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Anonymous: I've noticed that a lot of lolitas are anti-feminist. Do you see this sentiment in the lolita community? I'm afraid to express my views in front of lolitas.

I would agree. Though I think a lot are not actually anti-feminist so much as indifferent to feminism, which are different but end with similar results. Lolita started with feminist beginnings and there are more and more outspoken feminist lolitas popping up, which is great to see. This blog has over 1,000 followers, so obviously there IS a good number of feminist lolitas out there.

That being said, you shouldn’t feel afraid to express your views in front of other lolitas, but choose your moments. If it is relevant, or if someone says problematic, don’t be afraid to speak up. Be polite, focus on education from a well meaning place. It is possible some people genuinely just are unaware of the importance or goal of feminism. So try and be patient.

Do your best and if all else fails, express your opinion on the internet. :) Confession blogs are full of bullshit, try throwing some opinions in there that boost up feminism. Add comments that focus to educate on BTB posts. There is stuff you can do anonymously that can help change people’s opinions.

I hope this helps calms some of your fears. I know it can be hard.

-K



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Anonymous: There's a trans-inclusive version of the venus symbol u could use as an icon.

I’m assuming you’re referring to this one

not this one

since the second one doesn’t stop the fist problem. The first one, from what I saw, is used primarily by trans people, for trans people, and not as a general sign for feminism. Someone correct me if that is wrong (preferably somebody trans).

Just a note: if we doooo decide to change the theme and icon it will NOT be happening until our finals are over but we will let you guys know if we intend to change it so we can (hopefully) avoid further discussion before we change it. Changing the theme and stuff is not something that happens in 5 minutes so you’ll have to be patient if we opt to change it.

-K



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Anonymous: hey, please don't tag latinas as "people of color" unless they say so. This girl can be Amerindian or mestiza, but you can never know for sure unless you ask them.

womanitpicker:

feministlolita:

For sure! I’ll untag that photo right now. :) I wasn’t aware of this and I’ll keep it in mind for the future.

-K

Amerindians and Mestizas are not white, they are PoC.
White latinas are white.

Yes, that is what anon was saying. The problem is that since we don’t know it is better not to tag is as POC because we don’t know how they personally identify. :)

-K



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Anonymous: publicly call for submissions or make it yourself?? like if you saw a white girl wearing a bindi and you told her that it was appropriative and she said "well find me something else to stick on my forehead or i'll keep this" you hopefully wouldn't stand for that shit and yeah sure being overt about your feminist content is great but it shouldn't be done on the backs of others that you're appropriating. plus you're correct that it just represents femaleness so yeah literally change it to anything

Okay. This is a public call for submissions since Anon doesn’t have any suggestions for a better symbol.

If anyone has a suggestion or a high quality image that defines lolita feminism (that will not be distracting as a background ect) that they have the rights to and do not mind us using, please submit it. Me and A will, once again, discuss things.

If we get no submissions it stays how it is since we are in the middle of finals and can’t be arsed to change it during the busiest time of our year.

-K



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Anonymous: Thank you for this blog, I love it so much!

imageWe love you! Thank you for your kind message.

-K



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Anonymous: hello! your faq answer about the fist symbol is pretty weak, there are plenty of more appropriate feminist symbols that you could use, or you could use something other than a feminist symbol? just a picture of a couple of cute lolitas or something.

Please feel free to submit actual examples of feminist symbols? We don’t want to use just the female symbol because that isn’t what feminism is about to us. I did some searching for other feminist symbols, and with the exception of the “we can do it” everything I found was specific to certain groups (i.e. trans feminists, Islamic feminists, ect.). That is the most commonly known symbol for feminism. We don’t want to just use cute lolitas because 1. we don’t have rights to anyone else’s images (our background/icon was made by mod A) and 2. we want to shove the idea that this is a feminist blog in your face from the first second.

So again, if you can give us a concrete, well known alternative, we will consider using it. This discussion was WAYYY over done months ago though and at the time no one could suggest a good alternative.

-K



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Anonymous: The owner of latin lolitas blog is a white Argentinian, I think there were a post about this a while ago there, the blog is more about people FROM latin america than a blog about racial representation, since latinas can be of any race. I'm brazilian myself (and I'm not a poc). It's cool that you tag latina lolitas, but the "latina" tag will suffice unless the person says otherwise (because black latinas and native latinas do suffer prejudice and racism). Thanks for understanding! :)

So I should be tagging latina lolita instead of latin lolita? :/ I just want to make sure I’m understanding what is the best option here. This is DEFINITELY not my area of specialty so if you could be as specific as possible I would love that. Like literally please say “You should tag it ____ and not ______”.

Thank you for putting up with my ignorance, I’m trying <3

-K



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Anonymous: sorry, but i don't think you should use the femme power symbol because it was basically white feminists appropriating the black power fist.

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Anonymous: "latin@" is a race only in the US census, in central and south america it's just a geographic origin, since a person can live here and be of any race (and the demography varies from country to country, 88% of the people in uruguay are white, while 83% of the bolivians are mestizo or native american, etc), so instead of tagging a person as "latin@ poc" try to find out how they identify.

I understand. I am unable to figure out how most people identify however so I do the best I can. The majority of central and south american lolitas we reblog come from the blog “latinlolitas” which is why we tag that way. If I understand correctly it is run by someone who self-identifies that way. Because I can’t figure out everybody’s specific race it is just what I defaulted to. I do understand that it might not be an accurate label for everyone but it allows people to search our tags and find what they’re looking for.

That being said, if we tag YOUR photo as something you don’t identify as, please tell us and we will retag it. I am no longer tagging central/south american lolitas as lolitas of color.

-K



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Anonymous: hey, please don't tag latinas as "people of color" unless they say so. This girl can be Amerindian or mestiza, but you can never know for sure unless you ask them.

For sure! I’ll untag that photo right now. :) I wasn’t aware of this and I’ll keep it in mind for the future.

-K



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