Hello humble tumblr folk it’s me
due to Tumblr being an all-loving and wonderful society I feel like I am safe to come out as waffle-kin
my pronouns are Waff/Waffle/Waffself and if you don’t use these pronouns I swear to fuck I will be so goddamn triggered like you wouldn’t believe.
So anyway now we have that straight I’m going to go and assume the habits of waffle-kin, excuse me.
I think it’s about time that many people stop to realize the fact that tumblr was originally an incredibly open, welcoming, loving environment. It was where people came together because it was so liberal and accepting. It was where people generally understood what we all wanted, and what we all stood for. It was where true bigotry and discrimination was rare to nonexistent (or, at the very least, so minimal as to never have its existence known).
But, look at us now. What happened here? How did things become so hostile? Was it just not enough to find acceptance? It is my thought that, perhaps, a truly open environment simply cannot exist for long without further dividing itself out of want for recognition.
Let us examine a post (one which I have removed the name from for the poster’s benefit):
We must ask ourselves: Why do these terms exist?
- It seems to me that, far too often, activism is being abused for purposes of personal entitlement. It is a reason to demand for one’s own personal comfort, without really having any consideration for the comfort of anyone else (and even being openly hostile to others like themselves, should they happen to disagree with them). I have watched rape victims be victim-blamed by the same people who claim to be standing for their right to be heard. How can you claim to care about rape as an issue when you think you have the right to decide who’s “allowed” to be a victim? I have seen transwomen be denied the right to be considered women by people who claim to be standing for the rights of all women. How can you call yourself a feminist if you openly discriminate against other women? I have seen transmen be called “gender traitors”, and that who they feel they are inside is nothing but a cheap ploy to gain “male privilege”. How can you claim to be supporting the right for women to make their own life choices about who they are and who they want to be if you turn around and insult and discriminate against those choices? I have seen someone face jail time for encouraging their own sister to kill herself for having “straight-passing privilege”. How can you claim to be supportive of all gender identities and sexualities if you’re discriminating against them for their differences? I have seen numerous people actually become enraged to learn that statistics of rape are nowhere near as high as they believed. How can you claim to care about the safety of women if learning that the world has become much safer for them than in past decades is something that angers you? Legitimate progress towards gender/sexual equality is a positive. It’s what you’re trying to fight for in the first place. Is this seriously your idea of “equality”?
- When you fabricate gender identities with little to no validity behind them (especially ones either so vague or specific that they already fall within the realm of previously-existing identities), and then try to demand that people take them seriously, you are making it that much harder for people who have struggled their entire lives to be taken seriously for who they really are. How can you claim to be fighting for trans rights when you appropriate gender persecution, and devalue the hardship they face on a daily basis?
- The majority of “social justice warriors” seem to be in their teens: A period of life known for attention-seeking behavior, especially when it comes to the awkward, contradictory roller-coaster of wanting to “stand out”, yet wanting to “fit in”. Chances are, who you are now is NOT who you are going to be ten years from now. Even the person who coined the phrase “Die cis scum!” has since decided they are no longer trans. Sit down and ask yourself: Is this REALLY who you believe you are, or is it just who you want others to believe you are? Do you actually apply these labels to your real life, outside of the internet?
- When you appropriate persecution, how do you think that affects those out there who have to fight for acknowledgement of their identity? Are you really helping them? Or are you really making people less willing to listen to them? You can only cry wolf just so many times before the villagers stop listening. When the wolf does show up, no one will bother to follow your cries for help.
- The majority of the people that are abusing “activism” as a whole are the same ones who see fit to make it obnoxiously apparent that they are a “feminist”, as if they feel they deserve some kind of an award for it. Having open, positive values is not something that should be rewarded. It’s something that should be expected. You might as well be insisting on being rewarded for picking up after yourself. Regardless of how many individuals of other gender identities are part of this, they have come to be represented as a feminine presence. Ask yourself what you’re saying about femininity when it is being viewed in a negative light.
Now we see here that, instead of standing firmly behind their statement, they’ve deleted it because it was criticized. Clearly, they don’t feel all that strongly about it if they try to nuke it from existence the second it comes under public scrutiny. How strong are your beliefs if you can’t handle them being questioned?
Many of you are openly discriminating against others based solely on their gender identity and sexual orientation. Isn’t that exactly what “social justice” is supposed to be against?
They’re using pronouns here that have no basis in reality. There is no origin of the use of “fae” outside of tumblr. How would you imagine that feels to all the people out there that struggle daily (and have done so for many decades) to have their pronouns be accepted? To have who they are be accepted? Imagine facing lifelong persecution for who you know you are, and then having someone come along and appropriate your cause in order to make themselves feel “special”. You’re devaluing the worth of their endeavors, and you’re taking away from the importance of their accomplishments.
And, why must one’s very specific gender identity and sexuality be so fiercely emphasized? Isn’t the overall goal to make these things complete non-issues? Why are they so imperative to one’s opinions? If a person doesn’t feel they can be taken seriously without wearing their gender and sexual identities on their sleeve, then how serious could they possibly be about what they claim to feel? You are so much more than the labels you attach to yourself. Start showing it.
There are right and wrong ways to stand up for social equality. Making a mockery of it by cheapening what it means to be oppressed is definitely NOT a right way. And if you’re becoming offended at your methods of “activism” being criticized, imagine the rest of us that are watching you use the wrong end of the hammer to try to pull out a nail.
I WAITED THE WHOLE YEAR TO POST THIS!!!!
It’s that time of year again.
fight like a bitch die like a bitch
Every Pixar movie summarized in terrible Microsoft Paint drawings.
Lmao had me Rollin
I FOUND IT AGAIN!!!!