Tag Yourself in 17 Rejected Feature Images for My Link Roundup Today

My mission: find a stock photo that either exemplifies or answers the question, “Can a Straight Woman Become a Lesbian Later in Life?


Description: “Thinking woman with braided hair holding small black board with gluten sign. Bakery and bread allergy problem contemplation.”


Description: “Pretty business woman thinking with black glasses”


Description: “Confused young blonde woman gesturing with hands.”


Description: “Cheerful skilled middle aged life or business coach enjoying creative process of making new text, sitting at her workspace, writing down thoughts, ideas in copybook with mug, books and laptop on desk”


Description: “Young doctor woman having doubts in the hospital”


Description: “Young doctor woman having doubts in the hospital”


Description: “Young doctor woman pointing to the laterals having doubts in the hospital”


Description: “Young doctor woman pointing to the laterals having doubts in the hospital”


Description: “Young doctor woman making unimportant gesture in the hospital”


Description: “Senior woman uses a lap top computer.”


Description: “woman look at mirror”


Description: “Smile elderly woman face”


Description: “idea woman”


Description: “Mature man and woman are offended at each other because of the misunderstanding in his home.”


Description: “Beautiful woman thinking and deep in thought”


Description: “depress and hopeless woman laying on bed with absent minded”


Description: “Happy elderly woman with thumbs up sitting on top of the hill and enjoying mountain view”

This post has been edited to remove and replace a photo that was actually pretty fucked up.

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    • i realize now that it’s actually really fucked up that i used this picture and i’m sorry for not even considering the implications of the words ‘freedom’ and ‘captivity’ being above the head of a black woman (that it didn’t cross my mind is just a perfect example of my privilege wheeee!) and i regret including it. i’ve swapped the image out for another one and included a note at the bottom.

      i’m sorry y’all, that was really stupid.

  1. #17 all the way. She looks like she has things Figured Out. I can only hope that the photographer is another older queer lady type person and that they’re on an afternoon hike together. That’s what I’d be doing, anyway!

    (Also, I’d scarcely call that a “mountain view“. It look more like the Driftless region of WI than it does some alpine meadows. Still very pretty though!)

  2. I’m the doubtful young doctor woman (who’s also confused about why I’m wearing a chef’s jacket instead of a lab coat) hard pivoting to depressed and hopeless on a bed because she’s trying to figure out why she gave up her well-paying career to live off a grad student’s stipend.

    • OK this made me giggle. :)

      Int. hospital. Camera approaches slowly.
      Voiceover: Am I Dr. Chef? Or am I…Chef Doctor? There are tomatoes to my left and sick people to my right. The stethoscope suggests I should turn right. The coat whispers, “Left.” There’s a knife in my coat pocket. Do these people need surgery? Or salad? Who can say? Who can know? Is this to be a cooking show or a medical drama? Or an uplifting morality tale in which I cure illness via cuisine while an older woman murmurs to me that she _used_ to be straight? The hallway stretches behind me. Bright. Endless. It offers no resolution. I am trapped here forever, making unimportant gestures.

      Slow fade to black as Dr. Chef/Chef Doctor continues to gesture. It doesn’t matter what gestures she makes.

      • And later, the sequel: Dr. Chef Dismantles the Patriarchy (and Feeds It to Itself), a dark comedy wherein our protagonist becomes incensed that everyone assumes she’s better off staying at home with the kids, so she decides she’s going to merge BOTH her dream jobs and take matters into her own (latex gloved) hands…

        • She becomes both the inventor of the patriarchectomy and the author of _1000 Ways to Cook Your Excised Patriarchal Residue_, which goes on to win awards for “most creative uses of excised patriarchal residue,” “best fried E.P.R.,” “worst fried E.P.R.” and “creepiest cookbook title.” Her papers in Journal of Surgical Research, Surgical Innovation, BMJ and Lancet become required reading for surgeons in training and for women’s studies majors. Years later, she wins the Nobel and Ig Nobel prizes in medicine in the same year.

          Man…my sense of humor gets weird when I am avoiding working on my dissertation…

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