get off your soapbox steph

Dear Tumblr, there is nothing wrong with liking sports.

It’s just like liking anything else, and if you judge a person for being a fan of anything, it’s just really immature. Even if they’re a fan of Nickelback.

Well, maybe not that last one.

All joking aside, you’re not superior for not liking sports, nor are those of us who like them superior to you in any way. I happen to treat baseball almost like a religion, but I also love history, comedy, cars, and - shocker - manga and anime. Look, I can like sports and other fandoms and not be an inferior or bad person!

Think before you judge. Sports fandoms don’t disdain you for liking what you do, so don’t be disdainful of us in return.

Things I Wish Tumblr Knew: A List

Sometimes things I see going around on this website frustrate me, so I decided to make a list of all of them.

  • Not everything in the entire world is oppression. Lots of things are, but not everything.
  • A lot of those heinous articles you all find and reblog like wildfire are satirical. Always check your sources so you don’t look stupid when someone points out that it’s fake.
  • Adding the phrase ‘white girls’ to a joke doesn’t make it any less sexist, as it generalizes an entire group of women.
  • Anybody - male, female, genderless - can be abused in any form, but don’t marginalize one group to point out that it can also happen to another with statements like “But we/they can be abused too!” It looks like you’re devaluing the legitimacy of the other group’s experiences, even if you’re not trying to.
  • Those 'reblog if you care’ posts don’t actually help your friends with depression and suicidal thoughts. If you want to help your friends, be there for them. Support them. Let them know they can reach out to you if they need help, and reach out to them if they look like they could use a friend. Be a good friend instead of reblogging a post.
  • If a person makes a mistake, don’t attack them - it makes you look like an immature idiot. Gently educate them or correct them and don’t even think about sending them anon hate for making a mistake, because that’s called bullying and it’s wrong.
  • People are allowed to have different opinions than you. Opinions come from life experiences, and since everyone experiences things a bit differently it’s only natural that their opinions and tastes are going to differ, as well. (Remember that bigotry, racism, sexism, etc. are not opinions, they’re bias.)

Lastly, I’d like to remind each and every one of you amazing people not to go through life blindly. Get out there and explore the world, even if only from your computer. Educate yourself. Learn as much as you can. Love each other. Accept each other for who you are. Enjoy life.

Just don’t be a jerk.