I’m going to a school retreat for three days, so I won’t be able to talk to any of you! My video refuses to export, which is annoying, but oh well. I’m going deep into the mountains without wi-fi or cell reception and I can’t wait.
If you are planning on participating, make sure your last tumblr post the night beforehand is “BRB Blackout”, so people know why you are gone. Also, please reblog this post so that as many people as possible know when the blackout starts.
Whatever your respective time…
So we’re protesting by not going on Tumblr? That’s why they made the changes. To slow down traffic. We’ll be fulfilling their dreams.
Every time I get on Tumblr I see a post with an attractive, not-so-skinny girl and a description somewhere along the lines of, “All women are beautiful, you don’t have to be 120 lbs to feel attractive, start loving your body.” This is immediately followed by a GQ-style photo post of a handsome, well-built, muscular and most often shirtless male model and/or actor and a simple generic description “Unf.”
Women of Tumblr, you should know that you are not the only ones who get pressured by social standards of beauty. We men are just as self-conscious about our bodies as you are, we just don’t verbalize it as liberally as we should. We notice when you stare and make comments about the hot guy who jogs without a shirt, while we only feel comfortable in baggy clothes to hide our imperfect physique, relying on our personalities to get your attention. We feel so insecure about that large stomach that we have instead of abs because we’re nervous eaters. We feel insecure because we’re so scrawny and weak that we have to make up for it with a strong sense of humor to avoid physical confrontation; and we’ve been made fun of so much that we feel there’s no point in trying to be anything other than those names.
We see the things you post. We hear the things you say. It does affect us, deeper than you know. But I want you to know that we are beautiful. We, men of the world who live on the far outer ends of this spectrum you call beauty, are more beautiful than GQ or any magazine or movie or advertisement could ever possibly capture in a photo or on a screen.