For those uninitiated in the finer points of the online war against cultural marxism that rages around us every day, certain terms may seem a bit esoteric or perhaps simply come across as derogatory slang words when in reality expressions like Special Snowflake or Tumblrina have rather specific meanings and usages.
The term Special Snowflake originated with the film Fight Club:
“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.”
Originally the term simply referred to anyone who believed they were special, a trait often associated with the millennial generation, especially since the day a man named Tim Urban used impeccable math and science to show why that generation is record-breakingly miserable.
But it doesn’t stop there. See, when you’re raised to believe that you are special and unique, and you eventually have to face the fact that everyone else also thinks they are special, you must confront the reality that if everyone is special then being special is meaningless in which case the only solution, and it’s frankly quite obvious when you think about it, is to be more special than the next person. This is the mentality that allowed the concept of Special Snowflakes to become a full blown syndrome.
For several years SSS (Special Snowflake Syndrome) festered away on sites like tumblr and livejournal. Because of the aforementioned unhappiness these people possess, they began to believe that their uniqueness was in fact the cause of their unhappiness. In other words “I’m so special that no one understands me.” Being special became synonymous with being oppressed, and since this coincided with the rise of progressive stack theory, the competition to be the most special, and thereby the most oppressed, and thereby the most deserving of sympathy, help and attention became fierce to the point of absurdity.
This absurdity was brought to public attention, or at least those of the public who payed attention to YouTube, by a man named Jim who went by the name of the Internet Aristocrat (and now goes by Mr.Metakour) when he released his video series Tumblrisms, complete with a scene of falling snowflakes in way of introduction. If you haven’t watched the Tumblrisms series then I must insist that you do so, at your leisure. It is a true masterpiece. When aliens finally make contact with mankind in a hundred years, and there is nothing left but morbidly obese, septum pierced, blur haired snowflakes sitting around and diagnosing each other with made up mental disorders, genders and sexualities, the Internet Aristocrat archive may be the most valuable resource in pinpointing exactly where humanity went horribly, horribly wrong.
Which brings us all the way up to today, where SSS has gone fully mainstream, as clearly and irrefutably illustrated by these bios of some of the writers at my personal foil, everydayfeminism.com. Behold:
The demisexual, neotisexual, pansexual, polyamorous…
The peoplequeer, mentally ill, critical feminist robot
The Palm Tree
The intergalactic mermaid
And so on and so forth. Now yes, before anyone accuses me, I did cherry pick the four craziest bios to highlight out of a list of over forty, yet for anyone who reads the page you may see a pattern that emerges even amongst the more tame of the bios, in that terms like bisexual, polyamorous, queer, trans etc appear over and over while terms like straight, caucasian, monogamous don’t seem to appear anywhere on the entire page.
You’ll also note that the identity traits are almost always listed before any actual credentials or accomplishments. For the Special Snowflake, being non white is a credential and being bisexual is an accomplishment.
Shine on you mentally ill diamonds.