I have seen some terrifyingly dumb stuff about this shooting today, but good God Tumblr, for once can you at least read a news article before you spew your nonsense?!

I understand using moments like this to get your message out there - moments when the otherwise uninterested are finally paying attention - but tragedy is not an excuse to ignore facts to indoctrinate the uninitiated.

I couldn’t be more in support of social equality and educating fuckwits about why their stupid, sexist thoughts are wrong, but please don’t act like women were the only people that experienced violence here. Five men were killed. Two women. As many as thirteen others were injured, whether by bullets, or by a car.

It’s all a big fucking terrible mess, but this was not the perfect example of dangerous men hating on women that you all want it to have been. Mentally ill people say an awful lot of things. Yes, this guy happened to post a video online citing his perceived wrongs for the day, but none of you are really so naive as to believe that was really all that was wrong with this deeply troubled person, are you?

When a group of children are gunned down in their school, or some moviegoers are unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, mental illness is to blame and there must be a national conversation. When a guy is publicly blaming women on the day he’s decided to end his life, men are fucking terrible and that’s all that anyone needs to know or hear. 

There are huge societal injustices and just all-around terrifying realities to the way that women are perceived and treated in this world, but that does not mean that all men are evil or that there is any excuse for taking this opportunity to convince the young and impressionable that this is the way they should be thinking.

On my way to Los Angeles…

So that I can go to Las Vegas!

Russell Okung cost me £600. FUCK THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!

I mean, I still more than doubled my money, but I would have been x5 on my stake if that stupid fucking cunt could learn to not hold.

When people accidentally send you an e-mail…

Hi there!

The other Rodger siblings and I have been discussing mum’s birthday, and we thought it might be nice to chip in and treat her to a night out at the theatre in Edinburgh (with you as chaperone, naturally). So I just needed to know:
1. Have you (either of you) seen Singin’ in the Rain? 
2. Are there any days/nights (weekends probably) that you’re definitely not free between 15th Feb and 15th March?
Thanks!
Mat
Dear Mat, 
That sounds lovely! 
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it as I have absolutely no idea who you are and I’m not altogether comfortable with travelling such a distance to socialise with strangers. 
If I were you, I’d probably get a phone number for whoever it was that you were trying to contact and make sure that the questions make it to the correct destination. 
Hope it all goes well! 

Don’t gamble kids! That being said, cross your fingers that Russell Wilson can run, that neither team can sack and that they both score a lot of touchdowns. Thanks.

asker

Anonymous asked: I found your blog searching for the Thomas the Tank engine in flames gif. Became confused by the ytmnd-style gif in the background. Found your replies about feminism and general tumblr stupidity and blind-reblogging. I think I'm in love.

Love hug?

New research shows 0.6% of rape allegations are false.

and for those interested, you can find the report HERE

Just in case any dudebros are unclear on what this means: it means that your buddy who totally just had some bitch trying to ruin his life by accusing him of rape…almost certainly actually did rape her.  

Just keep that in mind.

New research does not actually show this at all!

Once again, everyone reblogs without reading and no one bothered to check that the study actually shows that a relatively tiny amount of people are PROSECUTED for lying about rape in comparison to those charged with rape. 

The conclusion derived at completely ignores that the courts simply don’t bother to prosecute the relatively minor crime of wasting police time (or similar offences) as they are largely difficult to prove. Much like rape.

Whilst I’m sure that the percentage of people lying is small enough, this simply isn’t what the “research” shows (if you actually read it you’ll see that it barely constitutes research).

To quote from the conclusion:

"The review has allowed us to examine the suggestion that false allegations of rape and / or domestic violence are rife. It is plain that there were a large number of prosecutions for rape and domestic violence but that only a very small number of individuals were prosecuted for having made a false complaint."  

(via rachelkiley)

nerdology:

patrickcassels:

whitehouse:

So, this just happened.

How cool!

BIG BLOCK OF CHEESE DAY! January 29th. Pretty awesome. 

rachelkiley said: I miss you being a dick to people on tumblr. :(

I mean, who am I to deny Tumblr my dickish ways?

asker

Anonymous asked: So if I understand correctly: you probably agree with the causes the social justice "crazies" advocate for but you don't agree with the way they do so? I read your bit about allowing people to be awful to you if you really believed in equality. To what extent does one tolerate systemic discrimination, marginalization, and oppression? What do you believe constitutes oppression? Do you think organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU are part of the social justice crazy?

imaginarycircus:

havelogicwilltravel:

I am someone who believes in actual equality - people having equal opportunity to live to the fullest. The ridiculous, idealistic pipe dream that we can all live in a state of maximum utility. I accept that it is something that cannot and will not ever exist whilst leaving us all better off. You can boil individual elements of equality down to having the same rights to do this or that, but ultimately, it’s all about everyone being just as well off as everyone else. It’s a nice idea, but isn’t one that coincides with the world being as well off as it can be.

No matter how much these social justice groups would like to think they’re making the world a better place for everyone by advancing their cause, they largely want to limit someone else’s freedom to be better off themselves. Which is absolutely fucking fine. Get rid of racist cunts. Outlaw homophobes. But show us why it’s a worthwhile cause! Show me why the freedoms of someone to discriminate against you should be limited in favour of your ability to not be discriminated against. Show me that someone is just completely wrong and unjustified in their stance and I will stand with you.

Prove to me that the entire world gains by advancing your cause instead of complaining about how unfair the world is, being bigoted and never really providing anything beyond “WE’RE REALLY FUCKING GREAT, I SWEAR!” These people piss me off because they indoctrinate those predisposed to lap up their nonsensical bullshit, attack anyone that challenges it in whatever fashion and largely sit around and do nothing but complain about their slights - do nothing to actually fix anything that they think is wrong. 

This group that outcast me believes that it is cruel and unusual punishment that size 30 clothing isn’t just as widely available as size 12 clothing at an identical price. Great. It sucks that you can’t get the clothes that you want in your size. Now, SHOW me that it’s worth it for the world to provide it to you, and I will fight the cause with you! Instead what this group does is absolutely nothing but “FUCK THE ESTABLISHMENT AND ITS OPPRESSION!” nonsense instead of reasoned argument about why they deserve what they want. 

I don’t ask that these people tolerate oppression. I ask that they prove to me that they are being oppressed and that changing that state in the ways that they want would actually be for the betterment of society and wouldn’t just create some new state of oppression that is just as deserving of abolishment. In the clothing size example, to provide these kinds of opportunites to people of a larger size at an equal cost, the rest of society would have to tolerate price increases to cover for the sales that aren’t going to be made in the less common size. Thus, facing harsher conditions than they were previously made to. Show me that doing this ultimately brings a greater amount of utility into the world, and I’m on board. I will pay more for clothes. 

As far as oppression goes, I believe that “cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority” covers it. I, unlike all of these people however, believe that you have to prove that you are in that state and not just simply say that you are. Keeping with the fat example - whilst I’m sure that this is not the case - say that changing anything about the way that larger people are treated ultimately brings less utility into the world. Despite the gains made by larger people from the change, the rest of society loses out so much that the world as a whole is worse off. Then, cruel and unjust treatment does NOT exist in that case. I do not believe that it is cruel to aim to benefit society as a whole. I do not believe that the world is unjustified in keeping things the way they are. 

And no. Those organisations are not part of the crazy. They bring reasoned arguments, facts and solutions to the table and openly debate with anyone that has a mouth about why their cause is worthwhile. They deserve to be listened to. The Tumblr fuckwits however, diminish the very idea of freedom of expression. A pressure builds in my skull when I see such poorly formed arguments. The very notion of freedom of thought is the reason that this stupidity exists. And that is fine. We allow it to continue because we’re all better off being able to think something than an equal amount of nothing.

Chances are that if I were a social justice blogger, I would have just responded to you by saying “You are too fucking stupid to even explain this to you stupid fucking cunt. You’re part of the problem. Fuck off and die.” All of course, without providing any explanation as to why you are. We are all guilty of poorly formed arguments a lot of the time. Myself included. But when it’s something that you care this passionately about, I think it deserves to be done with a fully functioning brain, don’t you?

Back up a sec. People need spaces to vent and process bad shit that happens to them. And if you barge into that space (even ready to slay dragons) and demand to know what’s wrong and why these people aren’t doing anything? Stop. They are doing something important. They are coping. They are learning to freely talk about something they’ve been told they have no right to. They are processing emotions that they have probably been trained to stuff away for decades, which causes ones mental health to deteriorate. It takes a long time to learn how to accept yourself after society has drummed it into your head that something like your body, skin color, or sex is wrong or weak or broken.

If you want to join a group that is actively fighting for something? First you need to self-educate. Would you walk up to a physically disabled person or a person of a different race and demand that they educate you on their oppression and then tell you what you can do about it? You are not their baby bird. They don’t have time or energy to feed you. There are so many 101 posts on racism, sizeism, ageism, poverty, sexism, etc. Unfortuantely these are not issues that anyone can explain to you in five minutes and I think a lot of people get overwhelmed and give up right here.

I do think you are seeing part of the larger problem. Here is the axes of oppression. Chances are high that you or people close to you fall on one of those bottom spokes as well as the dominant ones. I am a woman with serious mental health issues. I have a chronic illness that causes me a lot of physical problems. I’m a woman. Those are my personal spokes. But I’m white, cis, straight, and not poor. I can’t just fight for white, straight women with health issues. I have to fight for all the people being oppressed.

It’s easy to get tunnel vision about your own issue. Because it is causing you a lot problems. The trick is that we have to dismantle the structures keeping people oppressed, without oppressing other people. How do you do that? Self-educate. Realize that feminism has to include and promote equality for people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, poor people, etc. And that is breathtakingly complex.

I suggest a little more compassion if you really want to fight for other oppressed people. If people can’t feed, clothe, educate themselves, or get proper health care—should you be asking them to stop and teach you—who doesn’t share their problem—why it’s wrong? And the solutions will not be as simple as boycotting or calling your elected official.

You want to figure out what to do? So does everyone else. So self-educate. Then shut up and listen to those people and don’t shout over them. Accept that they may not want to talk to you because they are hurt and angry and perceive you as a threat. Keep self-educating.

For me—it comes down to the paper-cut vs cancer test. If you get a paper cut—it sucks. If you get lemon juice in it—it stings like hell. But how long does that pain last? Does it prevent you from eating, going to a movie, getting out of bed? No. (And if anyone comes up with some bullshit argument about someone allergic to lemons or with hemophilia—I am done with you. Go look up “derailing 101.”) If you have cancer and are getting chemo and having surgeries, etc? It’s a bit worse than the paper cut? Yes. 

I try to pay attention to when I have a “paper-cut” and the person I am talking to has “cancer.” If that is the case it is my job to shut up and listen. Is that always easy to do? No. And they may not want my help. They may not ask for it. And if they do ask for it I actually have  to listen to what they want and not tell them what I think they need or how they should fix all their problems.

If you look at the group I am actually talking about you will see that they have nothing to do with coping. I have no problem with people getting together and coping. That is not what these people, or almost all of social justice blogs do. Pretty much your whole point after that loses its way with being to do with anything that I’m talking about. I say that people are just as entitled to tell you to fuck off as you are to tell them. You seem to suggest that because one group is worse off in some way, they should get special consideration. That is a perfectly valid view point. I just think that people should have to prove that their “fuck off” is more justified, instead of saying that it is and laughing at people for not “self-educating” about why that is the case. You put no burden of proof on these people. If the world was run that way, it would be fucking terrifying.

To put it in your terms: these people are claiming to have cancer and both demanding to be treated differently and that they get to treat others differently because of it. I just think that they should have to show me the fucking lump before I let them keep walking screaming at the privileged paper cut patients. 

asker

Anonymous asked: So if I understand correctly: you probably agree with the causes the social justice "crazies" advocate for but you don't agree with the way they do so? I read your bit about allowing people to be awful to you if you really believed in equality. To what extent does one tolerate systemic discrimination, marginalization, and oppression? What do you believe constitutes oppression? Do you think organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU are part of the social justice crazy?

I am someone who believes in actual equality - people having equal opportunity to live to the fullest. The ridiculous, idealistic pipe dream that we can all live in a state of maximum utility. I accept that it is something that cannot and will not ever exist whilst leaving us all better off. You can boil individual elements of equality down to having the same rights to do this or that, but ultimately, it’s all about everyone being just as well off as everyone else. It’s a nice idea, but isn’t one that coincides with the world being as well off as it can be.

No matter how much these social justice groups would like to think they’re making the world a better place for everyone by advancing their cause, they largely want to limit someone else’s freedom to be better off themselves. Which is absolutely fucking fine. Get rid of racist cunts. Outlaw homophobes. But show us why it’s a worthwhile cause! Show me why the freedoms of someone to discriminate against you should be limited in favour of your ability to not be discriminated against. Show me that someone is just completely wrong and unjustified in their stance and I will stand with you.

Prove to me that the entire world gains by advancing your cause instead of complaining about how unfair the world is, being bigoted and never really providing anything beyond “WE’RE REALLY FUCKING GREAT, I SWEAR!” These people piss me off because they indoctrinate those predisposed to lap up their nonsensical bullshit, attack anyone that challenges it in whatever fashion and largely sit around and do nothing but complain about their slights - do nothing to actually fix anything that they think is wrong. 

This group that outcast me believes that it is cruel and unusual punishment that size 30 clothing isn’t just as widely available as size 12 clothing at an identical price. Great. It sucks that you can’t get the clothes that you want in your size. Now, SHOW me that it’s worth it for the world to provide it to you, and I will fight the cause with you! Instead what this group does is absolutely nothing but “FUCK THE ESTABLISHMENT AND ITS OPPRESSION!” nonsense instead of reasoned argument about why they deserve what they want. 

I don’t ask that these people tolerate oppression. I ask that they prove to me that they are being oppressed and that changing that state in the ways that they want would actually be for the betterment of society and wouldn’t just create some new state of oppression that is just as deserving of abolishment. In the clothing size example, to provide these kinds of opportunites to people of a larger size at an equal cost, the rest of society would have to tolerate price increases to cover for the sales that aren’t going to be made in the less common size. Thus, facing harsher conditions than they were previously made to. Show me that doing this ultimately brings a greater amount of utility into the world, and I’m on board. I will pay more for clothes. 

As far as oppression goes, I believe that “cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority” covers it. I, unlike all of these people however, believe that you have to prove that you are in that state and not just simply say that you are. Keeping with the fat example - whilst I’m sure that this is not the case - say that changing anything about the way that larger people are treated ultimately brings less utility into the world. Despite the gains made by larger people from the change, the rest of society loses out so much that the world as a whole is worse off. Then, cruel and unjust treatment does NOT exist in that case. I do not believe that it is cruel to aim to benefit society as a whole. I do not believe that the world is unjustified in keeping things the way they are. 

And no. Those organisations are not part of the crazy. They bring reasoned arguments, facts and solutions to the table and openly debate with anyone that has a mouth about why their cause is worthwhile. They deserve to be listened to. The Tumblr fuckwits however, diminish the very idea of freedom of expression. A pressure builds in my skull when I see such poorly formed arguments. The very notion of freedom of thought is the reason that this stupidity exists. And that is fine. We allow it to continue because we’re all better off being able to think something than an equal amount of nothing.

Chances are that if I were a social justice blogger, I would have just responded to you by saying “You are too fucking stupid to even explain this to you stupid fucking cunt. You’re part of the problem. Fuck off and die.” All of course, without providing any explanation as to why you are. We are all guilty of poorly formed arguments a lot of the time. Myself included. But when it’s something that you care this passionately about, I think it deserves to be done with a fully functioning brain, don’t you?

asker

Anonymous asked: you are a dick. how the hell do you have any followers.

I guess Tumblr just loves the D?

thisisthinprivilege:

Ah. I am informed that havelogicwilltravel is a militant anti-justice blog and is trolling.

I did actually look at the blog before responding, and the top few posts were fannish, and I let it go without looking deeper. Sorry, folks. Blocking the raging asshole and not responding any further.

-MG

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Tumblr…

I genuinely just asked these people to clarify their logic and I am now a “raging asshole” as opposed to someone with a common sense question. 

My point, was that this group of people, along with really all of the social justice groups, have a very specific way of viewing the world when it comes to equality. All these groups claim to want the freedom to be who they are. That freedom is the best thing ever - equality is great. That is a perfectly valid view point. It is one that I share. I however, am apparently a moron for understanding that to have true equality of thought and expression, you also have to allow people to be colossal cunts to you and then not treat them negatively for it. They are only being mean because they don’t think what you think. You can’t complain about being treated negatively for being different and then go on to attack someone for being different than you again. 

In this instance people are mean to fat people because they are different than them. The fat people then respond to these people like pieces of shit for not thinking that fat people are the greatest thing ever. However, the only reason that the “mean” people said anything to begin with, is because they hold a different view point regarding fat people than the fat people do. So, at its core, the fat people are attacking the people being mean to them because they think something different than they do. Which is the thing that they were complaining about to begin with. If they want a world to exist in which no one treats them differently for being larger than someone else, they can’t themselves treat people differently for thinking fat people are gross. Whether it’s a physical attribute or a belief system, all of these social justice people seem to ignore that the notion of “equality” that they to aspire to find, is not equality at all. It’s just a different form of oppression that leaves them as the ones feeling better about themselves.

I am apparently a militant anti-justice blogger for thinking that the majority of social justice groups are inherently flawed in their stated goals. I am not worthy of debate because of this. I am now being oppressed. If we are all treating each other equally as these people claim to want, then my oppression is just as big a problem as theirs. But that doesn’t matter to them. What they actually want is for their discrimination to just go away. That is a perfectly great thing to devote your time to. But just fucking admit it. Stop pretending that you want equality. You don’t give a fuck about the negative effects that the advancement on your cause has on other people. Just admit it and stop patting yourself on the back for making the whole world a better place with the advancement of your singular cause. 

Fuck you, social justice. 

Sincerely, 

Me