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Rain by LottaLiberta
Rebound by haodan
River Song - An archaeologist from the future by ArwendeLuhtiene
River Song - That's Darillium by ArwendeLuhtiene
Across Empty Skies (page 8) detail by hrwilliams
Total spell by Last-Valentine
Across Empty Skies (page 11) by hrwilliams
The Thief of Tales 2-07 by zazB
Unquiet Thoughts Et Avum by KanchanMahon
Sunglasses by KanchanMahon
Longing by KanchanMahon
The Complete Loss and Absence of Hope by KanchanMahon
Digital Collage and Photo-Manipulation
echoes by NanFe
Dreadful by Consuelo-Parra
Red Witch by ektapinki
Lightmaze by p1xer
Digital Media
One Shot, One Kill. by Raikiri-art
SpacePrincess by SpicePrincess
Virginia and Hayden by sazhy
Classes are for sleeping, right...? by sazhy
Jewelry and Artisan Crafts
Elven princess among apples by Akadio
Elven ID by Akadio
Unicorns and Nightmares by Vanderstorme
Usagi Lady A by Vanderstorme
Your Dreams Are In The Stars by LualaDy

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Mixed Media
Glory - Shadowrun: Dragonfall fanart by Akadio
Hide And Don't Seek by TheFantaSim
Fall is when the horns leave by monk-moose
souffle de vie by veroklotz
Garage! by piperblush
Mary by chervona
Michelle by sollenafotografie
Wind by Dinhosaur
Stamps and Causes
Bleed No.3 by ARTarek
Bleed No.2 by ARTarek
Smash The Patriarchy by Nana1293
Girl Power Design by mpcreates
Stock Photography
Action August - Wave! [Pose Ref for Drawing] by SenshiStock
Traditional Media
Nightfall by rebeccahirst
3D and Sculpture
Crown of Ravens 1.1 by RReddVar



Welcome to WR!

Hello and welcome to this safe-space within DA!

I created this group out of concern for a lot of the art that was being lauded as "top viewed within xx-amount-of-time." When you go to look at the main page of DA, there seems to be a running trend in the depiction of women from artists on DevArt. It's unfortunate that for a vast majority of the art on the site, the depiction women fall into three major categories:

(a) Women as objects without any outstanding personality or sentient traits outside of her being something 'pretty'
(b) women as hyper-sexual beings vying for the male gaze (includes full-frontal nudity outside of any believable context, IE kitsch).
(c) women as objects of fetish and/or in a non-consensual sexual nature.

The message that is being sent with the popularity of this is that the only way a woman is to be portrayed is as an inanimate object, as something to be quietly dominated and disregarded. And frankly? That sucks. Women should not have to be depicted as some kind of shameless centerfold in order to be beautiful or paid attention to. While it is possible to be both a woman and be erotically depicted without it being a bid for page-views and pRon, i'll be damned if I see much of it online. Especially not on DevArt where the subject is handled with about as much grace as a Klan rally.

:bulletred:Who can join?:bulletred:
Anyone can join this group. This group space is for people who agree with the above mentioned, and are looking for an inspiring, empowering look at women's bodies through all forms of art that don't cut them down to prepackaged meat.

:bulletred:How do I join?:bulletred:
If you click up on the blue banner across the top part of the page, there should be a 'join this group!' button available. After you have joined the group, you can submit art to be featured on the website.

:bulletred:What can I submit?:bulletred:
This group is for both women artists and those who depict women in all manner of art - visual, musical, theatrical, literary - and do not so in a way that denigrates them or burns them down to little more than eye-candy. Nudity is certainly allowed as favorites or featured material, albeit it must be done in a respectful, tasteful manner and composition. (Nudity for nudity's sake is sort of what we're trying to avoid in the group, though there will be things that push that gray area, i'm sure.) Art that is not objectifying or denegrating women through brash and/or kitschy depictions of nudity will be allowed as submitted work.

Also make note that this group is largely based on a healthy depiction of women. If you are submitting art that does not have a female or a feminine principle as its subject (even if the submitter is female), it likely won't be accepted.

As of early 2013, this group is no longer accepting fanart for animated shows because it tends to become the bulk amount of art submitted once it is accepted on a regular basis. This is not because the group has anything against fanart (The Admin is a huge cartoon/comicbook nerd, if it should be known), but because there are so few groups specifically for non-objective views of women and so so many for collections of anime/disney/cartoon network fanart.

:bulletred:How much can I submit?:bulletred:
We will take in in 4 submissions per person a day and up to 10 deviations a week: the limit is to avoid bulk gallery KO / DevSpam. Please note if you submit more than 4 items in a 24 hour period, I will pick the 4 I like the best and ignore the others until you resubmit them at a later date. This is to avoid people getting 60 of the same flavor of deviation in their inbox -- it is more common for people to ignore or quit groups that have 10+ deviations every day because most people don't have time to look at & comment on that much material in a sitting (on top of their other Devwatches). You may also submit 2 of the same series in a 2 month period. After that, I will automatically deny art or delete overflow. (If I don't put this rule in, we have people submitting 8 of the same image with different filters on it.)

:bulletgreen:I submitted art and it was rejected. What gives?!:bulletgreen:
Unfortunately, not everything that gets submitted makes it to the website. If you have a submission rejected, it is not a commentary on the quality of your artwork, but more of how it is perceived. There are a few reasons artwork will not pass submission: (1) nudity with low and/or no believable working context behind it (E.G. pin-up art, nude glamor shots), or (2) Artwork that seems to be directed towards sexualizing women more than telling a story about them. (3) Art that does not seem to be related to positively displaying women and/or art whose content does not actually have women in it.

:bulletgreen:If my art was rejected, can you tell me why?:bulletgreen:
certainly! I would love to have a respectful, open dialogue with anyone who wants to engage in one. If you send the group a note with your question and a link to the deviation(s) that did not pass submission, I would gladly re-evaluate why they did not pass.

:bulletgreen:There has been a submission that passed that I don't agree with. Can I talk with someone about why it got accepted?:bulletgreen:
certainly! we all have different tastes, and some things that go into the gray areas for some people may be way over the line for others. If you would like to contest a submission, please send the group a note. Please note that opening a 'contestable submission' inquiry does not necessarily mean that i will be immediately yanking it off the page. Please also know that if I get a lot of people who are unhappy about a specific image, it may not stay in the group gallery either.

:bulletgreen:Will you be affiliates with my group?:bulletgreen:
Currently, we are only affiliates with groups that revolve around social justice and the progress of women's rights. If your group is a general art group or not specifically geared towards issues of social justice, WR will not affiliate.
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Never in my life did I think I would end up starting a group with 1k+ people in it. I'm still so blown away by the community that's been built around the people who submit, comment, and leave such amazing words for each other through this group.

As you may have noticed (especially if you've submitted something in the last two weeks or so), I have not been on DA much at all. (If your submission expired, please feel free to submit it again, but read this entire journal first as there is still going to be a waiting period.) Between a new work schedule that has absolutely eaten up every shred of free time (on top of time I would have had open for commissions), health/wellness problems keep popping up that prevent me from really being the admin that this group deserves, especially as it has gotten more busy and accrued more members & watchers. I've had to put my personal life on hold for a lot of things in 2017 and it's at the point where I simply can't do that anymore, and that means that social media (like DA) has been showing signs of my f'ed up schedule.

TL;DR - Due to personal issues, Womanly Respect will need a new full-time admin. Or at least a group of moderators. This is a large group with a lot of different tastes and viewpoints, and it is not something I would recommend to people who are new to modding/admining groups on DA. At the very least, it would be nice to have a few years experience with running one. If you are interested in applying to be a moderator/group administrator, please send me a note with the following:

  • Group Experiance - if you're running a DA group or have had experience with them in the past, I'd like to know the size and what the group topic was. No per-requisites required, although those with more admin/mod experience will be higher up on the list.
  • What interests you in the position? - 'nuff said.

Thank you for your patience and your years of being am amazing group to be part of.
Warm winter wishes,
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emcorpus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Good afternoon. Thank you for accepting my membership. I just submitted Mother and Child In Redwood Forest. It's a digital painting I did a while ago; but I couldn't find a way to submit it specifically to the Digital folder in the galleries and I hope that won't be problematic. I haven't done digital art in a long while. Besides being portraits of a real-life mother and child, who are dear friends of mine, I created it as emblematic of the principle of nurturance generally. Anyway, do with it as you will.
AlyssaStehle Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
debNise Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Submission expired. Is this group dead?
SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Would you accept this picture of Rosita ?

I portrayed her like this because I truly admire her... from an exhausted housewife, she turned into an amazing singer and dancer, and proofed that beauty is not limited by standards. 
Twinkle-space Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you for the request :rose:
xxdhxx Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem! :heart:
Rookie425 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017
Hey, I'm mainly a sci-fi artist but I have a lot of pin-up style imagery in addition to portraits and contextual shots with both men and women. Some of these are action shots, others are softer more intimate. I was wondering if you'd be interested in taking a look and letting me know if there's anything you'd like added to your gallery.
Gwasanee Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the request. :love:
djailledie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
lexxii Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Group & :iconcutieshots: :star: Would Like To Affiliate With :iconwomanlyrespect: :star: Thank you xoLexxiiCutieShots :rose:
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