I’ve been doing exceedingly well with keeping politics OFF of Facebook (a problem I’ve had in the past because I get so infuriated that I could scream and because there’s no merit in trying to convert anyone from their beliefs in the first place) BUT today was a real test for me… so I’m taking it to Tumblr instead.
Lots of people going on about how changing your profile picture doesn’t actually DO anything, and everyone “buying into the trend” is stupid and otherwise sheep-like. Here’s the deal: changing your profile picture doesn’t change laws. It doesn’t equal signing your name to a petition or writing your local representative. But you know what it does do? It draws attention. People SEVERELY underestimate awareness as the first step toward making change. If you stop at awareness, it is true that nothing is accomplished, but without it, no one knows that change is necessary in the first place. Today, my newsfeed was INVADED by red equal signs, and I don’t care if that implements legislature or not. What it does is reassure every gay individual who signs onto Facebook that he or she is loved and supported, and that millions of people want their relationships to be validated on the highest possible level. It was like the Facebook version of Deck the Halls when Danny DeVito lights his house until it can be seen from space. HI, WE’RE HERE, AND WE SUPPORT YOU.
and that is ALL that matters.