thegreatgodum said: on reflection yeah, kinda over-reacting :P most people who put a :3 at the end of their message are not trying to yell at you. like I agree that it’s not reasonable to check every FAQ to see if something’s ok to reblog, but nobody is attacking you…
They caught me at a really bad time, and I’ve seen posts like that where people are trying to be mean, and I guess I misinterpreted it. But they still taught me a very important lesson: don’t try to show support if you’re not totally up on all the nuances of the politics of an issue. You’ll just look ignorant and stupid. Stick to cats.
thegreatgodum said: there’s no such thing as a good ally. there’s just humans that do stuff on a scale of relative harm or benefit to others. you don’t get to give up on your first error (haven’t seen the post so don’t know if over-reacting, just thought I’d help)
Thanks, I just wasn’t aware that there were tumblr posts that I wasn’t allowed to reblog. I know about not speaking for LGBTQ people since I’m straight, and I know about not speaking for POC, since I’m white, but I was just a little hurt that I wasn’t even allowed to reblog things to show support. I guess there are just so many shitty straight/cis people in the world that all of us have to be banned from some things.
It just shocked me, and it honestly never occurred to me to check a blog’s faq to see if an (unfortunately) American, white, cis female was allowed to reblog their posts. I’m actually really surprised it hasn’t happened sooner, with all the things I’ve reblogged. That’s why I’ve made the decision to not reblog anything remotely controversial. I’ll still like posts to show support, but I won’t offend people by putting them on my blog. I’m still not sure about Welsh things. I think I’ll wait until I’m in Wales and can actually identify as Welsh legitimately before I start reblogging stuff that could be considered inflammatory to, say, the English.
It brought home to me how little I understand these issues, and in trying to show support, I’ve offended someone. Very easy for someone with my sheltered upbringing to do, and it saddens me. I should just learn to keep my big mouth shut, really.
I apologize for being so short with you earlier. You caught me at a bad time. I must admit that my feelings were hurt because the only way you could know that I was cis was if you’d been following me for a while. I don’t state it anywhere on my blog. If you are one of my non-binary friends, why not just tell me as yourself?
I am relatively new to Tumblr, and I assumed that I was showing support. I was vaguely aware of the whole “allies do more harm than good” mentality, but I was hurt that this would be applied to me. I wasn’t making fun of anyone, and I know that no one who follows me would be an asshole about it either.
In the future, I will check the faq of every single blog I want to reblog something from. I wasn’t aware that’s what was expected. You have also taught me that I am not a good ally, so in that case, I will steer clear of anything remotely relating to this topic.
I apologize for causing offense.
last night i dreamed that scientists used a really bad picture of me to prove humans are closely related to goats and i was so insulted i woke up
Ok, I think it’s time for a little blurb in here because I have been getting a lot of new followers lately. Some of you have Welsh urls and so I get why you’re here. Croeso!
But I think some new ones might not get my blog. Look, I’m a shy, insecure person who tries to be nice to everybody. I hate causing offense and I hate confrontation even more. I am all on board with causes such as feminism and LGBTQ rights, but I don’t understand all the political nuances that go with such causes. I’m relatively new to Tumblr and I reblog posts that I like.
From now on, I will stay away from posts that have anything to do with any sort of controversial subject, and shall stick to cute animals and landscapes. It is clear that I do not have the intelligence or understanding to be involved in these causes. I’m sorry to have caused offense.
Didn’t know there were posts on Tumblr I was not allowed to reblog. A little warning would have been nice. Sorry for not instinctively knowing all the unwritten rules.
Well, then they should have it written somewhere on there. Just trying to support friends. Sheesh. Just thought it was cute. Might want to consider warning us so we don’t tread where we’re not wanted.