In a nutshell, it comes down it dishonest marketing ploys.
So as I said, in a nutshell it comes down to dishonest marketing, but I’m going to go through and outline my issues below. Yes, I know that my opinion on this is very much in the minority and highly controversial, but unfortunately? I’ve not been able to “get over it” and look at this deck without feeling that polluted tinge of deceit and hypocrisy, so here we go…
When this deck came out and throughout the marketing process for it, this deck was billed as “LGBT Friendly” and “Diverse”. These were it’s major selling points in its marketing campaign… and in my opinion? They are both outright lies.
Why do I say they are lies? Because there are no men in this deck. None. A fact that they very conveniently swept under the rug and was not mentioned even once… anywhere. How can something be either LGBT Friendly or Diverse if you are excluding (nearly) 50% of the population from being represented in the deck?
To be clear. I have no issue with women-only decks. I have no issue with decks that celebrate the divine feminine in all her glory. I think it’s a beautiful thing, and I own a few of those all-women decks myself.
What I have an issue with, is the hypocrisy of saying something is either LGBT friendly and/or diverse when you are very clearly and very consciously 1) excluding the G, B, and half the T in the LGBT equation 2) excluding (nearly) half of the world’s population through sexism. It’s bullshit, and it pisses me off.
I also have an issue with the name of the deck in relation to the missing (nearly) half of the world population. The deck is named the “Modern Witch” tarot, and yet they are excluding men. Males are also witches and a serious minority in witch circles.
Not only that, but in my experience male witches are often treated in those witch circles as the enemy and not to be trusted, or as if they are superfluous and don’t count, or as tools to be utilized. To leave them out of a deck that is 1) supposed to be diverse, and 2) representative of “modern witches” is encouragement of this exclusionary behavior, in my opinion.
Again, I want to say this again. I have no issue with women-only decks. I have no issue with decks that celebrate the divine feminine in all her glory. Women have gone through a lot in history, and still go through a lot of crap in today’s society. But as a society we are supposed to be striving for equality.
Equality is not about restitution or who owes what to whom. Equality is about balance. If someone is going to make a deck that touts itself as diverse and a representative of modern witches (especially if it’s going out mass market around the world)? It should truly be diverse and a representation of all modern witches…. instead of saying it is when it is very much a deceptive marketing ploy.
Just my opinion…. and a mini rant.
All of the above said? The card’s artwork is beautiful. It’s a beautifully made deck. I just wish that it had been more honestly named and honorably marketed. These issues make me unable to enjoy the deck, perhaps because every time I see it it reminds me of the subjugation and unpleasant treatment laid upon me by witch circles throughout my life for being a witch that is male.