I’m Getting Tired Of Tumblr’s Bullshit
I just sent this letter to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and any email address of a Tumblr employee I could get a hold of.
I’m going to need everyone on the staff and particularly the people in charge of policy issues to get a damn grip and quit making bad decisions.
I just found out about the situation happening with the dumbthhingswhitepplsay Tumblr and the warning the owner received from you regarding “abusive behavior”.
Your email to this user is completely unacceptable for many reasons, but chiefly because you never do anything about the “abusive behavior” women and people of color are subjected to on Tumblr EVERY DAY, especially if their blogs are of a social justice bent.
Now I gather from the little pictures on the staff page that most of you are white and most of you are male, so perhaps you don’t think this is a very big deal or that we’re just being oversensitive. If you truly believe this, I invite you to take a look at this post (conveniently on Tumblr!).
If clicking a link is just too much work for you, let me summarize: racial slurs, rape threats, death threats. And that’s just Tuesday.
Until you put some effort into dealing with these issues — issues that have been constantly brought to your attention, yet you ignore — then you don’t get to whine about the “abusive behavior” of women and/or POC who decide to fight back with words. You certainly have no leg to stand on for “punishing” us for TOC violations.
To put it more plainly: it is not abusive to tell the person calling you a nigger and threatening to rape you to go to hell.
The fact that you think it’s okay to bring this victim blaming crap to the women and people of color on Tumblr shows that you aren’t actually thinking through your policy decisions over there, you’re just letting whoever is minding the store at that moment make a personal judgment based on nothing but their own narrow-minded viewpoints.
Get your house together Tumblr. Perhaps if you went after the people determined to harass us we wouldn’t have to be so “abusive” to the poor dears.