There is a very loosely affiliated network of blogs on tumblr that in the last couple of months have become all the rage on tumblr. There isn't really a name for them, but they function in a very similar way to the "Shit People Say" youtube meme (groan) from a couple months back. They all follow a pretty simple set-up:
A feeling that a specific group of people have + an animated GIF that shows how you look when you feel that way.
The term a lot of these blogs use to identify themselves with is what should we call me blogs. Which comes from the name of the first blog to attempt this "shit people feel" kind of set-up, What Should We Call Me. Here's an example:
WHENEVER MY BOYFRIEND OFFERS ME A BITE OF HIS DESSERT
What Should We Call Me largely covers a very specific range of experiences, from a largely female point of view. There are ones for when you're flirting with a guy who's out of your league, for when you're trying to figure out how you feel about HBO's Girls, or when your friend doesn't have your back when you're having an argument with your boyfriend.
They are universal but specific experiences, and, like the shit people say meme, it's inspired a lot of imitators.
WHEN EXAM WEEK ROLLS AROUND AND I HAVEN'T TOUCHED A BOOK
WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO TAKE MY PICTURE
WHEN OBAMA ENDORSED MARRIAGE EQUALITY
WHEN A SKETCHY BRO OFFERS ME A CUP OF SKETCHY POSSIBLY ROOFIED JUNGLE JUICE AT A SKETCHY FRAT PARTY
WHEN THAT ONE TEAMMATE SHOWS UP FOR TEAM BREAKFAST AND THEY'RE ALWAYS LIKE
WHEN DADDY TELLS ME I CAN’T GO SHOPPING WITH HIS CREDIT CARD
WHEN AN UGLY GUY TRIES TO APPROACH ME
HOW PATIENTS THINK THEY LOOK AFTER TOOTH WHITENING
WHEN ALL OF THE PEOPLE ON THE “FUTURE OF MEDIA” PANEL ARE OLD WHITE MEN
WHAT HOLLYWOOD (OR AT LEAST THE MIGHTY DUCKS) THINK OF PEOPLE FROM AUSTIN
But there isn't a definitive place to find them all. So in the comments, add any and all you can think of, the weirder and more specific the better.
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