Tumblr, sometimes you get on my nerves. Sometimes, it’s like, dammit, my soul cannot bear another post about a missing child, a hate crime, a disgusting fact about our depressing American plutocracy. But, I have to acknowledge, this is one of the few places I get to hear about these things. About people who are upset about these things. From people actually affected by them.
I never quite grasped the concept of an “online community” until I joined this website. Before Tumblr, the most I could see of the internet was that it was a bunch of strangers either yelling at each other or stroking each other’s egos, more or less. But logging on to Tumblr feels a little like visiting an island of real people in a stormy sea of bullshitters. People seem free to feel vulnerable or stupid or forgiving or conscious. There’s a lot of laughter here, people sharing what makes them happy or support for people they don’t even know or what they’re passionate about, without that fear you find in the real world of, “oh, maybe this person doesn’t want to hear that.” But on tumblr they do. That’s why they’re following you.
I’m not denying the existence of hater anons (or identifiable haters), but still, all the social consciousness, all the body positivity, all the personal posts and pictures and puns makes me feel like this is a really good place to be, Yahoo or no Yahoo.
Thanks to all the followers, not just for following me (though I am ever so grateful), but just for being part of something awesome. And big thanks to the people I am following. You all are SO wonderful, and you are what makes my experience here so great.
— Aaron Schmidt, Give them what they want: the user experience | LibraryJournal (via thepinakes)
When straight men are like “but if I share a locker room with a gay guy he might look at me!”
Okay leaving aside the fact that gay doesn’t mean attracted to you
And gay doesn’t mean “lacking in any sort of human decency or inability to prevent staring”
DOES THE THOUGHT OF SOMEONE LOOKING AT YOU IN A SEXUAL WAY, EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT TRYING TO BE SEXUAL, MAKE YOU SLIGHTLY UNCOMFORTABLE MY STRAIGHT MALE FRIEND?
— Zooey Deschanel (via sugar-and-heartbreak)