Hi friends! I have gotten mad a lot lately about people being assholes on the internet and I want to talk about being an asshole on the internet.
I am not talking about people who are deliberately assholes on the internet. If you are deliberately an asshole on the internet, it’s okay. Troll is a feeling. I know. I forgive you. I am talking about Accidentally Being An Asshole On The Internet, especially when it relates to that dreaded P-word.
So let’s all take a second to look at what’s in our individual privilege cocktails (‘cause sometimes we get good stuff and sometimes we get bad stuff, and sometimes it’s an entirely different thing depending on where we’re drinking, much like cheap white wine, which is horrifying 351 days of the year but occasionally just what you wanted.) In one context one might have been arbitrarily given the social upper hand (things like “being white” or “being able-bodied” fit here) and in one we might find ourselves royally screwed over by society (things like “being queer” and even just “being born with a vagina” fit here.) Sometimes the same thing will work in our favor in some situations, and against us in others. Some issues we hear about often and some we don’t. Some issues we value more for our personal identity than others. Intersectionality. We all has it.
HOWEVER. There are times when context is a little more obvious, and when it’s generally understood that one particular party is getting the short end of the stick thanks to the Evil Overlords of Societal Norms And Stereotypes Et Cetera. This doesn’t mean that those of us with the long end of the stick are always doing great! We might be feeling shitty because secretly we are dealing with an invisible but debilitating illness or because we are gay or because we stubbed our toe. And then sometimes we feel shitty as a result of the other conversation going on, the one about how the Original Speaker kind of feels crappy due to their lack of privilege in the topic at hand.
Here are some examples of these sorts of feelings:
Sometimes we call these feelings things like “small violins” and sometimes we want to tell the speaker to shove it, and sometimes it turns out that we are the people with these unsavory feelings.
It’s okay if you have these feelings. Feelings are totally valid. I have crappy feelings all the time where I feel resentful because I wanted to do my favorite thing in the universe, which is to Talk About Myself, and somebody had to rain on my parade. I also frequently have feelings which make me want to walk up to screaming babies on the train and punch them in the face and scream at their parents to make their despicable little worm SHUT UP BECAUSE I AM TRYING TO READ.
AND TODAY IN USELESS POSTS, we proudly present you with: Weird Shit People Have Googled and SOMEHOW Landed on This Blog. WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHY ARE YOU SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR THIS?!!?
Category 1: Tits And Related Queries
- runway model tits
- irina lazareanu tits
- lara stone tits
- freja beha erichsen tits
- meg clark blog tits (uhhhhhhhhhhh)
- model tits
- fw2010 tits
- girls with small tits
- fashion tits
- exposed breasts fashion
- femme tits
- midnight hot tits
Category 2: You Are Reading the Wrong Blog and Possibly Therapy Would Be A Good Decision
- dogs having sex
- hairy boobs
- horse sex foto
- local lady number for hookup
- harlot heels sex
- tumblr black cock
- tumblr down shirt
- acne shit sexy
- sexiest models midnight without clothes but especially breasts
- sexy lady look to hook up
- morning older fuck
- morning tits wake up
- granny big white brief panty
- women removing clothes in street
- deserved to be raped
- naked photos of muslim women
- granny panties hot
Category 3: We Should Probably Be Friends
- asymmetric future fashion mad max
- blazer faggots
- goth treehouses
- dogs wearing things
- dogs couture
- cats doing shit
- cats fashion
- bad faith sex
- depressed tumblr tags
- drinks a lot of wine
- why do paris women wear black tights year round?
- witch clothing
I stole this one from Kate — Never Marry a Woman With Big Feet, based on the book of the same name, has a seemingly endless collection of proverbs and sayings about women from around the world. Aside from the obvious fact that it’s a great international collection of traditional (mostly negative, but not all) attitudes toward the feminine and all the interesting conclusions we can draw thereof, an awful lot of them are also just straight-up hilarious. Just a sampling:
"By candlelight, even the goat seems to be a lady"
"A learned woman is a lost woman."
"A short woman is only good for washing clothes." (Maybe this explains why I can only bring myself to do laundry like once a month?)
"The three ugliest things of their own kind - a thin red haired woman, a thin yellow horse, a thin white cow." (Damn!)
"An ugly wife makes a good hedge around the garden"
"Even the smartest woman ends up in the kitchen"
So by now we all basically get it that fashion folks have been getting its designer knickers in a giant bunch over BLOGS AND TWITTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL DEMOCRATIZATION for like the past year or so, and Derek Blasberg and Nick Knight are duking it out over whether fashion week is dying or being reborn, and even Style.com finally caught on and started interviewing folks on "The Future of Fashion." (Heidi Slimane's in particular is rad.) NYFW was littered with blogger conferences, Tavi's hairbows are causing an uproar or whaaaatever, and half the designers out there are freaking out that Polyvore/Chictopia/Weardrobe/Looklet/Lookbook/YOUR BLOG dilutes their brand integrity/exclusivity while the other half are throwing huge marketing budgets dedicated to reaching their audiences.
I tracked a handful of NYFW designers in Trendrr (full disclosure: I work here) and found some interesting lookin’ stuff regarding livestreamed shows versus traditional ones. Below is a graph of Twitter conversation per-day about a handful of New York designers (admittedly chosen arbitrarily). You’re familiar with all those names in blue and green, I’m sure — and will note that all the designers graphs seem to follow a logical curve in which there’s a spike the day of their show and a gradual tapering afterwards as coverage occurs and the declines. And you’ll also note the HUGEASS PINK SPIKES. Those pink spikes belong to Rodarte, Alexander Wang, and Marc Jacobs. All of whom livestreamed their shows and have gone to great lengths to reach, you know, us.
Now granted, this seems pretty obvious: MJ, Alex, and Rodarte are pretty buzzy to begin with, and are going to be talked about more than Doo.Ri. And we can’t establish cause/effect from anything here, but it sure seems there’s at least a correlation between Twitter conversation and livestreamed shows. (Let it also be known that I weaseled my way out of AP Stat in high school and satisfied my college math requirement with, um, social psychology, so take that as my disclaimer.)
Still, it seems that by a huge majority, Twitter conversation (do some visual area-under-the-curve-ing there, folks) was dedicated to designers who livestreamed their fashion shows and embraced their fanbase (rather than stressing exclusivity to the media elite, celebrities, and other fashion insiders) by inviting them to watch, comment, and participate. I know I definitely tweeted more about Rodarte than Yigal Azrouel (though now that I think about it, more of my paycheck has gone to Yigal than the sisters Mulleavy in the past year, but I’ve definitely given Rodarte more free advertising via this blog. Hmm.)
— Some sound advice from Jean Paul Gautier, on cats. Just in case you were planning on putting your kitten in a bustier any time soon!