I feel like…I am not sure that this is accurate. I teach kids and teenagers and I’m a bit older so I feel like I have a slightly different perspective, but yeah.
I feel like this is a comic about being angry at teenagers and young adults who don’t know how to direct their anger and feelings of hurt and abandonment, so they use tumblr as a way to get those feelings of frustration out in the open.
My feelings aren’t hurt when a girl somewhere says “die cis scum,” because I don’t know what her life is like. I don’t know what her day that day was like. I don’t know who said something cruel to her that day. I have faith that if I met her on the street, we could still be friends. We all say things in quiet, safe places that help us to get our emotions out.
I don’t get mad when somebody calls me out on privilege or appropriation. Sometimes I am confused, but usually I really like to have the discussion. If you’re doing something that is making someone angry, it can be very therapeutic to talk about where those feelings are coming from and what can be done to stop them. We don’t always come to a mutual agreement, but it is educational and makes me pause, every time.
I am not sure about the “kill all men” one at all. I think that mostly people on tumblr are talking about MRAs - some of whom actively talk about murdering and raping women for more or less no reason - and bronies, who (you have to admit) have totally taken over one of the few shows that was really meant for girls. Would you let your kids or younger siblings google “My Little Pony” images? Probably not. I think there are probably women out there who do hate men, in the same way that some men seem to truly hate women, but I have to believe that (even on tumblr) they are an insignificant minority.
As for the fat thing? I’m fat. Sometimes I get frustrated at businesses and life in general for not being more comfortable for me. I grumble. But I don’t hate other people for not being like me, since the vast majority of them are smaller than me. That’s just kind of how it is. I don’t know any other fat people who do what you suggest we do. We tend to get sad and hateful of ourselves, not of others.
So yeah, I’m not really sure what I am trying to say here, but basically I think the most important thing to remember about tumblr is that it’s a massive jumble of people posting about their personal lives and feelings. Most of these people are very young - younger than twenty. Be kind and understand where they are in their lives, right now. Ask yourself how moderate you where when you were that age, assuming you are older than that yourself.
(Source: plebcomics, via stuckatwarpspeed)