myintersection: Far too often, I’ve heard radical queers and feminists, in their hipster garb, talking their academic jargon about checking one’s privilege and being accountable, and in the same breath mocking poor people. It’s not always explicit. Actually, in social justice circles, it hardly ever is. Many of you know not to say words like ghetto or white trash, or at least I hope you do, because of its classist and racist implications, but that seems to be where the anti-classist work stops. So, let me help you.
Every time you push your vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian diet on people, remember that your diet is a privilege that doesn’t make you superior or more of an environmentalist, food justice champion, animal lover or good human. I know you know about food deserts. Well, you don’t have to live in one to not be able to afford to have a restrictive diet.
Furthermore, poor folks went green along ass time ago. I don’t get why you feel so special about your mason jars and bicycles. Oh good for you for taking the bus when you could’ve driven. Do you want a vegan gluten-free cookie?
Yes, Wal-Mart is evil. So, is Urban Outfitters. Get over yourself. The only reason why Wal-Mart is singled out is because poor people shop there and it is easier to distance yourself from the problem. So, stop judging poor consumers who are just trying to feed and clothe their families, and start working to dismantle capitalism, or at least organize for workers’ rights (preferably in a non savior complex kinda way).
Your shitty college dorm room, apartment or shared house, does not make you poor, neither does shopping at Good Will.
There is a difference between being broke and poor, much like the difference between acute and chronic pain. Learn the difference.
For those of you who do work with poor folks, you are not special, and you are not a savior. Like I said before, drop the savior routine. It makes a big difference when you take the cues from the communities you are serving. And, just because someone isn’t a college educated career activist, doesn’t mean they don’t know what is best for them and their communities. So, don’t be a condescending ass when people don’t talk like you, and practice some real nonjudgmental allyship.
Pro tip: classy, trashy, hood, ghetto, dangerous/sketchy/seedy (in reference to poor PoC neighborhoods), white trash, etc are all really classist terms and hella racist too. Think about it, why do we specify that the trash is white? Because all other trash must be brown, right? If you don’t have a claim to these words, don’t use them.
Anyway, the examples could go on, and if anyone wants to add onto this, please do. I just don’t understand how a community that prides itself on fighting body-shaming and slut-shaming, could be so unequivocally class-shaming. In your own words, you better check your privilege.
“It is dreadful, when something weighs on your mind, not to have a soul to unburden yourself to. You know what I mean. I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.”—Frederic Chopin (via ellielamothe)
thinkspeakstress: To David Karp and all of those who work under the Support Staff: You are all misogynist, racist, homophobic trash—every single one of you. And David? Yeah, you, David Karp. You need to make some changes. 1.) You and your support team allow people to racially harass people of color. You do the same to queer people. And you especially do this to Queer People of Color. People send us racial slurs, rape threats, death threats because we are not white, because we are not straight, or both; they stalk us, they stalk our families, they continually harass us. Even when said harassers are reported, your response is that you need proof. And after you get proof, your response is: “Freedom of speech. If you don’t like it, don’t look.” Nevermind the fact that these racists come to us and harass us in ways which we have to see until we have blocked them. 2.) When people of color get pushed far enough and dare to stand up to those who are harassing them, you and your support team contact the victim and threaten to delete their blog because “Hate speech isn’t in our policy.” WITHOUT PROOF. You look through our blogs, decide you don’t like what we have to say about our own oppression, and then try to shut us down for defending ourselves. 3.) After all of this, you, a white man have the nerve to ask, “It’s okay if I say the n word, right?” (Spoiler alert: NO IT ISN’T, because it’s a fucking racial slur, you racist fuckface.) Let’s take a minute to think about that one. David Karp thinks people using racial slurs at people of color is acceptable, thinks people of color responding with justified anger is hate speech, and then has the nerve to ask if he can use one of said slurs himself. 4. You have slut shamed. 5. You have mocked your users. You’ve done nothing but show how much you care about the base that keeps your business afloat: NOT AT ALL. You don’t care one fucking bit. How dare you, David Karp. How. Fucking. Dare. You. How dare you think it is perfectly acceptable to take advantage of people the way that you do. How dare you ignore our cries for help, perpetuate problems that affect us in very real ways, and then expect us to be here, to trust you, to be your patrons. David, you seem to forget who we are. So let me remind you. We—the users of this website, the people who you see fit to trample over every day—feed your pay check. WE are the ones who got this Tumblr business off of the ground. Not you. Without us, the users, Tumblr would be an empty, failed site. It is because of US that you have thrived.
WE are your supporters. WE are your investors. WE are the gears that keep your machine running. WE are the beams that hold your fucking website up. And we are here and lift this site (and by proxy, you) by choice, not because we have to be. And WE can let it fall just as quickly. You have shown time and time again that you don’t give a damn about us. You don’t care about victimizing people who make up the fucking majority of the global population. You don’t care about hurting the users who make up over fifty percent of your userbase. But we’ve seen what you do care about. You don’t care that your users get harassed for not being white. You don’t care that your users get harassed for being female. You don’t care that your users get harassed because they’re queer. You don’t care about doing anything to protect us. And you apparently don’t care about keeping us, either, given your refusal to revise your security issues. All you care about is your site running your way, everyone else be damned, included the people who keep it afloat and keep you sitting comfy and rich in the first place. You care about nothing but yourself and the money you make off of this website. But you need to listen to us, David Karp. You need to start caring about us.. You may have made the concept for Tumblr, but we’re the ones running this machine. And we can bring it all to a screeching halt just as quickly. Things need to change. You need to take action against the real hate speech. You need to listen to your users who get hurt on this site every day. You need to reform your safety policy. You need to start making changes to this website to accomodate what the users want. You need to start worrying about our safety because when our lives are put in danger because of your lack of security options on this site, your website is a cause of whatever happens to us. You need to listen to us. If you’re not going to do that, then fine. You can have your site. You can have it your way. And you can have it all by your fucking self, because I am not going to keep my gear in this machine turning if you’re going to continually shit one me every day. Keep making an ass of yourself and acting like this website, this castle that you’ve built, is built on the most solid of rocks, but don’t you dare forget that you built it on us, people who will let you go and let you fall if you shit on us enough. You may be The Creator, but we are The People. And we are not happy. Signed with the utmost sincerity, Thinkspeakstress [Tumblrites, please feel free to sign your name if you wish to co-sign.]
cosigned. also perhaps David Karp would realize the masses he is offending if we boycotted Tumblr for a set time.
14kgoldnyc: There’s always so much confusion about this, so here are some tips.
Don’t tag something triggery with just epilepsy or seizure; epileptics and others who get seizures tend to, you know, spend time on those tags talking about those things. Occasionally someone will troll the tag with trigger posts—should you see a warning about that, repost, leaving out all the potentially saviored tags/phrases so we’ll see the warning!
For basic tumblr usage, I rely on tumblr savior for a certain level of safety. Because these triggers are not phrases in the body of the post, the tags are really crucial. So: if it moves, tag it. Obviously, there’s a whole slew of different tags available; I focus on the stuff I see most people using on both the warning and avoiding fronts.
There are different levels of movement, and some are infinitely more triggery than others.
Blingees? Tag ‘em, they’re basically flickering lights. I have blingee and blingees saviored.
Anything that moves very fast, very repetitively, flashing lights—think of that old gif of the dj-ing and dancing club cats—that needs either epilepsy or seizure combined with either warning or trigger. Anything that seems strobe-like should get tagged this way.
Simpler gifs, like reaction shots, won’t cause problems for most people, largely because gifs are the lifeblood of tumblr; if you can’t handle slight giffage, you’re not nearly as likely to be on the site. In my case, for instance, when those sort of gifs get to me I need to be off the computer altogether. Nonetheless, I use either gif or moving gif with those.
A single moving gif is processed differently from two distinct sources of independent movement. I personally like having gifset or gif set tagged, as sometimes I can handle a single gif just fine, but a set will hurt.
A big one: TAG YOUR GIF DUMPS. I have both gif party and gif dump saviored. These are kind of a big deal, because you have tons and tons of distinct movement that can take a while to scroll through, which can be almost as triggering as a strobe-style gif.
I’m very sensitive to visual stimulation, but not so much that I can’t be on the computer—which is, of course, a set of minutely moving lights. My savior constants in terms of epilepsy crap are
[Occasionally I see strobe warning or strobe trigger, but that’s far less common. It’s useful—just not standard.]
When I’ve got a bit of a headache but not enough to log off, my savior also includes
I know other people who sometimes need to savior
When in doubt, go a level higher—I dislike missing neat posts, but I hate seizures a whoooole lot more.
werewolfhugs: The fact that the people behind Teen Wolf openly talk about the primary slash pairing of the fandom and doesn’t try and keep it hidden under the rug like, “Uh, yeah… we’ve seen it… anyway,” but openly talks about it like, “I think episode 4 is going to make Sterek fans very happy lol” and “Last nights episode was gold for all you #sterek fans!”
They’re not all on some unreachable island, looking down on the weirdo faction of the fandom and tries to pretend we don’t exist unless under duress, when they’ll laugh it off and change the subject.
They acknowledge us and are stoked for us when we get good things.
And after season 1 aired and they saw that everyone wanted Derek and Stiles to end up together, they didn’t try to tone down their scenes together to diffuse that, but instead realized that they have great chemistry and then, “We actually started out, in the writer’s room, with a heading that said, ‘Great pairings,’ and at the top of that was Derek and Stiles.”
I don’t know. We’re just really lucky to be fans of this show. That’s all I can say.