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i think about this so often, i'm so glad you made a thread about it, op.
2008-2010 was my favorite tumblr. my dashboard mainly consisted of high definition pictures of scene hair or candy or emo band gifs. the fanart was really good back then too. idk why but content seemed much more fun and relaxing back then even if most of it was actually retarded.
i remember jamjars being really big back then too.
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I used to lurk some tumblr blogs in 2011 and made an account in 2012. I was in some video games and anime fandoms and following some cringe-worthy blogs but it was fun because we were talking about a bunch of stuff and making up stupid theories and sperging about ships. At the time there was some sort of rivalry between hipsters/normies and fandoms iirc too?
Then as time passed, they became more and more SJW, first by posting more often about representation in media and pop culture and personal stuff, although in a reasonable way, then by insulting pretty much anyone who didn't think Chihiro from Dangan Ronpa and Naoto from Persona 4 were trans. I think at some point some of them became really self-conscious about being weebs and tried to compensate by insulting anime and Japanese video games that don't fit their Western/American ideals too or had too much fanservice for straight guys. Shit was weird. And right after all of these things happened, I noticed a huge increase of shitty fanarts and headcanons that uglyfied established characters, racebending, fetishization except it was called representation, etc. I only really started to stop caring about fanbases after some controversy about Attack on Titan (the mangaka supposedly being a far right wing supporter and the anime being sexist in the last episodes of season 1 I think?) and just decided to only reblog pretty fanarts, and I got fed up with it and my bad habit of checking my dashboard all the time to pass time so I deleted my account in the end of 2016 and migrated to twitter. Except now a bunch of tumblrinas seem to do the thing.
One thing I actually regret is that the website had more and improved features while the user base became more and more cancerous. Sometimes And I admit that I kind of want to remake an account to lurk some of my former mutuals and see if they're still rabid SJW. This post is too long but I still feel like there are a lot of interesting things to talk about.
I don't have particular bloggers I miss, the artists I followed there are more present on twitter anyway. I do remember that the first non-sensical SJW I've seen was someone whose url was yamino I think. Claiming she wasn't a woman but genderqueer while calling herself a lesbian, and all sort of things. I followed her for her art at first because she was a bit into Ace Attorney at the time, I noticed that even her fandom related posts were stupid when I saw her compare two AA characters, saying that a killer who had a fucked up and sympathetic background was unforgivable and sexist because of stupid reasons while claiming that another completely evil serial killer was sympathetic because she was a young woman with a probably tragic past said tragic past was manipulating everyone and causing the death of several people for money and fun since she was a kid
and if you liked the guy more than the girl you were a sexist piece of shit. Was yamino actually tumblr famous? I remember that some people were trying to kiss her ass at the time.>>191136>>you can't have an opinion or voice you cis white non-handicapped male
They think you can't have an opinion if your none of this and you disagree with them anyway, they'll claim you have internalized some sort of -ism. They're making actual minorities who do their best to live in peace and be respected hard to take seriously.
I definitely like twitter better, a lot of pretty quality art on there. I'm starting to gear towards instagram and twitter nowadays, seems like a better place to post art and talk to people.
>But yeah, i never understood the sjw rage, just don't follow/interact with them?
That's the thing, most people don't but it's more of them finding you. If you draw/are a fan of something a psycho doesn't like or that would be considered " problematic
" in comes the tumblr police to send anon hate and run you out of the website.It's the same with them, they don't have to follow you or see what weird stuff/pairings you want to draw, but they still get involved anyway.They grab their pitchforks and come after you because they think it's the "right" thing to do.Look at fucking Zamii, she was nice and participated in fandoms and got a bunch of shit and driven to suicide over fucking NOTHING;just because someone didn't like the way she drew certain characters.
I mean, I try my best to avoid these kinds of people because I do still like a lot of the content that artists post but garbage still manages to find it's way and bleed into my dashboard.
Anon, it just takes one
SJW to reblog a picture with complaining commentary or one single person to send an anon ask and that is it, they hound you in droves and the witch hunt commences. SJW's have their communities and one comments on something they don't like, they multiply like cancer. Some times it's sparked by jealousy or 'old fans' who didnt realise the person they followed didn't advocate their own beliefs>accidentally makes fan art with screen brightness too low>causes fan art to be too pale>"I used to be a fan but quite frankly this revelation of your true character has made me very angwyyyy you fucking hitler descendant REEEE die in a concentration camp along with ann frank you antisemitic trash"
>>191187>SU fandom attacks girl for drawing character 'too thin'>then begins to attack all her other art>created 40+ accounts to harass her>she disappears for a few days then reappears in the hospital after suicide attempt>people continue to harass her and claim she's faking being in the hospital
this kind of shit is actually damaging, it's different than critiquing someone. pesonally attacking people who are trying to do what they love, forcing them off of a website and then not even listening to them after they apologize and want to die. that kind of shit is fucked up.
it's different than calling out bullshit for real, it's disgusting.
Oh no she lived, she was only hospitalized thankfully! She's doing fine now and actually works for Frederator or something.
Perhaps your blog was tame enough not to attract crazies, or you didn't participate in any super popular fandoms?
Zammi was/is pretty popular and had a stroke of bad luck when people/someone with a vendetta started to go after her because of her SU fanart. It also doesn't help that the Steven Universe fandom is fucking insane and full of sjws.
I know fandom porn tumblrs are more susceptible to hate and bullying, because porn, but the thing about that is they're just fictional characters and people are gonna draw whatever they want. If they don't want to see it they can just not follow the blog for christ's sake. I know incest/ or whatever the fuck is out there, isn't eveyone's cup of tea, but to hound people for it and accusing them of serious crimes over a dumb drawing of some cartoon character is kind of ridiculous(unless of course it actually involves an actual person/is serious but that's rarely the case.
Ah, she lived! That's good to hear.
>I know incest/ or whatever the fuck is out there, isn't eveyone's cup of tea, but to hound people for it and accusing them of serious crimes over a dumb drawing of some cartoon character is kind of ridiculous
Yeah, no I agree, but I mean, what kind of padded safe space privilged world do you think you live in if you draw animated child porn but get your knickers in a twist when people call you fucked? You are completely right in stating that it's not illegal and it doesn't mean that the artist is a pedo, but damn if it doesn't creep me out. Like it wouldn't even cross my mind to draw a child getting fucked, and I bet a lot of people feel like me, and then a percentage feel it so strongly that they start bitching? While in this situation they def went wayyy to far, I still feel that an artist who decides to hop on the incest/CP train should be prepared to get some backlash, no?
And you're right, I was never active (or involved at all) with the homestuck/hetalia/SU kinda tumblr thing, probably why i never got attacked. Idunno this whole thing is hard to take a stance on. No people should not bully, but personally i do feel fucking disgusted by a lot of stuff that gets drawn, and I don't believe in posting your shit online and expecting everyone to kiss your ass over it, no matter how insane your art/content is.
The thing is though, pretty much every fanart is technically cp, because most media, especially popular media, is made for children. An anime is almost guaranteed to have a pre-teen/teen cast. Any western cartoon- same thing. Most popular books are YA, again with a minor cast. Fandom has always worked because you glossed over the fact that you're writing or drawing things involving minors, and for 15 years online and ages before that in fanzines that system was perfectly fine.
Then the SJ hivemind decided to out preach each other and the current 15-20 year olds decided being "protected uwu" was the cool thing, and things like YKINMK became ignored because words are LITERAL VIOLENCE. And now we're at a place where people aren't producing works, or only producing very clean ones of ugly fat black people in the hope of getting noticed and making it into Cal Arts, and it's fucking boring and dead. It's pushed a ton of people of of fandom, and has kept many from jumping it.
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I joined in 2010 during my Freshman year. Maybe I was just young, but Tumblr felt so fun back then, despite it just being pretty pictures.
Some stuff I remember:
>'Quality' blogs; HD photos of random stuff
>Vertical blogs (pic related)
>That swoopy scene hair every girl had
>Acacia and the shitstorm around her
>Homestuck (never liked it though)
>'Do You Love The Color Of The Sky?'
>Cream-colored lace on EVERYTHING
>Upside-down crosses on EVERYTHING
>Every alt. girl wore Creepers
One a side-note, does anyone remember the chick that was obsessed with pink whose boyfriend hung himself?
She seemed sweet. I remember the day her boyfriend went missing and how sad it was. After that I think she deleted but idk. Anyone know who I'm talking about?
>>191217>The thing is though, pretty much every fanart is technically cp, because most media, especially popular media, is made for children.
Okso, I hear you. Kind of, but statement above is reaching, and you know it, lol. I bet there are a lot of bitchy spergs on tumblr that will attack people for drawing porn of 15 year olds, but I'm willing to bet that most of it is directed at the ones who draw literal children, like my south park example. And also, "can't draw fanart if i can't draw kids fucking" is the exact attitude that makes me shake my head at the whole thing, like… chill? I guess I'm just not understanding the appeal. Anyway, I do understand that it might feel like sensoring, but crying cus people don't like to see Butters being rimmed by Randy Marsh is beyond autistic imo.
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Op are you me? To this day I look at her old blog at least once a month for inspiration. I miss her so much.
I got so excited when I saw this thread.
I joined tumblr in 2011, I was really into to homestuck, I loved averyniceprince so much (finding her thread on /snow was interesting kek), reblogged lots of elf-ish shit and forests then moved onto 'indie' scene and pastel goth girls, I was a bit of an sjw and reblogged lots of feminist posts, although I was a cringy shit it was a fun site to just waste time on
it stayed that way till about 2014 when I got really into aesthetics, so I become a goth/high fashion blog, I posted outfits too and I got semi-popular. I unfollowed most of the sjw blogs I used to follow and since I started reblogging gore photos (like bruises and black eyes) they unfollowed me too. I got a lot of angry messages for reblogging 'eye tramua' and not tagging it even tho I was practically a gore blog at that point lmao, tumblr users think they are so entitled to have people to just go out of their way to make them feel safe
I rarely go on tumblr now, mainly bc I was using it sort of like pinterest to collect inspiring images and I feel like it all started becoming more of the same, theres not much fresh content out there anymore
Hi, former starpowerrr clone here. One of my friends was too. We were very cringey and I apologize but at least none of my pictures have been passed around and I never got copycat tattoos thankfully. I was too young (14) so I couldn't have. >>191220
You're talking about Lexi Bee! There's a thread for her in /snow/. She's into sex work and DDLG now apparently. :/
i dont even like voltron but yeah that fandoms totally fucked. even the creators and voice actors would support their yaoi ships on twitter. then when they said one guy's 18 at comic con tumblr went full retard, they have full blogs of 'block lists' of people who ship the 16 yr olds with the 18 one, 'BECUZ MINORS NEED A SAFE SPACE!!1!' 'as a minor i am literally shaking after seeing that ship fanart on my dash im li,t ter ally hab.ing a panic,, att.ack'
these people need to go outside
>>191317>'BECUZ MINORS NEED A SAFE SPACE!!1!'
This is something I'll never understand, because the internet is the least safe space there could be for your average western teenager. You don't even have to move anywhere in particular and find porn, disturbing or straight illegal content, you can even find it accidentally. And tumblr had the reputation of having a lot of porn, rl people, written and drawn, and the features to hide explicit content used to be existent or shitty so I don't understand why these people choose tumblr of all sites as a safe space. It's also weird to me because when I was a teenager, every other teenagers were actively looking for nsfw fanwork and joking about filling forms on lj and ff.net to say they were 18.
I never watched Voltron but a friend of mine loves the new series and she told me to avoid the fandom like the plague, and we're both used to shitty and popular fandoms.
Yeah no I totally agree; tumblr, or the internet in general, is no safe space. that means that it's not a safe space to draw toddlers with dicks up their asses without backlash either. I don't understand why people can't create content without making it some paedo shit? Like I mentioned up-thread, how fucking weird are you if you do
draw CP for fun, but have so many feefees hurt when people react negatively? Pedo stuff is weird to most people. I also agree that 15 year olds drawing other 15 year olds etc isn't weird, and that flipping out for that is taking things way too seriously.
I don't get why people would want to draw that sort of things either, but I feel like it's one of these things that will be online no matter how much you could try to convince them not to draw and publish these things. I think that type of content is supposed to be forbidden on almost every social media I can think of so it's possible to block the artists and report them. If it works and these artists can be banned from these sites, I don't see the point of starting a witch hunt, but apparently reporting is still not working very well on tumblr.
Because of this, I feel like people are more prone to taking actions themselves, even when it's not necessary, like the other anons said with Zamii for example, although I only vaguely heard about what happened after her suicide attempt so I may have missed info on her case.
Regarding people in fandoms complaining about fanwork with teenagers where one is minor and the other is an adult but there's a age difference of 1 or 2 years, they think just shipping them is bad, not creating content and publishing it. You could say that Yurio and Otabek (Yuri on Ice characters for context) would make a cute couple in an innocent way or publish hardcore gay porn of the two, some people would think both cases are equally problematic
sexualized fictional characters are not illegal regardless of the age, just taboo. the reason for this is because images don't actually harm people.they may affect -you- but they don't harm the depictions of children.
using the logic that lolicon makes you a pedo is the same as saying video games cause violence, they have no correlation. and in the rare case it does happen it's because the person was already not mentally sound.
it is often true the opposite way however, that pedos will enjoy 2d, and in japan lolicon is used to help calm the desires of pedos so they don't harm real children. being a pedo is a mental issue, like being gay, except being gay doesn't harm children. yes it's disgusting, but people who are actual pedos and not just fucked up some other way can't help it and it's sad.
now, i'm not advocating lolicon or pedo, but there's a distinction to be made, plus it's dangerous to censor things even if they're gross.
The good old "being pedo and being gay" in the same sentence, though. I'm not trying to start a fight here, but being gay is not a mental issue. Homofilia is found across a vast amounts of different species, pedophilia is found in very very few. Even though "lolicon" etc isn't directly harming a child, I personally think that something has to be wrong with you if you get off to the thought of fucking kids. The idea, of you will. Man, I'm not even talking morally, just, biologically fucked. Homofilia does not apply as both participants, even though they cannot reproduce, are of sexual maturity -a toddler, however. Oh sorry, a fictional
toddler. Either way, you might be right about it not harming kids, but I'll never agree that there isn't a level of pedo in a person who's fantasy is animated child pornography.
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if you guys want to discuss that further make another thread for it, we're supposed to discuss old tumblr.
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Ah I'm glad there's another person who remembers her! Same honestly, she had her own pleasant vibe going on and her pictures inspired me so much! Same with Kaiami.
I was always jelly of how she had her own circle of art friends, and they'd get together and draw or go to cons together. Wish I could do that but most art friends I have are still amateur/have no serious interest in AA or fandoms.
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I was kind of jelly of that too since I have to pretty much do everything solo.
Every time I would try to make art friends no one really wanted to hang out or do cons. It's kind of lonely.
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when i first joined tumblr i was into that whole hetalia/homestuck and superwholock fandom mess.
Omg this reminded me of those posts that said "reblog is you support gay marriage" and everyone who reblogged it would add like 3 gifs of superwholock
I used to think they were so annoying but now I miss them
That reminds me of these posts that were like "reblog this before [insert date here] or tumblr will delete your account to make the unused url available" followed by why too many gifs and these posts had thousands of notes for some reason. And the guy who created tumblr whose name I forgot was often called daddy by teenage girls, it was really weird. >>191476
Same, superwholock was stupid and the fans were obnoxious but the SU fanbase is way more obnoxious and full of itself.
I used to like looking at shit like [http://themurmuringcottage.tumblr.com
] to bring myself down a notch, super curated waste of time though
Omg I think I remember that.
Didn't they find his car somewhere where he killed himself ?
I was in the Transformers RP fandom on Tumblr around 2011/2012. It was one of the things that got me to sign up on Tumblr. Me and a group of friends decided to join for shits and giggles, and because we were all big fans of Transformers. It could be really fun when you got a good RP going, and I met some nice people through there. But it could also be stressful.
The community I was part of split twice. Once before I joined, and once after. And there was drama too. In fighting from various personalities over what kind of content should be allowed and what shouldn't, and just arguing sometimes in chats. Also, one person was RPing as multiple characters (as many of us did) but was also pretending to be three different people within the RP. This nutjob would pick a fight as one person, then would turn around and act nice as another. She manipulated a couple of people.
I sorta just quit in 2013/2014 or thereabouts. Sometimes I think about joining a different fandom, because I see people RPing my favorite character and all I can think is "you're doing it wrong". But then I remember the stress and the effort and I just chose to not bother.
A good RP that flowed well was really fun though, and I do sometimes miss those genuine good threads I had going.