I’m just gonna say this.
it kind of sucks that tumblr can sometimes become a really creepy personality cult, with the most vocal (sometimes obnoxious) people being the ‘leaders.’
lol oppression aka queer aesthetics and normalization
aaka mewmew has
no few reservations about being grumpy on tumblr
i am not posting this to be mean or grumpy but just to comment on the nature of tumblr, which i like to do from time to time.
[…]i find it interesting that i can post a picture of a pretty stand mixer or something from hyperbole and a half about avoiding people for the internet (which is still getting reblogged from time to time, even though i posted it months ago) and that will get 300 reblogs in an hour
and i can post a screenshot of mubarek resigning, or something about something oppressive, or a picture of fat identified folks looking fucking hot, etc etc, and it will get maybe three or four reblogs
what is the point of tumblr? what are we here for? how can we mix the gawking and admiring of beautiful things/art/lovely objects with actual constructive thought and discourse?
finally reblogging this because i’m kind of legit pissed at the queer tumblrverse for having only given this photo from fuckyeahhispanicbears eight notes so far
eight! what is that shit?!
this photo is fucking awesome y’all
no, seriously, it’s one of the best sexyphotos i’ve seen on tumblr in a while
i love the hot chubby cub, obviously, and i love his cute undies and his pose: and, as much as that, i love that it’s clearly in a family home, i love that he took a sexy photo of himself - i think with a timed camera - in a room that was probably decorated by his mom or his auntie or his abuelita, i love the gold-tone drapes and the mismatched sofa, i love the family photos, i love the oldass computer, i love the vacuum in the corner and the soda bottle in the foreground
idk, like - and this is not not not a personal attack on any of the people who’ve said whatever in response to transartorialism’s original post - but a chunk of the response has been like “yeah! isn’t is weird how i can post a cute pic and get dozens of reblogs and post an actual idea and get like three??”
- but that’s kind of exactly the point: it’s pretty overwhelmingly urban skinny white kids with a certain cool hipsterish queer fashion who get 30, 50, 100, 400 reblogs
not chubby brown guys who take pics of themselves in their family’s livingroom, you know?
and partially it’s straightup body-normalizing stuff ‘cause he’s a chub-of-color but i also think the photo’s setting is at least as important; i find it really beautiful and charming and, just - it means something to me that this sexy photo is happening in a family home with family pictures on the wall, and not in some cool kid’s apartment in the city where they live with their cool kid roommates or whatever
there’s the life-style normalizing: the normative queer-white-middle-class assumption that you move away to the city and live ‘on your own’ and don’t (need to / want to) stick around to pay your share of your family’s rent or take care of your little siblings or your grandparents or whoever else
i mean i definitely know queer and otherwise not-het adult folks who live with their biological families, and they are all working-class or poor and almost all are not white: the expected queer life trajectories are very! raced and classed!
even though i’ve followed the normative queer young adult life path pretty closely, i can’t believe / would like to not believe that there are really so few people around here who have some - some sense of emotion and eroticism around the home-ishness of this photo, some idea of what it could mean, some sense of pleasure around the queer norms it subverts
i’m grumpy that this photo only has eight notes right now
whatevs! toxicass normalizing queer aesthetics and thought patterns
get reblogged by genderbitch,
gain a dozen followers
cut stupid gif of two women kissing, which could’ve been ok except they’re also people who i read as white wearing ponchos and sombreros and big fake mustaches
ok. i don’t give a fuck if you’re gay. if you’re not mexican or the relevant kind of latinamerican, putting on ponchos and sombreros isn’t cute or clever. it’s not a nice party costume. it’s not an ok way to express how much you like mexican food, or whatever.
it’s just incredibly racist, trite bullshit, and you suck.
hmm i think this picture is like tumblr singularity, in the worst way
reblogged for the commentary; bolded is one of the best things i’ve read today
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i don’t know what the gawker thing is
I have changed my url like 5 times in the last 5 minutes, and I will change it again because this one is stupid. (Not that they all haven’t been stupid.) It’s because of the Gawker thing, which makes no sense, I realize.
So, there are two things that I’ve been wanting to post all day but have restrained myself from posting. One is HOLY FUCKING SHIT IT’S SO COLD OMFG. And the other is that over the last few days I have confirmed (yet again) that my favorite thing about tumblr is tumblr fights, and I don’t care what kind of person that makes me.
glad i had my part in bringing you some fun and lols
i really am kind of proud i warranted my very own index cardfrom ch-ch-chuffed
bad, bad faith
The idea that having a penis obligates me to a certain kind of professional courtesy to women but not to men is sexism, pure and simple.
If I refer to Lacan as “that old bastard” rather than “’dr.’ or even ‘professor’” it would never occur to anyone that my disdain is motivated by Lacan’s gender. To assume that my disdain for a female academic is automatically thus motivated is to assume that I couldn’t possibly be annoyed or offended by the content of what Ms. Puar is saying; in other words, to dismiss her work on the basis of her sex. Furthermore, the assumption in question is made on the basis of my gender. In short, this response is doubly sexist, which by a quick finger count is roughly twice as sexist as the “bad faith” supposedly under critique.
Sometimes, Dolores, being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to. Even if that woman is a dude.
The way that I read mewmewfoucault’s comment, the reference to you as “dude” referred less to your junk than it did to the general aura of dudeliness and really, masculinism, that seem to come across through your rhetorical posture, habits of language, etc. Your response here is a case in point. And I say that knowing nothing more about your gender than what you’ve posted here. But if you read MMF’s use of “dude” simultaneously as reference to your junk and threat to your “avowed” feminist credentials, well, that’s an interesting—complex—identification you’ve got going on there as well. Are we to read one as an extension of the other? […]
I don’t know if your motivation is on trial here. I think your actions are being questioned. Turning that into a question of motivations may—I’m saying may, not is, because I want to mark my uncertainty—be a distraction. Or, for that matter, a way for you to settle the matter in advance in favor of your own demonstrated mastery of psychoanalysis.
ok, being a little bit more serious
- idk what disagreements fucktheory has with puar’s work; there was no actual critique or substantial content in the original post - fucktheory just kind of expressed that he found puar’s work rather boring or incorrect, without giving any reason why
- i was pointing out that it’s incredibly unpleasant, disappointing, and skepticism-inducing when someone - especially if that someone moves through the world and the academy getting the social advantages that men, bepenised or not, tend to get - deliberatly refuses to use for a female academic titles that would indicate her standing as a professor and a phd, apparently as part of an attempt to demean that academic and her work (which this pretty clearly was in the original context)
- and especially especially when that particular someone has berated me personally for using ‘impolite’ and ‘inappropriate’ language when i contacted him after blogging a strongly worded post in response to another sexist thing he had posted
- i stand by the things i said in that post and in the one about puar
- i never assume that dudes have penises, for a variety of reasons
- a dude doesn’t have to have a penis to perpetuate misogynistic shit
- to reiterate and expand on a point from above: this particular use of ‘ms.’ was really obviously meant to demean jasbir puar by taking away her academic title and replacing it with a non-academic and female-specific title
- that’s really fucked
- lowendtheory’s got it right that choice of the word dude was largely about reflecting and making light of fucktheory’s broish academic machismo
- there’s a huge fucking difference between calling a white man an ‘old bastard’ on the one hand and intentionally disrespecting the academic standing of a young woman of color on the other
- this bulletpoint is devoted to transartorialism’s excellent comment here: Just thinking a little bit about the conventions of academic writing, and here’s something else I’m noticing. In your rebuttal, you call Lacan “Lacan” and Puar “Ms. Puar,” which treats her like she’s not a theorist, author, or an academic.
- this bulletpoint is devoted to this point from fucktheory’s original post because of its humor value: In short, this response is doubly sexist, which by a quick finger count is roughly twice as sexist as the “bad faith” supposedly under critique.
- it’s not fucking sexist for people to be put off of and pissed off at a blog and its author when that author consciously chooses to demean a woman in a way that conspicuously feminizes her as a means of insulting her, regardless of what excuses that author dredges up in retrospect
- i neither identify myself as nor avow myself as a feminist, and for pretty much exactly this reason: i’m a dude (among other things) and i’ve frankly found that a solid majority of other dudes who call themselves feminists are in practice way more invested in finding ways to anxiously reassure themselves and others of their own political goodness and blamelessness; i know that i get unjust social benefits for being a dude, and i respect feminist theory enough to not feel defensive about that and to not think that i’m incapable of enacting and internalizing misogyny-perpetuating power structures just because i’m smart and trans and leftist and queer and whatever
- i can be bitchy and queeny and y’know what? i really intentionally try to avoid doing that to women, even when i know it would feel good and even when i genuinely think the woman i’m disagreeing with is very wrong, because being bitchily demeaning can play into a lot of shit that really hurts women, whether that’s my conscious intention or not
- my faggyness and identification with certain argumentation styles that get coded as feminine absolutely do not give me free reign to talk to and about women however the hell i want and without any obligation to be critical about my own ideological investments and the social benefits i get from being a man, even a bitchy man
- i feel a lot more OK about being bitchy to other dudes, ‘cause men are not systemically oppressed for being men
- it’s not gender oppression to be told to or to choose to think about the ways in which one plays into and benefits from sexism and misogyny
- it’s not gender oppression to be mocked or derided for not thinking about these things
- lol i got my own index card
i just realized that your tumblr username is probably a deleuze reference, too
i like it, at any rate
that is all
What exactly are you supposed to write on tumblr? What will make me tumblr famous? Nudity? Sexual content/advice? Non-controversial political views that can be summed up in less than three words? Cats?
(especially cats)from queertonian
I met lowendtheory recently and that was cool
i’m jealous of both of you because i want to meet both of you
I AM JEALOUSfrom transartorialism
like a new desire
found that on some of these blogs, particularly on youngcubs, there is like at least a 5x greater number of boys & men of color compared to any general fuckyeah[trans & (gender)queer people]-type image community i know of on tumblr
i mean, i can go on almost any given archive page and see at least a couple of poc, with some pages being mostly people i read as non-white
and - obviously, but still - all of the beary blogs have a way higher number of fat and chubby folks
point is - idk, i feel like in a lot of spaces that name themselves queer around here [here meaning both tumblr and atlanta] there’s this displacement of accusations of racism and sexual ‘intolerance’ onto the ‘mainstream gay community’ - which is surely valid insofar as there really is hella racism and bodyhate in a lot of gay spaces, but which also can serve to let white queer-identified people defensively reassure themselves of their anti-racism and acceptingness without actually, you know, doing much that’s anti-racist or that actively pushes boundaries in what and who gets practically privileged as notable and desirable
surely in such self-consciously queer-identified spaces i pretty rarely encounter fat people portrayed and basically never see fat male people eroticized
so, yeah: for all the queer self-congratulation i see in certain spaces, i also see in practice a whole lot more non-white and non-skinny folks in some spaces that are way more likely to name themselves as gay instead of or before being queer
(and people with other types of bodily non-normativity get mostly ignored in all these spaces, though it seems important here that it was the more-gay-than-queer-positioned international mr leather competition that chose a wheelchair-using trans man for its 2010 award)