You know what angers me about discussing history on this site?
When I find something genuinely amusing about a historical person and post about it like “HAH! Weren’t history people funny and interesting?” and tumblr people feel the need to reblog it like “Oh, remember that one horrible thing they did? Remember those questionable or socially reprehensible things they participated in? How dare you find them amusing! How dare you like or admire a fallible human being!”
As if I don’t know what they did or what was said about them. As if one aspect of their lives is the only way to look at them. As if some historical people are nothing more than their mistakes or bad choices.
MY GOSH CAN I NOT ENJOY ANYTHING IN THIS SUBJECT
ETA: This is never to say that we should ever ignore the negative sides of a historical figure—just like the good a historical figure did doesn’t excuse the bad (as this does lead to unnecessary idolization or one-sided views of somebody). My post was simply to say that if I find an aspect of someone that I enjoy, I don’t need to be told that I can’t enjoy that aspect because of A, B, and C.
I understand why that must be annoying - when one of my thomas jefferson related posts started to get notes and people were seemingly constantly replying to it with comments like ‘but did you know about sally hemmings???’ ‘who cares he was still a shitty person!!’ I felt pretty irritated and wanted to tell all those people to piss off. even though I agreed with them, I felt they were assuming I was totally ignorant on the subject and/or I was jefferson’s fan or something.
but to be honest, I doubt anyone was personally attacking me. and if they were, it didn’t ruin my life. that random person who came across my post doesn’t know anything about me. even if they were trying to ruin all my ‘fun’, I could just stop reading the comments or turn the notes off. it’s a tiny thing.
I would say that most history posts in tumblr are actually either very funny or very serious. you sometimes see people adding serious commentary to more jokey posts but they largely get ignored. there are tons of posts that talk about how funny or badass some historical figure is with no mention of whatever bad stuff they may have done. so I wouldn’t say ‘tumblr sjws’ are ‘ruining’ history (as some comments to this post seem to suggest). and who says a critical conversation cannot be as entertaining as a funny one?
and I guess what I’m also trying to say is that once you post something, it’s out there. it’s not anymore only your post. the easiest thing is to accept that it’s going to get all kinds of comments.
people who bite into ice cream absolutely terrify me
so today at work I cleaned this old man’s golf clubs and I thought he was getting his wallet out of his bag but instead he pulls out this giant plastic target bag of yellow plums. he tipped us in yellow plums. he told us not to tell anyone we had these and I looked them up because they were so good and these plums are illegal in the US. I got tipped in illegally imported plums.
That. Is. Amazing.
(♕) “Minerva was very close to her Muggle father, whom in temperament she resembled more than her mother. She saw with pain how much he struggled with the family’s strange situation. She sensed, too, how much of a strain it was for her mother to fit in with the all-Muggle village, and how much she missed the freedom of being with her kind, and of exercising her considerable talents. Minerva never forgot how much her mother cried, when the letter of admittance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry arrived on Minerva’s eleventh birthday; she knew that Isobel was sobbing, not only out of pride, but also out of envy.”
reading about theodosia burr’s thoughts on dying, and i’m wondering how her mother’s death may have affected her mentally
At home with Harrison Ford, 1978
The only valid reason to time travel is to go back to the 1970’s and bang Harrison Ford. There is no other decent reason. Fuck historical events! No, fuck Harrison Ford.
… desperately, in fact.
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