15 Times Tumblr Just Got It Right

15 Times Tumblr Just Got It Right

Tumblr teaches you more about society than you'd think
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I have a Tumblr account that I don't use that often. Part of that is because I forgot my username and password and another part of that is because I always find the best of Tumblr on other platforms like Buzzfeed and Pinterest. But, I love Tumblr. I love how it connects people with the same interest. I love that there are people that are obsessed with things like Supernatural, Harry Potter, John Green, and that they allow themselves to be excited about the things that make them happy. I love that there are people who are in love with words and languages and flowers and fashion and film and science and they all gather on this one site and find solace in each other. Tumblr is a beautiful place. One of the things I love most about this platform is how it allows people to speak out against injustice. I have learned so much about problems within our societies i.e. rape culture, internalized misogyny and racism, the gender spectrum, etc. It teaches me things I never would have learned in school or at home. Because of Tumblr I am educated. I'm a senior in college and I feel educated, mainly, because of this website (although, I have taken classes that have expanded my mind tremendously! Augsburg College is a very socially aware school).

Here are 15 times Tumblr just broke the system and blew my mind.

1. When they summed up the education system


Because I'm tired of adults complaining about the millennials that they created.


2. When they summed up the problem with people who "don't need feminism"

3. When they summed up what being transsexual really means (and what it doesn't)


4. When they summed up the problem with Men's Right's Activists


5. Not once, but twice...


6. When they summed bisexuality

7. When they summed up the difference between swimwear and intimates


8. When they summed up my right to wear makeup

Also, if you are dumb enough to actually think my eyelids are purple, I don't even want you.


9. When they summed up the problem with most parents


10. When they summed up the truth about rape


11. When they summed up the issue with the "not my sister" dialogue


12. When they summed up the problem with appropriation


13. When they summed up the truth about "mysterious women"

I mean PREACH!


14. When they summed up getting older

15. When they summed up my exact thoughts and love and respect for Tumblr

Tumblr has saved lives. It has taught me to fight back and how to fight back. It connects kids, those who would otherwise feel lonely, misunderstood, and insane. I love Tumblr and the people who have made these comments above because they are my teachers and my heroes.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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How Growing Up In A Culturally Diverse Environment Changed Me

We are all human.

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I can proudly say that I am from Montgomery County, Maryland, more specifically from the city of Gaithersburg. According to a 2018 study by WalletHub, three of the top 10 culturally diverse cities in the United States are located in Montgomery County. Those cities include Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Silver Spring.

I have lived in Montgomery County ever since the day I was born. Growing up in such a culturally and economically diverse area has educated me with the value of accepting differences. Since I was exposed to an assortment of cultures at such a young age, I hardly ever noticed differences among my peers and I. The everyday exposure to various cultures taught me to embrace diversity and look beyond appearances such as the color of someone's skin. I was able to open my eyes to other ideas, lifestyles, and backgrounds.

Ever since I was a child, I was not only taught to welcome different cultures and ethnic groups, but I was always surrounded by them. From my elementary to high school years, every classroom was filled with racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Coming from someone apart of the Caucasian race, I was often the minority in school. Not everyone is as fortunate to experience such a multicultural society.

Since being from Montgomery County, I have grown up as a person with an open mind and strong values. Diversity has not only taught me to be more mindful but has also helped me become more of a respectful person. Learning about other cultures and backgrounds is essential to help societies strive, but experiencing it firsthand is something that no one can teach you.

After being in countless culturally diverse situations, I have been provided with many lifelong advantages. I was taught to be inclusive, fair, and understanding. I am able to be comfortable and accepting of all cultures and religions. After growing up in such a culturally diverse environment, I now develop culture shock when I'm not surrounded by diversity.

Our world is filled with numerous different kinds of cultures, ethnic groups, and religions. Being raised in a diverse environment has prepared me for what the real world looks like and taught me exactly what equality means. As I was growing up, I was always taught to be nonjudgemental of others and to embrace all individuals for who they are.

Diversity molds our identities. Every individual is unique, but each of us shares at least one trait — we are all human. Who would rather experience a homogeneous society, when they could constantly be learning about other cultures and building diverse relationships? When growing up, I never realized how impacted and truly thankful I would be to of had the opportunities to experience diversity each day. So here is a long overdue thank you to my parents for choosing to raise me in such an incredibly diverse place all of my life.

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