Although his killer was found guilty, centuries-old racism and hate still stands. Black Lives Matter is not just a hashtag. It is finally giving voice to the marginalized groups who live in constant fear of bastard police and the system, among others. Do not let it fade into oblivion like silly bands and whipped coffee. BLM is more than that. BLM represents lives and a movement to improve the quality of those lives and prevent deaths. George Floyd will not be forgotten.
being bipolar is not quirky. its nnot fun. its not some little personality that you can switch to whenever you feel like it. its a serious disorder which can harm so many people. its not a fucking joke. this needs to stop.
It’s quite irritating seeing your reality and personal interests turned into a trend. Dark Academia is based on a love of learning. Most of the time it follows the arts (Literature, music, fine art, history, classics etc) however, there are many different aspects of the community such as those that follow STEM. The original members of this community joined it as they previously had interests in these subjects and found a community to discuss said subjects in. People find solace in the sharing of knowledge; they share poetry and literature and music with one another. They teach one another, they help each other study and learn, because that is what they love.
Now, however, Dark Academia had become popular on platforms like Tiktok and Instagram where it’s true meaning has been distorted. People have taken DA and have turned it into nothing but a physical appearance; old school, blazer, loafers. The heavy focus is on fashion and looks instead of the actual meaning of DA; some people don’t even realize what DA is yet refer to themselves as such when they aren’t interested in learning at all. People should dress however they want, however, it’s not right to deem yourself a part of an entire community simply because you choose to dress a certain way. Dark Academia should fit you, you should not have to change to fit it. In all actuality, those who really understand DA know that you don’t have to look a certain way to be DA. You can wear a tweed blazer and be DA just as easily as you could wear a t-shirt and shorts. Why? Because it’s about the pursuit of knowledge, it’s about the intellectual, not his or her appearance.
The reason this upsets me is that now Dark Academia is being represented as a fashion choice. There is even an article that the New York Times did on DA referring to it as a “TikTok aesthetic”. The very essence of the community is being killed off because people who only like the aesthetic are minimizing it’s true meaning.
Those who want to be members of the DA community should love learning; it doesn’t matter what. You can love books, or science, or business. You don’t have to go to university, you don’t have to have money, you don’t have to be a certain ethnicity, you don’t have to have a certain look. It’s a matter of having a thirst to know more. Stop using Dark Academia as a fashion trend.
“wHy is eVeRyOnE tRaNs aLL oF a sUdDeN? dOeSn’T tHaT mEaN iT’s jUsT a tReNd?”
No, it just means that it’s become more acceptable (although it’s still a struggle) to be trans and so more people are embracing who they are and living as their true selves instead of repressing their feeling and spending their lives in misery. Also, a lot more people have the vocabulary to express who they are due to education on lgbtqia+ issues, and hence they are able to describe themselves better than they were in the past - there’s finally a word that shows who we are.
Anxiety is when I know I've booked the right tickets and I'm on time but I'm constantly stressing and freaking out that I've got the wrong day, the wrong time, from the wrong airport and so on, even though I've checked and reassured myself everyday since I bought the tickets.