this carrd was made to educate people on the oshian label !
what is oshian ?
oshian is a label specifically for black wlw and nblw
how is it pronounced ?
like ocean ! (oh - shun)
why was it made ?
black wlw and nblw have felt excluded from the “sapphic” label, noticing that it was dominated by white people and wanted a label that was our own and we felt a connection to
what inspired the term ?
the term is inspired by Oshun, an African river goddess. she is an important deity in Yoruba spirituality. She was the only goddess of 17 gods sent to populate the earth, and the only one to succeed. She is considered one of the most powerful gods and is associated with water, purity, fertility, love, and sensuality
what’s wrong with the sapphic label ?
there is nothing wrong with it specifically,
this is just an alternative for black wlw and
nblw to use and feel more included !
does this mean black people can’t use sapphic anymore ?
not at all ! this is just an alternative,
black wlw / nblw can still be sapphic
if that’s the term they choose !
the oshian flag ❦
the meaning ❦
credit: the flag maker is dazzleyerii on twitter
love for women: self explanatory
sensuality & purity: represent oshun (the goddess the label is from) a goddess of water, sensuality, fertility, purity, and other things
gender nonconformity: represents trans and non binary oshians
diversity: represents diversity of ethnicity and sexuality within oshians
african diaspora: represents that all black people originated from Africa
blackness: self explanatory