up with, the #fitspo woman on the right, doesn’t actually exist: Denise Rodrigues’ body was manipulated in order to soften the curves and thin the waist, while her head was replaced with that of another woman. 

Apparently, a muscular black woman was not worthwhile or attractive enough to grace someone’s blog, therefore it was necessary to paste an Asian woman’s head onto her shoulders. 

This is what #fitspo does to us. #Fitspo teaches us that a person’s body and appearance are what’s most important. Not their life, not their goals, not them as a person: Just their image. When you reduce a person to their body and claim that their sole purpose here is to appeal to you, then you not only erase their individuality, you are saying that your right to sexual gratification is more important than their right to bodily autonomy. 

There’s a whole host of fetishization and racist implications here, especially considering how much black and Asian women have been hurt by the sexualization of their images. If you’d like to read up on that more, fucknofetishization has several links that will explain why the mindset associated with these photo manips is harmful. These sort of body edits are harmful on their own, but we can’t dissociate them from the racial fetishization that drives many people to seek out these images. 

In the end: #Fitspo, especially fitspo that solely revolves around worshipping someone’s body, makes women interchangeable and declares that their individual identities are worthless. Value needs to be placed on the person, not the body itself. If you want to admire an athlete, talk about their hardwork, skill set, competitive record, etc. Talk about what they’ve actually done. Don’t reduce them to an object.

Can we just talk about the fact that you said she was from Brazil. And then called her black..? Lol

You need to educate yourself if you think there are no black people in brazil 

Black people are all over Latin America. Are you kidding me right now??!

The dummy deleted, but Brazil is 2nd leading country in the world, outside of Nigeria with the highest Black population. See, there was this thing called the Atlantic Slave Trade…

Jesus. That bolded comment. Seriously. Filter.

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Fell in love. In love. Love is beautiful.


"It takes money to make money!"


The Taino names  of the Caribbean islands based on Jalil Sued-Badillo (ed.), ‘General History of the Caribbean, vol. 1: Autochthonous Societies’ (Paris: UNESCO Publishing/London: Macmillan 2003) Plate 8.

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Rihanna for Vogue Brasil May 2014.

Whoa 😍

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Booty had me like..

One day my booty bubble will have such powers! 😈muhahaha

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Only a really shattered, scotch- or martini guzzling, upward-mobility struck house nigger could possibly deny the relentless tension of the black condition.

He’s talking to you, bougies!!!!!

James Baldwin reading heauxs in His essay, “Every Good-Bye Ain’t Gone,” 1977.

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Addressing the “new black”

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To Be Real

Chantal Regnault’s Ballroom Portraits

Chantal Regnault's portraits captured the emerging and vibrant ballroom scene in Harlem, 1989-1992.


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Surprise! Cliven Bundy, Conservatives' Newest Hero, is a Huge Gigantic Racist


Have your heard about Cliven Bundy? No? Why he’s only America’s newest patriot! Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians, and right wingers of all types are going goo-goo over Mr. Bundy and his Bundy Ranch. Let me give you a little summary.

Cliven Bundy, like most good white right wingers, is…

”[…] because they never learned to pick cotton.” 😂😂😂
Oh Lord, sometimes I perpetually wonder whether this is real life. 😂🙌