What is Real World Representation?
TL;DR RWR is the term we use to describe decks that fit our real life, real world views as decided by the reviewer.
The longer version is that Real World Representation is exactly that. When we look through our decks, we are often looking to see our world reflected back at us.
It’s more than just skin tones.
We want to see different ages.
Different, and thoughtfully, represented cultures.
Different genders, and non-genders.
Different representation of the societal norms.
We get that sexuality is difficult to show, but we want to see different representation there, too.
We want to see the world as it is. So, when we review a deck, we’ll tag it with the things we feel apply to it so that you can search for them here. You can click Age Diversity to find decks that feature more age representation in the human cards. You can choose to look at Gender Expression to find decks that clearly show humans expressing themselves their own way. If you want a deck that features different body types, Body Diversity is where you click.
However, if you’re looking for cultural and ethnicity representation, LGBT+ decks, just click Real World Representation.
That’s the Real World.
If you’re a Creator, a note:
We get that it’s difficult to do, to change the traditional cards, to make your own way, to be inclusive in a way that doesn’t tread all over someone else. It’s super scary because what if you, the artist, gets it wrong or hurts someone or makes a mistake? What if there’s unconscious appropriation or misrepresentation? What if you just want to make a good deck and would like some guidance?
There are only 78 cards to do it in. There’s a bunch of work to do within ourselves.
Breathe. We’ve got you.
We hope this space will provide some answers, and some resources from creators that came before you. Maybe you’ll find someone that can help you through the links in our reviews.
But, please, please, reach out to us. We can either find a team member willing to do consultation work with you or connect you with a different community member that can help.
We want you to succeed.
So, when we see the thoughtful, intentional, important work being done we want to talk about it. We want to make a space for this. We want everyone that comes to this giant Tarot Table to find a space to call their own. Let’s help each other, learn from each other, and cheer each other on.
We’re all going to do the best we can.