What happened, Tumblr? You used to be cool. Tumblr was like a liberal paradise, where equality and happiness were law and everyone got along. There was an almost Woodstockian atmosphere. The outcasts and the weirdos had suddenly found a platform to express their ideas and it was awesome. But Tumblr has mutated into a vehicle of hate. It no longer feels safe and friendly.
I’ve noticed Tumblr has a strange way of dealing with words. ‘Feminism’, for example, has been given so many different definitions that it’s lost it’s meaning completely. A year ago I’d identify as a ‘feminist’ without hesitation. But since then I’ve seen people claim that I can’t be a feminist on the grounds that I’m a man. I’ve seen people say that heterosexual women can’t be feminists. I’ve seen people claim that feminism is the belief that all men are sexist by default.
I once saw a considerably popular post by a notorious transgender blog which simply said: “bully all cis people”. I’ve seen feminists blogs putting out horrendously mean and cruel homophobic and transphobic posts.
The word “feminism” no longer has any meaning. People have taken it and morphed it to fit their own needs, to the point where what was once an incredibly important societal ideology is now just a collection of letters and an excuse to spread hate.
Tumblr, I still love you, I always will, but you have to get your act together. You’ve turned into a bunch of petty, pseudo-intellectual, bigoted bullies and some of you are no worse than the people you oppose.
Yours very sincerely, Ned.