What if we all just stopped calling ourselves trash?
You know one of the amazing things we do with language? We pick stuff up from the people around us unconsciously. It’s hard to learn a whole new language, but it’s pretty dang easy to pick up vocabulary and not even realize it. I have no idea when I started saying totes and hella, but I know they weren’t in my repertoire as a kid. Same with all the internet slang.
When half the people on my dash are ending their squee-filled tags over an attractive celebrity with “I’m sorry, sorry for spamming, I’m trash”, or make a post about their OTP and tag it with “I’m such shipping trash ugh”, it means I have the growing impulse to do the same.
And I’ve been fighting the parts of me that call myself trash, and garbage, and junk, for a long time. I don’t like having to fight them when reblogging sweet dance moves or a cute fanart too.
I’m pretty sure it’s the same sort of negative hyperbole that results in tagging celebrities with “you’re so hot I hate you” “stop with your face ugh go away” when we really, really don’t want the celebrities to go away.
But most celebrities aren’t reading our tags. We are. When you call yourself trash, you’re reading it too.
You’re not trash.
I’m not trash.
#SERIOUSLY I KNOW IT’S A JOKE BUT #IT IS ACTUALLY REALLY UPSETTING TO ME #IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT ME IT STILL SETS OFF THIS AWFUL NEGATIVE THOUGHT SPIRAL #AND I’VE BLACKLISTED ALL VARIATIONS OF THE WORD I CAN THINK OF AND I STILL CAN’T AVOID IT
Reblogging those tags bc seriously guys can we not do that? I understand the intent behind it but… but…
doing this can negatively affect OTHER PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH. If you’re not going to stop for your own sake, can you at least stop and think about if casually calling yourself trash rather than something else is really worth fucking up someone ELSE’S mental health?
I don’t think it is.
Let’s stop, okay?
I hate this trend. I really do. If somebody else was calling my friends trash I’d punch them in the face