The fascinating thing about Feminist Tumblr is that it’s totally unfiltered. Nearly all of the participants are very young — a 25-year-old is a senior citizen on Tumblr — and also anonymous. There’s no adult supervision (your mother is not on Tumblr) and inside this feminist echo chamber, everything inside their zany brains comes pouring out. There is a constant competition on Feminist Tumblr to say the most demeaning things possible about males. Of course, no feminist ever says anything goodabout males, but the anti-male venom of Feminist Tumblr gives it a special edge.
“it’s so weird that women are seen as emotional and melodramatic when all the men i know are the most unbelievably melodramatic people on earth and also every time i express an emotion as a woman i feel guilty and apologize profusely but I’ve literally never once heard a man apologize for expressing an emotion even though they throw literal temper tantrums all the time”
This is the exact opposite of the usual feminist complaint about men who, allegedly, are emotionally stunted and incapable of anything like the intuitive and sympathetic feelings over which feminists claim women have a monopoly. However, you see here the damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t aspect of feminism. Everything that men do is wrong, and so men who do show emotion are condemned as “the most unbelievably melodramatic people on earth” in a post that got more than 6,000 notes in a month.
Who is the author of this screed? Hannah Beth, a 20-year-old Florida State University student who is “majoring in literature and double minoring in art history/german” and also “queer as hell.” When she’s not busy denouncing males for their emotional melodrama, Hannah Beth has some emotions of her own:
I feel like books are a giant blanket I am wrapping myself up in. every morning lately when I wake up the first thought I have is about whatever I was reading before I went to sleep. it’s good to be corny about books on the internet I think. it’s good to have something I love this much. anyway, I felt really anxious all day today and had one of those Bad Days For No Reason and I cried a little bit in my car and I was scared to sleep alone but now I am curled up at 1am with my tiny book and I feel like it is the most reassuring hug on earth, like 100 angels whispering “it’s okay and it’s always been okay and it always will be” which is true and very good to hear from the universe. I wanna write a love letter to literature tbh.
So, yeah, guys “throw literal temper tantrums,” and meanwhile Hannah Beth is crying in her car and scared to sleep alone.
Tumblr Feminists cry alone a lot, when they’re not busy plotting worldwide revolution, like 21-year-old Athena, a “Gemini bitch” from Sweden who describes herself as “stone cold lesbian, post-structuralist radical feminist, marxist communist” and also a bunny owner & advocate for proper animal care. So she loves bunnies, but hates men and capitalism, not necessarily in that order.
“I’m not interested in dedicating my feminist effort to making masculinity more comfortable for men, I could not care less; they created it, they uphold it, so they fix it. I’m not gonna wade through their toxic waste to try to awaken some core of softness and compassion in men. If men are supposedly as good at analysis and reflection as they like to claim then they can fix their own shit. Demanding that women use up our effort to do it for them in the name of feminism – a women’s movement – is just another facet of the same masculinity they supposedly disapprove of.”
We got your message, loud and clear. Got nearly 9,000 notes in three month for that. Cute selfies for a lesbian Marxist, though.
So “queer as hell” or “stone cold lesbian” — kind of a theme becomes apparent here. There may even be a pattern on Feminist Tumblr. Then there’s 24-year-old Jam, “bisexual and aromantic,” who is “half Jamaican half Finnish, first generation Canadian” and also — surprise! — has complaints about men:
“one part of the male gender role I can’t stand is thinking that being irritating and pissing women off is funny????
every man I’ve met thinks that’s hilarious and
gets mad when I’m not into it. like why did
no one teach them to shut the fuck up”
That got over 160,000 notes in five months, because Tumblr Feminists share a profound contempt for “the male gender role.”
Oh, and Jam also posts a lot of selfies. You might like her, if you’re into pierced noses and tattoos and know how to “shut the fuck up.”
Speaking of which, Kethrellan, 19, is studying Music Education and Voice at the University of Delaware and — thanks to a questionnaire she filled out — we know that she’s 5-foot-7, lost her virginity before she was 18, has never been in a serious relationship and is, of course, bisexual.
Question: Is bisexuality as common in real life as it is on Feminist Tumblr? Or is there just reflecting a trend among fashionable young people to identify as Something Other Than Normal? Then I remember —Feminism Is Queer!
The title of that 2010 textbook by a Women’s Studies professorsummarizes the basic message of feminism in the 21st century.
Whatever she does, the Third Wave feminist cannot be normal, because being normal is oppressive. This came to mind particularly with Kethrellan because I was looking at her selfies — because posting selfies is why they invented the Internet, right? — and thinking “never been in a serious relationship”? Long curly hair, nice smile, wide-set eyes — not a Barbie doll-type beauty, but more like a pre-Raphaelite painting. Rosettior Millais would have loved her, and yet Kethrellan has “never been in a serious relationship”? Maybe the Tumblr Feminists have got a point. Maybe young guys nowadays are just a bunch of clueless clowns. Maybe they lack a proper appreciation of beauty. And maybe that’s why Kethrellan wrote this on her Tumblr blog:
“overhearing straight boys talk about girls is so terrifying”
Seriously, what’s wrong with these guys? Did their mamas not raise them right? Were they dumped off in daycare when they were babies? Did they grow up without two loving parents? We they shuttled back and forth between their divorced parents or abused by stepparents? How is it that so many of these young men seem to be uncouth savages or feral beasts with no respect for women? It’s almost as if civilization is being destroyed, perhaps by a War Against Human Nature.