The 2020 Census’s Big Win For The LGBT Community

Every ten years, a Census is held in the United States, aiming to count the entire population of the country and determine the location of each resident. Questions asked include 1) how many people live/stay in each home, and the sex, age, and race of each resident. The goal is simple: to count everyone, at least once, only once, and in the right place.

Easy, huh?

Giving your data to the government might sound like a bad horror movie in the making, but its actually quite beneficial 🙂

The results of each Census determine the Federal funds, grants, and support allocated to each state, meaning that communities benefit the most when everyone is counted and reported accurately. Census data also helps businesses decide where to build factories, offices, and stores to maximize profit and create new jobs. Developers determine where to build new homes and when to revitalize neighbourhoods. Local governments use the data to prep for public safety awareness and emergency situations.

But what about when it comes to relationship data?

For the first time ever, the 2020 U.S. Census will ask couples to define their relationship as “same-sex” or “opposite-sex.” Talk about a huge step for the LGBT community! These extra few checkboxes go a long way in accurately recognizing same-sex relationships and the percentages of those engaged in them.

Holy history-in-the-making, Batman!

Thomas Jefferson created and led the first Census in 1790, one year after President George Washington’s inauguration, and shortly before the first United States Congress’s session ended. Jefferson’s version posed few questions: the name of (or the relationship to) the head of household, gender, race, and the number of slaves owned. A relationship status question was not added until 1880, and it took until 1990 to receive an “unmarried partner” option (y’know, since premarital cohabitation was frowned upon back in the day).

Now, the Census’s relationship options will shift again for accuracy’s sake, in order to gain a fair glimpse into current relationships in the United States.

The most-recent 2010 Census only gave citizens the options of “husband or wife” or “unmarried partner”. Luckily, the 2020 Census breaks down the relationship category into more-detailed options: opposite-sex husband/wife/spouse, opposite-sex unmarried partner, same-sex husband/wife/spouse, and same-sex unmarried partner.

Since most states did not recognize same-sex marriages at the time of the 2010 Census, those who were in same-sex partnerships were ultimately marked as “unmarried partner,” whether they were actually married or not. As someone who knows many happy same-sex partnerships and same-sex spouses, this was a big flub.

This marriage is valid. ALL marriages are valid. …Unless you’re a pedophile married to a child. That’s a no-no. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Go STRAIGHT TO JAIL.

If you have a marriage certificate, then you are a married individual. Your genitals and the genitals of your partner do not influence this. A marriage is a marriage. My friends that are in same-sex relationships experience all of the same milestones as opposite-sex partnerships. They buy their first homes. They handle their finances. They have/adopt children. They flourish under the umbrella of true love.

To mark someone experiencing the joys of marriage as an “unmarried partner” invalidates the entire point of a Census: to gain an accurate look at the citizens of the United States Of America and how their lives are lived. As a result, any survey based on 2010 Census data that spewed the headline “The number of unmarried partnerships in the United States has grown!” is inaccurate and false (sorry, fellow journalists!).

It will be interesting to see how the percentages of married, unmarried, and single populations changes with the 2020 results. The simple addition of these new options provides a more accurate look into the breakdown of relationships in the U.S., and it portrays those relationships with detail, unlike the years prior. The LGBT community will finally get the recognition that it deserves in the form of an official survey from a government organization.

Wow.

Not only is this a huge step for same-sex couples, but for their children as well. According to the data planned for the 2020 Census, “a question about the relationship of each person in a household to one central person is used to create estimates about families, households, and other groups”.

In other words, this allows the government to understand if a household needs additional assistance.

The purpose of the relationship category is to dictate how much money the government can allocate to programs that provide special funds or services to families in need. By finally recognizing same-sex couples as married couples, the government can use these results to determine money allotment more accurately and factually throughout a neighbourhood or district.

No one is naïve enough to think that people aren’t still out there who see same-sex relationships as illegitimate, sinful, and/or “just plain wrong”, but it is great to watch as equality slowly rolls out toward all human beings. Whether a religious leader agrees with one’s relationship or not should have no bearing on how they are allowed to live their lives.

LOVE IS LOVE. Be on the RIGHT side of history. Jesus wasn’t a bigot, and you shouldn’t be either.

We’ve seen interracial relationships become the norm. We’ve seen unmarried partnerships become the norm. Now, it’s time for same-sex relationships to finally achieve that same recognition so that all love can truly foster.

This isn’t “liberal psychobabble”.

This is equality.

And the changes coming to the 2020 Census are definitely a step in the right direction.

Goodbye Eczema, Hello Micellar Cleansing Water!

Eczema runs in my family. It affects my grandfather. It affects my mother. Of course, that means that it was destined to affect me, too.

My eczema first made an appearance in 1996, when I was around six-years-old. My mother noticed large flaky patches on my scalp as she styled my hair one day. These patches were itchy, so I scratched them as any child would do. This led to some of the flakes scattering into my hair—which well-meaning elementary school kids misconstrued as lice on occasion—and sores appearing on my scalp.

This image is a lie. No one’s hair looks that good with this goo on your scalp.

My mother applied this nasty oil called Sulfur 8 on my scalp to try combating the eczema. Not only did it stink, but the heavy oil weighed down my hair. Playmates asked why my pigtails did not bob up and down as I ran across the playground. Sulfur 8 says NO to bouncy pigtails, y’all. On top of that, leaning my head against the school bus seats left an oil patch that I would have to hurriedly wipe away with my sweater sleeve before another student could see my residue.

Not cool.

I dealt with the dreaded Sulfur 8 through middle school, until I took over my own haircare in high school. This meant relatively ignoring the eczema throughout the week and letting my grandmother sit me in a chair three times a week to scratch off the flakes from my scalp, after which I’d immediately hop in the shower to wash my hair.

Serious props to my grandmother for doing that. So many props.

Around this time, I also developed eczema patches on my arms. As a stereotypical goth kid in high school, I wore thick, gaudy, leather Hot Topic bracelets on my arms each day. My skin sweated under my nature-unfriendly fashion statements, and large patches of itchy eczema formed in their wake to punish me. I quickly discovered a miracle known as hydrocortisone cream, and applying that to my reddened skin several times per day kept the discomfort to a minimum.

Fun story: One time sophomore year, the Asst. Principal made me take my bracelets off momentarily so he could make sure I wasn’t cutting myself. I looked at him like he was crazy but complied. I didn’t realize that a ton of the goths self-harmed. Whoops!

Let’s jump ahead from 2004 to present-day 2018. I suffer from eczema on my scalp, my face, my neck, and my chest. While the eczema on my scalp and face just appears on its own, the eczema on my neck and chest comes from my necklaces and sometimes even bras (even though all of them are nickel free…to which I am severely allergic). Since I haven’t worn pants since 2014 (jeggings and shorts FTW!!), I haven’t worn a belt since then either. Lucky me. I used to have a giant eczema patch on my tummy right where the metal of my belts would hit.

Fashion is pain, darlings. A sometimes necessary pain.

Using organic shampoos infused with almond oil and honey extracts have helped my scalp more than Head & Shoulders ever did. My makeup regimen (consisting of liquid primer and liquid foundation) help to trap moisture onto my face to prevent eczema, too. My penchant for wearing a full face of makeup nearly daily is only partially for vanity’s sake. It’s mainly to keep my face from falling off.

Literally.

It’s odd how things that are caused by your own bad decisions are easier to deal with than ailments out of your control. Anytime any eczema appears on my face or tumbles from my hair, it is a huge hit to my self-esteem. It is a skin irritation. It shouldn’t be a big deal. But it is. There were many days in my past (when I tried using powered foundation—never do this with eczema—and generic shampoos) that I would choose to stay indoors because flakes were falling from my nose, my cheeks, and even my eyebrows!

However, nearly all of the eczema from the neck down are caused by cosmetic details. My chokers. My necklaces. My love of glitter on my chest. My favourite push-ups. I came to accept that I would just suffer eczema on my neck and chest if I didn’t want to dress as a plain jane, and I was fine with that! People would accuse me of having hickeys on my neck, ask what the hell was all over my chest, but I didn’t care.

One of my favourite photos of myself, taken at my best friend’s bachelorette party in September 2017. Notice the glitter + eczema combo on my chest ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It’s a skin irritation. One that I couldn’t stand on my face, but had made peace with on my chest. I threw sparkles on the eczema, unafraid to say “This is my body, and I am proud of it!” And aesthetically, I truly didn’t care about the red blotches showing through my tank tops and low-cut shirts.

But another problem is partnered with eczema, ladies and gentlemen.

Eczema HURTS.

Eczema comes in flare-ups. While it is always there, you have good days and bad days. You might go to bed with a relatively clear chest and wake up looking as though chickenpox and herpes decided to make a baby in your breasts. And normally a visual sighting wouldn’t alert me to a flare-up.

Whether right as I woke up, midday at work, or while chowing down on dinner, I suddenly would become aware of an absentminded scratching. An uncontrollable scratching. A maddening itching would overtake those areas of my body, and I would have to scratch, scratch, scratch to get relief.

Within hours, there were raised, puffy areas on my neck and chest, sometimes flaking. Then, the pain would start. A cracking sensation, and sometimes the back of my neck would literally bleed from the affliction.

I am not a huge fan of most modern medicine (which is another article for another day). Yes, it is essential for many health conditions, but a good number of health conditions can be resolved with better nutrition, sleep, and lifestyle changes. Whenever forced by my mother, I would see a dermatologist and get prescribed medicine to help my eczema.

Why do medicines either taste bad or smell bad?

Medicated shampoo stinks, y’all. And it’s terrible for your hair. And it doesn’t eliminate the eczema. I would walk around with smelly, dull hair and still have to pull flakes the size of Manhattan off my scalp at the end of the day. Trust me. Almond oil shampoo is much better.

And much cheaper.

The creams I would be prescribed would help, but only if used five times each day. Miss a dose? It’s game over. Over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream is much better.

And, again, much cheaper.

But this past March, I finally found a product that truly helped my eczema. The holy grail for skin conditions. Something that I’d never even heard of and have still not researched even to this day.

Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water.

Whoever created this needs a Peace Prize. Miracle in a bottle <3

While at EvilleCon 2018, my best friend Lee brought a bottle of this clear water to our hotel room. “Try this,” she told me. “It’s good for your skin.”

After a lifetime of skin conditions, I am especially leery of putting random crap on my face, but Lee knows about my skin issues and shares some of them, so I decided to give it a try. At this time, my chest and my neck were both painful to the touch and bleeding slightly, and I had an awkward patch of roughness under my bottom lip that was quite noticeable in selfies. I sloshed the Micellar Water on my face, neck, and chest without another thought and went to bed.

The next morning, my skin—although still irritated—looked far more normal than the previous night. I washed my face and chest as normal and then applied more of the Water. It was soothing on my skin, which I welcomed immensely. By the end of the three day weekend, the flare-up was gone. Convention saved!

Now for the best part…

My last eczema flare-up was March 22nd, 2018, the day that I left for EvilleCon 2018. While I still have scarring on my skin from nearly two decades of flare-ups, the overall texture of the skin is much healthier and less brittle, and no new patches have appeared.

Garnier Micellar Water. Twice per day. I’ve been massaging some onto my scalp, and my scalp is healthy!

This is the first time in nearly twenty-two years—since my scalp first went awol—that I am eczema free. And that is something that I never thought I’d be able to say.

I haven’t bothered researching Garnier Micellar Water yet, but do I need to? It helps in ways that I never expected, and in ways that the bottle doesn’t even advertise. What good would researching it do for me? You could tell me that it was a bottle of goat urine, and I would still use it. Not even kidding.

Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or something in-between, there’s a Micellar Water for you!

Ulta advertises Garnier Micellar Water for nearly $9.00 USD per bottle, the same as Garnier’s official website. Nah. Grab your bottle from Kroger or Walmart for around $5.00 USD per bottle, and use that extra $4 for your hydrocortisone cream.

Garnier Micellar Water is a new product that others need to know about. In the past two months, Lee and I discovered that Micellar Water is also great for eye styes and blood blisters. Again, miracle product.

For those with clear skin, Garnier Micellar Water still refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. For those with any number of skin ailments, give Garnier Micellar Water a try. You won’t regret it 🙂

Prom Night And The Toxicity Of Callout Culture

Prom night. An event that most teenagers look forward to for all of their lives. From the time we are toddlers, the media conditions us to perceive prom night as the pinnacle of your adolescent night. And in a way, it is. Whether a teenager makes a big deal about their prom or not, their friends and family certainly will.

“What did you do for prom?” remains a talking point for adults long after they’ve collected their diplomas and moved on to adulthood.

On April 22nd, 2018, 18-year-old Keziah Daum showed up to Woods Cross High School’s senior prom with her closest friends. Following the evening’s festivities, Daum posted an album with four photos on her Twitter account, consisting of two solo photos, a photo with her date, and a photo of her squad. Daum looked to be on cloud nine in the photographs, as did the rest of her friends.

But days later, the shit hit the fan.

“Racist”, read one comment.

“What’s the theme of prom night? Ignorant?” another comment said.

When I logged onto Twitter on Saturday, April 28th and saw controversy after teen wears racist dress to prom trending as the top story on Twitter, all sorts of thoughts raced through my head. I hurriedly clicked on the article and wondered what treat was in store. Another Confederate flag dress? A dress embroidered with Swastikas? Maybe someone had gotten the nerve to screenprint the burning Twin Towers on the sides of her dress and was twirling around the dance floor in a blaze of crumbling concrete?

But, instead, I found a photograph of a pretty girl wearing a qipao.

The twitter post in question.

A qipao (pronounced chee-pow, and sometimes referred to as a “cheongsam”), is a one-piece Chinese clothing item that became the national dress of the Republic Of China in 1929. The qipao started out as a woman’s traditional dress during Manchu rule, and it became a popular item amongst celebrities and the upper-class of China in the 1930s. By the 1950s, working women paired their qipao with a jacket.

Chinese women today wear a qipao during formal occasions such as weddings, parties, and beauty pageants. A good friend who got married a few years back wore a beautiful white wedding dress for her ceremony and then changed into a red qipao for her reception. Yes, she is Chinese. Some businesses—such as hotels and airlines—also make qipao dresses part of the required work uniform. The cost of qipaos range from $100-$1000, depending on the style and the material.

It is not uncommon to find qipaos in Chinese vintage stores, and Keziah Daum just happened to find one in the United States. Thinking “Oh! What a pretty dress!”, Daum bought the qipao and enlisted it as her senior prom dress. Something unique that would set her apart from the crowd. An innocent idea for a special night. Daum recognized that the dress was a garment from China, and she decided that this would be a great way to show her respect for Chinese culture.

Qipao come in all shapes and colours.

By the magic of the Internet, Daum’s post went viral, and conflicting comments began to appear. Confused by the hate comments posted on her photos, Daum tweeted that she didn’t understand why she was getting so much hate over “just a dress”. The phrasing—of course—unleashed an even greater firestorm.

“To anyone who says I’m ignorant,” Daum tweeted, “I fully understand everyone’s concerns and views on my dress. I mean no harm. I am in no way being discriminative or racist. I’m tired of all the backlash and hate when my only intent was to show love.”

Again, Daum is an 18-year-old girl. She may not know the significance of a qipao. I did not know the significance of one until I was in my early 20s and read a Wikia page about Chun-Li from Street Fighter, who wears a qipao as part of her attire. I gained a deeper understanding after seeing the photos from my friend’s wedding with the qipao donned for the reception, and the icing on the cake was when I accepted a position as an ESL teacher for VIPKID, a Chinese company.

So, here is my question to anyone who publically crucified this teenager over the past week: If you find wearing a qipao without knowing its significant so foul, why not educate her?

European renditions of the traditional qipao.

Many Twitter users complimented Daum on her support Chinese culture and for also looking great in the qipao. Both Chinese and non-Chinese users felt that Daum did nothing wrong and simply decided to represent a culture that interested her. Still, many others loudly vocalized their disapproval, calling her “trash”, “cracker”, and slurs that I don’t feel like posting right now.

None of the negative tweets offered an ounce of insight into what a qipao is. The vast majority that I saw did not even reference a “qipao” or a “cheongsam”. People ripped into Daum for calling a qipao “just a dress” and “being ignorant to Chinese culture”, but NOT A ONE offered her any insight to help her gain a further understanding on the misdeeds that she committed on prom night.

Callout culture has been on the rise for the past three years. It started with good intentions, and its rules are simple: If you see someone doing something disgusting and vile, call them out publicly. Keep others from being victims of the perpetrator and ensure that those around them know of their misdeeds. In the cases of rapists, burglars, animal abusers, and murderers, callout culture can be a good thing, and it has saved many lives.

However, the rise of sensitivities from both liberal and conservative audiences has led to callout culture being reduced to miniscule offenses, completely ignoring the mantra don’t sweat the small stuff as people across social media sweat and scream their little hearts out. What happened to being a teacher? What happened to being a compassionate human being to your fellow humans?

Don’t be this person. Never be this person.

I’m sure 2/3 of the people up in arms over Daum’s dress can’t even spell qipao. A good half of those people probably don’t even know what a qipao is either, and are just riding the bandwagon of bullying and hatred. How are we as adults supposed to set any sort of good examples for high school children when grown adults are bullying a high schooler over her clothing on prom night?

I think that it is important for Daum to know the history and significance of the qipao, and if Daum truly has a love of Chinese culture, then there is nothing wrong with her wearing that dress. It is no different than people adopting clothing styles based on rave, anime, or hip-hop fashion to show their respect and appreciation for a certain facet of culture. Still, it is important to fully understand the culture that you are representing. Did Daum already know about the history of a qipao? Maybe. But since people decided to label her a racist instead of asking her a simple question, I guess we’ll never know.

My rant of the topic of “cultural appropriation” is a lengthy one for another day, but let’s all keep in mind that Americans are the only ones trying to make “cultural appropriation” a thing. Chinese citizens have been overwhelmingly supportive of Daum and her dress since the Internet’s floodgates broke.

“Very elegant and beautiful!” one Chinese citizen commented. “Really don’t understand the people who are against her, they are wrong!”

“It is not cultural theft,” another wrote. “It is cultural appreciation and cultural respect.”

Many users on Weibo–China’s version of Twitter–have also chimed in: “Culture has no borders. There is no problem, as long as there is no malice or deliberate maligning. Chinese cultural treasures are worth spreading all over the world.”

Props to China for being the sane ones in this discussion.

So, if those in China love and respect Daum’s decision, why are the Americans calling her a racist?

I guess the short answer is that, once again, America has shown its ass to the rest of the world.

For the record, racists are people who discriminate against other races, often leading to bigotry, favouritism, hate-speech, and acts of violence. Keziah Daum is a thrift store shopper who stumbled across a qipao. The toxicity of callout culture lessons the impact of words like “racist”, “sexist”, and “abuser” by overusing them for trivial issues. It causes allies to overlook real issues because they have gotten burned out on all of the crying-wolf cases passing through their social media feeds. And that’s not good.

That’s how people get hurt.

We all know what a racist is, so stop using the term to describe people wearing qipaos, dreadlocks, false freckles, and dreamcatcher earrings. If someone says, “Keziah Daum is a racist”, I want to see her pointing guns at people, not wearing their clothing.

Say what again?

(Keziah, that was rhetorical; please do not point a gun at anyone.)

So how should this situation have been handled correctly?

If you come across someone that you feel is behaving ignorantly, approach them civilly and politely. Ask them—genuinely, not snarkily—what they are doing or wearing and what gave them the idea to do the infraction in question. Have an actual conversation with them, and then politely let them know why you disagree with their action(s). Hear them out, but explain your viewpoint as well. Share with them the knowledge that you wish they had, and keep the conversation lighthearted and friendly. Few people will ever object to such an encounter, and most will leave feeling more enlightened and educated and happy to spread their new knowledge with their friends and family.

I’m sure if anyone—in real life or online—approached Daum and said, “Cool dress! It looks awesome on you! Do you wanna know more about the qipao?”, Daum would have eagerly said yes and soaked in the knowledge. Then, on her next wearing of the dress, she could thank complimenters with, “Thanks! Did you know that the qipao…?”

Knowledge is power.

Hatred breeds contempt.

That qipao is forever ruined for Daum. She will either never wear it again, or she will wear it with a sense of pride, “Killing In The Name Of” style:

Can you blame her?

But long gone is the innocence of the pretty Chinese dress in the vintage store window. For the rest of her life, Daum’s memory of prom night will be a mix of confusion and anger…and of gratitude to her supporters.

“Thank you to EVERYONE who has been messaging me about the dress,” Daum tweeted last Sunday. “I’m trying to respond to as many as I can. Thank you for your kindness!”

HIIT Your Way To Fitness!

Do you love high-energy workouts that actually work, but you don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to the gym? If so, then you will love the new and improved form of interval training known as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT workouts have boomed in popularity because of the amazing benefits that they hold for people who regularly perform them.

HIIT workouts typically involve powerful spurts of exercise followed by short rest intervals. With this type of training, your heart rate stays up and, in turn, helps you to burn more fat. This satisfying fat-burn occurs both during and following your workout. Yes. You will burn fat as you recover on your couch.

Group sweats are the best sweats!

When I can, I enjoy workouts that are an hour long (dance is my favourite cup of tea). However, since I tend to find myself on a time crunch most days, HIIT workouts are perfect for me. Most of the workouts are 10–30 minutes long, so I can easily squeeze in a workout anytime.

I also make sure that I watch what I eat, read health related posts from healthy body healthy mind to improve my own health, and take natural health supplement daily. Working out can be counteracted pretty effectively by eating a lot of take out among other things, so keep this in mind if you don’t want you hard work to be wasted. As for the health supplement, I felt it was a nice addition to healthy eating. It makes me feel more energetic so I really like it. It is called kratom masters if you would like to check it out as well.

Even though the workouts are shorter, that doesn’t mean that I burn fewer calories than normal. Because of the bursts of high-intensity exercises combined with the short recovery periods, HIIT workouts are just as beneficial as your longer standard workouts.

HIIT workouts are also known for their efficiency. While working to your max level, you will be burning more calories in a shorter amount of time than you would with other workouts. Interval workouts in general are known for having a higher after-workout burn effect because of their burst nature.

One of the best parts of HIIT is that you can do your workouts either at home or in a group class setting. Because the training is accessible to all fitness levels, group class settings are fun because you have people around you to push you to your limits. You don’t want to be the first one to stop, do you?

Erin Kwaitkowski, a HIIT instructor, explained why she feels that this is the best workout on the market right now:

Okay, okay, I can’t do this maneuver, but kudos to those of you who can!

“HIIT is an amazing exercise for anyone because you can go at the pace that you’re comfortable with,” said Kwaitkowski. “Even if you aren’t as advanced as other people in your class, you will get a tough workout as long as you put in the effort.”

What it boils down to is that HIIT is all about using your energy effectively. If you do a 15 minute HIIT workout to your maximum strength, you will burn more calories and see results faster than you would with your everyday exercise routine.

Interval training is a concept that has sculpted amazing results on the people who incorporate it into their regular exercise routines. Remember, that interval training helps you to keep burning calories after your workout, which–to me–is one of the best benefits of all.

Home workouts are my preference. Get yourself some workout equipment, and sweat your little heart out!

No matter if you have hours to exercise, or if you are on your lunch break, HIIT should be the perfect workout for you. Whether you’re a regular gym-goer, or you haven’t been to the gym in months, there is never a bad time to start back up again. And with HIIT, there is no reason to go to a gym at all! This is why HIIT is a time-efficient and energy-efficient exercise that has become popular among many people today.

With a variety in HIIT workouts, your exercises will never be repetitive, and you can figure out what routines you like and dislike. Although HIIT exercises are high-intensity, you will still have the ability to go at your own pace through modifications and breaks. If you’ve been looking for a new exercise routine to try that will deliver great results, HIIT is it!

Your Politics In My Peanut Butter (Stop It, Tumblr)

There is something that has been grinding my gears for the past several years. I’ve noticed it. My family has noticed it. My friends have noticed it. I feel like most people have noticed it.

There are memes dedicated to poking fun of this issue. South Park introduced a brand-new character to poke fun of this issue. Comedians and actors have gotten reamed on social media for not treading lightly around this issue.

What issue?

Why, Tumblr’s extreme SJW culture, of course! Otherwise known as the intense wave of political correctness that has taken over people’s lives since late-2015 and early-2016.

Love him or hate him, but there are at least a few PC Principals on your timeline everyday. And if there is not, then that PC Principal just may be you :’(

“What is Tumblr?” you might find yourself asking, gentle reader? Tumblr is the current generation’s own special version of 4Chan, where literally anything and everything can be posted for public consumption. (Side note: Is 4Chan even still a thing…?) Essentially, it is a place where the “oppressed” find way to oppress themselves even further.

Note that while these people are mainly found on Tumblr, you can also find them on any social media website and in any public arena.

“Look! An adorable picture of a dog!” the Tumblrites cry, rubbing their hands together with glee. “Let’s find a way to make it about animal abuse!”

“Wow. You are a shitty person for laughing at this. I’m glad to know that you support the genocide and slaughter of all animals! How DARE you call yourself an animal lover!” — An actual comment left on my Facebook profile when I nonchalantly shared this video a few months back.

The main issue is that the extreme SJW crowd tends to scream their views and opinions the loudest, so now many people entering their mid-thirties and above associate all Millennials as Tumblrites. Memes mocking millennials have been born from the older generations’ stereotypes of how all millennials act and think thanks to those who go around SJWing on the Internet.

“Do you see this fridge? Do you see this perfectly innocent fridge? It says ‘negro’ on the box! I never took Spanish, so I’m going to assume that this is a racist refrigerator. If I use this refrigerator, it will hide a noose in my almond milk and choke me from the inside out.”

Somewhere in the distance, Hitler whispers from the skies, “Praise Aryan Jesus!”

“Do you see this couple? Do you see this seemingly happy couple? Well, they’re not a happy couple because half of the couple is male! And since all men are evil, the woman in the picture is probably being abused.”

#NotAllMen

Here’s one that my friends who identify as bisexual get all of the time… “Do you see this girl? Do you see this girl who claims to be bisexual? Well, she’s dating a MAN and they are even using aphrodisiac products that increase libido in men, so she’s a hetero liar!”

Those who support bi-erasure need to take a children’s Latin course and learn the definition of the root word “bi”. They should then think logically about what “bisexual” means.

One year later… “Do you see this girl? Do you see this girl who still claims to be bisexual but is now with a woman? Oh, honey, cut out that ‘I’m bi’, crap! You know you’re a lesbian!”

No bisexuals allowed! Even though our acronym is “LGBT”!

So…what does the “B” stand for then?

How about, Tumblr Is Bullshit? 🙂

From 2009–2014, Tumblr is where I went for the latest memes and updates on my favourite bands. Apparently in 2018, all bands have a hidden agenda and/or are rapists, so the band tags are filled with hatred and bickering…or just people spamming photos of the band’s lead singer with the caption “DADDYYYYYYY!!”

I’m not going to lie and said that I’ve never referred to Brandon Boyd or Jared Leto as “Daddy” in a conversation amongst friends. But since Incubus’s lyrics are “hippie bullshit” and 30 Seconds To Mars uses religious imagery, I guess this means that I can’t listen to their music anymore 🙁

JARED: “Hold my fedora; those SJWs said what about me??” // BRANDON: “I’ll take my shirt off if that helps.”

I also greatly enjoy memes. I have recently learned that my love of memes means that I either don’t care about society or am secretly suicidal. Seriously. These things have both been said to me by people who are completely serious.

Please note again that this is not a political article. There are liberal Tumblrites. There are conservative Tumblrites. There are Democrat Tumblrites. There are Republican Tumblrites. The virus to become a Tumblrite is an equal-opportunity offender, boys and girls, so try not to breathe in the bullshit.

This is why I’m a Centrist and don’t subscribe to Tumblr politics. Because I’m sane.

The over-sensitivities on both sides need to stop, y’all. It’s time to retire the attacks and pure cattiness that have been spreading across social media since early 2016. If someone’s gender preference or hairstyle or religion or diet bothers you, then you need to find a hobby and find a way to calm your inner demons.

“But, Angie! You just said not to be catty! And here you are assuming that all SJWs aren’t calm people.”

“Something something Taylor Swift. Something something Kim Kardashian.”

No assumptions have been made here, gentle reader. All of the SJWs that I’ve come across are some of the most stressed and unhappy individuals that I have ever seen. Their days are spent arguing over trivial details with complete strangers. Their mission to “fix the world” is causing them inner turmoil and grief.

They aren’t happy! Most will admit that they aren’t happy. Quite frankly, it is impossible to be happy when constantly looking for the next opinion to belittle. It keeps your adrenaline flowing constantly and jars your body throughout the day.

Try spending a day meditating, rather than unleashing your inner Tanisha 24/7.

Trust me, a little namaste never hurt anyone. If you agree, be sure to leave a comment down below letting me know where the bad Tumblrite touched you 🙂