MagicPoppy ([Description: a pretty young woman with long blond hair is dancing in front of a mirror in an open-fronted blouse. Her white toy poodle looks on.])
Women’s culture/positive images. There seems to be a pattern here: where an image isn’t objectifying women on its face, and where the message conveyed is supportive of women’s interests rather than obviously deleterious to women’s interests, female-positive images are often crafted as a political response to male-supremacist political positions and to patriarchy itself. Most of the images we have used here so far as examples of “Women’s culture/positive images” are not positive images in their own right: these images are necessary now, but would not be necessary and would not exist outside a patriarchal context where women are fighting for our very lives, and use various media to illustrate and advance our points.
Here, the subject of the photograph is not a “pretty young woman” rather, it is obviously a man. The caption illustrates the mindfuck that is transactivism: at transactivists’ request, we are literally expected to disbelieve our senses when it comes to identifying a subject’s physical sex, in this case, we are supposed to disbelieve our eyesight. A.k.a. gaslighting, or “don’t believe your lying eyes.” This is politicking at its most dishonest, and it’s also something men and patriarchal institutions do to women every minute of every day, for example, when psychotherapy and psychotherapists frame women’s negative “lived experience” with men as destructive “baggage” instead of as useful “connections”; or when they attempt to (and often succeed at) disabusing raped women of their perceptions of males as a sexual class as dangerous, sexual predators of women, even though that’s demonstrably true.