Thursday, July 7, 2011

How "Woman FAIL" Failed

I've been kicked off a lot of social media platforms at one point or another (several times from Friendster, at elast twice from Myspace, temporary suspension of my Twitter because my avatar was of a ballsack wearing sunglasses, and a stern warning from Foursquare) for misbehaving, but the one that hurt the most was my transvestite fashion Tumblr getting suspended. It was called "Woman Fail" and the photos were from this fascinating niche community on Flickr of cross-dressers who dress up in fairly tame, non-sexy outfits, and then make tons of comments supporting and complimenting the outfit. It's basically the supportive vibe of Scandinavian teen style bloggers posting their daily outfits, but they look like middle aged women in all Talbots gear.

I don't know why it got suspended. It wasn't NSFW (not that there aren't plenty of n00dz on Tumblr), and it's not as if Tumblr has some strict policy about not allowing photos taken from other sites without permission. Maybe someone reported it as offensive? Who knows.

Anyway, Flickr has a very active and prolific transvestite "street style" community. They tend to post descriptions and titles to the photos more than the casual user, which is great. Here's one I found while searching for photos tagged "my 19th birthday". The description is truly sublime:


5th June 1974 - my 19th Birthday
One of my birthday presents from my adored mother was this baby doll nightie. The previous year I had started visiting London and staying at the Philbeach Hotel. She understood but naturally worried about me and always urged me to be ready in case the guests had to evacuate the hotel.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You've earned back the respect you lost with that lame post a few days ago. I didn't realize you could actually get kicked off of any of those things. I mean, there are Myspace pages for neighborhood gangs, and terrorists use Facebook to communicate with their cells.

Your offenses seem pretty PG-13 compared to most of the Internets. Kudos for offending so often.

Anonymous said...

you probably got kicked off FOR BEING A TRANSPHOBIC SHIT BAG. i'm totally cool with 99% of the stuff you post, even the horribly misogynistic and homophobic stuff. but really? trans* people are so so so fucking discriminated against that some asshole with a *~cool blog~*~* really doesn't need to make their lives harder.

party pooper said...

The confusing thing to me is not whether or not I'm a transphobic shitbag (point taken), but rather that Tumblr apparently censors blogs hosted that have transphobic content. They definitely allow plenty of other questionable content - hardcore pornography, gore, racist imagery, etc...

Anonymous said...

How exactly was that blog transphobic? Just because somebody is trans doesn't mean they've suddenly, magically become exempt from being criticized for looking like a dump. If the same person in the picture accompanying this post were born biologically female they'd still be wearing gross makeup and an ugly nightie. I know lots of trans people who look good, being trans doesn't mean that a person is innately tacky. It's alarming that people throw accusations of transphobia around so easily, as it takes away the strength of when those accusations have a base.

Anonymous said...

Anon- It is the "woman fail" label that is the transphobic part.

Anonymous said...

I like your blog, and had a rss feed set up for woman fail. do you have any other tumbl pages to take a look at?