I’m all for feminism, for activism, for political correctness. There are certain words I’d never use and many issues that I advocate strongly for/against. I’m raising my child(ren) to have compassion, to stand up for what they believe in and to question anything they’re told if they have even a smidgen of doubt.
But, holy shit, the Internet has turned into one giant butthurt. It’s an epidemic. There is not a single topic that can be agreed upon. Not a single joke that is just laughed at. And not a single story slips by without one group or another raging with the injustice of it all. Hell, I’ll probably be crucified for using the term “butthurt” because I’m sure it’s insulting to people who enjoy bum sexin’. And now I’ll be re-crucified for using the term crucified. Okay, this is just getting ridiculous.
Here, have an example: One of the main debates that I’m watching right now amongst the Mommy social network is the redesign planned by Disney for the character Merida. When I first read about this and saw the new images, I totally went all indignant Mama on that shit. You best believe. I don’t think a strong, inspiring, female character needs a makeover to join the Disney Princess gang but I guess that’s part of their initiation or something. I don’t know. What I do know is that there is now another group of Mominists (made that word up… you’re welcome) who are opposed to the opposing of it all because apparently hating on the redesign is the same as slut shaming. Now, we’re all aware that this is a FICTIONAL CHARACTER. Right? Just checking. Not only does she not exist to make personal decisions regarding her wardrobe and makeup, but she is incapable of having sexual relations because SHE IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER.
I could give several additional examples and actually started writing this after reading a stream of Tweets regarding a different news tidbit (*ahem* crack smoking mayor *ahem*). But I’m pretty sure this blog already contains enough provoking language to set off the exact flurry of butthurt that I’m complaining about. And, guys, I really don’t want to create more. My brain can’t handle this soap box mentality that anyone and everyone with even the most basic smartphone suddenly has. How splendid! People who are incapable of forming their own opinion can just jump on whichever bandwagon of rage crosses their eyes that day. Because it’s as easy as “share” or “retweet”!
Can’t we just get back to the days of MySpace sparkly gifs and hilarious cat pictures?