do you ever wonder how people even find your blog
I explain supernatural seasons
Season 1: Actually Scary
Season 2: A lot of Soul Selling
Season 3: Sam is sad and so am I
Season 4: Oh THERE’S Cas
Season 5: A good “Ending”
Season 6: Castiel gets mad and then I do
Season 7: Filler and Mitt Romney
Season 8: Please stop torturing Sam Winchester please just stop
Season 9: Sam is dead on the inside and so am I
I am starting to feel more unsafe in social justice than in the outside world.
I am trans, queer and disabled. Supposedly, these communities are made for me.
They’re not. They’re made for going after people for brownie points, for gaining a reputation for yourself through attacking others. There’s no activism here.
I’m pretty young, but I HAVE been involved in other forms of activism. Activism isn’t screaming at people to shut up, and then when they don’t escalating to threatening them and telling them to kill themselves. Activism is building things that are good and tearing down things that are bad. And activism is community building.
Community building is not requiring people to adhere to a list of Ideological Purity points, and punishing them as viciously as you can manage when they inevitably screw up.
The tone argument was meant to counter people insisting us swearing once, or not saying please, or telling someone to go look something up themselves, or having an angry tone when responding to people calling us names, defeated our whole argument.
The tone argument was NOT meant to excuse harassing people into trying to kill themselves, threatening people with graphic bodily harm, bombarding people with anon hate for months, or getting people fired and expelled from school for minor mistakes made in ignorance, or sending pictures of people’s houses and work places as far and wide as possible with instructions to make their lives hell.
And furthermore, people make mistakes. I have made mistakes. You have made mistakes. I will continue to make mistakes. The same goes for every other person on the planet.
One of the reasons I feel safer on the outside is that people generally aren’t scrutinizing my every fucking word, waiting for me to trip, so that they can rip me a new one and gain “activism” points.
If I could go back to lj, or maybe dreamwidth, I would, but unfortunately the same qualities that make tumblr so hard to control and block people from are good for attracting new people. I’m probably going to be shifting some activity to there fairly soon (I’ll link y’all when/if I do).
However, you may consider this my official statement of non-alignment with tumblr social justice, and also a statement that those of you who threaten people or tell them to kill themselves or whatever, or go after people for the sake of picking fights all of the time, are probably going to be unfollowed soon. If we were friends, I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable.
(To at least one person who is probably going to respond to this with “What about x” — well, what about them? I agree that that particular group does need violence used against them, but you aren’t. You’re on the internet. Internet threats don’t do anything to actually stop people who are committed to doing awful things; they do open up people who don’t deserve violence and are incredibly vulnerable to harassment and worse, because once you decide a behavior is acceptable, it’s going to be used in situations you don’t approve of.)
(To the second argument I can see forming: no, this isn’t a criticism of activism being online, there are plenty of things you can do online to build the world we want and community build, and there are times when it’s appropriate to launch online campaigns against things. THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE DOING.)