I have learned over the past few months that Tumblr only cares about a handful of issues.
- sexism (including anti-LGBT hate)
- weight-shaming (including in the cosplay community)
- The mentally handicapped (insert politically correct term here)
- note: these are what I see on my dash most; don’t kill me
Post about any of these, even negatively, and your notes will explode. They do have something in common. These issues will never be experienced by every single person on the planet. Women experience a different kind of sexism than men do. Straights aren’t going to get death threats for being straight the way a gay man or woman might for their sexuality. White people can care about and change racism, but they won’t experience it themselves (tumblr seems to have dubbed this “white privilege”). Tumblr cares a lot about people with mental-related issues. Depression, autism, anorexia, etc. There also seems to be some sort of “privilege” label for those who don’t experience that, but I can’t put my finger on it. Not everyone goes through weight-shaming, but a chunk of people go through skinny- and fat-shaming. Once you get to society’s idea of a good weight, those don’t apply to you (except when you run into a special dickhead who thinks everyone’s fat, or your own mind can still shame you).
Things I have never seen without having to look:
- Support for any kind of STD
What they don’t seem to care about are things that can affect every single person alive. Specifically I’m talking about STDs. There is only a very small community for support. I haven’t seen a single HIV/AIDs or HepA/B/C support or awareness post on my dash. Ever. I’ve never seen anyone admit to having an STD the same way everyone so readily talks about their depression, suicide attempts, or obsessive compulsive disorder. Even tumblr is ashamed of its STD/Is. Ah, yes, another thing society has bestowed upon us. Generally, you get these by having sex, which I would think Tumblr would be okay with. I see people proclaiming pride in their sexual prowess all the time. When you admit to having an STI, all you’re saying is, “hey, I had sex and this happened.” There are STIs as simple as BV (bacterial vaginosis; mmm). Most women will get this at least once in her life. It goes away with a usually short treatment. I can see people not making a big deal out of that because it isn’t a huge life event. Lifelong things like Hepatitis, Herpes, and HIV or AIDs are kind of huge events and big parts of peoples’ lives when they get them. Yet they’re still looked down upon for it. Tumblr is a great way for attempting to rid society of stigmas, yet they haven’t seemed to take up this particular cause. Having an STD/I does not make you a bad person. Having an STD/I is not a punishment for having too much sex. Having an STD/I is a thing that we shouldn’t ever be ashamed of. What happens happens.
I’ve had my close friends outright fucking refuse to reblog any kind of STI support because it “doesn’t fit their blog”. That hurts. They’ll post naked people in the act of sex, but they won’t post about the possible things that can come after it. They’ll post “this is not a costume” or “women aren’t passive aggressive; they’re scared” or “you’re beautiful and perfect and here are ten reason you shouldn’t kill yourself.” All worthy causes, please don’t get me wrong. There just seems to still be something shameful about admitting that STD/Is are a thing and that needs to stop.