"Tumblr genuinely is younger than most other social platforms, and more diverse. A greater proportion of its users are people of colour than on any other major platform. Women users make up a higher percentage than anywhere else bar Pinterest. Teenagers over-index dramatically. And while Pew and other research agencies don’t tend to ask about sexuality or gender identification, LGBT visibility in Tumblr fandom is very high. What looks to dim outsiders as some kind of obsession with “social justice” often just springs from people talking about themselves, their lives and the shit that happens to them."
Just one of many excellent parts in this piece by Tom Ewing (which is only a little bit about Tumblr.)
(The piece is about Marvel fandom, though that’s not apparent from this quote.)
This is exactly why people refer to Tumblr in dismissive tones, though. This is no accident.
"Hysterical", "over-emotional", "irrational" means too many women
"obsessed with social justice" means too many POC, too many LGBTA, too many disabled/chronically ill people. Not just talking about their own lives, talking period, without being immediately silenced.
Makes some folks very uncomfortable.
It’s too blatant to even be a dogwhistle.
This is an extremely interesting insight, for me at least. And sheds some light on certain reactions to this blog both from the tumblr platform itself, and from other external websites. I wonder how medievalpoc and ideas about it are affected by overall perceptions about tumblr as a blogging platform, and the way its users are perceived. It lends some context to some of the assumptions people have made about my age, gender, race and *ahem* “relative credibility”.
Personally, I am in love with the interactive elements here.
Okay but seriously, why hasn’t Disney done anything with these characters?
I love the princesses with all of my heart, but they are not the only characters that have been inspirational or good role models, and if characters such as these lovely ladies do not exactly fall in the princess category, they get tossed aside and forgotten about. And the thing is some of these characters are actually princesses, but don’t seem to fit within the princess lineup, as if they aren’t good enough according to Disney.
This would also not pressure Disney into creating more princesses, because if you haven’t noticed, the princess lineup is getting a bit crowded, and if Disney made a separate line, they wouldn’t need to constantly be making more princesses to keep their characters around.
I included the most popular characters that get forgotten, and also the ones that I believe would be the most appealing and marketable to kids and people in general.
I don’t understand why Disney can’t make a franchise dedicated to the characters that aren’t in the princess or fairy lineup. There are some REALLY excellent characters that are forgotten because Disney doesn’t expose them. The thing is that they could definitely be marketed, I’m sure a lot of people would appreciate it. Are you telling me that kids wouldn’t buy a backpack with Giselle on it, or a Megara doll? How about a shirt with Charlotte on it? I certainly would, and I know a lot of kids that would too.
If Disney decided to do something about this, maybe they wouldn’t get forgotten so much. As Disney fans, we appreciate them and know that they exist, but others don’t because if Disney forgets about them, they will too. If this became a line not only would these girls get the attention that they deserve, but it would also open up a completely new inspiration to kids. It would mean that you don’t have to be a princess to stand out, and that if you aren’t a princess, you aren’t a nobody. If this became a line, we would see these characters in the Disney Parks, on merchandise, everywhere. Who wouldn’t want that? I would stand in line for HOURS to meet any of these characters. Megara, Jane, and Esmeralda come out for very rare occasions, but that is it. Wendy seems to be somewhat rare, and Kida and Giselle were only there for a limited time. I have never seen Charlotte, and I know for a fact she would be popular. Alice seems to be the only character that is available daily.
Honestly is there anyone out there that opposes this?
If not, get on it, Disney!
It’s that time of year again - Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is inspiring change. Today is a day to celebrate the women who are changing the world, like Sheryl Sandberg, Wendy Davis, Malala Yousafzi, and Beyonce (lol).
It’s also a time to remember that sexual violence…
PEOPLE OF LONDON! On Thursday 20th March I’m giving a creative talk at the flagship Regent Street Apple store, from 7 - 8pm! It’s FREE and open to all, you just have to register for the event by clicking the link below, finding the event in the listing and hitting 'RESERVE' - I hope to see you there, it’ll be a talk full of positivity, GIFs, bright colours and 16-bit sound fx!
I hope to see you there!
Vegan Pesto Round Up
Oh my fucking gosh.