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If you're comfortable, share your experience with a phobia in the comments below. ✨
When you have an excessive fear that interferes with how you live your life, it's usually a sign that you've transitioned over into phobia territory. In general, any excessive fear can be considered a phobia, but most phobias are very specific.
Tap the link in bio to read about how to potentially cure a phobia and the various different kinds of phobias there are.
Illustrated by @tsjissetalsma

"I didn’t realize this until very very recently, but fetishization has played a huge role in almost every sexual and romantic encounter I’ve had. Every look, every touch, every loaded word during these encounters are embedded with racialized and sexualized power dynamics that often times end up with me being sexually objectified because of my race. I think that acknowledgement and introspection of what extent identity politics play in your attraction for someone, and your choice to pursue someone and interact with them are crucial in at least beginning to dismantle these ideas that are embedded in the way you interact with the world. I don’t really have an answer as to how to not fetishize someone, but I do know that it begins with self-reflection and honesty." — @kiicsi
Emmy Liu is an Asian American with a passion for creative writing, self-care, and laying out in the sun ☀️. For #APAHM, we partnered up with @yungwolftown to highlight Asian Americans through the #norientalseries, who are using their voices to progress the #AAPI narratives. "Oriental is often used as a misguided compliment usually to reduce our culture into a word because it is rarely fully understood. As Asian women, experiencing all the false stereotypes regarding us is absolutely tiring. Like that we are submissive, quiet and obedient. There is also a mass fetishization of Asian women in society. All that can be traced back to colonization in Asia. There is a lack in physical representation in media when it comes to Asian Americans. Through these images, it is our way of showing the different variations of Asian femininity that is unapologetic & authentic." Photographed by @yungwolftown #R29Collabs

“Today you are You,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive
who is Youer than You.” — #DrSeuss
Internalizing this poem again because it's #MotivationMonday and this is still just as relevant as that one time we read it in middle school. 📝👏
Illustrated by @nessleee

It's been a little over half a year since @nytimes writer, Michael Luo wrote his open letter to a woman who shouted at him and his family to "go back to China" in the Upper East Side, but the letter and sentiment still feels just as relevant today. We are living in a political climate where racist, xenophobic, sexist, bigoted comments come unfiltered, unsolicited, and from places devoid of reason, empathy, and kindness.
Tap the link in bio to read @conconwang's whole piece on getting over her fear of dressing "Asian". #APAHM #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth

☀️+ 👙 + 🕶 + @supergoop = the MDW vacation we need. #ad Seriously, though, don't forget the sunscreen.
Photographed by @samcannon
#R29xSupergoop #VirtualVacation #dontmousseout

Tag someone who needs this v important memo 📝 from @cher because we all do sometimes (and proof that #Cher doesn't need anyone after a 💯performance at the #BBMAs). 💞🍰✨

Giving the green light🚦on wearing mom jeans 👖 for all performances (karaoke included).
cc: @lordemusic #BBMAs

Tag someone who isn't afraid to pull a @nickiminaj and ask for their part of the meal 🍔🍟. #BBMAs

TFW it's finally warm and you can werk your favorite dresses. #ad Add a little shine to your body the next time you go out.
Photographed by @filippodelvita
#R29xStTropez #yourultimatetan
cc: @sttropeztan @sephora

Tag a Gemini ♊️ who's quick on their feet and can adapt to just about anything. 👟👟 For common misconceptions about Geminis debunked, tap the link in bio.
cc: @abbie_wintters

A cheeky Saturday 🍑 Ashley Armitage's playful photo series "Taking Back What's Ours" explores the un-gendered body part. As a way to deal with unwanted attention to the female body, Armitage aims to divert the attention to butts because in most cases people don't know what gender it belongs to.
Tap the link in bio if you're tired of seeing the same old butts.
Photographed by @ladyist

Not the face tattoo you were picturing. @mianne.chan and @alyssainthecity faced their fear of needles head on by microblading their eyebrows so that they never have to fill them in again. Tap the link in bio for the whole process and fleeky eyebrow envy. 🔪🔪🔪

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