Tumblr users are…
- 50% more likely to go to a political rally
- 2.2 times more likely to advise others on current events and politics
- 108% more likely to be registered to vote
I remixed this slide from a presentation by Tumblr’s Liba Rubenstein (libawr).
But it’s all just slacktivism right?
Brain studies find that concern for justice and equality is linked to logic, not emotion.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not emotions. Subjects were put in a fMRI machine, one that measures ongoing brain activity and shown videos of people acting kindly or cruelly toward a homeless person.
Some respondents reacted more strongly than others — hence the high versus low justice sensitivity — and an analysis of the high sensitivity individuals’ brain activity showed that they were processing the images in the parts of the brain where logic and rationality live. “Individuals who are sensitive to justice and fairness do not seem to be emotionally driven,” explained one of the scientists, “Rather, they are cognitively driven.”
Activists aren’t angry, they reasonably object to unjust circumstances that they understand all too well.
Image borrowed from Jamie Keiles at Teenagerie, who is a high sensitivity individual.
"Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990."
I feel like there is a trend where photos of monumental moments in civil and human rights are presented in black and white, which really distracts from the reality that this happened less than 25 years ago.
This is a fucking badass demonstration and to present fighting ableism as something that happened a long long time ago is really just not reality.
Yeah, I think that it presents this in a sort of “we’ve come so far since then” kind of light, when that’s just not true. For example, in 2009 ADAPT protested the lack of long-term care services in the health care reform legislation with a very similar protest/sit-in:
Idle No More
I couldn’t resist this gif.
if your idea of anarchy involves leaving behind messes for minimum wage workers to clean up
you’re not punk
you’re a bag of dicks
In 2013 if someone is organizing a protest at your school, how will you find out about it and be updated and reminded about it? Probably through technology that requires the internet (emails, facebook) etc.So what is the point of trivializing the impact that the internet has, on of all things, activism when we all fucking know it isn’t trivial at all..
The people whining about “internet activism” and “social justice warriors” are never the people doing activism anywhere so I don’t know what makes them feel like the experts.
Do you really think I could ever in my life bring together 20,000 people to listen to me talk about racism in person..? Do you know how difficult it would be to sign up 20,000 people for a petition in the city I live in.. like sit outside with my 1 clipboard and just wait and walk around and drive until I get 20,000 signatures? I could do that OR I could post a link to a petition and have 20,000 people in different states and countries spread it in under one night…..
So why are we invalidating how powerful and important that is? Why is that funny or embarrassing or silly or trivial?
its 20 fucking 13 can we stop pretending that online activism and general awareness campaigns “dont do anything” before i got on tumblr i was a racist sexist anti-feminist piece of garbage whos greatest understanding of any social issue was discrimination against white gay men and that trans people were “men trapped in womens bodies”
obviously something fucking right is going on so why dont you stop being pessimistic little shits.
Eli and I were having lunch and decided to look at the Halloween store next to the restaurant.
We FOUND a bunch of “racist product” stickers and also FOUND that these stickers were put on some of the racist costumes in the store.
How strange to FIND such a thing! A+ anti-racism work!
This is wonderful!
I really hate racist costumes and the enormous profit they make, but isn’t that just making more work for the employees, many who are probably underpaid seasonal employees? They have to rip off the sticker, answering confused and irate customer complaints, etc. In the worst case scenario, they could get blamed for letting this happen. Again, I hate that this shit sells but these type of protests don’t damage the industry as much as they do the ordinary salesperson, which really does kill the point of grassroots activism.
I actually thought of that and decided that since this is a relatively small, relatively “safe” sticker (that’s easily “Whoops! I didn’t see that!”), it gets the point across without, say, making a loud protest in the store. I am not by any means suggesting that such offenses don’t DESERVE a loud protest (JFC, the one for children, especially), but I’m with you on the futility (as well as the unfairness) of doing that to someone who has no say whatsoever in the store’s stock and may harbor the opinion that YES, it IS racist, but there’s nothing they can do.
Also, I’m wondering since these stickers were found (and also found placed on the items in the store) if maybe an associate wasn’t behind this and getting their say in some subtle “anonymous” way.
Patricia Hill Collins (via sadbrownprincess)
I HATE the concept of community service that high schools and colleges use. For this exact reason. Real activism and service (that is primarily done by the oppressed out of necessity or in support of their own community) is never counted.
PoC, “third-world”/Global South people and poor people DON’T exist just so some pretentious little white/Western bourgeois fuck can improve their resume and boost their white savior ego. (via the-uncensored-she)