99 problems – @WhiteLezProblems

#whitelezproblems was inspired by other similar blogs and Twitter accounts such as #whitegirlproblems and #firstworldproblems. These sites focus on the problems of privilege by pointing to the triviality of them. While both of these sites are specific to the difficulties of living in the developed world, #whitelezproblems more narrowly articulates the “problems” of privileged queers.

I chose to focus specifically on the problems of white queer women because, well, that’s who I am and what I know. The content of #whitelezproblems are generally thoughts or complaints I’ve had or even vocalized and quickly felt guilty about. However, I noticed many of them were more than just First World problems, but instead were specific to my community in many ways.  Most of the Twitter followers are also queers because, as with other similar sites, the humour comes from being in on the joke.

I took a satirical approach to #whitelezproblems because I think it makes the point more obvious. As a member of a community, one tends to understand the stereotypes and signifiers of membership. I am making this assumption about those who follow #whitelezproblems. I find this method also creates a dialogue with the community about themselves. Too often, as members of a marginalized group, we perceive ourselves as experiencing oppression constantly and equally to everyone within our community. I want #whitelezproblems to point to the intersecting nature of oppression and to encourage queers like myself to acknowledge our privileges.

Top #whitelezproblems

I can’t decide which dyke march to go to. #whitelezproblems #canqueer #lgbt #dykemarch

Which jean cut offs look best with this black t-shirt? #whitelezproblems #decisionsdecisions #lgbt #canqueer

My girlfriend and i keep mixing up our divas. #whitelezproblem #lgbt #canqueer #ew

My crewneck is covered in cat hair. #whitelezproblems #canqueer #lgbt

Softball sunburns. #whitelezproblems #lgbt #canqueer

The Real L Word aired over 12 hours ago and I can’t find it online. #whitelezproblems #effchaiken #lgbt

I hate the fall. Nothing is as comfortable as Birkenstocks. #whitelezproblems #brrr #sensiblesandals

I wish my hands were longer. I wish I had more hand. #whitelezproblems #rubdowns #canqueer

Racially insensitive costumes always ruin my Halloween.  #whitelezproblems #sensitive #lgbt #CanQueer

You should never question my innate ability to fit ikea boxes perfectly in my car.  #whitelezproblems #börg

Is this fanny pack butch enough?  #whitelezproblems #summerissues #lgbt #canqueer

Pride lines. #whiteLlezproblems

Which side of my head should I shave?  #whitelezproblems #PrideCut #decisions #lgbt #canqueer

I hope this looks effortless. #whitelezproblems #lgbt #canqueer

All the cute girls on fixies are straight. #whitelezproblems #lgbt #canqueer #bike

WhiteLezProblems is inspired by other similar blogs, but more narrowly articulates the “problems” of privileged queers.