By: Sarah Norcini
Home to artists and fandoms, Tumblr may not seem like a place for more serious issues. But in the past year, Tumblr has become a stomping place for feminism. From entire feminist blogs to the casual feminist post, the subject has become unavoidable. What’s also unavoidable is the positive impact Tumblr has had on feminism. This blogging website has changed the game of the gender equality movement, and will probably continue to do so.
This website has made women more proud of being called a feminist.Many posts on there seem to say the same thing: that the users came onto the website to blog about their favorite show turned out to be radical feminists. And these posts just don’t have a few notes, either. Notes on a Tumblr post keep the count of ‘likes’ and ‘reblogs’, just like Twitter. The notes on those posts range from the thousands to the hundreds of thousands. Which is a lot.
There are other types of feminist posts, too. They range from simple statements to commentary on articles from the media, TV shows, movies, and music. The overall gist of these posts is that all of these forms of media are representing women wrong. A big part of the feminist movement is for more and better representation of women in general.
For example, there is something called the Bechdel Test, named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. This test, originally meant for films, has now expanded into all works of fiction. What it tests for is if in the work, two women talk to each other about something other than a man. Tumblr feminists have rallied around this test, and there are numerous posts on the site regarding it.
All of these women and men are raising their voices on Tumblr, and it’s even expanded to other forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Even though those websites have different formats, the idea of feminism still is there.
However, there is the argument that social media and feminism in general is a fruitless attempt at making a change. There are users on Tumblr that claim there is no point in being a feminist. Both males and females on the website believe that feminism is something they don’t need. This has also spurred men’s right activists and anti-feminists. There is nothing wrong with them having their own point of view, but Tumblr users are quick to judge and have no hesitation in expressing their anger at those users.
The point is that Tumblr is the central place for making a change in the feminist movement. Users from all over the world, both male and female, have started a making a change in society. This movement also expands to the world of celebrities. Emma Watson and Beyoncé are two of the better known feminists. They call for a change and their passion will hopefully do just that in the coming years.