Another reason to turn on replies: Starting today, you can delete any unwanted ones from your post notes. Just tap the note you don’t want to see, select the relevant option, and away it’ll go. (If it’s not on your own original post, tapping the note lets you report it to our support team.)
You can also hide inappropriate reblog comments using the same technique.
Just a little tweak to give you more control over your notescape. Enjoy.
I hope I’m not speaking over the abusers who use tumblr when I say that this is going to be the best thing ever to happen to tumblr’s large community of highly abusive users who rely on the ability to silence any commentary they don’t like to defend themselves from criticism.
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Rest in Power to all who had their lives stolen in the Orlando shooting at Pulse last night. We are mourning for you this month.
This mass shooting is an unfortunate reminder that pride is not just parties and parades but “bravery in the face of extreme violence, hatred, and prejudice. It’s martyrdom. Any event, any place where LGBT people gather is an act of courage. It’s wearing a target on your back. Remember that.”
Illustration and quote by Raz ( @hongmunmu )
That thing about how cats think humans are big kittens is a myth, y’know.
It’s basically born of false assumptions; folks were trying to explain how a naturally solitary animal could form such complex social bonds with humans, and the explanation they settled on is “it’s a displaced parent/child bond”.
The trouble is, cats aren’t naturally solitary. We just assumed they were based on observations of European wildcats – but housecats aren’t descended from European wildcats. They’re descended from African wildcats, which are known to hunt in bonded pairs and family groupings, and that social tendency is even stronger in their domesticated relatives. The natural social unit of the housecat is a colony: a loose affiliation of cats centred around a shared territory held by alliance of dominant females, who raise all of the colony’s kittens communally.
It’s often remarked that dogs understand that humans are different, while cats just think humans are big, clumsy cats, and that’s totally true – but they regard us as adult colonymates, not as kittens, and all of their social behaviour toward us makes a lot more sense through that lens.
The like to cuddle because communal grooming is how cats bond with colonymates – it establishes a shared scent-identity for the colony and helps clean spots that they can’t easily reach on their own.
They bring us dead animals because cats transport surplus kills back to the colony’s shared territory for consumption by pregnant, nursing, or sick colonymates who can’t easily hunt on their own. Indeed, that’s why they kill so much more than they individually need – it’s not for fun, but to generate enough surplus kills to sustain the colony’s non-hunting members.
They’re okay with us messing with their kittens because communal parenting is the norm in a colony setting, and us being colonymates in their minds automatically makes us co-parents.
It’s even why many cats are so much more tolerant toward very small children, as long as those children are related to one of their regular humans: they can tell the difference between human adults and human “kittens”, and your kittens are their kittens.
Basically, you’re going to have a much easier time getting a handle on why your cat does why your cat does if you remember that the natural mode of social organisation for cats is not as isolated solitary hunters, but as a big communal catpile – and for that purpose, you count as a cat.
A comment on language by oddliladventure.
Admittedly, there is one aspect of language used within the actuallyautistic tag that I have found interesting. The use of ‘neuro-typical’ (NT) and ‘allistic.’ It is my current understanding that the former, ‘NT,’ is to refer to those without a form of neuro-diversity. The latter, ‘allistic,’ refers to those who are not autistic. The difference between the two is that while ‘allistic’ is inclusive of people with ADHD and other forms of neuro-diversity, ‘NT’ is exclusive to people without any neuro-diversity.
That is my current understanding.
In my experiences since learning of my diagnosis for ASD I have experienced no serious consequence in informing those in my life of the diagnosis. I found that those who would be considered allistic and not NT (i.e. have a form of neuro-diversity) provided the better and more appropriate responses. The more inappropriate responses were provided by some classed as NT (NB: those who are NT are allistic, but not all allistic people are NT).
I wanted to highlight the difference as I have wondered recently if it were possible to develop a stronger sense of consolidarity between the different neuro-diversities in the language that is used within the actuallyautistic tag.
On that note, it is important to have names for “typical” as they traditionally go unnamed or unclassified, allowing anonymity for the privileged. Yet, we and others are named and classified. In developing a name for the so-called “norm,” or “typical,” provides a mechanism by which people can be empowered in language and identify the unnamed and unclassified, taking away the anonymity the privileged are provided.